Thursday, November 29, 2018

Ortho-K for Kids with Videre Eyecare

Being an avid reader since young,  Xav has been on glasses when he started Primary 1. But boys being boys, I needed to constantly remind him to handle his glasses properly, not to act cool by removing or wearing the glasses with a single hand, clean the smudged lens when needed for he can be totally oblivious to it, check for worn-out nose pads and scratched lens and the list goes on.

Orthokeratology or Ortho-K for short, this may sound familiar to some of you and foreign to some. Ortho-K is the use of gas permeable contact lenses (hard lens) to be worn at night so that the lens can gently reshaped the cornea and temporary correct the short-sightedness while one is sleeping so that the next day, one can still function without having the need to wear glasses or contact lenses and also to slow down the progression of myopia.

This is a totally new experience for us and especially so, for the boy as it can be quite fearful for some kids to put a foreign object in their eyes. To be honest, I do have my reservation about it because at the end of the day, it concerns his vision and his eye health as well as concerns like infection and ulceration with regards to this journey. I will cover this in the later part of the post. 

We made our first consultation with Yee Leen, one of the optometrist from Videre Eyecare for an Ortho-K evaluation and also a trial fit to assess if Xav was suitable for it.

Below image is a WAM 700 machine that can check for multiple objective refraction, eye pressure, axial length of the eye and many more.

Was it only me? I was amazed by this little station that could straight away give the reading of power of the lens directly from the lens.

Yee Leen gave Xav a thorough professional Comprehensive Eye Examination, Corneal Health Screening, Dry Eyes Detection, Corneal Curvature Mapping (Topography), Eye Pressure (Intra-Ocular Pressure), Contact Lens Fit, Wear & Care as well as Contact Lens Safety Recommendation.

With Yee Leen, explaining to him how Ortho-K treatment works. 

Being a competitive swimmer, Ortho-K treatment would be of beneficial to him and he would definately love to have clearer vision under water.

After explaining to Xav what the routine involved, the safety precaution to take, the commitment and discipline needed for this treatment, he told us he would love to give it a try! Whooo hooo! He is ready to throw away his glasses! 

This is his new commitment and routine (day and night), I was surprised that he was actually more cautious and remembered the steps much better than me which was good! The hygiene and proper handling of the lens is very crucial to prevent any risk of infection.

Daily routine

As his eyes are a little dry due to the regular swim, he has to do the following in the morning before school:
1. Drip blink Intensive Eyedrops before he removes the lens and drip again after he removes so as to moisturize the eyes. 
2. Use the saline to rinse the suction pump before using it to remove the lens.

Before wearing the lens to sleep (at night):
1. Drip blink Intensive Eyedrops before he dons on the lens and drip again after he wears it.
2. After pouring away the contents (conditioning solution), use the saline to rinse the lens holder, overturn it and leave to dry.

I have raised some of my concerns, here are some advice given to me on how to prevent eye infection, ulceration and lack of oxygen to the corneal: 
1. Always wash your hands clean (with soap) before handling the lens. 

2. DO NOT clean the Ortho-K lens with tap water. Tap water is teeming with bacterial although it has gone through intensive filtering, always wash with Saline. 

3. Commitment to return for regular check of the eyes to make sure eye health is in optimal condition is essential. Early detection is always better than allowing any poor eye health to deteriorate. 

4. Most would have thought that it is fine to keep using the same contact lens casing. But do you know that it is essential to change it every quarterly? 

5. Once the lens are being put on, the child should be heading to bed straight away. The optimum hours of sleep is between 6 to 8 hours with the lens on. For Xav, he usually sleeps at 10.30pm due to his training hours but thankfully it still meets the sleep requirement of 8 hours. 

How often did we go back for review?
The first night after Xav donned on the Ortho-K lens, we have to return to very next day for a review to see if the fitting had taken place well.

The second visit was a week later and third was two weeks later. The frequency of returning for reviews will be stretched longer as it goes.

What Xav experienced was, after the first night, he removed it and vision was much better than when he was totally off glasses (before he started Ortho-K treatment) though it was still blurred. Second day onwards, he excitedly told me "Mummy, my vision is so much clearer now!"

Xav is now enjoying lens-free in the day and can indulge himself in all kind of sports without having the risk of getting broken glasses or bent frame at the end of the day.

The price of Ortho-K lens starts from $1,800 onwards depending on individual complexity and can last for 1 to 2 years before you change. 

Thank you Videre Eyecare! for all the knowledge and patience in guiding us on this journey. Should you be keen to start your child on the Ortho-K journey, do give Videre Eyecare a call and make an appointment for an consultation and lens fitting at 6369 0041. Book your appointment online at

Videre Eyecare is located at:
Forum the Shopping Mall
583 Orchard Road
Singapore 238884 Email:

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

[Review] Eu Yan Sang Health Supplement for the Children

Allow me to summarize the differences before I conceived Xav and Vera, during pregnancy and their immune system during their first 5 years.  

Before I conceived Xav: Did not consume any chinese herbs nor supplements to strenthen to my immunity. 
During the pregnancy: Did not consume any chinese herbs but took a supplement to increase my energy level. 
After birth (childhood): First 4 years, he was wheezing every 3 months and needed to be on neubalizer and was even hospitalized twice for Bronchiolitis. He was on a pill 'Singulair' for lung strenthening daily for almost 2.5 years before things changed for the better with changes to the diet and lifestyle.

Before I conceived Vera: for 6 months, I was on chinese herbs to strengthen my health and tried to conceive. 
During Pregnancy: I was regularly going back to the sinseh for reviews and continued on with the consumption of chinese herbs to strengthen my body through out the pregnancy. 
After birth (childhood) : Minus the severe eczema saga, Vera hardly visits the PD or GP. Whenever she is unwell, I will make changes to her diet and use essential oils to work on her accupressure points. Her body is very receptive to fight against the virus without medical intervention. She will usually break the fever by the second or third day. The first time she took paracetamol was in September when her temperature hit 40 degree celsius. That was my max, that temperature was way beyond my and her comfort level to fight.  

Not that she does not fall sick at all, on and off she would still still get cough and cold bugs. But I usually self-medicate based on past experience. Mainly because, my TCM always prescribe the usual pearl poweder and Hou Zao San for phlegm and I will also boil soups that can soothe and nourish the lungs. At times when I ran out of the prescribed powder for cough, the nearest Eu Yan Sang outlet will be the shop to go to, as it is much nearer to me than the usual TCM hall I always go to for consultation. 

Before this collaboration came, my cupboard will always have a few boxes of the following on standby: 

Eu Yan Sang Kitz Cough Powder
This was recommended to me by one of the EYS staff when  I walked in and told her that I had no idea if the kids' cough leaned more on the heaty or cold type of cough. You will see alot of similar cough powder on the shelf but this box with the purple packaging was recommended to be the "Neutral" type which is suitable to help eliminate symptoms for both types of cough.

Do not belittle this tiny bottle, it works wonder each time!

Best Seller, $29.80

I think I have very cooperative kids, I have no issues with Xav and Vera taking any chinese medication or supplement and yes, no struggles nor attempts to run off. I would guess it was partly due to the fact that I introduced to them when they were very young and they were kind of used to it. Infact, they find western medicine yucky.

If you have heard about the benefits of Pearl Powder, it's high mineral content essential for healthy skin and can help slow down anti-aging process. It is often grind into super fine powder and being used internally and externally for beauty purposes.

Do you also know that Pearl Powder works amazingly well to reduce phlegm. I like to give it to the kids when they are down with a phlegmy cough (but not when they are wheezing), preferably in the night time as Pearl Powder can help with grounding and promoting better sleep too! Now, I recalled when I was young, my mum used to give us powder whenever we experienced any traumatic experience, now I understood why!

I read that Pearl powder has "cooling" properties and it works to bring down body heatiness. I always pair it up with Kitz Cough Powder. Probable after 2 or 3 days, the symptoms would be so much better, else gone. 

Photo credit: Eu Yan Sang, 

Power Up series (Concentration, Vision & Appetite)

If you read part one of my review on Eu Yan Sang supplements for Adults, you would have read how Chicken Essence works for me since student days till date. But this was not given to the kids before, especially Xav.

If you do read labels, most of the normal essence sold in the market contains stimulents such as caffeine as well as caramel. To me, it is akin to feeding coke (think of the colouring and preservatives) to the kids on a daily basis. For Xav, it is a no-go as he used to have childhood asthma and I was told by the doctor to cut off any form of food with preservatives and colouring. I have put on hold of supplementing him with chicken essence until Eu Yan Sang has this formulated 'Power Up!' range that is suitable for children from 2 onwards!

Why Power Up! series?  You can be totally at ease in giving to the young bodies as it is caramel and preservatives free and no added flavouring!

The range consists of the following:
- Power Up! Concentration (Yellow Box)
- Power Up! Appetite (Blue Box)
- Power Up! Vision (Orange Box)

Each range has a cute doodle to indicate which part of the body would benefit (from the top to the bottom):

Power Up! Concentration: This is fat and cholestrol free as these were being extracted during the brewing process. Power Up! Concentration may help in giving the mind and cognitive support a boost for greater focus and mental clarity, I gave a bottle to Xav daily before he sat for his papers.

Power Up! Appetite: This may help in giving appetite a boost! I read that there are similar herbs like Dang Shen [党参], Huai Shan [淮山]  (Dried Chinese Yam) & Fu ling [茯苓] in the contents.

From my knowledge of chinese herbs, Huai Shan helps to invigorate the spleen and stomach, for deficiency in energy with poor appetite and fatigue. You can get the dried ones from medical shops or get the fresh wild yam from the supermarkets while Dang Shen helps in nourishing blood and vital energy. I always love to cook fresh wild yam & lotus roots soup, just add pork ribs and some honey dates.

Dang Shen is similar to Ginseng but it is much more afforable (some people called it the 'poor man's ginseng' and is often used for Qi deficiency by my Sinseh whenever I am consulting her for fatigue. Dang Shen can also help with improving appetite! So if you have a fussy eater, this may do good!

Power Up! Vision: I have always heard of snacking on wolfberries to improve eyesight or to simply seep it in a glass of hot water and drink up everything. In the bottles of Power Up! Vision, apart from the 100% pure chicken goodness, ingredients also include wolfberries [枸杞], Bei qi [北芪]  and Bai He [百合] extract. Of course having said this, proper eye habits must be practised (more on eye care tips here) as well as do take a look into your liver health. This organ plays a part to our eye health.

I have at times used Bai He when the kids are having cough, as the dried lily bulbs helps to moisten the lungs and promote better sleep. You can read more about the function and benefits of dried lily bulbs here

Apart from drinking it from the bottles, you can also use these in your cooking for the little ones! Steam chicken or fish in it, it is pretty much an effortless dish to prepare! You can more about how I cooked chicken essence soup from my previous post.

The Power Up! series is retailing at $17.90 per box (Eu Rewards Special at $13.90 each), check them out here!

If you are looking for an alternatives to western medicine for cough, do give the above products a try. It works well for both Xav and Vera and I hope it works for your little ones too! A gentle reminder to watch their diet as well, I usually cut off dairies like cow's milk, egg yolks especially, chicken and citrus fruits like berries and oranges, alot of warm water intake and plenty of sleep! Ample rest is very essential to allow the body to recover fast.

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

[Media Invite] The Great Moscow Circus

ROLL UP, ROLL UP! This heart-pounding family spectacular's - THE GREAT MOSCOW CIRCUS is finally in Singapore and will be here till 23 November 2018, right under the magnificiant red and white big top, tent circumference of 40 metres!

Direct from Moscow and the circus capitals of the world returned to Singapore for the first time in over a decade, with a company of circus superstars! 45 performers, acrobats, clowns, jugglers, daredevils - all circus stars reowned world-wide for their theatrical flair and breathe-taking talents!

"We are so excited to be bringing the great Russian Circus tradition back to Singapore. Established in 1918, the Great Moscow Circus is recognised around the world as the best of the best." - Andrew Guild

Last Thursday, I managed to get a sneak preview of some of the sensational acts! Meet the Ringmaster! A must have for every great circus and Moscow Circus has the BEST - Mr Stanislav Knyazkov.
Ringmaster and Master Clown.

Endless somersaults by Fast Track Acrobats who were so agile with every single move! 

They made it looked so easy but infact it's danger personified as they landed firmly for every stunt! To execute this, strong team work, trust and alot of trainings are definately required!

How amazing but yet at the same time, every twist the contortionist made, made my heart froze! How on earth can one human being be so flexible! There must be so much of pain and sweat before he could present the best to the audience!

One of the highlight of the 2 hours show, The Globe of Death ! It was not one but up to 5 motorcycles went into the sphere and made their rounds in high speed without crashing into each other! Watch that surprise ending!

Guess what ! I was kind of suprised to see a female biker in the team! Totally had my full admiration! Totally full of guts and she did it as well as the other male counterparts! Whoooo hoooo!

The premiere was perfect and timely for his post-exam celebration! Xav's second time to a circus and Vera's first!

The opening segment, The Catwall Trampoline Troupe already sent the audience cheering and giving them continuous applause! Xav exclaimed that they looked like the acrobats were walking on a wall!

and it was a really a jaw-dropping moment when the box was revealed to show a man in the box! How flexible he was!

Man in the Glass Box

I personally love the Aerialists,

Double Giant Wheels (Exclusive to 2018 Moscow Circus and the Globe of Death! The rest were equally amazing in their own ways but these three made my heart raced faster, made me cheered and gave them all the applaused they deserved! The fearless acrobats were indeed, really, amazing. I think they deserved more than two thumbs up!

Running on the wheels without safety wires on them, no safety net on the ground, I held my breath when I watched one of them used a skipping rope, did flips on the wheel and covered his head with a black cloth the next moment! Totally exhilerating!

Double Giant Wheels

While there were moments that kept us on the edge of our seats, the hilarious Dmitry Clown would popped in and out of the program several times and sent us laughing with his really brilliant tricks! Watch how Dmitry performed with the hula hoops or spinning up to five balls. 

Be amazed!You can expect audience engagement too and the audience who were chosen were really sporting to play along! What lots of joy!

You have seen jugglers using hands, now I think this brilliant juggler, Juan Pablo Matinez, had juggling brought up to the next level by juggling with his mouth!! With ping-pong balls popping out from his mouth continuously and catching them swiftly!

Do not blink your eyes or even bid an eyelid! My ring seat was perfect to watch him upclose, as well as for other segments like Quick Change by Transformationist Sixto and Lucia ( Go to Xavvy-licious Instagram highlights if you missed the ig stories)

And Rola Bola conifirmed to send you biting your nails as you watch Sascha William goes higher and higher, balancing on one cylinder on another!

Rola Bola

Thank you @randomdaddyaw

The Great Moscow Circus provides you with 2 hours of astounding performance filled with thrills, laughter and entertainment with more than 16 sensational acts! The performances have an act for all the old and young! It is not perfect as after all the perfomers are humans too, but the audience still gave them the loudest applause when some lost their footings. This is heartening and I believed, is the best encouragement one performer could get and perform on!

If you have a concern of not knowing which seats to get, we were seated at the ringside infront of Section E and F. For ground acts like juggling, quick change, watching Dmitry, Trampoline acts, we could see the acts right infront of our eyes.

But having said that, segments like Horizontal Bar would require us to lift our heads slgihtly to watch them when they were on greater heights and they gave an effect as if their legs could reach you. Double Giant Wheels from my side could see the acrobats balancing and walking from the side view but of course having said that, direct facing the stage would be the best overview for everything, go for Section D. In my opinion, all seats would be able to let you watch the show not more than 11 metres away but just the angle difference.

Some tips to share if you are planning to watch (show starts at 7.30pm):
- Visit the toilet at Marina Bay Sands first before you head over.
- Be there 30 mins earlier should you need to queue up to get snacks.
- Have an early dinner before the show starts as only popcorns, candy floss, mixed nuts and drinks are on sale.
- if your child is more sensitive to noises like Vera, bring an ear muffler helps to block off some noises which may make them uncomfortable. Do not misinterpret this, the cound system within the big top tent was just nice and further more the performances were accompanied by a live band for the sound effects. Thanks Cynthia for the adorable ear mufflers!
- No outside food and drinks were allowed and be expected that there will be bag checks before the entrance. 

Within the Big Red Top is air conditioned, just sit back, relax and enjoy the performance! Do not miss the circus of a lifetime! Get your tickets HERE ! Tickets start from $65, no regrets! I bet you will be like us leaving the Big Red Top with some sore jaws from the continous cheering, jaw-dropping and laughing moments.

Event dates are as follow:
25 Oct - 23 Nov 2018

Tuesday - Friday: 7.30pm
Saturday: 12 pm, 4 pm & 7.30pm
Sunday: 11am, 3 pm & 6.30pm
Public Holiday: 12 pm & 4pm

Age Limit:
- Infant in arms and children below 3 years old may be admitted without a ticket.
- Children 3 years old and above MUST purchase a ticket for entry.

Venue: Bayfront Avenue (Besides Marina Bay Sands)

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Disclaimer: It was a media invite for the purpose of review and no monetary compensation is involved. We thank Sliding Doors Entertainment and The Great Moscow Circus for the invitation, we had a great evening! 

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Explore Hua Hin [Day 3] - Phraya Nakhon Cave

I would always second to go for an adventure, not knowing what lies ahead and get myself sweaty than to hide in the hotel premises or the shopping malls. I am thankful that Don is always with me on such decision though he could just hide and lepak away in the hotel.

So here is our next adventure to visit The Pavilion at Phraya Nakhon Cave.

Day 3 
Wat Huay Mongkol Temple 
On our way to Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, we visited Wat Huey Mongkol Temple which is about 20km away from Hua Hin and did some prayers. This is a statue of the legendary monk, Luang Phor Thuat and is well known in the south of Thailand of converting sea water to plain water by foot. Don shared this story to us as he got to know of this legendary monk when his uncle gifted him an amulet pendant of Luang Phor Thuat. You can read more about the story of Luang Phor Thuat here

After this venue, we were drove to Sam Phan Nam Floating Market.

You can strike this place off even if it is along the way, I find it a total waste of time.

It was not the type of floating market as I expected, alot of shops were vacant otherwise, the products displayed for sale were identical. There were some 'eateries' as well but it did not appealed to me.

Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park

This is the first marine national park of Thailand with Phraya Nakhon Cave and the iconic Pavilion, Kaeo Cave and Thung Sam Roi Yot Freshwater Marsh. The view was awesome, the tranquility of the surrounding coupled with the sound of the waves, it was totally relaxing!

I was in for a surprise, Don did not tell me how we were going to reach Phraya Nakhon Cave. For a moment, I was thinking if I was going to wear a pair of wet jeans for the whole day because it was so hard to roll up my jeans above my knees and the water level was just right at the knee level.

There were two ways, you can either go by foot if you would want to spend 20 to 25 mins to do a trail (350m) over the hills or go take a boat the sea way which costs 400 Baht per pax for a round trip. We chose the latter, took a boat to Laem Sala Beach and that was where the campsite was. We started our trail of 470m, making our way up to Phraya Nakhon Cave.

Was it tiring? Yes, you bet! 430m seriously seemed to be a piece of cake to someone like me who walks alot but with the terrain made up of mainly loose stones, some parts of the trail was pretty steep, uneven and slippery, the 430m unconsciously seemed like a 430km to me.

Vera had the privilege to be carried when she was tired but I must say, she was really good. She climbed and walked quite a distance, she was carried when the trail became steep while Xav took over the task of carrying the big haversack that contained our bottles of water. I was trying to catch my breath when we reached a view point, overlooking the Gulf of Thailand.

Reaching soon? But the cave was still far from sight.

Finally, saw the exterior of the cave but not there yet!

An exhausted but happy me, feeling a sense of accomplishment ! The journey would have been esaier if I did not wear jeans. But then again, it had saved me from all the mosquito bites. I got a handful of bites on my arms when my repellant wore out.

There was still another steep slope to walk down. Spot the miniature beings waving to me from the bottom.  

We saw the first cave with a stone bridge formed naturally and had trees sprouting, growing towards the sunlight.

Hell Bridge

The very last bit to go ...... We had to walk into the cave along a path which connected the two caves.

Here it is ! By the time we reached, it was around 3 to 4 pm, the beams were not as golden as compared to the morning or evening sun. If only it was not a cloudy day, else the rays could do magic. The cave was surreal and mystical, totally worth our every step to get here when I saw the Pavilion, beautifully standing on the hill. 

The pavilion was built at the end of 19th Century for the purpose of King Chulalongkorn the Great (Rama V) 's visitation and has also been visited by King Prajadhipok (Rama VII) and King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX)

Signatures of the kings. 

Going back is always easier if you agree with me.

Best things come to those who do not give up, this visit was one great experience to teach Xav not to give up easily in challenging times. I am so proud of all of us!

We did it ! 

The tired souls bidding goodbye, till we see you again! It had been a great experience!

What to bring if you are planning to come here:
- Bottles of water
- Dress light
- Insect repellant
- Covered shoes preferably unless you are confident you can complete the trail in slippers without any challenges.
- Cap
- Portable fan if you have to hang around your neck.
- 1 Towel for drying of feet after washing and 1 towel for wiping perspiration.

Thank you for reading and do stay tuned for the last part of our trip. Hope the posts have been helpful in your planning. 

Related Travel Thailand Post: 

- Khao Yai 2016 Day 1 

Disclaimer: This holiday is a NON SPONSORED post. All expenses are paid through our very own pocket. Just purely documenting down these lovely memories and to be shared to all who are looking into kids friendly places in Thailand! 
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