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. 2015: Reflections .

While 2014 was a year of unexpected changes which turned out to be a blessing in disguise, 2015 has been a year of putting my plans into action. Procrastination is no longer a friend as I broke free of its toxic chains. It is definitely rewarding to be able to fulfill some of my goals that have been left on the back-burner for ages. One of my proudest achievement for the year is to finally get my driving license (at first try!), something which I have put off for close to a decade. I might have received my license 10 years later than the average SG driver but knowing that I have beat this long-held procrastination and am now a certified driver is extremely gratifying.

Introspection, 2015 has provided me with many opportunities – both professional and personal – to challenge myself, grow and develop a stronger self-identity. I’m more capable of accepting myself for who I really am and being comfortable in my own skin. No longer do I feel the pressure to constantly appear as “perfect” for others and thus, I’m less afraid to say “NO” to people or situations that do not resonate with my core values/ beliefs. They say that 30s is one of the best decades in one’s life and while I’m not hitting the big 3 (YET), I can see why life gets richer in many ways as we grow older and collect more years of meaningful life experiences under our belt.

Thank you, 2015 – You have been great to me! 

Highlights of 2015: 

  • Starting 2015 with a bang – Getting drunk and having an elderly lady flashed her boobs @ me during my 1st solo trip 
  • Leaving the comfort of my first job and taking on a much more challenging role in the highly competitive e-commerce industry
  • Passing the driving test on my first attempt, after 9 long years of procrastination
  • Conquered Macau’s highest summit at 338m tall (Macau Tower Climb)!  
  • A year of adventure: Getting my Sports Climb and Abseiling Level 1 licenses & embarking on various kayaking, trekking and water caving expeditions
  • An amateur designer in the works: Having my handmade leather wallet being displayed at the SG Design Week 
  • Being selected as an Enable-A-Family volunteer, working alongside with children under the care of MSF
  • Most importantly, receiving the love and support from a particular Mr. M

 < CAREER >

The last few months at my previous company has been nothing short of a massive Taiwanese drama. My ex-boss tendered and I was running a one-man show, handling multiple big projects, for a couple of months. Those days were definitely not easy – Tight timelines, long hours, last minute changes. And it didn’t help that I suddenly found myself embroiled in a messy situation with a particular trouble-maker who played politics and tried making life super difficult for me. Thankfully, with the support from my ex-colleagues (especially XL and Joel), I survived those challenging times and became even more resilient. Presenting my “baby project” – FairPrice’s involvement in SEA Games 2015!

In my new role in Z, I’ve learnt a great deal about the ever evolving e-commerce & start-up landscape, collaborated with partners from all industries to come up with marketing campaigns and taking on ownership of  multiple projects. In a short span of 10 months, I’ve spear-headed no less than 30 campaigns, was part of a team that created 2 gamification contests from scratch,  participated in the Singapore Fashion Week 2015, mentored 4 interns and flew to Manila for an offsite meeting. The greatest job satisfaction? Achieving 8 x  the average transactions and 73% growth for a recent campaign that I’ve worked my ass off for! 🙂 But, of course, every job does come with its downsides. For many months, I felt as if I was swimming against the currents – 12 hours work shift is a norm, my health took a beating and frustration has become my frequent companion at the workplace. Was I a happy camper? Well, the answer is obvious. Nonetheless, I have no regrets with my decision and if anything, my stint has made me realised what I truly look for in a job. 

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< FAMILY & LOVE LIFE >

I’m extremely blessed to have a loving family who stands by me, regardless of the shitty situations that I get myself into at times. Thank you Pop Daddy, Mummy, Popo, Ginette, Amanda, Ah Boh and Ah Mai for your unconditional love and support. Let’s also not forget the 3 rascals in my life – Archie, Frosty and Simba!  🙂

2015 also saw me bidding farewell to a happy singlehood as I jumped on-board the “Puma” bandwagon (a younger version of cougar) and started dating Mr. M who is 3 years younger than me. Cougar-in-training, lol. Being single had served me well – Living a commitment-free life, freedom to date guys who probably ain’t my type, rediscover my creativity and pick up new hobbies – and I’m thankful for the chance to be alone and re-connect with myself.  But being able to find someone whom you have great chemistry with is a rare find and despite the naysayers’ take on how a younger man will be too immature for the older lady, I found myself falling hard for Mr. M. Sure, we may have our differences but more importantly, we bond over our quest for adventures and meaningful life experiences, love for our family and dogs and shared moments of joy and pain. 

For the first time, I also feel a sense of belonging and connection with his close-knitted family … Something which was lacking in my previous relationships. I used to think that the significant other’s family doesn’t play a pivotal role as long as both parties love each other but now that I’m accepted as a part of his family, it’s amazing and takes our relationship to greater heights. PS: We suspect that my granny loves him more than she loves us (the grandchildren)!

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< HOBBIES & ADVENTURE >


I might have had a broken neck but that doesn’t hold me back from embarking on a series of adventures. If anything, I’m probably more active now than I ever was. Carpe Diem. Rock climb, kayak, waterfall trek,  tree-climb, abseiling … You name it, chances are I’ve probably given it a shot. Somewhere along the way, I’ve also befriended many like-minded people who share the same excitement to travel to every nook & cranny in search for a bigger adventure. Always more fun to do things we love with good company!

In spite of the busyness of life, I always try to squeeze in the time to make these matchbox cards for my Carousell giveaways. Crafting allows me to unleash my creative juices and get in touch with the inner wannabe artist in me. Plus, it’s heart-warming to receive comments from the other Carousell members on how my sharing of life stories has inspired them to a small extent.

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< TRAVEL >

Bali: Casting my initial apprehension aside, I confronted my fears and made the decision to go on a solo New Year celebratory trip to Bali. In my own version of “Eat, Pray, Love”, I found myself getting drunk on NYE, celebrating countdown with a room of lively expats and locals and having a too-close-for-comfort goodbye hug with the local waiter. Definitely, one of my most unforgettable New Year’s Eve Countdown.

Hong Kong: 48 Hours. First couchsurf with my very cool Mum (perhaps, the 1st couchsurfing of its kind). Walk on the wild side of the Macau Tower at 233m high. Scaled the world’s highest urban climb at 338m. Mad? Maybe.

Manila: I was there for work so my trip pretty much revolve around travelling from hotel to the office. Repeat that routine for 3 full days. Nevertheless, I had a blast meeting the Partnerships teams from the other 7 countries and bonding over a competitive game of laser-tag and finger-lickin’ fried food.

Hokkaido: Many Firsts – My First White Christmas. First time on snow-mobile and feeling like a pseudo F1 driver on snow. First time dog-sledding. First time trying whale meat (also, the last time due to the effects of whaling).  Feeling like a kid again in Tokyo DisneySea. Failed attempt at skiing. Pigging out on fresh seafood, sashimi, sushi, beef and ramen. The most expensive breakfast ever – $600 on seafood and Hokkaido Snow Crab. Making more memories with my beloved family. 🙂


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Shop Dorothy Perkins on ZALORA

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Dorothy Perkins certainly needs no introduction as it is one of the biggest fashion brand that carries a wide array of office wear and smart casual. Need some new wardrobe ideas for the Fall season? Fret not, here are some styling trends and tips from the brand to walk you through the year-end season.

2015 BodyCon: Team the va-va-voom lace bodycon dress with a pair of high heels and you’re all set for an office-to-party wear transition … The night is still young; Time to hit the bars & clubs and dazzle the crowd! Prints & Patterns: Take a step out of your comfort zone & be daring with your fashion taste. Add some texture and graphics to your wardrobe with Dorothy Perkins’s printed pinny dresses and trouser collection. The Pinafore Dress: A contemporary twist to the classic school uniform. For a more edgy look, pair your dress with a pair of ankle boots or neck top. The Classic Jumper: Always a good old favourite item for the Fall Season. A jumper-and-skinny jeans two-piece is the perfect Autumn wear to keep you warm yet looking effortlessly chic.

Here are my TOP PICKS from the latest collection:

Dorothy Perkins: Black Hi Neck Lace Bodycon Dress
“A laced dress that lets you channel your Morticia Addams persona in the bodycon construction from Dorothy Perkins. This romantic piece features a sultry gothic allure with the embroidery upper and ruffled collar, making the perfect Victorian-esque horror that screams out for femme fatales.”

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Dorothy Perkins: Stripe Pique Straight Leg Trouser
“Take a casual walk with this striped pants by Dorothy Perkins. The sleek and slim design will give an alluring yet elegant look to your everyday wear.”

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Dorothy Perkins: Paisley Printed Pinny Dress
“Express your love for prints through this down-to-Earth, boho-esque number from Dorothy Perkins. Crafted from utterly soft fabric styled into a loose-fitting dress, this is the perfect piece for imbuing an air of effortless chic into your look for the day.”

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Dorothy Perkins: Black Zip Through Denim Dress
“What better way to elevate your casual wear than with a tinge of denim. Dorothy Perkins takes on the crowd-favourite denim and reinvents it with edgy front zipper line and twin side pockets.”

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Head over to ZALORA and satisfy your festive shopping needs now! Psst, with 11.11 Singles’ Day and Black Friday (27 Nov) happening this month, you can be sure that there will be lots of awesome and great promotions. Time to browse through the extensive catalog as you count down to the massive sales!

. ZALORA: My RED Inspiration .

Just like 99% of the population, I’m looking forward to the long National Day weekend in August. Initially, I had plans for a short getaway with the family but we decided to stay put eventually since this is our country’s jubilee celebrations and the entire nation will come alive with a host of exciting activities during that weekend! Luckily for me, I managed to score tickets to catch this year’s National Day Parade! As much as I dread the crowd and madness, I’m willing to make this year’s NDP 2015 an exception since it’s a a joyful celebration of SG50 and besides, it has been close to 2 decades since I caught my first and only NDP preview live!

With only less than a month to go before the NDP weekend, there’s really not much time left for me to pick out the right attire. So, where do I head to? Well, to my favourite fashion online destination – ZALORA – of course! Needless to say, it’s a MUST-HAVE to don something in our national colours so here are some of my picks for something red! 🙂 

MANGO – Crisscross Strap Dress ndp_zalora2 WAREHOUSE – Gypsy Skater Dress ndp_zalora CATWALK88 – Cross Back Deep Vee Back Maxi Dress ndp_zalora3

MAXQULLO – Red Striped Top with Lace  ndp_zalora1 Want some fresh fashion inspiration for the Golden Jubilee weekend? Head over to ZALORA and satisfy your National Day’s celebratory shopping needs now! Psst, did I also tell you that you are in luck? ZALORA is having a massive GSS Blowout now so there is further markdowns on more than 4000 items, with prices going as low as $5! Don’t miss this chance to grab these irresistible deals! 🙂 

. Shop for STILA at ZALORA .

 I’m a Korean cosmetic girl at heart (no thanks to the gorgeous Korean ladies who guest-star on Running Man) but I have heard a lot of raves about the fantastic makeup line under the Stila brand. With unique products and vibrant colours, Stila is today a fashion style on its own. Its goal is to help every woman celebrate her own sense of beauty – To look and feel like the best version of herself and of course, to have fun doing it! 

Now, you don’t have to head all the way to USA or the departmental stores to get your hands on your favourite Stila items. Save time and enjoy a hassle-free experience when you shop for STILA at ZALORA !

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My favourite Stila items:

Stila One Step Correct: These days, I’m a lazy bum so the best type of product for me is an all-inclusive beauty product that caters to my needs. Want something to brighten, prime and nourish your skin? Well, you got it easy with the innovative Stila One Step Correct serum!

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Stila Waterproof Eyeliner: My essential makeup tool! The black/blue eyeliner – It’s simply something I cannot live without and the main reason why my eyes look fresh even though I’m half asleep most of the time. Stila has always been known for its wide range of long-lasting and waterproof eyeliner that stays defined and bold throughout the day. Goodbye to those annoying and pesky smudges!  

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Stila Lip Glaze: I’m not a fan of lipsticks but lip gloss? Bring it on! The delicious lip gloss adds a sexy shine to the lips and often compliments the smoky eye look. Just the perfect item to pucker up those alluring lips for the special someone!

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. Christmas: design your gifts for loved ones .

Christmas has always been my favourite time of the year, it’s a time for joyous celebration and giving! ❄ ❅  ☃ It is always a festive season that I’m looking forward to! 🙂

As most of you would have known by now, 2014 has been a very remarkable year for me. In retrospect, it holds many painful and heartbreaking memories for me – physically, emotionally and mentally – but I stood strong and courageous in times of extreme adversity and came out of this experience, knowing just how resilient I can be. “When we challenge everything we believe we are, we reveal that which we never knew about our own selves.” Of course, I wouldn’t have been able to go through this tumultuous journey alone and that’s why I’m so thankful to have the support and love from family and friends alike. This Christmas, in the spirit of giving and sharing, I hope to be able to design and personalise one-of-a-kind gifts for my loved ones!

Glitterybitz, an independent and artsy retailer, is a strong believer that everyone should be able to express their freedom in creating their own fashion styles and looks, rather than simply following the latest trends. Not only do they carry their own line of in-house design pieces but they also allow you to customize your own accessories with your favourite pictures and quotes.
Be uniquely yours and design your own accessory.

Here are 2 of my very own customized pieces with Glitterybitz!

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One of my favourite quirky quote from Tumblr: Eat A Lot. Sleep A Lot. 
Pretty much describes my life these days. Work, Eat, Sleep. Repeat. 
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My ultimate favourite: A captured moment of Archie showering me with love and affection, nicely displayed on my handphone dustcap. In fact, I had several friends and colleagues who had spotted the image on the dustcap and were interested to learn more about it!
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Check out the wide range of handmade accessories from Glitterybitz at
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Instagram: instagram.com/glitterybitz.sg 
Blog: http://glitterybitz.blogspot.com

Want a bigger bang for your buck?
Get 10% discount when you quote “Glitterybitz x Stephanie” when ordering from Glitterybitz.  Treat yourself or a loved one to a personalised gift this Christmas!

. The Entertainer Singapore 2015 .

Who doesn’t love a good deal? I know I do! For anyone who enjoys great deals like me, you will be excited to know that The Entertainer has just launched its The Entertainer Singapore 2015 app! Offering over 750 Buy One Get One Free deals for anything from the hottest nightspots to unique staycations, The Entertainer app and book allow you to save while you enjoy! That’s $89,000 in savings for you! Wow!

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My favourite part of the app is that it also includes The Entertainer Travel 2015 that offers more than 250 free accommodation in renowned hotels across Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia. Why not pamper yourself with a luxurious stay in The Banyan Tree resort or Shangri-La Hotel at half of its usual price? That means you get to enjoy an additional night for free, when you book a night at any of the hotels under The Entertainer! Sounds fantastic yah? Time for me to hit the road soon!

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Bored of hitting the usual places in town? With The Entertainer app, you will have no shortage of new dining places or activities to try! Make this your New Year resolution to have an open mind and adventurous spirit to take on new and exciting things in life!

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Enjoy an early bird discount of SG$60 (usual: $75) when you purchase The Entertainer Singapore 2015 app before the end of the year (31 Dec 2014)! Treat your loved ones or friends to this brilliant yet very useful Christmas present during this season of giving! Good things must always be shared. 🙂

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Enjoy The Entertainer Travel 2015 for free, when you purchase The Entertainer Singapore 2015 app.

I’m sold. Where can I find out more about this amazing app?
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. ALIVE Museum: where what you see comes to life .

PhotoGrid_1407764315216Looking for a fun and immersive experience to enjoy with your family or friends? Why not consider a trip to the ALIVE Museum, Singapore’s largest illusionary entertainment museum where you can be part of a master art piece? If you think museums are boring, then don’t be fooled by the word “museum” here because ALIVE, as its name suggests, is a museum like no other. This place of attraction features a combination of trick art, digital art and object art installations that allows visitors to get up close and interactive.

Now that I have regained about 65% of my neck movements and strength, I was thrilled to be able to exercise the super tight neck muscles for a fun reason other than physiotherapy. And, I must admit that some of the poses were hard work for a rusty neck like mine. Lol. It has been a long time since I unleashed the inner “cam-whore” in me and took so many pictures but being expressive at Alive Museum was certainly a memorable way to celebrate my first step towards freedom! 🙂

Tips for you!

– Don’t think about looking pretty or sexy at Alive Museum. The fun part comes when you get expressive and imaginative with your poses so that you can flow with the scenarios and come up with creative pictures. LOVE some of Christine’s priceless expressions in the pictures. Classic!

– Go without much expectations. Expect that some of the more interesting exhibits might be closed for revamps and that some of the artworks are pretty lame. Sometimes, the pictures make the artworks look more fun than it actually is.

Have Fun creating memorable pictures! 🙂

Note: Complimentary tickets courtesy of OMY and Alive Museum

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And remember, you can always get a little more creative and kinky with your poses! This is my favourite R(A) picture, only for my eyes and maybe a special someone! :p 

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Address: Suntec City #03-372
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm daily
Website: http://www.alivemuseum.sg

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