Tuesday, March 26, 2019

My CoolSculpting Experience with Elissa Medical Clinic [Part I]

All my growing up years right up till I became a mother of one in 2008 , I always had a skinny frame and could actually fit into the largest size of kids' apparels. However, as I am slowly inching towards my 40s in 3 years' time, I felt that my metabolism is slowing down and yes, unwanted stubborn fat started forming.

These five years, after the second child birth in 2013, I realised that I am gradually 'growing'. I felt that my tees and shorts were getting a little tight on the tummy and thighs and I have upgraded from XS to M when shopping for clothes. Never did I thought of going through fat removal treatment until this recent one year, when that extra pocket of bulging fat became more challenging to handle.


From a two-piece swimwear, now I go for one piece, just to hide them all. I have to say, I am most conscious about my thighs and tummy especially. Blame noone but myself for those late night snacking and my weight increased by a kilogram within two weeks! When I lost my self-control to those yummy yet fattening CNY goodies, I binged and finished tubs even before Chinese New Year was here. Now, I regretted big time!

This was when I decided to consult Dr Winston Lin from Elissa Medical Clinic to find out more about CoolSculpting.

Consultation with Dr Winston Lin

This is my first time consulting for an aesthetic treatment, I hope the following information below will be of use to you too if you are a first timer like me.

Q:
What is CoolSculpting? 
A: CoolSculpting is also known as fat-freezing, a non-invasive fat removal treatment approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In technical terms, it is known as Cryolipolysis, a technology which freezes and destroys unwanted fat cells which are then disposed from the body naturally. 
Photo credit: Sesculpting.com

Q: Which areas can we do CoolSculpting treatment on? 
A: It is usually the abdomen, inner and outer thighs, flanks (love handles), bra fats, arms, knees and even double chin!


Q: Will it be an immediate effect and will the fats be 100% gone after the treatment? 
A: You can only see the effect after 3 months. It works in such a way that the procedure targets and cools fat cells to temperature that trigger fat cell apoptosis. CoolSculpting selectively damages subcutaneous fatty tissue while preserving the skin and surrounding tissues.

Following the treatment, the fats cells enter apoptosis and are destroyed. The body's immune system naturally processes the dead fat cells, which will be eliminated over the months. And because our body is unable to produce any new fat cells after five years of age, the fat cells that die after fat freezing will be gone forever.

CoolSculpting treatment usually reduces the fat cells by 20-25%. Having said this, that does not mean we can indulge in feasting, as it will cause the remaining fat cells to grow bigger and form bulging fat again. We still have to complement the after-treatment with a healthier diet and lifestyle to maintain a long lasting result.

Q: What are the side effects of CoolSculpting?
A: Being a non-invasive procedure, discomfort is minimal. There is also no down-time for recovery and this treatment will not disrupt your normal routine, you can still function as normal.

Q: What is the duration of one treatment ? 
A: One treatment usually lasts about 35 mins and it targets only one problematic area on your body (see picture below).


Q: Do I need to prepare myself like fast before the treatment? 
A: Nope, nothing needs to be done, just be like any other normal days.

Q: Is CoolSculpting suitable for all people? 
A: CoolSculpting is a fat reduction programme and not a weight-loss programme. But as the treatment plan will differ from person to person, it is good to consult a professional doctor first. The doctor takes some measurements and assess your requirements before prescribing a treatment plan just for you.

Dr. Winston Lin has been very patient in answering all my questions and was very reassuring that CoolSculpting is a very safe procedure. I have decided to go for the treatment and will share in details about the treatment process and my results in my next post, so do stay tune! Meanwhile, here is a quick video that summarizes my treatment process.



Elissa Medical Clinic:
It provides a wide array of health and wellness services that are dedicated to quality patient care. The doctors are focused on delivering optimised healthcare services that address the specific needs of their patients.

Conveniently located in Hougang 1 shopping mall, Elissa Medical Clinic is a spacious and modern facility that has a special focus on medical aesthetics, weight management, and fat removal with CoolSculpting®. By bringing in the latest fat reduction technology, like CoolSculpting, and pairing it with slimming strategies, Elissa Medical Clinic hopes to make it easier and quicker for people to achieve their ideal weight and body contouring goals.

Should you be keen to make a CoolSculpting consultation, do make an appointment with Dr. Winston Lin:

Telephone: +65 88097896

Email: aesthetics@elissamedical.com.sg

Address: 1 Hougang Street 91
#01-21
Singapore 538692

Online appointment booking is also available here.

You can also visit Elissa Medical Clinic's social media sites for more information:

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Discover Bangkok 2018 [Part 2]

2018, a year when my passport had an overdosed of Thailand immigration stamps. First quarter of the year was an all moms' trip to Bangkok #JCSinBKK.

In September, we made a sudden decision to go for a 6D5N stay in Hua Hin and we had planned for Chiang Mai in December. Unexpectedly, Xav happened to join the Royal Bangkok Sports Club 2018 swim meet right after the swim camp which was also held in Bangkok. The returning date after the RBSC meet was just one day before the departure date for Chiang Mai from Singapore. Long story short, I was at the Land of smiles for at least 2 weeks with the mission of having to eyeball Xavier but that did not stop me from being able to explore the place and discover new things!

Are you ready? Let's go! Yaowarat is always on my to-go list whenever we are in Bangkok. Chinatown by day and night are the same, eating and shopping. We still visit our usual eating haunts but this time, we stayed till the night as the kids can sustain longer hours walking with us.


This time, before we headed for our wholesale shopping, we visited the instagram worthy Lhong Tou Cafe.


When we arrived there, there was already a short and slow moving queue. 


We were assigned to the tables on ground level based on availabilty.


Shortly after, the table on the upper level was vacant. Xav took the chance and quickly went up to have a picture taken. Kids being kids, they just love climbing!


To be frank, do not expect an extensive menu, we asked the staff for their recommendation and ordered these. The spring rolls were just nice, one each and gone in less than a minute. 


Mini Char Siew Buns


Lhong Tou Shumai 

The flowy egg lava bun, MUST order !
One of a kind Lhong Tou Thai Milk Tea, good to try!

Location: 
Lhong Tou Cafe 
538 Yaowarat Road 
10100 Bangkok, Thailand

Recently, a second outlet is operating at:
Lhong Tou Cafe @ The Market Bangkok (Opposite Central World) 
Ground Floor 
Operating time: From 10am -10pm
Nearest train station: Chit Lom (Walk about 10 mins to reach) 

Next up, we headed to our usual haunt to have our pig blood cravings at Nai Ek Rice Noodles just further up front. And finally, I managed to try the desserts just next to the shop after umpteenth visits. Eat the Tau Suan piping hot, I liked it with a bit coconut milk. 

Tau Suan 

Meanwhile, The Thai version Bo-Bo Cha-Cha was a tad too sweet for my liking.

Bo-Bo Cha-Cha

Day time is as usual, eat and shop the wholesale area, I have got some stationeries and decent stuff for the party bags and that was not all. 


Chinatown can be even even livelier when night falls, both the roadsides would be lined up by
food stalls. During Xav's swim camp, I made new friends. Uncle Daniel and Aunty Sue brought me out to try Yaowarat's popular Mung Korn Khao Noodles. 


This is the only wanton noodles stall by the roadside usually with a huge crowd or long queue just right beside the stall. Be sure to love that Hongkong style thin egg noodles,  the springy noodles is sure to win your hearts! 




The wanton soup was flavourful too with a generous filling of minced meat and prawns. He even packed a few backs back to the hotel as supper. Go earlier if you do not want to wait in the queue but I think it operates at 6 or 6.30pm. 

There was a chwee kuey cart just steps away from the wanton noodle stall,  facing the road. Good to try if you want a taste of the Thai version. Pretty generous topping but the kuay's texture is firmer than Singapore's style. 

Follow by this famous toast which was always seen with long queues on the clips shared by my friends on social media. The queue for this bread toast was horrendous but I had to buy and try to see what was the rave about.

You have to fill up an order form, submit, make your payment and wait for your number to be called once the toast is ready for collection. It was basically a soft and warm toast with pocket full of jam (chooose the choice of your filings). If you have a sweet tooth, you would probably like this. After the toast turned cold, it hardened. Honestly, it was way too sweet for my liking, I do not think I will buy again. 


The above are some new stalls which I tried on top of those popular Tzhi Char Stalls. 

Next for the porridge lovers, if you are thinking of some belly-soothing porridge in Bangkok, I was brought to look for Joke Samyan (porridge in cantonese) with Uncle Daniel. But somehow the one the taxi driver dropped us at was different from the one he went to and to add on, that stall was not opened and we went back disappointed. 

During my extended stay with the family, Don had kindly brought me to hunt for it knowing that, I had to find it and try it before we return to Singapore. We found Joke Samyaan, I read that this stall has been serving the same breakfast for 60 years! The ingredients were also freshly purchased around the neighbourhood! 


It opens twice a day as early as 5pm and lunch starting from 3.30pm onwards. By 4pm, we saw the local crowd streaming in and queue started forming. 


I ordered minced porkball porridge with an added egg, simple, flavorful yet comforting. 


Address:
11 Khwaeng Wang Mai, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand

Next on, if you are in Siam Square vicinity, go look for this yummiest snack in Siam Square! The little brown hut "Siam Pandan" is located right beside Novotel Bangkok on Siam Square. Also known as sweetmeat to the Thais, Kanom Krok Bai Toey is best eaten in their warmest state. It was soft and chewy when I sank my teeth in and not overly sweet. I bought around 5 boxes for the kids after their training. The boxes were gone within two minutes, totally irrisistable! 


Address: 
Siam Pandan
Siam Square Soi 6, Khwaeng Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan,
Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand

If you are facing Siam Pandan, walk towards your left (just two shops away), you will see a row of massage parlour. But on the right, you will see "Somtam Nua Restaurant" on the ground floor. Go get the best wings from them! Crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside. Super hot favourite among everyone! 


Usually, I do not fancy Papaya salad but the one at Somtam Nua was slightly different in terms of taste, kind of suit to my liking! We orderd some kids-friendly dishes too since they little ones could not take spicy food. 


And in the same vicinity, just right at the corner on the right of Novotel Bangkok on Siam Square, there was a Siam Laser Game Centre. If I did not remember wrongly, it was unlimited hours if you book to play after 6pm. We paid $20 SGD for two hours of fun, quite a good deal right ?!



Address:
Novotel Siam Square Soi 6, Basement Floor

Phone: +66 87 635 8989

Last but not least, when we were on foot looking for the Jok Samyan, we walked past Sam Yan Station and chanced upon this temple. Suddenly, Don told me "Oh, this was the temple my friend brought me to last year to make coffin donations!"

If you happen to be in Bangkok, if you are a Buddhist (or not) and wanted to do make some merits, you can always go to Ruamkatanyu Foundation, it is open 24 hours. Basically, donations are on voluntary basis but a donation of 500 Baht, the body will be entitled a coffin and a piece of white cloth. Ruamkatanyu Foundation (Bangkok) basically provides coffins for victims who were killed in accidents or murdered and with no next-of-kin to claim their bodies or low-income families that could not afford a coffin.

Just head in straight to the counters and the staff will guide you should you be lost in what to do. It is a very common practice among the Thais to make the world a better place!

 

If you do have any recommendation on where to go and eat like a local, drop me a comment ! I hope you have enjoyed reading the post! I have linked up all the Thailand related posts and hope it is useful for you!

Bangkok [2015]
Bangkok [2018]

Hua Hin [2018] Day 1 & 2
Hua Hin [2018] Day 3

Khao Yai [2016] Day 1
Khao Yai [2016] Day 2 
Khao Yai [2016] Day 3

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Explore Hua Hin - 华欣 [Day 5 & 6]

The last installment of our Hua Hin Trip! It was a pretty short stay here but I think it was good enough to cover the places we had wanted to visit, we took a pretty slow and relaxing pace. Read on the gem which we discovered and a must-visit for a meal when you make your trip here as well as the mode of transport we got around in.

Day 4

Hua Hin Railway Station
No trip to Hua Hin is complete without a visit to this iconic railway station located in Hua Hin subdistrict, a short distance away from the centre of the town. It is the most beautiful railway in Hua Hin and yes, it is still in operation. Read more about the history here.







If you decide to take a train here to Bangkok, you can purchase the tickets right at the station. the estimated duration is about 4 hours as compared to taking a car, that is, if you would like to relive the past! 



Day 5

Maeklong Railway Market 
This railway market is located in Samut Songkhram Province, an hour south-west of Bangkok, it is located just next to Maeklong station. I read that this local market is unique with stalls lined along the tracks with fold out umbrellas sheltering their stalls, locals love to visit to get their fresh supply of groceries and tourists like us who would like to have an experience, doing marketing like the locals. It would also be an experience to let the kids watch how the market would transform into an operating railway within minutes and resume their business again. 




Thankful to have Neck and Pla to accompany us, they had been most helpful in assisting us in translating English to Thai.


Dining
We were told that we could get the cheapest seafood meals in Hua Hin. One street across Hua Hin Night Market, eateries and restaurants lined the street. You will never go wrong with restaurants with queues. 

We went for Lung Ja Seafood on the second and third night. You can check out my Instagram highlights on the dishes we ordered, all for about SGD103, which we felt that it was really reasonable.


That was how huge the prawns were! To be frank, the size was a bit too exaggerating, I held back and ordered one size smaller.




We made a return on the second night, they remembered us and was nice to give a discount for returning customers. What a nice gesture! On the other hand, be sure to check the bill on your part too as human errors are invitable where sums would be calculated wrongly at times.  

This is a MUST VISIT if you are in Hua Hin. We found this gem accidentally, this restaurant has two names, Som Moo Joom by the day, Jek Be-Ak Seafood Restaurant in the night and is always crowded, for both locals and tourists love to patronise it.


The shop was quite distinguished even though it does not have a name. The wooden architecture of the shop caught my attention while the tuk tuk whizzed past each time we were on our way back to the hotel. It was located at intersection between Naeb-Khehars Road and Dechanuchit Road. Just slightly further down if you are facing 7-11, you can see Hua Hin Night Market right opposite.


It was like a typical Tzhi-Char stall and it served Sukiyaki in claypot style! The broth was clear and mildly sweet and got even sweeter after all the ingredients were added in.


We added on some dishes to go with, the salt and pepper fish slices was really delectable!


crab cakes

Filled with chunky crab meat and lots of other ingredients

Do note the business operating hours and also the interior seating closed at 8pm sharp. We were seated inside eating halfway and suddenly, the staff told us that we had to change to the seating to the exterior as they were closing up for the day.




Address:
51/6 Dechanuchit Road,
Hua Hin, Prachuabkirikhan
Thailand 77110

Operating hours:
Som Moo Joom: 6am to 2pm
Jek Be-Ak Seafood Restaurant: 5.30 pm to 8.30pm

If you are a fan of Mango Sticky Rice, located just right opposite of where we stayed,

Hilton Hua Hin Resort and Spa 


turn to your right and cross over to the opposite. Neck recommended this stall to us, probably one of the best you can find in Hua Hin. If you are lucky, you probably met with a no-queue moments.



Getting around Hua Hin

Except for the first and fith day, for the rest of our stay in Hua Hin, we got around with these services. 

Tuk Tuk is easily available just right outside the hotel, usually the drivers would offer a package of a few locations to go for that day. You can choose which are the places and they would advise accordingly to the location in sequence. Always ask for the charges first before you hop on a tuk tuk, try putting your bargaining skill into use. Usually, they charge between 1200 to 1500 Baht for the round trip. 

You can also hire mini van too if you feel more comfortable and of couse having said that, if you would like to travel to further places. Tuk Tuk has a limit to how fast they can operate so if you are rushing for time, it is advisable and definitely safer to go for the mini van. 



Songthaew is another option, it is a public transport (bus) but with no designated stops. It has several routes by using colour indication on the map. Tourists will be most likely using the green route that runs between Khao Takiab and Hua Hin Airport. 

With Soi 72 (Night Market) and Sa Song street intersaction as midpoint, you pay 10 Baht per person in the day and 15 Baht in the evening to go to night markets as well as Khao Takiab (Monkey Mountain) 

This is much cheaper than Tuk Tuk and you pay between 10 - 20 Baht for a one way trip. We took Songthaew from Blu Shopping mall to Market Village, which cost only 10 Baht per passenger. There was no bell to alert the driver, so if you need to stop, just knock on the panel behind the driver and pay your fare after you alight.



Basically, this sums up our stay in Hua Hin with Day 4 spent idling the hotel and visiting the malls. Quite slow pace in this province as compared to the bustling Bangkok. I cannot wait to share with you our Chiang Mai adventures next!

I usually have readers asking me to share my contact for Neck, you can watsapp her at her mobile:
+66 83 305 5270 and said that you got her contact from Piggy family. Nope, I do not earn any commision from her. Just helping to spread words for a good service which I have engaged before and hope she can help you with your trip too!

Click on the following links below if you have decided to make a trip to the beautiful Khao Yai and relaxing Hua Hin. As for Bangkok, there is always something new for me to discover whenever I make a trip.

I shall shall with you on our most recent trip to Chiang Mai in December soon before I forget about the details!

Hua Hin [2018] Day 1 & 2
Hua Hin [2018] Day 3

Khao Yai [2016] Day 1
Khao Yai [2016] Day 2 
Khao Yai [2016] Day 3

Bangkok [2015]
Bangkok [2018]

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