Monday, 30 October 2017

My Volunteering Journey (It's life-changing!)




The activity started as I went to ward after ward, and I sang my usual oldies while trying to engage the patients to clap and sing along. Trust me, I felt like my life was complete at that very instant when some of the patients clapped, gave thumbs up, encouraged and offered me the brightest smiles ever. I was overjoyed that they seemed to be enjoying my presence.

And what truly changed my life was the moment when I was brought to the palliative ward which I was told that the patients might not be able to react to my singing. 

Nonetheless, I was eager to enter the place and pray that music can create miracles for the patients. 
AND OH BOY, SOMEHOW IT DID. Allow me to share a little positive encounter! 


I decided to choose upbeat familiar songs and went to the bedside of a patient. His eyes were open, but he did not really seem responsive when I attempted to interact. Somehow, I knew he could hear me. 

"Tian mi mi... " I started the first verse of a song which I personally love. His lips seemed to be moving in a subtle manner, but obvious enough to make me stop in my tracks. Was I seeing things? I thought it was just my imagination but it was not soon after that I heard a weak, soft but audible voice coming from his direction. 

I could not believe my ears. When I got to the second verse of the song, he was already singing on tune with me (even with the right lyrics!!) I could tell he must have been a very good singer in his younger days. 


I got so emotional and tried hard to control my tears of joy so that I could finish the song with him. When it ended, I looked towards the direction of another volunteer, and walked over to her. 

"Oh my God. He sang. He SANG with me! Let's go on with the next song, I'm going to sing more for him!" I exclaimed in a shaky voice. 
I went back to his bed side. "Uncle, have you heard of this song called "路边的野花不要踩"? Slowly, he started nodding his head. My heart skipped a beat. "I shall sing this song for you okay?" 
And this time, he completed the whole song with me. Yes, his voice was weak but I could hear him clearly. I was overwhelmed. It was not soon after that he could respond to me by nodding his head gently to most of my questions. "You sang really good, Uncle!" I said. 
A tiny smile formed on his lips. 


I couldn't ask for more in this life.
The moment was phenomenal and surreal. You know the feeling when everything felt like a dream but you are actually living the dream? I could feel tears welling up in my eyes even when I am thinking back of the priceless moment. 


Today's experience made me feel so complete and accomplished as a performer - Accomplished in the sense that I am able to light up that little smile on the patients' faces which I never knew I could. Music is wonderful. 

It totally took my perspective of life to another level after today and I would definitely love to do it again and again and again and again, just to shine that little bit of positivity onto the patients' life. 

Creating miracles through music is something I've always dreamed to do, and I am very honored to be given the opportunity to take that step. My heartfelt thanks to Shaane and his team from St Luke's Hospital (You guys are awesome beyond words!) , and of course not forgetting my dearest friend cum sister, Chloe, for coming along today and supporting the cause. I am very thankful. 感恩。

P/S: I will be preparing more oldies next round and aim to learn songs in different languages to cater to the non-chinese too! I promised a patient that I will prepare her song dedication the next round and I've never felt so motivated in learning it!

Saturday, 9 September 2017

[Complaint] Mcdonald's new McFlurry Flavor - Chendol (TOO SWEET AHHH!)

And just weeks ago at the National Day Rally, PM Lee Hsien Loong had addressed the issue on diabetes of how the prevalence of diabetes is rising among the younger generation.

And with the appearance of the McDonald's latest craze - I finally understood what he meant.



Honestly, I am not a fan of sweet stuff - and THIS is totally in contrary to what PM Lee had emphasized on:


Sorry ah, I do not have anything against Mcdonald's. (In fact, I LOVE Mcdonald's and am always on the move to try their new menu items)
Their latest Nasi Lemak burger meal is so freaking awesome. (I believe many of you will agree with me on this, right.. RIGHT?)

Unfortunately, their new Chendol McFlurry is a big no-no for me. 
The first mouthful was great- It was very flavorful and bursting with the taste of Chendol and all, but subsequent mouthfuls almost had me gagging from the sweetness that was on the overboard side.
I wouldn't rate it as the normal type of sweetness - but more of a guarantee diabetes kind of sweetness if one were to have it everyday.



I know Chendol should be sweet and all - but this is just way too much. I did not manage to finish the whole cup as much as I wanted to (Not cheap, leh!).
Don't get me wrong, the McFlurry actually has a great potential - but I just feel it can be better if the sweetness can be reduced to at least 30 - 40 percent.

I am sure there will be a few of you who will not think that it is sweet (if you are one of them, then I guess you must be someone who is too accustomed to sweet/sugary stuff). UHHHH.


Sorry Macdonalds, I love you but I am not going to support the Chendol McFlurry.
I really hope that the sweetness can be further reduced for a healthier option!

P/S: The blog post above only reflects my own opinions and does not represent anyone else. In other words, it is from my own perspective.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

[Update] My Chemical Peeling Journey - August 2017

"Your skin is getting better", said a friend whom peered closely at my skin.
I smiled.
"Really?" I thought he was just trying make me happy.

"Yeah.. What did you do to your skin?"

My smile grew even wider. 
"Wow, this means my Chemical Peeling actually works!!?"

Honestly, I did not expect the results to be that visible but I guess my monthly Chemical Peeling treatment at Dr Tyng Tan Aesthetics and Hair Clinic paid off.

When I traced back older photographs of myself, I couldn't believe that I actually lived my life looking like that:-

The amount of acne I had on my forehead was just downright unappealing. (I believe there are many young girls out there who may be facing similar issues too.)

I was a victim of uncontrollable acne that appeared on my forehead and other areas of face once every few days.
Yes, it was depressing.

This was taken in Year 2015:


I remembered I had to use lots of concealer to hide them - and that did not help because application of too much make-up resulted in breakouts too (I guess my skin is not suitable for make-up products). What I really needed was a long-term solution for my issues so I DO NOT need to depend on make-up products to achieve a flawless look. (I know it's impossible to look flawless lah.. But I just wanted those ugly acne to disappear forever. Grrr)

And here's an unglamorous just-woke-up look but it's my current state now in Year 2017 - Completely taken without photo edit, filter or make-up (except for my semi-permanent eyelash extensions)

I can't believe I can actually do this (showing off my forehead directly) without fearing what others think of my acne now. 


So if you were to ask me if chemical peeling has worked for me, I would definitely give you a YES with two thumbs up. (I have been undergoing the sessions for more than a year now and each session will have evident results)

THANK YOU DR TYNG TAN!!!!! 

I really feel secretly happy each time when I look at myself in the mirror and find the acne getting lesser. Those acne were a confidence killer- I am sure many can relate to that. 

I have never thought that my acne could clear up so much (after the sessions) and it does lessen the hassle of filtering my photos (LOL).

Of course, if you were to ask me - my skin does not always look so clear and radiant. There were times when I did not take proper care of my skin and breakouts would significantly appear. 
(It does NOT mean that you can do without proper care for your face even after chemical peeling sessions!) So do note that taking care of your face and proper cleansing ARE STILL REQUIRED. 


**Some of you are interested to read about my FIRST chemical peeling session. Do click HERE to read it! It's quite a long post but I am sure it will answer some of your enquiries!**

I will be updating once every few months on my progress and if any of you guys have questions to ask me personally, do feel free to let me know and I'll try to answer you based on my personal experience!

If any of you are interested in Dr Tyng Tan's services in Chemical Peeling, you can read more information about it here and contact the clinic for any questions 
too!! The staff are all very friendly people; so do not worry about contacting them.


Address: 391B Orchard Road, 
Ngee Ann CityTower B, #08-04, Singapore 238873.

Telephone: +65 6235 0010


Monday, 24 July 2017

New cover released!

I just released a new cover last week! - 告白气球


In all honesty, I did not expect myself to be covering this song (I am not a Jay Chou fan and have never sung a Jay Chou song in my whole life)

Somehow, this song was stuck in my head and people everywhere were humming to it.

So here it is - My version of it. Pardon the imperfection as this was just a casual recording.



I am currently working on more covers! I'll be updating soon on my blog.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

[Results Announced] NDP Preview Tickets Giveaway

When I hosted the giveaway for my NDP Preview Tickets, I did not expect that the response will be overwhelming.

I have read every single e-mail from you guys (Thanks to a few of you who even went the extra mile to send me photos that showcase your Singaporean pride!)

Trust me, it was NOT easy for me at all as I felt EVERY single one of you deserve the tickets. So much that I started questioning myself "WHY CAN'T I HAVE MORE TICKETS TO GIVEAWAY?!"

After all, I only have one pair and I could only select one winner out of the lot.
After filtering the entries (Some entries are unfortunately disqualified), I decided to leave the fate to a lucky wheel. 

I had NO idea who would be the winner (No kelong here - I just wanted it to be a fair and square system) so I kept my fingers crossed and started spinning... ...

I wanted to be transparent in how the winner was picked - so here you go, I've used http://wheeldecide.com/


(Only names with valid entries will be accepted. I am sorry to some who took the effort to send in but   due to the fact that they were incomplete entries, I could not place them on the wheel to be fair to the other participants)


Congratulations, Muhammad Sufri!

I've read your entry I sincerely hope both you and your mum will enjoy the show! 


It sucks to know that many of you will be disappointed - but please do not be because I may still be hosting more giveaways in time to come. 
Yes, that may even include next year's NDP tickets when the time comes - So do stay tuned!

A BIG THANK YOU to each and every one of you for taking time in participating my giveaway. It makes me happy knowing that so many of you are proud Singaporeans.

But I can't help feeling sad to know that some of you are even contemplating to purchase tickets from 'gold diggers' just to catch the show. Please DO NOT ever encourage such sellers - The tickets may worth some money, but it is meaningless if you purchase them.
Everyone deserves the chance at ZERO cost - Why put a price to your national pride?

I hope more of you guys will be able to ballot successfully in the upcoming years ahead. Else, there will always be many other giveaways around as well.

Don't give up!

(And don't give up on reading my blog lah... I will be hosting other giveaways for you guys!)

Love you all! Xoxo.

Monday, 10 July 2017

[Giveaway Time] Excuse me, are you selling your NDP tickets?

So I posted about my NDP tickets some time back - requesting for a swap with anyone (for other dates) as I could not make it down for Preview 1.


Within a day, my inbox was bombarded. 
Not from people who wanted to swap with me, but from many who were requesting me to SELL my tickets to them.
Some were even blunt enough to ask me to give them the tickets - in a rude manner.
(Like hello??! I don't even know you and what makes you think I am OBLIGATED to give them to you?)

I was infuriated. Like seriously.

Yes, I know how I could make a quick buck out of the sale of the tickets. I mean, I got them for free and now there are people offering me huge amount of money for them.
I must be stupid enough to reject the opportunity, right?

AND YES - SO BE IT. I AM REJECTING YOU ALL. 
EVEN IF I AM IN NEED OF MONEY AND POOR AF.


Firstly, it is MORALLY wrong for me to sell the tickets. (For those gold diggers who are selling them, shame on you!)

I have been balloting for years myself and I totally understand the feeling of not being able to get them year after year.  
Like myself, there are MANY people out there who are sincerely hoping to get a successful ballot so that we can all experience the live atmosphere for once at the NDP. 
Not everyone is lucky enough to be able to get a successful ballot and it is heartbreaking when gold diggers are the ones who got them.

To you, it may be a money opportunity but to others, it may be a once-in-a-lifetime chance that they have been wishing for.

It is saddening that some Singaporeans fail to see the intention behind NDP. 
I mean, you got them for free in the first place AND in any case that you are unable to attend, I am sure there will be someone that you can give them away to. 

It's a pity that the system is not able to differentiate sincere Singaporeans from gold diggers.
Although it is something beyond my control, I thought I could do a little something for you guys who  are sincerely hoping to get the tickets...

YES, I WILL BE GIVING THEM AWAY TO ONE LUCKY READER.
**Please note that they are tickets to Preview 1 on 22 July 2017, Saturday.

(I am sorry that I have only got 2 on hand at the moment)

And what you guys have to do is to:-

1) LET ME KNOW WHY YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND THE SHOW. IN YOUR E-MAIL, PLEASE STATE YOUR NAME AND CONTACT NUMBER.
(You can send me an e-mail at: catherinejaevans@hotmail.com


2) SHARE THIS BLOGPOST ON YOUR FACEBOOK AND TAG A FRIEND WHOM YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND WITH. (Please do set your settings to Public so I will be able to see) HASHTAG: #SGCOMPLAINQUEEN
(You can indicate in your e-mail and provide me your Facebook name)


NO, PLEASE DO NOT E-MAIL ME TO ASK ME TO SELL THEM. YOU CAN'T CONVINCE ME.

Deadline: 18 July 2017
(Results will be announced by 18 July 2017 evening)

I will be meeting my lucky reader to pass the tickets personally to on 21 July 2017. 

Thank you, all! :)



Friday, 23 June 2017

Want to earn cashback when you shop online? Do it with ShopBack!

ONLINE SHOPPING

I hate to admit this but I just can't get enough of online shopping.
 Gone were the days when I could only depend on physical stores to shop for items (and have nosey store assistants staring at me and making me uncomfortable). 

Everything is just within a click of my computer mouse to have it delivered to my doorstep (I can't deny I've became a lazier person though. LOL)

Being a self-proclaimed shopping queen, I've been doing it for a few years - and I always have burnt pockets when it comes to my favourite online shopping haunts such as Taobao, Zalora , Lazada, etc. 
DAMN IT. I'M SUCH A SUCKER WHEN IT COMES TO ONLINE SALES AND PROMOTIONS.

There was this day one of my friends told me that there is a website known as ShopBack offering cash rebates for my online purchases, which I did not really quite believe her.

"Where got so good?! Can get back money one meh?!" I asked her in my usual Singlish tone. Honestly, I thought it was another scam website. 

 I may be a frequent online shopper, but I always play safe and trust only certain websites that I deem legit.
 As the saying goes,  "If it seems too good to be true, it probably is". You can't blame me for being skeptical. 

"I am not very sure as I've never tried before," she said. "But I am going to try since I will be booking hotel rooms online for my upcoming trip".

"HOTEL ROOM BOOKINGS ALSO CAN CASHBACK MEH?!?!" I exclaimed. 
This is just too much. I warned her to be careful and left it at that.

It was not until she came to me one month later and said excitedly, 
"Cat, I received my rebates with ShopBack today! NOT BAD! I got back over 20 dollars in my account for my hotel bookings!!" She showed me the screen using her iPad. Hmm, seems pretty convincing

Since she already tried it (and didn't get scammed LOL), I decided to give the benefit of doubt.

When I got back home that day, I checked out the site.
 I was surprised to see many of the popular and familiar online shopping websites being listed.


It was just nice that I was planning for a family trip to Malaysia and had to source for hotel rooms. One of my commonly-used platforms is booking.com , which is listed in ShopBack as well with a 6 percent Cashback.

Which means that I will be able to get back a bit of money if I make my bookings using ShopBack instead of booking the normal way directly under the Booking.com.

Well, I figured I had nothing to lose since I had to spend the money anyway....

I began filling in my details. 

It was a lucky thing that the interface is still considered user-friendly - It did not take too long for me to understand how it fully works. I referred to THIS site and it's pretty much self-explanatory.

I clicked on the booking.com logo and was immediately redirected to the original website.


Everything looks normal after the redirection. I made my booking as how I would have on the original website.

When I logged back in to ShopBack, I discovered that it had already captured my online booking. 
It took awhile to reflect my next status, but eventually I was taken aback when I logged back in to my account the following month. 

It was indicated that my Cashback is $26.75 - which means I can get the amount back from my bookings.  IS THIS FOR REAL?!?!?!


It feels like free money (even though in reality it is a part of my money that I will be getting back).

But seriously... This can be a HUGE money saver (SPEND AND SAVE AT THE SAME TIME! LOL)- and for an online shopaholic like me, I felt that this is a MUST-USE platform. 不用白不用!!

(Of course, not ALL of the online shopping websites or merchants are listed with ShopBack but majority of my commonly-used online shopping websites are there)

In short, it means that I save more as I shop - BUT the downside is that I can't stop myself from doing more online shopping after getting my first successful cashback?!?! 
It's... so... addictive.

WHY, SHOPBACK, WHY?!?! 

I love and hate you at the same time. It's so ironic.

As a fellow kind shopaholic, I shall share this good lobang with you guys (I can confirm it's not a scam now because I have received my cashback successfully in my bank account!!)

(I can't help but think that the cashback mascot looks really cute in this video. Can I purchase a plushie version of it?! LOL.)




Discount Codes

As if cashback alone is not good enough, I discovered that there are even occasional  discount codes as well and it is not limited to just travel! 
This is getting... ...crazier. 

*grabs hair*

Some of them include my frequently-visited Sephora, which is a complete shopping heaven for beauty products. Utilising the discount codes will grant additional benefits that wouldn't have been possible at the physical stores. 
I am SO going to bookmark this one!

If you are looking to grab a better deal for hotel rooms, here are some Booking.com promo codes for booking staycations that you can enjoy. Personally, I've always used the platform for most of my online hotel bookings and the experiences were really positive so far!


And if you are a Groupon maniac (Btw Groupon is now known as Fave SG), you will surely fall in love with Fave promo codes for all the great deals. They ALWAYS have good deals from merchants and all are made even better with the discount codes!

ALSO...
With the GSS frenzy just around the corner, there are even discount codes for all the deals for the Great Singapore Sale
. SOMEONE PLEASE SAVE ME - THE SHOPAHOLIC INSTINCT IN ME CAN'T TAKE IT.

All thanks to this ShopBack - I'm going to be scolded by my parents after they have seen my shopping cart BUT heck... WHY shop the normal way when I can save more with those discount codes right?!?!



BUT COME TO THINK OF IT AGAIN... ...
HOW TO STOP MY ONLINE SHOPPING ADDICTION LIKE THAT??! (Not that I have any intention to stop anyway *shrugs*)

With so many merchants under one roof with ShopBack, I am sure anyone will be as amazed as I am. And with GSS coming, you wouldn't wanna miss out on the cashback from your many purchases. Find out more details about the event here!
Do feel free to share the good lobang around - EVERY SHOPAHOLIC WILL NOT WANT TO MISS THIS!