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Secrets to effortlessly losing 3kg or more in 4 weeks with Absolute Slimming

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I’ve rejected many slimming blog engagement because I never felt I needed one anyway. But, after working full time, and realizing that my shift dress don’t glide down my hips like they did before, I panicked! Not too sure if age was catching up with metabolism rate slowing down or the constant sitting around in the office environment…

I’ve develop EXTRAs in areas that are less than desirable!

A holistic slimming program involving Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) methods such as 拔罐 (Cupping) and 刮痧 (scraping) peeked my interest, so I decided to try it for myself.

I was terrified of the cupping procedure before my treatment at Absolute Slimming, since my initial impression of traditional cupping has always been involved with fire, acupuncture needles and blood. But thank goodness, it’s completely different here at Absolute Slimming.

It’s actually pretty cool right here with the use of some new aged magnetic acupressure suction cups. Unlike traditional cupping, these harmless looking suction cups have blunt magnetic “needle” that sits on targeted acupuncture points. This in return mobilises blood flow resulting to more energised blood circulation. With that, it also helps improve metabolism and suppress appetite. Totally explains how I was able to get filled for less and stop with the binge eating.

I don’t get big angry bruises like traditional cupping methods. Mine are small like the ones you see in the image below. They take about a week to go off, but it varies from person to person. The cupping marks are an indicator of how much toxins there are in your blood. Cupping can draw the toxins out to the surface, which allows better circulation and improved metabolism.

 

Hey look! We’ve got the same #ootd! #windowdisplay #whoworeitbetter #whoworeitbest #onekmmall #tomandstefanie

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Scraping is a secondary method which complements cupping, maximizing the weight loss effects to its’ fullest potential. This method involves applying firm strokes to the body with a smooth-edged instrument. I have a very low trash hold for pain, so I often ask the ladies to spare me some mercy. Thank God, they normally oblige and go easy on me.
TCM Slimming GuaSha Abosolute Slimming

Apart from just cupping and scraping, diet played an important role in this TCM slimming treatment. I swear diet was the hardest part for a foodie like me!

Here’s a glimpse of what’s on the naughty food list:
Grains, Legumes, Nuts, Processed food & Fruits that are high in sugar or fat content.
In addition, I was only allowed to eat till 70% fullness and stop eating after 8pm.

Diets doesn’t get any easier when #gluttoncherieladie constantly sabotage you!!

I’ve faithfully followed the plan for the first 2 weeks, but the rest is history when I accidentally ate my colleague’s Ebi Rice Burger from MOS. I’ve also had an entire cheat week in Japan! Seriously thought this diet plan was spiraling to hell, but I was surprised to know that I still lost weight after eating “forbidden food” from my Japan trip! #AhSoh吃好料

The Results
I started the program weighing 56.9kg. The program ran 2 times weekly and lasted for a month. Finally ended the program with 53.7Kg. That’s losing 3.2kg in one short month. If that don’t impress you much, maybe these numbers would. Felt a significant difference in my waist, tummy and hips. And these hips don’t lie. 😛 *Sings like Shakira*

CENTIMETER LOSS
Session Right Arm Left Arm Right Thigh Left Thigh Tummy Waist Hips
1 30 30 61 60.5 76 87.5 101
8 29 29 59 58.5 71 82 97

Image what could have been if I’ve been more discipline and strictly stick to the suggested diet?
Absolute Slimming Bugis Review

-UPDATE-
It’s been more than a month after completing the program at Absolute Slimming and my weight has been maintained in the 53kg region. #happylikehell #CNYcoming

What did loosing 3kg meant for me?
Being able to fit into some of my older clothes was a huge ego boost. I realized that I do not have to resign to fate that it’s a “norm” to expand sideways with age or after childbirth. I was motivated to do more. Apart from being more aware of what and how much I was taking in, I’ve also started running. If you’re having trouble kick starting your goals in weight loss, perhaps Absolute Slimming could work for you too.

Absolute Slimming Bugis
470 North Bridge Road
Bugis Cube #04-23
S188735
Tel: 6837 0640

Absolute Slimming Holland Village
211 Holland Avenue
Holland Road Shopping Centre #03-14
S278967
Tel: 6463 0360

Full Disclosure: I was invited to try out Absolute Slimming. No monetary compensation has been received. Views and opinion reflected on this blog post are my own and are no way influenced by anybody else.

Bangkok Gastronomical Adventure

We’ve seen many Instagram worthy pictures, as well as read many positive reviews of Karmakamet. So this place is a die die must go on Cherie‘s list of our Bangkok gastronomical adventure. We wasted no time and headed straight to Karmakamet after check in.

SUKHUMVIT 24 / KARMAKAMET WORLD
30/1 Soi Metheenivet, Klongton,
Klongtoey, Bangkok Thailand
Open daily 10.00-23.30 hrs

The place is literally like a secret garden. Damn zen loh!
Bangkok Karmakamet Review

Wasn’t sure if it was from the potpourri sacks hanging from the ceiling or the neatly lined up bottles on the rack… The restaurant smells super heavenly! Love the interior!
Karmakamet Bangkok Review

Sadly, the food did not live up to expectation.
It’s not bad, but yet, not good enough to leave an impression.
Karmakamet Bangkok Review

If you need a place to take pictures of your Bangkok haul #ootd, or Instagram worthy food pictures, this is it… But, if you’re looking for good food, I’ll suggest you try somewhere else.
karmakamet Bangkok food review

My very first experience holidaying with a girl friend. And I had to learn this the hard way… Cherie is a bloody marathoner! Extremely efficient shopping marathoner to be precise.

Chatuchak Market is a shopping haven for girls out there. Only problem was, I’m not your typical girl who likes clothes, shoes or bags. I much prefer tech products. The 60 minutes foot rub we walked past looks really tempting. But, Cherie was going to ditch me if I don’t keep up…

Despite my feet protesting, Cherie insisted that we should get coconut ice cream before we head back. I swear there was a dozen that lined the streets of Chatuchak Market! But, she demanded we have THAT ONE outside toilet 3.

I remembered muttering under my breath… “this better be good!”. After heading in the wrong direction and walking back to the right one, we finally gotten our coconut ice cream fix. Refreshing coconut sorbet with assorted toppings is so bloody worth it. It’s even served in the coconut husk! Got FREE coconut juice somemore leh!!



Street food at Sogo World Trade Center

I’m not a huge fan of pineapples, I avoid them as much as I could. But when we saw those “baby” pineapple, Cherie insisted that I have to try them. And boy was she right on this one. These little gems packed a punch. So sweet and yet it doesn’t irritate my tongue! Lovin’ it!

According to Cherie, these BBQ cockles are overpriced but, I couldn’t care less really. Big, succulent cockles dipped in Thai Chilli sauce. It’s damn heavenly loh!
Bangkok gastronomical adventure

Cherie arranged a blind date for us to meet up with stranger in Bangkok. Just before you think that we are both very 随便, we’re not hor! Stranger in Bangkok is a Singapore-born Malaysian parent blogger who is currently working and residing in Bangkok.

Our generous host invited us to Ping’s Thai Teochew Seafood Restaurant. We had so much food that we couldn’t even move right at the end of our lunch date. I’m going to just highlight couple that resonated well with our taste buds. Texture and taste of the Braised Fish Maw & Crabmeat in Broth is perfect to the T. Never knew I could take my fish maw soup with mustard vinegar or Thai style chilli sauce apart from my usual vinegar.

Or nee (yam paste) is one of my ultimate favorite for Chinese dessert. It’s that one dish that keeps me staying back for wedding dinners that ends super duper late. This one served at Ping’s Thai Teochew Seafood Restaurant is a delicate balance between yam and pumpkin paste. The ginkgo nuts adds texture against this uber sinful dessert. The other dessert that won both our hearts was the Chilled Coconut Jelly. It was so refreshingly good, I had 2! #glutton

Ping’s Thai Teochew Seafood Restaurant
Address: 2nd floor, Pathumwan Princess Hotel,
444, Phayathai Rd., Pathum Wan, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 Thailand
Tel: (02) 661 7860
Ping's Shark Fin restaurant Bangkok review

I had so much fun hitting so many milestones all at once. First time traveling with a girl friend as well as being on a budget airline. Even though it wasn’t my first time in Bangkok, but it was my first time truly exploring the land of smiles.

I could definitely see myself doing this again in the near future. And as for Cherie, we’re still in talking terms after the Bangkok trip. Cherie says that’s because I still owe her money.

I intend to keep it that way! 😆

What about you?
What have your experiences been like holidaying with a girl friend?

This entry was posted in Food.

The Budget Virgin – Jetting off to Bangkok on Jetstar Asia

#NotSponsored #血汗钱 #TBT #ThrowbackThursday #ThePamperedBitchHoliday

Though this post is long overdued (July 2015), I just needed to document this. It’s a trip of many first for me. A trip so special that it has it very own quirky hashtag on instagram.

For the first time in 35 years of my life, I’m taking budget airline! Before you get me all wrong, I’m not haolian婆 hor! We are very lucky and thankful for Singapore Airlines travel benefits, Coz Kitson is cabin crew mah!

Went for a crazy durian buffet at RWS a night before the flight.
Honestly a bad bad idea. I tossed and turned in bed and couldn’t get to sleep!

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By the time I did, I couldn’t wake up in time! My travel companion Cherie must have called and messaged me a gazillion times. If she knew exactly where I stayed, I bet she would have tore down my front door to get my arse outta bed! Unfortunately, the phone was put on silent mode. But, thank God I made it in good time! Hello Jetstar, I’m all ready for an adventure!
Singapore Mom Blogger Irene Soh travels on Jetstar Asia!

The flight attendants greeted us with zest when we boarded. I remember thinking to myself, “Wow! This aircraft looks comfortable”. Walked briskly towards our seat and threw my heavy bottom onto it. Heaved a sigh of relief, Thank God I made it after all the crazy mad rush.

I was slightly amused to see flight attendants doing pre flight safety demo right in front of my eye. When I was still flying for Singapore Airlines, this safety demo thing has always been practiced year after year in the safety evacuation procedure test. But we’ve never really done it in real life. We’ve got in-flight entertainment mah! #Pamperedbitches

The only inflight entertainment available for me, the budget noob was people watching. But, I’m not complaining here… Sometimes you just need to disconnect to connect right? 😀
Entertainment on a budget airlines=Entertain yourself loh!

Space was slightly tighter than usual, but heck, we took off and arrived safely! And for that price, it was DAMN WORTH IT!

We wasted no time. The first thing we bought after touch down was a AIS traveller’s sim card. AhSoh like me cannot afford to be out of touch you know! #FirstWorldProblems

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Cherie getting queue number for taxi.
Virgin Buget Airline traveller Jetstar

Checking into Red Planet Hotels at Asoke. Rooms were bright with plenty of mirrors!! Don’t even get me started with the rain shower in the bathroom. Seriously bang for your bucks!
Red Planet Hotels Asoke BKK

Time to head out for our gastronomical adventure the local way.

And… you know what they say about friends travelling together right? Come back tomorrow and see if Cherie and myself are still in talking terms after the holiday.

This entry was posted in Travel.

Handling complains on Social Media; Crab in da Bag

If you haven’t already heard about the Crab in da Bag social media boo boo, then you must be living under a huge rock. The recent saga of the 2 star review from a customer on Crab in da Bag Facebook page and response from the establishment caused a social media uproar.

Amidst the controversy, Cherie and myself stumble upon the outlet after our Diaso haul. Wasn’t sure if it was the timing, or the power of social media. The restaurant was empty during our visit.

Crab in da Bag review

I kept loosing my virginity to Cherie! For the first time, I threw table manners out of the windows and ate with hands. #primitive Ahoy! Feeling like Captain Hook already…

To celebrate the end of Cherie’s Absolute Slimming journey and the re-emerging hashtag of #gluttoncherieladie, we went overboard and ordered quite a fair bit. Live Venus Clams + Corn in Louisiana Garlic Herb and Boston Bay Mussels in Ultimate Curry
Crab in da Bag review

Between the 2 seasoning, I much prefer Louisiana Garlic Butter. Though a popular choice among diners as advice by the staff the Ultimate Curry seasoning was a tad salty in my personal opinion.

Keeping the 2 star Facebook review in mind, We kept scores when it came to our clams and mussels! Our findings reveals that we’ve been extremely lucky. Only one of them no meat leh!
Crab in da Bag Review

We rubbed our bellies with glee and moved onto the Tiger Prawns in Salty Splash seasoning. (Salted Eggs complimented with Louisiana’s Herbs & Spices)
Crab in da Bag review

Not impressed, but it wasn’t bad either. I am actually sitting on the fence on this one. I wished the prawns were crispier like those found in my neighborhood zhi char stores so that I could devour the shell, the meat and the sauce all in 1 go!

And finally, Live Sri Lankan Crab in Caboodle Mix seasoning. (secret combination of local and Louisiana herbs & Spices, cooked in Garlic & Unsalted Butter)

Since the crab is on the small-ish side tonight, we were informed that it would be priced at $45 instead of $55. Despite the size, the crab was really fresh!

We were given a small sample of spice rice and a wee bit of lemon to go with our Caboodle mix sauce. Loved the smell of the spice rice. Tasted great too!
Crab in da bag review

Between Cherie and myself, we spent a total of $151.85 on what you see on this blog post. We’re not complaining coz we checked out the menu and the prices before ordering. Wouldn’t you do the same too? If you think the price ain’t reasonable for you, simply walk out of the restaurant.

There were hits and misses in our dining experience at Crab in da Bag. The aunty in me was looking out for service lapse so that we could pound onto the 10% discount the 2 star Facebook reviewer was talking about.

But one thing remains constant from last night’s dinner, service was IMPECCABLE!

I might return, but till then, this post will be a gentle reminder that I should order all my seafood in Louisiana Garlic Butter seasoning. 😆

My personal experience from Crab in da Bag somehow differs from what I’m reading from social media. Being a Public Relations practitioner for the past 3 years, specializing in lifestyle and F&B accounts, and the Kayo-ness in me, I’m offering 5 tips to handling complains on social media.

1) Always deal with negative comments quickly and professionally.
Reply within the first 60 minutes.

2) Take the complain offline
Last thing you want is a angry customer lashing out on you publicly on social media.

3) Be Positive and Objective
Seek first to understand, take accountability, think about what else that could be done to make this right? Draft a reply, go cool off, get someone else to read your reply before you hit “send”.

4) No Low Blow or Personal Attacks
Live and let live, Love and love again.

5) Take The Higher Road
Understand that you cannot please everyone. For unreasonable customers, just agree to disagree.

What’s your take on this?
Do you think that the customer is ALWAYS right?

Crab in da Bag
8 Stadium Walk, #02-05 Water Sports Centre, 397699

This entry was posted in Food.

5 signs that your man is a keeper!

If you’ve been following us on instagram, you would have seen the happy times Kitson and myself had over at Hong Kong. Yes, just the both of us, without kids!


Nope, we are not aiming for baby no. 4 or a SG51 baby. Just spending some quality time together.

After being married for 12 years with 3 kids in between. Euraka! I think I’ve found the secret formula. Here’s 5 signs to show that your man is a keeper!

1) He respects you.
Even though Kitson is a Buddhist, he secretly googled and brought me to the best church service in Hong Kong so that I could be in the house of God on Christmas Day. In return, I climbed 268 steps to The Big Buddha to give thanks that I’ve bagged myself a wonderful husband!
5 signs that he's a keeper

2) You both enjoy the same things; Food & Travel
5 signs that he's a keeper

3) He supports you. #instagramhusband

4) He makes you LAUGH!
Even after 12 years he still makes me laugh while falling heads over heel over this incredible guy!
5 signs that he's a keeper

5) He’s good in BED *twiddle thumb*
Eh, I’m not being pretentious okay. SEX is important in a relationship!! 😆

What about you? How did you know that your man is a keeper?