Travel Made Different

Sydney

“Travel brings power and love back into your life.” -Rumi

Travelling enriches the soul. Travelling inspires and opens my eyes to a whole new world out there. Most importantly, travelling makes me feel free. I am thankful to be travelling for work most of the time, opening doors for Love, Bonito globally.

The recent Sydney trip has been a precious experience and I hope this little travelogue will inspire you to make memories and find joy in seeing the world too.

Landed to this amazing view of Sydney. Fluffly white clouds + Perfect weather = Bliss!
I have always been fascinated with aerial views from planes and they usually are picture perfect too! Plus, Sydney is one beautiful city to photograph.  

First stop – Bondi Beach!
Golden sand, clear blue waters and a really bustling beach. We took a long lazy brunch by the beach just people watching and soaking up the sun. Everyone was relaxed and the day started off perfect.  You HAVE TO take a walk along the coast after brunch watching surfers ride the waves and enjoy the breeze. Climb up towards the rocks to get a birds eye view of the entire beach.I promise the view will be worth it. If you love the wind in your face and enjoy alone time, you will definitely find a spot in Bondi to sit and just reflect. It was really refreshing for me, after the frenzy at work the week before.

This marks one of my most carefree days in Sydney.

If you love a good farmer’s market, you have to visit The Grounds of Alexandria. A magical garden housing stalls of fresh produce, freshly baked bread, tarts and amazingly pretty blooms. I love exploring farmers’ markets, trawling through stall after stall, and just watching the lovely interaction amongst the locals. The Grounds of Alexandria really stood out for me as every corner you turn, something will catch your eye. From freshly squeezed lemonade on a push cart to these delectable tarts. If you are a dessert lover, you have to try these amazing pastries. Every bite is an explosion of sweet endings.  If you are a coffee lover, you will be in for a treat as the Grounds showcases coffee from all over the world in their very own roastery. I was resisting the temptation to bring bags of coffee beans home! 

Touristy as it might seem, sunset at The Sydney Opera House should not be missed. Having a cocktail in hand and winding down after a day of traipsing about the city of Sydney is best done with this gorgeous view of the harbor.

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07.10.14

Prive Clinic

Facetherapy

Helena Rubinstein once said, “There are no ugly women, only lazy ones.” I was thrilled when I finally managed an appointment at Prive Clinic. The luxurious space left an indelible impression.  I have heard so many excellent reviews about the clinic and I was inevitably drawn by their motto, that “Perfection is Possible.”

I was glad to be able to consult Doctor Karen Soh on my first visit and she recommended me to try Thermage, a safe, non-invasive procedure that is clinically proven to help smoothen, tighten and contour skin for an overall younger looking appearance. As if that was not attractive enough, I was told that the treatment delivers natural looking results with little to no downtime, on all skin colours, on and off the face, all in a single procedure.

Having battled with sensitive skin for a really long time, I am naturally skeptical with regards to facial treatments, skincare products as well as invasive/non-invasive procedures. However, with the increase in travelling for work, I have been feeling the brunt of climate changes and the constant lack of sleep on my skin. Hearing that Thermage can help with smoothening my wrinkles, tightening and an overall contouring of my face was particularly uplifting (pun intended!).

If you are wondering, The Thermage device was first cleared by the FDA in 2002 and has been available in physician office since then. Thermage treatments are about 45minutes long for the face and there is no special care needed after the treatment. I applied makeup as usual and headed off for a meeting!


Picture above, taken right after my Thermage treatment.

There was no swelling, redness or pain after the treatment. However, during the procedure, I experienced slight pain (this depends entirely on your threshold too!) There will be a brief cooling sensation, followed by a deep but brief heating sensation (and this alternates during the treatment that took about 45 minutes). The heating actually helps stimulate and heat up collagen, remodeling it to result in the skin tightening effect. The heating sensation is also a sign that the deep layers of skin are reaching effective temperatures for tightening, while the cooling sensation protects the surface of the skin.

I really like that the nurses and staff at Prive are extremely patient and attentive, making the entire experience a very smooth and pleasant one. My fears were constantly allayed and I never once felt uncomfortable to ask questions when in doubt. I learnt too, that improvement can be seen over the next two to six months, depending on the individual’s skin condition and aging process. This effect can also last for years. Hence, the slightly hefty price tag for Thermage (about $5000) actually works out to be a worthwhile investment. I cannot wait to share my results!

Head on down to their website www.priveclinic.com and like them on Facebook www.facebook.com/priveclinic


04.08.14