Saturday, 21 March 2015

Hashtag


I can't believe we're already in March! Where has all the time gone? I've been busy doing projects and I'd like to share one today! I actually do have quite a few to share but I guess I'll save the rest for another time.

This was a project based on the brief of 'rhetorics'. To be honest, it took me a really long time before I could come up with a substantial idea - I think I was the last person in class to actually finalize his concept. It was pretty stressful watching everyone go ahead with their ideas and seeing myself being stuck without one. Thankfully though, I had a lightbulb moment at the last minute and came up with something that I felt really confident in. 

I actually spent an hours alone in a classroom working on this throughout the night. I had the People's Choice Awards, the Golden Globes and the Oscars playing in the background as I did my work so it wasn't too bad! Thank you for uploading them on YouTube, people of the Internet! Love Ellen and Tina Fey as hosts - they managed to keep me awake all night so kudos to them.

This project is called Hashtag. It explores social media and its effects on our generation. It's definitely something that's relevant to me as someone whose work depends on social media quite a lot - it's a commentary and also a reminder for myself to get too caught up with it all. 

#transformationtuesday - Questioning the narcissism that social media brings about.


#womancrushwednesday - Crushed by the opinions and expectations of others.

#thirstythursday - The unquenchable thirst for approval.

#flashbackfriday - Highlighting the extreme ends we go to to get noticed.

I hope you like them! Maybe a little something to think about. 

Till next time!


Friday, 13 February 2015

Valentine's Day with Mong and Matt


I've reunited with Mongchin (@Mongabong) for yet another photoshoot! Our Valentine's Day pictures last year generated quite a bit of buzz and honestly I had such a great time shooting them (as always), so it's no surprise that we're doing it again this year! Mong and Matt were the first couple that I ever shot - and I will always be grateful for their confidence in me back when I was only just starting out. It's pretty evident that we've all gotten better since then too! I am in love with these pictures and I hope you like them as well!












Make sure you follow Mong on Instagram at @mongabong and me at @limxingzhijoel if you haven't already!

Have a lovely Valentine's Day everybody!

Till next time!

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Jon Chua

Here are some pictures I took of local musician Jon Chua, who is part of the band The Sam Willows. They are amazingly talented and I'm just really glad that a local band is able to gain this much success and support from Singaporeans. Jon was so easy to work with and I definitely learnt a lot just talking to him. Do check out The Sam Willows' music (you won't regret it) and I hope you like these pictures!














Follow Jon on instagram at @jonchua_tsw and if you haven't already, do follow me at @limxingzhijoel.

Till next time!

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Personal Grooming with WhatHeWants

It's the end of the second week of school and I must say, after two weeks a big difference I noticed between the university life and that of the junior college one is that there is a larger emphasis on physical appearance. How a person dresses and looks actually matters a lot more now, so all of a sudden there's the pressure to put in more effort in personal grooming. I guess that's something that's still a relatively unfamiliar for many of us guys out there, but fear not, the folks at WhatHeWants are here to help us. 

WhatHeWants is a young dynamic company dedicated to providing the finest grooming products for men of style and substance.

I personally am very familiar with the store - I actually own and use quite a number of items sold in their store, and today I will be introducing several of the products that can be found in the store. The items I chose were based on what issues I felt people my age group would be the most concerned about, so hopefully I will cover areas that you can identify with. 

 Six Pack Slimming Solution by Billy Jealousy ($77)

Six-Pack stimulates the body’s lymphatic system through a delivery system of caffeines which enable bioflavinoids to break down and liquefy fat. This leaves your torso looking sharper, toned and more chiseled. Six Pack takes about 1-2 weeks of everyday use to see noticeable results. Use prior to workout for faster results.

I must say that this product was the one that got me the most excited - who can say no to slimming down without the need to exercise, right? I did actually try this on and I must say that I really like that it's easy to put on, and has a light and pleasant smell which is masculine but not overpowering. I tried it on for a night (ask me again after two weeks if I see substantial results) and I don't know if it was just me, but I did feel that when I woke up my tummy did feel slighter slimmer than it usually would. Within 30 minutes of application, I feel the skin slightly tighten as well which was reassuring. As you can see from the label, this product won the Men’s Health Grooming Awards 2010 Best Toning Product, so I guess that says something about it. It's no surprise that this is a best seller!


 Slush Fund Styling Mud by Billy Jealousy ($29)

Tired of playing by the rules? Want to shake things up? Dip into Slush Fund Styling Mud. Slush Fund provides strong, long-lasting hold for short-to-long hair. It shapes & styles both damp and dry hair, creating textured, elastic contours. Intially goes on a little shiny but quickly mattifies. Being this unscrupulous never looked so good.a

The second product that I would like to introduce today would be the another one from Billy Jealousy. Now I know for a fact that if there was one thing about their looks that guys put in alot of effort in, it would be their hair, so I knew for sure that I would review a hair product. As someone who styles his hair almost every single day, this is one thing that I knew I had to talk about. I used this product for several times and I must say that my favourite thing about it would be that it feels natural. The thing about many of the hair products I use is that after several hours they tend to feel really uncomfortable and I sometimes even get headaches from them. From the multiple times that I tried this styling mud, I had no issues regarding that so I am glad on that count. I would recommend this product for people with lighter or thinner hair. For people who have thicker hair like myself, I would recommend being slightly more generous with the amount used for each application if you're looking to have your hair set for the entire day.

Acne Spot Repair by Menscience ($55)

Immediately eliminates acne breakouts, redness and helps heal blemished skin. Application also absorbs quickly into the skin. Eliminates breakouts in 24-48 hours. Helps diminish acne-caused redness and inflammation. Heals and repairs acne-stressed skin.

When the Health Education textbooks in primary school said that pimple breakouts will stop by my late teens, they were lying. Even at this age I still have to deal with constant acne breakouts, which is of course very, very frustrating. No one likes acne. I personally find it a bane. I do actually have a pimple situation to deal with right now (sigh, yet another one) and I must say that after two days of application of this product, the pimple has pretty much vanished which is fantastic. A big difference I noticed that was the redness was reduced significantly, which is commendable for working in such a short period of time. For those of you who are unable to find something to successfully combat your acne problems, why not try this one out and give it a shot?

BB Cream – Medium to Dark 50ml by Human and Kind ($49)

Provide any sensitive, combination or normal skin with the perfect blend of moisture and warm, sheer colour to help even out skin tone without acting like a foundation. The antioxidant benefits of the natural and organic ingredients, all help to reduce UV damage and aid in skin repair. 5 Amazing Results: - Evens out skin tone - Conceals Imperfections - Lifts and Wrinkles - Long lasting hydration - Natural SPF15 protects against UV damage

Still on the issue of facial concerns, the last product that I wish to introduce is the BB Cream by Human and Kind. While healing pimples may be ideal, it takes time for it to take effect. A more immediate solution to the problem of unwanted pimples and acne would be to conceal it. BB Cream is preferred to concealers due to the skincare benefits it entails compared to using a concealer. I chose the Medium to Dark tone as I feel like most men have darker skintones simply due to the fact that most of us, myself included, do not bother to use sunblock and getting tan really isn't that big of a deal. I've been told time and again that it is a big deal, and our skin is being exposed to all sorts of harm and more steps should be taken to alleviate the problem. Fret not though, it's not to late to start and using this product would be a a step in the right direction. What's great about it is that it looks natural - no guy ever wants to be caught wearing anything on their face (even though we jolly well should)!


There you have it! Four essential products to help us combat some the major problems we guys have to deal with. What's fantastic is that they are available under one roof, and that would be at WhatHeWants.

WhatHeWants has two physical outlets in Singapore. One at The Cathay and one at Orchard Central. 

WhatHeWants Grooming For Men Store @ The Cathay 
2 Handy Road, #01-06 Singapore 229233 
Tel: 6738 6903 
Nearest MRT station: Dhoby Ghaut 
Opening Hours 
Monday to Friday: 10am to 6pm 
Saturday: 10 am to 4pm 
Sunday: Closed 

WhatHeWants Grooming For Men Store @ Orchard Central 
181 Orchard Road, #03-30 Singapore 238896 
Tel: 6634 0386 
Nearest MRT station: Somerset 
Opening Hours 
Monday to Friday: 10am to 6pm 
Saturday: 10 am to 4pm 
Sunday: Closed

You might also be interested to know that they have revamped their website! You can check it out at http://whathewants.com.sg!

Thinking about What She Wants as well? Fret not, just hop over to our sister store at Superberry.ME (http://superberry.me) right opposite WhatHeWants at Orchard Central to find to find everything a lady needs.

I hope that this post will be useful and I look forward to seeing better groomed guys all around thanks to the folks over at WhatHeWants!

Till next time!

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Tricks and Treats at the Alive Museum!



Admit it - you've seen those pictures on Facebook and Instagram and you were impressed. Well, at least I knew I was. I'm of course referring to the Alive Museum, which is the largest 3D illusionary museum in Singapore, located conveniently in the city at Suntec City Mall.

The museum is one of those places where I immediately add to my list of places to visit the moment I come to know about it. School just started for me and thankfully, people were more than nice and I did manage to make some new friends, which is great. A few of us wanted to have lunch one day and we thought it'd be cool to head down to the museum after, since we had a couple more hours to spare. Finally! I was ready to attain my bragging rights of having visited the Alive Museum!

The museum was first opened in South Korea just a couple of years back in 2009 and has gone on to become the leader in this field in that span of time. The one in Singapore includes over 80 masterpieces, amongst which 9 are made just for the Singapore audience. Also, to remain constantly exciting, almost a third of the collections are refreshed every year and unique exhibits are set up during major holiday seasons!

Check out some of the fantastic photos we captured at the museum! All the artworks featured are hand-painted and handcrafted by the insanely talented team of artists over at Alive Museum, and they put in extra effort to ensure that quality work is delivered every single time.












Thanks Kylie for the pictures!

I really enjoyed the fact that they had pieces that were exclusive to Singapore - I always feel like international brands who cater to local audiences deserve bonus points for doing so. That said, I'm also more than glad that I finally had the chance to experience some of the iconic sets in person.

I definitely had a wonderful time the Alive Museum with my new friends Kylie, Wei Min and Melanie and I couldn't have asked for a better group of company. Thank you Alive Museum for giving us so many different hilarious photos that we'll look back fondly upon in years to come. Alive Museum is the perfect place to go for a group outing with friends (stop complaining that there's nothing to do in Singapore!), or even a fun date with your other half, or simply just for a family day out. This is definitely one thing that's highly recommended for everyone to experience.

Alive Museum Singapore
Suntec City Mall #03-372 (Between Towers 3 and 4)
Ticket Prices: $25 (Adults), $20 (Children 3 - 12 yrs)
Operating Hours: 10AM - 10PM Daily

Promotion: Like Alive Museum on Facebook and get a free meal at Burger King Suntec with purchase of a full-priced ticket!



Have a wonderful time at the Alive Museum and make sure you make your photos real funny!

Till next time!

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Beach Shoot with Stephanie Lee!


It's another shoot with one of my favourite models, Steph! She's so easy to work with and we always vibe off each other during shoots which I feel makes the process much faster and all in all, shooting with Steph has always been a breeze.

This shoot was the first one that I did after taking a short break from photography, so I was excited and eager to get back out there and do what I love doing most. The concept for this shoot was pretty simple and straightforward - a simple, summer look at the beach. It's a total one-eighty from the previous shoot we did, and I love it! It's always good to try out new things so it's really fun just mixing things up. It's almost like playing dress up when we were kids; maybe that's why I enjoy it so much. 

We actually shot this at Pasir Ris beach, which isn't exactly the first choice that would come to mind when I say "beach photoshoot" but hey, we managed to work with it and I feel that the pictures turned out gorgeous. Major props to Steph too - we were surrounded by so many people who were staring - families having a picnic, old uncles fishing, people camping out, etc and yet she still aced pose after pose as if we were shooting in a studio. 

I must also mention how lucky we were as everything just went so smoothly for this shoot. It had been raining the past couple of days and even as we set out to shoot, the dark clouds were threatening to start pouring but thankfully, it managed to hold out. I was actually really nervous about that as had it actually rained, there was really not much we could do as an alternative. On top of that, we had to battle against time because due to our busy schedules we could only squeeze out an hour or two in the evening and we shot right till the sun had set and just as we wrapped our shoot, the sky turned dark. As I said, everything just fell into place. Lovely!

Here are the rest of the pictures! I hope you like them!









Do you feel like heading out to the beach now? Yeah, thought so. I dare you to try out Pasir Ris beach - you might just catch some pretty unusual sights, like say a beautiful model randomly posing amongst mere mortals. 

If you have an Instagram account, make sure you follow Steph at @stephanieleesh and if you haven't already done so, do follow me at @limxingzhijoel. 

Till next time!