Tuesday 31 August 2021

Chin Up, Beautiful!

We have all heard the saying that beauty is only skin deep. Without doubt, it's our inner character that is most important and we can't only pay attention to the superficial. However, we also understand that our physical appearance is very much linked to our self-esteem, which in turn affects our emotional well-being, values and goals.

When we look and feel good, we are naturally less self-conscious and more confident, thus helping us to present the best version of ourselves to the world, not just physically but also socially and mentally. 

At times, all it actually needs is a little adjustment to our appearance to make a vastly positive difference to our self-image and psyche. In my case, it is something that most people may not even notice.

For friends who have been following me on social media, you would have read about my experience over the past month where I visited Angel Aesthetica for a procedure on my jawline contour. You might have wondered, What was that about?

Well, I'd always felt that my chin was somewhat on the short side and also slightly receding inwards, which gave the perception of my upper lip protruding out, as you can see in the top-left photo. This is also in part due to an overbite in my upper teeth which I had previously installed Invisalign braces to address, but even then I still wasn't too comfortable with the protrusion that was made more obvious by the shape of my chin.

Hence, I consulted with Dr Ryan of Angel Aesthetica on this issue, and following his recommendation we went ahead with a filler treatment for my chin to give it a more pointed outline and enhance my jawline contour. Can you tell the difference in the Before and After photo below?

Yup, after the treatment I find my face looking less roundish and more defined, and there is also a nicer balance between my chin and my upper lip. Suffice to say I am pretty happy with the overall results of the procedure. A big shout-out to Dr Ryan, whose professionalism was top-notch, giving me excellent advice throughout!

And if you are interested to find out more about what the process was like for me, I have filmed and documented it for an upcoming episode of my variety programme on Facebook, 養生法則 Law of Wellness. Do follow the page and keep a look-out for it!

So for those who encounter certain dermatological issues or are considering aesthetic procedures, I would highly recommend Angel Aesthetica based on my own experience there. They offer a wide range of services, including laser treatments for the removal of blackheads, acne treatments and more. And of course, they will be able to advise you on the best course of action to take with their expertise.

Such procedures have helped countless people find their confidence and give them a much-needed boost to their self-esteem. If there are aspects in your appearance bothering you or even hampering your emotional well-being, you might be surprised how there can be a simple solution to it! Here's wishing everyone happiness on the journey to a better, more positive you!

丘俊鑫 Lawrence Hiew

Tuesday 17 August 2021

Missing Home

How time flies! Before knowing it, we are almost in the final quarter of 2021. And it's also been about 18 months since I had last returned home in February of 2020 to celebrate Chinese New Year. 

I'm dearly missing all my family and friends. It seems such a long time ago that we could sit down together as a big group to enjoy our reunion dinner; to go out together, to play together.

How I miss the pre-pandemic days - the days where the word Covid-19 didn't exist. Gone too are the days when my loved ones could come over to Singapore to watch my concerts, to lend me their wonderful support.

My greatest comfort now is that they're still able to keep tabs on my activities online, and of course I'm thankful we can continue to stay in touch through WeChat and WhatsApp. Yet there's no substitute for the personal touch of face-to-face interaction, where I can have real conversations with friends and kin, where I can see them up close. I miss all of that badly.

How I wish the pandemic can be over quickly, so I can return home. I've skipped a year of spending Chinese New Year in JB, and I just hope I am able to go home to be with my relatives and dearest companions by the next Chinese New Year. How much would they have changed by then, I wonder? Will everyone still recognise me?

I can only hope. 

In the meantime, I'll be sure to take good care of myself here in Singapore. Sending my love and regards to Malaysia, that all of you may also take lots of care, especially as the situation is severe right now. My ardent wish is that when I return, all of you will be fine. 

Please stay well.

丘俊鑫 Lawrence Hiew