Thu Mar, 26 2015

Remembering Lee Kuan Yew in Our Rivers

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Been feeling very moody and mournful of late, so went for a run along the Kallang/Geylang River this morning, in time to catch this beautiful sunrise. Natural wonders and a spot of physical exertion always have a positive effect on me, and this was no different. It made me introspective and nostalgic, in a good way. I thought about how I used to wakeboard in these waters when I was in the Singapore Management University (SMU) & how I participated in several wakeboarding competitions. Held at the Kallang Riverside Park, my folks came to several of these competitions to support me & I remember them telling me about how filthy the rivers in Singapore were not that long ago.

The thought seems almost unfathomable as wakeboarders, canoeists, dragon-boaters & recreational fishermen share & enjoy the waters today.

I have read some accounts & articles (complete with pictures) on how the river was back in the day. (You can see a colourful and easily-read report on the project by the Public Utilities Board (PUB) here.)

The waters were literally dark with filth, while dead animals, human waste & other rubbish floated about. According to the accounts, the stench was at times unbearable.

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It then took a visionary to make change happen.

“It should be a way of life to keep the water clean, to keep every stream, every culvert, every rivulet, free from unnecessary pollution. In ten years let us have fishing in the Singapore River and fishing in the Kallang River. It can be done.” – Lee Kuan Yew (1977)

Our then-Prime Minister was well ahead of his time. As part of his strategy for sustainable development in Singapore, he called for the clean-up of its several grossly polluted river systems. In 1977, he gave relevant government departments ten years to complete the project. I am proud to say, that true to Singapore style, the strategy to clean-up Singapore’s rivers was implemented within this time frame

“Only ten years ago our rivers were like sewers, smelly, dirty and devoid of fish or any aquatic life. This year marks the restoration of the Singapore, Rochor, Geylang and Kallang Rivers into clean watercourses. …… We now have pleasant riverscapes. We can walk along the river banks and fish or boat, all unthinkable only a few years ago. It is an achievement many societies dream of, but one only few achieved.” – Lee Kuan Yew (1987)

Today, I enjoyed a scenic run along the sparkling waters of the river, on a proper path lined with plants and colourful flowers. I saw fish & even caught sight of a water snake in the waters. I saw older folk practicing taichi on the banks; people walking their pets; children running about; saw dragonboaters and canoeists…basically Singaporeans, and foreign friends alike coming together, enjoying our little slice of nature in our urban neighbourhood.

Thank you, Sir, for your vision and detailed execution; for turning us from a third to a first world nation in less than a generation, and for making a Singapore I am so proud of.

Wed Mar, 18 2015

What to Wear with Boyfriend Jeans | ChicPeek Ep 61

Here are some personal favourite styling options on wearing these tricky bottoms.

For functional tips on how to look good in boyfriend jeans, check out a previous video here for some tips I’ve learnt the painful way – by personal experimentation!

Wed Mar, 4 2015

Jade Seah’s Favourites | January 2015

Every month, I’ll share some of my favourite finds – movies, books, places, buys – good things should be shared!
New year, new favourites to share! In January, some of my favourites include a movie that isn’t exactly a new release (oops), a book of poetry by Lang Leav and a cafe in my neighbourhood!

Please share some of your favourite things so I can check them out too!

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With special thanks to Nathan Hartono for the music.

Wed Feb, 25 2015

Catholic Church Wedding: Church of Our Lady of Lourdes

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I don’t know why the boys continually cannot walk the centre of the aisle! From rehearsal to the final day! Haha…boys. Maybe they felt lonely and wanted of a partner?

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Happy to see my girls got it right.

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We could have gotten married in any Catholic church, but this was picked for its understated beauty (simple and small), history and special meaning to me.

My grandpa passed away a few years ago, and he is very missed by the whole family. His funeral and the 5 day wake was held in this church, and while that sounds really morbid, it’s actually not. We see the church as “his” church and I feel his spirit around.

Some people expressed surprise that we would pick this particular church to get married in: it’s one of the smallest churches, it’s not in the east, where both our families (including us!) stay, and, and some who perhaps don’t have “friends from other races” have said, “but it’s the Indian church”.

Erm. So?? Yes, it’s just off Sungei Road, is relatively near Little India and offers masses in Tamil (not all Catholic churches have Tamil masses), which could be reasons why more Indian friends attend this church, but we really didn’t see the point in making such a statement. I, for one, find it to hinge on a slight racism, which doesn’t generally sit well with me…

Anyway, I digress. So we decided to hold our church ceremony here, which to both of us, is the most important part of the entire wedding. I really appreciate how friends who had packed schedules on the day and couldn’t make it to the luncheon after, made time to attend the church ceremony – thank you!

Sat Feb, 14 2015

Wedding: A Look Behind the Scenes

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Yes, I got really teary when mum and dad helped me with my veil. So much for not crying at my own wedding!

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I see there’s always time for a wefie…

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Just some of the awesome people around me. Shoutout and big thanks to my (limelight-hating) older brother who transported so many bulky items, and was always around for rehearsals, even when he wasn’t the most excited to be part of the bridal party (as he would have to be involved in the march-ins, heh). Even here he chose to lurk in the background of the picture!

He and my most awesome sis-in-law just showed up at 11pm the night before the wedding “in case we needed help with anything” and on the day, he apparently kept asking my mum if there was anything else to be done – basically, he helped out in his own quiet, un-showy way. Although we fought as kids and even more so as teenagers; and although to ‘kaypoh’ (meaning: busybody) people (who don’t know any better but think they do) we seem to not get on and think we are very brash and unloving towards each other, I think both of us know that’s how we show our love, and that we will be there in a heartbeat for each other in times of need.

Okay that’s like the most expressive vocalization of sibling love in perhaps 30 years. STAHP.

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I love this shot of my beautiful bridesmaids and flower girls (unfortunately sans the maid-of-honour and the birde!). Everyone looks so pretty and so radiant – and don’t you love the blooms Liz and I hastily threw together the night before the wedding? Although they didn’t all know one another before this, each of these girls have been there for me through difficult times, and like an elephant, I never forget.

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In this post are snaps by my friend, Jem, who was an unofficial photographer at our wedding. Jem and I go way back, back in SMU days where we would shoot all sorts of school campaigns together; he the freelance and budding photographer; me the ‘anyhow’ model who took on commercial modelling jobs that paid for textbooks (so expensive!), Statistics tuition lessons (embarrassing but very essential) and wakeboarding sessions (which was a luxury!). Later on, Jem also gamely shot my lookbook campaigns when I was running my online boutique, and true to his promise, shot these lovely moments on T and my special day. Thank you for bothering to arrive early and getting all these precious moments that my official photographer may have missed!

More photos to come!

Photo credits: Jeremy Nguee, now F&B Personality, Culinary Artist and Consultant, and also the founder and owner of Preparazzi.

Wed Feb, 11 2015

How to Look Good in Boyfriend Jeans | ChicPeek Ep 60

Boyfriend jeans are tricky to wear! Here are some tips I’ve learnt (the painful way) by means of personal experimentation…

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Wed Feb, 11 2015

First Peek: Wedding Dress & Shoes

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Awaiting the entire batch of photos from the wedding photographer we engaged on the day, but here are a few they have kindly rushed out for me!

First look at the dress and shoes. I actually had no idea what shoes to wear with the wedding gown. I had initially notions of wearing sparkly sneakers or striking red ones slippers (ala Dorothy in ‘The Wizard of Oz’, one of my favourite childhood stories!), but not only did Groomzilla seem extremely underwhelmed by the idea (to put it mildly), I also had trouble finding ones in these styles that I liked.

The period leading up to the wedding was extremely busy and stressful – work kept me busy and the preparations and tiny details seemed never-ending! There was hence no time to properly look for shoes; I just glanced into shop windows every time I found myself walking through malls. My dress designers were going mad as up to a week before the wedding, they weren’t sure what length to cut the dresses to as I had no idea what shoes, and more importantly, how high or low heels (or flats, as in the sneaker idea), I was planning to wear!

The good people from Bless Inc Asia Pte Ltd reached out to me, and like the quintessential fairy godmother in fairy-tales (how appropriate, given my ‘Dorothy’ aspirations), they presented me with the perfect solution! I love these Melissa Ultragirl + J. Maskrey flats with Swarovski crystal appliations – true to promise, they really made me feel like a modern-day Cinderella!

The icing on the cake? They are not only pretty as hell, they are super comfy!

Oh, and Groomzilla approved. ;)

With special thanks to Terence Yow and Chrissa Zhu from Enviably Me; Daryl Dee Teo and Jacqueline Lui from Bless Inc Asia Pte Ltd.

Wed Feb, 4 2015

Jade Seah Wedding | The Beginning

I got married to my love over the weekend, and I couldn’t be happier.

As the bride, I didn’t have much chance to snap any photos on my phone as I was running around trying to chat with everyone and make sure all guests were happy and taken care of; plus there were the dances and speeches to do! In the days following, I’ve been so happy to have received photos from friends and family who have kindly snapped shots on their devices. Special mention must be made to my uni buddy, Jeremy Nguee (now owner and chef at Preparazzi) who was a budding photographer back in the day at SMU. We worked together quite a bit that period and he later helped me shoot pictures for my online boutique. On my wedding day, true to his word, he came and shot some lovely pictures for me. Will share those tomorrow!

Another very special mention goes out to another friend, Ki’ern Tan, ex-editor at 8 Days magazine. He came, shot and edited this little wedding gift for me in less than two days. Slight delay on my side as my dear Groomzilla was undecided about me sharing it (he’s a very private person) but he finally came round when I told him it would be a real shame not to…so here it is! (Warning: You may not be able to watch this on mobile; view on your computer!)

(Ki’ern also chose one of my favourite songs as a backing track!) Music credits: You Belong to Me by Patsy Cline.

Thank you Ki’ern!

Wed Jan, 28 2015

Jade Seah’s Favourites | December 2014

Have heard your requests – so here’s a brand new series! Every month, I’ll share some of my favourite finds – movies, books, places, buys – good things should be shared!

Please share some of your favourite things so I can check them out too!

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Credits to Audio Micro for the music and sound effects.

Tue Jan, 20 2015

How to Mix Prints

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Hello, stranger! I know I’ve been missing from this space for ages – so much still to share with you: London trip, Macau trip, Bangkok trip, plus the many hen’s parties and trips I’ve been blessed with at the end of 2014! Things have been crazy on this side with work and preparing for the wedding, but I will get down to sharing all that – just a matter of ‘when’. Heh.

New stuff coming on my YouTube channel soon as well, so make sure you’re subscribed so you know when that happens. =)

In the meantime, here’s an outfit post from awhile ago. I love prints and I find that it’s fun to mix them up a little every now and then! I think my mum still has problems with this concept – I once wore a striped shirt with a polka dot skirt and she asked, as if I’d gotten dressed in the dark and had made a mistake, “Dots and stripes? Really?” – and perhaps it was me who had gotten it wrong and looked like some crazy girl; but it’s just clothes at the end of the day. Who cares if you make a little ‘mistake’ sometimes?

If there are any rules to be followed at all, what I find is that when mixing prints, it helps if one print is monochrome. Another trick is to ‘break up’ the look with a neutral outer like a jacket or vest, or even with a neutral-coloured belt.

Let me know if you’d like a video on mixing prints, or on anything else you’d like. Hope you’re having a great start to 2015, and talk soon!