Eyelet Junior for our active lifestyles

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Eyelet Junior series of eye wear fits our kids’ sporty lifestyle. Be it basketball, hiking or cycling, our eye wear stays on the kids’ faces (without slipping).

More importantly, we are happy that the stylish and functional eye wear helps to control kids’ myopia from worsening.

Eyelet Junior
Eyelet Junior

Sometimes,  I am a bit disappointed at myself for being negligent at protecting my kids eyes. We only have a pair of eyes and we sometimes take our eyesight and vision for granted.

I suspect we (society, peers) might have subconsciously influenced kids that we can always rely on lasik to solve all our problems.

We list some of the common tips to protect our eyes below.

  • Ensuring book is 30cm away
  • Rest our eyes from the screen every 30 minutes
  • Too much smart phone games
  • The high percentage of myopic rate in our population might let the kids believe that myopia is normal
  • It does not help that both parents are respected and kids might have a “resigned” attitude thinking genetics will win the day. I keep finding excuses, when we as parents should try harder to delay myopia progression.


Nanyang Optical’s Project Junior campaign wish to impress upon kids and parents to take better care of our eyes.

Nanyang Optical wants to raise our awareness about myopia prevention (and management).

Boon Kang testing his new Eyelet Junior eye wear. We love the colourful and bright eye wear, which suits their active lifestyles and style.

We have been using Eyelet Junior eye wear for a few years now, and we are confident of their durability and strength.

Poster below list some of the attributes of Eyelet Junior. You may read about our previous Eyelet Junior review here.


We understand the new version of Eyelet Junior is even more durable and lasting. Our boy decided to go back to his black and green colour combination.

During Boon Kang’s eye examination, our optician would remind us on how to take care of our eyes.

I noticed eye checks have gone digital too, we no longer have to look at the wall and read out the characters. Everything is flashed from a projector onto a screen.

3D check was new for me. We learnt that lazy eye will impair our ability to  differentiate depth, thus we will not be able to appreciate 3D movies’ special effects.

Eyelet Junior range of stylish eye wear

It is never too late to take care of our eyes. I must try harder to help kids take ownership of their own eye health.

Do follow Nanyang Optical Website and Facebook for the latest updates. We would like to shout Thank you to Nanyang Optical for helping us manage our kids’ myopia.





Walk for Our Children 2017 at Chinese Garden

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Last Sunday was Singapore Children‘s Society’s (SCS) “Walk for Our Children” event. This is an annual event and proceeds will go to charity.

The annual walk was part of a celebration for SCS’ 65th anniversary too. The walkathon at Chinese Garden itself is free, but participants are encouraged to donate or buy vouchers.

Renovation is still ongoing at Chinese Garden. Is this part of Jurong Lake rejuvenation?

Nevertheless, families and pets (so many dogs) gathered early for a healthy and meaningful event.


Living in Sengkang, Chinese Garden is not exactly near, but this park (and Japanese Park) is definitely scenic.

We can see the lake and pagodas from many corners.

Did you know the main Pagoda is one of the heritage site? Do climb up to 7 storeys to enjoy an unspoiled 360 degree view of Jurong “hinterland” 🙂


Warm weather but 40 minutes went past in a blink.

Games, food stalls, and bouncing castles await us at the end point.

We can buy vouchers and redeem them at the stalls for games or food.

This cute dog is not part of the ‘official” stall exhibits and caricature was one of the most popular stalls.


Thank you for inviting us to the morning walk, Singapore Children Society. Besides contributing to charity, it was a good opportunity for many families to bond and exercise too.



Celebrating Every Step Together 🙂

Do follow Singapore Children’s Society Website and Facebook for the latest updates and events. Walk For Our Children details are here.


Who needs Hair Transplant in Singapore

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Beer belly and hair loss are some of the banes of an aging man.
Dad bod might be a good excuse for the absence of six packs, but receding hairline are harder to conceal.

#JustSaying There goes my esteem and image :p

My hair was thinning at the front, but I was still in a state of denial.
Clifford Clinic provided an assessment for me, and highlighted my hairline condition.
Clifford Clinic

Once you see the receding hairline, you cannot unseen it, Ouch!

That was how I came across “Hair Transplant”. Most of us will not Google for “Hair Transplant” unless we have a hair issue!

I have heard of skin grafting (due to burns) or tissue transplant before, but not hair transplant. In the aesthetics and wellness industry, hair treatment might mean herbal implants or massaging, or other growth techniques. Hair Transplant was something new to me (read more here).

As an overview, hair transplant involves “transplanting” our own hair follicles (roots or hair strands) to the affected area. Each follicle can contain one to three strands.

Generally, the hair (follicles) distribution is in this order. Most of the strands infront are single or double strands. The top part of our scalp will have more concentration of double and triple strands. The densest strands (3 or 4) will be at the back.

Logically, the weaker (single or double) strands will drop off first when we age, and the hairs at the back are usually more durable.

Hair Transplant technology will harvest the follicles from the rear and implant them to the front.

The old method (strip method) would involve cutting whole strips from the scalp (rear) and grafting them to the front. It sounds painful, recovery time is longer and it leaves a permanent scar.

FUE (Follicular unit extraction) is the new Hair Transplant technique for hair transplant, and this technique has been in use for the past 15 years.


Doctor will assess how much grafts need to be transplanted before the Op. A line is drawn to indicate new hairline.

D-Day, let me share what happened during my hair transplant procedure

The FUE hair transplant process has two phases, Harvesting and Implanting. The duration would depend on the amount of grafts to be transplanted.

For serious balding, it might take up to 6 or 8 hours to transplant up to 4000 grafts! My procedure took about 4 hours, 1000 grafts.

Phase 1 – Harvesting

  1. Suitable patches are identified at the back of my head
  2. Local anaesthesia is applied
  3. The hair graft (together with roots) is pluck out and sorted


FUE Hair treatment


hair transplant grafting
Most of my harvested grafts are two strands.

4.Grafts are separated into different sections, depending on the number of strands. Dr Chow highlighted that not 100% of transplanted grafts will be successful, but majority will regrow.

The Hair Transplant experience feels a bit like ant bite, or plucking of white hair. Local anaesthesia minismised any discomfort and pain. You can literally feel each graft plucked out, left to right, row by row, but it was not painful at all.

As the process is time consuming, I was encouraged to take a nap.
You can trust Clifford Clinic’s experienced Hair Technician.

As I was facing down, I could only imagine what the Hair Technician was doing to my scalp. It is amazing how Science and Technology has allowed Hair Transplant to be done so efficiently (and neat too).

My Hair Transplant illustration.

Phase 2 – Implanting

  1. Local anaesthesia is applied to the forehead area
  2. Small holes are punctured at forehead “recipient” site
  3. Hair technician will implant the harvested graft one by one into the small holes
  4. With nimble fingers, the grafts swiftly cover the donor area

Think Paddy field planting 🙂

Do take note both Phase 1 and Phase 2 will have a small amount of bleeding. Hair Transplant is still an invasive op, even though the depth is only a few millimetres.

A few bare patches might be visible at the back of my head, but surrounding hair will soon cover up the gaps.

What can you expect after a Hair Transplant?

-Minimum swelling around donor area can be expected. Pain killers and antibiotic will be given to alleviate the condition.

-I had to spray the donor area with saline to keep area hydrated. This would help ensure higher survivability of transplanted grafts. Stem cell serum would be applied to encourage new tissues growth.

-The donor area near forehead will feel tender, and as the tissues heal, itchy. Crust at the forehead will harden and drop off by the second week.

-No vigorous sports within the first 2 weeks

-For the first month, No swimming and only use baby shampoo. The adult shampoo might have chemicals which can impede the newly planted grafts.

What I like about FUE Hair Transplant technique is the minimum downtime and discomfort. I can go back to my normal lifestyle very quickly. Friends and colleagues might not even notice the Hair treatment.


Some photos below to show you how my hair “transformed” over the days.


Immediately after Hair Transplant. Minimum Downtime, I can leave after a short rest.
Scarring (crusting) around the donor area. This can be easily covered by hair.

Scarring of tissues on forehead (recipient area) after harvesting is normal. It is not painful, but might be itchy. 


Day by day, it is a miracle to see the grafts settle into new donor area, and start to grow. Do take note this initial growth is temporary, as the new hair will drop again. Once the transplanted grafts are fully ingrain (perhaps up to 6 months), the hair will grow strong and black 🙂


Dr Chow has benefited from his own Clinic’s Hair Transplant treatment.


Day 5
Day 14, you can see growth!



Day 21


Why should you consider Hair Transplant ?

-FUE Hair Transplant is suitable for folks who encounter mild “receding hair”.

-This is the only permanent solution to our hair situation. Seek a consultation with your Hair Doctor.

-Cost is an important factor when you choose your preferred hair transplant method and Doctor. You literally pay per strand, sample Clifford Clinic is $4 per graft (for a 1000 graft transplant procedure).

-Clifford Clinic’s “No Downtime Hair Transplant” treatment means no  downtime for busy executives. You can go back to meetings and colleagues might not even notice the minor procedure.

-Shaving of hair is not necessary for FUE treatment

-More details about Clifford Clinic’s treatment (and fees) at this link and Dr Chow’s own experience.



Regain your glorious hair and esteem. I am eagerly looking forward to my new hair line.

This would not be possible without Clifford Clinic’s expertise. Experience Doctors will make a difference in your final decision.

Do make an appointment for a no obligation consultation today, call Clifford Clinic at 6532 2400.

Dr Gerard is the other established Doctor at Clifford Clinic.