COLLABORATION, OTHER

Tempur: Stress, Sleep & Success

28th May 2018

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Insomnia is no joke.  Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder, recent study has shown that nearly a third of the UK population are suffers from long term sleep deprivation, this shows that often people are not aware of the problems they face in everyday life, which means that insomnia and sleep deprivation need to be treated as part of the mental health problem.

I have short term insomnia and I have had it all my life, these are the experiences I face pretty much every other night: Having trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, waking up in the middle of the night to pee, hypersensitivity to noise and light, hormonal, worrying about work the next day, change in room temperature, jet lag, and sleeping on a bad mattress and bad pillows which causes neck ache and bad back.  Recognise these symptoms?  The less sleep I have, wrecks my morning, and makes my concentration and performance at work bad.  Pssst, my addiction to tea drinking is the main culprit for my lack of sleep.  These are not symptoms of any psychological issues, they are common symptoms that affect how well people sleep and they deal with this issue differently.  Some methods may not work all, you just need to find solutions for the sake of well-being.

My sleep pattern is pretty erratic as I travel a lot, work odd hours as a photographer and I mostly work from home.  I go to bed at 11pm or 12pm, I fall asleep (deep sleep stage) at 2am to 8am, my productivity increases at 4pm onwards, I try not to take nap time unless I’m feeling drained.  So I get about 5 hours to 7 hours of sleep, whereas ideally I need about 9 hours of sleep.  You might find me dozing off on the tube, one of the better and quicker ways to catch up on sleep on public transport.  I usually get better sleep when I stay over at my sister’s and have bonding time with my 2 year old niece every fortnight.  I watch her like a hawk for a full fun and games, and the exhaustion for this tired old body, is enough to knock me out at 8pm, go to bed at 9pm, uninterrupted, until I wake up naturally at 7am or 8am.  Welcome to my life as an auntie and a freelancer.


|| My Top Tips To Improve Sleep ||

As part of the Mental Health Awareness Month, TEMPUR® are proud to be supporting the Mental Health Foundation as the chosen charity for 2018.  The Mental Health Foundation have pioneered new ways of looking at mental health and improving the lives of people experiencing mental illness for more than 60 years.  To combat loss of sleep and deal with it successfully, here are some of my top tips that really work for me and the importance of choosing a correct mattress and pillow to ensure a better night’s sleep.

Room temperature – Keep the room cool and well ventilated.  In winter turn the central heating to its lowest temperature setting, mid to high temperature setting can cause skin irritation if you’re prone to sensitive skin and eczema.

Dark room – Black out curtains are perfect for preventing light peeking through blinds.  The darker the curtains can help you get deeper and healthier sleep but it’s harder to wake up in the morning as the brain still thinks it’s night time.  To get that extra hour of snooze would make a huge difference and make sure you wake up feeling good.  If in doubt, set your alarm clock 15 minutes before waking up.  If you don’t have blackout curtains, use a silk eye mask.

Lavender – Fresh lavenders or a pouch of dried lavenders on a bedside table helps to sooth anxiety, stress and have a calmer sleep.  Or, if you prefer, put 2 drops of lavender essential oil and peppermint essential oil on your pillow.

Ergonomic pillow – I suffered neck ache from sleeping on bog-standard pillow when I was a teenager, until I made a switch to an ergonomic pillow which helps to elevate and support the natural curve of my neck.  I’m a side sleeper too, so it makes a huge difference to the quality of my sleep and reduces neck and shoulder pain, especially after a long day of work.  

Memory foam mattress – A bad mattress can cause chronic lower back pain, pelvic pain and bad posture while you sleep.  Trust me, been there, done that.  I was almost crippled (more like the feeling of being paralysed) from the spine down from sleeping on a soft mattress at a luxury hotel somewhere in Asia.  All ergonomic pillows and memory foam mattresses are great investment products that really work, I swear by them.


TEMPUR® will be donating for every mattress sold through the TEMPUR® UK website, or through a TEMPUR® owned store (brand or outlet) throughout May 2018.  I wish your sleep to successful and stress-free.


This collaborative post is in conjunction with TEMPUR® but all thoughts and opinions are my own.


BEAUTY & SKINCARE

Green Bottles Filled With Magic Goodness

16th April 2018

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Life without serum is like life without candy.  Sounds like a sickly sweet romance.  As some of you may already know, I’m a serial serum addict, it has been part of my life for several years now, all thanks to my cousin-auntie in Hong Kong who introduced me to it.  It is of the utmost importance part of my year-round daily skincare routine for longterm results, after toner and before moisturising, twice a day except on weekends to allow my skin to breathe, I switch products when the season shifts or in different environmental conditions.  Here are my current favourites this season, these are the green tiny bottles filled with magic goodness and happiness, here’s why I’m using it and its benefits.

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La Mer The Concentrate – the holy grail of ‘the miracle broth’.  The founder Dr Huber believed the sea was a miraculous resource and sea kelp, with its endless ability to regenerate itself.   I was given a sample to try when I was in LA last month, I had very sensitive skin and redness during that time, the constant plane journeys and change of environment affected my skin quite badly. I was so intrigue by its miracle broth formula, I gave it a go as soon as I saw the bottle in my hotel bathroom.  The concentrate serum worked like magic, and gosh, how amazing to see the angry redness cleared up after 15 minutes of application, I now use it once a week.  Also, I’ve been using it to heal my scab wounds on both thighs (from insect bites last year), couldn’t help but picking scabs like a fidget spinner, ewww, gross.  The Concentrate has natural healing and skin renewal properties that blows me away, it’s weirdly-amazing to see new skin renewed itself after 2 days of application, my thighs are almost scab free!

Innisfree The Green Tea Seed Serum – This is one of my favourite serums ever.  It’s a hydrating serum made from 100% organic green tea and green tea seeds in Jeju Island, South Korea.  It’s rated as one of the best selling eco-friendly skincare products in Korea, this wonderful serum has been my go-to serum for thirsty skin for almost 3 years and currently on my third bottle.  Perfect for soothing sun burn or after sun.

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Dr Roebuck’s Ultimate Hydrating Serum – The serum does wonders to my dry and flaky skin from endless long haul plane journeys.  The serum is slightly and thicker in consistency, you only need one drop for the whole face. I find the serum works really well with a richer moisturiser cream for long haul plane travels, without having to reapply the product on the skin every 3 hours.  I have been using the products for a couple months now, my feels hydrated, supple.

Dr Roebuck’s Boost & Tighten Serum – Same consistency as the Ultimate Hydrating Serum.  It’s a natural collagen boosting serum that helps to tighten, brighten and hydrate your skin.  I apply it mainly on the nose area where its oiliest and tighten the unsightly pores, and on the cheeks for extra elasticity.


 

ECO & GREEN LIVING, KIT & NIECE B

Eco-ually Fun and Delicious

7th April 2018

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A while ago, my 2 year old niece B tasted chocolate for the first time. I know right? I was sent a box of PlayinChoc samples for my niece to try, her mum and I weren’t sure what to expect, will she like it?

PlayInChoc is a new British vegan and organic chocolatier for kids with sustainable and ethical approach to the environment and animal welfare.  It’s a combination of delicious organic dairy-free chocolate (soy free, gluten free and no refined sugar) and self assembly eco-friendly animal toy that comes an info card about the animal, all in a tiny box.

Me and B’s mum love the product so much, they’re perfect gifts for friends and young family.  They recently launched a limited edition rabbit collection for Easter.  Looking at the video of B’s reaction, it’s positive.  A tiny bite of chocolate doesn’t hurt, but a taste of love and fun.


 

BEAUTY & SKINCARE

Beauty Water

19th February 2018

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Water essence aka beauty water, is regarded as one of the most essential steps in every skincare routine.  What is water essence?  Water essence is a water-based infusion applied after toner and before serum, morning and night.  It’s a popular skincare ritual across Asia, helps to boost brightness and hydration on your skin.  There are many different variations of essence to suit your skin type or specific needs, such as essence lotion, energy essence, brightening essence, solid water essence, activating water essence, and many more.  Like most skincare-obsessed peeps I know and follow use one specific premium brand that works like magic (they say, it’s a purchase you’ll never regret) is SK-II Facial Treatment Essence.  The best-seller product with ingredients remained unchanged for 35 years, retailing at £90 a bottle is crazy expensive.  Unless you have a skin problem that may work for you or have a high maintenance skincare, yes buy it.  I wouldn’t.

I’ve tried a few water-based essences from different brands; Innisfree, Laniege, Missha, Biotherma, and Caudalie.  They were okay, but not as brilliant yet, I’m super picky with productsNot all water essence bode well with other products I’m currently using in my skincare routine.  I wanted something subtle with bio-active-friendly, non-potent botanical-based ingredients to boost my dehydrated skin and no science craziness.  Am I asking too much?  Jurlique has kindly sent me a bottle of *Activating Water Essence to try after boasting how much I love their classic Rosewater Balancing Mist on social media, love how it absorbs into my skin quickly and smells so lovely and not over empowering, I also sampled their Lavender Hydrating Mist a few years back, the lavender scent helped my insomnia immensely.  I have been using the Activating Water Essence morning and night for a few weeks now, my skin is supple, bright and hydrated.  The essence contains beneficial botanical-based extracts, all naturally grown in Australia; marshmallow root, calendula flower extract, essential oils, and the gorgeous notes of lavender, rosemary, nettle, sage and many more natural goodness, which explains the herbally scent.

Jurlique has recently launched a limited editions to celebrate the Year of the Dog, Activating Water Essence, and Rose Body Oil.  Presented in a beautiful limited edition packaging box featuring stunning artwork of auspicious red roses created exclusively for Chinese New Year, they’re perfect gifting for friends and family, who needs a fancy gift wrap?


*Disclosure:  This is not a sponsored post.


 

OTHER

Happy Year of the Dog!

17th February 2018

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Happy Year of the Dog!  Can’t believe Valentine’s Day was a few days ago and now the dog year has unleash its paws to celebrate the beginning of a new year.  Oh yes, water dog is my birth year.  The people born under this zodiac sign is loyal, faithful, stubborn, observant, trustworthy, creative, and kind hearted.  I find those traits similar to my characteristics and star sign, Taurus.

Wishing you all kung hei fat choy, good health, lasting prosperity and much happiness throughout the year!


 

FASHION & STYLE, KIT & NIECE B, MY STYLE

Looking Forward to Summer

15th February 2018

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Counting down the weeks til summer.  It’s a long way to go, and yet, we haven’t zoom past Mother’s Day, Easter holidays, my birthday, a Royal wedding, and spring bank holidays.  My golden tan, which I have grown to like it after many decades of anti-tanning, is fading fast back to the usual death-grey uneven skin tone.   Don’t worry, there’s one upcoming work trip which I’m so looking forward to going is LOS ANGELES! Ha ha ha ha, hello tan.

Whilst my niece and I waiting patiently for summer and enjoying the rest of winter mucking about, enjoy the photos!


My outfit: navy peacoat c/o Gant, floral dress and beige beret both from Topshop, black thermal tights from Amazon, leather quilt gloves from Burberry, and knee-high suede boots c/o Stuart Weitzman.

Bethany’s outfit: navy polka-dot dress c/o Gant, tights from H&M, navy Mary-Jane shoes from Marks & Spencer, light blue peacoat from Mango.


 

ASIA, BOTANICAL, SINGAPORE, TRAVEL

Singapore Visual Diary: Gardens By The Bay

12th February 2018

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Happy New Year!

This is my first post of 2018 and I’m beginning to feel quite lazy with blogging, and a lot of backlog posts.  Opps.  I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday season and a great start to the New Year.  The holiday break has flown by!  My family and I escaped the unpleasant English winter for sun-filled trips in Down Under, Perth and beyond.  Hello Vitamin D!

Starting with Singapore before we enroute for Perth.  Singapore has a reputation for being a boring stopover destination of endless skyscrapers, luxury hotels, fast paced (hey, Hong Kong is worst), too clean (chewing gum is illegal there), lack of culture and so on.  Well you need to dig a little deeper to find hidden gems, little temples, street art, foodie and photography hotspots, and plenty of lush greenery to entice your green fingers.  Singapore has lots to offer for first time visitors or repeated visitors more than just a stopover destination, like I said before there’s lots to see, do and eat eat eat, it’s overwhelming.  I chose Gardens by the Bay as my favourite highlight from the trip.

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Having visited some wonderful places, shopping, eating and being exhausted by the outdoor heat, I finally had the chance to visit Gardens by the Bay recommended by friends.  Gardens by the Bay is located next to Marina Reservoir and a stone throw away from the iconic Marina Bay Sands and Louis Vuitton floating maison store.  I particularly wanted to visit one their conservatories, Cloud Forest which houses a wide variety of tropical plants and trees.  Inside the column-less dome of flora and fauna, in awe of by its architecture and nature, elevated walkways, and refreshing indoor waterfall.  It seemed just like lush heaven in my imagination.  Their adjoining conservatory is the Flower Dome, it houses assortment of unique blooms and exotic plants and trees, such as the African and Australian Baobab trees which I have never seen before in real life, what a beauty they were.  There’s also an education centre for visitors to learn about the importance of plants as a source of energy for animals and to humans, as well as the sensitive environmental issues on plastic pollution in the marine environment, logging in the Amazon rainforest, it sources, human effects and solutions.

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What I loved about this visit was its stunning architecture and conceptual design based on its efforts on environmental sustainability.  Built on reclaimed land what used to be a scrub palmetto wasteland, the domes are made of recycled materials, uses renewable energy, recycle rainwater to generate energy to sustain the adjoining conservatories and the park itself, making Gardens By The Bay as one of the best eco-friendly horticultural and recognisable attraction in the world.  It is truly a worthy visit, highly recommended!

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Who says Singapore is boring?  Not this.


 

ASIA, HONG KONG, TRAVEL

HK Visual Diary: HK

5th December 2017

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Here is the final instalment of my Hong Kong visual diary post.  Sorry about the delay.  The instalment features images from the places I visited and random goings-on during my stay in Hong Kong; Chi Lin Nunnery and Nam Lian Garden in Diamond Hill, photowalk with my brother Ken in Yau Ma Tei, Tsim Sha Tsui, Melissa Bui SS17 private viewing, afternoon tea at Sevva, working with the lovely Geneva, photographing some content with The Winery, and exploring Tai O.


 

COLLABORATION, LIFESTYLE

Boots Secret Santa Giveaway

27th November 2017

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|| The Importance of Gifting ||

The season of gift-giving is fast approaching and I hope you have found amazing deals over the Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  I, too, like everyone else, spent the whole of the weekend looking for deals all over the internet for potential Christmas gifts.  Overwhelmed with choices and price matching on various sites, I gave up on beauty and fashion deals, and  ended up buying a snorkel set, underwater camera, hiking sandals, some holiday basics for my family trip to Singapore and Australia in two weeks.

Christmas is a time to cherish every moment with your nearest and dearest, because that’s what life is all about.  A few years ago, I became discouraged at how materialistic and unethical Christmas was becoming, I stopped giving and receiving gifts from family and friends, and encouraged them to donate money to charity indeed.  However, things changed for the better when I became an auntie 2 years ago, I have been spoiling my niece with toys and books, where I’ve made a conscious decision to buy greener and ethical gifts.  Being careful that I don’t spoil her too much and educate her on the values of gifting, and gift-giving with a conscience, and create a positive impact on the environment and the world around us.  My grandma used to always say to her 5 grandchildren, learn how to spent it well.  Except that small things comes in small packages – this auntie’s love and kisses.

Boots has wonderful selections of Christmas gifts for her, with gift ideas ranging from; confectionary, beauty and skincare products, gadgets, novelties, to household accessories.  As part of Boots Secret Santa campaign, I will be giving and receiving a secret gift from other participating bloggers, and pass my choice (with lovingly thought-through) on, to continue the secret santa gifting cycle.  I’m looking forward to what kind of gift I’ll be getting and will cherish it well.  The big secret gift reveal will be on Instagram once the competition has ended.  Without further ado, here’s your chance to win your own secret santa gift.  Please follow the details below.

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|| Boots Secret Santa Giveaway ||

In collaboration with Boots, I’m giving away a secret santa christmas gift worth £100.  To help keep the competition fair and simple for all followers, all you have to do to win is leave a your name and email address on the Rafflecopter widget below.  Easy peasy.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*The giveaway closes at 23:59 GMT on 3rd December.  A winner will be randomly selected and contacted by Boots after the closing date.  Participates must be 16 years or over.  UK entrants only*


This post is in conjunction with Boots but all thoughts are my own.