Hello 2020, You’re rather unwelcoming

The start of a new decade.

The beginning of a new era, or so we thought.

But who would have thought that a pandemic would happen in this year full of hopes? Especially for those who had a rather bad year in 2019. Maybe 2020 is an end instead of a beginning.

I think for us Millennials especially, we were taken by surprised. We were kids when SARS happened. I think I was 13 then, starting a new chapter in my life in Secondary School.

This year I’m turning 30. The impact is greatly different from then when I was 13. It’s not as simple as earning extra school holidays. Uncertainty is what I felt mostly. I worried for my parents, who are in their 60s and more vulnerable to the Coronavirus. My worries are valid as they are not in the top of their health in 2019 with multiple hospital stays and Cancer.

We are now in the middle of a Circuit Breaker. Well, it’s a special term in place of calling it a “Lockdown”. We started working from home, learning from home. We are basically enclosed in our flats. I count myself lucky that I still have a job and income. That the company I’m in is fighting this pandemic with innovations and initiatives.

Some of my immediate family members are not so lucky as they are in F&B which sadly is greatly affected in these times. Which means they will be home instead of out even if they are in the essential sector.

You must be wondering, isn’t it better if they get to stay at home instead? Yes, it is for the better. In terms of having less chances to be infected by the virus. But they stopped having an income, and them being home 24/7 while I’m the only one WFH is taking a toll on me.

I must say I’m ain’t the best person at controlling my emotions. I enjoy and treasure my peace. When things are normal at my house, I’m the only one working a normal office timing while the rest works a night shift. Which means 95% of the time I’m home alone after I ended work. But we enjoy our family time during the weekends when we are all on a break.

They ain’t wrong when they say “Absence makes the heart fonder”. You just have less friction when you spend less time together. I mean we ain’t exactly a happy family to start with.

That’s why I decided to revive this little space of mine. It has been more than a year since I last updated this space. I’ve decided to start writing again.

There will be occasional makeup and skincare talks which is the main topic I’ve built this blog around. I will also be catching up on my backdated travelogues. Can you believed I have yet to blog about my solo trip? Good gracious me. And also the occasional wordy posts like this one where I dump my thoughts.

I’m turning 30 in 2 days. Actually it’s like in 26 hours, since today is ending pretty soon.

I shall end this post here and talk to you all again soon.

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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7 Things I’ve learnt Being A Cat Mom

If you had read my 2018 in a nutshell post previously, you would know that I’ve became a Cat Mom since last September. Nearly 6 months into having my own cat at home. Here’s some of the things that I’ve learnt being a cat mom.

1.Mesh your gates and windows!

Cats are born to be escape artists. Somehow there’s just something out of those gates that they are attracted to as compare to the safe home filled with food and water we have created for them. My silly cat especially will wait at the gate for any chance to slip out. She even ran out of the window once! So mesh those windows, Cat moms! Especially if you live in Yishun like me.

2. Sterilize your cats

That’s Coco’s uterus. It’s also enlarged cause she’s in heat as we all suspected.

My cat is a female cat. And when female cats are in heat, they meow all night long. Note, it’s all night long. It’s noisy and it affects sleep in the house. And they tend to pee out of their litter box to mark their territory. So as a responsible cat mom, you have to spay them. Sterilized cats have least health problems anyways.

3. Play with your cats

When I first brought Coco home, I had to leave for my 2 weeks Tokyo Solo Trip soon after. I had no time to bond with her and I do realized that she’s closer to my elder brothers who helped looked after her while I was away. But as I’ve spent more time with her after my trip, I realized that she knows and will come chill beside me on my bed. She only lies on top of me also and not my brothers. Cats know, they know who treats them well and will reciprocate.

4. Cat moms comes with scratches

This was a cat bite though but you get the gist.

I’m pretty fair. And a lot of people have already told me that it’s a pity that my fair arms are filled with scratches now. Thought most of the scratches are from my brother’s cat and not mine. Sometimes they will scratch you unintentionally too when their claws gets a little too long. So just remember to trim and you won’t end up with too deep scratches.

5. I’m a crazy Cat Mom

Taking thousands of photos of my cat in all different angles. Even setting up an Instagram account for my cat. Follow her @cocodeneko. Sometimes just grabbing my cat off her resting place and carry her in my arms like a baby. Hugging and squeezing her when I feel like it. Tell me these are not acts of a crazy cat mom. Lol.

6. Cats should be kept indoors

Chilling at the coffee shop

I sometimes chill with my brothers at the coffee shop nearby and I will put my cat in the grocery trolley and bring her down. Many a times she tried to escape, with my brothers chasing after her. Sometimes I bring her to the playground at night to run around a bit. Because the older cat at home will attack her at sight, she’s usually kept in my dad’s room. So I thought it’s nice to bring her out sometimes. But no, they should be kept indoors. Her most recent vet visit return with her having fur mites and also ear infection. All this she probably got when she’s on an outdoor excursion. So keep those kitties indoors. Keeps them away from crazy cat murderers also.

7. I love being a Cat mom!

Just how cute she is! <3

I love my cat. I love the fact that I’m a cat mom. Seeing my cat when I’m home makes me happy. My cat sparks joy. I’m a happy cat mom or the actual truth, I’m a happy cat slave! 😛

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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Hitting the Weight Loss Plateau

Having started my weight loss journey in late December 2018, the kilograms loss in the first two months have been pretty fast. Within 2.5 months I see a whopping 8 kilos loss.

But soon I realized that I slowly stopped losing weight that quickly. Another 1.5 months passed and I only lost another 1.8 kilos. It’s pretty obvious that I hit the dreaded Weight Loss Plateau.

Discouraged

To be honest, it’s quite depressing to see my weight stagger between 75-73 for the past month. It’s like a yo-yo and it’s frustrating.

I’m way off my weight goal check in and it’s so annoying. Like what did I do differently? Should I workout more? Should I eat lesser? Should I eat cleaner?

How to Get out of the Weight Loss Plateau?

When googling for tips on how to move on from the dreaded weight loss plateau, you get two very common answers.

  • Increase physical activities which means to burn more calories
  • Intake lesser calories then your current intake

Which is pretty much common sense. I guess it’s easier to increase physical activities rather than eating lesser calories because my current calorie intake is just a little less than a 1000 calories. I’ve started my diet based on a 40% deficit and I don’t think I should eat lesser than that.

Ignore the scales

One other way is to ignore the scales because it can be inaccurate. Although it seems that I hit the weight loss plateau, I’m actually still losing fat!

30th January 2019 VS 15th March 2019

Thankfully other than the number on the scales, I do take photos to record my journey too. And from the photos I can see a slight difference and that motivates me to continue on my journey. It’s very easy to get discouraged when there’s no results and just give up. So it’s very important to monitor yourself in all aspects! Remember the number on the scales is not everything to losing weight! Photos is a good form of motivation!

Can you spy that little bit of a collarbone? 🙂

I think it’s important to accept the different up and downs on any journey. Hence I’m writing this down as a reminder for myself and anyone out there who’s also on a weight loss journey. Remember to not be discouraged and just push on till you hit your goals!

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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Genting Highlands Revamped

I’m pretty sure everyone had a memory of yourself visiting Genting Highlands when you’re much younger. Lodging at probably First World Hotel, playing at the old school outdoor theme park.

In fact, here’s my very own memory of visiting Genting Highlands 7 years ago. http://joyceforensia.com/2012/05/31/genting-travelogue-genting-in-a-glance/

Genting Highlands V.2019

I was invited to Resorts World Genting for a weekend trip recently and was pretty amazed at how much it has changed.

Lodging was at Theme Park Hotel located near the stadium where concerts are held at. I like the modern renovations and how cosy it was.

Food Galore at Resorts World Genting!

Day 1 lunch was at The Laughing Fish by Harry Ramsden. They served good old classic Fish & Chips in British style. Do you know that the British eat their fish & Chips with malt vinegar? You can try this pairing here at The Laughing Fish! They also served both Cod and Haddock for their fish & chips. I highly recommend the Haddock for more bite and flavor!

The Laughing Fish is located at Sky Avenue. And there are ton of nice restaurants located there!

Since we are on the topic of food, here’s two other food places that I recommend! Motorino for a good hearty Italian meal of pizza and pasta! I love that meatball by the way! And since we are in Malaysia, how can we miss out good old local food which can be enjoyed at Medan Selera. I had the Bakso which is really nice as we all know Genting Highlands can get a little chilly sometimes. 😛

Entertainment at Resorts World Genting

Now we all know that the outdoor theme park is not ready yet but there are still tons of things to check out and play at Resorts World Genting!

Firstly, I highly recommend checking out The Void at Skytropolis, the Indoor Theme Park! The VR experience there is truly out of the world! If you’re a Star Wars fan you should totally go try it out and have a close up experience with Darth Vader.

Rides at the Indoor Theme Park are not fully open and half the rides are very family friendly. But there are still rides that are gonna get your heart rate up! Mine went up to 122!! That Spin Crazy ride, you got to try it if you’re a thrill seeker.

There’s also an Adventure land area at the top floor where the cable car is located at where you can go through a variety of experiences. If you love Haunted Houses, you got to head to Zombie Outbreak and get a scare out of your life. I really respect the scare actors there, they did a very good job. Some more heart friendly experiences are Ripley’s Believe it or not and The Jurassic Research Center. I really like the Jurassic Research Center as I’m a fan of Dinosaurs. The interactive models are really fun to look at and I think they are made life sized so you will be glad they are just models and not real.

Lastly, for the party goers. There’s both Zouk and Red Tail Bar & Karaoke depending on what kind of a nightlife person you are. I’m not much of a clubber but I had fun playing beer pong at Red Tail and the Karaoke system there is legit ok. They even provide a mike stand per room for you to fulfil your superstar fantasy!

If you’re looking for a short getaway with cooling weather, then Genting Highlands could be your next destination!

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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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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