Thursday, January 09, 2020

Great Results From CoolSculpting with Halley Body Slimming Clinic

And so, it’s been about 2 months since my first CoolSculpting session with Halley Body Slimming Clinic in October, and I went back for a review last month and to continue the second phase of my treatment. Quite frankly, I didn’t know what to expect for the review because even though some clothes felt looser at my waistline, I was feasting most of the time because of the festive season and I didn’t dare to weigh myself in the interim. =X So, when I saw the results during the review, I was elated!

What CoolSculpting basically do is to freeze and destroy unwanted fat cells, which are then disposed from the body naturally. The treatment removes 20-25% of the fat cells in the treated area each time, and those fats are removed permanently. Because our bodies do not produce new fat cells after the age of five, the disposed fats are really gone forever. You can read the details from my first treatment here. So, what do the results look like?

Results From CoolSculpting


The review showed that my waist circumference reduced by 4.5cm from 84.5cm to 80cm, and percentage of body fat reduced by 2.3% from 35.9% to 33.6%. How awesome is that?! If you take a look at the following photo comparisons, the results are quite obvious!

                                     Before CoolSculpting                                                        After CoolSculpting



Quite frankly, I am personally not so concerned about my weight – I am more concerned about how to look nicer in my clothes with a better figure. The saddest thing to me was losing my waistline! I want to get my waistline back and I think I am progressing well towards my goal with CoolSculpting! *happy dance*

A second treatment was then arranged to further optimise the results attained. There are still many areas especially the love handles and abdomen area that need help! So a second CoolSculpting session was planned and I seriously cannot wait to see the final results after 3 months!

To prepare for the treatment, Dr. Terence Tan first used the CoolAdvantage templates to mark out the areas that required treatment. The clinic assistant then applied gel pads onto the treatment area to protect the skin during treatment. This 12-applicator session took 7 hr to complete compared to the 12 hr it would have taken if the legacy applicators were used. That’s definitely good news for someone impatient like me!



After each treatment cycle, the clinic assistant removed the applicator and massaged the treated area. This helps to speed up the break down of the crystallized dead fat cells, which will be passed out by the body naturally. To be honest, this is the only part of the treatment I don't look forward to, because even though the treatment areas were numb, it was uncomfortable when the clinic assistant massaged really hard. Yet, this is an absolutely necessary part of the process. No pain, no gain though – The better the fat cells are broken down, the faster they can be disposed from the body naturally.


The whole treatment was mostly comfortable even though it took many hours, and the clinic assistant tried to make the whole process as comfortable for me as possible. I’m so thankful for that!


Can’t wait to show you guys what the final results are. It takes about 3 months for the whole process to be completed, so stay tuned and I’ll be back to give a final report after my final review! =D

Halley Body Slimming Clinic
277 Orchard Road
orchardgateway #03-16
Singapore 238858
T: 6246 8806 | F: 6246 8807



Monday, December 23, 2019

CATS: Award-winning musical wows Singapore again!

Media Review

To be honest, CATS has performed in Singapore a number of times, but I didn't feel like going for it because I thought I wouldn't be enticed by the theme of cats. I knew it was a renowned international production, but there was not much draw factor for me until the husband told me that he was interested to catch it. Thankfully, the production came back to Singapore again this Christmas season and I was able to catch it with the husband and a couple of friends. Turned out, Cats was way beyond my expectation and there were so many WOW factors about the production that I was super glad I went to catch the Gala Night performance last week! Here are 3 things I absolutely loved about Cats musical:

1. The COSTUMES & MAKE-UP were mega on-point.

With cats as the theme of the production, I was already expecting a lot more elaborate make-up as compared to other musicals I've watched, but even so, I was amazed! Upon reaching Sands Theatre, there were cast members around to take photos with the audience and I had a chance to look at them up, close and personal. From costumes to make-up, movements and facial expressions - everything was on-point!




2. The CHOREOGRAPHY was perfect.

Every role in the musical was a cat and every cast member behaved so much like cats! There were really difficult dance moves that only the best ballerinas can pull off. It was like watching a ballet dance-off and every dance scene was exciting to watch!



3. The AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT was good.

I love musicals that made the audience feel involved in some way or another, and Cats did just that. There were cats moving in from the back of the theatre all the way to the stage, while interacting with the audience along the way. One of the dancers even picked an audience from the front row to do a dance with him! It was fun!


And of course, my favorite song has got to be "Memory", which was sang at several parts of the musical. Every time it was sung, I was so touched by the voices as well as the melody. It was such a sad song, but it totally brought the mood to another level. On the whole, the musical had a good mix of funny and touching parts, and it captivated me from beginning until the end with the spectacular choreography and powerful vocals. It is definitely a treat for your eyes & ears! I was so happy to catch it with good friends!


Quick get your tickets before the run ends! Thank you Base Entertainment for the media tickets!

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In Person At:
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Thursday, December 19, 2019

A Gift That Lasts–Flowers In A Dome (Review & Giveaway!)

Media Review
I do love flowers, but I don’t like it that they don’t last very long. So while I love receiving flowers because they cheer me up, I sometimes feel it’s not a worthwhile investment because they wilt just after a few days. When Bloom Studio Singapore approached me with their preserved flower domes, I thought that was a really neat idea! I would totally love to see my flowers last longer than fresh flowers and see them displayed beautifully in my house! Check out what they offer on their website, and you will be spoilt for choice, just like me! Every dome looks so pretty. =D



You’ll be happy to know that Bloom Studio Singapore offers free same day delivery for all purchases! How awesome is that, especially if you need to urgently get a gift last minute?! Plus, all animal lovers would be happy to know that Bloom Studio Singapore commits themselves to donating a percentage of their sales profits to local animal shelters which they believe is what often goes unnoticed. You can read more about it at:
https://bloomstudiosg.com/giving-second-chances/


And so, after deliberating and contemplating, I finally made my choice and look what got delivered to me:

Whitney!



I chose it because I super love cotton flowers and this combination is so sweet, unassuming and timeless. I absolutely loved it the moment I set my eyes on it! On their website, you can also search for flower domes based on colour themes – pink, blue, white.. etc. Frankly, every piece looks good and I imagine the receivers will be delighted.




Opened the glass dome in the right photo so that you can see the flower arrangements clearer. =D These are preserved flowers but they look so fresh & good!



I say these domes make perfect Christmas presents for your loved ones! Best of all, these will definitely last well past Christmas (and actually possibly the next Christmas too!).



Hop by to bloomstudiosg.com/shop to check them out today. You’ll be sure to find something for that special someone. :) Use this discount code - KLESS10 to get 10% off all your purchases!

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Back To CoolSculpting with Halley Medical Aesthetics (Because It Works!)

Those of you who have been following me on this blogging journey would remember that I first tried CoolSculpting with HalleyMedical Aesthetics three years ago. Back then, I did a total of four applicators on my abdomen area and since then, I’ve enjoyed a less flabby tummy and the consultation with the nutritionist then also taught me to make significant changes to the way and type of food I eat. It was a very wonderful experience then, so naturally when I thought about removing the stubborn fat on my abodmen, , I did not hesitate going back to Halley Medical Aesthetics at all! This was just right before the launch of their new HalleyBody Slimming Clinic , which focuses on weight management, no downtime fat reduction, body firming, and muscle toning treatments.









CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting is still the world’s number 1 non-invasive fat-reduction process. It is the only US FDA-approved fat freezing treatment that uses the concept of cryolipolysis to freeze and destroy unwanted fat cells, which are then disposed from the body naturally. 20-25% of fat cells in the treated area are removed each time, and because we stop producing new fat cells after the age of 5, these fat cells that die after freezing will be gone forever, after they are disposed from our bodies.


The last time round I did it, each applicator took one hour, but I am so glad that with new and improved CoolAdvantage applicators used at Halley Medical Aesthetics now, the process time has been cut down to a mere 35 minutes (CoolAdvantage) and 45 minutes (CoolAdvantage Plus) respectively! The new applicators also feature enhanced cup designs for improved patient comfort as well as a larger cooling area to treat a bigger area. Best of all, there is no downtime at all, so you can get right back to your work and usual lifestyle after the procedure. 

Prescription

This time round, I was glad that Dr Terence Tan from Halley Medical Aesthetics wanted to work on more areas of my body, so he prescribed nine CoolAdvantage and three CoolAdvantage Plus applicators to treat the stubborn fat on my abdomen and flanks. My love handles had always been a concern to me, so I am so looking forward to freezing the fats there and getting rid of them once and for all!


Treatment Process

To prepare for the treatment, Dr. Terence Tan first used the CoolAdvantage templates to mark out the areas on my abdomen and flanks that required treatment.



The clinic assistant then applied gel pads onto the treatment area to protect the skin during treatment.



Once the applicators were applied (like very strong suctions on my body), the treatment area felt extremely tight and like it was gradually being frozen. After a few seconds, the whole area would go numb and I practically couldn’t feel much on the treatment area for the rest of the treatment.

  
After each treatment cycle, the clinic assistant removed the applicator and massaged the treated area. This helps to speed up the breakdown of the crystallised dead fat cells, which will be passed out by the body naturally. I have to say the most uncomfortable part of the treatment would be this step because of the vigorous massages, but it is still overall bearable. My pain threshold is almost zero, so you can be assured that if I can handle it, you can too. =P


This 12-applicator session took 7 hr 30 min to complete, so I was literally at the clinic for almost the whole day. But comparing this to traditional Coolsculpting applicators which would have taken 12 hours, I was really glad they had used the CoolAdvantage applicators instead. Results are expected three months after treatment.

Post-Treatment Process

While there is no downtime for the procedure, I did experience some swelling and bruising after the treatment. This was normal (I had some of that the previous round three years ago too) because of the vigorous massaging, but within a week, the swelling subsided and everything went back to normal. As it takes time for the dead fat cells to be disposed from the body naturally, I would only see the final result three months later.  Having gone through the last Coolsculpting experience, I already know that I can’t rush the results. At the point of writing, I am at Day 15 after the treatment and the abdomen area is still flabby and numb, but I know the final result will be good. But already as I looked at myself in the mirror, I felt that my waist had gotten smaller! I certainly hoped it’s not just my own imagination, but we’ll know for sure when I go back for my review in early December! Seriously can’t wait. =D

Some friends have asked me if CoolSculpting is for weight loss, and I always had to tell them that it is not. CoolSculpting, as its name implies, is for sculpting of the body shape. It gives you a better figure by removing stubborn body fat, giving your body a better contour and shape. Frankly, I don’t really care about my weight most of the time, but a better figure would definitely give me greater confidence as I continue to age gracefully. Especially for mothers like me who has lost our body shape because of childbirth (and lack of self-control when it comes to dieting obviously), CoolSculpting is a good option! Stay tuned for my next blog post, where I will share more on my CoolSculpting results after the review. J

With the launch of its new Halley Body Slimming Clinic in Octorber 2019, CoolSculpting will now be offered at the new clinic, while Halley Medical Aesthetics will focus on non-invasic and no downtime medical aesthetics treatments for the face. They are located right next to each other, so it is pretty convenient. If you would like to know more about CoolSculpting or what Halley Body Slimming Clinic can offer you, hop over to their website and social media channels to find out more. J
277 Orchard Road #03-16 Orchard Gateway Singapore 238858
T: 6246 8806



Thursday, September 26, 2019

Sweet Treats Delivery from Whyzee Bakery

Product Review
Last week the whole family was on sugar high because of these delectable sweet treats sent over by https://cakedelivery.com.sg/! And even though we tried to exercise self control, it’s really hard when it comes to delicious food like these.



My kids are big fans of cheesecakes and they finished the New York Cheesecake within a few days. You’ve got to take their word for it – THE CHEESECAKE IS VERY GOOD, they declared. I am not a fan of cheese, but I have to say, it tasted pretty good to me even.


This was a winner for me – Ondeh Ondeh Swiss Roll. Love the taste and texture of every bite. The fragrance of coconut and gula melaka permeates in your whole mouth. Every mouthful is a delight!


The Banana Loaf was another winner for us, especially for the hubby. He loves bananas and this loaf was soft and after I warm it up, the whole kitchen is filled with the aroma of bananas! Love it. It was also gone in no time at all.


The Blueberry Yogurt Muffins were soft and good-tasting – The kids brought them to school for meal breaks. Lots and lots of blueberries in them, as you can see.




I don’t think I need fancy cakes. Just simple, down-to-earth and delicious cakes like these will make me very happy. Super convenient to be able to browse through all their products online and slowly make your choices, then have them delivered to your doorstep. Check them out now!



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Disclosure: The J Babies was sponsored the featured products for tasting purposes. All photos & opinions are solely ours.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Protect Against Haze With Dyson Pure Cool™ Purifying Fans

Product Review
The haze hits us unexpectedly and rather often lately, and while I am thankful that I am not usually affected by the haze myself, I am concerned about what my kids are breathing in. They complain that the smell is bad and that their throats feel itchy and dry, and I knew I had to do something about it. Been procrastinating to get an air purifier for the house, but I don’t really know which one to go for until I was introduced to Dyson’s Pure Cool Purifying Fans and I thought it would be perfect to get something that keeps us cool and yet purify the air quality at the same time!
Having tried the Dyson Pure Cool Purifying Fans for a while, let me outline some reasons why I think it’s a good buy for every household:

1. So Sleek & Pretty

I mean, just look at how pretty it is. It blends in seamlessly into my house decor, and I like it that it looks high-tech and effective just by its appearance! It is no longer enough for household appliances to be useful – They need to look good as well! It’s definitely not an eyesore with its minimalist look, and while it’s rather tall, it doesn’t appear bulky or in-the-way.



There is also a simple LCD screen on the fan for you to show you the real-time report of what particles and gases are being detected and cleansed by the machine. This is done using a unique Dyson algorithm processes the input from three sensors and then displays air quality readings. Nothing too flashy – Simple & minimalistic, but gets the job done.


2. Easy To Connect & Use

There is a Dyson app (available on both iOS & Android) that I can download and connect it to my fan so that I can monitor the air quality level of my house and environment, as well as the temperature & humidity outside and inside the house. Technology and I are not exactly good friends, but I was pleasantly surprised that connecting my app to the fan was easy peasy, and everything was done in less than 10 minutes. I could start monitoring everything via the app on my mobile phone and even remotely control the fan. More about that in the next point.
Dyson Pure Cool Purifying Fans are different from the other fan models by Dyson because of the filters. They work to clean the air while providing air flow and cools the place down at the same time. I love how multi-functional this is. Otherwise, I would have to keep a fan AND a purifier on at the same time – Waste space & energy. Dyson’s Pure Cool purifying fans feature a 360 degree fully-sealed filter system combining an activated carbon filter to remove gases, and a Glass HEPA filter that captures 99.95% of microscopic allergens and pollutants as small as 0.1 microns. If you have young kids at home, you can totally keep your heart at ease.


3. Air Multiplying Function

The Dyson Pure Cool purifying fan is the only purifier with Air Multiplier technology and 350⁰ degree oscillation, allowing it to project clean air to every corner of the room. How amazing is that?! This ensures that no matter where your guests are seated in your house, they can enjoy clean and fresh air as well. Air circulation in a room is important to me, so this is a very important function to me. Since it is a bladeless fan, the wind direction can be altered to suit your needs, and you can control that easily using the remote control or via the app as well.

4. Remote Control

Back to the use of the app, one of the most amazing functions of the app is the ability to control the fan remotely. Not only can you control the fan settings at any time, you can also set the fan to switch on for a certain period of time, or to start operating at a specific time. When the weather gets too hot, switch on your fan first before you reach home, to cool down your living area before you reach home. I think that’s a really nice function. Household appliances are getting more and more intelligent nowadays!


5. It Works!

Having said all, if the fan does not achieve its original purpose of purifying the air in my house, then I wouldn’t want to recommend it to you at all. Look at the readings before the fan was used:


And this is after a couple of hours of keeping the fan on.



See, it works! The air in my living room got cleaner! Note: My living room has big windows and they are fully open during the trial, and PSI was at 96 (Not terrible but not good as well).
If you are considering to get a purifier for your home in view of the heightening haze situation, I would recommend that you get the Dyson Pure Cool Purifying Fan instead so that even when the haze is not so bad, you can still continue to purify the air in your home for the well-being of your loved ones. Nobody says no to clean air, right? :)
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Disclosure: The J Babies received a complimentary unit for review purposes. All opinions and photos used in this post are solely ours.