Friday, 20 December 2013

Riding Essentials - Bluetooth Headsets, and Gloves

I've always loved riding my motorbike. And I can say that even with our crazy weather these few weeks. They say it's more dangerous when it's raining cos the roads are slippery, but I personally find that it's the same, and sometimes even safer because everyone else is driving slower. And I really think riding in the rain is so much more comfortable than riding under the hot sun (with proper rain gear of course!)

The one thing I did not like about riding when I first started, was that it got boring. The first few months were exciting because I was learning how to lane split (because it's safer than taking up the whole lane and less stressful when no car is honking at you to get out of their ways) and finding my own ways of dealing with stress from heavy traffic. 

After this initial phase I got bored and often sang to myself inside my helmet. Lol. Eh it's really cool k cos you have your own surround sound system inside your helmet which lets you hear your voice clearly. Haha! 

Then I started using my earphones with my mp3 player or phone. Not very smart cos I have to deal with wires which may get caught in some freak accident. Choi I know. But still. I never felt safe riding with the wires dancing in the wind. 

And then it gets annoying when the phone rings cos I'd then have to find the mouthpiece and press on it while riding so I could answer the call. You know, if I'm heading to a meeting and someone needs to call me to inform me of a change in location or to go help them buy something on my way there. And I'd panic and stop somewhere to keep my phone when the rain hits suddenly. 

-.-"

I know right. 

Around last year I discovered bluetooth headsets. For use WITH my helmet. Plus it's waterproof so I don't shock myself using it in the rain. It was a godsend I tell you. I never ride without it after the discovery. Lol.


This is the headset. 


You see the round knob? Turning it changes the volume of your music/conversation so that if you need to turn down the volume to ask for directions or talk to anyone without removing your helmet, you can. =) 

One press of the telephone sign allows you to pick up calls, and if there are no phone calls, a press will activate the music player from your connected device! (Music doesn't work for my S4, but works brilliantly with my S3 and iPhone.)

Press and hold this button (where my thumb is pressing) to turn it on. You should see a blue light which will blink periodically to let you know that it's turned on.


To connect to your device press and hold the same button for 8 seconds. Instead of a blue light you should now see an alternating flashing red and blue light. This means that the device is ready to be paired. Once paired the blue light will come back on. 


This connects the speakers and mic to the device. 

And being a bluetooth device, of course it needs to be charged. The device is easily removable for charging and keeping so I don't have to worry about taking out the whole thing. Just the bluetooth device will do. 


Apart from the bluetooth headset, my must wear includes riding gloves as well, and if you have been following me on Instagram, you might have seen this super chio picture of me:
#buyaolianuntilcannot

Riding gloves are my other essential item when I'm on my bike. I have to thank it for keeping my palm intact when I fell once on my bike. Else who knows if I would still have a palm if I didn't have on my gloves.  Eeeks!


For my readers only!
I brought in a number of headsets and gloves specially for you guys for Christmas! (Instruction manuals on how to fix this on your helmet will be attached.) 


Riding Gloves in Red. 
Available in Medium and Large
The actual colour is slightly darker than this, so it's not so bright fiery red.


Adjustable velcro strap

Knuckle Protection

Ventilation for when you're riding, so your hands remain cool when you ride. 


Riding Gloves in Blue. 
Available in Medium and Large
This has got to be my favourite colour!!! My bike is red, and that's the only reason why I didn't keep one for myself. But I really really like this!!!




Same design on the right hand. 

Comes with padding to protect the area of your palm where you might be most likely to land, should there be an accident. #choi 


Riding Gloves in Black.
Only available in Large
The guys should like this colour, as it goes with all colour bikes. It'll match even when they decide to change their bike colour next time. =)






The black one has a slightly different padding. The designs on each colour may differ very slightly as the manufacturers have sent me stock from probably different batches. But rest assured they should look almost like what you see here. =)


Sizing Guide

Price?
The bluetooth headsets are priced at $109 each, and the gloves are going at $25 per pair while stocks last (including postage fee). Should you wish to get them, leave a comment below, or send an email to thatbikerchick@gmail.com, and I will get back to you soonest with availability! 

P.S. Stock is limited and orders will be closed on 27th December 2013.
Meetup is available on Sunday at Woodlands MRT, should you require them urgently as gifts. =)


Ride safe, and Merry Christmas!!!



Review: BottomSlim Downsize My Thighs!

Hey there! 

Remember I was going on about feeling fat and bloaty and all? What felt the worst was this: not being able to fit into my jeans. 

O.O

I tell you, that was the most depressing thing in my life in recent years. (That actually meant that my life has been pretty lovely so far, which I'm grateful for. But still, it DOES NOT trivialize my not being able to fit into my jeans!)

And no, I'm not trying to sound bimbotic. 

I used to be a fat kid. Being made fun of and called ah bui was not fun. Then I lost weight in Sec 3/4, and I gained it all over again during my Project Superstar days in 2005. 

I looked so huge standing next to Candyce omg!!!

 >.<

Then I lost weight from my Project Superstar chubby days to get this not-very-thin-but-still-not-too-bad-onscreeen figure. Just so people can't insult my fat-ness. And now, months after this photo was taken, I was hopping to get my legs INTO the legs of those jeans. ><

*horrors*

I hate this ding dong. 
But I admit I have a part to play for this. 

1. I haven't been exercising. No dance. No jog. Not even spa-ing everyday. Just been sitting around a lot. Fat die orbigood right?

2. I have been eating like nobody's business. I don't know what got over me, but like I wrote a few posts back, I was on a carb addiction and was craving rice noodles bread biscuits and munching every hour. Sure fat. Like I didn't know when I was doing it right? I don't know what got over me la. Sigh.

Hey, to be fair, a lot of us girls are like that right? *self-console*

Erm, right...? 

I kind of regretted not going back to my exercise routine. But oh well, if there is a better way, I'm going to try it. I want toned and slender legs and firm inner thighs and a perky butt. Jogging and dance classes makes my calves and thighs toned, but they get stay chunky. You agree with this right? #woesofawomantryingtoloseweight

It really wasn't (just) about looking good in nice clothes. I was starting to find once-familiar feelings of lowered self esteem and heightened self-consciousness creeping up on me. You know what they say about women having a lot of clothes but always saying they have nothing to wear? That's me. And it's because those clothes don't flatter me anymore. I looked like a bazhang in too many of them now. =..(


So I consulted BottomSlim for help. I'm sure many of you have heard of them. If BottomSlim is the specialist and pioneer on lower body slimming, who else should I go to but them right? I have seen their ads on countless publications, and I finally plucked up enough courage to visit them and let them manhandle my thighs and ass. 

I told her my biggest concerns, which were my inner thighs, growing but saggy butt, as well as cellulite. All in the privacy of a cosy room where no one else could see me. If you want privacy, this outlet which I went at Square 2 is as private as you can get. It was a maze to get to the outlet. I got lost for quite a while before I found the place.

Trying to look all cheery as they take my measurements to shock me into disbelief. 


This is my basal metabolic rate, meaning how many calories I can burn while at rest. 

Muscle Mass

Water content.

FML. This is body fat percentage. Pui pui pui! My goal is to hit 19%. 

O.O
Shit. Is this my weight?

When did I become 57.7kg??????????
I was happily 53kg just last year! >< 

4 kg to lose before the year ends. Wish me luck man. I know this session wouldn't make me lose 4 kg, but if I can get off some inches, or even a few centimetres, I would be that little bit happier. 


So How Did the Treatment Go?

My measurements were taken, and I was prescribed Ionto to firm up my slight butterfly arms (yes they do arms too!) and 2 treatments, RF as well as 50K Cavitation for my thighs as they were my main problem area due to cellulite and just being we...erm..thick. Cellulite is when your skin has an excess of dimples when you stress the muscles. Like I see them when I squeeze my buttcheeks in. Lol. I only want dimples on my face....

For some people, cellulite is even apparent at rest. And that's what makes wearing shorts very ugly. 
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The therapist touched my arms and said my arms are too soft. Like not lean and toned, just nua nua. Hence she recommended the Ionto Comed for my arms to tone it up. This treatment helps to remove excess fatty deposit, lift saggy muscles, and promote blood circulation as well as lymphatic circulation. For those with stretch marks and scars, this treatment can help to lighten them! 

This was pretty comfy. Apart from being a little cold, I could doze off. 
Tip: If it gets cold, chances are the towel under your treated area has gotten wet. Ask them to change a towel and you should feel more comfortable. =)

As for RF 55, it helps to liquefy fats into free fatty acids so your body can use them. It also stimulates and increases blood circulation which helps to get rid of the free fatty acid. Nice! Collagen production will also be stimulated under the skin for a firming effect, and you can expect to see a body fat percentage drop, as well as a reduced appearance of cellulite. 

This treatment has a frequency penetration of up to 15mm into the skin that induces deep heating, and which BottomSlim uses to replace liposuction without you having to go under the knife. =D

The therapist used something like those cellulite busters you use in the bathroom with the bumps on them and rubbed it all around my thighs. This one may hurt a little, especially if you have a little more fat than others. But I believe it hurts less than liposuction. Lol. 

Expect a little bruising but no biggie, they should clear within a week. 
Tip: Wear jeans or maxi dresses to cover up!

Good ah!

The 50K Cavitation also has an effect similar to liposuction, and it creates an effect similar to internal explosion of the fat cells, which will then be metabolised out of the body by lymphatic drainage. No side effects, no swelling, no uneven skin, slimmer thighs. I want!!!

This treatment felt a little more like massage. All I felt was some micro currents, coupled with a slight buzzing sound. I think I dozed off at some point here. It's really that painless. ^.^

After a couple of hours I am done! So here are my results.

My thighs!!!

I lost a cm each! 

我是在做梦吗?

This is at the widest part of the thigh. Usually for such treatments to be effective, it is recommended that you go at least 3 times a week. If I can lose 3 cm a week, I will be a happy girl at the end of 10 sessions! 

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Just answer this question:
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Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Donating Blood

I first started donating blood when I was 18. I've always felt that since our body naturally makes and replenishes blood cells on its own, I should help someone who might need my blood to live. 

At the time, blood donation was only available at the BloodBank @ HSA, which was opposite Outram MRT, near Singapore General Hospital. I lived in Woodlands then (still do now), and though sometimes it seemed like a super troublesome process to travel almost an hour to get there, the motivation to help someone helped to motivate me.

I'm not a saint, but I'd like to think that I can help. Maybe it was learning about the fact that an average of 350 units of blood are needed daily to save lives, or maybe it was knowing that it was the least I could do to help people I don't know. (Then again, my packet of blood might have been used to save a relative, or someone dear to me, unknowingly.) 

I remember I would go regularly, at least twice a year (you can donate whole blood every 3 months), and each time I went, I would go home feeling very proud of myself. ^.^ You know, that feeling you get when you help the handicapped uncle buy tissue paper, or donate money to the visually-handicapped busker at the MRT? I always felt that way after a donation, and I must say it's a nice feeling to have. 

When I was 19, in my final year for my Optometry Diploma, most of our cohort went to Bintan for an Eyecare Mission to help prescribe and give out old glasses to the people who needed them. As Bintan was listed as an Malaria Endemic area, we had to take anti-malaria jabs before we could go. I later found out that because of these jabs, I was unable to donate blood for the next 3 years. 

Of course, it's been more than 3 years. I promptly forgot about blood donation until I stumbled upon my old Blood Donor card last year while packing my room. And the urge to go donate blood hit me again. At around the same time, my sister asked me about donating blood as she was interested in doing so too. We found out there was a BloodBank @ Woodlands so we went shortly after. 

My sister has really small veins, and after assessment with the doctors they found her unsuitable to donate blood as it would be difficult due to the size of her veins. They advised her to exercise her veins by squeezing stress balls, but she was disappointed nevertheless. Sis if you're reading this, don't despair okay, keep working on making those veins bigger! 

I went ahead with donating mine, and maybe because I was having my period at the time, or maybe it was because of my thick juicy vein (my blood pack was full in 5 minutes while others took 15 minutes!!!), I felt really giddy after the process. Nothing that their biscuits and milo provided couldn't solve of course! ;) I was okay after 10-15 minutes. ^.^

It's been a year since, and I thought I really wanted to do something meaningful this year for Xmas. 

I don't have a million dollars to donate to charity, but I do have blood I can spare. We have an average of 4-5 litres of blood in us, and each donation only takes 450ml of our blood, which replaces itself in 3 days. I've seen bloody road accidents, I know how much blood might be lost in an operation, and I know there are people out there who need blood transfusions just to make it through the next hour. If I can help them go through this difficult just so they can spend another festive season with their families, why not? =D

Mint was my companion for the day. Colin was there too. 

Neither of them has donated blood before, and I'm trying to get them to start. Lol. Colin faints when he sees blood. Or people getting injected. Or something. Mint told me there was this once when she was sick and Colin went with her to the doctor, and while Mint was having her injection Colin fainted. And got into seizures. So that left the doctor with a needle in Mint's arm and an extra patient on the floor with no nurse to help him and he had to shout for one. Jin bo eng. Lol. O.O

BUT when I asked Colin he said he wasn't afraid of blood or injections, but he can't see other people bleed large amounts of blood or get injections cos he will just faint. Like, he will actually want to see, so he's not afraid right, but he just faints. And he doesn't know why. Any doctors here want to explain this to me?

Anyway Colin couldn't donate even if he wanted to cos he's sick and on meds. If you're sick or on meds you shouldn't donate, cos your blood's going to be rejected anyway la. 

Plus, both of them went to Batam recently. Indonesia is considered a malaria endemic area, so you need to be back for at least 4 months before they can clear you for blood donation. Because some infections can be transmitted via blood, and some symptoms just don't show, they need to make sure the blood you are donating is safe. So be honest in telling them if you have travelled recently.

If you have been overseas recently and wish to donate blood I suggest you go through this list of places first, else you might just make a wasted trip.

Here is also a list of other reasons when you should not donate, e.g. if you have Diabetes, on TCM, just pierced your ears...etc. There is a waiting period before you can donate, so go through the list. =)

How Does the Procedure Go? 
I recommend going on weekdays so there won't be a queue and you can go and leave within half an hour. You'd be surprised how many kind-hearted people there are during weekends. ^.^

When you arrive you will be given a questionnaire to fill up. This checks if you have been overseas, whether or not you have been ill, or whether you have just given birth or had any injections done lately. You are required to fill up this form as accurately as possible else legal action may be taken against you. After all, we want to help people, not indirectly harm them, right? 

As this form is Private and Confidential, do not fill up this form with a friend/bf/spouse watching. Because some questions can be really very personal, it can get very awkward. Don't say I didn't warn you. But rest assured your information will not be disclosed to anyone other than the doctor assessing you. =)

Next your blood will be tested for blood type, as well as if you have sufficient haemoglobin/red blood cell count. 

Once that is done you will be called into the donation room. Your skin will be disinfected and prepped, and the first injection you will get is the anaesthetic. This numbs the area where they will extract the blood so it doesn't hurt. 

When I say blood extraction I just mean where the blood will flow into the needle. There is no suction or physical drawing of blood so don't be too worried if it will hurt. Once the needle goes into your vein the blood will flow naturally, so you won't really feel anything. ^.^


You saw 2 bags of blood right? A small one that's dangling and a big one on the floor. The big one is the one they will use for patients who need it, and they will take the blood from the small pack for testing, to see if your blood is safe for use.

The needle head is covered so you won't faint upon seeing it. Lol. 

This was the instavid I posted not the day I went for my donation. For more live and immediate updates (cos I update my blog too slowly, I know), you can follow me on Instagram ok? Thanks! 
Oh do you know you can donate blood for yourself? If you are expecting a major surgery in the coming weeks, you can arrange to donate blood for yourself a few weeks to 3 days before your op. A fee is chargeable for such donations though, but if you have a rare blood type, this is a wise option to make. Also, getting your own blood from yourself is always safer, and getting any allergic reaction is minimal. This blood can be stored for up to 5 weeks. 

Also, you can opt to donate part of your blood like just the platelets or plasma. This is known as *apheresis. Because you can only donate whole blood every 3 months, some people opt to go for apheresis, for which you can go every month so that makes 12 donations a year! 

*P.S. Apheresis donation is only available at Bloodbank@HSA

The process is slightly longer, but sometimes they need part of your blood instead of the whole thing, depending on your blood type. You can check here for what is needed for your blood type at the moment.

During the blood extraction process you will be given a stress ball to squeeze to stimulate blood flow to your vein. The first time I was given this I dared not squeeze cos I was afraid my vein would burst. Lol. Of course there was no cause for worry. I was just being paranoid. Haha!

Like I mentioned, most people take about 15 minutes to fill up the blood pack. But if you're like me and have super good blood flow and a thick juicy vein, you should be done in less than 10 minutes. =D

After you're done they'll wrap your arm with neon-coloured bandages for the injection spot so you can proudly walk around with it and people will know you've done a good deed. Lol. 

Have some milo, biscuits, soy bean, or whatever that's provided on the counter before you go so you have some sugar in your body and won't feel so faint after. And you're done! Simple right?

Why not do something meaningful this Christmas and donate blood too? You can start as young as 16 years old. Parental consent is needed for donors below 18 - if your parents are unable to go with you, you can download the consent form here. Of course, it would be great if you can bring them along and do the good deed as a family!

It's not too much to give, (free of charge!) just a mere 30 minutes to an hour of your time, and you can help save a life. A gift of life, to perhaps help someone spend another Christmas or New Year with their families, is more meaningful than any material gift you can give anyone, so give it some thought. ;)

Ready do donate blood? You can save time on queueing by making an appointment here under "Appointment Booking" (Singpass is required). Otherwise, just walk in like I did. 


Merry Christmas guys!!! XOXO