Thursday, 2 June 2016

What Being 30 Means


So there, I turned 30 last year, and I'm turning 31 by midnight tonight. Not like it has really done anything to me. When I was younger I had this plan you know, like oh get a job I really really like, then get married at 25, have kids a couple of years later, then by 30 buy a landed property and live happily ever after. 

Eh...

None of that happened.

To be honest, I feel like I'm 24 (but a little wiser), I'm still exploring the never-ending world out there, I still feel like I need to travel (a lot), I'm still learning, and no, being 30 doesn't make me a 萬事通. Here are things you will learn about being 30.


1. Life will sort itself out.

I know, at 20 we just see ourselves finishing school and going out there into the real world, fighting our own battles and coming out a real adult, with plans to tick off (like mine). Sometimes the universe just has something else planned. And it may not necessarily be a bad thing. 


2. No one's going to give you a pat on the back for the great things you've done.
I can do great things. Like attempt to fly.
Gone are the days when being an 8-pointer for your O'levels secures you a trip to the Florida Disneyland by your parents. You are responsible for yourself now, more so now that you're (already) 30. That being said, when you do have a little achievement, take time to celebrate that. If you don't dote on yourself, who will?


3. Also, no one's going to scold you anymore for the wrong things you are doing. 

If they wanted to, they'd have already done so. At 30, unless you have a great mentor or a senior who actually bothers, no one will reprimand you. They won't bother because they'd have figured out that you already know. Or they won't dare to because they are more junior than you. If you smell bad because you didn't wash your clothes? Well you should have done your laundry. If your teeth are rotting and you can't find a bf because you haven't bothered to take care of your oral hygiene, guess who's to blame? If you look bad, well, that's your own problem. FIX IT.


4. You have to start exercising.

This one we've all heard. I've heard this from when I first started working, from the "adults in their 30s". I used to think it's just them being old and starting to be wiser about health and taking better care of their bodies. Turns out, it IS FREAKING TRUE! That the metabolism miraculously just decides to slow down. We used to not have to exercise and still keep the figure despite eating whatever we liked. Or lose weight easily when we had to. Now? Nuh-uh. You want that figure? Work for it. No work? Okay, Humpty-Dumpty, your choice.



5. We have a LOT to learn. More than when we were kids.

When I was little I never had to Google stuff. I just knew how to do them! Or at least, I always had my own way of doing the things I never knew how to do. These days, I feel a lot more stupid.


6. Passion may start to die a little, or change.
Yup, when I was younger and you offered me the world I'd take it. Now, tell me the a China company wants to sign me on and offer me a 10 year contract as an actress/singer, I'm going to take a very long time to consider. You see, what was passion then could have changed. I still enjoy what I do, but now I might want something else. I don't have many more 10 years left, and now what I want is to build my own business and see it grow. That's kind of more exciting now.

7. Botox is real.

I don't know if you've ever been one of those who goes "Aiyoh she goes for botox!" or "Man I want to age gracefully", but for me, when lines appear around the eyes and even the most expensive creams don't help, I reach for the phone to make an appointment with my aesthetic doctor. I'm not condoning aesthetic treatments, but I'm not shunning them either. They are doctors, and doctors are meant to help people. Plus, if the government allows doctors to use these on people, these things can't be bad. Sometimes, if all it takes is a jab to make you feel like you can take on the world again, by all means go ahead! Just make sure you go to a trusted doctor. ;)

So there you go. What it's like to be 30. Now I'm gonna wash up and prepare. In about 2 minutes, I'm turning 31. See ya on the other side!



How to Find Good Property Deals Below Valuation: Belowval

As a property agent, I've often been asked if I know of any good deals, or if I can help owners or homeseekers find a client or an urgent place to stay. So I often had to browse a lot of property sites to help my clients find the best deals. 

Now, here's a fact that non-agents will most probably not know: Many agents post fishing ads.

WHAT ARE FISHING ADS?
Basically, these are ads of deals which do not actually exist. These agents will post up vague ads like "HDB in Toa Payoh for Sale" or "Houses in Bukit Timah for Rent", and when you call, they then have you as a potential client and use that to help you find a place in Toa Payoh. Not that it's a bad thing since he will help you anyway, but it's just not ethical, in my opinion. Also, it's frustrating for people who actually want to find something fast, because they spam and clutter the property sites, among which real urgent deals are waiting to be made, making these deals very hard to find.
Also, even if the listings were real, there are some agents or owners who post multiple listings of the same property and, once the deal has been closed, do not bother to take down the listings. Can you imagine how much clutter this is on these property sites?

These homeowners are selling urgently for a reason - they could be migrating, relocating because of work or kids or marriage, family change, or they might be urgently needing money. Whatever the reason is, these homeowners wish to make a sale as soon as possible, without losing out on too much. 

Here's another fact: Many urgent deals that do not meet with good potential clients get bought over by big companies with a lot of money.

Now, when these owners need to urgently sell their houses but people can't find them, they usually get approached by law firms, estate trustees, or other distressed asset funds which will come "save" them. The catch? The offer price is usually a lot lower than what the owner would like to settle for, even for urgent sales.

So when belowval was launched, I was pretty curious. As its name states, this property site only lists urgent sale properties that are below valuation. Why, I wonder, did no one think of this sooner? After speaking to the founders and the people behind belowval, I was bought over. When agents or home owners post on belowval, each listing gets checked and verified so you can be sure these listings are actually there. Listings are also constantly checked on to make sure they are up to date. Also, because belowval does not list regular-priced properties, there are less listings on their site, making finding a home so much easier.

Most users on belowval are genuine buyers and homeseekers, so one can be pretty assured that you won't be dealing with "window-shoppers" who just want to "look see". It's pretty win-win the way I see it. Urgent home sellers will likely reduce their prices to increase demand (but yet are not willing to sell tooooo low to companies when they meet their deadlines and have no choice), and homeseekers get to find something they like but may not have the budget for the regular-priced ones. 

Properties are properly classified according to type and budget so it's a lot easier to search for what you're looking for and what you can afford.



They are in the midst of building their app, but you can check out belowval.sg here. All the current below valuation listings are there!

I do not work for them, in case you're wondering. I'm an agent with HSR, a local property agency.
If you need help with selling or renting out your home,  drop me an email at silverang@hsr.com.sg, and we can discuss further from there. =) Alternatively, drop an SMS to 88080306, and my team will be pleased to help you! One thing's for sure, I'll be using belowval for all my clients! ;)

Here's a video in case you didn't understand a single word I typed. Lol. JK! But this is a summary of what belowval is:
  

Friday, 29 April 2016

Rainbow Hair!!!

I'm sitting in FDP's comfy salon chair now as I type this and attempt to blog the journey while Angeline works her magic into my hair. (And I'll probably finish this blog post days later hahaha!) For those who've been following my Instagram and blog, you'd know she's my hairy godmother. I've known her for more than 10 years and I'm super glad about where she has come. She knows what she's doing, and is the woman behind Hirzi and Munah, as well as Tabitha Nauser and Nadiah M Din. And me. =)

So it all started with Instagram. I saw these pictures of crazy beautiful rainbow hair, and for some reason (even though I've seen rainbow hair before and never was drawn to any of them) I suddenly had the urge to go all colourful. Maybe the rainbow hair styles I saw before had a bad mix of colours, because using any wrong shade, or choosing the wrong shade to go with the colour next to or below it, really can make your hair look more "eeyer" than Wow. 

I have been warned that some colours may be hard to wash off after, but I'm prepared. I've checked with my Tanglin folks, and since I'd be taking a break from shoot for a bit it's okay for me to change my hair colour. YES!!!! So there was excitement, and anxiety, and then psyched to get those colours, and then anxiety again. Lol. Will it turn out like those rainbow hair I didn't like? What if I regret? I like my current hair so much as well, so if it turns out bad will I hate myself? That kind of thing. 

I went into FDP with a crazy heartbeat. It wasn't showing on my face, but it was definitely there. When I went in I still wasn't sure if I wanted something milder or the full-on rainbow. 

I went with, yes, the full-on. *fingers crossed*

I already have pretty amazing looking hair, all thanks to Angeline, but my roots were growing out and well, so just nice I was going on a holiday to europe so I really wanted my hair to pop in my pictures. Yes. Hiao. Hey got to up my IG game right? Lol! =D

My hair before today. I didn't apply anything on my hair ends, nor styled my hair in any way. This was after waking up and just having changed and done my makeup. Unbrushed, uncombed, raw out of bed hair. You can understand why I'm anxious and worried right? This hair looked so amazing, what if my new hair turns out like shit? What if I don't like it? What if all my clothes don't go with my new hair colour???

As I had black hair growing out (we call this virgin hair, meaning hair that hasn't got anything done to it before), I had to bleach the roots first. This took just 20-30 minutes and it didn't hurt at all. Which was nice. 

One more for a fair comparison under the lighting here which is a bit warmer. 

Bleaching of the roots.

Roots done! It didn't hurt at all. Okay one thing you MUST remember (which I forgot) is that prior to doing any crazy colour which requires prior bleaching, DO NOT wash your hair for at least 2 days before the dye job. This is to allow your own oils to coat your scalp, which acts as a kind of barrier between your scalp and the bleach that is going to sit on your scalp. Having said that, after the first bleach (chances are you will need more than one), they will rinse your hair to get rid of the bleach. At this point they will not use shampoo yet but the rinsing might still get rid of some oils on your scalp. 

So be prepared, the second bleach is going to hurt. If you don't want it to hurt tell your stylist to avoid your roots. But seriously, the colour will have a bit of black up there, which I do not want. So, bite your lips and bear with it. BUT, that being said, if it hurts so bad you are sweating and you swear that you are going to get brain damage, tell your stylist. I was sweating like mad and it hurt so badly but I just bore with the pain. In the end, one side of my scalp, the side which hurt the most, was flaking and scabbing. Eeeks. No I didn't get brain damage, but my sensitive scalp did suffer some bleach burn. Do note that I have really thin skin, because for most people, this doesn't happen. (My sis said her friend bleached like 8 times to get really light hair. And the scalp was fine. Mine just took like 2 times???) 

Anyway, to get to the below effect, though only 2 bleaches, took about 5 hours. Mmm hmm.

Who is this ang mor?

And the colouring finally began!

Each clump of hair has to be carefully chosen with the right colours so the colours blend into each other at the gradients. So make sure your stylist has good colour sense!

This green was so intriguing, it looked like some kind of tree lizard or snake. Okok maybe a pretty leaf shade lol.

Tadah! You can't tell how it'll look just yet until the blowdrying is done.



See those colours? Mmm mmm~~~


Woohoo! Initially I was really worried about how it may turn out. I'm sure Angeline was jittery too haha! But I think it worked out well!

And here's the final result:
TADAH~~~

The colour just gets better with each wash though. Think more pastel.

This was after 1 wash. The hair was in a much better condition than I expected. The ends weren't breaking off like crazy. You do have to blow dry immediately after your wash though, for it to look nice when it dries. The same goes for all hair actually. Unless you're into the whole bedhead look thing. Also, remember to apply some kind of hair treatment on your hair to help close up the hair shaft. Chances are they are all opened up and that could cause breakage. Applying treatment or some kind of hair oil will also help give it a nice sheen. 

Suddenly I could carry off purple eyeliner. How awesome is this???

And after the second wash this was my hair:
Mummy look! I have rainbow hair!!!!!
THANK YOU ANGE!!!!!!! I've never been more intrigued by my own hair!!!


You can find Angeline at:
FDP Prestige Haircare
18 Jalan Masjid
Kembangan Plaza #B1-06
Singapore 418944



P.S. I did finish this post 2 weeks after lol. You can check out my Instagram or Snapchat (Silver_Ang) for how my hair looks like now!

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Nailz Treats Review

I've been with Nailz Treats for about 6 months now, and I have to say they are one of those nail shops that don't try to hardsell their packages to their customers. Not like they would try to hard sell to me of course, but from the times I sat there and listened to them speak to their customers, it's just something I've observed. Personally, I'm not fond of those hardsell types. We don't just go to a manicurist to make our nails pretty. For many of us, it's also a time when we can unwind and relax and not think while someone pampers our digits. So imagine you trying to relax and there is this voice asking you to buy this, sign that, add this, yada yada...it can get really annoying. So thumbs up to this Nailz Treats! I hope you stay this way! I think customers are more likely to return like that. =)

As for their nail art, I daresay they haven't let me down. When it comes to hand and feet care and applying moisturizer, I'm a total bum. I let dead skin pile up and harden for weeks, then if not for these nail technicians I think my hands and feet would be quite jian bu de ren. Lol. So how they always manage to make my nails look good is a mystery. Here are some of the nail art I've accumulated over the months.

What I had on for Valentine's Day.


My CNY nails! I love the Fortune Cat and the baby monkey!




And this was for SG50:


Halloween nails! 


I love dolling my nails up for festive occasions! I also wanted to do a Deepavali-themed one too but it was too close to Xmas so...oh well~


I tell you, once you start doing gel nails on your toes, you'll never want to do normal toenail polish again. Because they last forever~~~ They really just stay on until I want to remove them. Unlike my fingernail gel which very occasionally gets peeled off by me. ><

This was painstakingly done layer by layer by one of the manicurists. I loved this so much! Like it had this tribal yet hippie feel about it.


And then when I saw this glass nail design on an article I read online, I presented it to my nail technician, and despite having no glass nail foil and having never done it before, she managed to pull it off with whatever she had!

Then this was my favourite:


Oh and they also do lash extensions as well! Personally not a huge fan of extensions as I rub my eyes a lot (although I'm not supposed to).

This was really pretty! And I like how natural they look. I'm not a fan of the overkill lashes that fan out dramatically, so this was perfect for me.



You can read more about my experience with Nailz Treats here:

For the ones staying in the west, don't fret! They are opening a new outlet at Clementi Mall come May 2016! Woohoo!!!


You can find Nailz Treats at:

Bedok Mall #B1-03
311 New Upper Changi Road
Singapore 467360
Tel: 6844 9558
SMS/Whatsapp: 9731 1180

Vanity by Nailz Treats
Bedok Mall #B1-56
311 New Upper Changi Road
Singapore 467360
Tel: 6385 6255
SMS/Whatsapp: 8533 5776
(Nails. Lashes. Waxing. Makeup)

ONE KM Mall #02-46
11 Tanjong Katong Road
Singapore 437157
Tel: 6702 2202
SMS/ Whatsapp: 9111 8123

The Clementi Mall #04-14
3155 Commenwealth Avenue West 
Singapore 129588
Tel: 68365133
SMS/ Whatsapp: 8522 6771
(Opening May 2016)