I'm off to Tanjong Penjuru Crescent today for a lunchtime health and fitness talk. Situated in the West of Singapore among the heavy industrial estates is CSC Holdings Limited.

A listed company on the local stock exchange market, CSC Holdings Limited is Singapore's largest foundation and geotechnical engineering specialist; and one of the region's leading ground engineering solutions provider for private and public sector residential, commercial, institution, industrial and infrastructure projects.

In the vast openness of the hall (which so reminds me of my school days) where space is a luxury, I welcomed a smiley group of ladies and two gentlemen.

Had you all been here, you would also have loved the smiley faces and the giggly nature of the ladies in particular!

It was clear that the staff shared a very good camaraderie as they were all teasing one another when the final figures for the BMI and BMR were revealed. And as if afraid I would peep at their figures, the ladies actually used their hands to cover up their calculations...


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But all hopes of wanting to escape my eyes quickly evaporated when it came to the execution of the bodyweight exercises. Sparing no efforts to leave anyone out except for obvious reasons such as pregnancy or too short skirts, all were invited to participate in the exercises after the demonstration by me, and subsequently one of the more gungho female staff.

Interestingly, when I asked the group if any exercised, several among the ladies asked rather innocently if brisk walking across the causeway would count. At that instant, I really didn't know whether to laugh or cry. But I consoled myself that at least they did some form of exercising :)

My definition of exercise is any form of physical activity that gets you to perspire. Only when you perspire will you expel the toxins from your body, burn calories and fats. And that's what we all want right? To look slim and pretty for the girls and have a toned, beach body for the guys!


All of us have a mental picture of how we would like our bodies to look like. The only challenge you have to ask yourself now is whether you are willing to take the first step out to get that ideal body. If you are, I congratulate you as every small step is a step closer to your destination. If you are still hesitant, then perhaps you need to ask yourself what's holding you back. Should you need help, buzz me here :)

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Rounding up this busy week is another run of one of my signature programmes– “The Visual Art of Looking Good".  And today, I’m training my first batch of interior designers from interior design firm HBO + EMTB. 

For the well-travelled, HBO + EMTB easily rings a bell as its designs can be seen worldwide in buildings such as Hilton Hotel in New Zealand; National Australia Bank in Perth, Australia; Standard Chartered Bank in Hong Kong; and the Accenture Headquarters in Sydney, Australia. Closer to home, HBO + EMTB Interiors was the creative brains behind the designs of Nike, Kraft Foods Asia Pacific, Polo Ralph Lauren, Phillip Morris, Oracle, AXA Private Equity among many others.

If you ask me if there are any similarities in what I do and what the interior designers do, my answer is a resounding yes! After all, both of us are responsible for coming up with polished, finished products. The end product could be a new image or a design. But whatever the case, it has to be aesthetically pleasing and suit the needs of the client. If an interior designer looks and dresses just as well as the design sketches, the client will definitely be worn over and award the contract.

Today's customised full-day grooming workshop is interesting for two reasons. First, the ratio of males to females is skewed towards the men. Second, I welcome the participants from different Asian countries - making it the second time I'm training non-Singaporeans (if you remember, the first time was the grooming talk for Chinese company MCC Land with almost all employees from China). Today's group is perhaps the most diverse - hailing from Thailand, Philippines, China and Singapore.

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In all my workshops, it never fails to amaze me how similar we all are at the core. All of us aspire to be a better man by virtue of the fact that our thirst for knowledge never ends even when we have finished our education and started working. In a society which places a high premium of one's outlook, learning the visual art of looking good is perhaps the logical way forward.

I don't aim to do instant makeovers for all my participants because I know this is unsustainable. Why teach something which the participants cannot re-create themselves the very next day? If you want a makeover, you would go to a makeover studio and not look for me.

Indeed, clients who look me up are searching for something much more sustainable. Yes, think in terms of life-long learning skills which are relevant, fun and most importantly, transferable. After attending my workshop and equipping yourselves with such skill sets, not only will you have a thorough understanding of your strengths; you will also be able to teach your family, friends and colleagues.
How much better can that get?

It was obvious they were colleagues who got along extremely well as they were also coincidentally dressed in hues of black and gray. But I'm sure after the workshop, some will ditch their cool-based wardrobe in favour of the warm, autumn hues.
 
Have a great weekend shopping, everyone!

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