I went for the launch of Bodytone‘s latest outlet in Great Eastern Mall (Jalan Ampang) cos i really wanted to support them. I’ve been doing Powerplate for almost two years now (tho admittedly being going less in the past few months cos have been so busy!) but i don’t see myself stopping anytime soon cos i’m so much fitter than i ever was in my 20s!
Some people still ask me what Powerplate is… i basically work out and do weights on a Powerplate machine in a class of up to 6 people maximum (so a lot of attention is given). The Powerplate machine vibrates at a certain frequency during the entire workout, making me use my core muscles a lot more and generally making the workout a lot harder and you get twice the results in the same amount of time you spend doing a normal workout.
You see a lot of girls going for the classes… and to dispel that it’s SO EASY (cos it’s NOT!), i’ve been trying to get my guy friends to try it at least once (first trial class is free). I’m not gonna uncover my poor friends’ names in public, but they’re pretty healthy guys who exercise regularly but couldn’t keep up by the end of the class XD
Patricia K, me, Tianna, Ethel
#TonedIsTheNewSexy is Bodytone’s movement that it’s not about being skinny, but being healthy + toned + strong + living a balanced life.
I totally agree with it… i mean, i’m generally a skinny person but i started working out cos:
1) my tummy suddenly started appearing out of NOWHERE in my late 20s
2) i was embarrassed bout my skinny weak arms that couldn’t even open a bathroom door without me having to lean on it
Since i started doing Powerplate, i don’t experience back pains like how i used to, and can carry twice the amount of groceries and event props that i pathetically wasn’t able to before!
Linora, Patricia, me, Chelsia, Belinda, Aishah & Cammy
I mean look at Cammy… she gave birth in the end of March this year and looks freaking amazing despite putting on a lot of baby weight initially (let’s just say, she WAS quite worried).
Every month, Bodytone will be giving away 2x separate personal training sessions to be won alongside one of Bodytone’s ambassadors.
For instance, the month of November it’s the chance to win a workout with Miss World/Malaysia Thanuja!
Thanu is so tall i have to look up at her like THAT.
To enter, you have to Instagram (simultaneous post to FB + Twitter is a bonus) a pic of you doing anything healthy, or your body parts; and hashtag #tonedisthenewsexy #bodytonestudio #IwanttobodytonewithThanuja
For more info, check out their FB page: www.facebook.com/BodytoneWellnessStudio
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Random pix from the past week:
Had a potluck and played with baby Cameron. Or rather, Cameron played with cards.
He’s so heavy now that we can’t hold him for a long time and keep on passing him around :p
Besides taking pix of my new My Little Pony toys Cammy helped me buy (cos i didn’t even get to go to Toys’ r Us), I got to practice with my skateboard a fair bit! Watched some videos online and was advised to keep on practicing cruising till i’m super confident in it. Er, okay i will then. I stupidly tried to skateboard while drunk and fell on my bum badly. Okay alsooooo, the house wasn’t the best place for me to attempt that.
Clem on the Penny and Kenny with his Vespa
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I cooked dinner for Aunt G and Uncle Mark last Friday cos they’ve never been to my place before, and also had my dad and a few friends over. Only decided WHAT i was gonna cook over Friday lunch break, and bought the groceries in the evening. I’m pretty chummy with my beef and pork butchers… you have to! Cos they’ll sneak out that good piece of meat they’ve been storing out of sight
Village Grocer didn’t have chicken stock so i decided to rush-make my own. I checked my Manu Fiedel cookbook to do it the French way but i didn’t have enough time so i did it the normal way – just throw in chicken bones and veggies and simmered it down. The French way would have been to ROAST the chicken and veggies for an hour, before boiling it in water. Makes sense… cos the ingredients would be more flavourful after roasting!
I did a rolled pork belly and shoulder with prunes, herbs and potatoes.
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Yesterday, Sa’s mum took Aunt G, Uncle Mark and us girls for this wicked sang had mien lunch at Sri Karak.
It was so good… i’m so happy i got introduced to it!
I need to know more yummy local things around PJ area to eat!
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One of THOSE nights at Ril’s – me, Shan, Kubz, Aps, Rahul
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Stacey went for some therapy whilst i went to Koh Samui last week
Pic above was taken before i left for Koh Samui.
She got a polishing, wax and her interior cleaned at Regal Valet (where Zinc / Bazarro used to be) and came back to me SPARKLING. Will blog about that soon!
Clem and i stayed at X2 Resorts in Koh Samui.
Such a gorgeous place, we had such a great holiday… wish we could have stayed a week!
Ok more holiday and fashion posts to come next!
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KinkyBlueFairy Looking For A New Intern!
OK! So the last time i put up a notice for interns was in January 2013.
Out of all the applicants, i had three interns, out of which one has now become full-time staff
I’m currently looking for a new intern to start from Nov/Dec 2013.
I want someone with these qualities:
- can take great photographs
- write in English well
- is a people person, outgoing, loves fashion, food + life, and has a sense of humour
- is not an idiot
Please email email@example.com
When i was in school, i remember reading through my friend’s Pendidikan Islam book on a few signs on when the end is nigh. It was so fascinating that i remembered it all these years till now… One line said how girls will look like boys and boys will look like girls (hello androgyny). And another point was how time would fly by so fast, that you wouldn’t even notice it. (If i’m getting any of these wrong, please correct me, but i’m so sure cos i read that column a few times :p)
It’s crazy but time does seem to be flying by faster and faster as the years go by. Someone said it’s because we’re getting older, and more things to do makes time seem short. I know i can’t slow time down… but i’ve been trying to ENSURE that i put aside time to do things i want to, besides working. Like Clem time, reading time, time to see my parents, time with my girl friends, holiday time, me time… Erh just writing that down put me into perspective why there never seems to be enough time. -_-
It’s okay, Oct-Dec are the BUSIEST months in the year for me, so i’m gonna reap as much as i can
This Saturday, i’m gonna be at Mid Valley at 11AM for the Levi’s Revel roadshow!
You can read my full post on it *here*
Levi’s is giving away goodie bags to KBF readers, so do drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP your bags if you wanna come by!
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Last week i did a car shoot for the first time in my life (i think… *scan memory*).
It was for the new Mitsubishi Attrage and the ad will be out in 6-8 mags (something like that) in Dec and Jan! Thanks to the team at Eh! for making it go so smoothly!
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Did another shoot this morning till afternoon for a Christmas campaign for Watson’s with Jane and Nana.
We had to pretend it was already Christmas and i did kinda FEEL it cos Yishyene just told me this morn she’s gonna join me in Bordeaux with Clem’s family for NYE! YAY!!!! PARTY TIME!!!!
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Last Friday night i went for the launch of Sephora in Sunway Pyramid!
There were dancers and acrobatic performances at the main entrance of Pyramid, before all the guests were ushered down a long black carpet to lead us all the way to the new store, where this dude (apparently their IT guy) was raving on the counter, champagne was still flowing, and everyone went into a shopping frenzy cos we got vouchers that we had to spend that night. Luckily the store is so big… so there was so much space for EVERYONE. But still quite crazy. I didn’t even get to walk into every aisle.
Patty & i. I’m wearing a knit lips set from my store.
Jia Wei got a nice vid of us laughing… and i was like “Oh my god, so tak maintain laughing like that…”
I don’t know how to put the vid here but you can view it *here*
Me with Jia Wei, the big boss at Tongue in Chic
With Edwin! Edwin’s gonna have one of his VERY SPECIAL shows soon, where his alter-ego Shelah returns! Click *HERE* for ticketing details! THEY ALWAYS SELL OUT
Sephora gifted me a huge bag of stuff, including this CRAZY-ASS make up palette that is every little girl’s DREAM. So sayang to touch it… BUT I WILL HOHOHO!!!
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The book “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin states that one of the most important factors for happiness, is growth. I couldn’t agree more!
One of the best things i ever did was to register my company and expand it to doing whatever i want to do… the possibilities are endless! I have so many ideas on how i want to grow it, and at the same time, forcing MYSELF to grow.
I think i was getting way too comfortable being a blogger and not having a big… GOAL.
Starting my own business has forced me out of my comfort zone and definitely increased my own growth exponentially in the past six months.
I’m forced to learn all these new things, ask questions, make bigger decisions, strategize my own direction… it was exhausting and a bit stressful at first. Thoughts like, “Man. Why did i decide to do this… what was wrong earning a decent income every month and living life with no stress…” But i wasn’t truly HAPPY the past two years. There was always something NAGGING in me that i’m not doing everything i can, that i’m not pushing myself, that i was frustrated for a reason. And now i can say i AM happy! I’m busier than ever, and have less time to cook and manage the house… but i manage. Somehow. The 20-year-old me wouldn’t BELIEVE how organized and neat the 30-year-old me has become!
My new office is not much to look at now, but all these little things that happen every day is a tiny step towards my dream.
Got a water dispenser – yay!
The toilet is fixed – yay!
And just a few days ago, got my first door sign – YAY!
I didn’t even pay for it… it was an extra sign left over from POP @ Jaya One where we opened a pop up store for a week XD
Another milestone of sorts was when our Dyson ball DC48 arrived!
Never thought i could get so excited over a vacum cleaner before… will soon blog a full review on the marvelous machines that i’m using! To know more about Dyson’s latest products, SweetEe went to their launch event and wrote about it *here*
Speaking of loving your job, Jess and Ion from WE ARE KIX are putting together a cool mad scientist kinda project at Publika this Sunday called “Can You Walk On Water” >
They’re always doing such crazy shit that’s connected directly to their work that they’d be in my Top 100 list of people i know who love their job!
A bunch of us went for the DVF event last week.
Above is Clouds and i fooling around in the photobooth.
Last Friday i had dinner with the FormerFree girls. Well half of the lot anyway. We were supposed to go out and eat, but i offered to cook one thing, and as usual the anal host in me ended up doing tenderloin, duck fat potatoes, and strawberry & grape salad. I realize the only reason i had them over is cos i managed to shift the stock to the office and i didn’t have to be embarrassed at how my home resembles a warehouse anymore!!!
Sarch gave me these supercute colour pencils from Barcelona! SPANKS SARCHEE!
My Monstagram order arrived! I chose a bunch of my favourite Instagram pix to make into magnets!
20 for RM36 and free delivery in Malaysia: www.monstagram.com
I bought new ponies at Toys ‘R Us… Clem and i had an hour to spare before watching the premiere of Rush or Gravity (both were good btw) and i ducked into the toy store. “JUST FOR 5 MINUTES,” i swore. Buying toys feeds my shopaholic tendencies just as well as fashion…
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I haven’t been blogging about myself as much as i think i do i.e. blogging about things i THINK and things i talk to people and friends about when i’m out. Maybe it’s cos i feel like i have all this branded content queued up, some of which are friends’ businesses i want to support badly, but i’m gonna try my BEST to keep it real and blog about what’s going on in my head okay!
I have a crazy week which started today. Ok that’s not entirely true, i think my week started yesterday cos i had a work event on Sunday at 11am, and then a shoot at 3pm in Ampang. This Monday to Friday is so packed that i organized my week last Friday in the fear (fear is bad, go away fear!) that i wouldn’t be able to accomplish everything that’s on my plate. So i’m quite organised… or i’m trying my best to be. You should have seen me a five years ago = a disorganized MESS.
Now i write down every single thing i have to do from work stuff (blog jobs, visits to suppliers, shoots, meetings, events) to fun stuff (what days i can cook for Clem, which nights i meet up with my girls), and even mundane stuff (buy softener for laundry, pick up altered clothes at Sacoor, buy shaving foam and new books for Clem). JUST SO I DON’T FORGET ANYTHING.
Yesterday i forgot something… just because i didn’t write it down! I was going for a Darlie event, and the SharkSavers.org shoot after required me to wear a block colour with no patterns. I have SO MANY patterns in my wardrobe that choosing one block piece i felt like for the day took 10 minutes (i usually take 1 minute to decide what to wear). Decided on red. Drove out. And in the traffic, saw Sazzy’s instagram and wondered why she and Ringo were wearing white… and thought, “Oh shit.” Called Sue Ann from Nuffnang and discovered i wore the WRONG colour. Patah balik. Changed. Went out again -_-
So yeah. This is why i have to write everything down.
Else i cannot make it in life. *hugs moleskine*
Ok so since i’ve been so busy and have so many things going on in my head, it’s really easy to stress out.
My friends know.
There have been some random days i’ve expressed how stressed i am and ended up tearing (such a girl, sorry, no wait, i won’t apologise! it’s good to cry!). But in the end, this is all me. This is all my doing, all in my head. I’m responsible for how i act and how i feel. So i just have to learn how to control my actions and thoughts better. Oh man, it’s not easy. I’ve been trying this whole positive and conscious thing since last year, and it’s such an irony that the MORE you learn about philosophy and how you go about managing your life, the more the bad evil negative thoughts permeate and cloud my vision.
Recently i’ve been practicing being in the moment.
I mean, i’m sure lots of you have heard about ‘being in the now’, ‘being in the moment’, ‘live the present, not the future or the past’ etc. It’s easy to know it, but another to practice it! I feel i did it more NATURALLY when i was younger -_- (Thanks for stepping in, Maturity and Wisdom.)
So i was thinking to myself this morning, since i already have SCHEDULED out my entire week to the hour, i don’t have to think and worry about what i’m going to do NEXT cos i already know. All i have to do is concentrate on what i was doing in that precise minute and hour.
For instance, i had to steam iron clothes for orders that went out this morning (erm one-woman show right now remember) and i think that if this was last year, i’d be stressing and sweating and cursing while ironing it and thinking “goddammit! why do i have to iron this!?” But because i know this is my TIME to do it, i, well, kinda reveled in it, and thought instead of how happy i was to get these orders, thinking about how i love my customers, and how great that i could steam iron CLOTHES (COME ON, it’s your favourite thing Joyce!) instead of poring over paperwork i hated (read: ex-jobs).
Then from there, i decided that today, i’m gonna be as NICE as i can to EVERYONE. Which meant all the strangers i came across, cos today was dedicated to work errands so i was seeing noone i knew.
I want to note it down cos i want you to SEE how simple it can be just to be NICE and SMILE.
- i smiled and waved at the guard when i left, and he smiled a big grin back which got me all fuzzy
- i got to the post office and smiled at the cashier, and he asked me how come i didn’t come for a long time. I didn’t even think he remembered me!
- i smiled at this little old Malay lady selling stuff cos i was having trouble finding a printer’s office, and as opposed to how she might have reacted to a girl with tattoos and a short haircut, she smiled right back and helped me out
- i smiled at the Burmese waiters who served me lunch and said “Jay zu ding ba de!” (“Thank you” in Burmese) and the nearby waiters laughed and called me clever in Malay. That was funny. I walked out laughing with them and to myself.
- i smiled at my regular money changer who’s just across the ATM machine when i went to withdraw money and he waved at me.
- smiled at my butcher and chatted to him (but i always smile at my butcher… a butcher is someone you should always have a good relationship with!)
- i smiled at the cashier in the supermarket when i went to do the week’s groceries, and i overheard her telling another cashier in Malay that i was really pretty (and i was like whatttt cos i wasn’t wearing a scrap of make up today) but i still managed to turn around with my cart and smile back again and say THANKS!
Then when i got home and had to do the more serious work, i felt so… ENERGIZED cos i already made so much positive contact with people just by SMILING.
I already do half the things i mentioned above on a regular basis, but i pushed it a bit more today by smiling at people i don’t usually bother to. And i swear, it’s like because i believed in my own positivity glowing out, in reality it bounced right back at me and gave ME the strength i needed to get on with my day as BEST i could.
I was in Bangkok for a whole week, partially to stock up for my new store, and Friday onwards was when my girls joined me for a girlie weekend (will blog about it later). Since i got back, i’ve been trying not to think about work. Trying not to set myself all these personal deadlines that i always do and end up stressing myself out about. I’ve been trying to take it slow… ever since my bad bout with allergies for a few weeks (will blog about that later too!). I’ve been eating healthier, and i feel quite awesome about it. I feel the difference in my body. Clem is terrified i’ll become a vegetarian (no… i’m not gonna be so hardcore yet!) but more importantly, i am learning on how to put aside time to LOVE MYSELF. Making more effort preparing healthy food for myself, taking time to plan my upcoming workouts, taking time to just CHILL and not ALWAYS be on my emails and plotting this and that.
Today i had an hour to kill before a meeting in Centrio to sign my insurance claims (cos i had to go to the hospital for my allergies). What could i do for an hour? I stared at my nails and felt i badly needed a manicure. But the only reason i would need one is cos i have a shoot tomorrow morning. Besides that, i have no other reason to do my nails and honestly, i don’t feel like sitting down somewhere and having toxins being spread on my fingernails (ok i’m just having an extreme phase with toxins) right now. So i thought i’d go for a massage cos my body still felt achy from the Bangkok trip, and went to Sifu.
I was telling the guy who was gonna massage me where i felt the most aches on my lower back, and he was so nice saying he’ll try his best to make my back better, that i asked his name.
He said, “Najib.”
I replied, “Cool. My name is Joyce.”
He went, “Joyce… Joyce Kirsten Wong??”
And i was like, “Yes…..?!” (eek?)
“You have a blog right?”
“You don’t remember me?”
“Er…” (oh no, this happens to me a lot)
“It’s me! Willy’s friend…”
Then i’m like Ohhhhh! Of course i remember you! The blind guy who massaged me last time!
“You look different!” i said.
“Yeah i cut my hair… By the way, i want to say thank you for writing about me on your blog. One or two months ago, someone came in here saying they read your post and asked for me.”
I was like, “AWWWWW that’s awesome!”
I wrote that post in May 2011! *Here it is*
I felt so lucky that Najib massaged me today… i think it was meant to be cos i don’t go to Sifu as much anymore, and on a day i felt i needed some healing he was assigned to me
And you know… two years on, he’s got even BETTER at massaging.
He just knew and felt all these painful points in my back that felt SO GREAT when he pressed it out slowly.
Now that i AM GOING TO REMEMBER HIS NAME, i’m gonna ask for him every time i visit Sifu… and you should too if you go okay! He’s so awfully nice and has hands of an angel. I swear on fairies.
Lots of people were complimenting me on my hair on Tuesday! I happened to have a photoshoot for Style magazine and this is the hair and make up team responsible for me looking so good!
With Simone and Michael who worked their magic on my face
This is CKay who styled my hair splendidly.
The cut and colour were done by Alex and Teng respectively at The Met.
I can’t wait to see the pictures of the shoot when they’re out! Think it’ll be kick ass!
Right after the shoot, i went to Publika where i emceed the launch of Shiseido‘s latest skincare range. It will be available for sale in September so you’ll just have to read about it then!
Me fooling around with part of the event set up XD
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