JOLYN

There is only one word in the swimming world that is synonymous with joy, pride, honor, and thrill. And no, it’s not 200 fly, it’s JOLYN. For the past few years, Jolyn’s have taken the swimming and water sports scene by storm. Speaking from my experience, the number of my teammates that wear Jolyn’s have grown exponentially, even in the last year. It’s become a way for our team to bond. From “twinning” pics to team orders, Jolyn has creating a strong sense of team. Whether it’s the bright colorful patterns, the unique styles of the suits, or even just the small black logo, it’s something that has proven (time and time again) to be much more than just another brand of swimsuit. I can personally say that neither my sister or I have bought a non-Jolyn swimsuit in the last two years.

Not only are Jolyn’s absolutely beautiful to look at (I may have found true love:), they are amazing suits for swimming, training, and all water sports. With both the one pieces and (some) two pieces having adjustable tie-backs, the sizes are flexible and the suits stay up. I have used Jolyn’s for everything; from swim practice to weight training, and from beach bumming to playing a beach game. And never have a suffered from a wardrobe malfunction (if you know what I mean). From training one-pieces to beach bikinis, it’s the only place I ever want to shop.

So if I haven’t already convinced you that Jolyn’s are the best, I took some photos of me, my sister and a friend in our Jolyn’s, to show you what we really mean. I will link as many links as possible down below, and please let me know in the comments if you want more information on sizing!

Links:

Jolyn- https://jolynclothing.com/

Tops- https://jolynclothing.com/pages/swim-tops-category

Bottoms- https://jolynclothing.com/pages/swim-bottoms-category

One Pieces- https://jolynclothing.com/pages/onesies-category

Active Wear- https://jolynclothing.com/pages/dryland-accessories

Blue One Piece- https://jolynclothing.com/collections/solid-brandon-fixed-back-onesies/products/brandon-fixed-back-onesie-electric-blue?variant=21028013697

Pink One Piece-https://jolynclothing.com/collections/wazza-fixed-back-onesie/products/wazza-fixed-back-onesie-strawberry

Purple One Piece- https://jolynclothing.com/collections/solid-nico-tie-back-onesie

Life Through A Lens #13- More Korea!

Walking through downtown Seoul in the afternoon
A view of the N Seoul Tower
love, love, love. everywhere.
The bustling streets of Myeondong
A little bit of greenery in the midst of organized chaos
A mid-afternoon pick-me-up of Korean fried chicken (so yum!!)
A night view of the brightly-lit Myeongdong
Chapchae at an Imperial Korean restaurant
A beautiful scene right outside a restaurant in the “suburbs” of Seoul

Gyoza Meatballs- Quick and Easy Recipe

This recipe is all the goodness of gyoza, with no carbs!

Ingredients: (serves 6)

600 grams minced pork

1 egg

5 cloves garlic, minced

1/3 knob ginger, grated

3/4 cup chives, chopped

4 tbsp. soy sauce

1 tbsp. yakitori sauce

2 tsp. chili oil

garlic salt, to taste

1 tbsp. sesame oil + 2 tbsp. for frying

Directions:

  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. Form meatballs.
  3. Fry with sesame oil on medium heat for 5 minutes on each side.
  4. Eat and be happy:)

 

Life Through A Lens #12- Korea

Flying out of Gimpo airport in Seoul, and headed back to Haneda airport in Tokyo.

 

Ended the trip with some white wine and a Korean sunset.

 

A picture-perfect view of the rainbow-lit Alotf at night.

 

The bustling Myeongdong at night.

 

After spending 2 1/2 hours at the spa, we ended the night with delicious Korean BBQ and beer.

 

I loved Seoul, but this Matcha Bingsoo was the absolute winner.

 

The Express Bus Terminal was full of beautiful greenery.

 

The cutest little coffee shop (with the best lemonade).

 

Chilling with my favorite people (haha!) and the best lemonade I’ve ever had while I wait for my mom to finish her meeting.

 

The Terminal in Gangnam, Seoul.

 

When in Seoul… and it happened to be The Bachelorette day as well.

 

Rewinding with some iced coffee (and Kate Spade:) after a day of touring Seoul.

 

I was in kimchi heaven! We found rows and rows of kimchi (from cabbage to shrimp to garlic stalks) in the supermarket.

 

Tantan-men (spicy, peanut sauce noodles) for lunch at Shinsegae Department Store on the first day.

 

The Starbucks at The Terminal in Gangnam, Seoul.

Thanks for an amazing trip, Seoul! We’ll be back:)

#fitgirllife- Staying Fit on the Road

Right now, I’m in Tokyo, Japan staying in the first hotel of 5 hotels/houses/cabins that we will be staying in this summer. The hotel we’re in right now is more like a motel, so there is no gym. 2 of the hotels we’ll be staying in with have a gym (which is super helpful), but when we get to our lake cabin, all I’ll have is a lake, 2 x 10 kg weights and lots of space. Knowing all of this before we left for our trip, I started planning and researching for my workouts early. There are 3 key steps to staying fir on the road: 1) taking advantage of what you have around you, 2) getting and staying motivated, and 30 making it fun by incorporating your workout into your vacation.

  1. The hardest thing about working out while traveling is not always have a gym, proper equipment or a familiar workout space. While there is plenty you can do without equipment, it’s easy enough to find things around you to turn into workout equipment. For example, use a chair for step-ups, use the couch for split lunges, use the wall for wall sits and raised push-ups, use a large water bottle for scap retractions and use the luggage rack for box squats. Also look for places around you to incorporate into your workout. Today, I found a 300 meter steep hill that I used for hill sprints (which killed me!).
  2. The second hardest thing is to get and stay motivated. It’s so easy to just want to lay out at the beach all day or to just shop and eat, so the drive to workout might be really hard to find. What I’ve found really helps is planning ahead. Based on what we’re doing each day, I’ll plan out what my workout will be and when I’ll do it. I’ll then ask the people I’m with if we could try to be back at the hotel by a certain time so I can get my workout in. They’re always glad to help. And if you’re lucky, you might even get some new workout buddies too. Another way to stay motivated is to reward yourself. Whether it’s with a treat, a bag you’ve really been wanting or a spa day, it’s a fun way to motivate yourself while on vacation.
  3. The best way to staying motivated on vacation is to make working out fun. Workouts don’t always have to take place in a gym, they can happen anywhere you want. A few things you could do are hiking up a gorgeous mountain or cliff, taking a bike tour of the city, or playing a round of beach volleyball at the beach. But there are even simpler ways to get some exercise in; instead of taking the escalator or the elevator, walk up the stairs, and instead of taking a cab or the bus, walk around the city. It’s little changes you make throughout the day that will make a huge difference during your vacation.

So wherever in the world you are, whether you’re at home or traveling, make sure to make movement a priority today. There are so many different and fun ways to do it. Happy sweating!

Top 15 Workout Jams

One of the things I love most about the gym is that it gives me time to plug in both headphones and full on rock to some of my favorite songs. Here are my top 15 songs to get you pumped!

  1. Can’t Stop the Feeling- Justin Timberlake (link)
  2. Brand New- Ben Rector (link)
  3. Dibs- Kelsea Ballerini (link)
  4. Rock Bottom- Hailee Steinfeld (link)
  5. Better When I’m Dancing- Meghan Trainor (link)
  6. Honey Bee- Blake Shelton (link)
  7. BO$$- Fifth Harmony (link) 
  8. Feel Again- One Republic (link)
  9. Kiss You- One Direction (link)
  10. Live It Up- Jennifer Lopez (link)
  11. Trouble- Iggy Azalea ft. Jennifer Hudson (link)
  12. Hold My Hand- Jess Glynne (link)
  13. Country Girl (Shake It For Me)- Luke Bryan (link)
  14. Dance With Me Tonight- Olly Murs (link)
  15. American Kids- Kenny Chesney (link)

A goodbye to high school

So I graduated high school. That still feels so weird to say, or, I guess, type. As of today, it’s been 37 days since I walked across the big stage in Singapore, in front of all my friends, teachers and family, to receive my High School diploma. It’s honestly surreal. I’ve tried to write this so many times over the last 36 days, but for some reason I’ve been unable to. It’s evoked too many emotions that I couldn’t handle so soon. There were days when I felt too disconnected from my high school life to write this. But usually, it was because I couldn’t accept the fact that I had graduated. Now, I know that may sound weird, but let me try to put some things in perspective.

I was born in Singapore and have lived here my whole life. I went to one school for Kindergarten, but since first grade I have gone to the same school, Singapore American School (SAS). I still remember every single teacher I’ve ever had, every tryout session for the school’s swim team, and every milestone I accomplished at school. When I was in fourth grade, my sister started the same school as me. Suddenly, SAS became my family’s life. We spent countless weekends at school for swim practices and swim meets, I spent so many after schools going to watch dance shows and drama performances that my friends were in, and I spent 13 hours five days a week at this place that very quickly became my second home. School was the place I met all of my friends, all of my coaches, and all of the teachers who inspired me. It became my life. I loved working at attending sports games of all kinds and wearing my SAS gear. I was proud to be an eagle. And this wasn’t just for the four years of high school, this was the 12 years I spent as an eagle. So when it came time for me to graduate, I quickly realized that I wasn’t just graduating from high school, but I was graduating SAS and this chapter of my life. After all, this moment in my life is the peak of change. When I leave for college, I will no longer be living in a house with my family, I will no longer walk down the streets to see many familiar faces, I will no longer walk into school each morning greeted by the friends and teachers I had known and trusted for years, and I will no longer have this place to call my second home. It’s not one individual person or a singular place, but it’s my life. And honestly, speaking right now in this moment, I don’t think I realize that until right now.

The night of graduation was chaotic, emotional, and well…wonderful. It was chaotic simply because of the sheer number of people. My graduating class had 287 students, most of whom had brought an average of 6 family members and friends to graduation. Add that to the hundreds of faculty members and staff, and you have a humongous group of people. The commencement ceremony lasted around two and a half hours, and that was followed by an hour of picture taking with all of the people squished into one small reception area. That was chaotic. It was also extremely emotional. From the time I put on my dress at home to the time I hugged my mom, dad and sister after the ceremony, all sorts of emotions were constantly rushing over me. Saying goodbye to teachers and some friends who had changed my life was so sad. Standing there with all of my classmates around me, for the last time, as we through our caps in the air was bittersweet. And walking out of the theater, leaving high school behind me was devastating. But while graduation night was all those things, it was also wonderful. I knew going in to the night how hard it was going to be for me to close that chapter, so I decided the day before that instead of being sad, I was going to be grateful. Instead of being upset that all the things I loved about high school were going to be over, I decided to be grateful that I had something so special that I didn’t want it to end. Instead of crying after saying goodbye to my favorite teachers, I decided to be grateful that I had adults in my life that inspired me and motivate me every single day. And instead of thinking of the final goodbye I would have to say to my friends, I decided to be grateful that SAS gave me a place to meet all these people who quickly became my second family. Now, I can tell you that there were moments that I was sad, there were moments I was angry, and there were moments where I cried uncontrollably, but choosing to be grateful made everything worth it.

I was once asked the question, ‘What is your biggest regret in life?’. Well, some people may think that an 18 year old isn’t old enough to answer that question whole-heartedly, but I don’t think that’s the case for me. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking of my answer to that question, and I think I have one; one that’s simple, but also really complicated. My answer: I have none. Just like I chose to be grateful for everything high school had to offer me, I also decided that I wasn’t going to regret anything I did, but be grateful that my mistakes helped me learn and grow as a person. When I look back at all the highs and lows of high school, I don’t regret a single thing. Even if the lows were preventable, I don’t regret it. And I don’t regret I because out of every low came extreme growth for me.

I know this post may seem a little convoluted and disorganized, but in a way, that’s how my high school experience was. It wasn’t simple, it wasn’t easy and it didn’t always make sense. But looking back on it now, it has been life changing. I learned from mistakes, I formed relationships to last a lifetime, and I was inspired. I’ve been trying to find closure, a way to make sense of this crazy journey, and writing this now, I think I’ve found it. So to those of you who still have part or all of this entire journey to look forward to, take advantage of it. Don’t wish for it to be over, because once it is you will be wishing for it to still be there. Don’t beat yourself down about the little things, but learn from your mistakes. Allow yourself to fall and be inspired. That’s what I did, and like I said, I have no regrets. I’m sitting here now with tears in my eyes and a huge smile on my face. High school, thank you for everything, I’ll miss you.