M2 Academy @ Orchard Emerald

Sunday, August 24, 2014
A lot of you here probably already know this, but I didn't complete my secondary school education. It's really just not my thing. I have also mentioned before that education is not everything, but it doesn't mean that it is not important - especially so when you're in a country like Singapore where everyone here and there has a degree or diploma. I've often been asked what am I going to do if I stop blogging and to be honest, I have no idea. My highest qualification is Secondary 4, but my highest certification is only my PSLE.

The thing that throws me away from studying is that it is very dry and mundane - and fundementally what most schools care about is results, as opposed to nuturing an individual. I really was not motivated to study something that I am not at all interested in. 
I'm actually very glad that I was invited to the open house of (and to be able to share with you guys about) M2 Academy. The moment their CEO, Mark, was telling us about the values he believes in at M2, I was sold. For the past 4 years since I left school, I haven't had interest in studying, so I even shocked myself when I realised that I was looking forward to the tour and finding out more about M2 Academy.
"At M2 Academy, we strive to provide innovative and quality education that partners with industries so as to evaluate the necessary skills and develop students for the dynamic local and global economy. By doing so, we aim to be recognized as an institution that prepares students for work academically, technically and culturally."
I feel that this is really very important as I have heard of many stories from people who, after graduating, are unable to get jobs as most of the institutions in Singapore does not groom an individual to be prepared to enter the work force - so they are not equipped with the neccessary skills for the working environment except for their diplomas or degrees. M2 has partnerships with companies like Microsoft, Bloomberg and Frank by OCBC to name a few.

M2 Academy's reception area is also super nice and chill. If I were a student I wouldn't mind chilling here with my friends! Each level of the campus also has an area like that :)



I liked that they hold classes in small numbers because it allows the students to be more interactive with each other as well as the lecturer. Each classroom is split up into small groups of tables to allow for better interaction. No more being blocked by classmates for your view of the powerpoint slides!

My favourite part of the campus is the auditorium - which has a gorgeous view of the heart of Orchard. I didn't take a photo because my camera died on me, but it's really gorgeous!! You guys should really go check it out. Where to find a campus with such a beautiful view?

My fellow bloggers and I were all thinking at this point that the courses must definitely be very expensive, with the campus being in the heart of town, and the decor all so nice and new.. but the fees are very competitive with the other schools! $6k for a 8 month course for a diploma... Plus, if you are like me and don't have the minimum requirements, they offer a foundation/bridging course!

My pictures don't do justice to the beautiful campus because my DSLR died on me and my casio doesn't work very well in office light.. So if any of you are interested, you should drop by the campus and check it out for yourself. I also wanna study here - can take OOTDs because of the amount of light streaming in in the day!!

Also, just a little incentive for you guys to drop by M2 Academy..

M2 Academy is located at Orchard Emerald, Level 11
Registration for September 2014 intake is now open!

#askjamietyj Hair Edition: Answered!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Okay so I just posted this a while ago on Instagram and asked you guys about any hair questions you have for me and I've decided I'm going to answer these questions really quickly here now!

"Where do you cut your hair? And how about treatment? Or do u have any tips to share? :)"
My hair cuts and salon treatments are done at Shunji Matsuo @ 313, and my stylist is Caely. Most treatments will wash out after about a month or so, depending on how often you wash your hair, so I'll recommend you buy home treatments to do regularly as well.

"Is there any way to increase hair volume or make it look less thin? :)"
"How to make your hair voluminous?"
It depends on why your hair is lacking volume. Some people have thin strands, while others just have little hair. Use a volumising shampoo to thicken the hair, and use products (root spray, hair powder) if you have to.

"Do you have a hair care routine that you use regularly? Because I dyed my hair and it feels and look like hay."
I don't. I use different products based on how I want my hair to be. If I want it straighter I use more nourishing products; if I want it curled I will use a curling shampoo. Maybe your dye was too harsh and ended up overly drying and damaging your hair. Something I do use regularly is hair oils though.

"How do u reduce frizziness!!"
Hair oil

"Anything you do to prevent excessive hairfall?"
Nope

"What shampoo do you normally use? & do you use any hair fragrance?"
I don't use shampoos of a particular brand. Like mentioned above, I use different types of shampoos depending on how I want my hair to look. I don't usually, but I do own one from Ma Cherie that I really like the scent of.

"how do you keep your hair not looking soo puffed up even after hours being outside ?? ._."
My hair is naturally very thick and I have a full head of hair lol. It isn't always so puffed up, but it's easy for me to puff it up before photos.

"May I know if Caely cuts your hair too?"
She does.

"How to grow your hair faster?"
"How to make your hair grow faster? And I am trying to grow my side bangs out but how to have bangs like yours?"
This differs from one to another so I'm not sure. Google it. I don't have bangs either.

LG G3

Monday, August 18, 2014
From my previous post about Singtel's New Youth Plans, I gave you guys a little preview on my new LG phone. It's the very first android phone I've ever owned, and to be completely honest about it, I am personally not an avid fan of the android OS (my mum has an android tablet so I know roughly how it works) because it seemed to be much more complicated and harder to use than the iOS partly because I have grew so used to using an iPhone. However, just like all android users around you always say, it is really much simpler and has more features than what iOS offers.

First up, let me run you through into the physical components of the LG G3! The phone is sleek and has a seamless design such that there are actually no buttons on the side of the phone, only the back! It comes in several colours and they recently launched the red and purple one over in stores but I really loveeee this phone in the rose gold shade. Got me awhile to get used to not having any buttons by the side of the phone (y’know how you usually adjust the volume and take a photo just by the side of the phone on the iPhone). For the G3, the volume and power button is all placed at the back of the phone and its light curvature makes it easier to hold in your hand, and the finish looks really classy and elegant!

Not to mention, the G3 has a much bigger (and clearer) screen compared to my iPhone 5S!

I have always been always watching videos on-the-go and sometimes the iPhone screen just isn't good enough. So much for retina display! I can't even watch YouTube videos in 1080px on it :( The G3 has much much more pixels in the screen, and in layman terms, allows for a clearer image (approx. 4x clearer than Full HD!!).
Watch YouTube videos in 1080px? Yes please!

Also, a little additional feature in the G3 that I personally liked is that the front has a tiny LED light that lets you know if you have a missed call, a text/whatsapp message, or when your phone is fully charged. Am personally a big fan of visual customization. Some of the colours (eg. whatsapp message) for the light can be customized and changed accordingly, and you can assign a specific colour to your contact.

Another point that I want to mention here which totally blew me away is that I CAN TOP UP MY EZLINK CARD WITH THE LG G3!!!! The G3 has NFC, which is the type of technology your ezlink card uses and you can just tap your ezlink card onto the back of your G3, and top up your card on the app! HOW AMAZINGGG ?!?!?!
Gone are the days of queuing up at the MRT station behind tourists who have no idea how to use the machine or buy 10 standard travel tickets at one go (I stay at a tourist populated area so I go through this pain close every week). Gone are the days of having to queue to top up your card during peak hours and to be at a bus stop with no ATM in sight for you to top up your card, and say bye to the days when you have to drag yourself to the nearest MRT station or bus interchange just to top up your ezlink card!! (Anyway, my card is called rilakkuma card cause I have a rilakkuma sticker on it haha).

If you are as amazed as me with regards to the top up function, wait till you see the camera! I know many of you might think that I do not take much photos with my phones anymore, but I do - it's just that I don't post them up as frequently anymore haha. It’s impossible to not take photos using your phone since all our phones (or at least mine) are usually around you 24/7. LG has decided to take away the usual "front camera" term and went straight ahead to calling this the "selfie camera" on your phone!
It also has an in-built beautifier and you can swipe along the bottom of the screen to adjust the intensity which also means .. you no longer need to mtxx (mei tu xiu xiu) your picture to brighten or soften your skin tone anymore haha.

One special feature is that you can remotely snap a selfie with the built in motion sensor in the phone. It senses your palm and when you make your hand into a fist it gives you a 3 second countdown (which gives you enough time to move your hand away) before snapping the shot.

Imagine how convenient this would be for those of you who find it v troublesome to carry the selfie stick around? With this function in the phone, I then start to question myself how do I always used to be able to take selfies w/o this timer function?

I've been using and loving the G3 so much that I actually went to get another number just so that I can use both of my phones! The battery of the G3 also lasts much longer so I don't have to worry about being un-contactable mid-day if I'm out the whole day!

If any of you are looking to sign up for a new line or get the G3, please do get the new SingTel Youth Plan with the G3!

For my readers, here are the extra* perks:
*For new sign ups/port in


2GB DATA FREE FOR 12MONTHS + $50 OFF ALL HEADSET PURCHASES

All you have to do is to sign up for your plan via this link (Do note it has to be via this link and you won't be able to get these perks elsewhere http://www.singtelshop.com/jamietan)