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As I write this, more than 3 months have come and gone since I stepped into Halley Medical Aesthetics to say goodbye to the cellulite in my inner & outer thighs.

It’s time to unveil and reveal, if this REALLY works. And yes, the body takes about 3 months to completely break down and release the frozen fats as waste.

It’s been a while, but it’s been worth it.

Because? Not going to be shy here – I’m revealing my AFTER pictures.

Because it is very clear that CoolSculpting has shaved off some years of stubborn fats that exercise couldn’t.

Dr Terence Tan showing me the verdict of CoolSculpting after 3 months

A picture to reveal the inner thigh and also the other outer thigh (I have some very obvious vein-work on my thighs and it’s got nothing to do with CoolSculpting!)

Definitely slimmer now in the thigh area. Ok, bikini, here I come.

How much fats were frozen? Enough for a contour to be seen!

Shaved off some cellulite on my thighs, that’s for sure!

Nothing in these pictures have been photoshopped, just so you know.

Getting back in shape and finding the energy to lose all these fats stuck deep inside the thigh areas have been nothing but trying for me the past decade since my first pregnancy, and this, in my time-starved world, is a great solution.

Now I wished I had done CoolSculpting on more areas at one go.

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If you are interested to try out CoolSculpting at Halley Medical Aesthetics, here’s where you can look for Dr Terence Tan directly for a consultation:

Address:  277 Orchard Road, #03-15 Orchard Gateway, Singapore 238858

Contact Number: (+65) 6737-8233

Email: info@halley.com.sg

Here are some quick links for you to check out the details for yourself:

Halley Medical Aesthetics Price List | Website | Blog | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube

Disclosure: All opinions here and in my earlier posts here and here, are my own. Including my deathly hate for cellulite and my silent happiness that some of these on my thighs are gone forever.

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We got our family photos updated recently, and in view of how posing in a studio would be challenging (HAVE YOU SEEN MY KIDS LATELY? They make all sorts of funny faces!), we grabbed at an opportunity to have our family photographed outdoors instead with Bespoke Photography.

I liked that I had no idea what to do for our one hour photo shoot BUT the Bespoke Photography’s photographer had many ideas and still gave me full autonomy to decide. He supplied suggestions, colour schemes, outfits, and even asked me to send him shots and styles that I would like to recreate.

I had initially wanted to head to Gardens by the Bay, but truth be told, I would be too tempted to run into the Cloud Forest if the heat got unbearable, so I went with the photographer’s suggestion of going to a lesser known place in Canterbury Road for a picnic, some frisbee and football with my kids, and lots of running around.

And we got more than shots of us playing frisbee and football that lovely Saturday morning.  I love it so much that the photographer captured the little moments of us doing things together – observing, talking and piggyback-riding.

These are very precious moments to me.

It’s not every day that someone comes along and captures the kids at play, but it is every day that the kids play this way. Surely then, I need to remember my kids playing in their wildest, and happiest.

The days are long but the years are short, and soon, childhood is but a memory. We certainly had the opportunity to freeze some moments in time that Saturday morning.

Just one hour, about 70 photographs captured, and I got naturally edited photographs within 2 weeks!

There’s a lot of sentiments just browsing the photographs again and again and I must say Bespoke Photography offered a much-needed service in my busy-ness to allow me to slow down and give thanks for my active, healthy and happy family. Definitely something to budget in at various milestones of our family life, and I am glad we now have pictures accurately depicting what family life is like, with the kids being 10, 9 and 7.

Check out their very reasonable rates here.

Disclosure: We were invited to a one-hour photo shoot with Bespoke Photography. All the running and sweating and exercise was done by the Kao family and not stunt doubles. No monetary compensation was received. 

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I always find it hard this time of the year not to go all crumbly and soft and shed tears of nostalgia and reminisce.

My boys are Feb boys and this time of the year each one of the boys adds one more candle to the cake and I’m always an emotional wreck.

I have penned many such entries every February as a mother because there’s just too much emotional flooding not to write and get it out.

Nat turned SEVEN on 20th and Ben turned TEN on 26th. I cannot believe that it is double digits now for my firstborn. Has it really been a decade already since I’ve mothered this child?

Both the boys are sassy and smart (and sometimes smart-mouthed) and they are growing up so fine, I find it hard to believe so many years have gone by. Nat is learning to navigate the forays of formal schooling, making new friends and discovering his interests.

Along the way we’ve found out he’s got a nasty temper when pushed and can really immerse in name-calling so much so you don’t want to piss him off and rub him the wrong way. He gets especially annoyed when his clean and neat and organised private spaces have been compromised by his siblings, or if I gave instructions to make everyone pack that included him because that to him is grossly unfair – he is the most organised child of the lot, so he thinks!

We’ve grown to learn that this boy does have fangs. Hurhurhur.

The other one, my beloved firstborn, is 10 this year and I would never have imagined him being almost as tall as me now and weighing so much that I can’t, for all the strength in me, lift him even a quarter inch off the floor. I know someday he will stand taller than me, which I need to prepare myself mentally for. This boy frustrates me to no end with his quirks (think farts and burps and the ‘floss’) but at the same time lets me in to his world with all that’s trending including fortnite dances, lame jokes, unfiltered language and everything he loves as a boy. I am just afraid I will not have him as a boy very soon and the thought of seeing him as a croaking, pimply teen is making me cry a little every morning when fb invites me to revisit my memories. I see all those cute little chubby Ben faces and I’m not joking, I really lay in bed to cry.


Boys, if you are reading this some day, know that mama has had a hard hard time adjusting to you guys growing up so fast and maybe that’s why sometimes she’s a little lunatic and emo on days you just don’t get her.

Those times you got frustrated not knowing why your mama was like that? Yea. Cos she also has got bad, bad separation anxiety she basically couldn’t function.

She too, has to grow, little by little, to accept that you boys will someday grow up to be fine young men and that she no longer can hold you both like the babies she used to squish.

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So the day finally came for me to say goodbye to my cellulite thighs sometime in early January. I had written about why I needed to freeze my fats in an earlier post and some considerations I went through before making the decision.

The answer was pretty clear after my consultation with Dr Terence Tan of Halley Medical Aestheticsit’s non-invasive and the effect are long lasting, so why not?

I was really excited about it. Good riddance to bad rubbish, and I cannot wait to say goodbye.

In fact, I had announced it almost everywhere I went, from Christmas dinner gatherings to every circle of friends.

Because freezing my fats seems like the best thing that would happen to me in this new year!

So back to Dr Terence Tan. On Treatment Day: I confirmed that I wanted to ‘CoolSculpt’ my outer and inner thighs. I then got my blood pressure, BMI, height and weight and body fat percentage measured and started the CoolSculpting process immediately after.

First, I got changed into comfortable clothing that would allow Dr Terence Tan to draw and mark the treatment areas. My ‘Before’ treatment photos were taken for documentation.

Dr Tan drawing the position where the applicator will be placed.

Marking the spot for the inner thighs

Next, I was invited to lay comfortably on the treatment chair and get ready for CoolSculpting. Dr Terence Tan and his assistant, Mandy, went straight to work placing the applicators on my already marked out treatment areas.

Halley Medical Aesthetics actually has DualSculpting, which means they use two CoolSculpting machines to treat 2 areas at the same time, which reduced my treatment time by 50%.

So, my left outer thigh was treated in tandem with my right inner thigh first, and then the other way after.

The outer thigh will take 75 minutes with the CoolSmooth Pro applicator, which will be applied by a binding method. The inner thigh will take 35 minutes with CoolAdvantage applicator, which will be applied through suction.

Dr Tan showing me the CoolSmooth Pro applicator which will be applied to my outer thigh

An anti freeze was placed on the treatment area before the applicator was bound to my thigh

Applicator on, fat freezing GO!

Now for the inner thigh. I appreciated that while the marking was done with a lot of care, the applicator was placed as high up near the groin area because that’s where the fats are

This was CoolSculpting by suction. Same thing: antifreeze followed by applicator.

There was minimal discomfort. In fact, after a while the cold numbed any sensation I had and I was at total ease.

While waiting for the treatment for one side to be completed, my time was well-maximised. I had a chat with Halley Medical Aesthetics’ in-house nutritionist, Jean, about my current eating habits, my medical history, and the possibility of going on the weight loss programme. She walked me through some suggestions of meal planning according to my preferences and lifestyle.

While being treated on the other side, I worked on my phone for a bit…

And even had a rest!

After each treatment, there would be a 5-minute massage of the area. This massage breaks down the frozen fat cells further and accelerates the lymphatic drainage for fat loss. I was warned ahead of time that there may be discomfort and to be mentally prepared for it, so whilst it was something I knew, I was – at least for the first few seconds – shockingly unprepared for how sensitive my skin felt to the rub. Other than that, I manage to survive those 5 minutes!

This was the temporary redness of my skin on the outer thigh

There, I did it! CoolSculpting, or also known as fat freezing! I left the clinic feeling a little numbed from the treatment in my thigh area, but ecstatic at the same time.

I can’t wait to see the results in 3 months!

Knowing that about 25% of the fat cells will be completely annihilated on that day was the best thing ever. Look out for my follow-up post of my results.

Actually, without needing to see real-time change, I am glad to have gone through this. THE FATS – THEY ARE FROZEN. FOREVER!

YESSSSS!

Mummy Blogger Tries CoolSculpting at Halley Medical Aesthetics to Contour Her Thighs - YouTube

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If you are interested to try out CoolSculpting at Halley Medical Aesthetics, here’s where you can look for Dr Terence Tan directly:

Address:  277 Orchard Road, #03-15 Orchard Gateway, Singapore 238858

Contact Number: (+65) 6737-8233

Email: info@halley.com.sg

Here are some quick links for you to check out the details for yourself:  

Halley Medical Aesthetics Price List | Website | Blog | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube

Disclosure: All opinions here and in my earlier post are my own. Including my deathly hate for cellulite.

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I always thought someday – one day in the distant future – if I’ve made enough money and plucked up enough courage, I might get some liposuction done to get rid of those cellulite thighs I’ve been living with since three pregnancies ago.

I often show the kids my thighs and what pregnancy and child birthing did to these once pretty-looking slim thighs.

I even do it in a humourous way – twist up the skin around my thighs and show them how orange-peel like, dimpled-looking they can be! They laugh and think it’s gross, and it’s even change the way Becks thought about having kids (ewww Mama, I’m never gonna give birth!, she says) and I show it off like it’s a badge of honour for having done something heroic.

Three kids in four years. It was an impossibility in my world made possible through sheer grit and love.

But truth be told, the dark eye rings, the cellulite thighs, the flabby tummy, the exhaustion built up from years of insufficient rest and the occasional body chills – I do not consider them my badges of honour.

If I could do something with them through lifestyle changes or anything non-invasive, I would.

Over the years I have taken an active step to do good to my body to feel good, whether through TCM care, taking regular head space and doing yoga regularly. I’ve even tried the keto diet and intermittent fasting the whole of 2018, which I am stopping for now (more on that later).

This was me at my heaviest, most uncoordinated and tired in December 2018.

And while all these have been incorporated as a lifestyle, they never really addressed the cellulite that bothered me. It always felt like so much effort, so little results.

Heck, what results? 

Truth be told too, that in my time-starved world where exercising in a gym or running or doing lots of calorie-burning workouts could definitely help, I simply do not have the time nor do I want to make it a priority.

I have a business to grow, a household to run, motherhood duties to fulfill (not for one, not for two, but for three different individuals), self-development to pursue, friendships to maintain and constant upskilling to do professionally, so in the grander scheme of things, I’d be honest to say I’ll take a quick fix anytime.

To those people who hear my woes and always answer with “Exercise, lah. How long does it take?”, try living in my world. I would prioritise 15 minutes to read with my child or write a blog post or sort out my very messy photo album on my phone anytime, than to go for a run. You know what I mean?

Anyway.

Back to those cellulite thighs, caused largely by the stubborn fat deposits in that area, which I found an answer to.

Yes, I found an answer. An answer that would get rid of them for good, forever. And it’s called FAT FREEZING.

CoolSculpting (in layman terms: a fat-freezing procedure) or technically known as “cryolipolysis”, is a technology that’s been around for several years and is a non-invasive and US FDA-approved process of fat removal.

How it works is that the process of cryolipolysis using the CoolSculpting technology cools the area of body fat in a non-invasive manner and breaks down the fat cells without affecting other tissues. The fat cells in the treated area die a natural way and are eliminated from the body through our waste system.

So unlike liposuction which is invasive and disposes of the dead fat cells right away, cryolipolysis allows for the immune system to treat as waste and for the body to dispose of the dead fat cells naturally. The effect is long-lasting; however the effects can only be seen 2-3 months after the procedure.

And of course, I didn’t pluck all these information from Google and plonk them all here. I spoke with a doctor whom I consulted regarding freezing my fats, asked all the questions I wanted, and had him walk me through the procedure.

I went to Halley Medical Aesthetics at the end of last year to learn more about this process and to clarify as much doubts I had. I consulted Dr Terence Tan, who patiently answered all my questions about CoolSculpting. I needed to be 100% sure I knew what it was, how it would affect me, if there were any implications, side effects, etc.

I’ve listed down some Q&As that transpired during the consultation with Dr Terence Tan, and my thoughts that helped me in my decision making to embark on my CoolSculpting journey. Here goes.

How does this work and how effective is this treatment in terms of fat removal?

The process uses a controlled cooling technology to kill fat cells. CoolSculpting is proven to cause the removal of fat cells per treatment area by 20-25%.

Taken from https://www.coolsculpting.com/what-is-coolsculpting/how-it-works/

Will my fats return? Is this a permanent situation?

The understanding we need to have regarding having fat cells in our body needs to be accurate. By age 5, our body stops producing fat cells and we have a fixed number of fat cells in our body. We become fat by the sheer fact that our fat cells grow in volume, not quantity. So with CoolSculpting, what happens is that the fat cells are removed for good, by 20-25%. That’s a permanent situation. Say you have 100 to start with, CoolSculpting reduces the number to 75. BUT should you continue an unhealthy lifestyle and not monitor your diet, those 75 cells will grow in volume still.

Is this a weight loss programme?

CoolSculpting is a fat reduction and body contouring procedure NOT a weight loss programme.

Side note: upon understanding my medical history, Dr Terence Tan suggested that I may wish to try Halley’s weight loss programme for a month to reduce my cholesterol. Although I have a normal BMI and my body fat percentage is not a cause of concern, some weight loss for a month may help with my cholesterol. He also mentioned that I should not go on a keto diet if I have high cholesterol and should think about working out a nutrition and exercise plan to tackle this issue.

He also recommended taking the following:

  1. Duromine to suppress my appetite
  1. Nopal, a medical grade fibre supplement, taken before lunch and dinner so that I will feel full quicker
  2. Xenical, a fat blocker to be taken with dinner

These are approved medication and not meant to be ongoing for my case; but something I could consider trying.

What can I expect post-treatment?

Tugging sensation at the treatment site, some temporary redness and sensitivity to treatment area, and swelling or bruising depending on individual a few days after. Recovery time from these is short.

I took some days to think about it after my consultation with Dr Terence Tan, did lots of follow-up research including reading this FAQ here and blog reviews, and upon certainty that I wanted to have those fats of mine on the thighs gone, I made my appointment for my CoolSculpting procedure earlier this year.

It’s clear to me: a solution better than liposuction is here; it’s non-invasive and the effect are long lasting. 

My cellulite must go. My fats must be frozen.

LET IT GO, CAN’T HOLD IT BACK ANYMORE!

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COMING UP! Read on to find out how my fats were frozen at Halley Medical Aesthetics

And in case if you want to know where is Halley Medical Aesthetics, here’s the information:

Address:  277 Orchard Road, #03-15 Orchard Gateway, Singapore 238858

Contact Number: (+65) 6737-8233

Email: info@halley.com.sg

Quick links for you to check out the details for yourself:  

Halley Medical Aesthetics Price List | Website | Blog | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube

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I started this blog back in 2012 when I was done with having three kids back to back as a means of finding a solace because motherhood was insanity then, and I needed an outlet to purge all the madness from my system.

I also started the blog as a gift to my children, hoping that some day they will be able to read what life was like raising them. And that I loved them through the rainbow days, and thunderstorm days.

This is the year 2019 and the years are indeed short. Ben is 10 this year. Becks, 9, and Nat 7.

I have officially transitioned from mothering preschoolers to primary schoolers this year, with the last child entering Primary 1.

And increasingly, it is becoming difficult to blog and chronicle my sentiments, reflections and musings raising them. They have become aware of the concept of self, and this concept of self is growing. As they are more keenly aware of who they are in their cultural, school, family and social contexts, they are also not so pleased for too much information to be shared.

Now they would ask me: Are you posting this on Instagram? Will this be on your blog?

Hurhurhur.

So, I’m at this inflexion point right now where I have SO MUCH to write about them but so little permission to, that I would have to increase my capacity to remember all our memories together.

In 2019, Motherkao blog would now be more about ME than them, and perhaps what’s it like living life at the brink of my 30s turning 40.

To possibilities, potential, and beyond. Happy 2019!

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If you’re looking for a family-friendly and waist-line friendly place to eat in town this festive season (and don’t wanna think about ERP charges at the same time), you need to head down to Brunetti.

Because here’s a PSA for all of us who are conscious about the desserts we are ingesting so as to NOT HAVE to make new year resolutions for next year we probably can’t keep: Brunetti’s just launched their range of vegan, eggless, gluten-free cakes.

My family and I were there for dinner a while ago and I have to say, we went to dessert heaven and back!

Clockwise: Tre Gusti (gluten-free): flourless sponge layered with 3 layers of dark, milk and white choc mousse; Vegan Strawberry Cake: strawberry cake layered with strawberry cream & fresh strawberries; Vegan Chocolate Brownie: 75% dark choc brownie covered with roasted hazelnut; and Vegan Peanut Butter Cake: PB cake with PB sauce & crushed peanuts

The cake on the left: Eggless Banana Pecan Nut and it’s layered with caramelised banana on the inside. I am so gonna be trying that the next time.

These cakes make for perfect indulgence for a birthday or any occasion that calls for cake. I couldn’t stop eating the Tre Gusti, for one. We had the whole cake and while 2 slices were cut and shared on the spot, the rest of the cake was finished in 3 days.

Yes, I finished the entire cake all by myself and didn’t share it with the kids.

The flourless cake was great to ease any sense of guilt and it brought pigging out to a whole new level.

I kid you not: I finished the whole of this triple-layered choc flourless cake in 3 days all by myself. It is soooo good.

My kids pigged out on gelato, macarons, profiteroles and popsicles that evening.

A word on the pistachio gelato – you absolutely need to try it.

They opted for popsicles first! The one in the middle is not the 4th Kao kid but our friend’s 3-year-old!

Love that this is the promise of their desserts!

Gelato scoop – one for each kid !

Of macarons, profiteroles and chocolate cakes

The pistachio gelato was so good, I finished it all

And just in case you thought I fed my family desserts for dinner at Brunetti, we had a hearty meal of pastas, risotto and pizzas but I would tell you at Brunetti, dessert was our main course.

The carbs were mainly our “appetisers” which we cleverly shared. Thank God we did, if not no space to eat desserts!

Clockwise: Proscuitto & rocket pizza, mac&cheese, carbonara, pan-seared seabass, seafood aglio olio and squid ink risotto

Brunetti brings together all the good stuff in Italian cooking – a Gelateria, Cioccolateria, Pasticceria and more. If you’re looking for a place to bring the family or go on a dessert date with friends, it’s got ample seating and lots of choices for food and all kinds of desserts.

Writing this is making me want to take the family back for cakes and gelato already, and I am guessing I might want to spoil them bad this coming holiday season.

But hey, with the vegan, eggless, flourless cake options and the sugar-free gelato options, it may look like we can minimise the sugar and carb overload this festive season!

The kids took home gingerbread cookie in their fave animals! They were yummy and not cloyingly sweet, by the way.

More details:

Brunetti is located at #01-35 Tanglin Mall. Browse their menu for food and cakes in the links. Contact them here to order or make reservations. They’ve also just open the doors to ONE MORE new outlet at 13 North Canal, #01-01!

Disclosure: We were invited to dine at Brunetti. All opinions here are my own. I’ve sampled my fill of desserts that night and didn’t see the waistline expand so you can go for the diet-friendly options with confidence. You’re welcome.

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If there’s anywhere I needed to visit in Seoul with my kids, it had to be a JJIMJILBANG.

Because?

Because this:

Photo credit: https://Aminoapps.com

I needed a reason to put on a sauna “uniform” and wrap my head up in a ‘Princess Leia’ towel bun.

And because watching so many kdramas and k-variety over the years have reinforced this message: you ain’t been to Korea if you’ve not stepped into a jjimjilbang. A jjimjilbang is a korean sauna and an integral part of korean culture. In this huge expanse of space, you would find public baths, pools that rid your body of toxins, grooming and face-care services, entertainment zones, gym, ‘fomentation’ rooms of varying temperatures, and places to sleep and even spend the night.

And so to one we went. The 3 kids, fatherkao and I spent an entire day at Siloam Sauna.

Of course, before we headed there, I did some research on this particular sauna which was a stone’s throw from where we stayed (literally we see the building from Seoul Station), so as to brief the family as to what to expect. That Backpacker has an entire guide to this place (plus an awesome video), and I made tons of notes from just that one blogpost, so you absolutely need to check her post out. (Thank you, Audrey!)

We went in the day, after a light breakfast of Paris Baguette buns, and opted for both access to the bathhouse AND the other floors. We were given a locker key, a set of clothes to change into, minimal instructions in korean about how males and females need to be separated, and in a hurry, we parted ways and forgot to state exactly what time we should meet on the 2nd floor. I just said, “See you later”, and not knowing what to do (the boys were lost!), we kinda only regrouped after some time and searching for one another on the various floors. So much for making notes!

So the sauna is HUGE. It’s an entire building. There are 6 floors in all including a basement. You pay and enter into the changing area on the 1st floor, get completely undressed in a gender-specific area, walk down the stairs to enter the public bath (take everything off; the only thing allowed is a towel). You need to take a bath first before entering the different pools of varying temperatures with various health benefits. There’s also a steam room and a jacuzzi. Becks and I tried every pool except the one with the freezing water. I enjoyed soaking in the warm mugwort one (can’t remember, think it was maybe 60 deg C?) and it smelled medicinally beneficial. Only beware of standing up suddenly because like being in the onsen, sudden movements can result in fainting spells. True story.

We had a good mummy and daughter time together

While waiting for the boys, we found these hot stones to put our feet in!

When we finally regrouped, we checked out Level 4 as a family. Called the fomentation rooms, there are rooms in varying temperatures from sub zero to almost boiling point laden with good stuff like jade and crystal and salt and mud. There are cave-like pods to sleep in for privacy and mats for resting and I couldn’t last more than 5 minutes in any room because the kids were zipping in and out and I had to mind them for fear of disturbing the people who needed their fomentation therapies.

Nat and I lying in the charcoal room

The kids and fatherkao in the ice room

My husband decided to challenge this room that’s 86 deg C! He worked out a good sweat!

Lunch was on Level 2 and I had the best soondubu jiggae (spicy tofu soup) that Seoul trip. The bibimbap (rice with mixed vegetables) was lovely and so were the mandoos (dumplings). My kids ran in and out of the eatery to play at the adjoining kids playroom and watch korean cartoons.

After a short rest, fatherkao headed for a body massage while the kids and I checked out Level 3. There was an arcade and a table tennis room. No surprises there what the kids did.

Ben teaching Nat how to hold a bat

We met 2 teen boys from Singapore a while later and the kids became quick friends sparring in good fun while I just lay on the straw mat right outside the games room and caught some sleep.

Becks wasn’t too interested in being with the boys so she checked out the karaoke room and hung out with me.

Checking out the noraebang, although we can’t sing any song !

She hung out with free wifi while I rested

Fatherkao joined in the table tennis fun

Baduk, anyone?

There is an arcade room too! Guess who was happiest.

The boys played table tennis for a long time and by the time we were done, it was time for dinner. We agreed to spend some time in the bathhouse floor and to soak in the pools for one last time before meeting on the first floor.

When we regrouped again for dinner, our kids’ conversations were all about what they saw in the bathhouse basement. The details were hilarious and I loved it that this experience was something they wouldn’t forget for a long time. Siloam Sauna’s a great place to add to your itinerary if you have even half a day to spare. I love it that we hung out and the kids could explore the place freely. It would have been best if they were interested in taking naps but I got some shuteye and fatherkao got a massage and that was a good bargain already!

Got my towel bun fix!

Made the hubs join me :p

The kids enjoyed the sauna experience on our 2nd day!

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Not all spectacles are made equal.

I would know. I wore them for most of my childhood, teenage years, all through adulthood till I became a mother. I went for Lasik only when Ben smashed my glasses being the curious baby he was.

And I wished spectacles that could control my myopia were readily accessible to me back in the days when my vision got worse with every yearly health checkup. My lenses just got thicker and uglier.

Yes, there is such a thing called myopia control lenses, and just by wearing it, your myopia gets some form of control.

And who else knows it better – that myopia needs to be controlled in childhood – than me. I have lived through it and I do not want my kids to experience uncontrolled childhood myopia.

Becks gets to reap the benefit of technology, specifically an innovation from ZEISS. And thanks the folks at W Optics, she got fitted with a pair after a routine eye checkup to ascertain her eye health.

At the very spacious and welcoming W Optics at Great World City, Becks was introduced to a friendly optometrist who took her through a series of tests in the rooms with the “machines”. Though initially shy, she soon warmed up when the experienced optometrist made small talk by asking her questions about her lifestyle, which was essential in understanding her habits and routine. Of course, a parent needs to be present at all times, and I happily chipped in by echoing her bad habits and how she loves to lie down on her stomach to draw on the floor.

Which became a perfect opportunity for the expert to share tips on maintaining good eye health with good habits: being mindful of the distance when she does near-work, getting enough outdoors to get Vitamin D, eating well and taking regular vision breaks from the screen.

She also did a comprehensive eye checkup that consisted of evaluating the state of her eye pressure, binocular vision, visual acuity, visual function, colour vision and corneal and retinal examinations. These checks were brief and didn’t take long.

The assessment findings, save for a slight increase of power in her right eye, came back normal and assuring. We were then introduced to the ZEISS Myopia Management solutions for children. They comprised two solutions: ZEISS MyoVision Pro Lenses and ZEISS MyoKids Lenses.

These solutions are both customised for myopic children and optimised for their lifestyle.

We were recommended the ZEISS MyoVision Pro Lenses for Becks after her assessment.

ZEISS MyoVision lenses follow the principles of “Peripheral Defocus Management” by the correcting the peripheral “hyperopic shift” affecting myopic eyes and sending a signal to the eye to reduce the progression of eye elongation, which can result in the reduction of myopia progression.

This means that power isn’t equally spread out in each lenses, in layman speak. This translates to the image projecting on the retina centrally, and the peripheral image being shifted  forward instead of backwards as compared to standard lenses, in the long run reducing the chances of her eyes elongating. We all know that shortsightedness happens when that happens.

Becks also picked out a from Swissflex which was light, bendable and flexible. Comparatively speaking, the frames felt weightless to the one she is wearing on now.

Initially she wasn’t too used to her new spectacles but I am glad to report she is liking her spectacles more with continual wear.

A visit in 6 months is due next March to assess if the myopia treatment is working and that her shortsightedness doesn’t deteriorate and remains stable. If so, it is unlikely she needs another change of glasses (yippee!). Afterall, we’ve gotten a pair of very good spectacles that controls her myopia when her eyes move to see near and far, comes with the ZEISS UVProtect Technology, as well as the ZEISS DuraVision BlueProtect coating that blocks light from digital devices.

With technology, we can prevent and protect. And free up our time to do more important things.

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Disclosure: We were invited by W Optics to try out ZEISS Myopia Management. All opinions here are our own.

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