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Every week, Pop X gives you a peek into the 10 TOP ANSWERS from our panel of esteemed experts from all over Asia on fashion, health, relationship, and more…

This week on Pop X, we have CEO and founder of Cheer Aspirations Jaymee Tan (MY) debunking the myths about cheerleading, DJ Troyi (HK) on gender bias in the music industry, and plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Khoo (SG) on the risks of Botox injections…

1. Cynthia Koh (TV Actress | SG):
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“I believe everything happens for a reason”

Cynthia is a household name amongst Singaporeans. A veteran starlet in Mediacorp TV dramas, she has a fondness for travel and adventure. Would she change anything about her life if she could travel back in time?

I believe everything happens for a reason. So whatever was needed to challenge me on my journey so that I can grow up, was part of the process. I’m grateful for all that happened.

2. Andrew Khoo (Plastic Surgeon | SG):
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“If Botox migrates to the wrong area, side effects can occur.”

Insecure about how you look but too shy to talk about it? Then look up for Dr. Andrew at Mount Elizabeth Hospital, Singapore. With 20+ years of medical training and practice behind him, you can be sure his hands are as steady as his advice on cosmetic surgery:

The injection of Botox into the facial muscles is generally a safe procedure. The most important thing is to place the right dosage in the right place. If Botox migrates to the wrong area, side effects can occur. For example if Botox placed for a brow lift effect migrates to the upper eyelid then inadequate opening of the lid can occur. This is temporary.

3. Farah Waheda (Parenting Blogger | MY):
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“The way we educate our children should be different from those days we were brought up”

Known as ‘bubblynotes’ to her hordes of adoring fans, Farah enjoys sharing her experiences on parenting, lifestyle and beauty. Would she consider spanking her kids to keep them in line, just like the good old days?

No. As a modern mom in the modern age living, I always believe that the way we educate our children should be different from those days we were brought up. Punishment as in rotan/hanger is irrelevant with current culture of raising children and it will only bring more negativity rather than positivity… Beneficial punishment such as doing house chores or grounded for certain period of time could be the examples of a better approach.

4. Kevin Foong (Feng Shui Master | SG):
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“Feng shui has nothing to do with placement of feng shui items”

Master Kevin isn’t just your regular feng shui consultant; he runs an academy teaching 5,000+ students worldwide from 127 countries on classical feng shui, Bazi, face reading and astrology. He explains how to spot a fake feng shui master:

Feng shui is primarily focus on land form and your house or office external environment… Feng shui has nothing to do with placement of feng shui item such as Dragon, phoenix, Pixiu. If you meet a master who charges very low fees for consultation but asked you to buy a bunch of feng shui item, you ought to be very careful…

5. DJ Troyi (DJ | HK):
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“It’s hard because people think female DJs can’t really DJ”

DJ Troyi – together with DJ Lokyii – forms the dynamic duo making waves in Hong Kong’s music scene. She started spinning in Australia in her university days, and is well-aware of the difficulties that lie ahead:

What are the challenges faced by young female DJs? It’s hard because people think female DJs can’t really DJ. If you have to break into the music scene, I think the first thing you have to change is what people think about you. You’re not just looking good, but you’re actually doing something different from the others.

6. Jason Lim (Entertainment | MY):
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“The films I do are basically to evoke a positive civic conscious mind-set”

Jason is a Malaysian film-maker famed for his provocative short films revealing the dark side of humanity (e.g. greed and apathy towards the blind). When asked what life lessons that film-making has taught him, his response truly reflects his bold personality:

…My films are not designed to entertain. My films are not designed to make people happy. And the films I do are basically to evoke a positive civic conscious mind-set to the public and the audience. So that’s one of the basic and most powerful lessons I’ve learnt: it’s impossible to please everyone…

7. Phoon Chi Ho (Comedian | MY):
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“Practice makes improvisational skills better”

Chi Ho, a product of Kuala Lumpur’s underground comedy scene, has left thousands of urban folks and corporate bigwigs in stitches. What’s the secret behind his routines?

…What’s important to know is the audience, usually, do not know what you have next so you have to make sure your pockets are filled with ‘Jail free’ cards. And that can only come from experience. Practice makes improvisational skills better.

8. Jaymee Tan (Cheerleading Coach | MY):
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“Many cheerleaders are positive role models in their schools”

Jaymee is the CEO and founder of Cheer Aspirations, the pioneer and largest cheerleading company in Malaysia. Operating in a conservative society clearly comes with challenges. So how does she deal with them?

When anyone mentions the word ‘cheerleader’, the common perception is a not-so-bright girl wearing a sexy outfit and shaking some pompons…. We are slowly and surely working hard to change that perception by educating and raising awareness through as many media platforms as possible… Many cheerleaders are positive role models in their schools and this is the best way to show everyone what a positive and healthy sport this is for the youth of Malaysia.

9. Leonardo Talpo (Counsellor | SG):
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“It’s never a good idea to keep yourself trapped in the marriage just because of the children”

Leonardo is one of Singapore’s leading family-work counsellors. He conducts both corporate workshops and couples retreats. In an age where divorces are on the rise, he has practical advice for broken families:

It’s never a good idea to keep yourself trapped in the marriage just because of the children, firstly because it is not sustainable, it is just the feeling-bad postponing your decision in agony with future much greater consequences; secondly because it is an insult to your intelligence, and finally it is not a good model for your children…

10. Johanis Sani (Beauty Vlogger | MY):
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“I keep it real with who I am on social media”

Johanis is not just another pretty face on social media – she’s got a beautiful voice to match her beauty tips! Does she feel restricted whenever she shares something online?

Yes, definitely. But usually I do what I like. I don’t think anyone is able to manage what people think of others. I keep it real with who I am on social media.

And that wraps up our Top 10 picks for this week’s edition of Pop X! Don’t forget to tune in next week for more awesome answers!

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