DBS PayLah! Palooza - Singapore's FIRST Cashless Payment Flea Market Bazaar

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Enjoyed your experience at Artbox Singapore a few weeks ago and missing it already? Many of the Artbox vendors will be setting up booths at the upcoming DBS PayLah! Palooza, happening this Friday to Sunday at *SCAPE Playspace, just beside Orchard Cineleisure. The DBS PayLah! Palooza is Singapore's very first CASHLESS payment-led flea market bazaar, jointly organized by DBS and *SCAPE, and in support of Singapore's Smart Nation Drive.

Some of the vendors at the upcoming event includes Fay Terrarium, 93ArtMarket, BarangShop, Pine43, DopeTactics, ShamlessSG, RisottoChips.  There will be more than 100 fashion, food and lifestyle pop-up stores, including some social enterprises supported by the DBS Foundation.

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Not just a fanatic shopper, but also an avid gamer like me? You get to play virtual reality games such as Call of Duty, Star Wars and more, at DBS PayLah! Palooza. Also, be entertained by stage performances from popular acts such as Indie-pop sensation Inch Chua.

Before you drop by the event,
remember to download the DBS PayLah! app
in your mobile device. 

"Why? What for?"
To pay lah!

As this bazaar is fully cashless, you will have to use your mobile devices to scan and pay for your purchases at the event via QR codes with DBS PayLah! While you are there, don't forget to post photos on your Instagram and use the following hashtags: #dbspaylah #dbspaylahpalooza #paylahpalooza.

 1. Download DBS PAyLah! app and get SGD5^ credited into your PayLah! account by keying in this promo code "PAYLAH505" during the registration process. 
2.  Get SGD5^^ off on your first SGD10 spent at DBS PayLah! Palooza.

Get ready for an enthralling weekend this May!
Date: 05 to 07 May 2017
Time: 1pm to 9pm
Venue *SCAPE Playspace

^ S$5 cash credit is only for new users who have registered for DBS PayLah! for the first time and who have fulfilled the eligibility criteria as listed in the full terms and conditions here. Valid from 20 April 2017 to 30 May 2017 for the first 10,000 successful new sign ups only.
^^ Valid with a minimum spend of S$10 using DBS PayLah! QR code function, from 5 – 31 May 2017 for the first 5,000 users. Click here for full terms and conditions

Being a Redhead. New Look by Salon De Choix.

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It is estimated that only about 1-2 percent of the world's population have natural red hair. Famous celebrities whom has this fiery color as their head crown include Nicole Kidman, Lindsay Lohan, Rose Leslie (who plays Ygritte in Game of Thrones), and Rhonda Fleming. For the rest who do not have natural red hair, well just dye it - Take the likes of Emma Stone, Scarlett Johansson and Yours Truly. Yes, I had my hair colored to a red shade during my last visit to Salon De Choix.

Shot of my hair before the transformation began
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Burgundy red
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During the brief pre-color consultation with my stylist, Chester... I shared with him that I would like to try something out of the usual brown tones. He suggested doing a dark red base color. He explained that the end result would be of varying shades of red due to my previous brown base, highlights and the bleaching job I did. In addition, my ends may be redder than the rest of my hair as that area was previously bleached. I did not know the level of redness but opted to give this color a go. Afterall, I have previously done red shades during [MAY 2013] and [AUG 2013]. Yes, it has been almost four years, so why not just give it a try again? :)

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Apart from dyeing my hair, I also had hair treatment done, and a hair trim to tidy up my tresses. Once the hair blow+styling was done, I looked into the mirror and felt that the hair was not red enough. I was not expecting something like Jessica Rabbit's flaming red hair color, but felt it could be redder? Chester, as experienced as he has always been, told me to wash a few more times and my hair would glow to my desired red shade. 

Actually, thinking back... This looked good too.
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I loved how my previous hair color jobs gave my final hair color the different color tones.
Despite that I simply did a one-color hair job during this visit! :p
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True enough, my hair became a brighter shade of red after a week (as per the photo above) The ends were of a gorgeous red berry (mainly due to my previous bleaching). Initially, I was startled  as I did not expect that the color would be so bright (LOL!), but after awhile, I grew to love the fact that it gave that glow to my face, and that contrast against my skin color! In addition, it was not the usual red but this berry color.

Should I consider myself a a redhead then? Maybe not, maybe a berryhead. :p For those who are worried about dyeing this shade and that it may turn out to be as bright as mine... It probably will not be as red as my hair ends as my ends were bleached. The other part of my (never-been-bleached) hair was of a lovely berry red shade (as what you can see in the next photo below).

I wore the red shade with much confidence and love!
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It got redder after the first few washes, but I would not deny that I was worried it might be too red and not suitable for work. But after a month plus or so (just as I had gotten used to this brilliant shade), I noticed that the red tone was reduced. And my hair color seemed to have blended into a lovely fusion of light strawberry, brown, blonde tones. THAT WAS IT --- The color that was oh-so-perfect!

Just perfect
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Eventually, the red finally faded off after close to two months, returning my hair to its brown tone (see photo below). But I would never forget the brief affair that I had with my red hair. Although it was nothing close to the array of unicorn colors that we see on many girls' hair these days, but it was a memorable union between my favorite color (red) and my never-ending attempts of beautifying my tresses to bring out my distinctive look and style. Hence, much thanks to Salon De Choix and Chester for the usual amazing work done on my hair, having me to look good, and to have awesome hair for photos and when I have to attend events. <3 br="">

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From now until 30 April, get a rebonding/digital perm + treatment (Kérastase, Shu Uemura and Moroccan Oil brands!) session at Salon De Choix at SGD350 for ALL HAIR LENGTH. Start off Q217 with a gorgeous and refreshed look! Remember to quote my name when you make an appointment!

If you are interested to make an appointment at Salon De Choix,

mention my name 'Feliza'  when you call to the salon

and get 15% discount off your total bill~

(Not applicable for promotions)

CALL TO BOOK AN APPT: +65 6836 2959!

My stylist's name is Chester!

For more information about Salon De Choix, 
check out their FACEBOOK

Salon De Choix is located at: 
3 Killiney Road #01-06 
Winsland House 1
Singapore 239519

NOTE: This post was written with much delay on purpose, as I wanted to only write it when the red shade finally fades off, to see how long it can actually last (before I color again). And yes, I will be dropping by for my next color session at Salon De Choix. Gonna give my hair a new color!;)

DBS Launches Sparks Episode 6 – Inspired by True Stories

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Launched last year, Sparks is a mini-series by DBS that shares ‘inspired by true stories’ narration of the work and personal lives of a group of young bankers and how they solve unusual client challenges and going the extra miles for customers. The insightful stories shows that banking is not about numbers and dollar signs, but of passion and determination. Since their launch of this form of digitally-oriented content marketing, there has been more than 42 million views and over 1.7 million digital engagements across the region for this mini-series.

Spark’s latest edition, Episode 6, will be launched on 17 March 2017, and you can watch it along with the other earlier episodes, via this [LINK]. I had the opportunity to attend the exclusive screening of it during the DBS event which I attended last week.

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Episode 6 shares the story of a social enterprise which utilised technology and innovation to bring world-class learning to children in a traditional village. In one scene, one of the female bankers could not agree with the traditional thinking of the village head that females need not receive education as they should be tending to their homes, and never gave up in getting the village head to change his mind about it. I felt the conclusion was really heartwarming. And it was after watching Episode 6, which served as a reminder to me on the importance of education for females, for it can change the course of their lives and eventually the society. Sadly, this is denied in some parts of the world even at this age.

Digital innovation has been the driving force behind what DBS does – To make banking simpler, quicker and more effortless for their clients. Other than the exclusive screening, there was also a panel discussion on Digital Disruption For Impact – Digital SMEs of the Future. It was enlightening to hear the experiences and views of the speakers, especially since the Budget announcement placed strong emphasis on how digitalising of business is crucial for their growth.

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The speakers are entrepreneurs with their own businesses, driving towards to aim of achieving profitability while creating social impact. Yes, their form of businesses are what we called – Social Enterprises. It was insightful to hear their experiences and challenges faced during their course of journey, and certainly inspiring.

The speakers were:

(1) Neil D’Souza – Founder of Zaya Learning Labs (Educational curriculum technology that can be used with no or limited Internet connectivity and unstable power supply, for under USD2/child/month
(2) Dr Alex Lin – Head of SGInnovate, DBS BusinessClass Advisor
(3) Gillian Tee – Co-founder of Homage (Like a jobsearch site, but this is to specifically connect paid care-workers with primary caregivers and loved seniors)
(4) David Pong – Co-founder of WateROAM (Water filtration solutions for quick access to clean drinking water in diasaster-hit locations)

The key takeaways from the social enterprising discussion include:
  • Don't be afraid to start the journey or to experiment.
  • Focus on the problem, then think of products that can impact the lives of people.
  • Surround yourself with people who believe in you and your cause.
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DBS believes that businesses can be a force for good – By creating an impact beyond their core businesses and giving back to the communities. And this is why the DBS Foundation was established at a tune of 50 million dollars in 2014, to support the social enterprise ecosystems, at every stage of their journey to ensure sustainability, profitability and social impact.

The social enterprising spirit is certainly commendable as it brings forth a positive impact and hope for the people and the society. In the midst of our busy lives, we must never forget to give back to the society whenever and whatever we can. Afterall, like what Julia Fletcher wrote in her poem 'Little Things' ---  Little drops of water, little grains of sand, make the mighty ocean and a pleasant land.

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Event goodie bag
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Catch the full mini-series below: 

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