My Shopping Haul on Shopee – Perfect for Running Enthusiasts!

I love online shopping, especially when it comes to buying supplements, sports equipment or apparels. Due to the fact that I am serving the nation now (going to ORD soon tho), I don’t have much time to go out and shop for things that I want and need. Hence, online shopping is what I gravitate to. My closer circle of friends know how much I spent online, especially via the Liverpool FC online store (LET’S TALK ABOUT SIX, BABY). 

For runners, the second half of the year usually proved to be one of the most eventful periods on our calendars. In Singapore, most of our races seem to be held during the southwest monsoon season (June – September) and the wet inter-monsoon period (October – December). These periods provide a less-dry and humid weather, hence forming the perfect weather to run in. While preparing for the upcoming running season, I always make an effort to gear myself up with the correct supplements and equipment.

Since I don’t have the time to shop for my items from brick and mortar stores, I naturally turn to online platforms for my procurement. Shopee became the app I turned to.

The reason why I like Shopee is simple. Shopee provides a great variety of products for an affordable price, there are products that you wouldn’t find in retail shops and yet are readily available on Shopee (i.e. Himalaya Salt in boxes). The deals on Shopee is by far one of the best I’ve encountered due to the daily flash sales and sitewide vouchers (those $10 off or 10% off vouchers that you can get to use once you spent over a certain amount from that specific shop). Even though Shopee’s 9.9 Super Shopping Campaign has ended, you guys won’t be missing out as I’m excited to share my exclusive promo code, SHSEDDY, where you’ll enjoy $7 off a minimum purchase of $15! (For new users only, valid till 31st March 2020)

As Shopee follows a mobile-first approach, it means that users are able to shop on-the-go, everywhere and anywhere. I could be doing my purchase in my bunk, far out of civilisation in a land far away called Sungei Gedong, and have them delivered to my doorstep by the time I returned home over the weekends. Just how convenient it gets.


In the recently concluded 9.9 Super Shopping Day held between 27 August to 9 September, more vouchers and flash deals were made available and of course, an opportunist like me would jump on these deals and seized the moment to shop! I got most of my items from Shopee Mall, which hosts official brands and top sellers like Optimum Premium and Compressport. These brands and sellers can be identified through the label with the wording ‘Mall’ on both their profile and product page. This is definitely a great way to shop because it helps to ensure that you are dealing with 100% authenticity! So since I’ve made quite a number of purchases this time round, I would like to share with you what a typical runner like myself would buy online.

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It took a few days for all my items to arrive. It’s considered quite fast already and they all arrived in good condition. I am quite surprised by that big parcel I received because I didn’t expect one of the items to come with that.

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I like how I could track my orders via the Shopee app.

1. Doctor’s Best Glucosamine Chondroitin MSM with OptiMSM ($23.80)

Because I suffered a knee injury (knee effusion, to be exact) weeks back, I was recommended to take glucosamine. There are also online articles which also discussed the usage of glucosamine and chondroitin in supplementing our joint health. 

Glucosamine is an amino sugar produced by your body that can be found in the cartilage. Chondroitin forms a crucial part of the cartilage and it helps to cushion joints against compression. 

According to an article by Liz Applegate on Runners’ World, ‘orthopedists and other physicians have increasingly advised patients to take both glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate to ease the inflammation and pain of osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint condition caused by overuse, traumatic injury, or old age.’

Since I have inflammation in my knee, there is no harm for me to try this supplement to help me recover quicker from my injury and return on the roads soon.

2. Compressport Pro Racing Socks V3.0 Ultralight Run High ($17.40)

Despite being a runner for 5 years, I only have a pair of running-specific socks. The reason why I would prefer going on the roads with running socks instead of the normal ones is that running socks provide a better support for your foot every step you take. 

This pair of Compressport PRS V3.0 Ultralight Run High socks are designed to provide maximum support to the feet, perfect moisture management, ultra-lightness and superior comfort. Exactly the few characteristics of the perfect pair of socks I am looking for. Furthermore, it comprises of 360° slight compression band arch support, which prevents the socks from sliding down. Most importantly, it stimulates venous, hence delivering more tonicity to every stride.

Being knitted with fast-drying fibres, the socks dry very quickly so it prevents the runner from having wet feet. This is a welcoming feature especially if you have a sweaty foot situation like me and have to bear with it for the rest of the half-marathon/full marathon races.

I’ve yet to try it out for a run due to my ongoing injury, but I’ve tried wearing it casually. It does feel lightweight and very comfortable even when walking for hours.

Compressport is the apparel sponsor for this year’s Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon.

3. Sport Breathable Knee Guard Protector Support Brace Pad ($3.49)

Before I continue to write on, I need to add a claim that this is no branded knee guard protector. This is just a normal knee sleeve.

Knee sleeves are designed to protect the knees from any risk of future injuries or damages. For those who put their knees under great pressure – like runners – it is important to have such protection. Because knee sleeves act like a compression around your knee, it helps to increase blood flow and reduces pain during and after working out. A combination of compression and improved blood circulation would aid better recovery.

Because I don’t want to aggravate my knee pain, I am currently wearing this knee sleeve on my injured knee on a daily basis in order to prevent any pressure acting up on the same knee. It has been good so far and I will see how much I have improved once I returned for a recovery jog this weekend.

4. Sports Armband for iPhone/Samsung ($4.90)

Nothing fancy, just a normal sports armband to keep my phone in place when I am running. I am someone who cannot seem to be separated from my phone, even when I am on the roads. I need to rely on my playlist to keep my pace constant and motivate me further down the miles. A tight and sturdy armband would be sufficient for me as long as my phone doesn’t dangle and makes me feel uncomfortable during my run.

I got this armband because I lost my previous one, and I could complain to you all day long how much of a hassle it is to hold my phone while running.

5. Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey ($29.90)

Should I say this is my favourite piece of loot I’ve gotten from this 9.9 sale? 

Whey protein is the liquid part of milk that separates during cheese production. And if you think you’ve yet to have seen whey protein before, it’s that layer of liquid floating on top when you peeled a fresh carton of yoghurt. Protein shake is not exclusive to bodybuilders or gym-goers, runners also take in their share of protein. The reason is simple: since whey protein is a complete protein and a great source of branch-chained amino acids (BCAAs), it helps in fueling the muscle and stimulating protein synthesis. 

As endurance athletes, runners tend to have their muscles broken down and this results in micro-tears forming, damaging the muscle as a result. In order for the affected muscle to be repaired to become stronger and faster, anabolism needs to occur. Anabolism refers to a metabolic pathway that repairs these muscle fibres and stimulates muscle growth. Our body requires energy and nutrients for the anabolic process to occur, a lack of it will result in the body ‘eating’ its own muscle to supply itself with the energy required, leading to a process called catabolism. Catabolism might sound good for runners who are afraid of building too much muscle mass, however it must be noted that catabolism further weakens your muscle fibre, hence slowing down the process of post-run recovery.

As whey is the fastest digesting form of protein, it is the ideal way to increase the amino acid level in the blood and hence preventing catabolism from happening and increase the speed of recovery. A study in Nutrients published in 2018 stated that although protein supplementation does not alter recovery within the first 24 hours after a marathon, it does change the runner’s perception of fatigue and muscle soreness over the next 72 hours. Indeed, whey protein is crucial for post-race recovery.

Since I’ll need to take more care of myself and my recovery over the next 2 months leading to Singapore Marathon, I will make it an effort to swallow a bottle of whey protein post-run to ensure faster recovery and readiness for the next training.

You can catch the full unboxing video here:

What are you waiting for?! Grab all your running essentials on Shopee. Don’t forget to use my exclusive promo code SHSEDDY to receive $7 off a minimum spending of $15! (For new users only, valid till 31st March 2020)

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Moving Towards The Fashion Frontier

This will be my first time trying to do a fashion blog. Yeah, I know that the impression I’ve given to everyone all these while is that I am never on the fashion frontier, let alone trying to act a fashionista. Yes, I am known to many for wearing sports jerseys everywhere I go. But slowly I realised, that as you grow up, when you don’t have that kind of perfect body shape, it’s really important how you dress up for the occasion.

Everyone seems to be amuse when I start changing my fashion sense towards the end of last year. I seems to have caused some people to change the perception of me (in the good way I mean). I enjoy looking at the mirror of myself in better clothings. (Fine, I swear I am really exposing the narcissistic side of me. Wait. I AM always a narcissist.)

Okay, I admit, the main reason is that I suddenly have the fetish for nice clothes.

I’ve been shopping for the past few days and only to come home with some clothes and a pair of shoes. As you can see from the photo posted above, I’d shop at Leftfoot and Topman. I had also actually shopped at H&M on Sunday night, but did not take any picture of the paper bags.

I seem to really fall in love with H&M since my first few purchases there. The good thing of H&M is that they seems to be selling clothes at a cheaper price compared to outside. A-hah, I ain’t no using the term ‘affordable’ because most of the clothes there is still not that affordable to me. :’D However, ever since I start working in December last year and ever since I got my first pay, I enjoyed my trip to H&M because I tend to have a little bit more budget to spend compared to when I was still in JC. However, as I ended my job early this month, I guess this might be my last major purchases for clothes. (Yes, I need to start saving so that I’ll have money in the future for other stuffs, like vehicles and/or property investment.)

Here’s the two shirts I’ve bought from H&M on Sunday. (I apologies for using myself as the model because I can’t afford hunks with perfect body shape to be my models. I am not A&F — Remember the hoohaa they caused previously?)

1) A TEE WITH PRINTS — FROM H&M @ S$17.90

Was walking around H&M store at Somerset and came upon this one. It looks like something that was kind of  ripped of from the pages of Tumblr. On the shirt, it had some words that goes like this: BRONY HARLEY BROOKLYN WILLIAMSBURG, which just made no sense at all. Well, more and more tee-shirts nowadays features sentences that make absolute no sense to readers. It looks like the words are chosen out of a lottery machine.

There are quite a number of different designs on sale at that outlet but only this design caught my eyes. It looks really simple yet it gives people the Tumblr feeling (the Tumblr feeling means that it looks really really attractive even though it can get really simple).

2) A BLACK DENIM SHORT-SLEEVED SHIRT — FROM H&M @ S$39.90

I know it doesn’t really look black here because of the filter. But it is really black. I was in a dilemma in choosing between the black one and the light blue one (below). Both looks equally appeasing to the eyes.

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I eventually decided to choose the black one because I will be mostly wearing a dark pair of jeans and the colour combination will look more legit. I mean, imagine wearing a light-coloured top with a dark-coloured bottoms. The contrasting feeling of your upper body and lower body makes yourself looking like a fashion disaster waiting to happen.  Okay, maybe not that bad. I believe in everyone having a different kind of fashion sense and opinions. To me, I still think that it is important to match your top and bottom without too much of a colour contrast (unless we are talking about the classic white top and black bottoms).

While talking about these two kinds of clothes, we can actually learn how to mix and match whatever is in your wardrobe in order not to let people have the feeling that you have been wearing the same old clothes over and over again. This can prevent you from buying too many clothings that you will need to spend money to buy a new wardrobe. Mix-and-matchin’ is a rather important skill and one wrong match can destroy the beauty of any clothing on you. It’s just like *football jokes alert* matching the wrong ‘Chosen One’ to one of the best teams in the world. It’s a disaster. Maybe not that bad if you are someone who has that body (I mean, pardon me if I am generalising things too much, many people thinks that a person with a specifically recognised perfect body shape looks just as nice in whatever he wears.)

I know many people or the entire fashion world may disagree on this and I will start to be thrown rotten eggs for such a comment I’ve made. Maybe for a person with a round body since young, he is really low in self-esteem. Really really low.

Alright. Let’s not go too far. I really love how my t-shirt and my denim shirt can match each other perfectly well.

 

For the first time, I looked really good in front of the camera.

While it may not be advisable to couple your top and bottoms with so big a contrast in colours, it seems to be advisable to couple your outer wear and inner wear (I ain’t referring to your undergarments, fear not :P) with some colour contrast in between them. Look at how these two clothes managed to fit each other in. The darker colour on the outside and the lighter colour on the inside. It seems only legit to match the colour in such a manner to prevent from looking kind of weird. Hmm…

And so after H&M, I went around many shops around Orchard for a coat, a pea coat or a trench coat to be exact. It seems that the cheaper shops don’t seems to sell this. Burberry is selling it at over a thousand dollars. Sorry, I am not rich to even afford anything above S$200.

I used my phone to google for where I could get a cheaper coat. And it’s Topman. To me, the price of those clothes at Topman is really up there. I once saw a trench coat at Topman Bugis during the Christmas season and it was S$196. Of course I couldn’t afford it and there goes my chance of owning a trench coat.

TRENCH COAT — FROM TOPMAN

 

And so I went to the Topman outlet at ION and took me quite some time to locate where the coat is. It looks damn nice can. However the price tag makes me hesitate for quite a long while before I decided to get it. I felt really guilty for spending quite some amount of money of clothes so as I was paying, I told myself it’s time to stop buying clothes and start saving for the future.

At least, I still have that conscience.

And since it’s a coat. You can simply wear anything with a lighter colour inside. And definitely, I tried matching this coat to that tee-shirt from H&M earlier on.

 

And of course I tried to put on my fedora to make me look like a certain Dr. Watson.
 
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Ok. Not exactly look alike. :’D
Enough of clothes. Let’s go back to what I’ve bought before buying that coat. I’ve been looking around for a pair of shoes since my current one is on the verge of breaking apart. But finding a pair that I will fall in love with is difficult. Very difficult. It took me like 1 month or two trying to find one until my mum started complaining when will I get it.
RED CONVERSE SHOE — FROM LEFTFOOT
So for the N-th time I had walked into LeftFoot, I decided to tell myself it’s now or never. School is opening soon and I need a pair of shoe for school. And therefore, I came across this really red shoe by Converse that looks exactly like what I want and needed.

 

It was so nice that I fell for it immediately. Such kind of shoes with zips is considered, to me, as one of the more convenient shoes to be worn. For people like me who loves to tie his shoelace till very tight, but lazy to untie it every time when want to take it out, all I need to do is to unzip it and I can remove my shoe with ease. Yup. I can also put it on with ease without having to untie and retie the shoelaces. Really nice. Plus it’s red, my favourite colour. 🙂

Before I end this post and goes to sleep, for those who are interested in knowing what H&M has in store for this season, do grab a copy of their magazine at any H&M stores. I know we are Singaporeans, so since it’s free, just take! Take a look at those nice clothes (ohya, and definitely those nice looking models — nicer than me) and think of how you want to save in order to get those nice apparels. 🙂 Cheers!

 

PS: I feel so great trying to be fake fashionista. I really respect some of those fashionista who writes articles on fashion. It’s not easy, you see. Just like how I failed in writing Economics essay back in JC, I failed terribly writing fashion essay. Thanks for whoever who read this for tolerating my bullshit. Oops. 😛

 

Being Single

Since today is February 14… Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone!

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Valentines Day. Actually, to me, it’s a normal day. I mean nothing special will be happening to me, nothing abnormal will the nature be like and nothing unusual about any and every single living things around me. Okay… To be honest, I do mark it down on my diary that it’s Valentine’s Day, but I try to remind myself that it has nothing to do with me. I tried my best, but I failed to realise how depressed I am every Valentine’s. And nope, not because I know it’s Valentine’s but because of the what-I-call ‘extra things’ that couples usually do on this day. I mean, every couple in this world suddenly become so loving, so sweet (Not that I don’t believe that they are not as sweet as on normal days, but that kind of sweetness is like kind of over-flowing. I mean, why? Why being extra special on this day when you could do it every other day, or basically, everyday?)

Alright. Maybe I am getting jealous of couples that I don’t find myself making sense in my above paragraph. But well, everyone seems to have that kind of hoo-hah over Valentine’s.

And not to mention, Valentine’s is the best reason to make legit corporate scams. Walk down the shopping malls and you will see ‘Valentine’s Day Special’ or ‘Valentine’s Day Sales’ across every shop you can find. (Well, it is usually those shops that sells women’s stuff tend to have such sales.) Look, ‘Valentine’s Day Special’ and ‘Valentine’s Day Sales’ share the same initial of VDS, so does ‘Valentine’s Day Scams’. Ah well. Thanks to all these corporate ‘scams’, men who don’t buy Valentine’s Day gift may be seen as ‘scums’. Eh, I am very careful with my words, I said, ‘MAY’.

Talking about buying gifts for your girlfriends… I saw this picture while on Twitter last night:

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Cny queue for 林志源 bakkwa, vday queue for pandora??? Tough being a guy in singapore lor HAHAHA”
 
Look at the queue at this Pandora outlet. Who says Singaporean man no good? You see, they even bothered queuing up to buy gifts for their girlfriends. (Not sure how much discount Pandora will give.) Although I may be depressed because I am single (Okay, depressed might not be a suitable word but you know what I mean) but I am kind of glad I am of that relationship status. I mean, imagine how broke I’ll be if I got myself a girl. Not to say in general but I think guys are the ones being expected to give gifts to his girls (although I also see many girls buying presents for their men, so fair enough. Haha). But I think in Singapore, being in a relationship is kind of a costly issue. Just look at the kind of occasions where there’s reason to give gifts:
 
1. Christmas
2. Valentine’s Day
3. Chinese Valentine’s Day (not sure if many people celebrate this, but still, a reason for gift. Heh.)
4. 1-month Anniversary
5. 100-day Anniversary
6. 6-month Anniversary
7. 1-year Anniversary
8. BF/GF Birthday
9. 1.5-year Anniversary
10. Any other kind of Anniversaries
11. GF/BF’s Mother’s Birthday
12. GF/BF’s Father’s Birthday
13. GF/BF’s Grandparents Birthday
14. Thanksgiving Day (also don’t know why this is on the list)
15. National Day (no shit, I am serious)
16. When your GF/BF’s favourite music artiste is in town
 
Yeah. 16 possible occasions when you have to fork out money on presents. And it can sometimes be really stressful because you know your partner too well to even be able to get anything for him/her.
 
I think I really know how to bullshit my way through this. But true right? HAHA!
 
Anyway, while many people are spending money on other people, I decided to give myself a Valentine’s Day present.
 
Yes. An Instax Mini90 Neo Classical instant camera by Fujifilm!
Have been longing for an instant camera since the end of last year and decided to place it on top of my wishlist for Year 2014.
And since I’ve gotten my last month’s pay and that Valentine’s Day is coming, I decided to get one and scrap it off my wishlist!
So I got this instax from Passion Gadget, where they sell a lot of Instax-related stuff and really cheaper prices, compared to other retailers outside in Singapore.
So there’s a brief description of the Mini90 that I got from the site. It’s a really really nice instant camera, giving the kind of retro feeling that I really fond of. I got it at S$225, and it comes with free gifts: film skin stickers, a photo clip, a mini photo album, a photo holder and a tripod stand. I kind of like the tripod stand, I mean, firstly I can use the tripod stand for my mini90 and also for my camera, it will come in really handy when taking group pictures!
After buying a camera, it is important that you get something to protect it, so I decided to buy a leather cover for it! (I got the picture below from the webpage itself because I wasn’t able to transfer the photo from my S4 to my laptop, ah well…)
Yeap. I got the brown CAIUL Cortex Vintage Leather Bag to add on to the kind of vintage feeling. As you can see from the picture I took above (the very first picture of my Mini90), the combination looks really good together! The leather bag was sold at S$18 (list price $25, according to their website). I think since it’s leather, it really worth the price tag!
For those of you who are also interested in getting an instant camera or getting accessories for your instant camera, just go to Passion Gadgets’ website (www.passiongadgets.com) and order your stocks online and they can get it delivered to your doorsteps! If not, you may just want to head down to their showroom at MacPherson and see what they have in store for you! You will be amazed by the things they have!
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Lion Building B, #05-12,
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(1min walk from MacPherson MRT Exit B)
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