Sunday, 12 April 2015

That Biker Chick is at Suntec!

Hello!!!!

Here's a glimpse of our stall here at the Suntec Convention Concourse Level 3 Blogshop Clearance Sale Bazaar organized by T.Cartel! 




I especially like the floral one in black and pink. ^.^


I don't really have guy-ish designs, as there are plenty of them in the market. So these are in very limited quantities. Okay the network is unstable and I can't upload anymore. But if you're in the area, do come and try them out! 

^.^

Sunday, 5 April 2015

BLOGSHOP CLEARANCE SALE BAZAAR 8 @ Suntec on 11&12 April!!!

Hello!!!

Some of you have been asking if I am still selling my helmets. Well I'm sort of focussing my attention on other aspects of my career and life, so I'll be clearing my riding gear stock this coming weekend at the Blogshop Clearance Sale Bazaar 8 flea at Suntec City! Special thanks to T.Cartel Advertising for the invite! <3

You can expect good quality motorcycle helmets (SOL - go google them if you haven't heard of them, they are a leading brand of racing helmets sold as GMax in the United States, so you can be assured of good quality), riding gloves, as well as waterproof bluetooth headsets to be used with your helmets, at really good prices. =)

The selling points are that these helmets have a good number of air vents so you don't end up with a smelly or too-sweaty head at the end of your ride. The vents can be closed in case of rainy weather. =)



Here's a video about my full-face helmets I made a long time ago. Lol. This will give you an idea of what I will be selling that day. Bear with the babbling and the low video quality, and my toot hair:





Waterproof bluetooth headsets will be going at $79 (Usual price $109).
These are a lifesaver when I have an incoming call during a ride. You can read more about it here



I'll be clearing these gloves at $15 per pair, and $25 for 2! (Usual price $25)


This flea is going to be pretty exciting as there will be more than 50 stalls selling anything from clothes to beauty products to baby items and computer accesssories to ahem, helmets. Lol. So do come join us this weekend, 11 & 12 April 2015 at the Suntec Convention Concourse!

Where?
Suntec Convention Centre
Concourse Level 3

See ya there!

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I've been with FDP for years now, and although I haven't blogged about them too much, I trust my hair in their hands WITH MY LIFE. It's not just styling and colour, they actually care about my hair and advise accordingly to what's best for your hair health, not just how it looks. Angeline, what would I do without you~~~


Truest colour my camera can give me under the yellow light. The shade used on my head was a medium ash blonde, achieved with Tartufo Temptation mixed with Mona Lisa Smile. 


Love how a different lighting brings out a somewhat different hues. *flicks hair*





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Do remember to call before you make your appointment as they can get quite busy sometimes!

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Reflections on Being a Singaporean

I'm currently here at the Taoyuan International Airport, waiting for my flight back to Singapore. For the first time, I cannot wait to get back. As the minutes pass, I get increasingly impatient. I really want to be home, to be with the Singaporeans who are mourning the loss of our nation's founding father. 

I don't know Mr Lee, but I have always been aware of how much he has contributed to the country. To the island he built into a prosperous country. I remember when I was still in school, the first of his memoirs were published. I thought to myself, I'd want to read it one day. I always find it strange that anyone should read a living person's memoirs. I never thought I'd regret wanting to read them now. For some strange reason I wished I had known Mr Lee a little better when he was alive, other than the fact that he was our country's father. 

The past few days went by in a blur. The night before he passed away, I remembered talking to Xavier about how I really hoped Mr Lee can witness Singapore's 50th birthday. After all, SG50 has been happening on a really large scale, and who better to celebrate it with other than the person who made it even possible to have a nation's birthday? I also remembered reaching my apartment at 4am and receiving Xavier's message to me - "LKY passed away." 

I felt my heart heavy. I was not sad, no, not really. If he was severely sick, it must have been painful to hang on. At least he was relieved of his suffering. After all, he his job is done. He has served Singapore with his life, what more could we ask for? 

My heart was heavy nevertheless, with the knowledge that we had lost such a great influential man for good. #trueinfluencer

I am a patriot. Every National Day, I would try my best to catch the National Day Parade, at least on TV, or online. At worst, I would watch the reruns. I am that Singaporean who would try to wear red and white on the nation's birthday, and stand up in front of my TV to sing the national anthem and say the pledge together with the Singaporeans at the parade. Tears would well up when I see Mr Lee at the celebration, or when I say the pledge, because I am overwhelmed with pride for this little nation I call home. This year, on the 9th August, I know tears would fall, more than the years before, because I, and I believe many Singaporeans too, would have wanted him to be there. 

I learnt a lot about Mr Lee in the last few days, thanks to the power of social media. How he was like as a man, how he was a hard but great leader, his dedication to the country, the red box he used, how he was such a devoted loving husband. I even got to hear his powerful speeches as they streamed on my Facebook feed. He was a truly great man. 

I was born in the mid 1980s, and I got to see Singapore in her early 20s. I was also fortunate enough to have had the chance to stay in a kampung, something very unfamiliar to the young today. I remember having to wake people up to walk with me the dark scary road to the toilet. I remember the durian trees outside our house, and the Thai neighbours who would climb those trees to help everyone get the durians. I am lucky I experienced that, together with the HDB flats that most of us are familiar with. 

I remember Civics and Moral Education classes, on top of the normal English, Chinese, Mathematics, Arts and Physical Education classes in lower primary, taking for granted the syllabus set out for us. 
The core and foundation of our education system included things Mr Lee valued. English, so that we could communicate with everyone, regardless of race; Chinese, so that my own roots are not forgotten; Mathematics, so that everyone could at least do simple calculation and possibly excel in a way that we can contribute to the financial growth and later on success in Singapore; Arts, so we develop ourselves wholly and in a balanced way; and Physical Education, as Mr Lee understood the importance of exercising to keep healthy. 

I just went to school and took in everything the school taught. Now, I understand why school was the way it was. 

I loved the airport. A few years ago I went to the viewing gallery at Terminal 3 and I realized that our aviation industry had a lot to do with Mr Lee himself, particularly Changi Airport. Go visit the viewing gallery and have a read at how he built Changi Airport and spearheaded it into many if its achievements. I am very proud of our airport, and have spent countless hours as a student mugging for my exams at various spots in different terminals, and later as an aircrew walking through in my kebaya, for work. There would always be this sense of pride when walking through the airport, the garden within, the cleanliness, the grand modernity of it, and we owe a large part of it to Mr Lee. There is now an online petition to rename Changi Airport to Lee Kuan Yew International Airport. He built it, like how he built our nation. We won't rename Singapore of course. Lee Kuan Yew International Airport - I say, why not? It has a nice ring to it. 

I love our parks. Sembawang Park was a personal favourite, amongst many others. I remember my mother warning me about that place, telling me that when she was a teenager, there would be gangsters and fights happening in that park, and me arguing with her saying it's very different now, that she should go have a walk there again soon. I could not imagine that the beautiful place was how she told me to be. It seemed so distant and improbable. How things have changed.

Today, I'm thankful that I can go out at 2am or return in the middle of the night, as a woman alone in the streets, and be safe. I thank Mr Lee. 

I have friends from different races. When I worked on Vyjayanthi, it was me the Chinese, Malay makeup artist, Indian director and cast. Plus a mix of Malay, Indian and Chinese crew. In Singapore Airlines, we didn't even talk about racial differences - Malays, Chinese, Indians, Eurasians, all of us were working peacefully and harmoniously in the same aircraft. In school, we were just classmates with equal opportunities and standing. This was Mr Lee's work. I thank Mr Lee.

Only in Singapore can we leave our bags and laptops halfway through working or studying at Starbucks and MacDonald's for the washroom and return to find everything still there. This is possible only with an educated, moral, and generally wealthy nation. I thank Mr Lee.

I'm thankful that because of the multilingual conditions I grew up, I'm able to speak fluently to people of different nationalities, communicate with the ah ma I met in Taipei, make small talk (though challenged) with the Encik selling Nasi Goreng in Indonesia, and fili-fehleh with my fellow Singaporeans in our Uniquely Singaporean Singlish. For this too, I thank Mr Lee. 

Excuse me if my thoughts are all over the place. Because they are. It's like every time I think about any aspect of Singapore, I see his mark. The trees along the roads, the flowers, the fact that we are a garden city, like how he wanted and created. The safety and security of the nation. Singapore's financial prowess and her economic standing in the world. The fact that I can return home alone as a woman at 3am in the middle of the night, safe. The water that I can get from my tap, and drink straight out of it. Too many things.

Do you remember how Singapore was like 20 years ago? How about 10? Change is so rampant in this country, and there are some of us who complain that we have lost our identity, that we have nothing left at the speed we keep changing the face, or "complexion of Singapore", as how Mr Lee put it. 

But this, my fellow Singaporeans (it feels weird using this phrase), if you have not realized, IS Singapore. Constantly changing, constantly evolving. Change was what we needed to survive, to excel, to put us on the world map. Mr Lee wanted Singapore to be a "different city", and we are. 

We are not just a small island, like little islands usually are, laid back and simply just beach-y. We are not just a cosmopolitan grey city, like most cities - we are a very green, flowery, shrubby city, filled with plants and have little need for air pollution concerns. We were just 600km2 of country, now land-reclaimed to about 700km2. Which other country can say that they are cosmopolitan at this land area? 

So what if we are small. We are an island city state country, and we are Singapore. 
Thank you Mr Lee, for so many, so many things. As Singapore, we will continue to take care of your legacy.


#proudtobeSingaporean #ThankYouLKY


Thursday, 19 March 2015

10 Random Facts about Silver Ang

Been a while since I shared something personal. Here it is - a list of 10 things about me which you may or may not know already. =D

1. I have 6/3 vision. 
This came as a surprise when I did my eye check, but I can see 2 lines below the normal perfect 6/6 vision. I find it pretty amazing too. 
A photo posted by Silver Ang (@silver_ang) on

2. I am a hyperope. 
Adding on to the above point, it could be because I am a hyperope that makes me see so well so far. You know how people with short-sightness have myopia. I have hyperopia, which is long-sightedness. No that is not the same as presbyopia, or lao hua. We all get lao hua, whether myopes or hyperopes. It just seems more apparent for hyperopes. There's too much science behind this for me to explain. You can go wiki the differences.

3. I am an optimist. 
I generally am a pretty optimistic person, and like to see the good in people when I can. The only exceptions happen when I'm in a really really bad mood, or if certain traits REALLY annoy me, like buay-zi-dongness and being selfish. The world is a really nice place if everyone is nice to each other. In the face of un-nice-ness, even patient, optimistic people will have their ceiling.


4. I love hanging out at supermarkets.
It started back in secondary school. On any day when I end school early, I would hang out at the malls like most teenagers then. Except that I could walk into a supermarket and spend HOURS inside, reading labels and pondering upon what's what. Yeah, I have an inbuilt housewife system in me. ;)

5. I burp. A lot.
And I don't just burp. I BUURRRRRRRRRRRRRRP. They are loud, they are deep, and they always attract stares to whichever unlucky guy I happen to be hanging out with. And my guy friends would always give the the dirty look, because I kind of framed them. Oops. 

Okay I don't know what's wrong with my body and why it burps the way it does. A few times I tried stifling my burps I ended up puking or regurgitating my food out. Not very pleasant experiences. I'd rather burp, thank you.

6. I hardly fart though. 
Haha! Okay strange facts. Maybe because all the air already came out from those powerful, deep, long burps. Nothing much goes down there anymore.

7. If I do fart, I can't do it while walking.
You're probably on the verge of closing this window now. Okok last gross fact. But I can't understand it. I have to stop walking to fart. I can't do it on the move. Lol!!!

8. I have never gone before 50kg ever since I was like, what, primary 4? 
I was a chubby kid, and will always be a little chubby or fleshy. So what? I think I'm beautiful, and although I'm still a vain pot and I don't mind some aesthetic procedures here and there once in a while, I doubt I'll change my look very much. I don't believe in being paranoid or depressed about hitting the crazy 43kg weight that a lot of skinny celebrities and bloggers are capable of. I'm working on getting fitter, but I'm pretty happy just being me at 53kg. I think I look fine. I'm at a healthy BMI, my health check report looks really good, and I think I'm beautiful, no matter what other people say. 
Picture taken by: Cheryl Tay
Not skinny. Probably never will be. But I love me anyway!

9. I am a homebody.
I love spending time at home. Although I can't do it 24/7 without having to go out for a walk or some air, I enjoy being at home, reading, doing work, learning new songs, spending time with the family and the dog, organizing my room, doing housework... I enjoy all that. I imagine if I live in a big house with a nice garden or if my front door opens out to the sea or a nice clearing in the forest, I'd be a happy kid. (Minus the crazy burglars and real estate prices in Singapore, of course.) #onecanalwayswant


10. I love home and interior stuff.
This was since I was in secondary school as well. I would hang out at Ikea, IMM and Millenia Walk just looking at home furnishings and accessories. When I was staying at the NYGH hostel, I would wake up early in the mornings so I could go for runs around the estate looking at people's homes! I know right? So if you live around that estate and remember a strange girl who's jogging outside your place but really looks like she's checking out your home, that's probably me. Lol.
Condiments shaker from Qualydesign.sg
Thirsty Squirrel Water Dispenser from Qualydesign.sg

These are some really random facts about me. I could go on, but I'll see what you want to know about me. You can ask me anything in the comments below, or springme on the right sidebar, and I'll try my best to answer the questions if I can. =)

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Pure Grown Diamonds, Grown Right Here in Singapore

You heard me. Cultivated right here in Singapore.

I was at the unveiling of the world's largest diamond greenhouse at IIa Technologies, and the diamonds I saw at the facility totally blew me away.
A photo posted by Silver Ang (@silver_ang) on
Those are my hands in the pictures by the way. It's not everyday that I get to hold a 3.04 carat diamond ring and fiddle with it (top left), so might as well wear it right? 

The diamonds shown above are all type 2a (IIa) diamonds, as are all diamonds cultivated by IIa Technologies in Singapore. Type IIa diamonds are the purest known to man, being almost or completely devoid of impurities, and are very much sought after for their clarity. They are also extremely rare, with only less than 2% of the world's mined diamonds being type IIa ones.

So are they fake? Absolutely not. These are real diamonds, with the same physical, chemical and optical properties as the mined ones. The only difference is that these diamonds uses less resources, are definitely ethical (heard of blood diamonds?), and are conflict-free. IIa Technologies also claims to use modest amounts of energy and grow diamonds in a way that impacts the environment minimally. Also, because diamond resources are depleting, the lab-grown diamonds ensure sustainability of this resource, which apart from being sought after in the precious gems and jewellery industry, are also viable in many other areas such as the engineering, medical and optics industries.

These precious babies are grown from a diamond seed, as diamonds can only grow on another diamond, I've learnt. These seeds are then placed in the "greenhouses" and left to grow using a system called Microwave Plasma Chemical Vapour Deposition. This provides the environment suitable for diamonds to grow, and how quickly or big it grows it entirely up to Mother Nature. To date, the biggest one they've grown is the one you see in the picture above, at 3.04 carats. And I got to wear it!!! Haha okay cheap thrill. Moving on...

As these diamonds are grown and not mined, they utilize a lot less resourses, and thus cost less than their mined counterparts. You can get the same 1 carat type IIa diamond at a price 30-40% lower than the mined one, and maybe even less than half the price of a "branded" diamond. 

We all know it's just a rock, but hey, we want that rock for our engagement rings or anniversaries or whatever big day it is (thanks to the successful DeBeer campaign decades and decades ago). Unless someone else comes up with a bigger campaign to change the engagement ring culture. (There was no such thing as an engagement ring in the 1920s!) The government can try using a widescale HDB-engagement campaign to fight that, but until that happens, we want that rock, cut to shiny perfection. And thanks to IIa, we don't have to burn our wallets and bank accounts (or 2 months' paycheck) to get it. Phew~

Some history okay? IIa Technologies was borne by a chance meeting in 2001 between Professor Misra, an expert with decades of diamond growth experience, and members of the Mehta family who are third generation professionals in the Gems and Jewellery Industry. This meeting created a wealth of knowledge, industry experience and financial capabilities which started IIa Technologies. 

Fast forward 14 years, they have come a long way, from having problems like shortage of diamond seeds and only being able to grow small diamonds, to being the world's largest diamond greenhouse, an impressive 200,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility. They are currently the largest distributor of cultured diamonds in the world, and is the only company that can grow high quality, colourless Type IIa diamonds. Also, am I proud to say this - they are based right here in Singapore. =D 

They have even launched a brand initiative "Cultured in Singapore" with a new creative brand mark This is to create awareness that IIa diamonds are 100% Cultured in Singapore. Their global retail partners and distributors have already started incorporating the "Cultured in Singapore" brand mark across their marketing platforms. #patrioticmuch 


I'm having a headache from all the (somewhat) formal writing. I have not done that in too long, and once again it reaffirms the fact that I cannot do serious writing for a living. Lol! Now, for the pictures! I'm not even sure my pictures do these diamonds enough justice but I really got to show you some of the designs they have!






 I like this one. Simple. I find that the ones with little diamonds at the side is a little too much for me. This is 1 carat. 

Taken on my finger so you can have a gauge of how it'll look like worn.





They have pink diamonds as well! Pink diamonds are extremely rare. Nope, no colouring is added. The pink formed naturally due to a chemical reaction. They are pure type IIa diamonds as well.





And here's the big 3.04 carat diamond:

 A real gem huh? ;)

 You can find out more about IIa Technologies here.
To buy their Pure Grown Diamonds (Cultured in Singapore. I just HAD to emphasize lol!), you can check them out at puregrowndiamonds.com.

Happy shopping!