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. ZALORA x NIKE .

I am sure that no one is a stranger to the sportswear juggernaut Nike, which goes by the slogan “Just do it.” Indeed, this simple yet empowering slogan is something that most of us can resonate with when we are faced with fear and doubts. Personally, I have encountered my fair share of fear in my yoga journey, from doing my first headstand to a complete drop back from a standing position! Yet, beneath my fear, it was this inspiring messaging that made me cast away those self-doubts and take the plunge to Just do it.

And since we are on this note, I thought that I would spread this piece of exciting news that ZALORA SG has launched a collection of Nike sportswear for active ladies who love their yoga (that’s me), jogging, zumba and just, working out in general! These days, I must confess that when I indulge in a little retail therapy, it’s not the latest fashion bags or shoes that I go crazy over but the yoga apparel and accessories that fit into the active yogi’s lifestyle. After all, one must look good in order to feel totally comfortable in their own skin.

Here are some of my personal favourite yoga must-haves from this collection!

Nike Printed G87 Tank and Nike Pro Printed Bra 

These slim-fitting tank top and bra come with multi-colour spots designs and add a touch of funky colours to spruce up your work out attire! The racerback design of the top also allows one to flaunt your sexy back. Add these cute graphic printed tank top and bra in your yoga wardrobe to compliment your bubbly personality!

ZALORA NIKE printed collection
Nike Df Epic Run Boy Shorts and Nike Pro Hypercool Capris

The boy shorts feature a contrasting colour waistband design that is bound to be attention-seeking. Pick the purple one if you want something loud and different, and the blue one if you want something more subtle. Loving the perforated mesh panel on the hypercool capris, which is perfect for hot yoga!

NIKE pants shorts collection

Nike at ZALORA
NIKE sportswear

. yoga-to-go session with Stretch City .

It is one thing to enjoy yoga as a form of exercise and hobby, but another when it encompasses much of one’s life. Personally, the latter pretty much sums up my relationship with yoga. Ever since I have started going for yoga classes on a regular basis, I realised that yoga has become some sort of a lifestyle choice for me. I tend to eat healthier (salads and green smoothies!), look out for more eco-friendly and organic products and more importantly, practice mindfulness.

My short (but still counting) albeit fulfilling relationship with yoga has truly opened many doors and benefited me on so many levels – physically, emotionally and even spiritually. Is it my passion? Honestly, I do not know yet but what I know is that I’ve this burning desire to share all that I could about yoga with my family, friends and the community! Yes, that’s my ‘unhealthy’ obsession. Lol.

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It was probably during one of my random surfing on the internet when I first learnt about Stretch City, a sharing website with information that yogis love. You might ask, so what is this Stretch City site all about? In a nutshell, it is a comprehensive yoga lifestyle website listing studios, shops, restaurants, events, and promotions related to wellness and eco-living in Singapore. The first thought that came to my mind was that this is exactly the website that I’ve been keeping a lookout for but I must admit that procrastination got the better of me as I never got about registering as a member until a month ago. Nevertheless, there was no stopping me when I finally became a member and went on a “review spree”, contributing to the reviews of several yoga studios and restaurants on the site!

And you know what they say – Everything happens for a reason. My enthusiasm in sharing my interest for yoga didn’t go unnoticed as the founder of Stretch City, celebrity Liv Lo (whom, I must say is so gorgeous in person), invited me to their first ever yoga get-together session!

Remember that I mentioned about yoga opening up a world of possibilities for me? Well, I wouldn’t deny that I felt pretty intimidated to be attending a yoga session meant for yoga instructors/ teachers ( After all, I’m still an amateur practitioner) and in a yoga style that I was relatively not familiar with. But it’s only when one breaks out of the comfort zone and confront these challenges that these experiences become really worthwhile. I took the chance and was rewarded with many great moments – Getting into new yoga poses, befriending other yoga practitioners and even meeting a budding entrepreneur who has just started her own healthy food business! 🙂

Stretch City – an online place to bring together yoga enthusiasts

bikram yoga textWith hot yoga being the trend these days, it wasn’t a surprise to know that Stretch City’s first members-exclusive event was held at Bikram Yoga Katong. While I’m an avid fan of all kinds of hot yoga classes, I actually haven’t gone for a full 90 mins Bikram class before. And gosh, it was tough and I perspired buckets because the room is probably 1 of the hottest that I have ever experienced! Our instructor, Maria, was quite hardcore and made us work really hard throughout the class but it was also under her encouragement that I managed to do the full camel pose, a super deep back bend/ chest opener posture! Wow, I never would have thought that my back is that flexible to get into that pose.

The good thing about Bikram schools is that the instructors only teach 1 style of yoga and that’s Bikram which consists of 26 static postures performed in a heated room of about 40 deg c. So, it will be easier for regular students to keep track of their progress and improve on their practice.
Get ready to turn on the heat!

Bikram Yoga Katong
130 East Coast Road

PhotoGrid_1393152004904Thanks to Liv for this invitation and I’m looking forward to more events by Stretch City. Disclaimer: This is not a paid advertorial.

. sights: turning upside down .

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Sights: Me on an invert
Working out every muscle in my body, from the neck, shoulders, core, inner thighs and even the toes!


. embracing who i am .

I was catching up on one of my favourite yoga instructor’s blog when I came across an entry that really strike a chord with me. In her post titled “Embrace Who We Are“, she talked about the need for us to feel whole and embrace our unique & true self so that we may feel fulfillment in life. Now, take this moment and reflect upon your own life. What is it that truly makes you happy? Are you guilty of conforming to societal norms and sticking to the comfort zone, just because it is the easier thing to do even though your heart says otherwise? Like so many people out there, I will be the first to admit that I’m generally a people pleaser and I do seek comfort in external justification. Reassurance and approval from other people that I am either doing the “right thing” or am “on the right track in life”. Yet, despite the nod of approval from others, why is there still the sense of emptiness that lingers in my heart?

For those of you who have been following my blog for awhile, you would have known that I have been facing a self-proclaimed quarter-life crisis for some time now. On many occasions, I often assumed that this quarter-life crisis stems from a lack of true satisfaction in my job. Don’t get me wrong, I’m so grateful for the learning opportunities that I have been given, the transferable and tangible skills that I have picked up through the years and the benefits that come along with it. But, half a decade of slogging through the drudgery of life – work. earn money. pay bills. work. earn money. pay bills. repeat. – does get to me. Was this the life that I am going to live for the rest of my life? And mind you, we aren’t even talking about bigger commitments such as housing loans and child support here.  Yet, upon introspection, it suddenly hit me that the bigger picture lies in me. That I have not been able to fully embrace the true me because in times when I feel vulnerable or fearful, I tend to seek assurance from external parties. However, if we don’t feel that we are enough and worthy, no amount of external validation will do the job. We have to love ourselves and be true to our beings, in order to find more meaning and fulfillment in our lives.

As of late, I have been doing a lot more soul searching. Reflection through yoga. Reading inspirational true stories or blogs that resonate with me. Practice mindfulness. Those, along with the process of growing up and having a more mature outlook in life, have taught me to slowly accept and acknowledge that it is totally fine to be imperfect. To make mistakes. To have fears and weaknesses. To fail and fall apart. To be different. But, none of which should make me question my worthiness because, to quote Asami in her blog entry, that doesn’t change the truth that I am also brave and worthy of love and belonging.

These days, I won’t deny that I am quite contented with all that I have been blessed with. Of course, there are always other areas to work on. Honestly, if you ask me, I must confess that contentment and living life to the fullest will probably always remain a constant challenge. It’s alright though because that’s part and parcel of life and what that keeps me alive. By embracing who I am and accepting that I am not perfect, I’m making the choice to live a life I seek pleasure in, rather than to simply go with the ebb and flow of life.  If that means wearing hand-me-downs instead of buying the latest trendy clothes, drinking fruit juice instead of alcohol during party nights (because I truly dislike the taste of alcohol), exploring hidden gems instead of hitting the malls in Orchard Road, I’ll do it because these are what that make me happy. A very good friend of mine has always reminded me to “Just Be Myself” and I’m truly grateful for these little reminders that keep me focused.

Many people I know from all walks of life – friends, colleagues, acquaintances and even blog readers – have shared with me that they often questioned their purpose in life. Inevitably, many equate the lack of fulfillment to their unsatisfactory jobs, lack of financial stability, non-existent love life, etc. But sometimes, we need to look deeper within ourselves to realise that it is possibly ourselves that we have to overcome. Take the moment to self-reflect, understand yourself better and embrace it wholeheartedly, the parts that you love and the parts that ain’t as great.

“Be in love with your life, every detail of it.”
~ Jack Kerouac