Natural cure for Eczema

Firstly of all, I like to begin by saying that I am not trying to sell anything. This should make this article sound authentic and sincere. I am 47, I live in Singapore and I have overcome Ezcema since it appear when I was 22 years old.

Unsightly spots begin to appear on my back when I was serving in the military and soon I had it in the common places like back of my forearm , below the thighs and on the face.

I seek help from western medicine which gave me all kinds of external steroid creams , shampoo etc. After several expensive treatments, I was asked to “live with it”.  I was miserable as I could not go swimming or do sweaty sports as it only aggravated the situation.

I started to Google for cures in the internet and had 2 people who were kind enough to correspond with me. One was from Russia and the other from Japan. In both cases, they pointed to clean purified water as the source of the cure.

As our body is made up of 75% water, fill yourself with the best possible quality water. I used to think that drinking water from the tap was safe. Yes it wouldn’t kill you, but it contains impurities which needed to be filtered off. Drinking straight from the tap means your body now acts as a filter.

I bought a water purification system with 6 chambers; with filters and mineral stones in them. This became the only source of water for the whole family. In short, within 6 months, all my skin condition was almost completely cleared. This is after having eczema for over 10 years.

These are my recommendations:

1) Drink only filtered water, you don’t want your body to act as a filter for all the impurities coming from the pipes and water supply.

2) Drink alkaline or oxygenated water if possible. This really helps.  Negative ions and O2 helps the body. It is widely believe that an over acidic body causes the corrosion of the body…just like rust on mental. Alkaline water helps balance the PH of the body.

3) Know what food triggers your condition (Seafood, Alcohol , BBQ). I had crabs and stingray on my potent watch list.

4) Avoid food/ activities that weakens you i.e.  BBQ, Tobacco, Alcohol, Coffee late nights, stressful environment. Certain food are harmful to your body, this is a fact. Everything in moderation and certain things.. none at all.

5) Get some exercise, blood circulation is important.  A physically healthy body includes a healthy heart.

6) Get enough sleep. 7 hrs. It doesn’t make you tough saying “I only need 5hrs of sleep”.  Sleep is when your body repairs itself. In traditional Chinese medicine, it is always prescribed that the body should wake up naturally from sleep, not forced to by an alarm clock.

7) Fruits and greens are healthy food. Don’t just take it for a week, make it a lifestyle. Constantly take super food. Research on Flax seeds, Chia seeds, alkaline water and pink salt.

8) Be positive, stress and negative behaviours aggravates it.

I hope this helps

Christian Chua


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Andrew Chow’s Invisalign journey (Part-3)

Time flies, i am on number 15th of 47 for my Invisalign journey and being a seasoned user now for 6 months  I have the following to share on Part 3 of Invisalign journey.

Phoot with hairstylist

(Photo with Tony (L) my hairstylist)

When you become a patient for Invisalign, i.Dental will give you the following instructions

Official Instructions from INVISALIGN (provided by Idental Surgeons)

  • You are required to wear aligners 20-22 hours per day
  • Remove aligners only when you are eating / brushing teeth
  • Aligners should always be kept in BLUE CASE when taken out
  • Clean the aligners with toothbrush  and toothpaste
  • Change a new set of aligners every two weeks ( do it only at night after brushing teeth)
  • Do not force the aligners into your teeth (call us if your set of aligners are not fitting well)
  • Use chewies every time you put on your aligners to ensure its seated properly
  • When travelling, bring another set of aligners (That’s in case you lose your current one)
  • Never throw away the previous aligners ( you may need to wear the previous one if you misplace your current one)
  • Do not keep BLUE and RED case together
  • Expect increased mobility and discomfort during the first week of wear
  • Set alarm clock in cell phone to remind yourself to wear the next set of aligners


Invisalign with the Pull

(Photo: Invisalign with the Pull Tool, only available with i.Dental Invisliagn Dedicated Clinic. This is a device which will help you to extract your aligners quickly and gracefully)

My personal experience is as follows:

  1. When I first put on my Invisalign aligners; I felt like a boxer wearing a teeth guard. It is rather difficult to speak if you do not make extra effort to open your mouth and enunciate the words.
  2. First 2 sets of aligners are honeymoon period. Though it may be uncomfortable at the first 24 hours; I got used to it pretty quickly. In fact after 2 weeks, you begin to feel your mouth is naked without aligners. These 2 sets are meant to let you get used to what is to come after a month.
  3. You will always feel that your teeth has a pulling back effect almost immediately after you remove aligners. It may affect your biting when you are having your meals.  My personal advice is to remove aligners about 10 minutes before your meal and not just immediately before.
  4. One month after my aligner ‘ experience, I had an appointment to mount the aligners. The mounting of attachment is a strange process for me. I do have sensitive teeth and it was quite an experience when a little filing was done on it. I had almost 12 of them. They can be pretty sharp for your tongue if you are the playful type who likes to use your tongue to explore them.
  5. You might feel your teeth has grown sideway with attachment, it takes a while to get used to it.
  6. My Align No. 3 after a month was extremely tight, due to the attachment. After 3 days the aligners seem to take on the shape of the teeth with attachment.
  7. When I was wearing my Aligner No.4, I somehow lost the lower set just 3 days before I am supposed to wear No. 5. I chose to wear the lower aligner of No. 5 three days in advance. I didn’t feel the need to go back to the RED case and wear the old set as it would have zero effect on moving my teeth.
  8. I entered all the dates of my days to change aligners in outlook so that i will be reminded. This  is an alternative to mobile alarm reminder.
  9. Huge Side benefits of wearing invisalign
    1. My face profile is changing; my face shape now look a little sharper.
    2. I lost weight visibly because now I am lazy to take bites, snack, supper and have to remove aligners, brush my teeth again and wear them on.
    3. I have better oral hygiene than I ever had in my life. My record was to brush 5 times a day – Morning after I wake up, after breakfast,  after lunch, after dinner, and before sleep.

Invisalign on glass2

Part 1 of my sharing -

Part 2 of my sharing -

In part 4, about 6 months from now, i shall be sharing on the progress and my final part of the journey. If you are keen on Invisalign, please contact (65) 6323 2813

By the way, IDental Invisalign Dedicated Clinic was officially opened end of Jun 2014.

Idental Invisalign Dedicated Clinic

Idental Invisalign Dedicated Clinic

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My Cozy Room is my kind of SPA (4-in-1)

Facade of My Cozy Room

SPA treatment is no longer a luxury’ it is a must in today’s fast paced and highly stressful lifestyle.  In the past, it will be a crazy idea to have a Back Scrub, Hot Stone Back Therapy, a full body massage and a Eye Massage in one session! Not anymore, the award-winning boutique spa - My Cozy Room is the first SPA i know with such service and I recently caught up with the co-founder Celine Chan.

1.       Celine, tell me more about you and why do you did start MyCozyRoom?

My interests in beauty and skin care started like most girls thus I have been an avid spa-goer since my teenage days. At that time, I have been plagued with problematic skin and have sought for many different ways to treat my skin but there wasn’t any effective solution. In the process of searching for a solution to treat my skin, I have encountered many negative experiences and my self-esteem was greatly impacted. At the worse time of my life, I suffered from quarter-life crisis.

The turning point came when I turned 30, I decided to ignite my passion for beauty where I can express my creativity to add value to the world. Thus I gave up my 10-year marketing career and I started My Cozy Room Boutique Spa with a like-minded business partner.

My business nature stems from my personal experience. I wish to help those who faced beauty woes like I used to, without having them to go through the “painful” and unpleasant experiences. I want to be able to use my business as a platform to fulfil my philosophy of “Life Is Beautiful” – making one see the beauty in life in a holistic way, from inside out.

Indeed the spa industry is very competitive, however with my personal experiences as a spa goer, I am able develop a business from the point of view as a consumer, adopting the best practices and eliminating the things that I as a consumer will not like to experience within a spa. This makes my services more true and connected to the hearts & minds of my customers.

I wanted to showcase that anyone can turn passion into reality. One may not need to be the master of the trade to be in the business, as long as I can discover and develop from my own strengths and skills.

With Celine at My Cozy Room

2. What is so special about My Cozy Room:

Specially selected the spa in a shophouse where it feels like home.

The cozy ambience with a comforting sense of familiarity without any pressure or hard-selling techniques, our commitment to delivery genuine services which comes from the heart and our sincerity towards customers’ welfare is something which sets us apart from the rest of the other spas.

My therapists are specially hand-picked and trained to provide a wholesome experience for my customers. “Serving from the heart” is the motto for our staff. Placing customer as the priority, the treatments we provide are customized according to the needs of the customers.

Giving customers only the best quality, we use premium BABOR products in our treatments – the No. 1 in professional skincare from Germany.


3.       What is 4 in 1 Elsberry Stemcell Body Spa Indulgence ? 

My latest signature treatment – the 4-in-1 Elsberry Stemcell Body Spa Indulgence , it is a 4-in-1 Body Massage experience put together and is exclusively available at our spa. The massage uses the latest state-of-the-art stemcell research products from BABOR, that provides skin’s ability to regenerate & renew. It assist to combat skin-aging & sagging as a result. Thus, this is not simply a massage, it’s also an anti-aging body treatment at the same time!

To enhance the benefits of this spa experience, this treatment customised to treat the most common ailments of most people:

 We will first start off with a Passion Fruit Back Scrub to exfoliate the most “difficult-to-reach” part of our body. Followed by a Lava Hot Stone Back Therapy which is very useful in treating stiff neck & back problems of most office dwellers. A Full Body Massage using BABOR latest Body Spa products will be customised accordingly to the customer’s preference and any area of concern. We will then end off with a Crystal Eye Massage to reduce puffiness & revitalise our strained tired eyes cause by long hours of staring at screens of electronic devices.

with Celine at KPI

4. What are some of the accolades of My Cozy Room?

My Cozy Room has received numerous awards by Blissful Brides Magazine for Best Bridal Spa Venue, Bridal Beautifying Facial, Best Bridal Beautifying Bacial in 2012. In 2013, Editor’s Choice Awards for Best Bridal Treatment, Editor’s Choice Winner for Preferred Wellness & Beauty Brand. My Cozy Room has also been nominated for the prestigious World Luxury Spa Award 2013/2014. A spa fit for beauty kings & queens, My Cozy Room is privileged to be the Official Beauty & Spa for Miss Singapore Beauty Pageant, Miss Singapore Intercontinental, Mrs Singapore 2012, Manhunt Singapore 2012 & 2013. This year, we have emerged as the Finalists of the World Luxury Spa Awards 2014!

MCR Awards

5. And what about yourself?

My personal achievement was emerging as the winner of the 100 Most Loved Beauty Professionals in 2011 awarded by CozyCot and one of the CozyCot’s Inspiring Young Women 2012 and 1st-runner up of Miss Dreamgirl 2013.

Celine Chan - Miss Dreamgirl 2012


Clients to My Cozy Room are high-profile personalities include Hollywood Actress, International Speakers, Radio DJs, celebrities, models. These are people who are seeking of private space of an exclusive spa.


My Luxurious 4-in-1 Elsberry Stemcell Body Spa Indulgence at $48 (75mins, Usual Price: $168)

- Passion Fruit Back Scrub

- Soothing Lava Hotstone Back Therapy

- Full Body Massage using latest BABOR products infused with exclusive Elsberry Stemcell

- Refreshing Crystal Eye Massage

Bonus: For optimal experience, you can extend your experience for 30mins at only $38!

All readers of my blog can mention me and get this special promotion listed above (Promotion is valid from the date you blog to 30 July 2014)

Terms & Conditions:

  • All special prices above are limited to 1 trial service per person.
  • Valid for first-time customers of My Cozy Room Boutique Spa
  • Maximum booking of 2 persons at one time.
  • Not valid for Spa Party Celebration Package
  • Valid for all PRs and Singaporeans only (not for tourists).

Social Media:

- Facebook

- Instagram: @MyCozyRoomSpa #MyCozyRoomSpa

MCR Cover Photo


My verdict on 4-in-1 Elsberry Stemcell Body Spa Indulgence:

- Passion Fruit Back Scrub. It was an unusual experience for a guy to have your back scrubbed. The scent made us very relaxed and and feel my back is having a spring cleaning. Score : B+

- Soothing Lava Hotstone Back Therapy. This is the most therapeutic of all, the heat actually made me enter into my dreamland very quickly. I felt asleep and if not for the fact the service staff asked me if it is too hot, it will be a very smoothing sleep. Score : A

- Full Body Massage using latest BABOR products infused with exclusive Elsberry Stemcell. Perhap my back is to stiff, i prefer harder massage but i am sure this will be just right for most ladies. It was good but i think it is a little too short :) – Score : B+

- Refreshing Crystal Eye Massage. I do have eye bags and this is so much more relaxing than having Botox. It is cold treatment; a sharp contrast to the hotstone back therapy. I am so tempted not to open my eyes even when it is completed. Score : A-

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Andrew Chow’s i.Dental Invisalign Journey (Part 2)

As of 23 Jun 2014, I have been wearing Invisalign for over 2 months now and it is a great time to give a summary update, share my unique experience and my personal advice to all mature people out there if you are considering Invisalign

Quick recap on why I want to wear Invisalign:

  1. My overbite was getting more serious as I grow older. I still wish to kiss well without the upper jaw getting in the way. Overbite also created problem of having too much saliva coming out of the mouth while you are talking.
  2. Braces; no matter if they are metal, ceramic or lingual are definitely out for me. It may be fun and exciting for teenagers but as mature PMETs, we do not wish to let anyone know about us wearing aligners unless we wish to reveal. No one is too old for Invisalign because no one is too old to look good!
  3. I have inherent square jaws since young. Hopefully by pushing back my upper jaw by up to 5.5mm in 22 months, I can enjoy a smooth face profile.

My part 1 of Invisalign journey can be founded here -

Treatment Plan/Appointment

-          2 Jan – 1st appointment. It will be a relatively swift process. Proceed to level 1 of Capital Tower took my Xray and Photo. Then proceed to 9th level and see Dr Cheng for the first time and he will do basic check on the teeth to check for any “teething” problem. He will also ask every patient what do they like or dislike about their teeth or even face profile. I felt this was a very personable step for a dentist to device a treatment to incorporate patient’s preference and his professional advice.  A mould of my upper and lower jaws was done. First consultation was a breeze.

First visit to iDental Invisalign

-          Dr Cheng is a very jovial person; too bad you can’t see his expression because he is wearing a mask all the time.  Technically very few patient have seen his face! It wasn’t until one day a patient saw him in person (after mask is off) if he will one day consider wearing Invisalign himself.

Dr Cheng Eng Wah wearing Invisalign

-          10 Jan – 2nd Appointment – Dr Cheng’s brief on treatment plan; I was told that my molars need to be extracted, 4th from center. Dr Intan briefed me about the Invisalign plans

Mould model

-          11 Feb – 3rd Appointment – Making of the real mould for USA to provide the aligners. This is the real start of the invisliagn journey. It begins with the production of a mould to digitalise the teeth profile. From the teeth and jaw profile, the dentist is about to do modelling and decide on treatment plan. This will also be shown to patient upon receiving the first set of aligners.

Making of Mould

-          19 Feb – 4th Appointment – I was told my lower jaw mould wasn’t done crisply and I had to redo. Sometime this cannot be avoided; it is no fault of anyone. I was told that in future a scanner will be used to insert into the mouth to digitalise the entire profile. I was told by some clinic assistants that some people may not feel comfortable with this process; they may end up gagging. For me; breathing through my mouth for the 2-3 minute span helps a lot.

Making of lower mould

-           4 April – 5th Appointment – I finally received my aligners. Dr Cheng was patient to show me how to put on and off my aligners. My first attempt was horrible as I was trying to do it on the dentist chair with nurses around me. I was pulling a little too hard that they fear I will break my aligners into 2. I learned that longer thumbnail will help a lot in removing aligner. It is a down and out action on both sides and aligners will be off.

Dr Cheng showing invisalign to Andrew

First 2 pairs of Aligners

2 May – 6th Appointment – First thing Dr Cheng told me was “Your Invisalign honeymoon is over”. What he meant was one month after my first aligners; it’s time for attachment to be installed. So why are attachments needed? Through research and development and their teams of engineers, Invisalign have designed “attachments” that are placed on the teeth in a strategic position and with a specific design to move that tooth in the direction that was treatment planned by the doctor. These “attachments” are placed using a tooth colored composite resin, similar to what is used to place traditional braces on the teeth.  These are removed at the end of the aligner therapy very easily with a polishing tool and no damage is done to the teeth. Dr Cheng calls it the “XYZ positioning of teeth” powered by Invisalign.

Attachment visit

Invisalign with Attachments

P.S : The above photo is just an illustration, it is not my actual photo; the attachment position and location are very similar to mine however.

Please look out for my next post on “What Others wont tell you about Invisalign” coming up in 2-3 weeks time.

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With a stroke of luck and mum’s support

2014-03-07 15.17.1720140309_072520 20140309_072711YOU can’t put a price tag on education and vocational training, says Ms June Ng, the owner of hair salon chain J’s Salon.

Ms Ng, 53, recalls how she benefitted from a one-year stint where she learnt hairstyling from the cream of the crop.

“Life was tough growing up and we barely made ends meet as my mother singlehandedly supported our family of  six  ,” shares the director and founder of J’s Salon.

“But my mum knew that becoming a hairstylist was my dream, so she supported me in my career choice.”


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Q: Are you a spender or a saver?

Q: On average, how much do you charge to your credit cards every month?

Q: What financial planning have you done for yourself?

Q: Moneywise, what were your growing up years like?

Q: How did you get interested in investing?

Q: What property do you own?

Q: What’s the most extravagant thing you have bought?

Q: What’s your retirement plan?

Q: Home is now...

Q: My husband drives…


Q: What is your worst investment to date?

Q: And your best?


Read the rest of the feature from Sunday Times (9/3/14)


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Andrew Chow’s i.Dental Invisalign Journey (Part 1)

Invisalign image

I have never thought i will be on this journey. i.Dental Invisalign came to me at a time i needed it most. To tell its story, i must tell you mine.

What is i.Dental Invisalign and how does it work?

  • i.Dental Invisalign is a new approach to having straighter teeth, utilizing a custom-made series of aligners created exclusively for any individual.
  • These aligner trays are made of sleek, comfortable and near-invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth.
  • Wearing these aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into the desired place (approx. 0.25mm per month), based on the exact movements your dentist or orthodontist plans out for you.
  • Unlike traditional braces, there are no cold metal brackets to attach and no unsightly wires to tighten.
  • You just change into a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until the end of your treatment period (ranging from 6 months to 24 months)
  • With i.Dental Invisalign, anyone achieve a great smile with little interference in their daily life.
  • The most intriguing part about the whole process is that most people won’t even know you’re straightening your teeth.

Where does i.Dental Invisalign come from?

  • It is proprietary system from America. It uses the state of the art computer animation known as Clin-check to analyze your teeth problems and propose solution. The solution road map will form the blueprint to manufacture the aligners for you.
  • The laboratory in the States can produce more than 80,000 pairs of aligners a day. It is the largest mass customization laboratory in the world.

Why do I want to go through this treatment at almost 50?

Childhood – During my childhood years, my mother took great care in removing every single tooth which were about to fall out. This is done not to hamper the growth of the adult teeth. Generally speaking, my teeth were considered straight and neat. The only black spot was I had this funny habit of pushing the inner side of my upper set of teeth with my tongue. I have done this almost throughout my life and this has eventually caught up with me.

Habit – In the adult years, my teeth has progressively moved outward for the last 35 years. My facial shape has been affected by the structure of my teeth. I cannot possibly wear braces as it will affect my inside of the mouth and it will also affect the way i speak. For my profession as a speaker; braces will be a nightmare publicly. It will be awful for speakers like us to face thousands and be smiling confidently in front of camera all the time.

Image – I am an image conscious person; anyone whose job requires you to stand in front of people every day will understand my situation. Private bankers, insurance agents, property agents, trainers, trainers, customer service staff, bank tellers, etc.  Most friends say I have a great smile. Little did they know I dislike most of my photographs taken while I am speaking on platform or even training. The jaws seems awkward and I look even worse when i am not smiling.

Check out this video on SMILING to Improve Your Chance of Love and Success - 

Longevity – The more I invest on my teeth now, the longer I get to keep them. If healthcare is to be taken seriously, dental care must be part of it. Of course, i must develop good dental hygiene habit from now. Life is never too late to begin somewhere. I still want my teeth to be around functioning well when i grow really old.

Did you notice how odd my jaw are below?

Who is most experienced and reliable Dentist in Singapore?

To get the best dental care for i.Dental Invisalign, you must see the most qualified and experienced dentist in the practice. He should be someone who completed the most number of cases in a year compared to this peers. His clinic must be Invisalign Platinium Elite for at least 5 years. Only Dr Cheng Eng Wah from i.Dental Surgeons has won the Best Individual award for 2013 and Invisalign Platinium Elite Award for the last 5 years. Check them out on Facebook

Dr Cheng Eng Wah is also a frequent guest on press and media since 2010

I need to trust a clinic who believe in investing into the future too, i.Dental Surgeons will be the only invisalign Centre of Excellence in Singapore from Jun 2014 onwards. They will be having a new clinic at 168 Robinson Road,#09-13, Capital Tower. S069812.

How reliable is Invisalign?

  • More than 9,000,000 people from 50 countries have used it with a satisfaction rate of more than 90%
  • Even celebrities have tried it

Invisalign Celebrities

  • One even sing about it

How much does it cost?

A down payment of $800 will be collected when brackets are first placed. An additional $1500 will be collected from Invisalign patient when first aligners are issued. The remaining amount can be paid via installment on a monthly basis. Credit card 0% installment is available too. Initial consultation fee is $20 to $60 depending on duration of consultation. Should you decide to proceed, we will do an assessment of your teeth that includes consultation, taking X-rays, photos and study model. The cost is $220 excluding GST.

For the rest of the payment plan, please visit –

How is it different from traditional braces?

  • Removable – Flexibility to remove for food and brushing of teeth
  • Invisible – no one knows unless you say it
  • Comfort level – Smooth versus wires poking and irritate the mouth
  • No restriction – Eat without restriction

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I believe in it so much that I even tell my friends about it on my birthday! Click on the poster below and check out another blog post on STYLE, SMILE & SUCCESS on 20 Feb 2014

Part 2 of my journey will be focus on the details of my treatment from first appointment on 2 Jan 2014


Just for the fun of it

Guys, which problem do you think I am having before invisalign treatment? :) Mention me on Twitter (@ideasandrew) and hashtag #idental #invisalign followed by the number below.

  1. Crowding : Too many teeth over too little space
  2. Spacing : Too much gaps in between teeth
  3. Overjet : upper set of teeth is more protruding than the lower
  4. Underbite : lower set of teeth is more protruding than the upper counterpart
  5. Deep bite : With a deep bite the upper teeth cover the lower teeth. The lower teeth can come up so far behind the front teeth that the patient is biting onto their gums
  6. Cross bite : In a “normal” jaw structure, the teeth of the upper jaw are slightly outside the lower jaw.

I bet you have never seen some of these problems which could happen to a child

Part 2 of my Invisalign Journey -


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Top 10 Moments in 2013

Not in any order of merit, this is my list of the top 10 moments of my life in 2013. What a year it has been! (I say this every year!)

#1 – 1st China training trip : In March 2013, Richard secured the first ever China training done in “bi-lingual” at Suzhou with Jensen. I did my first corporate training in Enneagram. The only regret i had is I cannot seem to find any pretty girl in Suzhou :p

#2 – New Niece in Sep 2013 : 8 years after Faith was born, Abigail is added to the family. Congrats to Charles and Gigi. A new child always bring so much joy and laughter to any family. May God bring her up healthy and happy throughout her childhood.

#3 – Appointed Brand Ambassador for 2 more brands: Through the consultancy work I am doing with i.Dental Surgeons; i am honoured to be appointed as their Brand Ambassador. Shortly after that in Dec, i was introduced to J Salon by Richard Gavriel to be their brand ambassadors too.

#4 – Judge for Miss Singapore Global 2013: From its inception in March, I was involved in training the contestants of Miss Singapore Global in building their Personal Branding through social media and mainstream media. I was also invited to be the sponsor and a judge. Thank you Vanessa Tan for the opportunity. Jody Liu won the Miss Personal Branding title and eventually won the 1st ever Miss Singapore Global 2013 crown in August. A month later, Jody beat 32 other international contestants to win the Miss Global International crown, the 4th person from Singapore to win an international crown. If you have what it takes to win the Miss Singapore 2014, submit your application to Miss Singapore Global 2013

With Winner 2013

#5 – Richard Gavriel Speaker Manager Group to Malaysia twice – Conference and Retreat. It is always fun to have a group of speaker buddies working and having fun together overseas in 2 separate occasion. In May, we did a Leadership Conference in Kuala Lumpur and a retreat to Desaru in Dec.

#6 – Top People of 2013 : Richard Gavriel & Phoon Kok Hwa. These are two friends who always supported me and stood by me through thick and thin. One is my manager and the other is my publisher

with Phoon Kok Hwa

#7 – Beulah Group & The Well. After a break of 3 years, i finally organise 2 events, one BBQ and one Christmas party for a total of 60 Christian singles. This is to support the Disciple ministry by The Well Ministry founded by my first pastor Rev Peter Eng. It is a para church ministry focusing on Kingdom Living. Incidentally, Beulah was the name of the group i first joined in 1981 formed by Rev Peter Eng. It comes full circle after 32 years, I am using Beulah to help boost his ministry.

The well


#8 – Society of the Physically Disabled (SPD). My management company Richard Gavriel Speaker Management adopted SPD at the beginning of the year. During the haze period in Jun, we donated 1000 face masks and in Dec, we organise a Christmas Party for a group of 50 friends.

#9 – Guest judge for Pecha Kucha in MAPS. I started Pecha Kucha in 2012 for Asia Professional Speakers – Singapore (APSS) and introduced it to Malaysia Association of Professional Speakers (MAPS). I was then invited to be their guest judge on 14 Jun. Together with Jan meeting with I spoke about public relations, and their annual convention, I attended 3 meetings of MAPS in 2013.

#10 – Spoken in Nanyang Technology University : The program manager for Masters of Science in Technopreneurship and Innovation heard me spoke about social media in 16th Info-comm seminar organised by SCCCI in August. The talk was in Oct to a group of 45 masters student. Way back in 1986, I was denied a place in NUS, after 27 years, I was invited to speak to a MSc class, what an honour!

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Social Media Case Study #1: The launch of SUCCESS Book (Part 1)



In any launch of a brand new book by a new author, the pre-launch publicity is more important than post-launch publicity and promotion. Social Media can be used to support both the pre and post launch. It will be deployed alongside with public relations, event management, and other sponsorship. The book – “SUCCESS” showcase the integrated publicity approaching using social media and mass media appeal to promote the book way before it is launched.


  • Though Richard Gavriel is a leading Speaker Manager in the professional speaking landscape in Singapore, he has never written a book before until Dec 2013; he is a novice author.
  • There have been many books written about SUCCESS both in Singapore and internationally
  • It will be a published book and not an ebook.
  • It was to be launched in Dec 2013

Best Practices

  • Every book should have a fan page by itself. This should be different from the author’s page
  • Share first; Sell later.
  • A video channel by the same name may not be necessary unless the content of the book requires a lot of “How to…..”. Showing is always more impressive than telling.
  • User-generated content has more social appeal than original ones. Audience are more interested in what others say or what the brand says.
  • Online pre-order of a new book is essential with testimonials from the best client at least 6 weeks before the launch –
  • Video is more engaging than text or static visual. Youtube is the 2nd largest search engine in the world behind Google and they are of the same family.


  • The launch is postponed a month back to end of Jan 2014 to catch the Christmas season pre-order and also to give more shelf life recency to the book.
  • A series of videos discussing different aspects of achieving SUCCESS in life.
  • Construct a list of keywords relating to “SUCCESS”
      • success quotes
      • success
      • succession
      • success factors
      • success magazine
      • success academy
      • success quotes
      • success maker
      • success factors
      • success magazine
      • success academy
      • success kid
      • success synonym
      • success for all
      • success academy
      • success at the core
      • success and failure quotes
      • success articles
      • success affirmations
      • success by design
      • success books
      • success criteria
      • success chess
      • success connect
      • success communications group
      • success coach
      • success definition
      • success defined
      • success dictionary
      • success driven
      • success definition for kids
      • success express
      • success essentials
      • success equation
      • success factors
      • success for all
      • success guru
      • success games
      • success guide
      • success has a thousand fathers
      • success habits
      • success hypnosis
      • success has many fathers
      • success hard work quotes
      • success is counted sweetest
      • success is the best revenge
      • success is a journey not a destination
      • success in life
      • success journal
      • success jokes
      • success link
      • success learning center
      • success life quotes
      • success labs
      • success learning
      • success learning academy
      • success magazine
      • success motivational quotes
      • success network
      • success on demand
      • success poems
      • success principles
      • success pictures
      • success portal
      • success posters
      • success quotes
      • success quotes for women
      • success quotes for men
      • success quote of the day
      • success quotes pinterest
      • success quotes for kids
      • success quotes for students
      • success questions
      • success quotes for work
      • success synonym
      • success stories
      • success speech
      • success songs
      • success strategies
      • success schools
      • success sayings
      • success systems
      • success tips
      • success tracker
      • success unlimited
      • success university
      • success under stress
      • success vision
      • success video
      • success vs failure
      • success vs happiness
      • success vs excellence
      • success vs significance
      • success words
      • success wizard
      • success quotes
      • success with honor
      • success your way
      • success synonym
      • success zone
  • Weave in as many relevant keywords as tags into the youtube videos
  • Promote the book only at the very end of the video with a call for action
  • Connect the audience to the microsite
  • Create a playlist with the 4 video in the following order:
    • Is achieving SUCCESS a Science to follow?
    • Is achieving SUCCESS an Art to master?
    • Is achieving SUCCESS pure hard work?
    • Achieving SUCCESS is a balance of Science, Art and Hard Work


(To be reviewed by Jan 2014)

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13 Social Media & Mainstream lessons from Riot in Little India

Riot in Little India What this article is NOT about:

1. Why did the riot happen?
2. Who is responsible for the riot?
3. What should have been done to contain the riot?
4. Where should we go from here in terms of labour policy?
5. How long should we ban the sale of alcohol in Little India?
6. When was the last time we had a riot in Singapore?

What this article is about:

It is about the lesson learnt from social media activities in terms of the content created, the direction of social conversation and how different communities including mainstream media are reacting to the incident.

What’s expected:

1. Platforms : Social Media is a viral tool to share information fast. #LittleIndia was trending within an hour on Twitter. Instagram has over 500 photos shared. Live footages taken from passerby and from HDB blocks overlooking the scene were uploaded to youtube very quickly. Facebook is flooded with comments and shares. There is no shortage of repeated shared content but not much reliable information.

2. Mainstream media like Channel News Asia has more accurate onsite reporting than social media. (not many pictures on social media are up close and personal). Having information up close and personal is always challenging; Photojournalist Jonathan Choo was chased by men at the scene who were angry he was taking photo of them. Mainstream media has more authority in reporting the latest situation than social media. Reporters and cameras were there in the early hours of the morning when most people were already sleeping.

3. Conversation: Most comments are emotional, speculative and personal on social media. There were many jokes, ridicule, blame-shifting and finger-pointing but few cordial discussions. People use this opportunity to make further appeal to the government. Lastly, most comments were rather idiotic. This proves conversation is fluid; most content is just conversation starters.

What’s unexpected:

1. Fast and Very Furious. Social Media is fast but not necessarily accurate sharing. There was sharing of death of policemen within social media sphere which was entirely untrue. Untrue reports can spark off more speculation and social judgment on some innocent communities. Social Media contributed very little to police investigation of the incident.

2. Leverage. Some people leverage on incident and popular hashtags for personal gain and exposure. Companies promoting their services, and some bloggers writing about the incident out of their normal area of interest. Irresponsible use of popular hashtags will hurt your brand in the future. If it happens once, it is just an isolated incident. If it happens twice, it may be a coincidence. If it happens thrice, it is a pattern of behaviour!

3. Most SPH papers didn’t or report very little on the incident. This may be true. However, Asiaone did have extensive coverage of the riot. Social Media present a more visual impact of the incident while mainstream media provided a better overview and analysis. There are 3 sides to every story: Your side. My Side. The Truth.

4. International press were very quick to report about Singapore’s riot. There was error reporting too and one of them may be on the way to suspension. Mass Media takes responsibility for their reporting; what about people on social media? Are we self-regulating enough not to talk about something we won’t want to take responsibility for?

What’s commendable:

1. Some Social Media influencers can be true journalists. Social media celebrities like Willy Foo with great personal branding has a social responsibility to offer balanced sharing so that fans can have an objective understanding of the incident. Willy did it very well here Post by Willy Foo – Photographer, Marketer, Technopreneur.

2. Quick government immediate response – The press conference was held by 1am (Good crisis management). 2 hours before that, some ministers were already appealing the public to remain calm. See this announcement.  It has a very personable tone from a minister.  Social Media should always be used to curb initial speculation. Social Media fire must always be put out by Social Media water.

3. Authenticity – Authentic sharing from people close to the stakeholders. Not many speak up for the troopers on the ground. This is made worse by many condescending remarks by many who were not even any way near the riot. Imagine the spouses and family members of those who stood in the line of fire literally. We need more voices like this wife of one of the troopers -

What we hope to see/hear more:

1. Account from policemen on the ground. I know this is not possible as there is always an official media person from the police. I also believe policemen are not allowed to discuss their work on personal platforms and blogs. If some day, we can see live pictures posted by police at work, it will curb many speculation. Social media should be used strategically by the authority to offer a balance view and update of the situation. If personal sharing is not permitted, how about using the SPF facebook page for minute by minute update?

2. The riot instigators’ side of the story. We heard from the victim but not from others. Everyone deserves to be heard. On a side note, many Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs) which are helping the foreign workers are also speaking up for them. We want to hear their stories too.

3. More responsible sharing of facts and not the fun of seeing the first riot in 44 years. Are Singaporeans really social media savvy? We know the science of social media (posting, comments, sharing) but not the art of social media (be personable but not personal). Social Media is akin to a weapon, use it responsibly. Don’t just be a keyboard warrior; be a gate keeper of social cohesiveness.

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What Asia Authors ask about Social Media 247

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Andrew Chow is the author of Social Media 247. As a speaker, he has delivered keynotes on social media strategies in conferences throughout Asia. He has won multiple business awards and accolades; Spirit of Enterprise Award in 2008, Successful Entrepreneur Award in 2010 and Spirit of Service award from Asia Professional Speakers (Singapore) in 2012.

Tell us Andrew, what motivated you to write this book?

An expert of any domain will have added authority once he becomes an author. Therefore, my prime motivation for publishing this book is a strategic move to position myself as an expert in social media. It provides extra leverage for me to open more doors of opportunities for speaking, training, panel discussion and even publicity.

How will your readers benefit from this book?

Social Media 247 is written progressively for different people with different social media knowledge. All 34 chapters are written in bite size volume, with 10 keynotes and several questions for reflection at the end of every chapter. It doubles as a quick reference guide to almost any other topic related to social media. The book is everything about strategies and solutions, and not so much on skills.

What strategy can make me more popular on social media?

The strategy that you can adopt to become more popular is the 3Cs of engagement.

  • The first C stands for Content; to create more interesting and insight content with the objective of getting more LIKES.
  • The next C stands for Conversation, and it’s all about managing conversations with the right etiquette. Here, the objective is to get more COMMENTS.
  • Finally, the third C stands for Community. You can build your network and increase your influence on social media by drawing people to build a community around you. The objective is to get more SHARES.

In your opinion, how will social media evolve over the next 5 to 10 years?

In the shorter term, say five years into the future, social media will impact our fundamental ways of accessing and creating information. It will eliminate middlemen and create new outsourcing opportunities. Commercially, buyers now have more power than sellers. And in 10 years’ time, social media will become a core skillset of many marketing professionals. This skillset will be a ‘must-have’ on every resume. For people who are active on social media, there will be less privacy; not only information, but the whereabouts of individuals and the situation they might be in can be accessed easily.

Where can I get a copy of Social Media 247?

This book is available in all major bookstores. It is also available for purchase at my blog. * Besides being known as the social media guru, Andrew is also an expert in public relations, branding, entrepreneurship and Enneagram Personality Profiling. Andrew’s consultancy work focuses on branding, marketing and human resources. 

Connect with Andrew on FacebookLinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, QuoraYouTube and Slideshare.

From Dec 2013 to Feb 2014, if you purchase “Social Media 247″, you will get a FREE CD of Andrew’s Social Media Talk Show on Malaysia radio. It is full 80 minutes of 5 episodes:

  • Working with brand ambassadors
  • Managing negative comments
  • Identifying 9 Personalities
  • Extending your social influence
  • Recruiting the right candidate

Personal Word from Jacky Chua, the original author of this post:

Hello friends. I’m Jacky, the host for Coffee with Authors. Seriously, blogging had never crossed my mind and I have no idea what should I blog about. Then, it occurred to me that perhaps, I should blog in the area of my passion! I love to write, and this love for writing has taken me on a journey I least expected. Over the last three years, I have published three books. Becoming an author was something on my bucket list and now that I have accomplished that, I want to publish a book a year, for as many years as possible. As an author, I can relate to fellow authors fairly well. Therefore, I decided to dedicate this blog to all authors residing in Asia, and to find out what got them started, what kept them going, and what they envisioned as a published author. I hope that one day, you will also be inspired to start writing your story and share your expertise in the form of a published book. In the meantime, enjoy your stay and keep in touch.

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