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2016 New Year Resolution

Under Chinese horoscope, people who are born under Snake, Tiger, Pig and Monkey zodiac signs are in conflict with 太岁爷 this year. Contrary to what other would think, 🎶I’ll rather be on the safe side, so I don’t get hurt.🎶 *mimics Kelly Clarkson* 宁可信其有,不可信其无.

I hate New Year’s resolution, but since this year I 犯太岁,this should be a timely reminder of how I should be living my 2016.
2016 New Year Resolution

CAREER
This video kinda just confirmed that 2016 is going to be crappy! It’s telling me to keep a low profile while keeping up with my positive thinking and good interpersonal relationship. I am going to fulfill my role at work dutifully as recommended in this video. I’ll also be looking into free money from the government to upgrade myself with SkillsFuture. #NeverTooOld #JustDoIt

HEALTH
Started Absolute Slimming program at 56.9kg since Nov. last year. Ended the program after 8 session and lost slightly more than 3kg without exercising nor following a strict diet (believe me, I TRIED, too much of a foodie to be put on a strict diet!). I’ll tell you more about it soon.

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Since that kick started my engine of being conscious about the quality and quantity of food that I was putting through my mouth, I went 1 step further. I started moving…

I’m currently on Couch to 5k app. It’s a paid app at $4.22. But it works! I’ve clocked in an average of 3KM in 30 minutes, 3 times in a “week”. I am also thinking about doing BBG by Kayla Itsines.
Couch to 5K week 1

When it comes to food, the goal for 2016 is to cut down on sugar dramatically. Less carbohydrate and replace lunch with fruits. It sounds insane, but it’s actually do-able. My appetite kinda shrunk after the Absolute Slimming program. I don’t gorge myself like before. 😆

RELATIONSHIP
It’s always been a work in progress.
This will be my guiding verse for 2016;
“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” James 1:19-20

I pray for 2016 to be kinder to my soul.
What’s your New Year Resolution for 2016?

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5 gifts to keep your man SEXY this Christmas!

Now that we are done with getting practical gifts for your colleagues, let’s get down to serious business. Buying thoughtful gifts for the man in your life.

Here’s a list of 5 gift ideas to keep your man SEXY this Christmas.

1. Gym Membership ($99 onwards/month)
I know it’s a little late to work for Christmas, but hey, we’re actually looking at the BIGGER picture. *cough* Valentine’s Day! Personally love “multiple” gym passes where you pay a monthly membership and gain access to hundreds of gyms, fitness studios and activities. Get into a sexier body by movin’ and grovin’ together with your partner! Check out Kfit and GuavaPass.
5 gifts to keep your man sexy this christmas gym pass

2. Couple Spa $160 onwards
I seriously think this gift was more for me than him. 😛 My defense is, when I feel SEXY he’ll feel SEXY too right? *Big Fat Grin* And for the records, the wife is always RIGHT! 😀
5 things to help your men stay sexy this christmas (couple spa)

3. Underwear $39 onwards
If you leave guys to be in charge of their own underwears, you would most likely see them walking around in “HOLELY” ones. Fashion isn’t a top priority on their list, comfort is. Let’s help our men stay SEXY with this gift of bare necessity. For the fun of it, buy some kinky ones too and see if your man is up for it! 😀
5 gifts to help keep your man stay sexy this christmas

4. His favorite perfume OR A perfume that turns you on $50 onwards
When you smell good, you feel good. And when you feel good, you naturally project an image that’s irresistible. Now, that for me, is REAL SEXY! *wink wink*
5 gifts to keep your men sexy this christmas perfume

5. Philips Shaver $369 (+ 40% 0ff!)
I wouldn’t want to kiss a guy with stubby beard and mustache. *Prickly leh!* So I personally feel that there nothing else  SEXIER than a well groomed man. The Philips series 7000 wet and dry electric shaver is definitely a well thought gift for the man in your life. It effortlessly glides across the face, reducing irritation, while leaving the skin smooth. Providing maximum comfort for sensitive skin. Kitson has been lovin’ it ever since he got it!
philips Shaver series 7000 wet and dry electric shaver

And since AhSoh is an incredibly sharp bargain hunter, the good folks at Philips is offering our readers 40% off any S9000, S7000, and S5000 shavers.

Just follow the following instructions to enjoy this uber good deal!

1) Visit this unique link to Philips website.
2) Select shaver and click on “Learn More”
3) Click “Add to Basket” on product page
4) Enter promo code “PHILIPSSHAVE” (caps sensitive) to enjoy the promotion and check out!

P.s. Promo code is valid till 31 Jan 2016 so they are prefect for Valentine’s Day gifts too!

Full disclousure: The above products are my own recommendations, and I am NOT affiliated of any of the brands mention on this post. My husband did, however receive a Philips Shaver for Christmas from Philips and they offered our readers a discount code!

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Top 10 practical Christmas gifts for colleagues

Tis’ the season to be tao tia (头痛),
Fa Lala Lala Lalalala~~

It’s here again! The dreaded annual Christmas exchange in the office where we all headache over what to buy for our colleagues. So, are you the last minute shopper who haphazardly buy anything or the one who puts in an extra effort to buying the perfect Christmas gifts?

Dread no more… Here’s my list of top 10 practical gifts for colleagues.

1. Pen
Personal favorites includes Cross pen for guys and Swaroski Crystalline Lady Ballpoint Pen for ladies. Make it extra special with name engraving. Ranges from $35 onward.

 

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2. Quirky notebooks
I chew through all my notebooks at work. I’m pretty tech savvy for a middle aged women, but when it comes to note taking, paper and pen is still the way to go! They are quick and they’ll never run out of battery. I’m in love with all these quirky notebooks from Epigram! 30 different “identity” to choose from. There’s bound to be something for everyone!! $9.90

 

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3. Mug
I hear you moaning, Oh noOoOo… not another mug!! But for the coffee or tea lover, the Bodum travel french press is the perfect gift for the season! I got mine from BHG. I’m sure all major departmental stores should carry them. On a side note, I thought you’ll be interested to know that Omigo.com is having 25% off these awesome mugs. $35.80

4. Coffee Bean/ Starbucks card
For that atas colleague that walks in with a cup of gourmet coffee everyday.

5. Powerbank
Nomophobia is the fear of being out of mobile phone contact. With this thoughtful gift, your colleague should fear no more! Fell head over heel with these kitty cat powerbanks when I saw them at Challenger over the weekend. SoOooOooOoo damn CUTE! How can anyone not like them right?!? You can also get them from Qoo10 as well. $39 – $59.
nekohako Powerbank

6. SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive
In our data rich lives, more digital storage space is always welcome. Easily transfer data from phone to computer OR from computer to phone. Only applicable to OTG-enabled Android smartphones and tablets. Available from Challenger at $14 – $55. There are also some cheapo nana ones from Qoo10, but when it comes to digital data, always go for reputable brands!

7. A pair of IMAX movie tickets for the movie fanatics!
IMAX Gift Voucher from can be purchased at any Shaw Box Office (except Century). Gift voucher is valid for a maximum of 12 months from date of issue. $44 for a pair of IMAX movie tickets.
Top 10 practical Christmas gifts for colleagues

8. Earphones/Headphones
Sudio Sweden earphones were love at first sight for me! Perfect gift for daily train commutator who listens to music or watch drama on their phone. Damn chio right! Ranges from $77 to $150

 

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9. Sephora gift cards for the makeup junkies!
Sephora gift cards will be like shopping in heaven for the colleague who cannot live a day without makeup! Go on, play GOD and make their day! Ranges from $10 onward.

 

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10. The No-Brainer; Chocolate
Everybody loves chocolate, if you don’t, you can pass them over to me. It’s the season to indulge and stray slightly away from your regular Cadbury. Personally love Royce Nama Chocolate. The joy of letting this rich chocolate slowly melt away in your mouth is absolutely delightful! $15

That’s my list of top 10 practical gifts for colleagues.
Let me know what’s on your list…

Full disclosure: I am NOT affiliated of any of the brands mention on this post.

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Do kids really need vitamins to supplement their diet?

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During my 10 years stint as a professional stay at home mom, I had the luxury of watching over my kids’ diet like a hawk. I used to think that as long as my kids keep a well balanced diet, I do not have to supplement them with vitamins and minerals.

But right now, after working full time, I am hardly keeping tab. Dunno what 垃圾 they eat at school or outside! I now see myself falling into the kiasu mom trap, looking endlessly for vitamins and minerals to supplement the kiddo’s diet.

But, each time I walk into a pharmacy I get overwhelmed by many different types of vitamins and mineral for kids. Not knowing what to get for my kids, I consulted a friend who is an expert in this field. “I don’t normally recommend any vitamin and mineral supplements for healthy kids with a well balanced diet. If you really want to supplement your kids diet with vitamin and mineral, a general multi vitamin supplement is good enough.” says Pauline Xie, Senior Dietitian, from National Healthcare Group Polyclinics. Pauline, who is a mother of 3 sits on the expert panel of young parents magazine too!

 photo Blackmores_zps98kw4rdh.pngAmong many goodies that Blackmores sent, I quickly turned my focus onto Blackmores Kids Multi. A vitamin and mineral formulation specifically formulated with 18 essential nutrients to help support children’s healthy growth and development.

Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Folic acid, Vitamin C, Vitamin D3, Natural Vitamin E, Biotin, Calcium hydrogen phosphate anhydrous, Potassium iodide, Ferrous fumarate, Magnesium phosphate, Manganese amino chelate & Zinc oxide.

James loved the strawberry-vanilla flavoured chewable, with no artificial sweeteners.

Then we have The Brain Boosters!
Blackmores Kids Fruity Fishes are natural raspberry-orange flavoured  chewable  omega-3 fish oil capsules that helps support healthy brain development and learning. Studies has shown that omega-3s helps support healthy mood and behaviour in children.

Whereas the strawberry flavoured chewable Blackmores Kids Mineral Minds is a mineral formula that may help support healthy brain development, learning and concentration in children.

It is recommended that both products should be taken together in order for it to harness it’s full potential.

And lastly, cheers to healthy gut…
Blackmores Kids probiotic power is specially formulated for children in a convenient sachet.

This special formula promotes “good” bacteria in the intestine which in turn helps regulate bowel movement and support the child’s immunity. Probiotics are also good for kids with eczema. James experiences lesser eczema flare ups after regular intake of probiotics.

Free Kids Probiotic Powder samples are available at Blackmores Flagship Store.

Blackmores is available at major pharmacies such as Watsons, Guardian, Unity as well as departmental stores. Visit Blackmores Flagship store at Parkway Parade, B-111.

Check out Blackmores Facebook Page or Website to get more up to date information on Blackmores products.

Full Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Compensation for this post was provided by Rise & Shine. Opinions expressed here are my own.

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15 Things I will Do Differently in 2015

When Rachel from catchfortywinks.com started this 15 in 2015 blog train, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to rethink the way I live. And list out 15 things that I will be doing differently in 2015.

15 things I will be doing differently in 2015 that I want to be accountable for:

Personal
1. Learn something NEW
Learning something new Singapore blogger Irene Soh

2. Drink more water and less Soda
This is coming from a person who has a well stocked soda mini bar at the comfort of her own room. It is going to be hard. But the thoughts of being diabetic scares the shit out of me… So this is it! Good bye soda, hello H2O.

3. Less fast food.
I confess. I’m a junkie. I really need to get these junk out of my system for a healthier lifestyle!

4. More home cooked meals
A step further to healthy living, more home cooked meals for the family.
Check out my Perfect Fried Rice and Baked Cheesy Seafood Mariana Recipe.
Singapore Blogger Irene Soh

5. Walk closer to God
I need to make more effort to walk closer to God. Period.

6. Workout at least 15 mins a day
Childbirth and breastfeeding does funny things to your body. I aim to tone up places that are flabby. (YES! In my skinny petite frame there is still FATS. Stop rolling your eyeballs at me!)

7. Connect with families and old friends
Don’t worry…I am not selling property, insurance or mlm. Life is too short to live with regrets. So I am making an effort to meet up with people who matters in my life.

8. Meet new people
As Conrad once said, “your network equals your net worth”. So in 2015, I will take the initiative to talk to more people rather than sticking to a comfortable clique during social gathering.

Relationship with Spouse
9. Message Kitson at least ONCE a day.
Kitson flies frequently and I do not have the clingy wife syndrome. We have so much trust in our relationship that we can go without communication for days when he is not in town. After 12 years of marriage, I think I am taking my husband for granted. Time to make things right.
check out how we survived our first 10 years of marriage without killing one another.
Singapore blogger Irene Soh

10. Take time to be SEXY
As mothers, we are often so overwhelmed with our kids that we forgot to put our husbands first. Reminder for me to stay yummy mummy and not frumpy. In 2015, I’ll be taking initiatives. And NO, we’re not planning for a Jubilee baby!

Relationship with Kids
11. Scream less
It’s in my DNA. I’m a screamer. I’m not sure how I’ll be able to scream less. So if you have any tips and suggestions, please let me know. I need it badly!!

12. Believe and Encourage more
This is something I don’t do enough. “加油, we can do it”!

13. Spend more quality time.
It’s extremely strange for a SAHM to be saying this. But with the kid’s hectic schedule of school, CCA and tuition classes, sometimes it feels like we do not have time to breathe at all…

Blog
14. Be more focus in blogging directions.
Thank you for staying and reading till point 14. It’s the love of writing that kept this blog alive for the past 10 years. Moving on, we’ll need to set clear sustainable blogging goals and stick to them. Food, Travel & Beauty post will be the few categories that we’ll be focusing on…

15. Doing lesser blogger engagements.
We’ve been blessed with opportunities to work with many top notch brands in the past 10 years. But in order to fulfill the rest of the 14 changes we want to make in 2015 we need to cut down on blogger engagements.

Looks like we’re all set for a year of positive changes.
*Gambateh*

Read 33 different perspectives from 33 Singapore Mom Bloggers in the next 4 weeks,
and be inspired to make positive changes in your own lives too.

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Next on the ’15 Things I will Do Differently in 2015′ Blog Train will be Jennifer of DinoMama.

Jennifer Dinomama 15 things that I'll do differently in 2015Jennifer or DinoMama as she is fondly known as to some, is a full time working mum who believes home cooked meals are the best and tries to cook healthy meals for her family as often as possible. When she has done coaching DinoBoy with his school work or not playing & bonding with him, she will be sitting at a comfy corner in the house busy working on something on her crochet hook. One day she hopes she will be able to be a full time stay at home mum where she can fuss over her family 24/7.

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