Saturday, May 30, 2020

I have a confession to make: I have never had a flat stomach. I was the kind of baby that had adorable rolls of fat throughout my body, and although it was very cute in my youth, as I got older, these rolls of fat, especially over my abdomen, never quite went away. And I know I’m not the only one who has dealt with stubborn belly fat. Whenever I experienced periods of weight loss, I retained persistent fat at my outer thighs and belly area. Targeted fat loss is one of the most difficult things to achieve as our bodies are more likely to burn fat throughout when someone loses weight. Many people feel that they have to resort to surgical methods in order to achieve the aesthetic results they are looking for.

Thanks to Ozhean A.M. Clinic, I was able to put that to the test. I underwent their FIT Laser Slimming Program, which took into account my individual issues with targeted fat loss and used a combination of various non-surgical and non-invasive methods to achieve the desired effects. I went through this program over a period of time, and saw actual weight loss and changes in my body. In order to give a good picture of how dramatic the changes were, I’ll share some metrics which changed for me over a period of 3 months:


Body Fat (%)

Waist (CM)

Lower Abdomen (CM)

Thighs (CM)

Before Program




55 (L)
56 (R)

After Program






The biggest difference can be seen in my body fat percentage, which I believe reduced so significantly because the treatments provided had fat burning outcomes. I’ll share about each procedure and the experience for each part.

Easy123 PRO Supplement

Throughout the program, I consistently consumed a health drink with apple fibre and cranberry known as Easy123 PRO. This is not my first time consuming a health drink as I had a period of constantly consuming a moringa health drink for my digestion. This experience with Easy123 PRO was not unfamiliar. I am very conscious about consuming laxatives or non-natural powdered formulas, but I did not have anything to worry about in relation to Easy123 PRO.

I have often experienced bloating after heavy meals and because of the fairly sedentary lifestyle I live and my penchant for oily food, I am extremely gassy. My doctor has told me to incorporate more probiotics and prebiotics in my life to improve my gut health and I do have yogurt on a fairly regular basis. However, only after I started taking Easy123 PRO did I realise how poorly regulated my digestive system was.

As you may be aware, probiotics help our bodies to flush our toxics and keep a healthy balance of microflora in our gut, which is key to boosting the immune system. PREbiotics, on the other hand, are just as important in developing a healthy immune system as they nourish intestinal good bacteria while creating a hostile environment for bad bacteria. In an ideal system, we wouldn’t need any help with probiotics and prebiotics because our bodies are meant to do all the hard work on its own. Unfortunately, there are many external hindrances which stop our bodies from performing optimally and we can see these show up as stomach upsets or constipation, poor skin, lethargy, frequent sickness, bad breath and foul mood.

In my case, the first day I took a sachet of Easy123 PRO, I was immediately drawn to its sweet, fruity flavour. But to my extreme alarm, within 3 hours, I got horrible stomach cramps and had to go to the toilet very urgently. At risk of sharing way too much, I had very loose stools and had such an uncomfortable poop that I was reluctant to drink it again the next day. My immediate thought was: are you sure this isn’t a laxative?

However, after taking it for another two days, I changed my mind completely! It was like a cleanse my body so badly needed. I felt so comfortable and light, more so than I had in months. My body felt like it purged out all the trapped oils and gunk that I’d ingested and I no longer had cramps. Whenever I ate something very oily or heavy in the day, I would be able to pass motion comfortably and completely. Honestly, dear readers, there’s nothing that frees your body up like a good bowel cleanse and having Easy123 PRO as part of the program meant that my weight wasn’t so dramatically different between the morning and night as I was able to flush out all the undigested food so well.

Packed with natural dietary fibres and superfoods such as goji berries, mangosteen, cranberries, passionfruit and oranges, I felt more energetic throughout the day and did not fall sick even once. As the drink dissolves easily in cold water, I found it a suitable substitute for my usual morning fruit juice.

LeShape laser

As I mentioned above, I have stubborn belly fat that I wanted to remove. This is where the LeShape laser came in. It was a non-invasive treatment that left no damage on my skin, had zero downtime and gave me immediate and more importantly, permanent results. The LeShape treatment works by delivering thermal energy to fat cells, ultimately breaking them down. Your body then removes these fat cells through the lymphatic system.

Although I was warned that it could be very painful for some, I did not have a difficult experience with it at all. I was comfortable enough to read while the laser treatment was ongoing and felt relaxed as the laser zapped my fat away. Honestly, if you’re comparing this and hours and hours of exercise, it goes without saying that the LeShape laser is most certainly the easy way out.

The process looks intimidating but is fairly simple. After they spread numbing jelly on the targeted area, they attach special lasers to the specific area and turn on the machine. Ozhean A.M. Clinic gave me a blanket and made the process as comfortable as they could. 

Tried it on my outer thighs too

Although I did feel a very warm, almost hot sensation as the laser was working, the most noticeable feeling is the tightness that comes afterwards, almost like how you feel after a very intense ab workout. When the laser was applied to my outer thighs, I hardly felt a thing, so bear in mind that the sensation may differ across different targeted areas.

There was no downtime after the treatment and I was able to immediately go out for lunch and meet my friends without any change in activity. This makes it a very easy treatment that makes it sufficiently subtle to incorporate if discretion is your priority.


Shockwave comes after the laser treatment and although it may sound strange, it is a very enjoyable part of the program for me. In short, shockwave uses acoustic waves to enhance body contouring and reduces cellulite by breaking down fat cells. It also provides a lymphatic drainage effect that promotes body detoxification.

What this meant was that every time I left Ozhean A.M. Clinic after a session, for the two weeks following my visit, I would feel incredibly lean. I was never able to put my hand against my belly and feel some firm resistance, but for the first time in years, I could! This was a huge encouragement for me when I later kickstarted my own exercise regime because I felt that I just had to maintain the firmness rather than work hard to remove the layers of fat first.

To go into more detail of how shockwave feels, I would liken it to the feeling of being mildly massaged from within. The shockwaves penetrate your body and reaches deep to soothe the areas post laser.

Fat Mesolipolysis

If you are like me, then the treatments above may have raised no alarms. However, like me, when it comes to injections such as the fat mesolipolysis, you may have more concerns.

Within the aesthetic world, mesolipolysis is a known as a non-surgical alternative to liposuction. Instead of surgically removing fat from your body, a fluid is injected which promotes body metabolism and fat burn. It also promotes skin tightening with the process of fat burn, so you aren’t left with loose skin at the end.

I was given a treatment of this for my stubborn belly fat and the combination of all the solutions above led to a noticeable improvement in my tummy bulge. Whilst I cannot confirm which in particular proved to be most effective, I am safe in the knowledge that all the above are authorised and administered by licensed doctors.

FIT Laser Slimming Program

Now that I have introduced the various components, allow me to share a little more about the entire experience of this slimming program. When you first step into Ozhean A.M. Clinic, you are immediately made to feel welcome by their friendly staff, who are happy to bring you tea as you register. As with all healthcare facilities, they do seek some information about your medical history before you are brought to a doctor who will assess your condition.

Every person is subject to a different regime and a different combination of the above treatments. For instance, although I may have gone for fat mesolipolysis and LeShape laser, you may only require LeShape laser. Some factors they consider include age, stubbornness of the fat, location of targeted fat loss and medical history as examined by the doctor.

I was very clearly briefed of the risks involved with each treatment, and it was very comforting to know that some of the staff working have experienced the use of the above treatments themselves. They were able to share their first-hand experience which made me much more comfortable to proceed.

The frequency of visits throughout the program is also fairly flexible. Due to demands of my work schedule, I was only able to visit them at certain times on a weekend, and they took that into consideration when planning my program. Similarly, if you have a ‘weight loss objective’ such as a wedding or some sort of occasion, they would be able to advise you on how often you should see them as well as how much time you should wait between each session. After all, safety is a priority and I really got the sense that they were invested in not only my weight loss, but my overall wellbeing and health as well.

In conclusion, if you’re looking to lose weight in stubborn areas, this Fit Laser Slimming Program is certainly an option. I love how this was not a one-size-fits-all solution, but truly one that is customisable based on your need and situation. Although I was invited to participate in this program by Ozhean A.M. Clinic, the views above are all of my own and I later returned as a paying customer for their other services.

How I decided to start a YouTube channel.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Different Ways to Work From Home (+ Pros & Cons)

Thursday, March 19, 2020
Oh my freaking goodness, guys. It is March of 2020. The world has pretty much been, for lack of a better word, plagued with tragedy after tragedy, drama after drama. With Malaysia on a colloquially deemed 'lockdown', or more accurately known as a period under a "Restricted Movement Order", businesses have found themselves sending their staff to Work From Home during this period. 

I'm sure we all have seen the memes on working from home which looks more like a holiday with a laptop in front of you than actual work. What was interesting to me in managing the team I work with is the way in which we would carry out work from home. Before deciding on what we're currently doing, I put some thought into different ways that people could work from home. 

Different Ways to Work from Home (Pros and Cons) 

Without further ado, here we go: 

1. Task based 

This is the most 'flexible' way of working from home, where you are assigned certain tasks to achieve by end day or end week and you use your own discretion to figure out when or how you wish to get them done. This is very suitable for sales companies, which may need to make a number of phone calls or send out a number of emails in a day. It is the model in which freelancers carry out their work from home and it is outcome focused. 

However, some issues with this are that unless you have extremely clear independent goals, it can be difficult to structure your day to achieve what needs to get done. For instance, if your role typically involves revision or input from your team members, you might experience some complications or needless waiting around as different members are working at different times. In addition, less disciplined team members can affect your own productivity and you may find yourself being frustrated with another's schedule. 

Another downside of this is that if your team is new to working from home, it may be difficult to anticipate or understand how much time is required to complete a task. Although having clear time frames are important, if achievements are defined by 'how much got done in a day', it may not encourage employees to think more deeply about the task they're completing and expectations may not always be met if someone comes across a hurdle they struggle to solve on their own. 

Often, task based working from home styles are not time bound, and you may find those on a task based routine difficult to contact on an ad-hoc basis as they may not always be on when you need them. This could also mean that as an employee, your boss may contact you at any time (whether super early or late in the evening) and you may not get time to 'switch-off' in the day as your home is now effectively your office. 

2. Time based 

This is meant to emulate the work office time structure of working. You 'start work' at your designated time, by being completely available at your designated work hours. You stick to a fixed lunch schedule and you also 'clock out' at a particular time. Your colleagues are able to contact you at any time during the 'work day' and you meet your usual work obligations in the normal way - except at home. 

Meetings may be requested through video or phone call and as you're meant to be 'working', you will be expected to meet those obligations the same way you would on any other office day. The 'downside' of this method is that it does take away that flexibility of working from home that people normally expect. You should not be taking time away from your work to watch TV or relax, or do the laundry or fulfill other household obligations. However, at the end of your work day, your boss and colleagues are unlikely to make demands of you and you are mentally better able to segregate your day into 'work' and 'home time'. In addition, you save a lot of time without having to commute! (or wear pants)

This was the way I chose for our team to work. It makes it easier to see what's going on and we utilise team management tools such as Trello to optimise our efficiency. In this way, every team member is aware of what the other is doing and it's so neat and clear that I'm inclined to continue using these sort of task management tools even when we're back in the office. In addition, as we work alongside those in healthcare who are still working in this time, it makes it easier to contact those who are in the office because we operate within the same working hours. 

3. Meeting centered 

One of the most popular ways I've seen on social media now for working from home are those which are centered around teleconferences. A particular time is set for all team members to log on, dial in, and communicate with each other over Skype, Zoom or whatever else they've chosen. These online conferences are meant to work the way a meeting would, but sometimes for smaller companies, or in different teams, they're used as an online 'monitoring' mechanism to ensure staff are all invested in working and are on their computers.

One downside I envision is that in efforts to digitally recreate an office environment, everyone is connected on ONE chat room, fostering distraction. Although it is a good way to keep that sense of solidarity among a team that could feel isolated and lonely, it can also be a big drag on some staff's limited Internet access or productivity and is the kind of communication medium that favours extroverts. Rather, meetings should remain a tool in the work day and all of us could use this time working from home to consider how we could function more effectively with fewer meetings, as opposed to recreating all the meetings online, bringing along its inefficiencies. 

4. Free for all / On Call 

It is interesting to me that quite a number of companies have decided that their employees are to work from home, without sharing with them a plan of how to do so. Staff are expected to simply be available IF there's something for them to do and find themselves checking their phones frequently just in case their boss gives them a call. 

This method reminds me of when doctors are on call at the hospital. They are alert, on standby and are prepared for any sort of work that may come and are compensated for their availability. A person adopting this method does not give specific tasks in advance but instead may randomly call you up to get something done. This is also a 'flexible' way of working, but in my view, it does not maximise the resources at your disposal, could result in some anxiety by staff as they're in the dark on whether or not they have a busy day ahead and puts a lot of pressure on the immediate manager to achieve undefined goals. 


In reality, organisations adopt a variety of work from home methods, some of which are hybrids of the above. Different functions require different ways of dealing with them but I'm happy to see that many employers are using this time to explore the different and modern ways in which online tools can help improve the flexibility and productivity of a regular work day. 

If I have left out a type of work day that you think belongs on this list, please feel free to leave a comment! The opinions I shared above are just what I think would work for my team, but as we have only been working from home for a total of 2 days, I think it still remains to be seen whether we would change our mind moving forward in favour of another way.

Till next time! 

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