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Saturday, December 27, 2014
My Thoughts and Apologies.
I guess many of you have been waiting for this blog post of mine. I am sorry I actually took this long. Everything has been really over-whelming for me lately especially when I’m leaving in exactly 5 days’ time. There is so much for me to do before I leave for my US exchange trip: Packing, planning, settling documents and spending time with my loved ones. For the past few days, I chose to stay positive, try to see the good in every situation and stay focused on what I needed to do. However, upon reflecting for the past few nights, I realized the right thing to do was for me to apologize, protect my loved ones as well as those whom I don’t know but defended me and at the same time, explain to you about how I truly feel about this incident.
First and foremost, I am sorry for the fact that as a social media influencer, I have no clue what the definition of ‘masked ad’ is. I genuinely have no idea that what I did was considered a ‘masked ad’. Although I was not informed of such terms and definitions that exist in the blogosphere, as an influencer, I admit that it should have been my responsibility to have known it better. In addition, I have heard and read that there is a procedure of initial check regarding whether an individual is comfortable with doing a ‘masked ad’ or not. I absolutely agree that it is indeed an important procedure. However, I may have been one of the few who were overlooked…
Secondly, I am sorry that my Instagram post was misleading. In my caption, I know I mentioned that “I’ve decided to give it a shot since they are having a month free trial.” I realized the fact that I was wearing something sporty has somehow given people the impression that I have already given SGPT’s trial a try. I hope you’ll be able to see it from another perspective that since this advert is about personal training, I had to wear something sporty to be in themed with the advert as I was instructed.
Thirdly, I am sorry that I did not attend the trial in the end. I was genuinely interested in it. Thus, I even asked if I could have that free trial too. However, I changed my mind only after I realized that it’ll be too much for me to handle on top of my hectic schedule and personal commitments.
Fourth, I am sorry that I shouldn’t have said that I’ve chanced upon SGPT’s banner on Yan Kay Kay’s blog. Just like xx said, I admit I was dishonest. However, I naively thought that every client would have different preferences as to how they would want to market their product and that it would be entirely up to them to decide how they wanted me to advertise as long as my Instagram post gets the purpose and message across. In this case, it was to inform my followers about the FREE one-month trial via chancing upon it from Yan Kay Kay’s blog. On a side note, I really want you to know that I actually did visit Kay Kay’s blog to ensure that the banner ad really existed on her blog before posting it up.
Lastly, the reason why I took up this advert was because I personally feel that the aim of this Instagram post was to inform my followers that there was a FREE trial going on and also, I didn’t have to lie and rave about the product which I didn’t get to try. It honestly seemed to be a really good deal to me and since “there is no harm or cost”, I genuinely wanted to share the deal with all of you. However, I am really sorry that this “free” trial turned out to be a scam in the end when xx revealed that she was my “client”.
I’m really glad that through this episode, I’ve learnt quite a number of lessons and realized many things. Although it was a really short period of time since this incident occurred, I definitely feel that I’ve grown more as a person, as a friend, as a lover and as a social media influencer. From now on, I will be more cautious about what I write/review and also to ensure that all sponsored posts and advertisements are clearly labelled so as not to mislead any reader. As for the contents of the blog, it will only be from the heart and nothing else. The only way to move forth is to accept the flaws that I have made and improve myself as a whole. And that includes making sure that whatever I do is morally and socially ethical.
I also want to take this chance to thank a number of people:
I want to thank all my loved ones including my dear friends and also, those lovely kind souls who defended me even when we’ve never crossed path before. Thank you for all the encouragement and support you’ve given me during this trying period. Despite all the hatred that was circulating, you guys chose to defend me. I’m really sorry if you guys received nasty comments and personal attacks because of me….
(I'm sorry if I missed out anyone but Thank you so much)
A friend quoted me a passage from the bible and even though I may not be a Christian, these words really resonated with me during this difficult time. “There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” - Proverbs 12:18
And indeed, I just want to let you know that it’s because of you guys that my faith in humanity is restored. Thank you once again guys, I really really appreciate it.
This episode has taught me that life goes on no matter what and what’s most important is for me to be positive and ignore the negativity. Also, during this downtime, I’m really glad to have learnt who genuinely cares about me and who doesn’t.
Before ending this post, I want to say a BIG THANK YOU to my greatest pillar of strength aka my boyfriend, Mark. I know I have said countless of “thank you-s” for the past 4 days because you really have no idea how thankful I am for you. Thank you for always putting a big smile on my face. I am so glad that this episode has further strengthened our relationship even more than ever. It’s also because of you and your support that made me realized that I am actually much stronger than I thought. Thank you, love.
P.S. I drafted out this blog post last night… However, with everything that has happened this morning, I really hope that you can live and let live, forgive and forget. I sincerely thank all of you for that and also taking time to read this response.
I'm no angel, I'm just me
But I will love you endlessly.