Top of the World Plus Size 2018

Grooming Plus Sized Beauties for Pageant and Confidence

Held at Cebu, Philippines, the crown of this year’s Ms & Mrs Top of the World Plus Size went to Ms Charlene P. Rosco, who represented South East Asia. Hailing from the Philippines, Ms Rosco currently lives and works in Singapore with her husband, which is where she met beauty queen Fiona Tan, who won
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Taking Care of Your Gut (with giveaway!)

Health food trends come in waves and with the interest in digestive health, there have been loads of articles about the benefits of apple cider vinegar, then alkaline water followed by the current popularity of fermented foods such as kefir and kombucha. We got the lowdown on all these health food trends and to get
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Why Early Detection and Intervention is Crucial for Eye Problems

Most people would agree that our sense of sight is by far one of the most important of the five. Not only does it help you to navigate your surroundings, it also allows you to appreciate all the beautiful things the world has to offer. Vision problems are an expected part of aging. Most eye
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The Food Psychologist: Dean & DeLuca (Part 1)

Following the popularity of our mooncake feature, The Wellness Insider is on the prowl for healthier eats again. This time, we’re looking to uncover some of the restaurants in Singapore that incorporate healthy, wholesome ingredients, cooking methods and even philosophy. No, we don’t just mean salads and protein boxes that are all the rage now;
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Choosing The Right Mattress For a Good Night’s Rest

We all know that sleep is important for one’s health and we have written at least four articles on this topic alone. However, we forget that a good night’s sleep is sometimes dependent on what we sleep on. A mattress is expected to last us for 5-10 years and how then, like Goldilocks, do we go about
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Support Our Book On Building Body Confidence

We’re proud to say that The Wellness Insider is turning TWO this year and to commemorate this milestone, we are compiling body positive interviews with personalities such as Fiona Tan, Miss Top of the World (Plus Size) 2016; Cheryl Tay, founder of Rock the Naked Truth; and Dr Martha Lee, Singapore’s first clinical Sexologist. This
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ELXR

The ELXR Experience

A fitness mobile application which functions as a DNA-based training programme, ELXR, launched in Singapore in early August and it aims to take fitness and sports-based apps to a whole different level. The app, a first-of-its-kind in Asia, is aimed at analysing one’s unique genotype and current fitness level to deliver the most optimised training
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Using Food As Medicine with EGA Juice’s CEO

EGA Juice Clinic was founded by Sumit Nanda in 2016 and has recently added their third and latest outlet at Marina One. Strongly believing in the power of food as nutrition as well as the philosophy of Ayurveda, he once said that his objective through EGA Juice Clinic is to raise “awareness amongst more Singaporeans
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Melissa Chow

Incorporating Body Positivity into Fashion with Melissa Chow

When we first got to know of Melissa Chow, we were really impressed with her story of overcoming her self-consciousness as a result of her medical condition. She suffers from severe palmer hyperhidrosis (a medical condition characterised by excessive sweating on the palms) and needless to say, it has impacted her life. Nonetheless, Melissa pushed through and
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Top 5 Wellness Tips from a Reiki Specialist

As a Deep Tissue Massage and Reiki specialist, Ria Cantle has refined her practice alongside industry experts at renowned Ananda in the Himalayas before travelling the world. Hailing from Bath, Ria began her career as an Auxiliary Nurse before taking the leap to utilise her innate caring nature within the wellness industry. Ria Cantle, Reiki
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Top 5 Fitness Tips by a Celebrity Trainer

Bintan’s leading resort, The Sanchaya, has bolstered its wellness programme ahead of the summer season and from 13 to 23 August, celebrity trainer and founder of fitnessartz, Artur Zolkiewicz, will be hosting the first of what will become a series of fitness residences. With clients such as British celebrities, journalists and models, Zolkiewicz has been
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The Beauty of Tahitian Dance with Heiata Lee

Heiata Lee is a native Tahitian who was trained and certified at the Conservatoire Artistique de la Polynésie Française (Artistic Conservatory of French Polynesia) in the art of ‘Ori Tahiti. That said, she was trained in ‘Ori Tahiti since she was a child and brought her passion for the dance to Singapore when she came in
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Mark Macdonald

Interview with Fitness Guru Mark Macdonald

When nutritionist and renowned fitness guru, Mark Macdonald, was in town recently to promote his new weight management programme, we took the chance to speak to him to find out more about the programme, his books as well as his prolific career of coaching many professional athletes such as Olympic Gold Medallists, Shawn Johnson (Gymnastics)
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Interview with Restoration Essence’s Founder

It is always refreshing to meet Sara, the founder of Restoration Essence, due to her exuberance and friendly nature. Helming the home-grown brand is no easy feat and Restoration Essence also recently received the award of Singapore Enterprise Top 500 2018 – an award given to Singapore’s top 500 emerging businesses. We speak to Sara
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Interview with Dr Cheng of Women Infinity

With the growing wellness industry, it is always refreshing to find womenpreneurs who step up and are passionate about health as well as helping others. We spoke to Dr Cheng, founder of Women Infinity, which is a brand of collagen that has been helping women achieve better skin as well as better joint health. It
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Jal Yoga Founder

Discovering the Essence of Yoga with Jal Yoga’s Founder

Jal Yoga officially opened its doors in Singapore in late January to bring practitioners of yoga, Pilates and barre to new levels of authenticity and realisation. Nestled in the lush greenery at Alexandra, the brand new studio mixes state-of-the-art facilities with thoughtfully designed space to give their clients a beautiful space to contemplate, relax and
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Interview with 5 Plus Sized and Fabulous Women

We caught up with five fabulous women who are plus sized but do not let it define their confidence. Instead, they are proponents of body confidence and are working towards empowering fellow women in their own ways. Fiona Tan (FT) made Singapore proud when she was crowned Miss Top of the World Plus Size 2016 and
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Singaporean Wins Second Runner Up in Mrs Top of the World 2017

Congratulations to 43 year-old Ice Sherry Lee who recently competed in the international Mrs Top of the World pageant in Riga, Latvia! The Singaporean mother of two was one of the few Asians in the competition and she bagged the title of Second Runner Up, beating 16 other contestants who were mostly in their early
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Woman of Influence Interview on Soul Rich Woman

Our founder, Melissa Fann, was interviewed by Genecia Alluora of Soul Rich Woman as part of their “Women of Influence” series. As such, the topic was about how Melissa is a woman of influence – what that means in today’s terms and how does one become influential. As mentioned by Melissa during the interview, we
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D-Flat and the Importance of Music with Aaron Goh

A lot of people say that music is the language of the soul as it transports us to different eras, makes us feel and let out our emotions and can even encourage us to try something new or discover a new side of ourselves. It’s because of that that music has become an important part of people’s lives, the benefits that not just listening, but playing music can have on a person are innumerable. Because of that, many studios have decided to focus on teaching and helping people become better at crafting music, and today we’ll be looking at one such studio.

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Melissa’s Table Top Talk Episode 29: Shining Your Inner Worth

In the last episode, Transformational and Mindfulness Coach, Elies Hadi taught us how we are our own worst enemies as we create our personal emotional prisons. Understanding that you’re trapping yourself is a step forward in growing your self-confidence but more importantly, how do we break out of this prison? This week, she dishes out advice
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Melissa’s Table Top Talk Episode 28: The Emotional Prisons We Create

Have you ever heard of the phrase “We are our own worst enemy”? We learn how true this is from Elies Hadi who is a Transformational and Mindfulness Coach as she tells us from experience through her clients. Find out how we create our own emotional prisons and trap ourselves, thus not enabling our inner worth
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Melissa’s Table Top Talk Episode 27: How Much Happiness Do You Deserve?

How much happiness do you deserve? Or rather, how much do you think you deserve and how happy are you right now? Many people are often lost or they find that they can never be 100% happy with their lives but is this really true? We explore this with Anna Tan, founder of SoulFit Studios and
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Melissa’s Table Top Talk Episode 26: Common Mistakes Affecting Financial Health

Do you know the status of your financial health? If you do, great! If you don’t, you’re not alone. We kick off our latest season of Melissa’s Table Top Talk with Elsa Lim of Money Fit Coach as we talk about the common mistakes people make that affect their financial health. Below is an excerpt
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Melissa’s Table Top Talk Episode 25: Changing Body Image With Clothes

This week sees special guest Clare Chan, a fashion designer with costume background, who is also a cosplayer. We talk about how clothes and changing them affects one’s body image and how cosplaying helps boost confidence. Clare even brought her latest mask and ‘ears’ from the last costume she wore and got me cracking to
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Miss Top of the World Plus Size, Fiona Tan, is Body Confident

We recently caught up with Fiona again in this new year as we reflect on what 2016 has brought. The plus size beauty is passionate about empowering women, especially those who are plus sized, to feel good about themselves. The Wellness Insider recently caught up with the plucky 29 year old to find out what
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Melissa’s Table Top Talk Episode 24: Designing Atheleisure Wear MY ANJE

This week, I speak to Angelina Francesca, the designer of local athleisure wear MY ANJE, to find out why she decided to design active wear (sports wear for those who aren’t familiar with the terms ‘atheleisure’ and ‘active wear’) instead of ‘normal’ clothing. We find out what sort of woman she designs for and what
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Melissa’s Table Top Talk Episode 23: The Problem With Positivity

We’re sure that you’ve seen those “Quotes of the Day” on social media which reeks of positivity or asking you to keep a positive mindset. You have probably also met that person who keeps telling you that things will come your way if you keep a positive mindset and are confident. However, is this whole
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Flower Power Interview with Katie Hess

Aromatherapy is quite common but did you know that there is such a thing as floral apothecary? Meet Katie Hess – flower alchemist, founder of LOTUSWEI, one of the world’s leading floral apothecaries that produces flower elixirs, and she has recently added ‘author’ into her list of titles with the launch of her book “Flowerevolution”. Katie
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Melissa’s Table Top Talk Episode 22: Fiona Tan, Miss Top of the World Plus Size 2016

So glad to interview the lovely Fiona Tan, who is the first Asian to participate AND win the title of Miss Top of the World Plus Size 2016! She bagged Singapore yet another international win and has been inspiring women of all sizes to be body confident. So in this week’s episode of Melissa’s Table
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Melissa’s Table Top Talk Episode 21: Vegan 101

With so many hits on the article that Luke wrote about the increasing popularity on Veganism, we decided to talk to Luke and his wife, Emilie, both of whom are vegan athletes and the founders of Live Green Live Lean to get a Vegan 101 from them. We learned a little bit more about why
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Melissa’s Table Top Talk Episode 20: From Rubber Boots to Heels

I had fun interviewing womenpreneur Claire Au, founder of local skincare brand Auolive, as we talked about how she first hung up her suits for rubber boots before chucking them for high heels. I got to try out the products and really loving the thought put into developing the range of hassle free beauty!  
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Melissa’s Table Top Talk Episode 19: Busy Mums Can Keep Fit!

Mums, this is for YOU! We know how crazy it can get and mothers tend to put themselves last when it comes to family and work. However, your health is important too! Kareen Lai from Mums In Sync and Nuts About Butter shares some tips on exercises, mindset changes as well as how simple it
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Melissa’s Table Top Talk Episode 18: Presenting With Confidence

Did you know that presentation skills affect your self confidence? If so, how then can you learn how to present with confidence? This week, we interview the Presentation Coach himself, Joe Augustin, who gave us his tips on presenting, which has been honed from over 20 years of experience through being a radio DJ, emcee and
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Want to be an influencer

Melissa’s Table Top Talk Episode 17: So You Wanna Be An Influencer?

There are many people nowadays who call themselves a blogger or influencer. Just what does it mean to be one and is it just for fame and money? Also, is it true that the number of followers or likes on your social media posts/accounts show your level of influence? We speak to Evangeline, founder of influencer
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Melissa’s Table Top Talk Episode 16: Sex is Life with Dr Martha Lee (M18)

This week, we speak to Singapore’s first certified sexologist, Dr Martha Lee, on why she believes that “Sex is Life”. There were quite a few interesting things that we touched upon and unlike what a lot of people think, sexology and talking about sex isn’t and shouldn’t be sleazy at all! We also learnt what
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Melissa’s Table Top Talk Episode 15: Taking the Taboo Out of the Bedroom (M18)

This week, Melissa interviewed Rachel, the Sinsational Director of Ohh Lah Lah as they discussed why it is important to take the Taboo Out of the Bedroom and have a healthy conversation about sex. It is especially in this digital age where children are learning about the birds and bees from porn, which is fake
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Melissa’s Table Top Talk Episode 14: So You Don’t Think You Need To Detox?

There has been a lot of talk about going on detox diets by health ‘gurus’ or wellness-related companies but is there a medical or scientific basis to this? Also, quite a few medical doctors have said that it is not necessary to go for any detox diet because the body itself has a natural detoxification
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Melissa’s Table Top Talk Episode 13: Do You Think You Or Your Child Are Digital Slaves

It seems like we are on our smart devices every waking moment and so are our children. Some families are also using their digital devices as ‘nannies’ and this may result in families spending less bonding time with each other. This week, we speak to Vinnie Mehta of Nanos Arte to discuss the concept of
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Melissa’s Table Top Talk Episode 6: So You Wanna Be A Model?

You think you’ve got the looks and the height…but are you really ready to be a model? If you are thinking about pursuing a modelling career, watch this video first so that you know exactly what you’re in for as well as what you’ll need to watch out for. Melissa interviewed Richel Xie of Nova
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