Om Ambssadors are our brand ambassadors: leaders in their own community who champion the Om & Away brand and exmplify our mission and ethos both in person and on line. This week, we chat with Germaine Ong (@latenightlyricals) about style and travel.
1.Tell us a little bit about yourself
I work in finance by day and am a Nigella-hopeful by night. I love cooking and sharing my recipes online, and also love travelling and recommending amazing restaurants or destinations on my Instagram page @latenightlyricals
2. What is your wellness/fitness routine
I try and fit in a couple of Pilates and HIIT sessions a week – more if my schedule allows. It’s always difficult to drag myself there but I know I’ll feel much better once I’ve done the exercise, so I try to focus on that good feeling instead!
In terms of wellness, I’m pretty lucky my husband believes in the power of wellness too, so we often mediate together in the mornings or just before bed. It’s the best and easiest way to wind down and have a good night’s rest – which in my opinion is the number one ingredient for one’s wellbeing.
3. Where is your favourite travel destination?
Paris is always a good idea and holds a special place in our heart as we got married there.
4. What are the places or retreats you would recommend to people for a travel wellness experience?
Somewhere away from the hustle and bustle of the city where the air is fresh and you hear nothing but crickets – where you can bask in still moments, breathe deeply and hear yourself think. I recently got to experience that at Banyan Tree Phuket and it was phenomenal– a clarity rebirth almost. Other places that I love and recommend include the Victorian countryside in Australia or by the coast in Italy in low season.
5. Why do you think it’s important to prioritise your health and wellbeing and how do you keep this at the forefront when life starts to become overwhelming?
The way I see it, life is like a pyramid, with health and wellbeing forming the base of the pyramid. What you eat, drink, how you take care of yourself forms the foundation of how you feel every day. If the base is not solid, then I find things starts to get overwhelming very quickly.
6. Everyone’s idea of self-care is different, please tell us about yours?
I believe in not depriving myself of anything – food I like to eat, massages, spot of retail therapy and a glass of wine after a long day. It’s about being good to yourself, but in moderation. If you have to ask how much is too much, then you already know in your heart it is too much.
7. What is your personal ethos?
Your face reflects the person you are – so be kind always.
8. If there is 1 wellness tip you swear by, what would that be?
Do simple stretching exercises whenever you can and get yourself a spikey ball to roll out any knots just by simply rolling your body weight against the wall. You’d be surprised at how much tension we unconsciously hold in our bodies every day, in muscles we never knew existed. This tension then slowly manifests into muscle aches and tension headaches which just drags your mind and body down. A simple 5 minute stretch or roll a day can do wonders for your week.
9. How was your recent wellness experience with Om & Away at Banyan Tree Phuket?
It was hands down the most relaxing experience from the moment we were received by the Banyan Tree representative at the airport, to the time we were dropped off at the airport again.
We were consulted on every preference and had our daily activities planned for us, yet had enough time and space to unwind and do our own thing.
It never felt rushed or jam packed – our consultant Liz allowed us to try everything we wanted to, and had great recommendations for when we weren’t sure. The food was fantastic and we didn’t need to leave the resort for anything at all.
I was especially impressed by Banyan Tree Phuket’s efforts in conservation – they don’t have any single use plastic onsite and were also conscientiously giving back to their local community by supporting underprivileged local youths – truly a leader in sustainability.
10. If you had to choose a word to describe the recent retreat experience with Om & Away, what would it be and why?
Clarity. Being able to relax and be surrounded by a calm environment meant that we were able to re-set from the daily stressors of life and focus on the things we really want to.