Blaze the Bay with an Adrenaline Rush at DBS Marina Regatta 2018



Ever since my first attendance of the DBS Marina Regatta event in 2013, I have never missed a single time of it whenever it was held. Afterall, it has always given me an adrenaline-fueled fun-filled, and action-packed time, with many photography opportunities and memories to keep.


Hence it was of no-brainer that I went for this year’s DBS Marina Regatta, which was held not only over one weekend but TWO weekends - 26~27 May and 02~03 June 2018, in celebration of the bank’s 50th anniversary, at The Promontory @ Marina Bay. There were so many activities that were going on that I was there throughout the whole 2nd weekend to fully experience them!


Read on to find out what I was up to!


(1) DBS Marina Regatta 2018 Race
The international dragon boat race is in its 7th edition this year, with about 80 teams from the region coming to battle for the prize money, and of course, the glory. The determination, team spirit, and the strength is something that I have always find commendable within the dragon boaters.


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Spectacular view at Marina Bay
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Competitors giving their best shot!
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Dry practice before the race
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I felt this was good sportsmanship - Apparently they
shook hands with the other team after the race.
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And this year was extremely special as one team that I have always been rooting for, won something this year. It really showed the grit in them, and how they never allowed previous failures to deter them from giving their best each time they race.

 See how intense the race was! Difference of just milliseconds!
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This as well. Hence, always give your best no matter what.
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Apart from the competitive races, there were also friendly tug-of-war battles onboard a Dragon Boat, which the Young and Old could participate.And Sailing Boats which the Public could also board and watch the race from, or simply to sail on the Singapore River and enjoy the bay view. :)


(2) Battle Bay Extreme

Being the largest first-of-its-kind land and water obstacle course in Southeast Asia, the Battle Bay Extreme, powered by Under Armour, got participants to put their physical strength, determination and strategic planning to the test, against the obstacles like those shown in the photos below.

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And yes, Singapore's 1st Olympics Gold medallist,
Joseph Schooling was at the event too! There was a Celebrity Challenge going on as well!
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Other than vying for the winning spots to win prizes (such as JBL gear and TripleFit gym passes) and cash money, the participants were doing a good cause since the registration fees which they paid, would be donated, along with the the further contribution of SGD50,000 by DBS, to Thye Hua Kwan in support of the adoption of innovative digital solutions for Active Ageing for seniors.


(3) Bay Passport
Since I am not a dragon boater nor have the stamina and strength of a Ninja warrior, I still got to explore around Marina Bay by going around the various “pit-stops” at Marina Bay.


Bay Passport to explore the area and win prizes!
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By completing five simple tasks out of the whole lot, I got to spin the wheel to redeem prizes, though the highly-anticipated prizes in the Lucky Draw eventually were the main point - Porsche Design Huawei Mate 10, and even Scoot Return tickets to Berlin and Maldives! WOW!

*Task 1* - Tested out the JBL products at their booth BL Booth
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*Task 2* - Tried out the camera capabilities of the Huawei phones at their booth. I was wow-ed by the camera technology to detect different settings automatically! Just what I need for my social media and photography needs!
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*Task 3* - I did some shooting at the Ovaltine Booth.
Video was up on my Instastory!
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*Task 4* - Scoot around Marina Bay with PopScoot electric scooters!
PopScoot's free trail service was definitely welcoming
as I need not walk the long route along Marina Bay.
It was my first time trying out the Scooter, and it was easy to learn!
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 *Task 5* - Attend a Creator's Market workshop
So I attended the Acai Prep workshop by Poppy & Co, since I do eat Acai (supplements).
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My first self-made FRESH acai bowl!
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Tried some food at Mahota as their booth
was at the Creator's Market.
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(4) Buskers by the Bay

I always regard Busking as a niche skill in Singapore, whereby one is to have lots of passion and commitment to their creative arts, on top of the strict regulations and/or requirements to adhere/fulfill, in order to bask on Singapore streets.

Walking along the Bay on both evenings, I got to be serenaded by the talented beautiful voices of some of the singing buskers, melodious tunes by musicians, and even entertaining acts by magicians and circus performers! And one interesting thing is that unlike the usual way of giving cash to the buskers, one can actually use the bank’s mobile payment method to show one’s appreciation of their skills.


Toon Hee with his balancing acts while juggling!
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The Pyro Guy and his incredible escapes!
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Ping-Loong
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(5) Shopping and Eating at Artbox

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The ever-popular, Bangkok-originated Artbox event is one that always draw a massive crowd in Singapore. With open spaces, art and light installation, to hang out with friends and loved ones and take photos of, Artbox also offers many food options, activities and shopping choices. Apart from local sellers, there were booths that were manned by Thais, with imported goods for us to shop and imagining ourselves in Bangkok (cos in reality we can't go as we have work/school/family/etc lol).


Spectacular sunset seen while I was at Artbox
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Good things come with a crowd. :p
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Just chill in the open area, amidst friends and live band music!
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Light installations for your Bokeh light effect shots, Wefie,
Couple photo, and playing #InstaBoyfriend for your
girlfriend's OOTD shot. :p
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The 2nd evening's Mesmerizing Sunset
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I tried brush calligraphy for the first time, by Renee
from PrinksDesign at the StageMetro booth.
(And I was more than happy to try out, as I always thought of learning brush calligraphy).
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(6) Social Enterprises stalls at the Artbox

More than 20 regional social enterprises set up booths at the Artbox, so that visitors could indulge in guilt-free and socially-conscious shopping, in support of these purpose-driven businesses, which are supported by the DBS Foundation. I visited some of them, and the stories behind the creation of these social enterprises were really inspiring and heartwarming.
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Despite the weather (Saturday morning was raining, with overcast for most of the day while Sunday was blazing hot, but no worries for I went prepared with an umbrella and poncho!) over the two days I was at DBS Marina Regatta 2018 event, I enjoyed myself thoroughly, and there was never a time which I did not feel the adrenaline rush - From watching the action-packed dragon boat races, to the shopaholic and foodie sessions that I had at Artbox.

I ended the night with the prize-giving ceremony for the DBS Marina Regatta racers, and celebrating in the joy and accomplishment of the dragonboaters, who sacrificed their time and effort, for their passion in this sport. And especially glad for the team that I have always bee rooting for... Congrats on the win! <3 br="">

There are always activities for couples, families and friends at the DBS Marina Regatta event, and one will never get bored while at the event. If the Marina Regatta is going to be held next year, I shall see you there! ;)

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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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.

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