Botox Review: Non-Surgical Jaw Slimming by Kowayo Aesthetic for a V-Shape Face

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It is important to love how you look naturally, but there may be some parts of your appearance that you wish to enhance. For me, it is my face shape. I always want a more defined face, that V-shaped face (also known as瓜子臉) which is very much desired by many. That is why I recently did Botox for a slimmer face and more contoured jawline at Kowayo Aesthetic.

I cannot deny that I have contemplated on invasive surgeries such as jaw reduction (aka shaving of jaw bone). BUT I am not gutsy enough and would not want something permanent. Who knows, I may regret one day? Most importantly, I have always been happy with my natural features, that I do not want to alter it for good, for life. That was why I rejected a sponsorship offer from a Korean plastic surgery clinic (though they offered any procedures I want) previously.

Much research on the credentials of the aesthetic doctor, clinic and products used is always a MUST before getting any aesthetic procedures. Even though this botox treatment was sponsored, I did the necessary check to make sure I would be in safe hands. You do not want a blotched job, right? :)


ABOUT KOWAYO AESTHETIC

'Kowayo' translates to 'be pretty' in Korean, is envisioned to be a one-stop station for a prettier you. Kowayo Aesthetic prides itself on the provision of comfortable and personalized service for well-heeled customers. The clinic is helmed by Dr Wong Kee Seng. A seasoned veteran in the aesthetic arena, he will customize a set of fuss-free non-invasive procedures to achieve your desired results

Dr Wong's accreditation
- Physician registered by Singapore Medical Council (SMC)
- Post-grad qualification MRCP from the Royal College of Physicians, United Kingdom
- Diploma of Practical Dermatology in Cardiff, UK
- Member of the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine


Read on to find out more about my experience
at Kowayo Aesthetic with Doctor Wong!
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Filling up Patient's profile card
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The nurse then led me to the consultation room and I met with Dr Wong. I confided about my face shape concern. He examined my face and found that my masseter muscle was hard. It gets bigger by 'exercising' it via chewing food and teeth grinding, causing the face to look rounder and bigger. Dr Wong explained that a masseter botox treatment will soften/relax the muscle, and other suitable procedures to get the results I yearn for.

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For my case, Dr Wong proposed the following:
- Masseter Botox: To slim and contour jawline
- Nose Fillers: Gives a sharper midline of face (distinct nose bridge and tip), thus face looks slimmer.
- SygmaLift: To tighten and rejuvenate facial skin

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Before I was led into the treatment room, I was brought to take photos at varying angles. They are used for ‘Before and After’ comparisons, and yes, kept confidential.

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MASSETER BOTOX: The Process
I never had needles poking into my face, unlike in the arms for blood tests and glucose drips. Of course, I was worried on the pain factor despite having a high threshold for it, but Dr Wong assured me. 

First, the nurse disinfected the skin and iced my jaw area for a minute or two. Next, Dr Wong instructed me to clench my teeth to feel the muscle… And then to relax after pin-pointing the exact spot to inject. Finally, he injected a few times into each side of my jaw. During the whole time, Dr Wong would check to see if I was feeling alright.

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MASSETER BOTOX: Post-Botox
The botox session happened so quickly (Less than 5 minutes), hassle-free, and with no numbing cream needed!  No wonder Botox is known as one of those ‘Lunchtime Quick-Fixes’! The pain was very minimal. I continued with my appointments after leaving the clinic. However, I felt that my face looked abit puffy (like when you have water retention), which is actually one of the side effects that one may have.

During my review session with Dr Wong 2 weeks later, I shared that my face was not as "V" as I hoped it would be. He told me to wait for at least a month to see the full results as the change is gradual.

2 months later? My thoughts?
My face shape looks more defined from side angles and I spot a more contoured jawline for sure. I never preferred taking photos from one side profile (Guess if it's the left or right?), as I feel my cheek/jawline looks roundish from that side. But now, I spot a more contoured jawline, almost symmetrical in my opinion, and I am elated! However, I feel that it could be more "V" from the frontal view (or is it I have unrealistic expectations?). Maybe it is due to my puffy cheeks or facial fats? I guess the SygmaLift treatment may help it...

I do like my enhanced face shape, of course...
But here's a GIF of my ideal face shape, the 瓜子臉. Haha!
Which one is more suitable for me?


MASSETER BOTOX: Post-treatment Photos

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MASSETER BOTOX: After-Thoughts

I have never ruled out getting Botox, but I thought I would do it only in my 40s due to fine lines and wrinkles, instead of my 20s. That was definitely new to me, but it was something I really want - To get a more defined jawline.

Ever since I started making videos, I found myself being conscious of my self-perceived round face. Thought losing weight was the only way to lose those chubby cheeks, baby fats, whatever you call it. Turned out that it was partly the hard masseter muscle... And fine, fats (which the SygmaLift treatment will come in handy).

Since the Botox session, I need not spend much effort to find the best angles when taking photos and videos. Family and friends noticed the difference and asked if I have lost weight as my face looks slimmer, especially from the side angle. Some were surprised to hear that botox can help in this area of concern.

Getting my first ever Botox done in my life was such a breeze under the skilful hands of Dr Wong! As much as I love my natural facial features, I certainly welcome my slimmer face! This will not last a lifetime, but at least I am enjoying the effects for now. :)

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MASSETER BOTOX: Good to Know / FAQs
I believe you will do your own extensive research before you embark on any aesthetics treatments. But here are possible questions you may have. You may contact me if you have questions, but the best people to ask are always the professionals. Of which, I recommend Dr Wong – For his knowledge and quick, painless skills!


(1) What is Botox?
The actual term for botox is ‘Botulinum Toxin’, which is a protein produced by Clostridium botulinum. Have no fear for it is NOT toxic if only small amounts are being administered. The brand, Dysport, is used at Kowayo Asthetics. 

(2) What is Botox usually used for?
Famously used to counter fine lines and wrinkles, botox can also help individuals with excessive sweating, migraines, brow lifting. And of course, the non-surgical method for a V-shape face.  

(3) Is it safe? Is it painful?
This has been approved by the health authorities, so no worries. Always divulge information of any allergies, previous Botox treatments, etc. Your doctor is the best person to decide if it is safe for you.
I felt nothing more than a prick when getting the Botox done.

(4) How long is the downtime?
No downtime at all. You may resume to your normal activities immediately after receiving treatment. 

(5) How long till I I can see the results?
You may see a slight difference within 1 week. For the full effect, it takes about 4-8 weeks, and that is when your face starts to be the slimmest!

(6) How long will it last?
It depends, but usually about 4-6 months, and some to 1 year.

(7) Are there side effects?
If injected correctly, most patients don’t have issues beyond minor redness, bruising, or swelling. If injected incorrectly, the Botox can spread too far and impact muscles it wasn’t intended to. That can cause effects like a droopy eyelid (RealSelf, 2017). A small amount of people may experience dizziness.

(8) Can I apply makeup after getting the Botox?
Sure! Apply your makeup, head out and party to celebrate your Victory... I mean your V-shaped face, and take more selfies!

(9) Any post-treatment care required?
It is best to avoid alcohol and heat/sun exposure  for a few days. Try not to rub/touch/massage the treated area to avoid the toxin from ‘shifting’. Finally, try not to work your masseter muscle too much – Avoid chewing on tough meat, teeth clenching or grinding if possible.

(10) Golden Question: How much does it cost?
Based on information provided, each session at Kowayo Aesthetic is priced affordably from SGD500. Price may differ based on treatment area.


Much thanks to Dr Wong of Kowayo Aesthetics and GotIdeas Group for this collaboration. Next up would be a blogpost for the Fillers treatment which I did as well. Stay tuned!
 
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Kowayo Aesthetic
Located at: 1 Raffles Link, #01-03, Singapore 039393
Contact: +65 6884 4297 / enquiries@kowayo.com
Instagram: @kowayo_aesthetic

Disclaimer: Product and service was sponsored by Kowayo Aesthetic, but all thoughts and opinion remain my own. Always seek certified professionals’ advice before undergoing any aesthetics procedures.

Hair Highlights at Salon De Choix

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SDC JULY 2017

Boarding a plane in less than 12 hours! But before that, it was a visit to my hair salon sponsor - Salon De Choix, for a hair color makeover few days prior to my trip. The last time I was at the salon was in May... Hence, why would I not want to get freshly-colored hair before my trip right? Most importantly, it is so important to have the hair treatment at Salon De Choix, so that my hair will be smooth and more manageable during the trip. :)

BEFORE (and bunning my hair overnight)
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As usual, my hair stylist, Chester, did a great consultation session to find out my wants pertaining to my hair. In my previous trip, we toned down the many shades of brown I had and did a balayage effect for my hair. This trip, I requested for highlights so that it will give my hair some 'highlighting effect', which will be visible in my trip's photos and videos. At the same time, I wanted to reduce the balayage color at my hair ends so that the focus would be on the highlights. Chester shared with me some contrasting results that would happen and I was like "Huh" here and there... But he eventually solved it brilliantly, all thanks to his years of experience in this industry! 

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His years of experience is also evident in how he prepared the color dye mix to touch up my hair roots that were growing out of a visible black color. I did not see him placing the color chart against my hair to find out the closest shade#, and he could actually prepare it. So I got curious and asked him once I saw the dye bowl. He told me that he simply looked at my current base color, and match it to the respective ratio, etc. That's impressive!

Applying dye to highlight
certain portions of my hair.
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What a 'hair-raising' experience.... Literally! Haha! 
This was funny. Simply had to take a selfie.
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Base color touch-up after the highlighting segment.
And wait while letting the dye seep in.
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Time to wash off the color.
And relaxing hair wash while lying on the massage chair!
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Next: Quality hair treatment time.
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Steaming my hair
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I posted up some Insta-stories to show the whole process during my visit at Salon De Choix (Follow me on my Instagram @felizaong) Which included the hair trim that Chester did after I was done with my hair treatment. Once the trim was completed, it was the final step - Hair Blow and Styling. Awesome! :)

Notice in the photo collage below - Of my highlight streaks  which were cleverly applied at various sections of my hair to give it that brilliant focus. It is always important to have a hair stylist which understands your hair, your usual hair styling habits, etc. For Chester, he knows how my hair 'moves', and how I would normally have a bun, ponytail or simply pin up my fringe. So the hair highlighting techniques he applied were in consideration of the said factors, and of course where to have the streaks so it would not be too excessive or too spaced apart.

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Closeup of the highlights around my hair crown area
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Chester said that it has been awhile since he did straight hair for me, so he had it blown straight instead of my usual luscious curls (which he is a master in producing beautiful hair curls). He also said I would look younger.... Yes, just what I need that day as I have been so busy preparing for my trip, that I probably did not looked as fresh as usual! Hee!

An absolutely fantastic job by Chester!
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The streaks were strategically and nicely applied
at the 'right' places to give the highlighting effect.
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So as mentioned, I am flying off soon, and it will be for about two weeks! Follow me on my Instagram (IG: felizaong) while I take you on a travel journey halfway around the world! Meanwhile, do visit Salon De Choix to get your hair done! ;)


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and get 15% discount off your total bill~
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Exhilarating Emirates Singapore Derby 2017 Event

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I vividly remembered the day I was introduced to the Horse Racing sport. I was still a kid when my Dad brought the family to the Singapore Turf Club during one of its Open Day events – Where people under 18 could enter and no bet placements took place… Just pure fun and fascination to watch the horses galloping with vigour and speed. It was certainly memorable to be part of the crowd cheering with excitement while witnessing the trial runs!

Fast forward to many years later, and as an adult, those fond memories returned to my mind, when I was at the recent 22nd Emirates Singapore Derby race, sponsored by Emirates. Though often known as the "most exciting 2 minutes in sports" (since that's how a horse race usually last), the Emirates Singapore Derby is MORE than just that, and I am more than happy to share with you why.

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Regarded as one of the most anticipated race and highly-covetable social event in the local horse racing calendar, the Emirates Singapore Derby is the coveted event to attend on a lovely Sunday. This is where one gets to enjoy fine hospitality, dining and wining, high glamour and fashion and soaking in all the excitement and action that entails with the sport of horse racing. Hence, I was thrilled to be once again, invited for the event. Read on as I share my experience and hopefully, it will spur you to attend it next year. ;)

Emirates’s Sponsorship
The Dubai-based Emirates airline company sponsors numerous global sports and lifestyle events, but it has the longest sponsorship portfolio with Emirates Singapore Derby. This shows the prestige and success of the event that has Emirates to sponsor it for 22 years consecutively!

The Emirates Hospitality Experience
The Emirates Singapore Derby event is a brilliant blend of the horse racing sport and fashion, with the finest touch of the Emirates’s signature hospitality provided to Marquee Package (SGD128) ticket holders, which I felt delighted to be able to fully immerse myself in this exquisite experience, all thanks to Singapore Turf Club!

Inside the Marquee Tent
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The perks of being a Marquee ticket holder is being steps away from the intense pulsating racing action, with the starting gates for some races being just right in front of the Marquee tent. In addition, having the best views of the races as this is also where the horses make the home turn and power their way to the finishing line! It was amazing to have this opportunity to be that near, and come to think about it... My heart was racing with much excitement as the races were going on. My desire for speed and adrenaline was all displayed so obviously on my eager face!

Witnessing all the Thrills and Spills Upclose
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In addition, one gets to eat, drink and get merry at this joyous event, alongside the sumptuous buffet spread and free-flow alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. There were the live food stations where one got to also savour the brilliantly-prepared Angus Striploin Beef And to also bring home an exclusive Emirates Cap and Bear as momentos.

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There was a myriad of activities held at the Marquee, such as the:
- Catwalk appearances by this year’s Miss Singapore International finalists (Which may I add that I was also a Miss Singapore International finalist once upon a time, haha!)
- Music performances
- Models showcasing dazzling Derby fashion outfits so that people can find inspiration for their outfits next year. 
- Best dressed contest for Marquee ticket holders, and winner was voted by those present.
- Emirates Prediction contest to guess the winner of each of the ongoing races that were going on that day.

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The Emirates Prediction contest was my favorite activity that kept me busy in between the races, and in between of sipping wine, that is. ;)

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Horse Betting
So why just play the prediction contest? Try your luck in horse betting. But in my opinion, it takes more than just luck… It requires much experience and analytical skills to predict a race win successfully, and that ‘gut feel’ in you to select the horse to wager on.

What's more, the unique thing about wagering on horse racing is you would not know the exact odds of it until the race starts, as it keeps changing based on the amount bet on the horse versus the amount that is bet on other horses in the same race.

I actually studied the race information in the race book before placing the bets, such as the number of times a horse won and lost in the races participated, weather, turf, health, comments, etc. Sharing you a piece of good news ---> I won the wagers I placed for two races!  (1) Win the Race *Bet Type: WIN* and (2) Be in the 1st to 3rd positions *Bet Type: PLACE*.

Just for sharing purposes:
Race 6: Chose ‘Dream Comes True’ horse #9, and it was a dream CAME true as it came in FIRST! This was a double-win since it met the criteria to win a WIN and PLACE type.
Race 7: Predicted that it would be ‘Best Tothelign’ horse #3, and it came in third, so it was a PLACE win. Initially, I was reading the comment of him in the race guide and was sitting on the fence as to even wager on him. But I went with my gut feel on this one... So I was surprised he even won! Come to think of it, he was increasing his pace steadily through the race as he slipped from 8th to 6th and finally to the 3rd position. 

The winning ticket for Race 6!
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The winning ticket for Race 7!
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Here’s me at the Betting Counter, collecting my wins.
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(Public Service Announcement: Horse betting should be a recreational activity for fun, for a little windfall, within our financial means, but never an addiction.)

Derby Fashion
I love derby fashion as it shows the elegance and sophistication of a lady, along with the hats, fascinators, feathers, lace, colorful cocktail dresses and heels which female Derby-goers would wear. I love how both men and ladies dress up for the occasion!

My outfit choice for Emirates Singapore Derby 2017 was a Karen Millen number that has a fitted bodice and a flared A-lined skirt, which is of a similar cut to the dress by Emilia Wickstead, that Kate Middleton wore during her royal visit to Luxembourg in May this year. The green shade is in-trend as it is one of 2017 Spring/Summer colors, and it is the Summer season now.

Furthermore, when I was deciding on what my Derby outfit should be, I was thinking that red would be an obvious color which people may choose for their outfits as it is one of two corporate colors of Emirates, and also because I have worn red when I attended my first Emirates Singapore Derby event last year. So why not make it a color quartet series of Red, Green, White, Black, as these are the colors of the UAE flag (which Emirates is based in UAE). My dress was the PERFECT choice as it comprised of green, white and black colors (save for the silver zipper). That's some creativity play, isn't it? ;)

My Emirates Singapore Derby 2016 Outfit

My Emirates Singapore Derby 2017 Outfit
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My fascinator color was also inspired by
Kate Middleton’s black fascinator style.
Fascinator - Kate Middleton Inspired

A group photo of all the invited E-influencers who
dressed up for the event, along with Singapore Turf Club staff.
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Splendid derby fashion by some guests
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Horse Racing
Getting to the exciting part of my blogpost is none other than the horse races itself! Horse racing is regarded as a sport, and in Singapore – A legalised recreational gambling activity. Punters place their bets with Singapore Turf Club (Singapore’s only licensed horse racing operator and betting service provider), and may head down to the racecourse on weekends to watch it live and soak in the exhilarating atmosphere.

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The jockey's silks (aka jackets) are usually brightly-colored and loud patterns. Why?
(1) To allow race commenters and spectators to spot them quickly and from afar.
(2)  To represent the ‘registered colors’ of the owner or trainer who employs the trainers.
(3)  Symbolic significance of loyalty and festivity, and often with matching helmet, vest and gloves.

With such fine detailing of their uniform, it is to my amusement when I learnt that jockeys will throw their new uniform on the ground, stomp on it and soil it to ward off any misfortune during the races. 

Brightly-colored Silks Worn by Jockeys
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Jockeys leading the horses to the starting point
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Seconds just before the start of a race
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And there they go!
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Once the race is flagged off, helpers dashed to push aside the starting gates and make the soil even, in anticipation of the race horses that would pass the area to approach the finishing line.

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The bend before the horses gives their all in
a straight direction, towards the finishing line.
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Takes physical strength of a jockey to actually maintain
a crouching position while having to also handle the
horse at the same time!
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The final seconds before the end of a race
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Parade Ring
We were brought to the parade ring next. This is where the horses for the upcoming race will walk around the ring, led by their minders, before walking to the starting point for race flag-offs, via the glass-sided horse walk that runs through the grandstand and connects the parade ring straight to the track.

While I was at the parade ring, I could not help but to feel the bustle in the air as this is also where race-goers can have a close look of the race horses while they are at the Viewing Circle. For the lucky ones like us, we got to stand in the middle of the Viewing Circle (which is only for the horse owners and jockeys to be at) and admire the horses from a safe distance. You would not want to distract/agitate an adrenaline-charged horse that is raring to give it its all, in the next few minutes, right?

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A picture of my Burberry clutch, which the brand's logo
consists of a knight and horse!
Simply befitting to take to a horse racing event!
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Emirates Singapore Derby 2017
Out of the races that took place that day, I would say Race 9 - The Emirates Singapore Derby is the 'cream of the crop' event for the day, as it would be a great accomplishment and prestige to win this significant race. Undeniably, getting the S$1.15 million prize money would be amazing for the owner, jockey and trainer.

The excitement and anticipation of the race rose remarkably when the thoroughbreds were racing head-to-head, nearing the finishing line! I noticed bated breaths and still positions giving way to signs of joy and and excitement for those who were rooting for the (winning) geld!

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For that 2000 metres on the tracks, jockeys pushed their horses to their maximum speed in a bid to be crowned the Winner. The race was won triumphantly by #2 Infantry, a horse trained by HW Tan and ridden by jockey - M Nunes, owned by Thai owners, in slightly over 2.2 minutes!

Shot taken, showing #2 Infantry in first position
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Winner's Group Photo
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I was telling my friend while we were at the race that it takes about S$3K a month to maintain a racing horse. My friend said it would be a good investment (if it wins). Why? You see, the S$1.15 million is split three ways to the Owner (48.25%), Trainer (6.25%) and Jockey (5%). Therefore if you are an owner and your horse wins the Emirates Singapore Derby race, you will get more than S$550K! If anyone is keen on doing so, count me in ;p

Galloping On for 2017
Before we called it a day, we were led to the reception area where the Singapore Turf Club distributed our goodie bags and to announce the results of the Best Dressed E-fluencers contest. It was really a surprise to be one of the winners, which I walked away with a bottle of champagne and an exclusive horseshoe (Yay! To more luck!).

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Goodie bag items and prizes
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It was certainly a memorable event to start off the third quarter of the year. Going back to the story of my dad bringing us to the race course, here's something he said that day which I remembered : "Sometimes, the strongest horse would not win the race... It may be the heart and 'Never Give Up' spirit of a "weaker" horse that eventually makes it the race champion". Bearing this in mind, let this be our motivation to gallop strong and with perseverance for the rest of 2017!

And yes, may I have the best of luck!
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Glad to be part of this event – Where the majesty beauty of the horses, athleticism of the jockeys, and sports fans blend seamlessly together to take this perfect ride! Much thanks to Singapore Turf Club for the invitation and lovely experience.

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