Dec 31, 2013

new year, new layout, new content, new concept

2013. I can't believe it's over. It has been an arduous, emotional, lonely year- and the best one I've had so far.

In a nutshell, I:
  • joined The Apprentice
  • was the runner-up in the same
  • did & learnt things I never thought I could or would
  • found the courage to leave my day job
  • spent time searching my soul & seeing more of the world
  • am still figuring things out
  • want to forge a new path for myself
  • am excited to get back to writing here!

So, for some background, Life In Technicolor (LiT) was born in my university days, when I wanted a platform to share news, ideas and opinions on fashion. 

Now, having gone through various life experiences and very much wanting to share those experiences, LiT has evolved accordingly to meet my goals. 

Out of my own sentimentality (because LiT in its heyday was quite a thriving space) and a slight hint of laziness, I have retained vestiges of its previous iteration:
  • old posts have not been deleted
  • a few links have remained on the sidebar (90% of the old stuff has however been deleted, in a bid to focus the content on this blog)
  • obviously, LiT will continue to be named as such, because that is how I want to continue seeing life. 
LiT is going to become a space where I talk about things much closer to my heart at present-- career choices, career in general, work, life, friends, new experiences, life abroad... Hopefully a space that will give more people a way to share in all the amazing lessons I have been allowed to experience and will continue to experience. 

I will always love fashion. It just is no longer the focus of my writing or my lifestyle. 


More to come as I evolve along with LiT. Thank you for reading over the years, I honestly can't believe people still take the time. To friends, I hope this is a great way for us to stay in touch. Or for you to keep up with what I'm doing. Haha. 

To 2014, and new things. 


Jun 3, 2013

Last Apprentice Asia Update

SO i figured I've been chatting way too much about The Apprentice Asia. Ultimately, it is a great show about business, business people and business skills. Its hardly about self-promotion although that is a necessary ancillary because that's the first way to get people to connect with the show and tune in. I daresay my friends would not be catching the show but for the fact that I told them i would be on it.

It's a difficult thing, choosing to talk about oneself constantly, and it makes me very uncomfortable. There has been a lot of pressure to discuss the show (obviously the network and everyone involved wants it to do well), and that's created alot of internal conflict for me.

I've decided that I will not be chatting about the show on the following avenues:

  • My personal facebook page: its for me to connect with my personal friends. and while I am grateful for their support, I cannot stomach them having to receive unsolicited updates about a show that I'm involved in when not all of them even tune in. strictly PERSONAL!!!
  • This blog: again, this is something I set up years ago to share news about fashion (primarily), and bits of my own writing. Besides this post and the one below introducing the fact that I'm on the show, I dont think i should cloud the original purpose of this blog. 
SO i suppose what I am saying is... there will be no discussion of The Apprentice Asia, the contestants, process, results, etc NOTHING RELATED TO THE SHOW will be posted here. I do want my life as i knew it before to be kept quite separate from the newness and excitement of the show. 

I've followed the lead of the other contestants and set up a dedicated safe place where I can discuss the show and my opinions on it. This way, only people who actually want to receive that information need receive it. 

If you happen to be here because you'd like to find out more about the show, just click on the link below. :) Thanks everyone. 

May 18, 2013

The Apprentice Asia, 22 May 2013 only on AXN

So it's been a while. And I haven't been allowed to comment on anything that's going on, until about now. Here's the Big Reveal:

I am a contestant on The Apprentice Asia, the regional franchise of the hit TV show. Pretty much the biggest thing that's ever happened to me to-date. Awesome part of it is that it is helmed by reality TV genius and creator Mark Burnett, meaning we had a ridiculously talented, award-winning, ultra professional crew working on the show!!! Same director and task producer as The Apprentice UK, same director as The Celebrity Apprentice. Brilliant camera and soundmen.

12 of us have been chosen from all around the region, and I'm pretty proud to say I'm the ONLY Singaporean that made the cut! I'm also the only (token?) lawyer in the bunch of high-flying overachievers. To be honest, for the most part I felt extremely inadequate in comparison with these young success stories, but i realized very quickly that I should instead just learn all that I can from them.

Of course, the other draw? Mr Tony Fernandes, who's our version of Trump/Lord Sugar. He's an absolute trailblazer, and a big deal in the region and beyond. The most awesome part about owing an airline is being able to plaster your TV show on a plane. I present, Exhibit A.

OK enough talk. PICTURE TIME!!! We had our Press Conference at the Hilton Hotel in KL last week, and it was brilliant seeing all the contestants again!
 group photo, all together now...a million flashbulbs went off... never thought i would live to see the day where that happens to me...

 Of course this post wouldn't be complete if I didn't share some information about the show. These trailers should do more than enough to get you interested in watching-- its OBVIOUS from the editing and production values that this is a Mark Burnett production. We are all immensely excited for the final product... and we'll all be watching along with everyone else!

YES and now this is my promo spot... me mouthing off to the camera... it'll just be 30 seconds of your life...

There's also a minor point about there being a popularity contest (which I'm completely aware I stand a near-zero chance of winning... I just don't inspire that kind of reaction in people, generally...). BUT for your information, the votes are being counted on 2 fronts:
1) the AXN website HERE, where "likes" and Facebook shares count;
2) on Twitter, where the hashtag #AAAndrea counts as a vote.

The Apprentice Asia airs across 21 countries in the region, starting WEDNESDAY 22 MAY 2013, 9.05 PM, only on AXN. (Repeats every day at various times until the following episode). 

Twitter: @leyandrea13
Instagram: @leyandrea13
Facebook: /leyandrea13

I'll be updating with more info here and there as episodes air. Peace out.

Feb 11, 2013

Detox Diary #8: Out On the Other Side


At the end of Day 4 now--officially halfway through and crossed the hump! Generally my appetite has returned (uh-oh!) and all in all I'm feeling quite good today. At least bodily I feel better-- probably means I am on the upswing now!


Day 6, and I'm feeling really quite more energetic than I'm used to-- without the aid of sugar or caffeine or huge carbo-loading.

The challenge will of course be keeping this up, but i'm not thinking about that right now. I'm just focusing on how great I feel and I suppose I'm quite the detox convert now!

Today I didn't have anything besides a 30 min massage, didn't do much except spend loads of time chilling and chatting with all the lovely new friends I've made.

Momentous occasion: I HAD MY FIRST PIECE OF FISH!!! OMG!!!
I had an oily slab of cod at lunch, and 3 delicate pink slices of tuna at dinner. Plenty of gentle protein to keep me going!

Jan 28, 2013

Detox Diary #7: cresting an emotional wave


So this evening's when it gets slightly more interesting... I attend a mediation class with Rajesh [the resident guru figure] and its a pretty vigorous, forceful type of breathing, to awaken the body's deep spiritual energy.

We go through the 7 chakras, and the weirdest thing happens: at the 4th chakra, the heart chakra, as we breathe I find myself crying and not being able to stop.
I concentrate my hardest on all Rajesh is saying; the inhalations, exhalations; one, two, breathe; but i still feel unsettled.

After we go through all 7 chakras, we lie down-- and I'm positively vibrating with all the energy (yes actually), and we concentrate on ailments in the body and soul we want to heal, while he recites a soothing yet powerful mantra. It seems to come from a place of deep sorrow--but I suppose you must know pain and sorrow to know joy.

I place my right hand, in turn, on my busted right ankle, my weirdly dislocated right jaw, and on my aching heart.

After the class we speak and Rajesh points out that, underneath it all, I'm probably quite an emotional person, and the reason why I cry (or cried) is because the emotion has no outlet and times like this meditation is when the mind and body are less in control-- so the emotion escapes.

I know its not mindblowing, what he said, but i have this sense that Rajesh gets it. We can't speak about it any longer because he's busy (and also $150 an hour!!!) and goodness knows, he ought to charge.

He just tells me to allow the emotion to surface tonight-- so we'll see. I find myself pining quite often for this sense of home and togetherness-- my moon must've been strong when I was born, if my astrology class yesterday is anything to go by. (not really, just btw).


Tonight's final activity was lighting our personal lanterns and making a wish on them. It was very cool. My 3 wishes kinda sucked, but it was totally spellbinding to watch these enormous paper lanterns, a bout a metre in height, rise up floating to meet the stars, each bearing the sincerest, deepest, even darkest, desires of a person.

The anonymity of it was beautiful, as was the notion. A tad romantic--sure. But i'm on a beach on a island in the Gulf of Thailand with the biggest most silent lanterns I've ever seen, all gently bouyed by hot air and looking like tentacle-less jellyfish...

I'm going to, at least for tonight, believe that those wishes are borne up to the stars. 

Jan 1, 2013

Detox Diary #6: Where the Sun Don't Shine

20 07 2012
2222 hrs

I had my first colonic today-- it was mildly uncomfortable but by no means unbearable. There were 2 nurses tending to me so things went rather...swimmingly haha.

I can't get over how much at ease everyone here tries to put you; the hospitality is truly unmatched by anything i've experienced.

So this morning I started off by missing Pilates, just because I'm so exhausted and lethargic from the detox's effects, then the afternoon brought the colonic and a liquid lunch.

I don't know how much detail I ought to go into, but I'll just recap in point form...

  • Not allowed to consume food or liquid for a few hours prior-- so I end up skipping breakfast and drinking my psyllium husks a lot earlier in the morning
  • Get weighed in prior to the colonic (just so they can compare stuff after)
  • Get 2 nurses assigned to me
  • Get escorted to a treatment room overlooking the ocean (!!!!!!!!!!) and decked out with colonic-related equipment everywhere. I'm intimidated. 
  • 1 nurse strokes my tummy and talks to me to calm me down
  • the other nurse... does the deed. It feels fine, really, and doesn't hurt at all (thank you, KY jelly!)
  • The liquid (I'm not sure wot it is but it is definitely a herbal blend to soothe your digestive tract) gets pumped IN via the tube to wash out the colon, essentially
  • The pump then reverses and the liquid gets sucked back out
  • Repeat process.
  • BTW: There is some discomfort because your really filling up your colon and tummy and etc with liquid, which feels alot like severe bloating
  •  Lots of stroking and gentle chatting ensues to get my mind off the discomfort.
  • Repeat again. 
  • Switch to filtered water and repeat. 
  • All in all, the in & out cycle occurs about 5 times.
  • Oh have I mentioned that part of the equipment includes a clear cylinder at the filtration system which shows you...the contents of my digestive tract. This is gross but I did spot a shitake mushroom float by-- myself and the 2 nurses laughed SO HARD at that!
  • Finally, they tell me the worst is over, and I am instructed to pee, just to make sure things are working fine. Go figure. 
  • I do another weigh-in, and I've basically dropped 2 kilos in 4 days. 

Then I took my first (and only!) excursion to Lamai Beach, 2nd on Koh Samui only to Chaweng Beach, that overcrowded, slightly seedy, very touristy stretch of cheap hotels, dingy bars and street stalls.

I had a driver sent down to take me around, which was very nice. I chose to sit in the front, because my parents always told me you only sit in the back if the person's literally your driver (i.e. it is RUDE to sit behind like your above it all). So i sat with him and talked to him. It was very nice.

Anyway, when I get back to the resort, I put my iPod on the dock only to realize by the 4th electronica track (my usual genre of music-- and this was the Chemical Brothers, no less!) that it was definitely not preferable to the soothing instrumental CD I'd been thoughtfully provided with.