Ms Genecia Luo, a former beauty queen who now runs her own business and hosts a radio programme, reveals how she finds time to relax.
The former beauty queen is now a personal branding expert for chief executive officers, managing directors, politicians and people in the entertainment industry.
Among the beauty titles she has won are Miss Singapore Chinese Cosmos 2011, Miss Singapore Universe runner-up 2006 and MissSingapore International 2006.
She was also a finalist in The New Paper New Face contest in 2003.
While she is a certified image consultant, she does more than just develop a client’s image, she said.
She also advises her clients on how to develop their charisma and personalities, which involves helping them with their way of thinking and their speaking styles.
In 2008, she set up her consulting and training company, InQueenz.
She also hosts a radio programme on Love 97.2FM every Tuesday and Wednesday.
She is a trained occupational therapist and a certified instructor in first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, deep water workout, aerobics, yoga, line dancing and rope skipping.
She grew up in a family with an average income and had to work since the age of 14 to put herself through school.
She is single and will date only men with “husband potential”. She is not interested in “just going out on aimless dates”.
What do you do to keep fit?
I do yoga, mainly for stretching, together with balance training for half an hour twice a week.
I also brisk walk for 45 minutes twice a week, swim for an hour three times a week and jog or climb stairs for half an hour twice a week.
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What is your secret to looking fabulous?
I drink two litres of water daily and also consume collagen drinks, vitamin B and algae supplements.
I use a facial mask every day.
I exercise and I believe in detoxifying and tuning my body from inside out.
I keep a positive mindset and never stop learning about myself.
I always nurture my “look good, feel good” attitude.
I am focused, I get things done and it makes me happy.
I seek to motivate and inspire others, and this keeps my mental state positive.
Has there been a time when you were not fit and fabulous?
Sometimes, due to a busy schedule and hectic lifestyle, I don’t exercise regularly and put on weight.
What is your diet like?
I have a good breakfast, because that is the first meal of the day.
I usually consume century egg or fish porridge, milk, chicken of essence, a collagen drink and supplements. I have a moderately heavy breakfast and lunch and then a light dinner.
I love soup. I can have it every day, at every meal.
What are your indulgences?
Large fries without salt, grilled chicken wings, iced Milo, sushi, pizza with lots of cheese and otah.
What do you do to relax and maintain a healthy work-life balance?
I do not have normal working hours because the events my company runs and the personal branding training classes I conduct take place on weekday evenings and weekends.
So I create pockets of recreation during the week. I go into a meditative relaxation mode every day whenever I can.
In the past, I used to take 15 to 30 minutes to go into relaxation mode.
These days I take an hour and sometimes even up to 11/2 hours to get into a fully relaxed state.
The exercises I do daily, early in the morning at 7 to 8am, also help to relieve work tension and keep me sane.
I love to read self-help books and I listen to folk songs and watch church sermons.
I love to drive my van leisurely, especially during off-peak hours when the roads are not congested. I enjoy taking scenic walks along East Coast Park or at Pearl’s Hill Park at Outram.
I like to chill out with close friends and play with my two cats. One of them, Tiger, sleeps with me every night. He was a four-month-old stray when I adopted him.
He is now more than two years old and we are very close. I date my mother and brother every week for one or two meals.
My father is usually too busy. I also go to church and do volunteer work.
What are the three most important things in your life?
My ambition, dreams and family, including my cats and God. My ambition is to develop InQueenz, my consulting and training firm, to become a leader in Asia.
My dream is to create and build sustainable platforms through education and businesses to help everyone discover his or her own X factor.
I also want to walk the talk and maintain my own charisma.
My goal is to still look 29 when I reach 40. Would you go for plastic surgery?
I strongly advocate natural beauty. I will not opt for plastic surgery.
However, I may consider aesthetic treatment to achieve results.
Do you think you’re sexy?
It is not in my personal branding. I do not cultivate on first impression that I am sexy. However, I do know how to project sexiness.
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