Flapless & Bladeless Trans-epiLASIK [Pre-LASIK Evaluation]

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Woah. Chen WeiLing's artwork. His red-memory series if I'm not wrong.

Woah. Chen WeiLing’s artwork. I still remembered the very first time I saw his red-memory series when I was overseas. The moment I stepped into the museum, his red-memory series captured my attention due to it being strikingly… red. Of course, it came with a price. ?

So, I was told to stop wearing soft contact lenses for at least 3 days before my pre-LASIK evaluation. But if you’re on hard lenses, you’ll need to stop at least for 10 days.

Why?!

It is because contact lenses changes the shape of your cornea so you will need to abstain from contact lenses so that your cornea will be back natural shape BEFORE the pre-LASIK evaluation. Of course, for the LASIK surgery itself too which I chose to do the very next day to save me the hassle of abstaining from contact lens again.

So please don’t kay-kiang (aka smart Alec) by thinking that doesn’t matter. I’m sure you don’t want any inaccurate measurements as it might lead to severe consequences.

Also, I couldn’t drive to the centre because well, after the dilating eyedrops are applied (so that the doctor can examine your eye better), there is obviously a bit of recovery time.

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During the pre-LASIK evaluation, I was led through a couple of tests. The staff were extremely thorough with their tests, and as they explained, it was meant to be able to assess my suitability and also whether which LASIK to go for. Here is a run-down of what I did:

  • Visual Acuity Test
  • Objective & Subjective Refraction
  • Tonometry Test
  • Slit Lamp Biomicroscope Test
  • Corneal Thickness Measurement
  • Orbscan
  • Zywave Aberrometry for Measurement of Higher Order Optical Aberrations
  • Detailed Dilated Fundus Examination
  • and of course consultation with Dr Tony, my surgeon!
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Clearvision staff walking me through a presentation about what to expect and take note of.

The evaluation took about 2 hours in total. Generally speaking, most people should pass the test, unless there are certain anomalies which might restrict the type of procedures that could be done – such as having a super duper thin cornea or some eye-issues.

For me, I’ve a very serious case of corneal ulcer recently that left me with a scar on one of my eyeballs – and also the fact that I couldn’t wear contact lenses anymore…

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Can’t wear contact lenses anymore?!

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I’ve been wearing different brands of contact lenses since I started modelling. The one thing in common is they’re all colored contact lenses as they’ve always made my eyes look a little rounder and bigger, especially in photos. ?

True, they were not exactly unhealthy for eyes, but I didn’t have much choice, For obvious reasons (due to the natural of my job), I can’t wear glasses and since I had a degree is almost 700, and without lenses (or glasses, for that matter), I was effectively blind.

When I had my lenses or glasses on, things were okay – but when I took them off, I couldn’t see almost everything… not even my mobile phone’s screen! Everything was just in a blur.

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Other than modeling assignments related to spectacles, I don’t think any other clients will want me to appear like this.

Some of you might ask, why not go for LASIK?

Yes. I wanted to – but like many of you, I didn’t really have the determination (and guts) to really go ahead with it since I was so used to wearing contact lenses.

I was like “Ok! Next month I shall do!”. But, when next month arrived, “Ehh.. Never mind! End of this year!” and the procrastination goes on and on for….

…6 years.

Ok. Part of the procrastination was due to the concern of how I would look without the help of coloured contact lenses that helps to make my pupil bigger, giving the illusion of bigger eyes. ?

Singapore Motorshow 2016

Singapore Motorshow 2016

See the difference now? With and without my glasses. 人,尤其是女人,为了爱美什么都可以忍。(Loosely translated: “For the sake of beauty, everything can be endured.”)

Back to the main point of this post, why I couldn’t wear contact lenses anymore..

I got corneal ulcer.

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Waking Up With Beautiful Eyes [Belle Eyelash Extension]

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我沒畫眼妝、連眼線也沒有喔!

6D Upper & Lower Super Soft & Natural Eyelash Extension done at Belle Eyelash Extension Singapore!

After so many years, this is actually the first time I attended a casting call confidently without any eye makeup at all. Not even eyeliner – Totally zero as you can see from my photo above! ?

I’m a person that dreads putting on falsies aka fake eyelashes other than when I was a newbie in Events & Modelling. Now, I practically stopped putting on fake eyelashes even for casting calls nowadays (oops! I think my confidence level has risen too much. ? ). Once in a “compulsory moon”, during photoshoots and bigger shows like product launches – I’ve no choice – but the moment I get off work, I would immediately peel them off.

Even so, I’m still crazy about buying falsies even though I barely use them (Totally can’t resist at all. ?) One of the few brands that I could stand wearing is Dolly-wink:

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A small collection of what I have that was within reach from my desk for photo-taking.

Belle, whom did my eyelash extensions, used to work as event model/talent (she used to be very popular!) in Taiwan, but stopped after she married and moved to Singapore. Was talking about how she left everything behind and came over to Singapore.

I guess when you’re madly in-love, anything and everything is possible 的吧。

I’ve been wanting to do eyelash extensions for a very long time, but not many places offer high-quality eyelash extension at an affordable price. Worse still, some eyelash extensions not only hurts your eyelash – causing your natural lashes to fall off – but also your skin (because they glue it to your skin ?)?!

I got to know Belle when I was a customer at True Eyelash Beauty (Teyelash). Recently, she texted me that she had finally ventured out to do her own business! Immediately, I booked an appointment with her.

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Preparing for eyelash extension.

First off, Belle asked me if I’m fine with her removing all my eye makeup (including eyeliner) and I agreed. I guess you could choose not to remove it, but it’s probably better to do so as you can see the obvious difference.

Then, she placed a pair of collagen gel masks under my eyes. Immediately, I could feel the cooling and smoothing sensation from the eyemasks.☺️

I selected the super soft & comfy 6D eyelashes. Belle extended my lashes strand-by-strand with a technique which was the latest from Taiwan. In this technique, the extensions are glued to your own lashes instead of skin.

✔️ Doesn’t harm your skin

✔️ Doesn’t affect your natural lashes (So your natural lashes can fall off when it suppose to and not stuck there making your eyes looking heavy/clumpy/poking into your eyes.)

✔️ Extensions will last longer

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Before photo on the left, without any falsies (only dark brown eyeliner from Taiwan).

After photo on the right, with ONLY Belle’s Natural 6D Eyelash Extension (Top & Bottom). Zero eye makeup nor eyeliner.

I’ve also told her that I prefered rounder looking eyes instead of the sexy cat-eyes look. The perks of having an event model turn eyelash expert doing your eyelash extension for you is that she totally understands what you want! She’s able to customise and achieve the look you want via the arrangement of the lashes.

Goodness! I can’t stress how important this is!

Wonder why sometimes even though you went to a highly raved salon that you read about online but it turned out totally different even thought you opted for the exact same thing?

That’s right. Because those places just follow a standard procedure instead of arranging the lashes according to your eye shape. ?

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Currently, Belle is taking a short break by doing only eyelash extensions at her place before she starts hunting for a suitable location for her shop [UPDATED NEW LOCATION on 31st August 2016].

Yeap! You got it right. And because she is doing at her place, the prices are REALLY attractive for the best quality eyelash extensions done personally by her strand-by-strand.

For example, the 6D Eyelash Extension I’ve done is going 40% off and 3D Black Diamond Eyelash Extension going for a whopping 50% off! ? There’s also packages and other designs such as 3D Eyelash Extensions etc, undergoing promotion too.

Fret not! For those who already had eyelash extensions on but hope to grab this chance, I’ve asked Belle and she is happy to remove your previous extensions for free when you do your new set of eyelash extension with her!

From what I know, Belle’s schedule is pretty packed and she will be travelling from 1st December 2015 to 15 December 2015. You really should drop her a text/WhatsApp message at 9155 5598 to enquire more details and also to secure an appointment first. She is cool with both English & Chinese. ?

 

Belle Eyelash Extension Singapore【美睫站】-Taiwanese Professionals

Bukit Timah Shopping Centre,

170 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #02-K38

Singapore 588179

Open Hours

11:00AM – 9:00PM

Phone: +65 8575 0555

IPPIN Café Bar [Best Oyakodon in Singapore Yet]

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Finally, after a week of hectic events that required me to wake up 5.30am consecutively for the past week, I finally had some time to sleep-in and also rest my skin from all the heavy makeup. ?

Last month, I received a food-tasting invitation from Hazel who is IPPIN’s Ambassador of Buzz to try out their new menu. It was a non-obligatory invite which means that I’m not obligated to do a review of them… but honestly, their place was too nice for me to *not* write a review!

You see, they asked me over for a private dinner session where I got to pick anything I wanted…:

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The dinner started off with an aperitif – sweet sake that remind me of choya.

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I must say though, the sheer variety of condiments is impressive, but at the same time, really confusing! I kept forgetting which is which despite being told a few times. ? Oops.

See the mayonnaise bottle which is hiding beside the sauce? It’s Kameya Food’s Wasabi Mayonnaise! And, it’s actually the real deal – ? not some cheap “wasabi” aka horseradish mixed with mayo.

Now, for the food – the real show-stopper of the night:

Oyakondon Set – $15 SGD

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I was told that this is IPPIN’s chef’s signature dish but it looks pretty normal at first look, doesn’t it?

So far, I haven’t had any Oyakondon (in Singapore) that impressed me.

But then, I tried a spoonful of it…

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The texture of the “rice” is different from most of the Oyakondon out there – it’s actually very wet and moist. The best part of it is that the rice was mixed with barley, giving it a slightly chewy texture.

Next up, meat – of course..:

Wasabi Salt / Garlic Soy Beef Steak Set – $25 SGD

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The very nicely done beef comes with rice, salad and fries.

This is actually where the fun part begins: Remember the ridiculously large variety of sauce above? Yeap! You’re free to customise your own beef steak with IPPIN’s Japanese condiments. Most of the condiments at IPPIN can only be bought there, as they actually hold the sole distributorship in Singapore to quite a number of Japanese brands!

Now, look at that mouth-watering piece of steak:

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Don’t you just want to sink your teeth into it?

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Just like in most Japanese restaurants in Japan, IPPIN serves red miso soup instead of the usual white/mixed miso soup we have in Singapore.

Their red miso is made with a natural production method by placing koji (soybeans) in a wooden barrel for two summers and two winters before it’s actually bought out for use.

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IPPIN really has a *huge* variety of awesome stuff – even for their Furikake for sprinkling on your rice, it comes in 3 different flavours!

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After trying all 3 out, my favourite would be their wasabi Furikake! I liked it so much that I wanted to purchase a whole pack (to sprinkle on my rice at home!) but they’re currently out-of-stock for it. ?

Cold Yuzu Noodles – $15 SGD

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One of the favourite summer dishes in Japan – Cold Noodles.

The noodles in this dish, however, is from the Tochigi Prefecture topped with Yuzu-scented sour soy sauce, vegetables, egg, ham and mini tofu.

We requested for a smaller portion for this dish because we are getting quite filled by the two huge mains already.

Rice Ball with Fish Confit – $5

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Onigiri – Rice ball made with pufferfish, tuna and chill from Tochigi Prefecture.

This was specially made into a mini-sized version for us so we could have some room for sake and dessert. ?

Nikujafa – $5 SGD

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This is something you can’t miss out! It’s pork stew with carrot and potatoes, and lastly, topped with long beans. Tastes kinda like a familiar home-cooked dish, and a very satisfying one at that!

Sake Tasting Set – $15 SGD / Set of 3

Now, IPPIN also has an amazing selection of Japanese beverages to choose from, too:

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From your left: Miracle Sake Junmai – $29 SGD, Yutou Masamune – $51 SGD, Yogurt Sake (Plain) – $30 SGD, Yogurt Tochi Otome (Strawberry) – $31 SGD.

They’re all very low in alcohol-content, but beware of the kick that comes in fast because of the sweetness (sugar) that’s easily absorbed by your body.

English Tea Grace Peace

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Tea-lovers can not only enjoy premium tea, but also jelly made out of their favourite grace tea!

The tea is refillable up to 3 brews, anything more than that will turn the pot bland.

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Did you know that IPPIN is a Japanese food supplier too? If you’re interested, they do sell quite a huge range of ingredients for your home enjoyment.

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Anyway, Thanks to Hazel for re-arranging the tasting several times and accommodating to my hectic schedule!

Glad that I popped by because I haven’t had home-cooked food for a long time. Especially when it’s authentic Japanese home-cooked food!

IPPIN CAFÉ BAR

18 Mohamed Sultan Road #01-01
Singapore 238967

Opening hours:
Mon – Fri: 11am – 3pm / 5pm -11pm
Closed: Sundays & Public Holidays

Phone: +65 6744 4794

All prices include GST and Service Charge. Free WiFi available!

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