Entering 2019 With A Mission

Every beginning of the year, we will start seeing ‘New Year Resolutions” popping up everywhere on our socials. But often, we tend to post these resolutions for the sake of it. How many of these resolutions have we actually realized?

Asking myself that question, I know my answer is no.

Hence, instead of a new year resolutions, I have a mission instead which I began back in Dec 2018. Because actions is louder than words.

Starting on a Weight-Loss Mission

I got a wake-up call…

When I look through my recent photos back last month, all I see is round, round everywhere. Round face, fat arms and bulging stomach. I clocked in my heaviest weight ever at 82.2kg on the 4th December. I was horrified. Like how did I managed to let that happen to me?

I must admit that I’ve been slacking a lot on exercises and binging a little more than just occasionally in 2018. I was approximately 75 kg when I began 2018, having lost some weight in 2017 as I was being pretty active by going to rebounding classes.

Taking Action

The weight-gain was not an overnight thing. I know I was gaining weight but I kept thinking as long as it’s below 80 I’m fine. I will start exercising again after my knee fully recovers and the weight will go back down.

I must say that never happened. My knee recovered but I never got back to being active. I was complacent till the 80 kg appeared on my scale. And I knew I need to do something and so I did.

They always say that it’s 80% Diet and 20% exercise. And I decided to start on my diet while slowly increasing my active level. I’ve tried many types of diet in trying to lose weight and this time round, I put my bets on the Keto diet accompanied with Ketones supplement. And I must say I’ve placed my bets right this time.

Motivating Results

Exactly one month after I clocked in my heaviest at 82.2kg, I weigh myself on 4th Jan 2019 and I was down 5kg to a 77.2kg.

The thing about a diet is that you lose motivation when the results is minimal. But when you see substantial results, you will not think twice about rejecting the cake your colleague offers you. And 5kg in the first month is enough to keep me up with staying with my diet.

I still have more to lose. But seeing my face getting less round and my body in a better shape spurs me on. My end goal is 60kg and this is my mission of the year.

My current weight as of this post is 75.6kg which means I’m 15.6kg away from my end goal. I’m hoping to hit my goal by June and I think it’s achievable.

With every weight-loss journey, it’s important to have support and I’m glad that I’ve strong support this time round. My brothers to motivate me in exercising. I’ve a new colleague who’s doing Keto as well! And of course encouragement from friends help a lot too!

2019 is going to be great.

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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2018 in a nutshell

I was in the train early this morning and watching the leaves fall from the trees as the wind blows. The scene is so apt for this time of the year.

这落叶的季节就好比一年的完结。新的一年的来临,就好比萌芽的新叶子。

2018 started on a very low note for me. With me being tormented emotionally by a relationship destined to doom and it eventually ended at the beginning of the year . Though at the same time, I realized that I’ve got really awesome friends that I need to treasure in my life.

Friends who showered me with love and concern. Reminding me that it’s ok to have my heartbroken, because they will help me pick up the pieces and glue them back together. Like how I thought it’s going to be another lonely Valentine’s but the amount of love my friends gave me warms me so much that it was the most memorable one for me so far.

Traveled to…

Bangkok with the girls

Decided to go on an impromptu trip to Bangkok with the girls in March. It was a super fast-paced trip as we were ambitious with our itinerary and wanted to make sure we got tons of shots for the gram.

Overall it’s a tiring but fulfilling trip. Also nearly missed our flight, and got our names called for the first time. Definitely a memorable trip!

Seoul Tripping

First time spending my Birthday overseas and it was in Seoul. Booked this trip quite last minute, like only 1 month in advance. It’s a trip with the Mum and Godsis. We enjoyed ourselves with the street food and shopping but my Mum and I both agreed that we prefer Japan more. Regardless, I’ll probably be heading back to Seoul in future again with better planning. And next time round I will wear that hanbok!

First Solo Trip To Tokyo

I booked my air ticket in February for a solo trip to Tokyo in November for 12 days on a whim. I’ve been wanting to travel solo for the longest time and finally made the first step. I didn’t reveal my plans to my Mum till 1 month before the trip and I know she’s angry. But I’m so glad for this solo trip as it open my mind and eyes. I came back with a new mindset and a happier person I would say. And I’m loving the freedom and peach that comes with solo traveling. My favourite part of the trip got to be Hakone, the view is simply stunning and I saw Fuji-san! Will need to write about the trip in another post. This is just the first of many solo trips to come.

Flew overseas for 4 times including my work trip to KL in April. That’s a new record and I don’t think I will beat it in 2019 as I’m looking to be more thrifty next year. That being said, I’ve a family trip in talks with my siblings. Hopefully it will be realized as we have never gone overseas together as a family.

I Became A Cat Mum

Say Hi to Coco

I’ve always been a huge cat lover and always wanted a cat of my own. I nearly become a cat mum at age 7 but that didn’t work out. And now 21 years later, I finally adopted a cat of my own!

I think it’s really fated because I wasn’t actively looking to adopt till I’m sure that my Mum is ok with having cats in the house. My 3rd brother moved back home this year in April after 15 years of living outside and he brought his cat back home. My Mum was treating the cat like her own in a week though she was very against the idea of bring the cat back.

That’s when I know it’s the perfect time to find a kitty of my own and I found Coco through my friend! Brought her home end of September and she’s with us for 3 months now and many years to come. She had also doubled in size which means it’s time to control her diet. 😛

With the addition of 2 cats in the family, we came to realized that we are really a family of cat lovers. My other 2 elder brothers dote on Coco alot too. Like bringing her out when I was away, playing with her etc. We do dote on my 3rd Brother’s cat too but she’s a little too fierce and too rough with her paws. But I guess having scratches all over is a norm for cat owners.


Last Selfie of 2018

On Both Physical & Mental Health

2018 was not a very good year in terms of health for me. I’ve been falling sick a lot more than usual and also getting into more accidents and injuring myself a lot more this year. Clumsy is no excuse for those accidents and I know half the time it was because I wasn’t focusing. And that links to my mental health.

I entered 2018 sad, angry and frustrated. I lose weight and gained them back and even hit over 80kg. 82.2kg was my heaviest and I know I got to do something about it. I’m at 78.1kg now and looking to hit 60kg in 2019. I spent a lot of time and $$ on my face in 2018, focusing on the superficial but still a necessity. But it’s time to focus on my body and mental health moving on.

I decided to work on my lifestyle, my diet. And I’ve also perked up the courage to try new things. Eg, Going for a Strip Tease class and learning strip dance for the first time in my life.

I know I’m ending 2018 on a better note than when I entered 2018.

Am looking forward to 2019, when things will only get better. I might be getting less active on my socials but I’m looking to write more here. To a better me in 2019!

Goodbye 2018. I’ll see you in 2019.

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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Visiting Bangkok

Looking back at the list of countries I’ve traveled to, I realized Bangkok is a place that I’ve frequent the most.

There’s just something about the Land Of Smiles that makes one wants to visit it over and over again. And its seems like I’ve made it a point to make a trip there at least once a year. And it’s really a no brainer trip when flights and accomadation to Bangkok is so affordable! When there’s Cheap Flight Tickets, there isnt really much to think about except planning your leaves for the trip. Thats how I plan my travels anyways. 😛

Things to do in Bangkok

Eating authentic local thai food, cheap and affordable massages, visits to temples for good luck, shopping in Platinum mall, the list goes on! There are tons to do in Bangkok regardless how many times you visit the place!

On my most recent trip, my travel mates and I have decided to go on a Cafe and Night Market hop in our short 3D2N trip! Ambitious but anything for the gram! 😛

Unicorn, Mermaids and Huskies!

Some of the cafes we managed to visit on our trip are the Unicorn Cafe, Mermaid Cafe and TrueLove @ Neverland where we are surrounded by a hoard of Huskies! We also visited B-Story cafe which all of us decided serves the best food while being whisical and instagrammable.

Do note that both the unicorn and mermaid cafe do serve some very instagrammable sweets and drinks but I would also say they are highly diabetic as it’s really very sweet! So don’t over order!

Having a hot latte with pastel coloured whipped cream at the Unicorn Cafe!

Highly instagrammable but overly sweetened cupcake and drink at the mermaid cafe! (Just being real here ;D)

Surrounded by huge Huskies at Truelove @ Neverland!

Good food at B-Story Cafe! Love the food there and I highly recommend the Tom Yum Pasta! It’s really a nice fusion between Thai and Western! And did you spot that cute bear latte art? That’s a specialty at B-Story!

Absolutely love the interior of B – Story Cafe! Every corner of the cafe is so pretty and every spot is a photo spot!

Of Abandoned Airplane and hipster food.

The night market scene in Bangkok is very vibrant these days. Once can never miss a trip to a night market while visiting Bangkok these days. And we make sure to visit some night markets that are not your usual tourist spots.

Chang Chui night market is one of those hidden gems that is pretty far from the city center but worth every minute of your time travelling over to catch the sunset with the huge aircraft in the background.

Chill by the plane with some beers or grab some local thai food from the stalls and enjoy the ambience. It’s a quaint artsy night market that I highly recommend to visit!

If ArtBox is happening during your travelling dates, add it to your list! What’s better than visiting Artbox in it’s original country? Try out the various hipster food at a fraction of the price as compared to visiting Artbox in Sg. 😛

I also recommend visiting Talad Neon, it’s a pretty decent night market right in the Platinum area!

Flying to Bangkok?

One way to fly to Bangkok with affordable tickets is budget airlines! One of my preferred budget airlines is AirAsia!

Check out AirAsia Booking Online for the best priced tickets for your prefered travel dates!

AirAsia flies to Don Mueang Airport which I prefer over the new airport as it’s smaller and less busy. Plus the real shopping happens in the heart of Bangkok so duty free shopping don’t really matters to me in this case.

Hope this post is helpful for your next Bangkok trip!

XOXO,

Joyce.Forensia

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Durian Delivery Right To Your Doorstep!

It’s the Durian season!!! Who’s a fan of Durians here?

Durian Delivery Singapore

With things going digital nowadays, there’s no need to go to Geylang, Balestier, Toa Payoh or where ever to have your Durian fix!

Durian Delivery Singapore

Durian Delivery Singapore brings you fresh Durians straight from the plantation in Malaysia, pack them into boxes on the same day and deliver right to your doorstep! So you can enjoy the King of Fruits within the comfort of your own home!

Royal MSW a.k.a Old Tree MSW 

I’m sure many of you are very familiar with the Mao Shan Wang variety of the Durian. And before Durian Delivery, I thought that Mao Shan Wang is about the best of Durians you can get but they have something even better! The Royal Mao Shan Wang which are harvested from old Mao Shan Wang trees, giving the fruit deeper flavors.

Soft Creamy Durian from Durian Delivery

I was sent the two varieties and was thinking in my heart, really got difference meh? Or is it just a marketing gimmick, especially since the Royal MSW variety is slightly higher in price. I tried both, and immediately decided to keep the Royal MSW to myself and shared the regular MSW with my Father, who’s like a Durian Connoisseur. 😛

But even the regular MSW from Durian Delivery garner pretty high ratings from my Father. My brother brought home some MSW from another Durian stall and it’s good but not as rich in flavor as those from Durian Delivery and the flesh is also not as soft.

But I really recommend the Royal MSW, it’s so rich in taste and just the right amount of bitter to sweet ratio! And as it’s delivered fresh right to your doorstep, it’s really soft and creamy and aromatic! You can smell the nice aroma the moment you peel off the plastic!

And I must say the price range from Durian Delivery Singapore is very reasonable! One box of 400g(de-husked) of Royal MSW is only $29.90! (The above image is what you get in one box of 400g! Very worth it right!)

Did I also mentioned that both variants of the MSW have got really thin seeds? So you really get a lot of flesh to dig into!

Get your Durians from Durian Delivery Singapore today! I’m definitely going to get my Durian fix from them in future!

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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Hand Bouquet By Floral Garage Singapore

Online Florists on the bloom

Flowers is a great choice of gift for many occasions. Be it celebrations, or just sending flowers to a significant someone to make their day.

With technology these days, you no longer have to head to the florist physically to get the flowers. With many online florists available, sending flowers is as easy as a click of the button. And you don’t have to worry about last minute flower purchase as you can plan ahead and place an order in advance with online florists.

Lovely Blooms by Florist Garage Singapore

Florist Garage have recently sent me a surprise hand bouquet and even though I was expecting a flower delivery, I still got a pleasant surprise as they sent me my favorite Daisies! Plus, receiving flowers is always a mood brightener. Well, unless someone send you a bouquet of Chrysanthemum. 😛 (You’ll get my joke if you understand the Chinese culture.)

giselle floral garage

This bouquet named Giselle, is one of the popular bouquets at Floral Garage. It’s such a lovely bouquet of pink and white Gerberas (a type of daisy) and is a great alternative to the usual roses. I was inspired by the bouquet that I created a makeup look based on the colors of the lovely blooms that week.

makeup look inspired by giselle from floral garage

 

But if you prefer roses with the same bouquet style, they provide alternatives too!

For an example this bouquet called Spirited Away that is actually recommended as an alternative to Giselle for something similar but with Roses. It’s also cheaper depending on the number of roses.

floral garage spirited away

Floral Garage Subscription

Have you heard of a flower subscription? This is my first time hearing about it and I do find it very useful especially when you have multiple occasions coming up within the next week months. You can plan ahead for monthly or weekly deliveries or according to the special dates coming up. And you can either choose from the bouquets on site, ask for customization or leave it to the team at Floral Garage to surprise your loved ones! You can also sign up for a subscription yourself if you love flowers and enjoy receiving flowers on a regular basis. You don’t have to tell anyone that you’re the one sending flowers to yourself! 😛

So now you know where to go when you need to order a lovely bouquet of flowers for that special occasion.

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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