June 16th, 2015

Radiance

I'm a Finalist for Singapore Blog Awards 2015!

Hey everyone!

Did you notice something new on my Introduction page?

I've added an award badge and yes, I'm a Finalist for Singapore Blog Awards 2015, specifically for the Health & Wellness category. I know right? It's un-un-un-un-un-beliebable!

That said, you can click on the picture below to vote for me anyway!
Your votes will count towards the Top 10 Most Popular Blogs Award.

You will need to register for an account before voting and you can also vote everyday from now till 6 July 2015 if you like. :D



I was honestly very surprised but at the same time, I'm happy that my humble blog is starting to have some achievements. Many people have asked me how I got started and I guessed this is the right platform for me to share.

I actually started writing on the web many years ago, wayyyy before blogging or influencer marketing got popular. At that time, I had a face full of acne - a condition so serious that I had to see a dermatologist to get my skin treated. Naturally, I felt low and unattractive but at the same time, I was inspired by beautiful youtube pioneers like Michelle Phan and Bubzbeauty who make videos to teach girls how to take care of their skin and apply makeup.


Picture credits to www.123rf.com

Pimply-faced me wanted to be like them and hoped that I could one day be in a position where I can be an inspiration to other people. I decided to go into public blogging where I began writing about skincare and makeup products that are suitable for girls with oily, acne-prone skin. That marked my first foray into the beauty world and started my official beauty blogging journey. I guessed the lifestyle elements of my blog came about when I wanted to share about other aspects of my life beyond beauty such as the events I've attended; the cafes I've visited and the movies I've watched.

So how did this Health & Wellness, or specifically fitness blogging came about?

In my attempt to improve my body, I started doing pole fitness more than 2 years ago and I fell in love with it.

I love trying new tricks and in my years of pole-ling, I discovered that someone as petite and seemingly weak as me could be trained to become a strong woman. I never knew that I was capable of performing so many tricks on a pole. Then again, if I didn't try, I wouldn't know.

Gradually, I learnt to trust my body and along the way, I've witnessed tremendous improvements in my physique and fitness level.




While people around me thought that pole was sleazy and teased me for being wild, I saw pole as an athletic sport as well as an art. It was a sport that was clearly misunderstood and put down by many people due to a lack of understanding.

So I decided to write about it, hoping to change people's minds and to let them see for themselves how challenging this sport can be.




Pole-ling got me interested in fitness and I started gyming to train strength and stamina. Every gym that I've visted appealed to me in different ways and I decided that it will be nice to review all the gyms that I've been to.

I had the opportunity to blog for boutique gym, Kinetika Xtreme (now known as Kinetika X) and I guessed it kickstarted my fitness blogging journey.




Subsequently, I was blessed to receive opportunities to pursue fitness and blog at the same time.

Last year, I joined the #RuntoLiveGreat Programme under the Great Eastern Women's Run and it was where I got to meet so many women who were committed to pursuing fitness. Many of them, some older than me, were passionate about running and my, do they look healthy, fit and youthful! Listening to their fitness stories really motivated me because it was then that I realized that I have so much to learn from these inspirational women.

This year, I joined the Nestle Fitnesse Boot Camp to push myself further in fitness. Although it sounded really strenuous, I've always wanted to challenge myself to a Boot Camp and if you ask me, I didn't regret it.



Picture credits to Nestle Fitnesse.

I got to do some really hardcore physical training on the beautiful lawn at Chijmes; tried some yummy nutritious Nestle Fitnesse cereal; got a 2 weeks acess pass to visit Physical Abuse Gym and fulfilled my 'dance cravings'. Interestingly, I was even featured on Nestle Fitnesse's Facebook page. It was my first time being interviewed by the Nestle Fitnesse team about my fitness interests and my personal style. I never knew this day would come.

So I guessed getting into the Best Health & Wellness category as a finalist for Singapore Blog Awards 2015 made my fitness pursuits and blogging journey an even more fulfilling experience.

I may not be a fitness guru; neither do I have an admirable fitness body to flaunt. But what I have is a desire to share and inspire others to step into the fitness world like me and discover how much fitness can change our lives. I am after all an ordinary girl leading a very ordinary life but fitness empowers me. So whether you are interested in running, gym, yoga, aerobics or any other sport, find one that keeps you going and makes you want to be better each day.

Before I end this entry, I just want to thank my readers who have supported my blog over the years, especially those who have written to me to tell me that you like my writing. Thank you to those who have been voting for me or who have been asking your friends to vote for me. Believe it or not, I am touched by all your efforts and it's people like you who keep me going in this blogging journey. Lastly, thank you to the people who have provided me with fitness blogging opportunities. I am truly, truly grateful.

Goodnight everyone!