october 2016 updates

October 2016: My Career Change + We’re Hiring

2016 has been full of surprises but October probably peaked it.

After years on the client side, I hopped over to The Smart Local! As sub editor, I’ll be spearheading a new female-centric site for young Singaporeans. Now that I have a team, topics/videos I’ve daydreamed about covering might finally materialise.

I love writing and that’s why it stresses me out sometimes. Literary communication is like an orchestra that demands rhythm, tone and a bunch of things non-writers might never comprehend. Grammar and punctuation could be perfect, but the ideation phase is a whole different ballgame. 

I’m no trained journalist, but I hope the new platform will be a voice for people here. If there is any topic you’d like us to cover, drop me an Ask.FM question/Instagram direct message. It could be about relationships, beauty hacks, or anything under the sun.

Likewise, we’re on the lookout for creative/editorial interns so if you’re keen please email me at cv_cheng@hotmail.com. 

On the other hand, I cut my hair short! Shoutout to Fiona, my #1 weed-tamer, from Salon Vim. It’s probably my last time sporting a bob as I intend to grow it out. My non-existent brows will also get an iOS update once I do my eyebrow embroidery mid-October.  It’ll be my third time doing eyebrow embroidery after several rounds of laser, so look out for the best advice I can share real soon.

Have a good week ahead.


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Personal, Stories

How I Ended Up With my BFF 6 Years Later (& Happy Anniversary!)


On this day, 1 year ago, Singapore had its general election and the world commemorated the 9/11 bombing. 360000 babies were born and 151600 people took their last breaths, while an infant started to mumble papa (or Ipad I don’t know). Among the hustle of an ordinary day, there was also a man named Steph (in short) who climbed out of the “friendzone” 6 years later.

Well here’s my story about love.

When I was 16, I fell in love with a guy, J, and we roughed out the happiest and saddest moments for over 5 years. He was the memory of counting all our coins just to catch the last train home (because we spent it on catching sweets) till he got his driver’s license at 18, and when I got my first ‘proper’ job. I remember our first snowfall in Beijing and when he called me to celebrate his results as he studied just to enter the same school as me. We practically shared a life even as a family on overseas trips. But people grow up, grow out, and unfortunately grow apart sometimes.

Being in love and being in a relationship are two separate things. Love is a language to be learnt: the feeling alone doesn’t guarantee a happy relationship if you don’t know how to love the way your partner needs.  Though J and I were childhood sweethearts, it became an unhealthy obsession I had to leave behind. Maybe because we loved each other more than ourselves that it drove us mad, or perhaps we were too young to settle our incompatibility. As I grew older, I got to know myself better and who I wanted to be that it rippled through every aspect of my life including my choice in men.

Steph on the other side of the galaxy was never “my type”.

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Fitness, Personal

VIDEO: How To Get Abs, Diet Myths & Rambles

It’s 4am but I finally managed to put up a quick video talking to myself about fitness for the first time ever. I’m not the Youtuber sort as videos don’t comfort me as much as words do, but rambling has been getting fun, now that I have more free time to be an insomniac.

Hope this answers all the Instagram/ASK.FM questions I get, and that I will be forgiven for hardly updating my social media accounts. Will be heading to Malaysia in the morning.


VIDEO: Pin Up Makeup Tutorial for Asian Features

While I got ready to head out last Saturday for a dinner + party I decided to film this down with my iPhone. My Sony NEX-5R dropped when I was fixing the light and the kit lens broke (as usual).

Sony cameras are good but the lens quality is so bad, it’s either the third or fourth time that this has happened. I’ll probably hunt for a different model soon.

URBAN DECAY naked foundation
THE FACE SHOP radiance dual concealer
MAC pot concealer
MISTINE compact powder
INNISFREE brow pencil
ALIEXPRESS cream contour palette
DAISO contour palette
MINOSO eyeliner + mascara
URBAN DECAY pulp fiction palette
MAC toledo collection, matte opera
BECCA highlighter, opal
ARDELL lash grip glue + no brand lashes (similar one here on aliexpress http://goo.gl/xW53pC)

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LASIK in Singapore: Truths & Misconceptions To Know About Vision Correction

Photo model: bibi my pet bear (no animals were harmed in the making)

Few months ago, I finally decided to zap away my 500-degree vision with the latest iDesign iLASIK technology that’s pain-free and bladeless. I did it with Dr. Natasha Lim Eye Center at Mount Elizabeth Novena as she’s 1 of only 2 clinics offering iDesign iLASIK in Singapore, and her results are published worldwide on the iDesign iLasik Registry to provide guidance to iLASIK surgeons.

The main reason why I did it was because spectacles tend to give me a headache and having a digital-centric life, I need my contacts for an unhealthy span of 12-15 hours a day. I also hate to spend money on eyesight checks and changing lens degrees.

There were a lot of misconceptions about LASIK which held me back, particularly the cost and whether I would be able to wear colored contacts again (because I’m vain like that). But after finding out more through friends who underwent various LASIK surgeries, as well as Dr Natasha, I hope this post will benefit those who might be considering LASIK.

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How To Live Happily: Advice by an Indian Yogi

While addressing a group of students in Chennai, India, Sadhguru answered a question on how to maintain joy and happiness regardless of the external circumstances. 

Questioner: Good evening, sir. I listened to a lecture of yours that talked about joy and happiness. You said joy depends on oneself, whereas happiness depends on others. I tried a little while to practice it but what I found was that I was not able to sustain those small moments of joy. I could experience joy when I was completely into it, very passionate about what to do, but somehow when an external person or entity recognizes what I do, the joy is just out of my life. So how do you sustain those moments of joy and not succumb to pleasures of happiness? If you could…it would be nice if you can share the difference between joy and happiness to this crowd too.

Sadhguru: Let’s say your Dean tells you, from tomorrow, what kind of clothes you should wear, immediately there’ll be protests in the college. If your Dean goes further and tells you, ‘everybody should get up at five o’clock in the morning.’ Let’s say he put ten different rules like this, physical things to do, you will think he’s trying to convert you into slaves and you will shout and scream for your freedom, isn’t it? But look at yourself and see.

If someone else determines what should happen around you, you feel like a slave, but right now somebody else is determining what should happen within you. Is this not slavery? Somebody can decide whether you’re happy or unhappy, is this not slavery?  Just because everybody is like that it seems to be normal; it is not. It is not normal. As a human being, life will never happen hundred percent the way you want it, and it should not happen; because if everything happens the way you want it, where do I go? I’m very happy it’s not happening your way.

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All You Need To Know About Team Singapore & Rio Olympics 2016

On July 9, I was invited to the official Team Singapore Rio 2016 Flag presentation Ceremony in tandem with Olympic Day at Marina Bay’s Floating Platform. Being an unapologetic night owl, it was a refreshing change to wake up at 6am for a 3.6km walk and see our city in a different light.

Starting on 6 August, there will be 25 athletes representing Singapore, among 10,500 athletes across 206 countries, who will be competing over a span of 17 days. See the schedule here. The Paralympics held in Rio a month later has a record high of 11 athletes from Singapore competing across five sports (athletics, boccia, equestrian, sailing and swimming).

Singapore’s Olympic flag bearer is badminton’s top shuttler Derek Wong, currently ranked 60th in the world. He is one of only two shuttlers who made it to the Rio Olympics 2016, which is said to be his last game before retiring.

Did you know? The best Paralympics swimmer in the world is our very own Yip Pin Xiu. The 2008 Beijing Paralympics gold medalist Yip has traveled to over seven countries this year for training and competitions to prepare for the Games. She will head the 11-member Paralympics team in Rio.

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This is Why We Grew Up & Got Bored

I stumbled across this writing by Samsaran titled, “boredom” and it went, “why is it that small children and babies are rarely if ever bored? It is because they live in a state of full mindfulness, or living in the now.”

As Samsaran put it, mindfulness is our natural state of being when we are young. It is only later that we start filtering everything through our conscious minds. When we do this, we translate and reduce our direct sensory input to abstractions and symbols.

Thus, that lovely rose becomes not the thing in itself but an abstraction. A kind of amalgamation of “roses I have experienced before” and an abstract concept known as “flowers”. So we don’t see that particular flower with its own individual beauty, color, shape, scent, and imperfections. When we are in this state we are bored easily unless our experience is either very new, very intense or very unique.

One of the things that happen to people when they experience their awakening is that they get caught staring at a flower or a stone intensely for a long period of time. Friends may ask “what the heck is wrong with you it’s just a rock”. But to the newly awakened it is not just “a rock or a flower” it is “THIS rock and THIS flower.”

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Part 5 of 5: The Isle of Man Manx Museum (Where Vikings & Dragons Apparently Did Exist)

Read part 1 HERE (intro to Isle of Man, where I stayed), part 2 HERE (Snaefell, Laxey Wheel, The Sound, Point of Ayre), part 3 HERE (Castle Rushen, Peel Castle, Old Grammer School) & part 4 HERE (Bradda Glen, Cregneash village & ancient churches).

I took these images with an iPhone 6.

Just like how my brother always has a “McDonald’s” wedged in his travel itinerary to mc-conquer the spectrum of patty flavours and combos across the world (well, you can tell a lot about a nation through their taste in Macs), mine could possibly be “The Museum/Heritage anything”.

My brother, who had visited Isle of Man before me, had perfectly described it as “a place where if you visit the museum they don’t just show you the history in pictures and paper but actually friggin have the place that still stands today and you can touch it.”

The Isle of Man Manx Museum is where you’ll hear of King Olaf and Sigurd the dragon slayer like you stepped inside a Game of Thrones museum…except that it supposedly depicts real life.

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JULY FAVOURITE: NEW Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturizer

Shiny glossy legs, checked. Moisturized skin, checked. No messy hands with creams stuck underneath nails, checked.

Although my grandmother has been using Vaseline for years, I only became a petroleum jelly convert few years ago after I decided to try this “eye and anything” secret that made Tyra Banks (literally) roll on the floor during her show while giving bedazzled Vaseline jars to her audience. Since then, I’ve slathered it on as an overnight moisturizer, a lip balm, and even with my liquid foundation if I want it more dewy.

I’ve always bought their jelly for a few bucks at convenience stores but this time, Vaseline let me try 3 bottles of their new Intensive Care Spray moisturizers, available in major supermarkets and pharmacies for $13.90 per bottle.

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