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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Life is a constant search

Quick pic from the Middle East!
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Monday, February 25, 2013

The Black Magic Treatment

I have oily skin. By the end of the day, my face will be oily enough to be a non-stick pan. I tried a "red-carpet worthy" treatment that uses a patented Plasma Magic Gel to achieve glowing skin by reducing sebum, reducing pore size and brightening the overall skin tone.

Can't start without double cleansing first, f
ollowed by exfoliation. 
Then the Black Magic ™ is performed, a intense pulsed light treatment, followed by a custom blended mask with serum and finished off with an LED – Light therapy coupled with a heavenly shoulder-back rub! 

It is as the name suggests, totally black magic. Without extraction, my face actually felt so taut, smooth, & so soft! The effect lasted for weeks. Definitely some magical work. 
The Black Magic Treatment, a proprietary Korean technology is suitable for all skin types, dull or uneven skin tone and acne scars. It maintains skin clarity, refine pores, brightens skin tone, lifts, firms and smoothen skin. Not only has it reduced my sebum production, it also stimulates cell renewal and collagen and elastin production. Too many benefits in one treatment!

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The Secret World in Japan

The creativity of the Japanese remains unrivaled. My favourite TV show on Sundays used to be the Japanese "Change change change" talent show. Almost every contestant left me in awe.

Expectedly, the fuzoku (commercial sex) industry in Japan is just as creative, just by the sheer number of choices. This facet of the Japanese intrigues me. It is a world in which men live out their wildest fantasies, yet they are set in the most 'blah' spaces of everyday life, like in the MRT and offices (it's been a long coming that sex on the beach is overrated).

It is also a world of asobi (play) but it is very serious in its obsessions. It is a world in which the customer (usually male) is king but obeys strict rules the moment they step in. 

I misunderstood the Japanese when i saw "Japanese Only" signs in their fuzoku outlets.

I thought they were being snobbish by rejecting foreigners. I learnt the real reason wasn't them being elitist, but because foreigners finds it absurd to play by the fuzoku rules. Every customer fills out a detailed checklist of how his next hour will play out. 

Even out of fuzoku, the Japanese are observant of all rules. It reminds me of my experience in a themed restaurant in Shibuya. We were the only non Japanese diners and we didn't take the theme too seriously. We posed for pictures, went in and out of the prison cell. We noticed the Japanese diners all stayed put in their cells and only got out when they've finished their meal.
In fuzoku, answering a questionnaire beforehand go as detailed as if you would like the girl to observe your appendage with admiration (regardless of the truth) before going down. It's the same as ordering a steak at a restaurant and you've to instruct the chef beforehand how exactly you'll like your meat.

Gleaned from a real Japanese fuzoku questionnaire,
Other Requests:
1 word attack: girl says rude things to customer
2 spit on penis
3 staring at penis
There will be Japanese men who disobey the rules occasionally too. These men will then be ridiculed by having their photo taken while they are still in towels and plastered on the shop front with large text "BANNED". Much of the world of the fuzoku centers around uniforms, a common requirement in schools and companies, it symbolize the formal surface of manners. Underneath these formal roles and uniforms lurks the pervert nature of men.
"Men are universally perverted; it's just that in Japan, we do something about it."
Males pay for illusions of power and control but in reality, they follow minute scripts as revealed in the questionnaires. The paradoxical world of fuzoku is mind boggling. Yet it isn't surprising because it is a transaction after all, isn't it? There are no emotions, there is no love. You don't really 'go with the flow'. Even the 'flow' is determined how much is allowed (no more than two times).

The fuzoku accounted for 2.37 trillion Yen in 2001 and i only scratched the surface with the themed love hotels.
Geishas, a long tradition of compensated companionship still exists with more modern practices like male hostesses serving female patrons are gaining traction. It has even reached Singapore's shores on Lavender Street.

Anything that happens regularly in most places, Japan takes a step further. In "happening bars", customers pay a hefty membership fee and they meet other paying customers to "happen". There is no privacy as most rooms have  one-way mirrors and peepholes. Couples even bring their partners to swap.

Not all establishments offer intercourse as that is technically illegal. They always insist that if intercourse do happen, it doesn't happen on their establishment, but is something that is arranged between the two. Thus publicly, the Japanese have to be creative in their offerings. In inexpensive osawari pubs, it is a rotating concept with no intercourse involved. In the Nurse Station in Osaka, "nurses" go cubicle to cubicle on a rotating basis to make out their their "patients".  Patients can be visited by as many as three different nurses in a forty-minute period. At Air Touch in Osaka, customers receive more than drinks and conversation if they choose to sit in "Business Class". This one makes me chuckle: At the Kaiten Zushi Baxy, it is a rotating sushi breast-touching pub. The girls are named "shrimp", "tuna" and "urchin", rotate every two minutes. 

It's all very real, and like i said most of fuzoku don't necessary end in intercourse. There's something deeper within that men could possibly be searching?
The numerous flyers i received walking on the street in Akibahara.
Like this which you can pay $15 to have your ear cleaned by a busty (no less) lady.
There's a new service in town. Just opening in September last year, Soineya, Japan's first "co-sleeping specialty shop", where customers pay to sleep in the arms or on the butt of a beautiful girl. It's a stereotype that men want sex all the time. It's not true! They do like cuddling! It's gaining popularity and Soineya is opening it's second outlet in Tokyo. 

Here's their menu

Admission fee: 3000 yen (US $40)
Standard Course 
20 min – 3000 yen ($40)
40 min – 5000 yen ($65, only 3000 yen for first time visitors)
60 min – 6000 yen ($77)
6 hrs – 30000 yen ($387)
Optional Course
Customer sleeps in girl’s arm (3 min) – 1000 yen ($13)
Girl pats customer on the back (3 min) – 1000 yen  ($13)
Customer pets girl on the head (3 min) – 1000 yen  ($13)
Customer and girl stare at each other (1 min) – 1000 yen  ($13)
Girl changes clothes (1 time) – 1000 yen  ($13)
Girl gives customer foot massage (3 min) – 1000 yen  ($13)
Customer gives girl foot massage (3 min) – 2000 yen  ($26)
Customer sleeps with head on girl’s lap (3 min) – 1000 yen  ($13)
Girl sleeps with head on customer’s lap (3 min) – 2000 yen  ($26)

The job description for Soineya is 
Job: Sleeping
Location: Akihabara (3 min walk from station)
Qualifications: High school age to 30′s
Compensation: 3500 yen ($45)/hour
Hours: Weekdays 15:00-22:00, Weekend/holidays 12:00-22:00
Anyone interested in applying can do so here.

$45/hr to sleep sounds better than standing on your feet at a car show giving flyers or being a Club Snap model. 

If you are a customer, let's hope you don't really fall asleep (you'll go bankrupt) at Soineya and pray your butt pillow don't fart. 

If you are intrigued to know more about this side of the Japanese culture, get Joan Sinclair's Pink Box from Amazon. It's one of my best cheeky reads. 

Sunday, February 17, 2013

I am Singaporean, Hear me Roar.

Sometimes, i wonder if Singaporeans expect the government to be superheroes. Back then, we want them to reduce the number of cars on the road but now we complain about rising COE(s) and ERP(s). Surely, i miss the days where i own a Honda Integra in Australia but i know here in Singapore due to our size, we can't have our car cake and drive eat it too.

But i admit, the overpopulation is getting to me. Especially when i spend 14 hours of my week on the MRT.
How we need to start contorting to fit
Hopefully, my yoga practice gives me a head-start when the day we need to fit into the MRT like tetris.
Singapore has her flaws but i like the racial harmony we have. How we stand up for each other.
It is not true that we are "ugly Singaporeans", caring for ourselves. We have brave souls who puts his social media status above his safety. It is for the greater good, it is citizen journalism.   
Singapore, a young nation, some times have no identity overseas. The Westerners ask if we're Japanese or Korean. 

Singaporean is who we are, we have national campaigns moulding us. 
Before we got addicted to iPhones and iPads, we read
and we play.
Today, you can't believe photos online.

Singapore is seemingly perfect, still she has her flaws.
But i love Singapore, and i'm proud to be Singaporean.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Join the Club: how SAFRA brings the brudders together

SAFRA is a club that is exclusive for all Singapore Armed Forces National Servicemen (full-time and regulars) and their dependents to join. How does SAFRA compare to some of the world's exclusive clubs?

Disney's Club 33 s the only place in Disneyland that serves alcohol, for the adults who still want to live in a fairy-tale. They probably are, with that kind of disposable income for membership is rumored to be $10,000. SAFRA membership is FREE in celebration of National Service 45th anniversary and as a one-off recognition initiative to thank National Service men for their dedicated service to the nation. In Club 33, you eat in a semi-secret dining room in New Orleans Square. Who cares if dining in SAFRA is not so secret! As Singaporeans, we care more about freebies. As part of the NS45, SAFRA vouchers ranging from $50 to $100 will be given to all NS and regulars. Redeemable at F&B outlets like Fish & Co, Breeks, Carl's Jr, PastaMania and many more. In Club 33, you also get to ride in a special train car called the Lilly Belle. That’s pretty much the benefits. You pay thousands to eat secretively and sit in a sissy car. Don’t worry if you can't afford to join just yet. As of 2007 the waiting list to join was 14 years. Meanwhile, take the FREE SAFRA membership first.

The Beefsteak Club s a club devoted exclusively to how awesome steak is. The members get together and eat steak, talk about how awesome steak is, sing a song about steak, and even wear a funny outfit including a badge proclaiming “Beef and Liberty”. Only 24 members are allowed to join at any time; even the Prince of Wales had to wait until someone died to become a member. Being at SAFRA is a little less insane. You can still enjoy steak at Jack's Place in Jurong SAFRA and i promise you don't have to sing.

It baffles me though, if it's the whos-whos,
how come their cars look so beaten up?

The Bilderberg Club This group of about 130 individuals are accused of pulling all the strings of governments around the world. Important members of the financial, political, and media from North America and Europe started meeting unofficially in 1954. Now they meet once a year in great secrecy and under heavy guard. No members of the press are allowed in and all conversations are completely off the record. Your brotherhood can also gather at SAFRA's facilities like the karaoke rooms, billiard and games or even the photography dark room studio. Conversations are also completely off the record.  

The Giga Club have 6 members; two in the United States and four in Europe. Membership is not limited by money, background, or a cap on the number of members allowed in but you have to be smarter than .999999999 of the population to join. According to their own web site this means “in theory one in a billion individuals can qualify”. To do so you have to score more than a 195 on one of their accepted IQ tests. Joining the Giga Club may be past your lifetime but you can start training your children in the numerous education centers in SAFRA locations.

The Ejection Tie Club To join this club of 5,607 members (only 10 of whom are women) you must have survived being fired out of a military plane by the ejection seat. Gather with your mates today at SAFRA and reminisce the bad-ass army days you went through and lived to the tale. In the Ejection Tie Club, former service men and women, who all at one point stared death in the face, are only handed out special ties so that “when they weren’t in uniform, members would have some form of recognition among themselves”. There are no dinners, no get-togethers, no awards for bravery. Just ties.

Singaporean males, look out for your NS45 eligibility letters in the mail from now till Apr 13. You’ll get to enjoy shopping, F&B, IT/gadgets and travel benefits at 5,000 outlets islandwide! (Registration for NS45 vouchers ends 28 Feb 14; vouchers are valid until 30 Mar 14). As a female, we get to enjoy SAFRA benefits if our husband or father are SAFRA members. 

I shouldn't be marrying an ang moh.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

There’s Something about Elyse

My life purpose is to touch lives. While i hope i have been impacting the lives around me, i have 1 friend who distinctively shaped my life in my growing up years. Unfortunately, i don't see him around any more, we've gone our separate ways and drifted apart since 7 years ago.

G was 10 years older at that time and i knew him when i was feeling very unloved in my traditional family. I brood a lot and G showed relentless concern, without hidden agendas. He bought me chocolates (After Eight) because it releases endorphins, wrote me encouraging notes and mixed tapes with love songs for me. It is the experience of unconditional love that made me grow into the positive and hopeful girl i am today. Without G, i may have spiraled further in self pity, get depressed and possibly suicidal.

Later on when i graduated and got my first job, he convinced me to buy insurance. It was a wise thing to do, i was ahead of all my peers to have started my insurance plan at 19. This set me up for life because the annual premium is very low because i started young. He was also the one who advised me to take a hefty sum with me and deposit into a fixed term plan in Australia. When i left Australia, i made AUD 3000 in interest.

He probably doesn't know the impact he had on my life, but in some way, I owe my financial stability and maturity to him.

But life is like a stage right? Everything has its entrances and exits, every human relationship i encountered makes me experience life. This led me to knowing Elyse.
I met her 3 years ago and I took to her as if we’ve known each other for long. There’s something about Elyse that gave me a verbal diarrhea the moment I met her. I poured out my soul and feelings,something you normally wouldn’t with a person you just met. We talked about self-love then and how I was lacking it.

3 years later, we meet again and I realized I haven’t improved much in the self-love department! I thought it was easy to work on myself without help; my pride and ego stopped me from getting proper consult.

Elyse’s growing up years and experience with men is more colourful than most, all these have led her to today (you'll have to meet her to know her story). She speaks on FM 93.8 and writes in CLEO on helping women in attracting their true love in 90 days.

I’ve only had 2 ex-boyfriends over the course of 6 years. Since the last break-up, i've been going out, getting to know all sorts of men available. When I met Elyse again 3 years after, I thought "ok, maybe I should try this out. I'm not attached, still."

Elyse is not a friend, so she critiques me harshly and leaves me no saving grace. I then see why "life coaches" are engaged. Friends always listen and comfort you when you fail, it is the easy way out confiding in friends.

Elyse doesn't do what a friend do.

I tried her love consultation session which she gives out complimentary every month. In our session, she got me to create a list of the kind of man i want and the kind of relationship i want. I have never made a list because i was afraid making a list would mean finding Mr Perfect and we all know Mr Perfect don't exist.
Wistful thinking
Elyse chided me for selling myself short. I resisted her at first but finally made a list. She then uncovered the hidden challenge that may be sabotaging my success with men and dating; my non-commital to self.

I refused to accept her analysis at first, i was enraged at this stranger with such audacity to tell me what's wrong with me!

However, a month later, I was messaging Elyse, conceding defeat. She accurately uncovered the hidden challenge. I was dating someone when I had the love consultation and Elyse already pointed out the numerous uncertainties i was feeling but i chose to ignore it. This was the non-commital to self that she saw. I remember messaging Elyse, "You were right. It didn't last. Teach me how to attract the right love!" 

Subsequent days, she played with me mini games that trains me to listen to my inner voice.

It then dawned upon me, in all my relationships, I had ignored my intuition. I chose to ignore that inner voice that told me "this guy is not faithful", "this guy will not change", "this guy doesn't accept you for who you are".

It was hard coming to terms about the issues i had, but it was so energizing to learn about myself! Elyse renewed and inspired me to find the love of my life, the easy way.

If you are interested about Elyse and how she helps women who
- have trouble letting go of past relationships and cannot move forward in life
- tried all means and ways but can't attract available men or men who disappear after the first few dates
- wonders if there's something wrong with them
- not attracting the "right" kind of men
- or always end up hurt despite compromising a lot

Sign up for her free love attraction tool kit here, she is also on Facebook.
She gives out 5 complimentary love consults per month (the one i had), if you are interested, you can ask about it more at her website.

Doll me Up

I used to think if i could walk out a facial without a red face, that therapist must be a gem! So for awhile I was walking out of my old salon with a face that didn't look like I just had a facial. Hooray?

Then i started breaking out, and my face didn't feel baby ass smooth. There were bumps underneath. Later on, i got to know about Porcelain Face Spa and i learned that the extraction I was getting wasn't deep enough.

However, deep extractions usually leave me looking like this after a facial. Horror of horrors!
But I unabashedly go out after a facial, that's because i've a secret weapon.

It's not make-up. I wouldn't want to undo all that deep cleansing Porcelain did for me, i didn't want to clog my open pores with concealer.

Porcelain Face Spa's tinted sunscreen, Doll, is my secret weapon.

Combined with lightening agents, this UV filter corrects pigmentation problems while protecting my skin against UVA/UVB rays. It is SPF 60.
With a tint, it makes my skin dewy and it's not make-up! It doesn't clog pores either. It may be pricey at $150 for 35ml but i'm still using my tube from a year ago!
You can get Doll from Porcelain Face Spa at 15 Cantonment Road.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Valentine's Choice: Nando's gets chi chi

Almost every man say Valentine's overrated; flowers and meals are overpriced. While i agree and don't expect to celebrate Valentine's, i feel special dates like Christmas, birthdays and anniversaries make us pause amidst our hectic schedules and appreciate loved ones. Human's nature and being caught up in the rat race tend to make us neglect that bit.

However, going out for a nice meal don't mean spending a bomb! I absolutely love Nando's and i'm super pleased to receive their media kit announcing their all-new butterfly chicken breast meal!
Media Kit:
Hard cover black menu, silverware, napkin and a cookie with their meal printed!
Have you been to places where you pay top dollar only to have the food forgettable? For a much better deal, Nando's brings the bells and whistles of a fancy restaurant but only at a fraction of posh prices! Anything with foam on your plate is never worth paying for.

You can still have your hoity toity four-course menu by starting with wild mushroom soup as an entrée, the butterfly steak (chicken) as a main, sweet potato mash as a side then ending it off with dessert. There can even be a designer drink to sip with your little pinkie sticking out.

Make a date at Nando's. You can make reservations and for the whole month of February, the Butterfly Chicken Breast Meal Valentine's Day Set ($42) comes with 2 double-breasted butterfly-cut chicken steak (with 2 sides), 2 designer drinks and 2 single scoops of Ben & Jerry ice-cream.
I've already made my reservation at Nando's this Valentine's. Who says a girl can't make the first move? All set for a "chi-chi" gastronomic experience!
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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Cats that Look like Pin-Up Girls

Came across this blog that kinda scours the best of the web and i am re-posting this that caught my eye.
It sparked a thought to Google "Why are women's v-jay called a pussy."

Google didn't disappoint with 9,230,000 answers.

In the 19th century the term "pussy" came to refer to anything soft and furry ("pussy willow" and "pussycat", for example.) Since women's vulvas are typically soft and furry, the term (as with many thighs) spread rapidly. Later someone noticed the hairy patch resembled a beaver's tail (and thus the term "beaver" came about to describe the same thing.) 

Today, getting a brazilian wax is common. I wonder if pussy will be fazed out and be called the Sphynx. Perhaps in the next generation.
The sphynx cat is furless.
Back to pin-up girls and cats.
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