9in6 challenge

14 June 2016
Lets get the important facts out of the way: 

I lost 9.3kg, going from 70.4kg to 61.1kg. 

Its been 4 days since I weighed out of the challenge and I'm still struggling to find the words to perfectly describe the feeling I felt when I hit the 9kg mark. It was undescribably phenomenal. Ecstatic. Overwhelmed. All time adrenaline high. Comparable to skydiving. I was on a rollercoaster high of emotions. I'll come back to this. Before we go any further, let's start right from the very beginning.

Ultimate You's approach to the 9in6 is a combination of mindset, nutrition and fitness. No shortcuts. I've signed up for many gyms (Fitness First, Melbourne City Baths, True Fitness, KLGCC etc) and yes, they're perfectly equipped but nothing is really personalised? They don't care about what you do outside of the gym. You just ate a whole cake after a 2 hour gym session? Go ahead. You're feeling crappy and you don't feel like gymming? Ok don't go, we don't care, as long as you've paid your membership fees.

But UY is different. It realises that you need to master your mindset before you can set yourself goals to do anything. They can give you a perfect exercise and nutrition program, but if you're feeling lazy and undetermined? You'll get nowhere. Not having a good mindset means you're just setting yourself up for failure. I've experience this first hand. I feel this in my soul. 

You can have the best membership to the best gym with the best equipment, you can buy hundreds of workout dvds, you can have the best nutrition plan - but if you don't have the mindset to carry on any of these things. Whats the point? 

I love that I found a program that teaches you how to empower not only your body, but also your mind and spirit.

You might ask, what was the mindset I was in before the challenge?
 Since I came back to Melb in Feb, I was feeling inconsistent and lost with my fitness. I was doing Kayla's BBG still but not as regularly and definitely not on schedule. It made me so frustrated. Sorry, I made myself feel so frustrated. Going from a good roll of consistency from last year to not having that much at all.  It drove me crazy. I felt so disappointed in myself. 

So at the start, the driving force behind my efforts has been determination to get my health back on track. I wanted consistency. I didn't want to feel lost, frustrated and angry at myself anymore. 

With the 9in6 challenge, the program doesn't accept everyone because if you're doing the program for free, they're putting their reputation on the line.  They'd also like to meet you to see if you're suited for the program, or put simply, even have the 9kg to lose. 

When I went for the interview, I told them why I wanted to do it and I told them I'm sick of being in my comfort zone and I wanted to see how far I could mentally/physically push myself. They said they'd love to have me and then asked I put a deposit down for $497. 

At the end of the 6 weeks, if you hit the 9kg mark, you get your deposit back, no questions asked

This is a major incentive for most of the people on the challenge. $497 is a lot of money.. Do you know how many eyeshadow palattes I can buy with $497? Dude... A LOT! Hahaha. 

When I signed the contract (ya it was legit af), I had to go through 3 pages of RULES of the challenge. These are the main ones:
  1. 5 days of doing group classes (Minimum of 1 class a day to as much as you want, as long as it's 5 days a week). 
  2. You have to check in on Facebook everyday after a class. You must have 30 check ins at the end of the 6 weeks.
  3. You have to weigh in every Thursday and send in a report to your coach. Fill them in about how your week went, what classes you did etc. 
  4. FTDP! Follow The Damn Plan. They've given you exercises and a nutrition plan. Follow it down to the T and you WILL see results. 
  5. Change your profile picture on Facebook for the whole 6 weeks. Its probs for marketing but for me, it acted as a really good accountability strategy. 
  6. No fruits, no carbs, nothing processed, no dairy or dairy alternatives. Only protein (chicken, fish, beef, lamb etc) and whole vegetables (spinach, broccoli etc). 

Before you go any further, I'd just like to say 9in6 experience didn't feel like a one-off thing for me. It felt like a lifestyle change. So I'll be covering this post from all aspects, skin, food, health etc.


faiz is 25

29 May 2016
He turned 25 on the 28th of May. 3 years of birthdays together, so we constantly try to out-do each other in places to bring for each other's birthdays. This year I chose Vue De Monde and Cutler & Co. Both are exceptional and controversial in flavours. I came to Vue De Monde for the view, but I stayed at Cutler & Co for its complex palate. 

I wanted to make sure Faiz turns 25 with a happy tummy and interwoven flavours to remember by. Besides, it's not everyday you turn a quarter of a century! So I wanted him to welcome his 25th in the most wonderful way possible. 


wishtrend + innisfree haul

22 May 2016

I currently have 2 new obsessions:
1. Korean skincare products
2. Sheet masks

After roughly 10 or so only days of using the products I bought of SokoGlam, I was shocked to find my skin looking freaking pristine! I saw a crazy amount of difference + improvement and just like that, I was SOLD. Korean products work fantastically well on my skin and I'm glad to announce I've become a full-blown convert. 

At first I was a bit sceptical - how can there be so much visible improvements and so fast? Like what's the catch? 

  Anyway, so far there's no catch because my skin seems clearer and more translucent and soooo supple like you have no idea. I'm seriously shaking with excitement and happiness. I've been using Kiehl's and SKII my whole life and NOT once did I see results as fast as the Korean stuff. 

I can vouch for all of these products. They did what they were meant to do. The only caveat from this review is that I can't choose 1 single product that seemed more effective than the other. So I think the products I bought all worked harmoniously and symbiotically together. Your best bet is to just buy them all. Hahahaha.

Initially, I was running out of sheet masks so I went to look for other Korean skincare sites to purchase them and I found Innisfree and WishTrend. Don't get me wrong, I love SokoGlam but I just found the whole shipping process a bit tedious so I opted for these websites. They ship to Australia for free if you spend more than $x. 

So I came for the sheet masks, but I left with tons of skincare and 126 sheet masks all together. 


Haul from Innisfree and WishTrend. The sight of all these sheet masks make me so happy!!

my perfect day in may

10 May 2016
I've never done a post just on a single day's occurence before. I usually let the photos from weeks/events accumulate then I'll post it but today is a little different. I was on my private twitter, tweeting today's happenings (its my micro journal) when I decided to share today's brilliantness on here too. I'm far more open about my personal life on my twitter because only my sister and really, really close friends follow me so I feel comfortable being bare. This instance is an exception coz I need to spread this happiness around - asap. The structure of the post may be a little different to what you're used to but I guess today's a day where we all step out of our comfort zone.

Extra chatty today and lots of photos photos here and there. 
Enjoy - it's in chronological order. 

1. My 4kg parcel from SokoGlam woke me up in the morning at 730 am.

  Best way, I think, to start your day - receiving long awaited parcels. I've been obsessed with Korean skin lately, especially their sheer translucency. I think it all stemmed from watching Descendants of the Sun lol. All of the casts have brilliant skin wtf? Luckily my skincare's ran out - so I researched until I could restock it, Korean style! Fast forward 2 weeks ago, I was browsing online and found SokoGlam. I then proceeded to haphazardly add things to my shopping cart. Reading a few reviews then adding it to the cart where I see fit. The website's layout is clean and intuitive - my favourite kind! So an hour passed with lots of things added and I clicked check-out... To my freaking dismay, they only ship to the US. But fear not, my fellow shoppers because Borderlinx is here to fulfil your cyber-shopping needs!

They've made the process quite simple and they'll provide you with a US address for you to forward your shipments then they'll ship it to your original country (with a little payment of course)! Tadaaaa. That's intercontinental shopping for you. I can't stress the amount of doors they've literally (or in this case, virtually) opened for me. Hahahaha.

It sounds like its a sponsored shoutout but it's not. I don't think I'll ever do a sponsored post or ads for a third party company. I will never exploit this blog for monetary gains. This blog is 100% for my personal growth and progress in visuals. Anyway, I'm genuinely excited I've found Borderlinx and SokoGlam! So I'm sharing the love with you guys too!!!

pre-christmas / mel / 15

04 May 2016
Newsflash: I am running out of content to post. I've been occupied with nothing but 9in6 challenge (I'll elaborate more below) and uni's about to get really, really hectic for the next 6 weeks. I rummaged through my lightroom library and found a set of photos from December last year. I keep finding photos hidden somewhere and its always a pleasant surprise. It was a few weeks before Christmas so here it is!! 

warhol x aiweiwei

26 April 2016
Bella pointed out how I've been consistently blogging and I seriously couldn't be any happier. When I blog, I'm immortalising the photographs on the digital landscape so that my future self can browse through my past photos and reminisce. I can't describe how nice it is to have an outlet to document my life's occurrences and events. As small and unimpactful as they may be, I feel like you're all on a visual journey with me as I grow, learn and inevitably make mistakes.

So thank you. For sticking around and keeping me company (and hopefully till the end).

The two of us have been planning for ages to go frequent the Warhol x Ai Wei Wei exhibition at NGV together. But of course, we waited until the VERY last day (literally) to finally pull ourselves together and go. So we went. On the 25th. Yesterday. Queued for 30 minutes. So crowded it was crazy (I guess everyone waited till the very last minute hahaha).

I love having girl days with Bella, it's just non-stop banter and positive vibes with her. One of my oldest, longest and truest friend so it was 100% going to be a brilliant day! 

We ate, we laughed, we saw art and we took photos. 

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