Thursday, July 02, 2015

Chucks

Took these pictures on a short walk around Frankfurt some time back!

Luckily it was summer (albeit still a bit chilly when the wind blows) as I've firmly established that I really prefer warm weather T_T I seem to get cold really easily! But on the flipside, I don't sweat that easily in warm weather either. Conclusion, I actually have always liked Singapore's climate.

Two ducks just casually chilling at a roadside cafe; there was no pond or lake within sight.
Wonder where they came waddled over from!


"London" Crop Top & Checkered Shirt c/o www.vodelle.com
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High-waist denim shorts from F21
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My first! pair of high-cut sneakers from Converse; always stuck to low-cut ones previously
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Bag from Givenchy


An entrance to a train station... designed to look like a train carriage going into the ground!

LOL. Very likely to be true.


Dinosaur figures outside the Senckenberg Natural History Museum!









When in Germany... eat Movenpick yoghurt. I'm normally not a huge yoghurt person (nor ice-cream, for that matter) but I have to say these Movenpick yoghurts are pretty good! It's no wonder I see some girls buying these back by the dozens... for myself I only brought back a handful.

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Vodelle is an online boutique located in Malaysia!


They're operational 24/7, Monday through Sunday.

Shipping within Malaysia is free! International shipping to Singapore costs RM15 (approx S$5+) on orders below RM120 & is free on orders above RM120! They also ship worldwide to any destination.

You can also find them on Instagram here: @vodelle

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Epi-LASIK (Part 2)

Here's Part 2 of my Epi-LASIK experience, where you can guess it...

I've had Epi-LASIK done!!!!!

I'll be talking primarily about my experience before, during & after the procedure.
For more technical details regarding the comparisons of LASIK, Epi-LASIK & ReLEx SMILE, you can refer to my Part 1 blogpost!

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I had my Epi-LASIK done at Clearvision Eye Clinic & LASIK Centre!

6 Nutmeg Road
S(228337)

Contact: +65 6100 2020 or email them at doctor@clearvision.com.sg

Quote "Sophie Willocq" at the counter to get S$121 off your Epi-LASIK package!

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For starters, here's some pictures of me with lensless spectacle frames (I know, the irony) since I now no longer need prescription glasses or contact lens!




Let's face it, real prescription spectacles generally aren't always that flattering.
Especially for girls! I find some guys look pretty good/even better with glasses, but most girls want to be vain & wear contact lens (myself included), which can be tiring + costly.

Let me reinforce it again...

I DON'T NEED GLASSES ANYMORE!

I HAVE PERFECT VISION!

*jumps for joy*

On to my actual experience!


// before //

Assuming you've already gone for the consultation with Clearvision Eye Clinic & LASIK Centre & everything checked out fine, you can arrange your actual procedure anytime after! Your consultation results are valid for 6 months; thereafter it is highly recommended that you get a new test done to ensure you're still suitable for the procedure.

Once you decide on a suitable day (you will need about 5-7 days rest thereafter), you can easily arrange for it provided you give about 2 weeks' notice as they can be quite busy. Luckily the procedure is so short & simple that they can slot in many patients per day!

You'll have to let your eyes rest for about a day or so (of course the longer the better).
This might be tough if you have work & so on, but it's for the better!


// actual day //

I actually had my Epi-LASIK done a mere few hours after touching down from a long flight, so I was quite tired but I figured I'd be sleeping a lot the next few days anyway. I don't suggest you follow what I did though lol. Recommended would be ample rest to avoid tired eyes!

After arriving at the clinic, I went through a few more simple eye tests to make sure everything was ok. While sitting there I saw another young guy (accompanied by his friend, aww #bromance) going for his own surgery. Pop in & then pop out. All in a matter of minutes. Seemed simple enough!

The doctor (Dr Tony Ho) wasn't available yet, so the clinic suggested we grab lunch first.
Luckily the clinic is in town, located just behind Lucky Plaza!

Finally it was my turn & I slipped on a typical hospital gown (but still wearing my own clothes underneath - I opted for a comfortable sundress that day) as well as shower cap.


I had previously heard scary stories about how you can smell the laser burning your cornea & see it coming towards you etc etc... these were of course all with reference to LASIK, which involves actual cutting of your cornea; Epi-LASIK involves no cutting at all.

In reality, it wasn't scary at all. All you see is blackness with a red dot in the centre & that's what you need to be focusing on for the laser to do its job (which is just reshaping the top layer of cornea).

It's done eye by eye. My left eye went first & it behaved very well - focused easily & the whole thing took barely a minute. Stared at the red dot, felt nothing at all & it was over.

My right eye was a little more troublesome. I had problems staying focused on the red dot; not sure why, but it meant that it took slightly longer as I had to keep re-focusing & trying to stay on the red dot rather than let my stupid eye wander (got what to see, it's all black elsewhere). Still, all in all it was still a matter of minutes rather than one minute!

Immediately you open your eyes & you can see pretty clearly!
I actually wasn't super surprised or anything; no sobbing with happiness or what not because it went pretty much as I had expected - quick & painless! Lol #neverenthusiastic

Thereafter I was ushered into a dark room where the clinic helped to put my first eyedrops. In the beginning I had about 4-5 eyedrops to apply per day, which should be about 10-15 minutes apart.
This meant that I was there in the room for about another hour as they have to wait in between eyedrops. But time flies, as by this point the discomfort starts to set in & that's all I'm focusing on.

Some of my eyedrops & eyelid wipes! 
It's very important to keep your eye area clean to avoid infection.

Things to note for the actual day:

#1 This should be evident, but no makeup. You will be tearing anyway.
#2 Bring a sweater! Waiting around can get chilly & you'll want to be feeling snuggly.
#3 You absolutely need somebody with you as you can't get home alone!

The eyedrops are meant to be taken about every 3-4 hours, but if you're sleeping during this time you should miss the slot! No need to set alarms or what not, as rest is the most important for your eyes.


// post-surgery //

I won't lie, Day 2 was the worst. On Day 1 (actual day) there was some discomfort but it was alright.
On Day 2, the discomfort was the worst. I can't call it painful per se, because it's not, but it was just really uncomfortable regardless of whether your eyes are open or closed. I was like a vampire; I stayed in a dark bedroom all day & slept about 18 hours or so... primarily because my eyes felt tired all the time, but also because there's nothing else I could do.

Day 3 was still uncomfortable, but slightly better & I also had my first follow-up visit with the doctor that day so I had no choice but to drag myself out of my dark sanctuary! T_T I actually went out wearing a giant black floppy hat & the post-surgery sunglasses. I must have looked majorly in mourning but I really had to avoid sunlight at all costs because it bothered me a lot!

** P.S. I must point out that for many of my friends who went through LASIK/Epi-LASIK/ReLEx SMILE, they did not have as bad a reaction as I did. My friend Daphne for example, was able to watch dramas on her laptop with no issues, whereas I couldn't do anything. Once again, NOT recommended as your eyes are supposed to rest! Just to share that the resulting experiences will differ & I got a "worse" one so I hope you will be luckier than I am! **

Also, the good news was that the doctor told me my eyes were healing very fast - much faster than most people! At Day 3 my eyes were about 60% healed, whereas most people are maybe only at 40%. So I took my higher level of discomfort as a good sign of healing! It's like... you know how wounds can be super itchy? It means it's healing! So I guess it can be the same for eyes too?

Anyway here's what the post-surgery sunglasses look like:



LOL not fashionable at all but they block out A LOT of light. I even slept with them on!
They were basically my best friend those few days.

By Day 4 onwards I was much, much better. Just overnight & the difference is huge!
I was ok to go out again (just remember to avoid dusty places) & could FINALLY USE MY PHONE.
LOLOL. The one & only proven way thus far for me to not use my phone.
I literally didn't touch it for a few days as I was unable to see properly!


Things to note:
#1 No rubbing of your eyes, especially for the first week
#2 No eye makeup for the first 5 days! *gasp*
#3 Avoid dusty or crowded places for the first week
#4 Avoid any vigorous sports/activities, especially swimming, as water must not get into your eyes

Most people are ok to go back to work after 5 days (you will be given MC) but it's up to you.
I personally didn't wear any makeup for 6 days.

Find out more about Epi-LASIK at their website!
(Click image below to be redirected)

Here are price comparisons again for your reference:

LASIK - ranges from $2364 (SNEC) to $2888 (Shinagawa)
Epi-LASIK - ranges from $3388 (Clearvision) to $3600 (SNEC)
ReLEx SMILE - ranges from $4376 (SNEC) to $5289 (LASIK Surgery)

But honestly, under no circumstances should you still go for LASIK. To put it bluntly, it's a rather outdated correction method & Epi-LASIK has many more benefits + fewer risks!

Find out if you're suitable for Epi-LASIK by giving them a call at +65 6100 2020 or email them at doctor@clearvision.com.sg. Website: www.clearvision.com.sg

Clearvision Eye Clinic & LASIK Centre
6 Nutmeg RoadS(228337)

Quote "Sophie Willocq" at the counter to get S$121 off your Epi-LASIK package!

The whole recovery period takes up to 6 months for your vision to fully stabilise, but your vision will be pretty clear within the first few days. It won't be perfect then yet, but you won't need any spectacles or lenses & will be able to see sufficiently well with no issues!

In the meantime... more selfies with fake spectacles!



Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Yutaki's Gossip Girl 27th Birthday

Met up with the whole bunch in May for our usual annual event... Yutaki's birthday!

For most adults (FML yes I am one now) birthdays aren't really a big thing anymore & in fact we probably don't want to be reminded that we're growing old(er) haha. I myself haven't bothered about my birthday in ages since hitting my teen years. I did the cursory 21st birthday, but for the rest most of the time I just did a simple dinner with friends. And there was even a year (my 23rd) where I spent my birthday alone at home watching sitcoms. LOL. I don't know whether that's pathetic, but I was genuinely not bothered by it.

Yutaki is absolutely not one of those people!
He LOVES birthdays & loves presents, both giving & receiving them.
Every year we know to expect a birthday celebration & he generally starts talking about it a few months beforehand haha. This year I even applied for leave from work to make sure I could attend.

Anyhow, the theme for this year was...

GOSSIP GIRL!

Can I admit something here?
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I've never watched Gossip Girl.

Yes, despite it being like, one of THE most popular sitcoms.
(Should this be where I also admit I have never watched Friends?)

I mean I watched the very, very first episode, the one where Serena is back in town & Blair knows her It Girl status is threatened because everyone was so excited about her return. And I dunno... it just seemed like the rest was going to be quite predictable. But P.S. based on that one episode alone, I'm Team Blair haha. Just like how I'm Team Veronica when it comes to Archie Comics. Does resenting the popular, super-loved blonde girl make me a sourpuss?



The giant heart-shaped strawberry cake was bought by Miyake from Ritz Apple Strudel!
I've always liked their apple strudels & never knew they did cakes like these.
It was very yummy & despite the sheer size of it, we actually managed to finish the whole thing.

This car license plate thing was purchased by Qiuting! The blinged Swarovski Yutaki powerbank in the background is another year's birthday gift made by Wendy!

And the black Y T K block letters were purchased by me (from Typo) for... Christmas I think?
I didn't even realise till typing this out that there were so many various items gifted by all of us individually over time!

As for this year's present... spot the new Olympus camera! Shared gift by the bunch of us after he remarked that he liked the pictures taken on it when he tested it out.


#selfieking


With my very own Sophie Coca-Cola can! I actually didn't purchase nor request this.

Even though I LOVEEEEEE Coca-Cola (if I had to pick my all-time favourite drink it would be that), I didn't see the point of getting a personalised one because... I will definitely end up wanting to drink it one day.

So this can was actually acquired through Yutaki! I guess the concept is to "Share a Coke with"... your friends/loved ones, so Coca-Cola sent Yutaki cans of his, mine & Miyake's names.

And that's how I got my own Coca-Cola can. Which is now gone.
Because I drank it.



I brought 2 pairs of spectacle frames that day haha.
I would never wear my actual prescription lens frames because they're not cool anymore LOL.

So the first one above was squarish & the below one is completely round!
Looks a bit Harry Potter-ish. I actually requested Yutaki draw a lightning bolt on our Polaroids.





Group Polaroids!
In attendance that day - Wendy, Qiuting, Yutaki, Rykiel, Miyake & I. Shuyin couldn't make it!


Some NGs lol.




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To Prince Yutaki James:


Happy Birthday!

Ok your birthday was last month, but we're both experts in backdated blogposts so you know how it goes lololol. I don't even remember when we became close friends because time has just really flown by omgggg. I am now entering my mid-twenties wtf. But thankfully you will always be 2 years ahead  & 2 years older HAHA.

It was a very unexpected friendship that blossomed between us & I'm thankful to be able to count you as one of my closest friends, the one person I know I can count on to tell my secrets & problems to, to never be judged & to always be able to rely on your loyalty & support.

For all the online lurkers that have never met him, you might not know that Yutaki is one of the most effervescent people you can come across. He is super outgoing, super friendly, super light-hearted & incredibly easy to get along with. He lifts the mood of any room he enters & can bring smiles to anyone's face. And away from all that, he is also one of the most loyal friends a girl could ever have.

To the rose among all the thorns, I wish you all the love in the world because I know you have so much of it to give back. Here's to your happiness & success as we slowly grow old together.


Love,
Sophie.


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As for the Gossip Girl theme, we all came dressed in schoolgirl outfits!
I actually still had my old JC uniforms but they looked super uncool LOL.

And I figured everyone would be wearing a white shirt so I picked a dusty pink one, matched with my mom's knitted A-line skirt, one of Yutaki's zillion ties & my white sneakers.

Yutaki made a full yearbook-themed blogpost for the theme!



GUESS WHO HE MADE CLASS VALEDICTORIAN?
LOLOL #cheaptrill


For the full blogpost, go see his blog!
He edited the pictures super well & added lots of graphics. Super cute & well-done, I love it!


And to end off the night... we were playing the board game version of Draw Something!

On the left is Yutaki's drawing of Lady Gaga, my ribcage in the middle & rust on the right.
I think Wendy won in the end but she & I were tied all the way lol #soreloser.
Miyake is a terrible drawer but I managed to guess her bad drawings anyway haha.
It's a pretty fun game!

So I guess that's about it! I'm actually thinking of doing something for my birthday this year (I turn 25) simply because I haven't celebrated it in years. But it's already June & I'm getting lazy to plan...

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