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November 16 2016 Mid-Week Motivations: SkillShare

 

Everyone’s a work-in-progress. As a young company, we strive to improve ourselves everyday. What keeps us going is our desire to be better, and do better to meet the demands of each and every customer.

While we’re on the endeavor of improvement, many a times a small office like us may lack the physical guidance that conglomerates have easy access to. However, our fruitful encounters with SkillShare has been more than helpful in overcoming the plateaus of knowledge acquisition. 

SkillShare is a platform where anyone can have access to high-quality knowledge. From Entrepreneurship to Design classes, there are over 11,000 classes to quench your thirst for knowledge. Just browsing the free classes is motivation enough for self-improvement.

Here are three free classes we highly recommend:

Productivity and Time Management: Get More Done 

Frame a Great Shot: Exploring Photo Composition

 Ink & Watercolor Illustrations: The Basics in 5 Steps


November 01 2016 Curate Your Unique Style With PRISM

We understand that everybody has their own unique style and taste. At Visual Mass, we celebrate individuality, and we want you to do you.

Beckie in PRISM

We specially made our PRISM collection fully customisable; our new mirrored lenses from the collection are not solely restricted to just the Brody and Crystal frames.

You can now pick any frame that suits you best, and pair them with our PRISM mirror lenses to look the best.


October 28 2016 MAAD: Industrial

Our latest Pop-Up booth was specially curated again to provide our customers with a different experience each time. 

This time round, our booth was designed with an industrial theme, and we especially decorated with neon lights to illumate the space. 

With a collaboration with Design Driven Goods, a local company that specialises in neon products, we completed our industrial theme for our booth. 


October 27 2016 Why You Should Invest In Polarised Lenses

PRISM collection

We all know the key benefits of wearing sunglasses - they protect our eyes from the sun's harmful UV rays. However, polarised glasses offer you a lot more than just mere UV protection. Not only is it equipped with UV protection, but it also enhances the quality of your vision. 

Such benefits are of course inevitably accompanied by a heftier price tag. 

Here are some of the benefits of polarised sunglasses that will definitely prove your investment worthy. 

1. Reduces glare

Glare is caused when light from the sun is reflected off of water or a solid surface, and it often causes objects to appear hazy when they are looked in the direction of the sun. Surfaces or objects that reflect light can become blinding and uncomfortable to look at.

While regular sunglasses only help to reduce the amount of light but not glare, polarised lenses are much more beneficial as they are coated with a special chemical film that will help to reduce glare. The chemical film on the polarised sunglasses absorbs horizontal light waves, while still allowing vertical light waves to pass through the lens, and hence removingglare. In the long run, wearing polarised lenses will help to improve the quality of one's eyesight due to the reduced glare.

2. They are perfect for water sports

Similarly, polarised sunglasses can reduce the glare caused by the reflections of light on water surfaces. 

With the presence of a special chemical film in polarised lenses, the wearer is able to see clearer into the water - explaining why fishers and boaters prefer wearing polarised sunglasses as compared to regular ones. 

3. Enhanced vision and improved safety for drivers 

Therefore, with polarised sunglasses, there is no need for squinting during sunny days, which is a daily occurrence in Singapore. Squinting is not only uncomfortable, but it also causes eye redness, fatigue and irritation. With polarised sunglasses, there will be a significant improvement in the clarity and colour of the wearer's sight. Especially for drivers, these lenses allow them to have a sharper focus on the road as glare and reflection will no longer be a distraction. 

PRISM collection

With its numerous benefits, polarised lenses definitely triumphs regular sunglasses, especially if you are looking for a long term improvement for your eyesight. 

Our recent PRISM collection, which consists of a range of mirrored lenses, are actually polarised lenses. Differing from our older range of sunglasses, these PRISM sunglasses will provide your eyes with the comfort and protection it boasts. 

Shop now at visualmass.co.


October 18 2016 Featured Student-athlete, Kai Yang

Ever since Singapore’s got her first Olympic medal, the support for local athletes has increased tremendously. Not only is Singapore well-known for her cleanliness and security, but also the country that “the kid who beat Michael Phelps” is from. 

We met up with Lee Kai Yang, a team member of the national Water Polo team. Kaiyang’s passion for water-polo has captivated us all. His hard work has certainly paid off as he was recently selected to represent Singapore at the 10th Asian Swimming Championships Water Polo Tournament.

Our fascination of how one can keep up with both studies and being a national athlete in Singapore has led us into curiosity, so we asked him to share his perspective on being a student-athlete.

 

  1. Hi Kai Yang, can you give an introduction about yourself?

 Hi everyone! I am Kai Yang, a student by day and a national athlete by nights. I study accountancy at Singapore Management University and am in my second year now. I am also a member of the Singapore National Water Polo Team. A usual weekday for me consists of school during the day and training at night. On the weekends, I spend my time coaching, training and hanging out with friends and family. I'm just your average Singaporean youth who likes sports a little too much.

  1. What inspired you to take up water polo?

I was first exposed to water polo when I was 11, where my older brother (who was 13 then) joined the school's water polo team. 2 years on, when I was 13, I ended up in the same secondary school as my brother and had to choose a CCA to join. I was hesitant to join water polo at first simply cause I wanted to do something different from my brother (stupid reason on hindsight to be honest), but my parents coaxed me into going for the trials. I had fun at the trials and got selected into the team, and I guess as they say the rest is history.

My aspirations to don the national colours came a little later, again thanks to my brother. My brother at that time was part of the National Youth Team that represented the nation in a few regional tournaments, seeing him representing Singapore got me a little jealous and I guess planted the seed in my head to train hard so that one day I would be in his shoes. I guess the hard work paid off.

 

  1. Have you come across any struggles while playing water polo? 

Water Polo is a tough contact sport, for the uninitiated its like playing rugby, basketball and soccer all at once, in the water. This also means that our trainings have to be equally tough or if not even tougher to make sure we are ready to face our opponents. I've had training sessions that have made me puke, made me dizzy and made me bleed, but the struggles of training can be really rewarding when it all comes together in the game.

However, the physical struggles I faced playing water polo does not compare to the mental struggles, especially the struggles I face outside of the pool. Having to commit so much of my time to training for the sport, it means that I have lesser time for everything else, I have lesser time for my studies, I have lesser time for my friends and most importantly I have lesser time with my family. Its the constant struggle to balance my commitment for the sport with other facets of my life that can sometimes seem a little too overwhelming. I remember when I first started university, I was worried about balancing my studies and my trainings because I thought that I could not focus on one without adversely affecting the other.

Over a year has passed since I entered SMU and I can safely say that the struggle is still ongoing, but the difference is the people around me, my teammates, friends and family. Their support is what keeps me going and their encouragement is what makes this struggle all worthwhile. I rely on my team, friends and family both in and out of the pool to overcome all the struggles I may face one at a time, and in return I play my best for them every time I get the chance.

  1. After Singapore got her first Olympic gold medal, there has been a greater appreciation for local athletes, do you think it has changed anything for you? 

This hasn't changed much for me personally, because my motivation to do what I've been doing has always been intrinsic. Meaning to say, that my love for the sport before Joseph won his medal was never any lesser than after he did.I still train as hard as I did before, I am still as proud to represent to country as I did before and I still love what I do as I did before. I think the changes that have occurred or will occur due to the greater appreciation for local athletes is one that is more systemic, I already see more emphasis placed on the sporting culture of Singapore. What this has allowed for, is for more of the general public to understand the perspectives of a national athlete and the struggles we face day in day out. So I would say nothing much really has changed for me, what has changed is the general appreciation by the public for national athletes, and for that I am extremely thankful of Joseph for what he has done. 

  1. Lastly, do you have any advice for local athletes who are deciding to play professionally?

A senior of mine from the national team once told me this, he said we (our team) may not be paid to play water polo as our profession, but that doesn't and shouldn't stop us from training or playing at a level of professionalism that we can all be proud of. What I took away was that it is easy so say that you may want to turn pro, but just like any other profession, you won't get paid until you have proven your worth. That is why it is so difficult to turn pro, it requires guts, guts to throw all the time and effort that you have into the sport and not get anything in return until you have reached a level of professionalism which warrants a pay. So, my advice would be that the first step towards a pro career would a professional mindset in everything you do, walk the talk and not sit back and wait for something to happen.

 

Visual Mass wants to thank all the local athletes for their hard work. To show our full support for our athletes, we are now open to collaborations. Just e-mail us at contact@visualmass.co!


October 17 2016 Gretta Giveaway Winner and Preorder

Earlier this month, we conducted giveaway contests on both Instagram and Facebook for our most popular frame yet, Gretta. 

Contestants were asked to comment on why they would love to have a pair of Gretta, and we have found our winning entries. 

From Facebook:

From Instagram:

Congratulations to both Tiantian Wang and Natalie Lim for each winning a pair of Gretta!

We would like to thank everybody for the overwhelming response we have received for this contest, and we'll be sure to host more giveaways, for you.

Do follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more good things ahead! 


October 13 2016 Book Reviews - Pride and Prejudice and Objects of Affection

Objects of Affection: Poems, by Krishna Udayasankar

Sze Li:

"This book caught my attention immediately because the story is narrated through inanimate, everyday objects around us, to which we expose our raw, true selves to with no second thought. Who would've thought these lifeless objects could tell such an intimate story packed with emotions and depth. It uncovers an intriguing perspective and makes me wonder what sort of advice my own objects would give and tell me the things i've missed out that i shouldn't, considering how they've been around all along."

Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

Janelle: 

"Pride and Prejudice is one of my all-time favourite classics, so I was really excited when I received it and was given the chance to read it again. Set in the early 1800s, the novel mainly touches on the courtship rituals, marriage and manners in the English society. The story centers around the main character, Elizabeth, a feisty and opiniated young woman and how she manoeuvres in this society of manners. We also meet Mr Darcy, a rich and eligible man, but whose pride and disdain sends Elizabeth reeling in anger and disgust. One too proud, the other filled with prejudice. It's a riveting novel that intrigues with a clear romance plot, but with subtle commentary on the social classes during the Regency era." 


October 04 2016 International Coffee Day With A.R.C Coffee

Inspired by the concept of suspended coffee, we decided to buy our customers a cup of coffee to celebrate International Coffee Day. 

The idea of suspended coffee originated in Italy; in which one buys 2 cups of coffee but only consumes one, which in turn is reserved for the homeless or the poor. In other words, suspended coffee is an act or love and generosity for others. We were inspired by the sincerity behind the idea, and we decided to start this movement in hopes of making someone's day. 

We have collaborated with ARC Coffee, a local cafe located at 29 Sultan Gate. This special cafe aims to serve specialised coffee, incorporating elements of coffee-making, roasting and learning; hence the encapsulation of an Academy, Roastery and Café in a single space. 

The movement was held on 1st and 2nd October, and all customers had to do to get a cup of suspended coffee was to follow our Instagram and like the photo that was posted on 1 October. 



Thank you for sharing with us that you enjoyed the coffee redeemed at A.R.C Coffee!
Follow us closely on Facebook and Instagram for more collaborations like these :) 

 

 


October 02 2016 The Team’s Favourite Cuppa and What It Says About Them

In line with International Coffee Day, we've decided to share with you the team's favourite cup of coffee and what it says about their personality. 


Sze Li’s favourite: Iced White 

Assertive and outspoken

She enjoys having her coffee with milk, but without sugar. Just like the refreshing and cool iced white, Sze Li is confident around people, and is often not afraid to say what she thinks.

Beckie’s Favourite: Cappuccino

Warm-hearted and sociable

Just like the fancy milk foam and chocolate or cinnamon sprinkles, Beckie brings delight to the people around her.

Lemon’s and Jovita’s favourite: Mocha

Spontaneous and fun-loving

With a generous amount of chocolate added to this coffee drink, both Lemon and Jovita prefer something sweeter as compared to the usual bitter cup. Their preference for something sweet and rich reflects their fun-loving and they will always be the first ones to volunteer for any activity.

Weijie’s Favourite: Latte

Imaginative and cautious

"Latte is always a safe choice," Weijie says. "You can never go wrong with it." The classic coffee with milk with different kinds latte art ticks Weijie's whimsical mind.

Karmann’s and Eddie’s favourite: Caramel Macchiato

Traditional and strong

Though essentially sweet, a cup of caramel macchiato still holds the strong, bitter taste of coffee - which is exactly what both Karmann and Eddie love.

Jerial's Favourite: Iced Americano 

Minimalistic and a natural epicurean 

A black coffee drinker takes a direct, no-frills approach in life and likes to stay calm while taking charge, much like Jerial. 

 

 


October 01 2016 How to Describe the Taste of Your Coffee

These days, people are starting to shift away from commercialised coffee; where the prevalence and convenience of a cup has now become stale and uninviting. With the third wave of coffee, we begin to appreciate coffee as an artisanal drink, rather than a common good. With the movement into the production of high-quality coffee, we as consumers, begin to feel curious about the cup of coffee we drink; its origin, the method of brewing, as well as the difference in tastes. 

With all the different blends and brewing methods taking the center stage, we'd like you think about how you can describe your favourite cup of coffee. 

These three steps we've created should be an easy guideline for you to describe your favourite coffee: 

1. Smell

Before drinking, the aroma should be inhaled and assessed through the nasal passages. Some descriptive smell words include: burnt, fragrant, musty or chocolatey. After smelling, comes the tasting. You can then look out for its:

2. Acidity

The first thing you taste from the first sip of your coffee is its acidity - for some, the acidity is the best part of the coffee. However, acidity is easily confused with sourness and it is normally described as bright and lively.

3. Flavour

Flavour is the overall effect that the coffee gives, usually, a combination of the taste and smell. It can cover different taste profiles and flavour preferences varies amongst each individual.

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