Sleep, all else can wait till the next day

The Loving Mum - Reflection of The Mum

The past couple of weeks had been hectic and exhausting for me, in health, energy, mind, body and even my soul. All along I thought I am a mum with super power and an everlasting battery to boost my power. But I was wrong. I am no super mum and my battery gets drained out too; even faster if I failed to address its call for a recharge.

Since the start of August, members in the family had taken turns to fall weak and ill. Started with the Dad who then passed on the virus baton to the littlest in the family. With everyone is close proximity and both girls staying home since I cannot bring just one girl to school while the other is unwell, the elder one fell ill soon after just as the littlest was recovering.

For mums with two little ones you would know all these leads to only one thing – lack of sleep. I was having less than 5 hours of sleep for the entire two weeks each day and just as I got to go into deep sleep, someone would need my attention and I’ll be awake again. After two weeks of this on-going lack of rest, and me continuing to push myself to get things and work done into the late nights, led me to my final breakdown.

I knew my body was screaming for attention, I knew I needed to get myself to the doctor, and I knew very well I needed to take care of myself before I can take care of others. But all these didn’t lead me to doing what I know was right. I pushed on and on and then that very day I just couldn’t do anything at all.

Well, I did try, but the pain, sore and aching bones and joints, the constant hammering in my head led me to remaining motionless and still in the living room while I watched my two girls keeping themselves occupied. The toys all over, the crazy mess, the biscuit crumbs over the floor… all these didn’t matter anymore.

When the father came home that day, with him also feeling under the weather, I surrendered. Not giving anymore thoughts into what if and can he handle the girls alone. I just had to go get myself lots of rest and sleep. With two extra strong Panadol and a good 12 hours of sleep, I was able to continue my routine the next day.

This period was probably one of the hardest I’ve ever experienced since I became a mum. It really takes a lot of care and discipline to maintain a healthy mind and body. And it is even more important for mums to take proper care of ourselves, because the family needs me more than I needed myself. This a lesson learned.

From now on, I would leave whatever there may be waiting for my attention and action till the following day. No more late night blogging, replying of emails, preparing the campaign pitch not even any leisure activity. When it’s time to sleep, I MUST sleep. Because I don’t want to suffer the same torture I did to myself and my body.

Goodbye Bad Hair Day, The Loving Mum tries Atomy Herbal Hair Care

Since I got my hair permed earlier this year I have been trying out different hair care to tame my dry permed hair. I’ve tried salon recommended shampoo, highly rated and expensive O&M series and ended up not using them beyond the first week, coz my hair was just not suitable.

When I was recommended to give Atomy Herbal Hair Care series a try I hesitated worried that the products will be too expensive since they are from Korea and only available online. But after I registered for Atomy’s free membership, I realized their products are not that expensive and rather cost effective too if I purchase in quantity of fours.

I started off with Atomy Herbal Hair Treatment ($18) and after the first few washes I love how my hair become smoother and easier to manage. When my first tube of hair treatment is running out, I purchased Atomy Herbal Shampoo ($22) and Atomy Herbal Conditioner ($22) too. (Price indicated are for members purchase per quantity from Atomy online store. Retail price in store may vary.)


Now gone were the days of dry fizzy hair! Having used Atomy Herbal Hair Care for more than a month now, my hair is in better shape and condition. No more fizzy and unmanageable hair!

Everyday I enjoy a herbal infused hair wash (I love the smell!) followed by a refreshing minty hair conditioning. And once or twice a week I would follow up the conditioning with Atomy Herbal Hair Treatment too, it gives my hair even more conditioning and I love how soft my once messy and dry hair feels now. After my daily wash, I do not even need to blow dry (cos I am one lazy woman), I just combed and twist my curls then let it dry naturally. On days when I need to look better, I’ll apply some hair treatment oil (none Atomy product because they don’t have any styling products).

Can you see the difference? These photos were taken on days after I started using Atomy Hair Care products.  
Can you tell I am one happy shopper of Atomy? ūüôā

There is one more hair care product which I have yet try, the Atomy Hair Treatment Liquid, which is supposed to help keep your pores clean and keep your hair healthy. You bet I am going to add into my cart for my next purchase. Yes!

Besides hair care products, Atomy also has got a wide range of skin care, beauty, body, oral, health supplements, snacks and even household items. The range of products will be growing over time and as their CEO shared, they hope to be one of the world’s biggest online retail mall. Big dreams they have!

Atomy’s masstige strategy is to provide absolute quality products at an absolute price.

Atomy is a direct marketing and distribution company. Consumers buy direct from their global online stores and if they want to, they can in return generate some revenue from it too. Started in 2009 in Korea, Atomy distributed beauty and health supplements. fast forward 6 years, they are now distributing in Korea, USA, Canada, Japan, Taiwan and just this year they arrived in Singapore! And in the next few months, Atomy will also be available in Malaysia, Indonesia and more neighbouring countries. This can only mean even more opportunities for our local active sales masters and distributors.

If you are keen to start your own business with little capital, I can help link you up so you can sign-up for your own Atomy FREE membership too. No sign-up fee, no minimum purchase nor monthly spend and no commitment period too. If you like it you just buy and use the products yourself and if you really really love Atomy’s products, you can start building a possible sustainable business on your own too. Email orternatives@gmail.com if you are keen to find out more or fill up this contact form.

And now a giveaway!

Because I love the Atomy Herbal Hair products so much, I am going to share the benefits with one lucky reader of The Loving Mum. Follow the following steps to take part:

  1. Like and follow The Loving Mum on Facebook
  2. Follow The Loving Mum (@claudia10) on Instagram
  3. Share this Facebook post and tag 3 friends who needs some hair pampering

One lucky winner will be picked at random from all the comments posted in this Facebook post. This giveaway ends at 2359 hr on 21 August 2015. Winner will receive 1 x Atomy Hair Shampoo, 1 x Atomy Hair Conditioner and 1 x Atomy Hair Treatment, total worth $62.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post nor am I paid to write about this. I am a consumer of Atomy and is still considering building my small business with them, but because I really love their hair care products I wanted to share it with you. 

Open Letter to Agencies Engaging Bloggers

Dear PR Executives, Account Managers, Community Managers and Blogger Agency,

I hope this blog post finds you well. I love your recent mass “Dear Blogger” email sent to me (more than twice for some) and I believe you really would like me to publish your release to help you hit your KPI. But there are some things I felt really upset about and so I’m penning them down here in an open letter. First I would like to thank you for taking time to read this letter, and hopefully you will find it so useful that you will publish it on your blog share it with your teammates and clients. And also to disclaim that this open letter is in no means directed to any particular executive, manager or agency, this is a generic open letter which I hope you would pick up, and help make your next blogger pitch or engagement a more result and relationship oriented one.¬†All points below are based on my personal encounters and by no means representing anyone else other than myself.

1. “Dear Blogger” mass email is really ok

I really do not mind receiving a mass sent email addressing to “Dear Bloggers”, “Dear Media”, “Dear Friends” or whatever you are starting your email with. What really pissed me off is when I take the effort to reply with an acknowledgement or questions, NO ONE bothered to reply?! Perhaps because you receive too many emails every day and missed mine, or perhaps my little blog here isn’t on your A list of bloggers. If that’s the case, then please REMOVE MY EMAIL from your blogger list. You know how it feels to be ignored right? Well me too.

2. How do you QC your blogger list? Or it just doesn’t matter?

There are perhaps hundreds of bloggers in your list and you probably do not QC your list over time? Perhaps your KPI is just a blinded number of published post and social sharing, while the quality of content or the statistics of the bloggers’ social profile aren’t important. If you want all your bloggers on your list to treat you nice please do so in return and do your homework.

Say I’m just being jealous or eating sour grapes, but when you expect your bloggers to publish and share your events and promotions, you treat all of them fairly. That includes sending your media kit or media drop to all those you are engaging and not just that selected few and expect everyone to do the same thing for you. Bloggers are not blind you know? We follow each other online you know right?

Oh and you know what’s worst? You requesting for our address to deliver a media kit and then nothing came. Stop hurting my feeling please.

3. We don’t need to be BFF

You really don’t need to know everything about me nor read my blogs, but at least have the decency to remember my face or acknowledge me when I attend your event. Especially if is the first time we are meeting face to face, do not expect me to know how you look like because your face is not plastered in your emails, but mine (and almost all the bloggers) have our face on the blog, Instagram and Facebook. You at least have seen those profiles of ours once right?

4. Engage me at your event

5 years ago, when I was known as a “Tech Blogger” I was better engaged at events. The PR team and even some of the better folks from the brand’s team were always taking the initiative to engage everyone in small groups or individually. Starting small talks, sharing about their latest products, and some even know what I was up to during that period and managed to hold a good conversation.

But now, as a Mum blogger, it just doesn’t feel that way anymore. The executive or manager representing the brand may not be a parent yet, and probably only know the facts about the brand and products based on factsheets; so engaging with mums may be tricky for them. I believe some parents at the event may have more experiences and knowledge about their product than the executives. But it really is very awkward to be standing or sitting around at an event and everyone from the PR agency or brand is just hovering around instead of trying to get acquainted with us. At some “public” events, often I end up looking like a lost sheep amongst other bloggers, not sure what’s going to happen next or what is it that I should be doing. So please, take a little more initiative to engage or give better direction at point of event registration so we know what is expected of us¬†when we are there.

5. Cross check your lists

So you have multiple teams in the same agency handling different accounts and each team have your own set of blogger list which you do not combine nor cross check with one another. When an executive or manager leaves the company, the list do not get handed over properly and then more lists are created. You missed out some good bloggers and you added in some new ones. After a few media drops and emails, you then realise your KPI result is dropping and you wonder why.

I wonder why too.

Picture this: Executive A sent a release for something that fits my blog content, then Executive B sent something that is totally unfit. And few weeks later, Executive C sent something to Blogger Z and left me out of it for something that fits right into my profile. Eventually I choose to ignore all emails received from this agency.

I hope the above 5 points are helpful to you. And I hope you would share it with your readers and followers team too. Oh and if this is the first time you are reading this blog of mine, please find below a short introduction of The Loving Mum.

Best regards,
Mummy C of The Loving Mum


 

About The Loving Mum

The Loving Mum is a personal blog of Mummy C, she is a mum to two girls Ayra (4) and Zara (2). She does social media consultation and influencer engagement with brands and agencies, and also co-founder of Getgo Parents Рa family friendly and a better place for the modern parents to learn, find information and collaborate. The blog mainly focuses on fun, play and the mum. You can have an overview of the topics and content we publish here on The Loving Mum on our Site Map page. The Loving Mum welcomes both earned and paid engagements from brands the family and herself use and love. Some of our past campaigns can be found here and you can reach us via our contact form here.

Latest Statistics of The Loving Mum

Average Blog Page Views: 50,000 per month*
Average Blog Unique Users: 24,000 per month*
Instagram followers: Over 900
Facebook Fans: Over 700

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34 is the new 21 – Living better and fitter with Absolute Slimming

You know how you become an adult officially when your gifted “the key” to life at 21? That’s when you feel liberated to do everything differently and experience life as a real grown-up.

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Well, that was me 13 years ago. And the photo above, probably the roundest I’ve been pre-pregnancy, at almost 70kg and those flabby cheeks and arms… and thighs… and tummy… well you get the drift.

Now I’m 34, mother to two beautiful girls and co-founder to Getgo Parents; life couldn’t be better right? That’s what I thought couple months ago, but now that I’ve been through #TLMgetfit journey with Absolute Slimming, I think it can get even BETTER and more awesome! Because of my new found confidence and self-awareness, I feel that I can do so much more at 34. Just like what my parents always say “You are still young, go out and fight for your career, fight for your future!“.

You know when you watch those reality makeover show on TV where the lady getting¬†transformed is always so emotional and all teary yet excited when she revealed her new self to her family? I thought they really damn drama lah, really that emotional meh? Look better only really mean so much more confidence and different in life meh? Well, now that I’ve gone through my own mini extreme makeover (well almost lah, except that damn plain face I don’t know what to do with it yet), I really do feel the same kind of emotion although less drama than those on TV. With a fitter body and looking better in dresses and clothes really does make one feel more confident! This is almost like giving me a second chance to live life like 21, be able to cheong again!

Slimming has never been in my mind since I popped out a watermelon from my factory. Looking through all the photos I took since 4 years ago, there were just that handful of myself, all the rest were of my two girls. And the reason was because I was just too fat and ugly to even bother to take a shot with my phone. Only when necessary, I’ll cameo in the shots. Like the one below just before we enter LEGOland in December last year. OMG! You now know why you don’t see photos of me that often in those days right?IMG_5469.JPG

And then there was those days just a few months after the second watermelon was popped, and we headed to Penang for a short getaway. This was the round round me then… look like a maid or not? Wahahahahaha!

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All my clothes were loosely fitted for a very good reason. And the pants from my pregnancy days followed me through 4 years in my wardrobe. Until now. It’s finally time to get a total wardrobe overhaul!

The now less shy and more confident me is ready to face the world again. Literally. Putting my face and OOTD shots on Instagram, flaunting it like I just don’t care (even if it caused others to puke out their lunch); just because I can!

 

I am truly thankful for this long awaited opportunity to try out and review this slimming plan that works! It’s like a dream from a random post I published in 2007. Before I started the program, I was asking what if it didn’t work for me? You know how any slimming or dieting plan result differently for individuals. Because of their no result no publish agreement, I went ahead with it. And now because it WORKED for me, I am more than happy to share and share and share about it. If you’re wondering, no I am not paid to say any of these ok! 101% all my own opinions and experience.

If you are like me, done with the baby factory and ready to conquer the world again with more confidence and fitter you, give Absolute Slimming a call and ask all the questions you have. If you want some preliminary questions answered, check out my Q&A post here. And you might also want to read what other customers of theirs said about Absolute Slimming here.

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Holiday’s Over, Now Back To Work

Crazy crazy month it had been, with so many things and changes to my own routine I got kinda messed up and doing things that are out of the norm. Despite the craziness, I also took the chance to think and regroup my thoughts and life goal. Here’s an update from me.

This Singapore Mum Blog is Evolving

This blog is changing, it’s going to be slow, going to be personal and going to be more focused. Social media and blogging has been going on for the past 9 years or so now for me and I’ve seen greatness and also many negativity in¬†this whole scene. I am still very active and am always finding news ways on¬†how I can do better things, giving more and sharing actively back to the community.

Having spent almost a decade of my life growing and learning and experiencing social media, I do not think I will ever be able to draw a complete stop to doing work and good¬†surrounding this active digital life of mine. Because I feel that blogging, to be more exact, independent blogging (like trying to maintain this blog personally) is coming to an end soon. Of cos blogging as a personal journal is never going to die, but if one wants to actively engage readers, grow readership and do bigger things online, running a blog like this alone will eventually lead to no where. Unless you already have got a high six figures following after years of building your personal blog. Then again, if you’ve noticed, many established fashion and food blogs have also evolved to become more a content site than a blog blog.

Moving to Getgo Parents, a better place for modern parents

The new place I’ll be hanging out more is at Getgo Parents, a startup which my co-founder and I have been working (and still is working very hard) on for the past 3 months plus. A question directed to me just yesterday at NYP Business Lecture talk with graduating students from the school of business is probably one of the most common one I get when I introduced Getgo Parents. “There are so many lifestyle and parenting website out there now, what makes you different from the rest? How do you plan to compete with the more established names in the market?” And the student at NYP even asked from the floor what is my business model.

Well, let’s just say there can never be too many content sites for parents, just like how there can never be too many parent magazine in stores. It’s how you stand out and offer something unique that the other competitors are currently not, what is that one winning element that you (as a parent/ user) will be thankful for because we are making it so simple and fuss free for them to use. THAT is our USP and that will be coming soon to Getgo Parents.

Me, my body and I

If you are my friends on Facebook or have been stalking my Instagram account, you would have noticed that I’ve recently turned somehow¬†narcissistic – taking photos of my reflection in the fitting rooms, posting selfies and even attempted doing #OOTD posts while walking on the road. That my friend is because I am super happy and proud of my getting fit success thanks to the waited-for-so-many-years-it-finally-is-me kinda opportunity – to be on a sponsored slimming program with Absolute Slimming. Being leaner (I am still far from calling myself SLIM) and looking a little better because of the whole slimming program, I am more confident and for the second time in my life after more than 10 years I am able to not hold my breath when standing in a crowd of better looking women just so I can blend in better. (Ok I’m being a little extreme here but you know what I mean right?) I will be sharing more of my personal journey and updates on my progress soon.

The above are the three personal highlights and updates for the past month. Besides doing all the above with minimum time spent because it was the school holiday, the bulk of my June was spent with family. Here’s a quick round-up of our Joyful June holiday,

We did lots of drawing, crafting and painting at home.
Ayra completed three holiday workshop with Heart Studio and she’s very proud of her paintings which now hangs in the girls’ playroom. And we played LEGOs A LOT in June, then there’s also some random puzzles we do together.
Also took the girls to our neighbourhood mall to do what they like to do.
And we had our first experience at ZOUKidISCO! They probably won’t be going back again anytime soon cos they were more jumpy and being their happy self when we visited Elmo and friends…
We also visited our family’s favorite happy place, Universal Studio Singapore TWICE in June! And because the girls are loving the place so much we have extended our season pass to an annual RWSinvite card. Think we’ll probably be heading there every weekend just so the girls can see their favorite characters from Sesame Street.
And lastly we had a wonderful staycation with Jen at Hotel Jen OrchardGateway in June. Hope we’ll be back again soon.

Your Questions Answered, My Experience with Absolute Slimming at Holland Village

What I thought was a personal slimming journey has turned into a series of Q&A with friends and readers of The Loving Mum. Am a little overwhelmed by the attention received and the more enquiries I get, the more stress I get because I really really need to continue to stay trim and fit to uphold my personal reputation. This probably a good thing too coz these attention acts as a push factor for me to want to reach my ultimate #TLMgetfit goal! To help you (and myself), here are the most commonly asked questions from you, answered by me!

What did you do to lose those weight and drop your size?

I have previously shared my slimming routine in this post, do go read it before you continue with this Q&A. In short, I changed my diet and started a slimming program with Absolute Slimming which uses Traditional Chinese Medicine techniques to help improve metabolism and to trim and tone my body.

How was the treatment carried out?

Standard routine of each treatment is done in the following steps:

  1. You will need to undress and be in your under garment for the treatment. Your total weight, fat %, muscle % and water % will be measured first so that you will know your progress, and also so that you know you’re losing fat, not water. On the first and every alternate sessions your arms, waist, bottom and thighs will also be measured. All measurements are recorded into their system where they will share your progress with you before every treatment.
  2. Treatment will first be done on the back, you will be laying down on a bed (similar to those at facial/ massage parlour). The trained therapist (sometimes one or two of them) will use a smooth plastic comb-like piece (without the “teeth” of cos) to scrub your thighs, arms and back. This process is known as Gua Sha.¬†Special cream will be applied before they scrub.
  3. After the scrub, about 20-30 suction glass cups will be placed along the arms, thighs and back, these cups are positioned on the accupoints that are focused on detoxing, improving blood circulation, increase metabolism and also help tone down your body mass. These accupoints are first marked with cream dots to ensure accurate positioning of the cups. The cups will be left on for less than 20 minutes. During this treatment time the warmer below the bed will also be turned on, and the heat and smoothing music makes one wants to doze off. I look forward to my weekly treatments as it gives me almost 40 minutes of undisturbed rest (and sometimes sleep)!
  4. After the treatment is done at the back you will be asked to turn around and the therapists will proceed with same treatment process on the front – along your arms, thighs and stomach.

Each standard treatment takes about an hour, and I’ve observed there are some ladies who did theirs during lunch time. For faster result, it is recommended to have two sessions of treatment every week, that’s what I did.

Is it painful?

Tolerance of pain is really subjective. Like how some women can go through child birth without epidural! Well I had epidural done and have experienced post op pain, this is nothing compared to those! You may experience slight discomfort during the first few treatments if you have never done Gua Sha and Cupping (also known as baguan) before. But eventually you will get used to it, and then it becomes rather relaxing for your body. As the saying goes “No pain no gain” right?

If I were to describe the pain, Gua Sha is more painful around sensitive area like the inner thighs and arms and feel like a good scrub on the back and tummy. As for cupping, it feels like having 20 over lips over your body giving you lovebits. Go imagine!

Is there any other treatments done beside Gua Sha and Cupping?

Absolute Slimming has got one other treatment that uses heat to penetrate into your fats to loosen them. This treatment is optional add-on you can choose to top up for. I did it once and it helped loosen fats around my arms and upper back, where the fats are most stubborn. I have overhead other ladies doing the treatment and most of them love the feeling of heat over their body, few even commented it is very shiok!

A feature in 8 Days magazine about the Heat Treatment at Absolute Slimming.
A feature in 8 Days magazine about the Heat Treatment at Absolute Slimming.

This heat treatment is done with utmost care and preparation. You will be completely covered with blankets and towels. Special liquid is then spread over the treated part and then fire will be lighted up over the liquid. The fire will then left to burn until your body feels the heat, and you said Ok to it (at the maximum heat you can tolerate) the therapist will stop the burning with another towel. This is repeated and done six times per treatment.

Each of these optional heat treatment cost between $90 to $150, depending on which part of the body is to be treated.

Heat treatment can be done for the arms, tummy, back, rear, thighs and calves. The price ranges from $90 to $150, depending on the size of the area going through heat treatment. Pricing as follows:

  • Arms – $90
  • Back – $100
  • Tummy – $100
  • Thighs – $120
  • Thighs and calves – $150

The therapists don’t hard-sell at all, but they will recommend heat treatment if customers want faster spot reduction in certain areas. For example, if you’re pear-shaped and you want faster contouring, doing heat treatment on your thighs 3 or 4 times over the 8 sessions will help quite a lot!

Any pills or medication required for intake?

No. No pills nor medication whatsoever is given.

What about the diet? What can and cannot be eaten during this slimming period?

Diet for slimming is very strict, study has proven that slimming or toning is 70% affected by the diet and 30% by the sweat and hard work. Just like how I used to try jogging to lose weight, I ended up gaining more as I was super hungry after every run and ended up eating more to replenish the hunger. Likewise when I did cardio workout in the gyms, I lost a little and than everything I lost came back to me when I stopped the workout. So how does a daily meal look like during my slimming period?



Breakfast: A small cup of non-fat yogurt and 3-4 tablespoon of high grain high fiber cereal.

Lunch: Fresh lettuce, cherry tomatoes, cucumber and a portion of hand-pulled chicken breast meat.

Dinner: Grilled portobello mushrooms and vegetables.

And here are the no-go food list for those on Absolute Slimming program:

  • No processed food, including beancurd
  • No soup of any kind even home cooked, due to high sodium content
  • No nuts and seeds, grains such as oats are not recommended too
  • No processes carbohydrate ‚Äď rice, noodle, pasta, bread and whatever that contains processed carb
  • No juices, sugared or carbonated drinks, caffeine is small amount with no/less cream and sugar
  • Fruits to avoid – durian, grapes, mango and other fruits that with high sugar content
  • Reduce red meat such as beef, mutton, pork and salmon (need not totally avoid)

That’s very strict diet! Did you follow it 100%?

To be very very honest, the first two weeks I followed the above diet 100%! But the temptation and lack of discipline (also because of the school holidays) I failed to follow, and only managed half of the meals to be what was required. All other times, I ate more meat including beef and salmon, and I snacked on chips and cheese sticks (together with my girls) and even had slices of pizzas and fried chicken on some occasions.

Every time I failed to maintain the required diet, I make sure I eat only till I am 50% full and avoid rice, pasta and noodles at all cost.

What happens if diet is not followed through during the treatment?

For me, when I followed the diet plan strictly in the first two weeks, I lose almost 4kg and my size dropped significantly. But when diet got messed up over the following two weeks, ther was no weight loss but I managed to maintain the same size around my body. Eventually the toning and shaping around my stomach, thighs and arms were reduced. See the photos below where I compare the difference from day one, week two and week four.

How much is the slimming package?

The standard package is for 8 treatment sessions, and cost $1,600 nett. Payment can be made by cash, nets or credit cards. No instalment plan is available. Optional heat treatments can be top-up at any sessions.

How many sessions will I need to go?

8 is the minimum and you should see results once you start following the diet. You can top up more sessions if you want to reduce even more. 

What if I did not lose any fats after treatment?

Absolute Slimming stated they have a money back guarantee on their website, so I checked with them how that works. Below is the reply…

The money-back guarantee applies to the group of people who lose less than 500g and experience no toning within the first 4 sessions despite following the diet. We will know whether you’ve been dieting because our scales can measure your caloric intake. Now, this group of people is about 1% of our customers (hence our 99% success rate). The first 4 sessions are strictly non-refundable, so we will refund them the balance of their remaining 4 sessions ($800).¬† Please keep in mind that such a clear-cut refund policy is not an industry practice. Our stand is that if you do not experience reasonable results within a certain time frame, you should probably not waste your time here!

They also have got a cooling period for those who have signed up for their standard package for the first time. The cooling period refers to the 12-day window during which you can request for a refund because by 12 days they will be able to identify if you belong to the 1% who is not suitable for such treatments.

My wedding is coming, when should I start my treatment at Absolute Slimming?

If you ask me, I would say start two months before the big day or your planned photo shoot. Some people lose the fats quicker than the rest, so it depends on your own body and how much you follow their diet plan. I was told some ladies see a big drop after the 6th sessions while I personally experienced the huge different after the 3rd.

Is it suitable for man?

Yes, man are welcome.

Did your weight rebound after you stopped your treatment?

At time of writing this post, I am still undergoing treatment as I want to try hit as close as I can to my ideal 60kg. But as mentioned above, I am getting lazier as the day passes in terms of my diet. I am eating more forbidden food and not replacing my meals with fruits as told. And I am starting to snack on some days too! So far my weight is hovering and will have +/- 0.5 to 1kg when I weigh myself every day, but my trimmed off fats around my body didn’t expand back. Old clothes all still feels very lose and I do not feel bloated after too heavy meals.

Many places will push customers to buy more sessions and buy other treatments, will people at Absolute Slimming do the same?

From my super hearing and kayponess, all the times when I had my treatment done, I do not hear anyone hard selling nor pushing for anyone to do their optional heat treatments. On the contrary the customers are the ones requesting for heat treatments and they know exactly where they want it done! This can only mean one thing right? It really works! And you know how we woman can be very greedy, wanting to be as slimmed and beautiful as all super models. So when we know what works, we will want to do it more to help speed up the slimming process.

So how much did I lose in total from my treatments at Absolute Slimming?

I have completed my eight sessions and below is what I have achieved (measurements taken after my 7th session at¬†Absolute Slimming)…

Weight loss (kg): 71 to 67.5
Fat loss (%): 33.4 to 31.3

Measurements (cm):

  • Right arm: 32 to 30.5
  • Left arm: 31 to 30
  • Right thigh: 59.5 to 57.5
  • Left thigh: 58.2 to 56.5
  • Waist: 85 to 81.5
  • Tummy: 93.5 to 87

Well, though I’ve lost quite a fair bit, but it is still far from my ideal weight of 60kg, so I have extended another 4 sessions. I will update on my progress again after I completed these additional treatments, biggest challenge moving forward is to control my diet and yet give myself more variety so I do not get bored with my food. Any tips for quick and fuss free dieting meals?

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A passion I missed, Photography

Maki roll for lunch at Canon Fast Track Workshop

Photography used to be my passion, my soul. I brought my DSLR out almost everywhere I go in the past. Back then, single without any commitment. It has been too long since I last did a walk alone with my camera, just to shoot. Thankful for work, I got to revisit my passion and also refreshed my rusty memories on photography techniques and know-hows. It was an engaging, enlightening and empowering Saturday morning with Canon Imaging Academy (CIA for short) at their Fast Track Workshop held at HY California, Marina Bay Sands; an ideal place for practical hands-on practice after the theory workshop with instructor Nugene Chiang from CIA.

Before I share more about the workshop, here are some of the shots I took during the practical hands-on session and during lunch which is included as part of the workshop. Photos are adjusted in colours to suit my personal preference and liking. As the instructor has shared, there is no right nor wrong in photography, it all depends on the photographer and how he/she likes to paint her photo with lights (and colours).

Bees on Lotus pond at Marina Bay Sands, Shot with Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II at f/4.0, 1/2000, ISO 200
“He shoots, she checks.”, Shot with Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II at f/5.0, 1/1000, ISO 100

Some shots are worth taking our shoes off for. #CanonSG #CanonImagingAcademy

A photo posted by Claudia The Loving Mum (@claudia10) on

Sashimi Platter at HY California, Shot with Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II at f/4.0, 1/100, ISO 800
Maki Sushi Platter at HY California, Shot with Canon EOS 750D + EF-S18-55mm at f/4.0, 1/160, ISO 800
Molten Chocolate Cake at HY California, Shot with Canon EOS 750D + EF24-70mm f/4L IS USM at f/9.0, 1/25, ISO 800

Just in case you’re wondering, the food served during the workshop is delicious! I had to break my diet routine because cannot waste food. ūüėõ

Fast Track Workshop Structure

Fast Track is a 3 hour bespoke program for beginners pursuing interest in photography, utilising the ‚ÄúP, TV, AV, M‚ÄĚ modes of DSLR and Compact Cameras. The workshop include theoretical guide to your camera, an hour of photo-shoot outing around Marina Bay Sands and a scrumptious lunch at HY California with lots of tips & photo reviews. Don’t worry if you do not own a Canon camera, as all brands of cameras are welcome to join this practical workshop.

Canon Imaging Academy Instructor Nugene will demonstrate and guide you in making a difference in your photographs and simple tips on food photography during lunch. I was seated opposite of him and this of course has got great advantage as I got to see him in action and learn along as he demonstrated and explained how to capture better food shot. My shots above not bad right?

Types of Shots Taken

I guess this really depends on your personal preference and how the walk about is conducted during the workshop. Generally, we got to complete two simple tasks with different setting on our cameras. And the type of shots we tried include macro (close-up), abstract, scenery (wide shot), panning on moving vehicles, food and even jump shots! Don’t worry, Nugene will jump and you’ll get to practice shooting. I tried many times in the past as a jumper and as a photographer, but never managed to capture nor jump right for the shot. But after Nugene shared the right way to do it, I got it at my first shot that day!

This was how fellow participants at the workshop were positioned to take their perfect jump shot. Will share links to their post when they published (see end of posts).

The most tricky shots picked up that day was panning. I’ve never tried panning before as there wasn’t any need to. But it was fun to finally get it, that perfect moment frozen in frame. All the attendees at the workshop were standing along Helix bridge trying to capture passing vehicles, I felt like a Traffic Police on the lookout for speeding cars! Hope no driver thought we were TP. I took many shots panning left and right on both side of the traffic, and the one and only shot I got I love it a lot!

As I was panning on the left coming cab, another one drove past from the right, and the shutter was pressed at the right moment. Awesome right? ūüėõ

After the 3 hour or so workshop, I felt so happy and excited about photography again! Yes, I still do take a lot of photos of my girls, but having the time to plan and frame a shot to create what I envision in mind, this kind of photography is a form of art. One that I hope to do more of, and I may just do it again with CIA at their weekly photo walks.

Upcoming Workshops and Walks

I’ve got two which I am planning to attend, one is at the Zoo with Ayra and the other another me-time photo walk with CIA. If you are keen to join in too, let me know and I hope to see you there!

Family Photo Walk at Singapore Zoo

Date: 18 June 2015, Thursday
Time: 2.00pm to 5.00pm
Venue: Singapore Zoo
Fee: $38/pax and one child below age of 15(excludes Zoo entrance fee)
More details here.

Compact Camera Outing

Date: 11 or 12 June 2015
Time: 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Venue: Around Vivocity
Fee: $20/pax
More details here.

And the next available Fast Track Workshop is on end June. Sign-up now if you are keen to pick up very practical and useful photography skills and tips with CIA.

Fast Track Workshop

Date: 27 June 2015, Saturday
Time: 10.00am to 1.00pm
Venue: HY California at Marina Bay Sands
Fee: $88/pax, include 4-course lunch
More details here.

Here are the other participants at the workshop (links will be added when they published):

Disclaimer: The Loving Mum attended the workshop with complements of Canon Singapore, all photos and opinions are my own. The Loving Mum is also engaged by Canon Singapore for engagement campaign with bloggers.