#1972 | Golden hour Golden hair


Top: Love Bonito | Skirt: Supre | Coat: Friend’s | Bag: Gift from friend | Hair by Hairloom

imagesSydney, Australia.
All photos taken with the Nikon D750 on a 35mm lens

These visuals were shot in the street behind our airbnb apartment in Syndey – which was really a refurbished warehouse, but that’s a story for a different day. I love how everything is more photogenic abroad. I used to put it down to psychological difference but I later learnt that not all sunlight is equal, and the type we get over on our sunny singapore is decidedly less photogenic than the type you get everywhere else.. ah well. Equatorial sun, and all that.

Anyway. I had my hair sliced and diced at Hairloom, my new hair sponsor, a couple of weeks ago. I joined Hairloom at the chorus of praises my other click girls sung of them – and Roz and Shu An have the most perfect, on-pointe hair, all the time, so I trust them. Good call, it seems. All Calvin did for me was touch up my roots and cut my hair, but he must have worked some magic on it because my hair is 15x easier to style now. My morning routine has been cut down about 20 minutes, and for that I am eternally grateful. He tells me this is called the invisible disconnect cut, which gives me triangular layers in my hair while retaining length. Don’t ask me what that means: in my book it just means amazing.

I’ve always maintained that finding a good stylist is like finding the perfect spouse – hair is such an intimate thing, don’t you think? A good cut brings you further than a full face of make up: I would know, I just hosted a major hair makeover event with Liese a couple of weekends ago to an audience of fresh faced teenaged girls. Although I’m not exactly the technical expert when it comes to the nitty gritty details, I know hair that works when I see it. And this cut, boy, it works for me. So many people have commented on it since I visited the salon sans prompting. I adore it: both the cut and the attention. The internet is no place for public declarations of affection, but I think I may have found the proverbial ‘one’.

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#1971 | Jemma for Nikon: Beginner’s Guide to DSLR Photography with My Cat


My typical working space: the bed. Haha!

I get a lot of questions on my photography workflow over on email and askfm when it was still running, and when better to talk about photography than when in collaboration with one of the world’s most trusted photography companies? I’ll be detailing my workflow in a two part series: today I’ll be talking about the actual photo taking process, and in a later post, I’ll describe my post processing steps that lead me to the final pictures you see on here or on instagram.

So! Let’s get started.

I’ve always been a DSLR sort of girl – you just can’t replicate the photo quality you get on a DSLR with something off a compact or point and shoot. Its true to a certain extent: it’s more the photographer than the equipment, but photos snapped on an iPhone and on a DSLR are still worlds apart in terms of quality. I wrote a guide on picking your first DSLR awhile back, but what good is having a DSLR if you dont know how to use it?

So today I’m going to be detailing the very basics of beginner DSLR photography for those of you who’ve just gotten your first entry level DSLR and want to know how to make the most of it. For those of you who’ve had your first DSLRs for awhile but are still shooting on Auto mode, hopefully this will help you move out from it :) I won’t be covering Manual photography in this post because that’s one step up, and better for a later post!

I found it super hard to understand the different modes and functions when I just started using my DSLR despite extensive researching, so to make things easier/ more interesting, I’m going to demonstrate how to use the DSLR with my favourite subject: Athena!


Shot on the Nikon D5500 with the 18-55 Kit Lens
P Mode, ISO 100


Today’s Equipment

DSLR: We will be shooting on the Nikon D5500 today, which is what I have on hand. It’s a stellar entry level DSLR and I 100% recommend it to anyone looking to get started!

Lens: I love the 35mm, but to be fair, I’m going to be talking about and shooting exclusively on the 18-55, which is likely to be the kit lens that your entry level DSLR will come with. This is so you can see the type of pictures you’ll get when you purchase the very basic DSLR package, with no extra add ons and hidden costs!

So, the basic terms explained

The holy grail of DSLR photography are these three terms: Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO. They make up your Exposure Triangle. In very layman terms, this is what they mean and do:

Aperture: The size of the opening in the lens that allows light in. It also controls your depth of field/ background blur.

Shutter Speed: Refers to how fast your shutter clicks. It affects how sharp your pictures are.

ISO: Think of ISO as a flavour enhancer. Your ISO controls how your camera reacts to the light that your aperture lets in.

This was a very useful infographic for me when I was trying to understand the three terms, and I hope they help you too:

IMG: Daniel Peters

Understanding the basic function and meaning of the Exposure Triangle is important because it affects how you go on to decide which mode to use when taking pictures. Understanding them intimately becomes crucial when you want to go on to Manual photography – but that’s a post for another day. For now, just keep in mind what they do.

Moving on, I’m going to detail which mode you should use and when:

The Different Modes

nikon d5500
The top controls of a Nikon D5500, which is what I’ve been shooting on lately

Have a look at the picture above. Today we’re going to talk about the basic modes you can shoot in, and when, so just focus on the dial ring that’s currently set to Auto. The idea is to move past shooting in Auto, and to know when to use what for optimal pictures, not including M – Manual!

The most important part of the dial ring that you’ll be most frequently acquainted is is the P S A M portion that’s boxed off. As you might have guessed, these stand for:

P – Program Mode
S – Shutter Priority
A – Aperture Priority
M – Manual

Let’s start with P – Program Mode.

Program Mode

Program Mode is the most basic and easiest to use. If you’re just moving out from Auto mode, you may want to start with this.

In P, all you have to do is adjust the ISO. The camera picks the Aperture and Shutter Speed for you based on what ISO you set it to. P mode is pretty safe, but it won’t give you the best pictures you can take for your camera – however, it’s a great mode to sharpen your skills and understanding of ISO on!


Shot on P Mode: ISO 100 for strong daylight.

It’s a good picture, decent lighting and sharp details, but if I could tweak it a bit I would make the background more blurred.


Shot on P Mode: ISO 1000 for indoor nighttime photography.

This is a relatively straightforward picture, so I’d just filter it for effect and brightness in post production or in a phone photo app.

Pros: It really helps you understand what ISO works for what situations, and is great for casual shooting.
Cons: You can’t adjust your aperture or shutter speed for this mode, so if you’re not happy with the sharpness or depth of field.. there’s nothing much you can do about it.

Aperture Priority

In Aperture Priority Mode, what you have to do is adjust the Aperture and ISO, and the camera will intelligently pick out the Shutter Speed for you. This is the mode that most photographers shoot in.

Your aperture is measured in something called f-stops. Two things you must know about aperture:

1. The bigger the number, the smaller the hole. Don’t ask me why, I know it’s confusing, but that’s just the way it is. (Recap: Aperture basically means the size of the hole letting the light in)
2. The smaller the number, the greater the depth of field or background blur.

– If you’re taking someone’s portrait, you’ll want a nice background blur: f1.8-2.8 is a nice number for this.
– If you’re taking scenery and you want everything in focus, you dont want any background blur. The higher the f-stop number the better: a good gauge is f8, and then working up from there depending on your judgement from the situation itself.

*On a kit lens, the lowest you’ll probably be able to go is about f3.5.

Here is a portrait of Athena:


Aperture mode,
f3.5, ISO100


Aperture mode, Indoor, Night
f4, ISO1000

As you can see, her face is in focus while everything else is blurred.

Aperture mode is great because you get to control the depth of field in your pictures, which is what gives your pictures dimension. Nikon cameras have a very handy guide for this: the information page shows you the size of the aperture in relation to the F-stop number. See:


Look at how the aperture size image changes in relation to the F stop number!

This was super helpful in learning how the aperture affects the pictures, because if you’re a visual learner like me, it’s easy to form an association between the f-stop and the picture results really fast!

Shutter Priority

In Shutter Priority Mode, what you have to do is adjust the Shutter Speed and ISO, and the camera will intelligently pick out the Aperture for you. This is the mode that you use when you have a moving object, or possibly if you’re shooting at night. Basically, you use Shutter Priority when you want to control the sharpness of your picture.

In shutter priority, here’s what you need to know:

1. Pick up your DSLR and snap a shot. Hear that click? The speed of that click is your shutter speed.
2. The faster the shutter speed, the less blur you get.
3. The smaller the number, the faster the shutter speed. (i.e. 1/4000 is a fast shutter speed; 30” is a slow shutter speed)
4. The longer your shutter stays open, the more prone it is to blurring, but the more light it captures.

1/30 to 1/60 of a second is a good shutter speed for day to day use.
– If you’re trying to catch a moving object, you want a very fast shutter speed.
– If you’re trying to catch the concept of motion, like in a waterfall shot, you need a slow shutter speed and a tripod because any tiny shaking of the hand will cause your photo to be blur.

*therefore: to freeze the moving object, we use a fast shutter speed; and to create motion, we use a slow shutter speed.


Taken on a full frame camera in Laos
That’s a bit unfair because it’s a full frame camera, but I just wanted to show you guys in what situation you’d want blurring – see how the water’s blur captures motion?

– If you’re trying to do starscape photography, you need basically the slowest shutter speed your camera will give you because you want to take in as much light as possible. However, this leads to a very high possibility of blurring, so you’re definitely going to need a proper tripod. You can read my Beginner’s Guide to Starscape Photography for a more in depth guide on how to capture stars :)

So, which mode is the best?

There’s no one answer or one magic mode to use for all situations, or cameras would only come with one button – Auto. Understanding the different uses and advantages of the different modes is really important when making a flash decision on which one to use when shooting in different situations. However, I personally think that starting with Program mode and then moving on to shooting mainly in Aperture Priority is the best way to get really familiar with your DSLR.

Shutter priority is also a great mode, but it tends to produce underexposed shots if you dont keep an eye on the Aperture value and the Exposure Value. In my head, I refer to it as S for Special Occasions Mode, for when you want to take long range exposure shots of stars, waterfalls, or if you want special light effects only achievable by holding your shutter open for a long period of time. I asked around my friends who are serious and hobbyist photographers, and no one really uses Shutter Priority from the day to day – to me, it really is more for special occasions like star/sports/waterfall photography. And besides, Aperture Priority mode works well for me 90% of the time! :)

Here’s what motion looks like on Aperture Priority mode:

aperture motionaperture motion1

Taken on Aperture Priority,
f3.5, ISO100

Heh heh.

Wrapping Up

So, I hope that gave you some idea of the difference between the P, S, A modes, and when to use them. I wouldn’t say I’m the best or most professional photographer around, but I hope this helps aspiring hobbyist photographers get started!

Theory is only one thing – the best way to get good pictures is to really familiarise yourself with your camera and what you can do. Every single person will tell you this: photography is best learnt through hands-on experience :)

Alright, go on then – pick up your camera, head out, and experiment! All the best x


#1970 | Alexa Chung-king Express


Kimono style dress: River Island, via Zalora SG | Boots: River Island, via Zalora SG | Hat c/o Klarra | Watch c/o Kulte Watches | Blazer: H&M | Make up: Urban Decay

imagesBath, England.
All photos taken with the Nikon D750 on a 35mm lens

Rare lookbook post but it was yet another case of too many pictures, too little time, which is a situation I find myself in increasingly since the marriage of myself and my Nikon D750, which Nikon Singapore generously gifted me with. Christmas came early this year for me.

These pictures were taken along an empty street corner in Bath, England. I was shooting some visuals for a collaboration with Urban Decay Singapore and Zalora Singapore – as always, I find it easier to experiment with looks when abroad. Firstly you dont perspire it all off, and secondly, if you mess it up, chances are, no one will recognise / remember it.

The inspiration for today’s look came loosely from snippets of Alexa Chung’s style as seen from tumblr and other various online recycling sources. Chung’s style can tend to the extreme for me: I’m half half on her toeing the line between style and a certain heck-care attitude – sometimes a bedhead is just a bedhead. Plus I was sorely disappointed by her book and found it good only for flatlays, which could be a statement on how I sometimes feel towards her as well.. But she has her moments, and the kimono styled with choppy waves is one of them. Plus it was the perfect premise for a smoky eye, which hey hey – is always a good thing in my books.


#1969 | Post Lasik Review with Clear Vision Singapore: Mesmer(eyes)d


An appropriately themed selfie

I’m going to say this straight up: I don’t know a single person who’s done LASIK and doesn’t think it’s the best decision of their life.

As most of you know, I made the life-changing decision to undergo epi-LASIK early last month. It was a long time in coming – I’ve been thinking about it for a long while, it was recommended by my childhood eye doctor, and I’ve been speaking to many different people about it. And when people talk about lasik, they don’t just talk, they gush. I am proud to say that I have now joined their ranks – and can honestly say that despite all my pre-operation fear, it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life.

The Situation:

For those of you who don’t understand why I feel so damn strongly about this, I’ve actually blogged about my eye problems extensively before. In more recent memory, there has been The Accident, The Operation, and my Pre-epilasik post. Long story short, I’ve been plagued by eye-related problems, like, forever.

The decision to undergo the epi-lasik procedure wasn’t so much a question of if as it was a matter of when. I already knew that it was necessary given my medical eye history, but two things were holding me back – firstly, it’s a lot of money upfront, and secondly, I was scared.

The first pickle resolved itself when Sophie introduced me to Jolene of Clearvision, who in turn extended a sponsorship offer to me. In retrospect it was less a sponsorship offer as it was a gift from God… but more on that later.

The second pickle was a little more complicated. I’m going to put it out there right now that I’m a little (read: very) paranoid about my eyes, and for good reason. I dont like the idea of undergoing any sort of eye surgery, and I’m inexplicably convinced that if anything were to go wrong, it would go wrong for me: that I’d be that 0.01% of the population statistic that they claim the procedure doesn’t work for, etcetera etcetera. Being offered a sponsorship took my mind off worrying about the price, but it just redirected all my excess worry towards panicking about what could or might go wrong.

I thought it over for a long time and my conclusion was: just because it’s a sponsored procedure doesn’t mean i should go for it. I’m not risking my eyes over saving a couple of grand. And thus commenced two months of intensive research..


Oh for the love of perfect vision!

The Research

It took me approximately three months from the time I was diagnosed OK for epi-lasik (you have to undergo a pre-procedure evaluation test to determine if you’re suitable for the procedure) to say OK to actually undergoing the procedure. I had to know everything about it first – risks, complications, and survivor stories. The risks and complications are relatively easy to read up about online, and besides just taking whatever was on the web wholesale, I actually went down to the Singapore National Eye Centre to speak to several doctors to get an unbiased idea of what risks the procedure entailed. The bottom line I got from them was: it’s best for your eyes if you stick to glasses, but epiLASIK is a tried and tested procedure that is very low-risk – the doctor will tell you if you’re suitable for the procedure even before allowing you to do it, minimising the risk of post-op complications.

One of the things I didn’t like initially was the idea of a human being operating on something as delicate as my eyeball. What if the doctor was in a bad mood, or just came from a quarrel with his/her spouse?! But I clarified this with the Clearvision staff, and everything is actually pre-calculated with a machine – the only thing the doctor does on the day itself during the actual procedure is make sure your head stays in place. The machine does all the work. Even though I do trust Dr Ho’s 25 years of field experience, this fact made me feel infinitely better.

So yes, moving on. Survivor stories.

I’m the kind who needs to know everything before I go into any major-decision making. Am I going to go to Universal Studios? I need to know the details, waiting time, and story line of every single ride available so i can plan my theme park route. Am I going to go for dinner at a particular restaurant next week? Give me the menu, prices, and ingredients used in each dish so I know what I want to order before even stepping into the restaurant. You get the idea… I’m that kind of person.

So if I’m going to do something as major as epi-lasik…. I need to know every thing there possibly is to know about it.

The Research: Survivor Stories

This was done three ways.

1. Speaking to people who have done epi-lasik before.
2. Reading forums on the clinic that I was considering for the procedure.
3. Reading online post-lasik diaries from people who did epi-lasik at Clearvision, the same clinic I was going to.

For 1. speaking to people who have done epi-lasik before, I spoke to people who had theirs done in Singapore, regardless of what clinic they went to. I basically asked every single person I knew who had it done (about 50+ people?) – so that included people who did theirs 8 years ago (still problem free) to those who just had theirs done as recently as last year (also problem free). Everyone agreed that it was the best decision they’ve ever made. I’ve never gotten such a unified response before on any topic, not even to the question of whether FRIENDS is the best TV show ever made (It is).

Reliable people I spoke to on this includes my producer and her sister, Gillian and Genna, both of whom I 100% trust. Also, Sarah from my church, who paid to have hers done 3 years ago with the same doctor at the same clinic I was going to – she said her procedure was fuss free and that she had zero regrets.

For 2., what I did was simply google my clinic + doctor’s name . I’m paranoid enough a person that just one bad review would have been enough to turn me away… but no. Everything I read reflected nothing less than stellar results. And I tend to trust forums, because most people are there for discussion, and you can kind tell when people mean it and when they dont.

And for 3., there are plenty of people who have done their epi-lasik procedure with Dr Tony Ho at Clearvision who have also blogged a daily diary about their experience. I’m talking about non-sponsored, paying clientele reviews. This might come across as a bit ironic, given that I was sponsored by Clearvision – but when I decide to do something, I want to know everything, not just the rosy side that realistically, bloggers are relatively more likely to paint. I realise that this might dampen my credibility a little, but I hope my demonstration of extensive research shows you guys that I’m not the type to just accept something wholesale just because it’s sponsored… this is my eyesight I’m talking about! I’m not messing around!

Anyway. Reading netizen reviews on the procedure was actually more for me to get a realistic idea of what the experience would be like for me as well – I just wanted more info regarding the procedure and post-op experience, and reading another person’s online diary was a good way to do it. It also felt strangely gossipy and addictive, this devouring of personal information.. but that’s a discussion for another day.

So, having found nothing to the contrary, and with my precarious eye-health situation bothering me more and more every day, I decided to go ahead with the surgery – but not before requesting a re-evaluation of my eye suitability for the procedure for the second time, just to be safe.

By now, you’re probably backing away slowly thinking to yourself that I’m a crazy person, but whatever: I’m a crazy person who does her research, okay?

The Actual Operation


That’s me lying on the operating bed

Despite all my reading up, I turned up at the clinic scared shitless on the day itself. An op is still an op is still an op. It’s always terrifying.

When I arrived, I had to fill in a bunch of forms that indicated that i was fully aware of the risks (this form induced another bout of panic in me) and that I wouldn’t hold the clinic responsible if anything bad happened. After this, the nurse put numbing eye-drops in both eyes, and left me to wait for them to take effect.

I have to admit – up till the point where I was lying on the bed, unable to move, I was still half-convinved that I should back out at the last minute. I mean.. what if something went wrong? But ok, hold on, it gets better.

Dr Ho did everything he could to reassure me, which I really appreciate, but the fear was still legitimate and present. He popped this thing in my eye to keep it open, making it impossible to blink while the procedure was ongoing. And then he held my head down.

Look at the green light, he said.

What’s the green light? I asked. And then I smelt it.

There’s this burning smell everyone talks about, which we all joke is the smell of your eyeball burning. That’s probably only half true. The laser itself gives off a smell when turned on, which is what you’re smelling. But at the same time, yes, your eyeball is burning. Thankfully, before you have much time to process this, it’s over.

The estimated time per surgery is about five minutes/eye, which I respectfully disagree with. It’s more like 30 seconds per eye. Stare at the green dot while Dr Ho counts down, and then suddenly it’s done – and he liberally pours eyedrops into your eye and wipes it clean with a sterilised cloth before popping a bandage contact lens on for you.

Is it done? I mumbled.

Very good, Doctor replied, which was not really an answer, You’re a great patient.

He was probably lying to me, because I was trembling nonstop. But it made me feel slightly better.

Before I could even attempt to blink, the next eyeball was done as well.

Up you go, he said, wasn’t that super easy?

And so it was.

It felt like all that worrying had cumulated in a rather anti-climatic point of perfection. It seemed too easy to be true. I took a photo with Dr Ho (which i’m not posting because I look stupid in it), and then I was ushered to a dark room, given special sunglasses, and left to rest. Nurses came in every 15 minutes to drip a different medicated drop in my eye.


That’s me, hugging my bag of eyedrops

It’s recommended that someone accompany you on the day of the op itself, because you’re going to be pretty non functional. After your procedure, your eyes are going to be super duper sensitive to light for quite awhile, especially right after LASIK, thus tiring you out easily. This is true: I apparently kept repeating myself and then I got super sleepy, super fast. Shane stayed with me for the entire operation, and then waited with me for the nurses to discharge me – it takes about an hour post-op. This was expected. What was not expected was this: the medicated eyedrops suddenly induced a great need for me to remember the exact storyline of Death Note I & II. I sat there, blind, and made Shane google the plot and then read it out to me while I asked incessantly: but why? Why did Light do that?

Sometimes I really wonder why he puts up with the nonsense I make him go through. +1 for tolerance levels. 10/10 recommended trait when considering potential boyfriends.

After about an hour the nurse told me i was good to go, and Shane called my dad who then came to pick us up and send me home :)

Post Lasik: Now I’m a Survivor..


With Amanda, another post-epilasik survivor, in Montigo a week after my surgery

For a week after surgery I was self-confined to my room, though from what I read, most people go back to work after day 4. I only left the room to go to the hospital for checkups, then headed right back to sleep in my room. I didn’t want to risk anything getting lodged in my bandage contact lens, so I basically minimised contact with the outside world and its pollutants, as recommended.

A few things that stood out to me post-op:

1. My vision was pretty serviceable from day one.
Couldnt read emails or books or anything, but I could watch TV. Not bad, huh. I had expected to be blind or at least, uncomfortable, for at least a week.

2. BUT that said, I couldnt really function on the computer at all for nearly a week.
Emails were out of the question. Websites were a pain (I tried to google some things). The only thing I could do was sleep and watch Kdramas.

3. The bandage contact lens protects your eye, but it can also cause you discomfort.
I woke up with a sharp pain in my eye twice after the op – apparently when you sleep, your body drys up (you feel it too normally, like your mouth gets dry etc) and so do your eyes. This caused the bandage lens to really annoy me when I slept, but it was usually over in a minute or so after intensive tearing, which lubricates your eyeball enough for the lens to unstick from your cornea.

4. The amount of eyedrops you have to keep using is insane.
I had three different medicated drops that had to be put at different time intervals, and to help with this the clinic gives you a timetable to fill in so you know when the next drop is due. You also eat vitamin tablets to accelerate the healing process. (On top of this I ate a golden kiwi everyday bc they’re supposed to be chock full of Vitamin C.) Basically, your eyeballs are probably going to be the most lubricated they’ve ever been… but for me, the eyedrops were also really comfortable for my eyes. It was great!!

5. Your eyes will probably heal at different rates.
For me, my right eye healed a lot faster than my left. This didn’t have any real life impact on me, but it was just interesting to know.

6. You get paranoid when you shower.
No water is supposed to touch your eyes because that runs the risk of infections happening. So you cant wash your face (just use a hot towel) and showering takes a bit of skill. For me, I wore sunglasses to shower so splatter didnt get in my eyes. I looked and felt stupid, but hey, I have perfect eyesight now. I have friends who wore goggles to shower. Whatever works best for you, I guess.

7. The biggest issue wont be anything health related, it’ll be boredom.
You basically cannot leave the house, use your computer, or read. Unless your friends want to come visit you and talk to you everyday.. you’re going to be bored to death. And there’s only that much you can sleep! You literally cannot do anything without your eyesight, and while I healed fast enough to be “watching TV” from day one, I still couldnt really see what was going on – I think i was just following the big moving characters on screen and listening to them chatter. For some of my friends who were stricter on themselves and avoided all electronic screens altogether, they were really bored to death. But hey – boredom for a couple of days, then perfect eyesight forever. Not a bad trade off, I think.


8. The process is different for everyone.
Because I spoke to so many people before getting epiLASIK done, I was already prepared for this. I count myself quite lucky that the process was relatively uncomplicated for me – I know some people who teared up like crazy and couldnt use their phones at all. But of all the people I spoke to, no one experienced the same pain from dry midnight eyes and bandage lenses that I mentioned earlier. So yeah, while the end result is largely the same, the minute details are pretty different for each individual.

After a week, I left the house for the first time for something that wasnt related to the hospital: I went for my boyfriend’s birthday celebration. And a couple of days after that, I made a trip to Montigo with a couple of friends, and had zero eye-related issues while there :) Travelling with perfect vision is a dream. More on that in a later post.

Sometime approximately two weeks after surgery… I didn’t even realise it, but I no longer had to squint to make out things. Still minimal blurring, but I was told that it’d take up to three months to fully heal. The cornea was healing, and fast.

And right now, my vision is at 100%. I would say that it’s comparable to when I had contact lenses on, except without all the complications and occasional discomfort that contact lenses come with. No more worrying about red eyes and contact lens irritation. No more worrying about my eyes looking bloodshot after a night of drinking with my friends (it happens, right? It’s not just me?). No more worrying about overwearing my contacts and damaging my eyes beyond repair. Basically, no more worries..



The Numbers

Epi-lasik, the procedure I did, costs 3,388SGD inclusive of pre-lasik evaluation, epi-lasik surgery for both eyes, initial set of medications, and post-op reviews for a month. After GST, the amount you pay is 3,625SGD. And of course, if you quote my name you get 120SGD off which brings your entire surgery to 3,505SGD.

The difference with regards to contact lens wear, of course, is a higher upfront cost. But the way I look at it,

– you ‘own’ your perfect vision instead of just ‘renting’ it, which is what you do with contacts
– your epiLASIK pays for itself after calculating how much contact lenses cost in the long run
– the risks are lower overall: every time you stick your finger in your eyeball, you risk infection, scarring, and in rare cases, blindness. Trust me – I’m speaking from experience.


Waking up to ClearVision lololol

And I’m telling you, waking up to clear vision every day – it’s priceless. Life is completely different now. I 100% would recommend epi-lasik, and I’m ever grateful to the Clearvision team for guiding me through it and being there for me the whole way despite my being completely chicken about it. :)

Clearvision Singapore
6 Nutmeg Road
Nutmeg Court
Singapore, 228337
(Next to Mt E, behind Paragon)

I’ll be back next time to talk more about life post-epilasik and how great it is (because it is!), but I do hope this post helped inspire you to start thinking about the future of your eye health – and I hope I answered some of your burning questions about the epi-LASIK procedure!

Thank you once again, Clearvision SG. You guys are the bomb x


#1968 | I’m really feline this tea.


Yet another workspace shot. This is what I’ve affectionately nicknamed the instagram table: someone gave it to us as a gift and the white space is perfect for flatlays or various other pictures. My real desk is messy as hell.

Mornings lately have revolved around T2 Tea’s Melbourne Breakfast Tea, which my girlfriend got for me on her recent trip to Australia. She passed it to me saying:

“It’s really good, but all my australian friends agree that only Singaporeans buy it because it’s so pretentious.”


She also got me the adorable cat teapot over a year ago from Japan, so I’m not complaining. Pretentious it may be, but can anyone really fight against cat themed merchandise? Not I.