My 2018 snippets and 2019 resolutions

In a blink of an eye, 2018 is bidding us goodbye. Every year I would “wah.. this year passed by so quickly..” In fact 2018 proved to be a memorable year for me. Following is what I feel to be the major milestones of 2018.

Charlene Sim Msclak

Happy New Year, Guys!

1. A major change in my life as I moved from a corporate lady to an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurship is harder than I thought. With daily challenges to the point that whenever some things were going smoothly, I would fear that some big hiccups were coming too. Because ever since taking on the role, I felt the word 一帆风顺 only happens in fantasy. But the good thing is each and every challenge gave me a positive lesson and I have changed a lot in my mindset and thinking 1 year into this role.

Charlene Sim Msclak

My new office- Executive Storage by Extra Space

2. Dedicated more time to my family. Because now I do not have to report to work at a specific time. I have had more time with my family. Lauren is no longer on the school bus and she is enjoying the fact she could reach home earlier and avoid the occasional teasing she received from other students on the school bus. I could also send mummy to her medical appointments without the stress of applying for leave from work too often.

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“we” time with mummy

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School Outing with Alexis

3. With eFresh being my full time job, my mind was working 24/7 on how to improve the brand presence. eFresh received its 1st beauty award in May. I was so touched by the nomination and awards that I sent it to my ex-bosses as they had nominated me as an award winners when I was working in other companies then.  For those that are keen to try the award-winning products, here is the link. 

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The award winning products from eFresh Singapore

4. A year with lots of holidays (inclusive of work trip) I conquered a short Bangkok getaway, a dream cruise holiday with my family, explored Greece with hubby, went on the 10th year of friendship trip to Bintan Canopi with my neighbours, a fruitful Hong Kong business trip and a CLAK holiday to London! Of course, these were nothing compared to hubby’s hectic travelling or the times when I was a stewardess but all these are beautiful memories created with family, friends and important lessons for my work.

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Family Holiday in London

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Business Trip to Hong Kong

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Short Getaway to Bintan Canopi

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Celebrating the 10th year of friendship with my wonderful neighbours at Bintan Canopi

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Catching the most beautiful sunset with hubby in Santorini, Greece

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Picture perfect Santorini

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The ones who are closest to my heart. Missing Granny in this photo. Family cruise holiday

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Joining hubby’s business trip in Bangkok

 

5. We made one of the biggest purchase in our lives. We bought our new home. This happened too suddenly and honestly if I knew this was coming, I would probably have continued working. The house has been giving me some pressure. Although hubby has been asking me to take things easy, I want to do my part in the family and help with the contributions. The agony of home construction/ renovation is the owners always bursting the initial target budget. We would be saying, “ok la, a little bit more but it will be nicer..” but it will be a little bit of everything x the entire house. So it was 😱😱😱. Other than the budget part, hubby and I really enjoyed this process of creating our humble abode. The discussion on theme, the furniture, to the type of tiles and wallpaper. Woah.. it is alot of couple time here. 🤣

Charlene Sim Msclak

Our 1st family photo at the new house (before demolition)

Current stage of construction. Demolished and pending piling

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6. With the pressure from the house, I pushed myself more in a good way in my career. I took the leap of faith and realised a dream of many years. The birth of Glowfully. This was probably one of the toughest decisions in 2018. Because funds were all locked in the house construction, to create Glowfully had me knocking on the door of banks to take a loan to fulfil this insane dream of mine. I do feel crazy even till now but I told myself, I will only grow the fastest when I am out of my comfort zone. Glowfully is only a month old but I am thankful to hear all the wonderful reviews from the customers who had tried this creation of mine. There will be more products coming up in 2019 and I hope you are anticipating them as much as I do. Do check out the website and follow us on Glowfully’s social media for the latest news.

Glowfully Charcoal Beads Gel Cleanser

My 1st product from Glowfully.

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As I kiss 2018 goodbye, I am telling 2019, “Hey, I know this is going to be an uphill task but please treat us well… I promise I will be good.”

Good in terms of love and care to everyone around me. More time with mummy and family.

More care for myself by having an exercise regime.

More responsibility to the less fortunate by having a corporate social responsibility program for Glowfully. (Details to be announced in Q2 2019)

Have you done your reflection of 2018 and your 2019 resolution?

Love, Charlene

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Extra Space Executive Storage Review

Before July 2018, I had been working in the comfort of my abode. Part of my house has also turned into my warehouse for my stocks. It was convenient for me but working at home has also caused my family members much inconvenience.

  1. My girls have lost their playroom as the playroom became mummy’s warehouse.
  2. The wardrobe that was used to store hubby’s suits and winter clothings are blocked by the cartons. To access his outfits, he would need to perform Ninja Warrior stunts to remove all obstacles to be able to open the wardrobe doors.
  3. I felt like I had lost my freedom at home as I was literally on the laptop 24/7.
  4. The dining table has become a work desk because that was the only proper table left at home.

 

I was determined to get an office but I did not wish to be committed to a hefty monthly rental. Co-working spaces I visited were not ideal as they are in posh downtown office where the parking costs can kill and I did not wish to travel half the island to work.

 

Thus when Extra Space approached me for a collaboration, I was happy to visit the site. Executive Storage is a new co-work and storage concept by Extra Space. This concept was perfect for me!

  • Warehouse space
  • A proper working environment where I have 24-hour access.
  • Meeting area where I can invite vendors or business partners for a discussion (else it was previously done at nearby Starbucks).
  • Air-conditioned Storage for my fragile precious skincare products.
  • There are printing facilities where I can comfortably fulfil my admin tasks too.

I was offered to review Executive Storage for a few months but I loved it so much that I decided to continue the service after the trial period. This was due to their affordable rental and the flexibility of the lease term. Do you know you can start the lease for as short as 2 weeks! With rental starting at $185, I think this is probably the best option for me at this moment.

Keen to be my “colleague”? Head over here to inquire about this service. Quote AHCLAK5  for an additional 5% discount on top of their promotion!

 

Here is a short tour of the site! Do hope to meet you all as my co-working colleague soon.

 

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My new wishlist – OSIM uLove 2 (4手天王)

I was very blessed to be able to experience the OSIM uLove 2 (4手天王) at their media preview recently!

If you have been a regular follower of my IG story, you would remember that I have always wanted to have a massage chair at home. Due to my bad posture, I have been suffering from backaches and shoulder ache. Do you know I specifically told our interior designer to keep an area in our new house for a massage chair?

 

So when I was told of the launch of the OSIM uLove2, i was more than excited to have a try on it.

The event was well planned with an OSIM Airlines First Class theme.  We were being pampered from head to toe at the event. Everything was meticulously planned, from the decor, to the staff and finally when we were led to the uLove 2 “airline cabin”, everyone inside was in awe. I heard that quite a few ladies fell asleep shortly after the massage started. I was too engrossed by the chair’s 4-hand massage – it was literally like having 2 masseurs pampering you at 1 go.

Watch the event video here

https://youtu.be/FIGBthuArJM

 

Let me share some of the features of the OSIM uLove 2:

 

  1. World’s first 4-hand massage – Like I mentioned above, this 4-hand massage technology features 4 sets of powerful rollers that massage your upper and lower body concurrently, mimicking the synchronised double massage on the upper and lower body, doubling your relaxation, doubling the pampering and doubling the luxury.  This is the closest you can get to having 2 masseuses at the comfort of your home!
  2. Patented V-Hand with 720 degrees Roller Balls – This is one of my personal favourite features of the chair! The intelligent V-Hand Massage emulates the skilful techniques and flexibility of a masseuse’s hand for a realistic grip that extracts your deep-seated knots. The 720 degree roller balls rotate 360 degree in both directions, rolling along every contour of your body! Who says a massage chair cannot fight a real masseuse?
  3. uLove 2 Signature Suite – With 8 massage programs that addresses your different lifestyle needs, from Sport Massage program to ease muscle tension, a pampering Beauty massage program to tone and firm, a Stretch massage program to loosen muscle and improve flexibility, to a Sleep massage program that relaxes the body and mind for a well-rested slumber.

Woah… This amazing massage chair leverages on its V-Hand and 4-Hand Massage to tailor a massage program that perfectly targets and eliminates your sore spots for an euphoric experience.

May I also share that the uLove 2 also comes with 3D surround sound speakers and a wireless Bluetooth music playback!  It was so relaxing to enjoy the massage with your favourite music playing in the background.

 

 

You would also have noticed the elegant and sophisticated design of the new uLove 2.  The feminine flora hand-painted drawing and the luxurious quilted leatherette, uLove 2 is really a versatile accent piece that complements every living space. My favourite colour is the purple one! Which is yours?

 

Cannot wait to bring one back home? Head over to this link here to grab this amazing OSIM uLove 2 (4手天王) at a special preview price now or head over to any OSIM Outlets or Roadshows to try it & redeem an exclusive preview gift, while stocks last!

 

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LG TWINWash – Laundry has never been so easy and fun!

Embrace today’s technology to better my tomorrow and everyday thereon. Technology can help so much in our daily lives as sometimes even the simplest tasks do not get easy on bad days.  As a mother of two and concurrently juggling a business all on my own, time is indeed an essence. I need to work smart at home and in office to make my to-do list the most efficient it can ever be.

I attended the media event of LG TWINWash last month. LG TWINWash totally changed my opinion about smart washers as I learnt how it could be helpful to a busy mummy like myself.

 

LG TWINWash totally swept me off my feet; not only did she check the boxes of what I thought front load washers could not achieve, the aesthetic feel of the washer is so chic. It just looked perfect for my new place. As the name of the washer suggests,  LG TWINWash washes two loads at the same time (yes… two loads at one time, no typo error here), how convenient!  Tell me mummies, how many times have you needed to put aside kids’ laundry because of them soiling their clothes from spilled food and drinks on themselves?  I would usually get my helper to soak it first as 1 or 2 pieces of laundry would not warrant the need to operate a washing machine that is normally used to wash a whole load.  Now with TWINWash, not only have I solved this problem but also got super impressed with the many innovative features of this beautiful machine.

 

 

Here are the key features and benefits of LG TWINWash which I thought are important to us mummies.

  1. The number 1 benefit of this machine is definitely the ability to wash two loads at once.  Wash regular large loads in the main washer, and/or use the separate Mini Washer for delicates. I can now reduce our laundry time by half!  Because we can finish two loads of laundry in under 1 hour.  For the main washer,  we tried with our bedsheets and curtains. Wow.. big loads in less than 1 hour.  
  2. For a mummy with a child that has a sensitive nose and skin prone to eczema, having their plush toys under the sun is a weekly routine. But now with the TrueSteam™ technology of this washing machine, I have replaced sunning their plushies to steaming them in the machine instead. I was able to steam their plushies in the main washer to get rid of 99.9% of allergens! How convenient!  And of course, I have the option of steaming their bedsheets and laundry as well. 
  3. TWINWash Mini for Small Loads that Need Special Care. The TWINWash Mini is ideal for when I have 1 or 2 pieces of hubby’s white shirt but am unable to mix them into the main load that contains coloured clothes. My sweaty gym wear which I do not wish to leave overnight to the next wash, some table cleaning cloth which you’d normally just hand wash, and many other small washes. Now with the TWINWash Mini, I never need to wait or time my laundry tasks ever again.  
  4. Smart ThinQ is so helpful for mummies who are often on the go; you can load your laundry and start it only as and when you desire even if you are not right beside the machine. The Smart ThinQ App allows you to operate and monitor your laundry on the go! I received an update when my washer finished a cycle and I could start the dryer cycle while I was out with the girls! Saving time and keeping our laundry fresh and clean!  

 

If you are shopping around for a washing machine please do check out the LG TWINWash here. I am pretty sure you will be very much in love with this beauty just like me.

 

*This is a sponsored post by LG but all opinions are my own

 

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[Product Review] Lao Xie Zhen Premium Chicken Essence for the whole Family

I remember clearly when I was younger and just had my first child, I did not believe in taking tonics as  I was more westernised during my younger days. Not to say that now I am not but I realized how the body had weakened since not doing any confinement after my 1st child was born.  Thus I told myself when I was pregnant with Alexis, that I was going to take good care of myself to recover the state of my general health.  During the time of my pregnancy, I would drink only warm water; even the times when I craved for something sweet, I would go for room-temperature Soya Milk.  I would also drink chicken essence and other tonic. Of course I completed my post-pregnancy confinement thoroughly and completely. I did not even wash my hands with tap water as the water I used was boiled and cooled. I felt totally different. I no longer fell sick as often and I would always have a little rosy cheek. I truly believed these were the results of taking good care of myself.

When Hao Yi Kang approached me to try out Lao Xie Zhen Premium Boiled Essence of Chicken, I was very happy to accept the offer as I am now a true convert of tonics consumption. What impressed me was the the delicious taste and natural yellow colour of Lao Xie Zhen Chicken Essence that made it very acceptable for Lauren and Alexis to love it as well.  The girls refused to take other brands of chicken essence due to the darker colour and the taste.  The girls called Lao Xie Zhen Chicken Essence, Chicken Soup.  As their school term had just restarted, I got Lauren to start the day with a sachet of Chicken Essence every morning before her breakfast.  I strongly believe this would help to boost her energy level and strengthen her immune system as my mum and grandma did the same to me when I was young. The only difference is Lao Xie Zhen Chicken Essence looks and tastes so much more appealing now compared to those days. Alexis being the usual copycat of Lauren at home, insisted she needs her “chicken soup” every morning too.  LOL.  Oh, you will be able to feel a little sticky texture after consuming, a little just like when we go for those Collagen soup Hot Pot, this is because of the collagen in the Chicken Essence.

I spent some time to find out more about background of Lao Xie Zhen Premium Boiled Essence of Chicken. Wow.. they had a long history of 80 years in Taiwan and has a favourable and trustworthy reputation!   They were also voted Best Chicken Essence in Taiwan! They are 100% natural with no preservatives, no additives and no cholesterol.  Wow Wow Wow.

 

I also found out that the Essence of Chicken was made with 2nd generation hens that were at least 12 months old.  The chickens were boiled with premium pork ribs for 8 hours and through their unique method of boiling, a more complete extraction of nutrients were made possible.

 

I also noticed that their packaging are very different. It is not in the traditional glass bottle but in sachet form; making it more ideal for storing! The 4-layered opaque sachet are directly imported from Japan, thus it is very safe to consume.

Preparation is easy. Just place the unopened sachet into a cup of hot water for 3 minutes, tear open the sachet and it is ready to consume! You can also consume it at room temperature and the sachet pack makes it so easy for me to carry around. I drink them in my car too!

 

So whether you are young (as young as 2 year old), elderly, pregnant, doing your confinement or just planning to use it as a daily nourishment. Give Lao Xie Zhen Premium Boiled Essence of Chicken a try! I am pretty sure you will be sold like me.

Here is a good news folks. You can get Lao Xie Zhen Premium Boiled Essence of Chicken at 5% off with code Msclak5 at Hao Yi Kang 好易康 online store www.so-well.com.sg Promo code is valid till 20th July 2018. Please do give it a try!

 

[This is a sponsored post but all opinion are my own.]
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