Tuesday, August 19, 2014

New In

A new collection launched over at www.ohsofickle.com.sg!

The new team has been doing such a great job on ShopOhsofickle and i'm so happy with the selection of clothes! It's going to be so much fun for me after i've given birth, i get to shop on OSF and receive surprises weekly. Hehe. 

Am IN LOVE with the silver and black sliders! Something i can wear now too. Hehe. And just look at how pretty the new model is?! Feel so happy looking at the pictures! :)



 






Happy Shopping!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Maternity Photoshoot


















Woohoo! Big thank you to Fiona @smittenpixels for doing this maternity photo shoot for me! :)

Check out her work at...
https://www.facebook.com/smittenpixelsphotography

Contact Fiona: fiona.sng@hotmail.com
Honestly, it was really not easy for me to show anyone my current body because of all the weight gained and stretch marks. I was very worried I wont look good in the pictures but I'm really happy it turned out nice! The good thing about a shoot like that? It is is a photo shoot where I need not suck in my tummy. Lol! 

I think every mum-to-be should do a maternity photoshoot to remember the moment! The pictures would remind you that you once carried a life in you for 9 months and what a strong and powerful woman you are during this period (pregnancy is not easy man!!!!).

For those who are looking for inspirations and photoshoot ideas, hope this was helpful! :) Check out my other Maternity Photoshoot with Multifolds too!(And if you don't know my baby's name yet....)

:)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Confinement (What You Need)

I posted a post on the Rules of Confinement previously and after tons of e-mails from experienced mummies, i have decided to heed their advice and follow some of the rules to a certain extent.

But in order to do my confinement, there were some things i needed to prepare. I was totally clueless on the stuff i needed for the confinement period but thanks to Mummamia Confinement, i have it all settled! It's said that the products will help me recover faster and i think it's better do confinement after so many experienced mummies suggested i follow the rules a little because well, it is better to be safe than sorry? Like i mentioned, i don't really believe everything but ay, i'm sure so many people went through all that for a reason!

About Mummamia Confinement...
Mummamia Confinement (妈妈密友)is local company focussing on pregnancy care and post natal recovery. With us, we have a team of dedicated personnel who focusses on bringing confinement joys by introducing simpler yet beneficial products to save lots of hassle of a new mom and of course, walk-thru the journey together with them.

All our products and services are under supervision of our own TCM Physicians. 

Our products can be found at our retailers namely...
MOUNT ALVERNIA RETAIL PHARMACY
THOMSON MEDICAL PARENTCRAFT SHOP
ROCHOR CENTRE BLK 2 #01-586

Apart from the retailers, our products and services are also available online, creating more convenience for mom-to-be or new mummies to have their purchases reach their doorstep.


Here are the stuff you will need to have for Confinement Recovery!

1. PREPACKED CONFINEMENT HERBS





Professional prescribed by our physician, the herbs are packed for confinement recovery via 5 stages, (排,祛,调,补,通), namely, Expel, Remove, Rejuvenate, Recuperate and Tonify.
The herbs are packed in accordance to suit most new mother, be it caesarean or natural birth. Not only as such, the herbs are also suitable for the vegetarian consumer.
Each pack are numbered for easier reference and simple cooking suggestion is indicated on each box. With this, mummies can prepare their herbal soup every day without hassle.
It is really as simple as pouring herbs in to hot water and boiling it for 1.5 hrs (optional: add 250 gr of meat) and it’s ready!


2. BAN KAH CHAI MOM SERIES CONFINEMENT PACKAGE 
(Healthcare guide book enclosed with numbering for your easy reference)


*Mom Herbal Bath
Packed in sachet form, mummies only need to soak it in hot water for 5 mins before use. It consists not only the common DAFENGAI, but also other herbs like lemongrass and BUJINZHI that helps with blood circulation, calming effects and expelling wind that soothe mummies’ discomfort during confinement. Mummy can use this to bath daily.

*Zhui Feng Su Ho Pill
Processed from selected herbs, su ho pill is consumed to help mummies expel wind internally, reduces nausea feeling, giddiness, improves appetite and also reduces bloated-ness discomfort.
It is consumed twice a day with ginger tea or red dates tea/ warm water. Recommended consumptions: half an hour before meal

*Ginseng Plus Pai Gong Pill
Commonly used to tonify women body, especially after birth or after menstruation. It helps to regulate menstruation, insomnia, pale and weakness.
Consumption: after 12 days or after menstruation ends (whichever is later), one pack per day

*Zhui feng Su Ho Oil
Extracted from Su Ho plant, Su Ho Oil is beneficial for after birth massage, reduces water retention, promote healthy blood circulation, reduces backache, wind-like symptoms.
As it is non-spicy, it may be applied on baby’s tummy, to reduce bloated-ness and discomfort. Avoid open wound area
All the above are suitable for vegetarian consumer and it is also halal certified.


3. PREPACKED RED DATES

Packed for daily consumptions, just boil the red dates for 45 mins – 1 hr with 2 litre of water.
Our red dates and other herbs combination are packed not only to enrich blood and Qi, but also tonifies spleen.

4. BAN KAH CHAI BABY SERIES HERBAL BATH

Baby herbal bath cleanses baby skin in mild manners, helps to reduces heat rashes, toxicity and jaundice at early days after birth. Packed in sachet form, you only need to soak it in hot water for 5 mins before use.

For mummies to be who do not wish to leave home, ya'll can buy it all online and get it delivered right to your doorstep! How convenient! :)

SHOP ONLINE AT...

Mummamia Confinement Pte Ltd
190 Woodlands Industrial Park E5
#04-11, Woodlands Bizhub
Singapore 757516

T: +65 6659 4104
M: +65 8498 8989

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

SingTel


Are you looking to get a new phone?

READ ON!

First, let me share with you a phone i just got...

THE LG G3!

I was initially contemplating between the note or G3 and I am so glad that I made the right choice!

Here are some reasons why:

The Resolution

There are a number of key features that LG is touting as new and improved this year with the G3, but none sticks out more prominently than the quality HD screen! Some might think that this is four times the pixel count of an HD screen, and you'd be right to a certain extent.
But only if you're talking about 720p screens – if you're comparing the G3 to something like the Galaxy S5, which packs in two million pixels to the G3's 3.6 million, which in simpler terms, it also means you never have to worry about poor video quality on the LG G3. And now you can take videos or watch videos at a superb quality!

The Interface


The new interface on the LG G3 is a big improvement! The icons are redesigned and the whole outlook looks sleek and what I really like about this phone is that it is extremely lightweight and thin and I can just fit it into my clutch. The different applications have their own colour scheme for easy recognition and the colour palette is more muted than before.
It's a much more fluid system that shows LG has grown up, taking the problems of before and making it into a more intuitive way of navigating through the handset which I love.

It’s so convenient to navigate through pages of apps and the new dual screen functions allow us to do two things at one go which really helps saves time because now you don’t have to navigate from one app to another.

The Camera


The G3 is indeed all about simplification! The 13-megapixel camera is located right above the rear buttons, and on the left is the laser autofocus feature, which uses an infrared laser beam to measure the distance between the camera and the subject of your picture.


The front 2.1MP camera is also known as the 'selfie' camera – it seems that the selfie word is really here to stay. The lens is made at wider angle, so you can get more friends into the photo and it has a in-built clever gesture recognition to take the photo!
Hold your hand out, make a fist and it'll start the G3 self-portrait timer. It's a clever system and it works, which is great for those moments when you can't use both hands and don't want to tap the screen. Smart phone keeps getting smarter these days!

Another cool feature is the ability to have a front-facing flash, although it's not an LED light. Instead, part of the screen goes white, which illuminates faces and takes better pictures. LG has even white balanced this screen to correct skin tone imperfections – and it really gives some nice front facing snaps! You no longer have to worry about using flash to take pictures in the clubs anymore it’s so convenient!

On a completely different note, I believe that you all have seen ads and heard over the radio about the latest youth plan promotion and I thought I should share it with those that are currently still schooling or in the army which might come in handy for you all!

Was just talking to my super good friend Freda one day about my monthly expenses and she was shocked to hear how much i'm paying for my phone bills monthly.

I've been so comfortable with my previous Telco i didn't bother checking out SingTel. However after making the decision to switch over, I really wish i did so years ago because i could've saved SOOOOO MUCH! I never knew how much my monthly bill for my phone is because i pay my bills via Giro and most of the time I don't check the amount deducted. However, I was recently packing through my things and started going through my stack of phone bills with my previous Telco and noticed I've been paying a lot more than i should.


A BIG BIG BIG THANK YOU TO MY GIRLFRIEND FREDA FOR INTRODUCING THIS TO ME!!!:)



The new SingTel Youth Plan is not only the cheapest in town, but it’s also the only telco that offers you the most amount of GB at the cheapest price. I believe youth these days are even more reliant on the internet than I am a few years back!

As a blogger/social media influencer, I am always on my phone checking out my various social accounts for the latest update on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. I definitely need a plan which offers me more than 2GB. I also love streaming videos on my phone and that really uses up a lot of data so i do need a plan with more data!

When you sign up for a new line using this link ( http://www.singtelshop.com/fredapoh), you get to enjoy additional perks which includes: 

$50 off all handsets (excl iPhone) on Youth Plan sign ups
FREE 2GB additional data on Lite and Value Data


CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

www.singtelshop.com/fredapoh


If you are a student above 18 years ago, there's no need to trouble your parents! Don't have to wait for them to take time out of their busy schedule to go to the mall with you to get your phone. Wish they had it during my times!


If you are still unsure about purchasing a phone online and still wanna go for the traditional method of purchasing it at a physical SingTel store but still want the voucher, do feel free to drop an email to contest@gushcloud.com with your Name and Contact Number and Gushcloud will proceed to mail you the voucher to use in store!

Quick get your hands on the latest LG G3 together with the latest Youth Plan and sign up now to get all the exclusive perks you can as a youth!(:

www.singtelshop.com/fredapoh

Expired - Time is Up!

Update:
So heartwarming to read all the comments below :') super touched!!! Thank you thank you thank you! I am super happy you girls have enjoyed my posts. FOR YEARS. Damn amazed at how quickly time has passed and how much I've grown. Thanks for growing up and walking through this journey w me. :) I wanna reply to each and every comment but my phone is wonky and my laptop is at my other house lol but anyohow, Thank YOU! I hope u read this.

I was reading Eunice's post and it prompted me to write about this topic which I've been wanting to write about for quite awhile!

Now that I am a mummy to be, I have faced a lot of Change in the past few months!

But first, let me share with you about the changes I faced in the past few years before I talk about what has changed in the last few months.

I look back at how I started my journey as a blogger and my online store and honestly, am proud of what I have achieved. But I get embarassed when I look at the old pictures of myself which got me "popular". Like WHY AND HOW THE HELL DID IT HAPPEN?! LET ME SHOW YOU WHAT I MEAN...

















SIMI SAI WAS I WEARING? WHAT IS UP WITH MY HAIR? REALLY NO SUCH THING AS COMB BACK THEN I GUESS. HAHAHA.

I CANNOT TAKE IT!!!! IT IS SO EMBARASSING BUT SO FUNNY LOOKING AT THE PICTURES WHICH GOT ME TO WHERE I AM. LOL.

And it is amazing how my blog shop grew so much with images like that...





When I look at it now I'm all like...ewwwww!?!?! Yucks lehhhhhh really! Haha.

Yes the times have changed! Lol. Back then i could get noticed with such terrible make up skill, weird poses, and horrible image quality and editing skills...oh the horror!!! I don't even like my "style"?! Like what was I wearing? IM DAMN "FEELING" LEH. HAHAHA. Totally thought i was the coolest chick in town...the IT girl. LOL. Thanks to you all who made me feel that way la! Hahaha. Why last time y'all like ah??? Now you feel embarassed you were once a "fan" right hahaha :X

I hope I don't come across as arrogant saying this but most people my age who were shopping online at that point of time knew who I was/knew ohsofickle. I was the face of my own brand. I had a different style from most people and because of that I kinda stood out and got noticed more. There were so many good girl bloggers out there and I guess I stood out as I was like the only bad ass one with tattoos and all. There were girls who actually looked up to me to a point some even got the same tattoos as me.

There was no Instagram in those days and nobody really knew how many "followers" someone has to judge their popularity however i knew that was definitely my peak period. I have a lot of people come up to me and they'd tell me about how their poly mates and them followed my life damn closely. So many people were bitching about me, and hey I'll take that as a good thing cus that only happens when you are "relevant". I loved the attention I'll get when I walk into places with people my age.  Haha. Shit I can't believe I'm saying all this but anyway, ya that was back then so now I tell y'all how I felt back then it's ok right? Heh. Of course back then, Xiaxue was still the queen of social media and I was nowhere near her numbers but I have never compared myself to her because we are just too damn different and the only crowd who look up to me are mostly very young girls who were around my age ( the only range I could cater to were only the 14-18 year old....no older than that cus well, just look at the pictures again will you? haha).

As I grew older and more people stepped into the same scene, it got more and more competitive. If you are curious, well let me let you in on this, I was earning so much more money at 17-19 and running an online store was so much easier for me last time compared to now because of the influence i had. I think i was the only blogger who also owned an online store at the same time? The influence I had back then was sooo much stronger and there was not much competition too. It was easy to stand out in both the blogging industry as well as the blogshop industry. Post anything online can get sold out in a jiffy one! When i think about some of the stuff i sold, i'm like "how did i sell 100 of that in the past?!" haha. The more influential you are, the easier to sell things. We all know that! Everything i said was good, people would believe. My pictures and poses were considered the "nicer" than most shops too because well, there were not many "blog shop models". Most of the models were owners of the shop. And most shops choose to cut off the heads to protect their identity. It was soooo different last time man!

 I wished all the competition I faced didn't intimidate me and made me feel like I was not good enough. I wished pretty faces didn't make me feel so ugly I started to feel like I have to do so much self improvement to feel happy and satisfied. Last time I could look "that bad" and felt pretty! The more I changed to "fit in" the worse it got. Despite being better looking as I grew older (I'm being honest, have u seen how I looked back then?!), I lost the influence and the "popularity". The more mature I got, the more boring I was. I started to feel inferior and irrelevant in the scene. I also knew this when more and more people tell me things like "hey I used to follow ur blog!"...key word "used to". It was no longer the "OMG I love ur blog so much!". My readers grew up with me. When people grow up they no longer "idolize" people.

With Instagram around, it was also much easier to get noticed. There were so many good looking girls to follow and one by one, they all started upping their game and going into this full time. More and more people started becoming "influencers" aka "bloggers". Their numbers were growing and catching up with mine super fast. Everytime someone surpassed me in numbers id feel that it's "unfair" cus I've been in this longer than them. I really felt like I was lacking behind and I had to upgrade or be completely irrelevant but the more I tried, the harder I tried, I just couldn't grow anymore. It has been pretty stagnant for me for quite some time already. Sure, blogging and take pictures was something I loved to do but there was also another reason I continued, it was to stay relevant in this industry. Even when I felt tired and sian, and didn't feel like taking pictures, id force myself to because I have to keep updating my social media platforms so I would still be in the scene and be relevant. Other girls were putting in so much effort and had their numbers growing at a super rapid pace, if I stopped posting then I won't grow and soon I'll be way behind. It was a huge fear to no longer be well known.

Then it hit me one day.
(And my pregnancy too made me wake up.)

I decided this is not going to affect me and make me sad anymore. I want to love doing the things I do. I don't want to do it for a stupid reason. I have to change a lot of my priorities. Made me a happier person after doing so too.

I don't want to feel the pressure of staying "up there" anymore. I have reached my Expiry Date. Time is up for me! Got to stop trying to pursue this whole fame thing cus it aint getting anywhere. Time to grow up and get serious with life. FAME IS NOT FOREVER. Blogging is not going to pay the bills till I'm 50? Not for me. I dont think i can earn more $ from it and increase my advertorial fees. If i don't see myself growing anymore as a blogger, it means i am not as influential. How dare i charge higher fees if i cant produce results as good as before right? I was wrong to think the older i get, the more $ i'll earn from blogging. True for a few years. Then it'll be stagnant.

It is time to invest my time and money into better things. Maybe find a proper job. I have enjoyed my peak and now, I will learn to accept that people are going to take my place! The younger generation has so much more potential and they all look 10x better?! Just take a look at the younger generation bloggers like Naomi Neo, PeiShi, Eunice, Mae...the kind of works they produce for their age is amazing. Impressive make up skills, photo editing skills, photography skills, fashion sense, they have everything to make it and they are so much better at it than I am. They also can connect with their readers better because there ain't no age gap. I'm getting "old" and there's no going back in time. I can't connect with the younger generation anymore. I'm going to have to change my priorities and it's not possible to keep up with the youngsters and be as carefree anymore. It was nonetheless, a super good experience I must add! I love my life. I love the ups and downs I've been through. So exciting, so thrilling.

The numbers shouldn't matter to me and affect me as much anymore. I still need my numbers because I blog full time and it makes up 50% of my income but I can't be greedy and I've to accept it and be contented. Of course, i still want to earn $ from blogging for as long as I can but i am mentally prepared for the day nobody wants to engage me anymore. I also am prepared to lower my rates if i ever get so irrelevant and feel like i cannot produce results as good. I am also starting to get out to do more businesses and earn $ elsewhere instead of relying so much on blogging.

I am truly happy for all the bloggers who are getting noticed for their hard work and I hope it pays off for them and they'd enjoy what i enjoyed! With this mentality, I don't feel sad and bitter that they are getting more attention! In the past, I don't think i'd follow and comment on/like people's social media posts in case I gave them "fame". Now, it's totally different! If I like their personality, their pictures, whatever their numbers, I'd be more than glad to shower them with compliments? I feel like a much better person too! Haha.

Not all bloggers will "expire" at the same age though. It depends how long they've been "relevant" and how well they engage with their readers. Some bloggers may be older and still relevant (like Qiu Qiu) but then again, she stepped into the blogging scene and got fame later too. And of course in this industry, there's the reigning queen XX who will always be up there even if age catches up but not everyone can be her. I've seen SO SO SOOOO many people come out of the blogging scene already. Most of those bloggers I followed back then have stopped blogging...or maybe they do blog but I'm honestly not interested in them as I'm more interested in the younger bloggers. Bloggers get outdated one. I am one of them. Haha. But I accept it! I realised the reason why I'm "overtaken" by others and I no longer want to try to change that cus it is too damn tiring, me has better things to work hard for than Instagram followers. If I continue to grow in numbers, good for me! If I don't, I'll swallow the fact and still be happy with my life. Honestly I do know people will still follow me and read my blog. I'm not totally out of the scene yet but i know things will never be like in the past. I no longer aim to be a "top blogger". Months ago, I assumed I could be like XX, blogging for the rest of my life and staying relevant even when I'm in my late Twenties. But I'm only 23 and I already feel like cannot alr! I started at like 15? That's 8 years in the scene already. Doubt I can grow much. I feel that those who used to follow my life closely in the past and have stopped, they won't go back to being interested in "old news". 

I really really am very happy and touched for all the love and support a lot of y'all have showered me with over the years though. Thank you if you've been following me for years and watched me grow up!  :)

I have retired from trying to be a "Scene Kid". Top of my list now is to be a good mummy to Baby Elroy! Also, because of my baby, I have to change my blogging style. Which means I'll have a different crowd following me in future. The topics I discuss about etc. Gone are the days I talk about cheating exes and trashing others! Haha.

我长大了!!!