Monday, August 31, 2015

[Part 2] 5-Day Juice Cleanse Mid-Mark Commentary

Juice Cleanse Experiment courtesy of Antidote.SG

Days 1-2

The [Intermediate Juice Cleanse] is a nice balance between fruit juices, green juices, and a nutmilk. The beginner is mostly fruit juices, while the advanced is mostly green juices.

6 bottles a day for 5 days:
To start the day, bottles 1 and 2 are the only green colored juices in the pack.  They each have some fruit in it, so they are unexpectedly refreshing and palatable. The anti-inflammation and hydrating properties of the juices have been a great way to begin the morning.

But mostly, I get through those as quickly as I can in anticipation of bottle 3. I love ABC juice in general (apple, beetroot, carrot), but Antidote's Angel Falls is especially delicious.  Each ingredient is added for its health properties, but I've found the addition of coconut oil adds a silky texture to the juice, while the rosemary keeps the 500ml of juice interesting with its herbal dimension. Absolutely love this juice, it's the only bottle I finish without a problem.

That's not to say that the next three juices aren't good. Victoria Falls was my favorite juice until Angel Falls came along. I've actually posted about it before on instagram when I was diving in Bali.

The Atlantic, bottle 5, was new to me out of the Antidote range. Packed full of natural sugars from apple and pineapple, by day 2, it almost felt wonderfully sinful to drink. I felt like I should be drinking this out of a cocktail glass with a little umbrella. My friend, Adam Tun-Aung, who was giving me looks of disgust about "juice cleansing," tried a bit of this from my bottle... and then a bit more... and a bit more.  The juice is delightful.

Speaking of sinfully good, the final concoction of each day ends with this:

You know the Chinese black sesame soup dessert? Or tang yuan, the sticky rice balls filled with black sesame goodness? It reminds me of that, except in a milky bottled version, and organic. This is another bottle I have no trouble swigging through.

Notes about the cleanse:

Issues I had:
  • I started this cleanse the day after a big night out for a friend's birthday (read: alcohol). Don't do this, folks. I was thinking about bacon, egg, and cheese sammiches all day on day 1.
  • Each bottle is 500ml (2 cups), there were many times I had trouble finishing everything. They're filled with cold-pressed juices and are surprisingly filling. I drink a lot of water everyday normally, but I found I was simply too full to fill myself with additional water as I constantly do normally.
  • Being on a bottle all hours of the day, I needed access to bathrooms for what feels like every 30 mins. But thankfully, bowel movements weren't wrecking havoc (popular belief is that explosive diarrhea is part of the juice cleanse - it's not! phew!).
  • However, my stomach constantly made loud churning noises. Supremely awkward when I'm in a quiet room next to someone. I'm not sure why the noise, since I wasn't really hungry.
  • I wasn't hungry, but I missed having something to chew on. 
  • I had to turn down a lot of social meal-time gatherings, since I have crappy discipline around good food and good company. Same for needing to change my gym time, when I go for high-intensity classes with friends.  Didn't want to faint or expend excessive energy.
Good issues I had:
  • So when I was craving something to chew on, on day 2, I munched on 2 big leafy lettuce leaves. It turned out to be very satiating, ha. Due to the liquid cleanse, I suppose any tangible food feels plenty. I had 2 egg whites one afternoon (it wasn't on the list of approved foods, but I did so anyway hehehe) and it kept me full for hours.
  • Convenience. I didn't have to think about what to eat, where to eat, what to buy. It saved me a lot of time and energy that I instead spent on work and hobbies.
  • I discovered yoga isn't as boring as I thought.
  • A combination of juice cleanse + strength training at Lifestyle Fitness = lean. I already saw some positive slimming changes in my body a little past day 2. (Granted, I lose and gain weight really easily. I happened to start this cleanse when I gained a lot of weight recently)
  • I usually need minimum 3 shots of coffee a day, now just one cuppa joe carries me through the whole day.
Also to note, I have continued supplementing my diet with Swisse Vitamins (alternating between Women's Multivitamins, Hair+Nails, and Immunity). I've been taking them the past few months since seeing their positive effects and don't want to halt that at the moment. I don't know if that is overkill, I'm not a nutritionist, but I feel fine. My pee is also all sorts of bright colors now.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Experiment: 5-day Juice Cleanse with Antidote and Lifestyle Fitness's 5-day Juice Cleanse

Day 0 - Preparing for the cleanse
Just received my first 3 days worth of juices for an Intermediate level 5-day cleanse, accompanied by a Cleanse Guide. Basic instructions: Drink our juices in the order 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 every 2-4 hours for the duration of your programme.

It advises to do things like

  • Hydrate with lemon water
  • Sip herbal tea
  • Plenty of rest
  • Brush your skin every morning to help blood circulation, stimulate lymphatic system, and remove dead skin
  • Light exercises
  • Go for a massage

Massage? No problemo.
And to avoid these foods (more of a problem):

  • Gluten
  • Dairy
  • Soft Drinks
  • Alcohol
  • Refined Carbohydrates (white rice, white bread, pastas, etc)
  • Meat
  • Trans and Saturated Fats (fried foods)
If I get HANGRY during the journey, I'm allowed to eat broccoli, cucumber, apple, raw nuts, avocado, strawberries, low sodium vegetable broth, and I can drink black coffee.  Thank goodness for the coffee allowance.

I'll be avoiding high intensity workouts during the week, so I don't faint! Instead, I'll be working on a specialized low intensity program on the Vibrogym at Lifestyle Fitness with Alvin Tan, which has proven to be extremely effective in leaning me out in the past. (read more on that here)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

[Video] Gastronommy TV: Diageo World Class Finalist 2015 Steve Leong

Have you ever heard of a chicken rice cocktail? Victoria Cheng interviews Diageo World Class 2015 Singapore Finalist Steve Leong (Tess Bar & Kitchen) about his preparations for the World Class global finals in Cape Town this August-September 2015.

Read more about Steve Leong in this interview with Büro24/7 Singapore:

Read more about Victoria Cheng in this interview with Büro24/7 Singapore:

Shoot location:
Tess Bar & Kitchen
38 Seah Street, Singapore
Tel: +65 6337 7355

Special Thanks to Production: MLC Productions Martin Yeoh, Alvin, and Siti.

[PRESS] Friends of Büro24/7: SG50 interview with Victoria Cheng

Thanks for the Singapore Birthday interview, Büro24/7


The most underrated thing about Singapore is... how studious everyone is. Nowhere else in the world have I seen cafes with signs by the cashier notifying students not to study there during peak hours.
In 10 years time, I would like to see Singapore... living in a biospheric dome with technology you'd see in Disney's Tomorrowland. I expect nothing less, Singapore!
Singapore is uniquely... not obese despite its supper culture with high cholesterol dishes that are all greased up and deliciously full of lard.

Monday, August 24, 2015

VC Travels Perth: Vlog 8 Days in 8 Minutes

Spent 8 days in Perth, thanks to Ryan & Sylvia.  It was my first time in Western Australia, and my first time using Snapchat... I documented the trip on Snapchat and compiled it all into one video for memory's sake. Now that I'm back in Asia with proper wifi/data/phone and general communication, let me share what happened... (we had some wifi issues while we were in Perth)

Sylvia & Ryan

Stuck in one house for eight days in the middle of winter in Perth is a serious test of friendship, and I'd like to think we all passed.

We were there to film an upcoming video on Night Owl Cinematics (along with Anna, Aylna, Joanna, Bryant and NOC's hosts: Airbnb, Kat & Michael, and Phryne).

VC Travels Perth: 8 Days in 8 Minutes
Featuring: (instagram handles)@nightowlcinematics @sylsylnoc @aylna @joannalhs @anna_en @bryantlyh @phrynephotofc @mhossen @veganburg and Dan Khoo's cheese.

Places visited:
Perth Australia
Lucky Chan's
Fremantle (Freo)
Fremantle Market
Little Creatures
The Tuck Shop
Swan Valley
Feral Brewery
The Cheese Barrel
House of Honey
Houghton Winery
Whistler's Chocolate Co.
Mandoon Estate & Homestead Brewery
Habour Town Outlet Shopping
Old Faithful Bar & BBQ
Blue Boat Shed (Mounts Bay Road)
Cottesloe Beach
Wolf Lane
Grill'd Healthy Burgers
Max & Sons Coffee
140 Perth

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Infinite beauty in anything

I love everything about this scene, from the card trick (which was a real performance by Rachel Weisz), the script, the acting, and the camerawork.

Bloom: Do you feel cheated?
Penelope Stamp: The trick to not feeling cheated is to learn how to cheat.
This was a story about a girl who could find infinite beauty in anything, any little thing, and even love the person she was trapped with. And i told myself this story until it became true. Now, did doing this help me escape a wasted life? Or did it blind me so I didn't want to escape it? I don't know, but either way I was the one telling my own story...

Monday, August 3, 2015

[Giveaway] Tickets to Epicurean Market at Marina Bay Sands

Epicurean Market is back for its 3rd annual food festival at Marina Bay Sands! It is three palate-pleasing days that include master classes led by Celebrity Chefs and award-winning bartenders, a fresh produce and seafood Farmer’s Market, a massive Wine Zone for you to sample your way through the world’s cellars, a pumping After Party on Friday and Saturday nights, and so much more.

GIVEAWAY: Gastronommy has TEN (five pairs) Epicurean Market tickets to give away. It is worth S$28 for the 3-Day Pass + Entry to After Party. You also win a pair of complimentary Schott Zwiesel red wine glasses (worth S$38).

TO WIN: Name one of the many celebrity chefs who will be at Epicurean Market in the comments below, on Facebook, or on Instagram.
Contest deadline: 13 August 2015


1. With over 30 free masterclasses over the weekend, brush up on your culinary skills and pick up some tips from the gurus.

2. Epicurean Market has searched far and wide for the best gourmet ingredients - head to the Farmer's Market and buy from who Marina Bay Sands restaurants buy from -- and at lower prices than your grocery store!

3. Pair your picnic of signature dishes from award-winning restaurants with a bottle of wine from the Wine Walk - look out for great deals and add to your home collection.

4. Head to the Epicurean Bar for hourly tasting sessions and specially concocted cocktails by award-winning mixologists.

5. Stay on for the after dark and party with resident DJs from CÉ LA VI on Friday and Saturday night. Have a drink or two at the bar with our chefs and check out pop-up restaurants by OLA Cocina Del Mar, Bar-Roque Grill and Kimchi Korean Restaurant.

Event Date and Entry Times
14 Aug, 12pm to 1am
15 Aug, 11am to 1am
16 Aug, 11am to 9pm

Sands Expo® and Convention Centre, Hall D & E
Official event hashtag: #EpicureanMarket


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