Saturday, June 16, 2018

Unearth the nature of wonders with Canon Singapore and D'kranji Farm Resort

D'Kranji Farm Resort , I have always wanted to visit this farm but have procrastinated as it was quite far and out of the way for us as we do not drive but that's not the main concern. Whenever I mentioned my intention of going, Don would comment that why would I want to go there and feed mozzies!


Due to the historic Trump-Kim summit, the very weekend after we touched down from Penang, my solo-parenting started as Don was pre-occupied with his duties and I think I was good to bring both kids and join Canon Singapore in their event without having him to roll his eyes at me ! (giggles) And did I tell you, I finally made it for Canon Singapore outdoor events! The previous two years, my travel dates kept clashing with the event dates. So,  here we go !

Photo credit: AM Collective

All the way to the north-west region of Singapore, the morning was great, we were all well prepared with mozzie patches sticking onto us front and back, neck to legs down and I wiped a drop or two of Young Living Purification essential oil all over our limbs and clothes as well for double protection.

We had a short briefing to update us on the latest Canon camera models available in the market before we headed out and about on a photo challenge, to decode the clue cards with the assigned cameras. I was assigned with Canon Powershot G9X. which was slim and light, easily held with one hand as my other hand was holding on to Vera.


Xav and Vera were so excited hunting for the answers to the clues around the farm, it was educational for them at the same time to learn more about plants and identify and getting their senses involved while I was busy capturing moments and making memories for them. Come make your guesses!

"You certainly can't miss my intense aromma and flavour. Besides, I am always used in Spicy Food. " - Curry leaves




"I may woke up a sweat when you bite into me and I have 7 times the vitamin C level of an Orange." - Chilli 


"The fragrance of my leaves is distinctive, I am often found in desserts and drinks."


Found it - Pandan leaves 

Amongst the many different types of herbs, plants and trees were identified by the little ones and they got pretty excited to see a chilli plant, having tiny chillies srpouting all over.


Photo credit: AM Collective 

Me and my happy farmers 
Xav and Vera were in for an unexpected surprise! Uncle showed them a big, fat and active caterpillar! The kids loved it and as usual they are much braver than me when comes to handling creepy crawlies! Watch the clips here.


Photo credit: AM Collective
We ended the tour with a koi milk bottle feeding session, a simple activity yet it brought smiles and laughter to the kids. It tickled them much when the kois were sucking food from the bottles!



We returned to the room and had our beautiful pictures printed out using the Canon printers and planned to do up a layout with the printed pictures! #PIXMAprintsbetter 

There were alot of activities and workshops that you can do at D'Kranji Farm Resort, such as In-house farm tours, terraiums workshop and I think the carnivorous workshop is really interesting! There are many others, click https://www.dkranji.com.sg/attraction/

Not the most convenient place in terms of accessibility but definately a place where you can retreat to, experience a farm stay at the countryside and get in touch with nature. Thank you Canon Singapore once again for having us.  

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Renovatio - Activated Phenolics + APSKIN Antioxidant Skin Care

It is not easy to find a supplement which can cater for the whole family until I spoke to Dr Vincent Candrawinata, scientist from University of Newcastle and founder of Renovatio, about Activated Phenolics. I could not make it for the event and was really grateful that Dr Vincent made time out a day before just to explain more about this supplement to me upon request.


It was only when Vera turned 4, then I started introducing supplements to her as I strongly believed that the immunity of a young child should be built up naturally and not loading their young liver with loads of supplements for the first three years. To add on, given her eczema history, I am starting to give her supplements to improve her intestinal and gut health, adding on enzymes to help break down the nutrients for better absorption just one year ago.

I was intrigued by the fact that Activated Phenolics uses a specific blend of 100% Australian apples, 6 different types of apples. What made me even wanted to let Vera try it was, unlike most supplements, the extraction for Activated Phenolics does not involved any chemical solvent unlike most of the supplements on shelves. The revolutionary process only involves apples and water, the first in the 80 year history of supplement development.


Activated Phenolics is one of  the rare among the supplements I knew of, that can be cater to improve the well being for the old and and young. Totally safe for :

- Kids ( 2- 15 years old) 
It helps with improving the immunity, cognitive function for better concentration, nutrient absorption and skin conditions caused by cellular inflammation. It is also good for digestive issues, as the powder contains a propriety fibre (alkalizing Oligospectine) with prebiotic function which helps promote digestive health and maintainance of hydration.

Recommended dossage: One teaspoon of Activated Phenolics powder daily in water or juices.

I sprinkled on top of one of her most hateful fruits, dragonfruit. Vera actually ate more than half portion of it unlike the normal days. Either that, or I will make a teaspoon and add some water and she drinks it up.


- Adults (16-55 years old) 

It helps with fighting fatigue (if you are feeling sluggish everyday), weight management, better nutrients absorption, digestive and gut health issues, good skin health and hydration maintenance, recovery from drinking alcohol as well as after exercise.

Recommended dosage: For maintenance in healthy adult bodies, a heaped teaspoon up to twice a day or one tablet a day. For extra protection or help, you can up to one tablespoon of Activated Phenolics powder twice a day or two tablets per day. Activated Phenolics Powder is retailing at $72 Sgd per tube of 280g.

Recently, I visited my regular TCM and she asked if my energy level was really low based on my pulse, I must say she was quite spot on. All the out-and-about on certain mornings to report for work, pick Xav from school, bringing Vera for her therapies and all the accumulated solo-parenting moments had definately drained me out. For weeks right up till the exam period in mid may, by 4pm in the day, I was totally dead. I would plonk and fall asleep after doing a bit of revision with  Xav around 4pm, taking a 30-45 mins catnap to recharge before Vera returns. 


Just when I received Renovatio - An Apple a DayI took one tablet a day in the morning, after a week, I observed that I was more energetic and I could actually do away with that 30 mins power nap. Acivated Phenolics are powerful antioxidants that neutralise a wide range of free radicals which can be taken daily to protect your cells from damage and inflammation and to give support to promote better health and wellbeing. 

I am a lazy person when it comes to supplements. I will prefer to go for tablet for more convenience and if you have been feeling really sluggish and low in energy, I would suggest look into working on your adrenals too, on top of taking supplements.


- Eldery (55 - 90 years old)

As one ages, the recovery process slows down and the immunity as well. Activated Phenolics helps the eldery in terms of improving energy level and immune system, cognitive functions like memory and concentration, helps to bring down inflammatory joints and joint pain, protecting the liver, pancreas and kidney as well as serving as additional support for eldery fighting more serious condition.

Recommended dosage: For enhanced cellular protection, go up to one tablespoon of Activated Phenolics powder twice a day or two tablets a day.

Dr. Vincent did shared that his grandmother who had difficulty walking long distance due to pain at the knee joints, after taking the powder for a period of three months, her condition improved significantly and he was really surprised to see her being able to walk a long distance during her visit to him in Australia.

I have always believed in personal testimonial, it is the most powerful when it comes to how well a product worked for one purely from a personal experience. I am going to get this for my mum to try it out for her ostheo-arithis, the constant, nagging pain which she has been experiencing all these while.
An Apple a Day is retailing at $42 Sgd for a bottle of 30 tablets.

Renovatio - APSkin Skin Care (100ml)

When I learnt that APSkin Skin Care can help with cell regeneration and supporting cellular repair. It contains the right broad spectrum antioxidants offering powerful cellular repair and reducing cellular inflammation to help with conditions such as eczema, sun damage, dermititis, keloid, acne scarring, persistant acne, wrinkles and age spots. The properties of how the product could help with the above convinced me that I would have to try it out as a moisturizer on my face. Just a tiny bit on my cheeks which were more on the dry side to keep it moisturized and it did not leave a sticky feel nor make my face appeared oily after application.

Photo credit: Biovida

Unfortunately, I have a recent episode from Vera to show you how her skin has improved with two application. It was not an eczema flare but somehow it started off with some rashes at the groin area which gradually spreaded to the labia and inner thighs. She had a history of such similar rashes that spreaded from her back to her legs and the itch would usually last for 2 weeks and it took weeks for those rough patches to go off on their own. Her complexion was akin to back to those days where she had those dry and rough patches during her eczema flares. It gave me goose-bumps at times when I have to bathe her and apply creams for her.

She was very uncomfortable by the itch and hence, started to scratch. Her skin was slightly broken from the scratches and I tried APSkin on the affected area and learnt that it had stung her by a little. I concluded that I could only apply APSkin IF there is no open wound. Her skin has been so rough and uncomfortable to touch but in less than a week, I could feel the difference on her inner thighs. The skin was restored gradually and was smoothened out by the fifth day! I will let the photos speak for how effective the cream was. Looking to restore back the skin without any steriod intervention, why not give Renovatio APSkin a try ! It is retailing at $49 Sgd per tube of 100ml.




You can visit Renovatio Facebook Page and Instagram: RenovatioBio for the latest updates and promotions and Activated Phenolics is now available in Singapore and you can purchase through Biovida Look out for their bundle deals too !

For more information, you can also turn to Biovida's social media pages for the latest promotion updates.
                                                                 Facebook | Instagram 

If you would like to read back on Vera's eczema episode and how I managed it, click on the link below and I hope it helps you if you are in a similar situation:

http://xavvy-licious.blogspot.com/2017/03/eczema-management.html


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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored review, no monetary compensation is involved and all opinions are of my own.

Friday, May 18, 2018

A decade of motherhood

Dear Xav and Vera,

It has since been a decade, I was given the opportunity to play the role of a mum and yes a role which had never cross my mind, a Stay-at-home-mum, until both of you came into my life.

Before I got married to your daddy, all I know how to cook was instant noodles, I did not even know how to cook rice. Meals were conveniently packed from hawkers or lovingly cooked by your late great- grandmother or your por por would just cook a soup and we would have it by just pouring it over the rice. 

I was totally clueless on how to look after little human beings, I did not know I would "survive" for these 10 years, the strength, definately came from you both. To be a Stay-at-home-mum is by choice, I am willing to give up my earning power in exchange of staying home to be with the both of you. I was blessed, your daddy supported my decision fully even though he would prefer me to stay home only after you all start official school. Mummy's thought was, I would love to be with the both of you the moment you were borned, to be there to witness every milestone you unlocked. 

10 years, I learnt to pick up whatever I need to learn. Over the years, I learnt how to cook, to sew ( okay, I still suck at it), to teach ( yes till now I am still trying my best to learn and teach), I even attended parents workshop to try and understand your curriculum so that I can guide you along if necessary, as much as we can, we are still trying to maintain our tuition-free goal.  Everyday, I am learning, learning how to be a better mum. 

I have my own expectations on how you both are going to be taught and brought up because I knew that your grandparents loved both of you dearly and would not bear to punish both of you when it comes to discipline. Hence, I am the disciplinarian at home, always putting up a stern front.

Xav, I will not forget that noon after I picked you from school. We were waiting for the LRT when you posed me a question, which was meant to be a joke with a typical lame answer. I could not hold back and I broke into a laugh.  You said to me " Mummy, finally I see your smile. It is so hard to make you smile."
On the spot, tears were slowly welling up and I was trying to hide my teary eyes from you. I felt like I was too stern and strict with you, it seemed like from your words you have been trying so hard to make me smile. I am sorry that my expectation of you being the older sibling would be much higher as you have to be the role model for Vera to learn from.

Thank you for continuing to love me despite I was a mom-ster most of the time (scolding, nagging, dagger stares). I loved to receive all your hugs and good night kisses at the end of the day and for myself, to be available whenever I am needed for the both of you till the day you no longer needs me. I would still love to carry you as long as I can. You were so happy yesterday when I was able to carry you up with one hand and snap a quick photo and I am sorry that you have to be trained to be independant much earlier than your peers. Do you know that I am actually very proud of you and your independance. Thank you for taking it on with much courage and confidence.


Vera, you have never failed to make us break into a smile or laughs with your dance. You know when to keep quiet when you can sense a storm brewing. You tend to hug my face and lean your face near to mine in the mornings when I wake you. Now, you start showering me with "I love you, mummy" followed by a kiss on my cheeks just so abruptly.

Towards you, I am always having that guilt in me,  the guilt for not giving you enough attention in terms of everything. You do not have the luxury to try out everything just like your brother, infact it is none at all. I do not have enough time to sit down and teach you like the way I did with your brother in his prschool years, I am seriously very guilty of this.

I hope I can help ease you smoothly into the official school in 1.5 years time, this period we will just try our best of what can be done. Learning and attending school should be an enjoyable journey for now and the many years to come. Just be who you are, work on your strength to excel and be your cheerful and happy self always.


For this mother's day, allow me to have my bragging rights but I will only just brag for today. For taking on everything all by myself when it comes to the needs and looking after the both of you without any help from anyone, an expectation I set for myself to be a sahm. The journey has been tiring yet rewarding at the same time.

To all other mums out there, be it you are a sahm (Stay-At-Home-Mum), Ftwm (Full Time Working Mum), PTWM (Part Time Working Mum) or a WFHM (Work From Home Mum), here's wishing all moms out there and myself a Happy Mother's Day. You all have been awesome!

Cheers!

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Fresh Farmers 2 [ 小农夫 2 ] - Pulau Ketam

This was a long over-due post like from 1.5 years ago. Better late than never, before I gradually forgot about certain details. So, what are the ways to expose your child to Mother Tongue for improvement. Well, I think most of you would have heard it from your child's Mother Tongue teacher that the child needs constant exposure to the language through speaking, watching and listening to the evening news, singing Chinese songs and the list goes on to whatever works!

I timely remind myself to converse in Mandarin to the kids, whenever possible. To the extend, I forced myself to step out of the comfort zone and communicated to Xav in Mandarin and made him reply to me in the same language. You know something, Chinese readers in my house were quite poor thing, Xav will not touch them unless I picked them up, made him sit down and read it together whenever I have pockets of spare time. Through reading out loud, this gave Xav an opportunity to practise his oracy skills as well as helping him with word recognition.  

Anyway, back to Pulau Ketam if you have read my PART 1. A fellow parent from his school had shared that there was a casting call for Fresh Farmers 2  and they were looking for Mandarin speaking kids. I thought why not, this could probably motivate and encourage Xav to speak more in Mandarin. I grabbed hold of the opportunity and "push" my kantang and make him 讲华语 (Speak in Mandarin).

Photo credit: Toggle 

We were pretty lucky on the day we arrived, we were informed that there will be a low tide from 3pm -4pm just for that day and the best activity is to catch bamboo clams (which is also known as Jackknife clams)! Sounds like an adventure, let's get our feet muddy! 

Bare-footed, geared with a packet of salt, we stepped right into the mixture of soft mud and sand. The boys, from having the fear of getting their feet dirty, tip-toed across the mud, to overcome the fear and stepping right in. The boys were taught how to lure the bamboo clams out from their hiding place. A totally unforgettable experience!





We were taught to spot for location of bamboo clams through keyhole-shaped or gourd-looking shaped holes on the ground. Basically, you can try pouring a small amount of sand into such openings to lure them out. Do observe if the hole which you pour salt on do squirt out small jets of water. In such situation, pull the bamboo clams out quickly when they surface before they burrow themselves into the ground again. 


The boys slowly got the hang of it, though did not managed to catch alot but it was such an awesome experience!


This is Xav's first ever filming experience. Now, he knew that it could be quite a tough job being an artiste, especially for those who needs to act or host. From having to memorise lines to filming under the hot sun for hours, he had a mild taste of it.



The picture below was a scene when he NG for more than 10 times because he could not get the pitch right for Bamboo Clams in Chinese 竹蛏 [zhú chēnɡ].

He repeated the same sentence until I could sensed some frustration in him. Eventually, he managed to pronounce it correctly. We managed to wrap up this segment before the tide came in.


The team of Bamboo Clams catcher

Catch of the day


Part of the filming included a visit to the Kelong as well ! Much excited as this has always been on my to visit list if we have a chance.


The boys had a chance to experience what is the daily routine of a fisherman for that day. They fed the fishes, got on the fishing boat and learnt about what kind of equipment the fishermen used, sorted out the catch of the day by evening time and sent them to weigh before selling them to the fishmongers.




With the very humble, diligent and friendly Ah Ben (Ben Yeo) who had so much chemistry with both kids.



Our segment was wrapped up by the end of  Day 2. You can watch our segment on

https://video.toggle.sg/en/series/fresh-farmers-s2-2/ep4/516315.

The other team was filming the process of making salted fish, went into the mangrove to catch crabs the traditional way and to fish for pufferfish!

The process after the catch, halves the fishes, removed all the entrails, using the coarse salt, layer a coat on the fishes and marinate them for a day. After a day, rinse off the salt and lay them to dry.



After salt rub
Drying out in the sun before they are packed for sale

We read in books that puffer fish will puff up when it felt threatened, we tasted it in form of sashimi, Fugu, when we visited Japan. At Ketam, we had an opportunity to touch one! We felt the tummy and I thought it felt rubbery.

Those look-a-like human teeth ! 
Catch their segment here: https://video.toggle.sg/en/series/fresh-farmers-s2-2/ep9/520581 

The experience and memories from this trip will stay with us for a lifetime. To read more about Pulau Ketam, this is my Pulau Ketam- Part 1. I have even printed out the photos on Canon HD FotoJournal and made into a photobook. I really enjoy the tranquility and simple life on that island, you can consider planning a day trip there just to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. 

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

[Review] FABLife Style - Finely Cup

If you have read the review on the amazing Venna Rice Spa and Belik Portable Wireless Eye Massager from FabLife style. The third product offered to me was FabShape Finely Cup range of lingerie. I turned down Alice (founder of FABlife Style ) , flatly for the review of because my mind was already fixated with this thought "If I have not much boobs to remain with after breastfeeding, even if I were to get a padded push-up bra, there would be nothing there for me to push."

Alice has strong beliefs and she asked me to reconsider about accepting this review as she believed THE RIGHT FIT WILL MAKE A TOTAL DIFFERENCE and in addition, she personally felt that buying brassiere in departmental stores is lacking that sense of personal touch. Hence, she decided to provide personal housecall service to get the lingerie sets sent to the customer's home for fitting and follow up. She had kindly asked me again on her second visit to me, to give a try and here's my review on Finely Cup series C1025 (Curve series lacy / seamless bra without under wire) & C825A (Curve series lacy bra without under wire)

A comfortable bra is necessary to be worn through out the day and to maintain good breast health. If you are aware that if the bra fitting is too tight, it can impaired the lymphatic drainage and blood flow, causing discomfort and chronic inflammation in the long run. One way to see is, if you do observe bra strap or the side panel marks on your body, the fitting of the bra could be too tight. 

If I were given a choice, at the end of the day, I would prefer to go bra-less and not continuing to be strap onto wired bras even if they do help to anchor the breast to the chest as I feel the need to go light


Back to the fitting, right on the spot, I told Alice it was pretty comfy as it was a non-wired bra, I did not felt any discomfort and guess my next feedback? From my earlier reply to her of having nothing to push, I gave a totally contradict feedback from what I initially told her. I told her directly "I loved the push-up effect, I saw the cleavage which was long gone after having breastfed the two kids!" Never before with other lingerie, had given me such effect. (Sorry but there will not be any provocative photos to be shown here) . Finely Cup offers superior breast centralisation, lifts and performs just like any other wired bra, complete with the push up power and support. You have to try it to see it for yourself.

Alice taught and assisted me how to wear it the proper way by pushing the "excess" fats from my back, right under my armpit and the excess went into the cups. Remember, regardless of what kind of lingerie you are wearing, but if you do not wear it properly, you might ended up having "four boobs".
May I add that I have been doing this practice of pushing the "excess fats" into the cups but none had the same effect given by Finely Cup.

The lace added a layer of seduction, I felt more confident and sexy when I wore it. Ask the man who have seen me wore it, he asked if I would be getting more sets of these range if I am planning to get new ones. So I guess, for my future purchase, he would gladly sponspor for all.


And if you are still thinking about if you should get it, I will add one more point to help you decide better. Usually, how do you pack your bras when you are travelling? Buying several bra cases to hold and keep the bras in place so that the cups would not be dented? Or risk that the cups be dented even if you stacked in above your pile of clothes or found some space to place them in ?

I did encounter before that the clothing in the luggage will be shifted and end up the bras got "squashed" and there were dented marks on the cups which took quite sometime to regain back to the normal state, worse would be the dented mark is permanently there and it would look so sore to the eye when worn under a light top. That was definately going to be replaced and disposed off.

During my recent Bangkok Trip, Finely Cup saved me luggage space without having the need to put them into bra cases. All I need to do is to roll them up and tuck them nicely with the rest of the items in the pouch.

Even upon arrival, after being checked in to the luggage for more than 3 hours, when I unrolled the bra, the cups which were made of built-in memory cushion, remained perfect in their normal state. Impressed? Yes, I was. When it comes to travelling, I would prefer to pack in sports bra or tops with removable bra pad than to bring wired bras and in this sense, Finely Cup series was the best to be brought along. I was happy that my the packing looked much neater, with everything nicely packed into the pouch.




Top: C1025 (Curve series lacy / seamless bra without under wire) , Sgd $90
Bottom : C825A (Curve series lacy bra without under wire), Sgd $100 


Shape your bust and prevent breast-related diseases with FABLife's range of full and semi shaping brassiere. Made with no underwire and contains no formaldehyde, experience full comfort, support and contouring without harmful, toxic chemicals. The cup is also sweat absorbant and made breathable with around 160 air holes per cup. Since, this is a non-wired bra, expectant and breastfeeding mums now can also look good and feel good in this range of lingerie sets.

I will just have to say, if you are looking for a comfortable, non wired bra, go give a call and make an appointment with Alice. For your additional information, the price stated is at retail value. There is a pretty attractive discount for members, find out more from Alice if you are keen. You can reach her by dropping her a pm on Fablife.style Facebook page or call her at 97128825. 

Website: https://www.fablife.style/collections/fabshape-achieve-perfect-contours-curves-on-your-body-today

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