My Lasik Journey With Shinagawa Eye Centre


It’s been more than 5 months since I did my lasik surgery at Shinagawa Eye Centre. I haven’t had a moment where I second-guessed my decision to go ahead with the procedure. I have been enjoying every minute of my “new” eyes and parenthood has been a whole lot easier without the need for visual aids — ie. my kid can no longer smack my glasses off my face! Yes!

Read on to find out more about the lasik surgery that I did (Intralase Lasik) and my thoughts about it.

I have had tons of people asking me “How is it?”, “Is it scary?”, “Is it painful?”. To the three questions above, it was fast, not scary at all and absolutely pain-free!

Recovery time was amazingly quick! By the end of the day, I was able to read words off a computer screen (about a metre away) and my husband was amazed by the surgery’s quick results.

Now here is a couple of things that you have to know about lasik surgeries. There are many methods to perform this surgery and after the initial assessments, your surgeon will typically recommend you the type of lasik procedure that is best suited for your eyes.

In my case, I was recommended to undergo the IntraLase Lasik by Dr Lee Sao Bing.

My eye surgeon, Dr Lee Sao Bing of Shinagawa Eye Centre

Here is a bit of background information on this lasik method.

IntraLase Lasik is also known as the “All-Laser Lasik”. An expensive laser machine makes use of an advanced femtosecond laser technology to achieve a more accurate, and safer flap-making procedure.

Because this IntraLase lasik method is empowered by a computer's precise control, it allows the surgeon to customise the depth, width, shape and location to create a very thin cornea flap – thus customising to the needs of an individual patient.

The IntraLase laser creates air bubbles in the stroma of the cornea and the air bubbles create space. The flap is not lifted until the LASIK surgeon uses a special surgical instrument to lift the cornea flap, which also means that the cornea is still intact after the IntraLase laser and the patient can blink and walk around normally without any fear

(Pic credit: Shinagawa Eye Centre)

As mentioned previously, the first step to any lasik procedure is the pre-lasik assessment as not everyone is suitable for laser surgery. Every individual is required to undergo this assessment in order to determine their suitability for lasik and which lasik procedure is best suited for them. At Shinagawa Eye Centre, a pre-lasik assessment costs $22 (including GST) for individuals aged 49 and below.




You are advised against wearing any contact lenses a week before the pre-lasik assessment. This is to ensure the accuracy of the test results. So yes, your glasses will be your bff for that entire week!

The whole assessment takes about an hour to complete and results from the pre-lasik tests are generated immediately. Thus on the same day, your doctor will be able to inform you on your suitability and provide you with a (lasik) recommendation.

Do note that one of the tests requires the clinic assistant to dilate your pupils and you might experience blurry vision for up to 4 hours. This blurry vision is kinda like 老花眼, so I was tilting my spectacles down, holding my phone up high and at a distance like an old woman with long-sightedness. LOL

In the event that you are suitable, you can make an appointment for your lasik surgical date before leaving the clinic. It is recommended to have the lasik surgery within a month from your pre-lasik assessment in order to ensure the reliability of the test results.

Usually there are available slots almost every day except for weekends; I had my lasik surgery arranged at 3 weeks after the lasik assessment. My husband took a half day-off so that he could accompany me home after the surgery was done.


To be honest, I had pre-surgery jitters the night before... I mean, how couldn't I? I had been living a bespectacled life for over a decade and had gotten so used to hiding behind my glasses for all these years. But all it took in that second was my baby boy knocking my spectacles off my face (and out of my thoughts) to remind me of how much I would enjoy a life without visual aids.

My day at the clinic took about 3 hours. The other two hours were spent on tests and checks, reminders and advices, keeping my bag in the lockers, changing into the surgical gown and waiting – for the anaesthetic eye drops to kick in, resting at the recovery lounge after the surgery and there was also someone else doing the lasik procedure before me. The laser procedure itself was rather fast, like in split seconds I’m done!


Before I knew it, I was ushered to my husband and ready to head home. The entire procedure went by without any hiccups.

Dr Lee was incredibly reassuring and I like how he kept me up to date on each step of the procedure. This is very important because the surgery happens while you are wide awake and you are required to keep your eyes open throughout the whole thing. Because of each heads-up that he gave me, I wasn't caught by surprise from any of the actions taken.

For instance, when he was about to lift my cornea flap, he warned me that my vision was going to get blur and it is okay. When the laser machine was gonna do "its thing" and correct my vision, he warned me that I might smell something burning and not to be alarmed.

Dr Lee was also very generous with the anaesthetic drops. Because I am coward at managing pain, I requested for more eye drops to be placed into each eye prior to each machine. I have a normal cornea thickness hence I am only required to undergo two machines. One machine to create the cornea flap, another machine to reshape the cornea. The nurses also wrapped me up in a thermal blanket to keep me nice and warm.

I know all of these sound like very minor details that don't play much into the big action (ie. the actual lasering) but they really do make a huge difference in keeping me calm throughout my lasik procedure.

I was discharged home with 3 types of eye drops – an antibiotic, an anti-inflammatory and an eye lubricant. I had to drip them according to the schedule provided by Dr Lee and then return in 3 days for a post-surgical check up.



Fast-forwarding my recovery process to the current date. Everything went by smoothly. I regained control of my vision so quickly that it was amazing. A week after my lasik surgery, I actually went to Halloween Horror Nights! I had a ton of fun wearing the different shades that I had bought during my travels but never wore – I even borrowed my mother in law's Kate Spade sunnies to wear! LOL

Because I wanted my eyes to heal as quickly as possible and to prevent post-lasik dry eyes, I was very generous with the amount of eye lubricating drops that I was dripping into each eye. The recommendation was to place only a drop or two into each eye, but I often found myself using up an entire tube for both eyes (oops). I also bought extra tubes of vidisic eye gel (a soothing eye lubricating gel) to place around the house and in my bags.

All of these paid off because I am currently not experiencing any of the side-effects that come with lasik and am incredibly thankful about it!


So here is the part that everyone wants to know. How exactly are my eyes right now?

Prior to my lasik surgery, my eyesight was -6.00 in my right eye and -7.50 in my left eye. 5 months after my lasik procedure, I have perfect 6/6 vision in both eyes with no post-lasik side effects.

Shinagawa Eye Centre is conveniently located on the fifth floor of Wheelock Place.

For more information on the services and fees at Shinagawa Eye Centre, click here. To make an appointment, you can either call +65 6738 8222 or submit a webform here.


Shinagawa Eye Centre
501 Orchard Road
Wheelock Place #05-15
Contact: 6738 8222

Monday to Friday, 9am - 5:30pm
Saturday, 9am - 5pm

Mummy Chronicles: Giving Birth To Ethan In Mount Elizabeth Orchard

Reader's discretion advise: Not for the faint hearted, packed with too much details and every bit of gory childbirth truth

This piece has been lying around in my draft box for over a year. I was done with writing it a few months back but never got around to editing the pictures because there were way too many, scattered across various memory cards, hard drives and laptops. So finally, after a shit load of procrastination, I am getting this overdue piece of article out.

I will start from the very beginning. The very first childbirth scare that we went through. How heavy I was and desperate to get my baby out. I tried to naturally induce Ethan. I tried various methods that I managed to find online... some were pretty ridiculous. I've written every detail down. As specific as I could, with as much humor as I could possibly muster.

Every mother has her own story, but this is mine. Read on for more juicy details.


Part 1 | DAMN YOU, BRAXTON HICKS

Hospital 3

Weeks before the big day, Ethan had been giving me several false alarms. The first one started at Week 36.

His dad and I were going for one last Baby Fair – to get his collapsible bath tub. We decided to head over earlier to Expo, to have a nice breakfast at Fart TArtz, before going to the fair. On our drive there, I kept feeling a sort of cramping sensation, kinda like a menstrual cramp.

I didn’t think much of it and passed it off as Braxton Hicks.

Just as I was finishing up my last bite of flatbread, the cramping sensation intensified. Alarm bells were going off in my head, I told the husband (he started panicking) and made a move for the washroom. As I stood up and made my way there, with the husband following closely at the back.

He stopped me all of a sudden and whispered to me, “Eh you have a wet patch at the back of your dress leh! Are you giving birth today? I’m not ready yet, I haven't pack my hospital bag!!”

I thought the husband was joking about the wet patch. He snapped a photo of it with his phone’s camera. Damn, the wet patch was real. Now it was my turn to panic. I rushed to the toilet, checking through my undergarments and all. Other than the wet patch, there was no leakage nor other signs that my water bag had broke.

I threw on a sanitary pad, we rushed to the baby fair, bought the bath tub and rushed back home. For the next 6 hours, I had irregular contractions. I sweated profusely and felt ill all over.

At around 7pm, the discomfort tailed off and ended. I walked into my gynae the next day for an emergency consultation, just to make sure that the baby was well and my pregnancy is still fine, and thankfully everything was still good.

Since then, I had Braxton Hicks contractions at around 2-3am. It didn’t happen every day. It started off with being once every fortnightly, and gradually increased to 2-3 times a week. The duration of the fake contractions increased as well.

At Week 38, my fake contractions were happening every night and lasted for 2-3 hours.

I was getting tired of being pregnant. The fake contractions were preventing me from having a good rest – I was worried that it might just be the real thing! I tried all sorts of natural methods to induce labour.


Part 2 | NATURAL METHODS TO INDUCE LABOUR (sex included)

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The popular suggestion online... To have tons of sex. Tried it and it didn’t do shit. Baby still stayed inside me. If anything, he protested violently by kicking me hard for the next hour after the deed was done.

Oh and, by the way, copulation near full term is a freaking challenging thing to do! My BIG pregnant belly got in the way all the time.

Next thing I tried was to diarrhoea. The logic behind it is to get the body to release hormones that causes the tummy to cramp up when having a stomachache, and the same hormones would in turn stimulate the uterus to start labour.

I’m lactose intolerant. Thus I did the most logical thing, I drank a small carton of milk.

I had a smelly / watery time in the loo and that was just about it. No baby in sight still. I guess, that small pack wasn’t strong enough but the husband refused to let me try anything funkier. He claimed that he didn’t want to receive his baby covered in poo. *rolls eyes*

I was introduced to clary sage oil by a mummy during an event. She swore that it helped to speed up her labour process. I thought to myself, why the hell not? I have absolutely no intention of staying in labour for any longer than I should.

I did some research online and found out that clary sage oil could also help to induce labour — hence pregnant women who have yet to reach full term are strongly advised to stay away from this essential oil.

By my 37th week, I was eager to get the little fatty out. His kicks were getting more powerful by the day, and they kept me up at night. Hence every night, I began rubbing the oil on certain acupuncture spots that were rumoured to assist in inducing labour.

I highly doubt that it did a thing to induce labour, but I must admit that it MIGHT have helped to speed up my labour process. My gynae had expected me to deliver at around 4pm, however by 12pm, I was dilated at 9.5cm and ready to birth. However I had to wait for another 2 hours till my doc was free to deliver my baby, and damn my labia swelled.


Part 3 | ACUPUNCTURE TO INDUCE LABOUR

Hospital 2


In my research, these words kept surfacing up: “acupoints”, “acupressure”, “acupuncture”. I googled for reviews on this method of natural induction and it had just the wee bit better response than the rest did. Also, there were medical journals – cochrane reviews included – to back it up!

And so, I got gung-ho and decided to do it!

My dad is a TCM physician, so lucky me didn’t have to find a physician and pay money to convince him/her to do the risky “needle-poking” for me.

I had to persuade my dad. It took awhile. He had read about it in his books but had never tried it on anyone... till me. He was worried on the effectiveness of the acupuncture, he was half expecting my water bag to break the moment he poked the needles in (no, that doesn’t and didn’t happen).

I had two sessions, each a week apart.

Let me first tell you about the pain. It is, MOTHERFUCKING. PAINFUL. Worst than an epidural.

There are three acupoints that requires poking (pardon my lack of appropriate vocabulary to describe) and of the three, one of them is at the little toe just below your nail bed. That acupoint is a killer.

It is so painful that I, a person with extremely low pain tolerance, had zero reaction to the other two acupoints but I screamed when my dad poked the needle in the little toe acupoint. I hurried the husband to switch off the fan because the wind was causing the needle to sway gently and fuck it was painful.

It was an excruciating 30 minutes of pain and sweat – due to the lack of ventilation in the room. When my dad finally pulled the needles out, I felt exonerated.

How were the results? For the first session... nothing happened. Like really, nothing. That night I didn’t even get a single braxton hicks contraction. It was the smoothest night that I had in a month. Dafuq right?

As for the second session... I had been suffering from irregular contractions for the past three days with an increasing number of episodes. I could take it no more and begged my dad to poked the needles for me again, but this time without the little toe acupoint.

How did this session go? It worked just as how it should.


Part 4 | LABOUR BEGINS

At 1am, I woke up from my sleep. The contractions were real this time. They had begun. My abdominal muscles were constantly tightening. The intensity increasing. My belly was hard like a rock.

But there was a problem. My contractions were not regular as what everyone said it would be. I hesitated on whether I should go to the hospital. I was grouchy af from the discomfort and numerous sleep-deprived nights. The husband said that we should play it safe, and insisted that we get it checked out. My mom drove us to Mount E.

I checked into the labour ward. A nurse had me changed into a hospital gown. Placed some wirings on my belly. Rubbed some lube on her fingers and then stuck her fingers in my vagina. I was 2cm dilated.

The expression on my husband’s face, pure joy! He was finally gonna get to meet his son. The waiting game will soon be over.

It was about 5am when we got the confirmation. By 9.20am, I was only 3cm dilated, had my water bag broken for me and just got my epidural in.

Here is the thing mummies, DO NOT follow the recommended guideline online to wait until you are 4cm dilated before you get the epidural. Go according to your gut feel and please take into account that it takes time for the anaesthetist to arrive, and even more time for the anaesthesia to kick in!

By 11.30am, I was still only 3cm dilated but my cervix was very thin.

All of a sudden at 12pm, I felt this sharp pain, a strong pressure down there, something (well, obviously the baby) was trying to push itself out of me! I rushed the husband to call the nurse. She pushed her fingers in and was shocked to discover that I had gone from 3cm to 9.5cm in an instant!

She rushed to call my gynae and gather the necessary assistance required for the birth. I was instructed to wait for the doctor and not to push, which I did try to but damn those contractions made it hard. My labia swelled up so badly afterwards because I was fighting against the natural urge to push my baby out.

What happened after that was a blur.

A bunch of nurses came in, adjusted my epidural dose, and prepared me for the birth of my child. They asked the husband, "Would you like to video down the process or stand beside her?" He opted for the latter.

I'm thankful about his choice as I had no desire to watch my vajayjay on screen, and even more so see how my little one's head is gonna pop out of that extremely stretchable "hole".

They had my legs strapped up against the delivery bed. Gave me instructions on how to breathe and to push. And then... the pushing began.

To be absolutely honest, I had no idea what the fuck I was pushing. Some might say that I had too much drug in my system and it could be lesser. However to me, the amount of drug was just at its sweet spot.

One of my legs had gone numb from the anaesthetic, but I could still feel the contractions... I just couldn't feel what I was pushing.

Somehow I had managed to push Ethan through my pelvis and the midwives were able to see the crown of Ethan's head. The eager husband decided to take a peek and then exclaimed out loud, "Wah! He got so much hair!"

In case you're wondering, yes it is the baby's head of hair that he saw and not my hair down there. I watched an episode of "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" and decided to follow the Kardashians and get myself shaved pre-delivery so that my gynae and nurses wouldn't have to fight through a forest just to get to my baby. The husband thought I was nuts, which is... nothing new lol.


Ethan was facing upwards when he came out (typically a baby's face should be towards the ground). As a result, birthing him was difficult. My doctor had to perform an episiotomy* on me, and the cut was made all the way to my anus. *(definition: a surgical cut made at the opening of the vagina during childbirth, to aid a difficult delivery and prevent rupture of tissues)

Was it painful? Not at all during birth because I had the holy epidural. The pain only kicked in after birth and let me tell you this... WORST PAIN EVER in my whole entire life. Recovery sucks!

Next thing I knew, the doc was telling me that my baby would come out in this next push. He turned and told the nurses to prepare the vacuum. I felt a contraction coming, I closed my eyes and pushed hard...

Then I heard my doctor telling me repeatedly to open my eyes and look. In my mind, I was thinking "What the heck is he asking me to look at? I am busy enough trying to focus and push a living creature out of me. What does he want?" I opened my eyes and there was this wet and squirmy little thing lying atop of me.

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HOLY SHIT... the baby is here. The baby is finally here. The baby is out.

All the birthing videos that I've watched on YouTube didn't do much in preparing me. I didn't know what to expect.

The little one stared at me with wide eyes, then he proceeded to squint them and gave a ear-piercing "I'M NOT HAPPY, I WANT TO BE BACK IN MY MUMMY'S WOMB" cry.

I couldn't stop staring at him. I don't think my husband could either. Everything felt so surreal. Part of me was wondering if I had to breastfeed him right away or do I wait? The other half of me was wondering if the baby would wriggle his way up so that he could feed?

None of that happened. He just laid on me and stared back at me, as though he was trying to talk to me with his eyes.

Well.. while all of that was happening. I was getting stitched up my doctor. He dug out the placenta from inside me and forced a reluctant husband to take a photo of the bloody organ that was responsible for feeding our kid for the past 9 months.

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Weight at birth: 3.365kg

The nurse came and removed my epidural – sobs, I missed it so much when the recovery pain started kicking in. She offered me some food because I hadn't taken food in the past 15 hours.

Most people puke while having an epidural. I puked after. Right after I had a biscuit and a cup of milo. All of the food came out in a gush like a merlion spewing water from its mouth daily. Needless to say, it was disgusting. I'm glad that the husband did not faint.



Part 5 | AFTER BIRTH

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I remember the first night in the hospital after giving birth. I woke up at around 12 midnight 'cos of the pain. It was so bad. I tried bearing with the pain, I didn't want to wake the husband. We barely got any sleep at all because of the little one – the contractions started the night before so we were already exhausted by the day's activities and then the hungry little fella kept coming into the room for more milk.

Finally I could no longer take the pain no more. Tears began flowing down my cheeks and soon, I was sobbing loudly as a way to relief the pain. The hubby woke up startled, he pulled open the curtains, asking me in a frantic manner what was wrong? Like a little girl whose ice cream just got stolen, I stuttered through my sobs, "The pain... It's so bad. I want to die. I just want to die... It hurts so bad down below... Help... I need help..."

I don't know why I didn't think of it. I guess I was too tired. The husband walked over to the other side of the bed, reached for the nurses' bell and in a minute, a nurse came in... and she was a life saver! Now I know why they draw a halo ring on a nurse's head because that is exactly how I saw her!

She returned to the room with some painkillers and a box of Epi-Kool Pak... IMO THE BEST THING EVER INVENTED! It is a cooling maternity pad, kinda like between an ice pack and a sanitary pad, and that took away the pain instantly! I slept like baby after – well, that was until MiniChew came in an hour later wanting MORE MILK again!

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Now I'm gonna stop writing here because my #momlife after birth was dramatic as hell as well... or at least the first 3 months were. I've got a lot to complain share about and this blog post has a lot more details than I initially thought I would share. Thank you for staying with me till the end and here is a small note for my not-so-little MiniChew... SEE WHAT MAMA WENT THRU TO PUSH YOU OUT!

Read my husband's version on Ethan's birth here on his rarely updated blog.

Lazada x Skiphop Surprise Box

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Lazada, you've amazed me with the number of online sales + surprise box promotions that you have pushed out this year! It’s like Christmas every few months thanks to your value-for-money surprise box.

The surprise boxes have contents from a variety of brands — lifestyle, tech, beauty, baby/maternity and etc. Read on to get a sneak peek of what’s in my Lazada x Skiphop surprise box!


| Lazada 12.12 Sale

There’s no better way to end the year other than a smashing great sales and a ton of new goodies — be it for yourself or others! If you have yet to buy Christmas presents then do take advantage of this upcoming 12.12 Lazada Sale, and snatch up some great deals!

The Lazada 12.12 sale will run from 10-12 December 2018. You can expect to enjoy:

  • Up to 90% off selective products sitewide
  • 1 million deals
  • Up to $120 vouchers
  • Surprise boxes @ $29 / $49 / $99


| Lazada x Skiphop Surprise Box

I love Skiphop. I developed my love for the brand while researching for diaper bag brands. Skiphop carries so many different baby and maternity products, from toys to thermos to feeding equipments.

If there is any particular product that I am looking for and Skiphop carries it, I will choose to get Skiphop’s!

During this Lazada Sale, this Skiphop surprise box will be retailing for $29 and contains products worth $100. Here are some of the items that I found in my surprise box:

Skip Hop Bandana Buddies Stroller Toy Raccoon
Skip Hop Bandana Buddies Stroller Toy Raccoon

Skip Hop Zoo Insulated Food Jar
Skip Hop Zoo Insulated Food Jar

kip Hop Zoo Turn And Learn Training Cup
Skip Hop Zoo Turn And Learn Training Cup


To purchase this Lazada x Skiphop surprise box, mark it down in your wishlist now.

For more of the amazing deals happening on Lazada 12.12, click here to check them out today.

The Lazada x Skiphop surprise box will be released on 10 December at 2pm, so do keep logging into the app to check out their flash deal section! Fastest fingers first, good luck!

More sneak peeks on other Lazada Surprise boxes here:

Blackmores Review: Nourishment For My Skin With Vitamin E

Blackmores Natural Vitamin E Cream Range

When I learnt that Blackmores released a range of products surrounding the key ingredient, Vitamin E... I gave a nod of approval for the brand. I say that because most brands create just ONE Vitamin E product and that's it.

Blackmores created FOUR variants of Vitamin E-infused creams to meet the different needs of their consumers. In addition, they added Lanolin, Avocado oil & Apricot Kernel Oil to boost its moisturising properties thus making this range a perfect choice for those suffering from dry skin or going abroad to a country with dry climate.

Read on to find out more about Blackmores' Natural Vitamin E skincare range and whether you are a suitable candidate for this range of their creams.


Blackmores Natural Vitamin E Creams

Vitamin E is well-known for its moisturising and antioxidant properties. As such, it makes sense for Blackmores to create its range of Vitamin E products surrounding these properties. Available at myCK, the 4 variants available are:

  • Blackmores Natural Vitamin E Cream + Lanolin
  • Blackmores Natural Vitamin E Cream Skin Bright
  • Blackmores Natural Vitamin E Cream Firm & Smooth
  • Blackmores Natural Vitamin E Cream Skin Barrier


#1 | Blackmores Natural Vitamin E Cream + Lanolin

Blackmores Natural Vitamin E & Lanolin Cream


What Is It: A rich and soothing moisturising cream to protect and replenish the skin. Blackmores Natural Vitamin E Cream + Lanolin provides a natural source of vitamin E and natural lanolin (derived from sheep wool) to help soothe the skin, while being free from artificial colours or fragrances.

Benefits:
  • Nourish and soothe the skin
  • Prevents moisture loss and locks in moisture
  • Protects and replenish the skin
  • Provides antioxidant support (vitamin E) for the skin

myCK Retail Price: $15.20

Texture: Creamy & Light

Breaking down the ingredients:

Aside from Vitamin E, this cream contains lanolin. Lanolin is the purified secretion from sheep sebaceous glands and is found on sheep wool.


#2 | Blackmores Natural Vitamin E Cream Skin Bright

Blackmores Natural Vitamin E Skin Bright


What Is It: Blackmores Natural Vitamin E Cream Skin Bright helps to promote radiant skin. With antioxidants such as licorice root extract, wakame seaweed extract & vitamin E, it helps to promote the appearance of a brighter complexion. Blackmores Natural Vitamin E Cream Skin Bright is free from artificial colours or fragrances.

Benefits:
  • Brightens the complexion
  • Promotes radiant skin
  • Protects and replenishes the skin
  • Moisturises and softens the skin

myCK Retail Price: $24

Texture: Fluffy, creamy, very moisturising

Breaking down the ingredients:

Two of the key ingredients in this product are Licorice Root Extract and Wakame Seaweed Extract

Licorice root provides a whitening and brightening action whilst also smoothing and softening the skin.

Wakame contains an antioxidant that can help promote the appearance of a lighter, brighter complexion and more radiant skin. It also helps to protect, condition and nourish the skin.



#3| Blackmores Natural Vitamin E Cream Firm & Smooth

Blackmores Natural Vitamin E Firm & Smooth

Blackmores Firm & Smooth texture

What Is It: A rich and smoothing moisturising cream blended with botanicals including DERMCOM™ snow crocus for the appearance of smooth and revitalised skin.

Benefits:
  • Reduces the appearance of fine wrinkles
  • Firms skin
  • Moisturises and smoothen skin

myCK Retail Price: $24

Texture: Light, almost gel-like

Breaking down the ingredients:

Blackmores Natural Vitamin E Cream Firm & Smooth contains DERMCOM™ snow crocus, a top ingredient for anti-aging skincare.

This flower-based extract helps to reduce fine lines on the skin, providing our complexion the necessary nutrients to combat our ageing skin concern.



#4| Blackmores Natural Vitamin E Cream Skin Barrier

Blackmores Natural Vitamin E Skin Barrier

Blackmores Vitamin E Skin Barrier texture

What Is It: A protective and hydrating cream blended with nourishing plant derived oils containing omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids that form a film on the skin, providing a layer of protection from environmental pollutants with added Depollutine™ and Phytovie™.

Benefits:
  • Forms a film on the skin
  • Protects skin from environmental pollutants
  • Moisturises and replenishes skin

myCK Retail Price: $24

Texture: Richest amongst the 3 facial creams, film-like texture on skin after application

Breaking down the ingredients:

Blackmores Natural Vitamin E Cream Skin Barrier has two key ingredients (other than Vitamin E): Depollutine™ and Phytovie™.

This is a protective and hydrating cream blended with nourishing plant derived oils containing omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids that form a film on the skin, providing a layer of protection from environmental pollutants with added Depollutine™ (a moisturising algae) and Phytovie™ (a copolymer conditioning oils that help to provide a barrier to environmental pollutants).

Singapore has a tropical and harsh climate and our skin is exposed to pollutants which are invisible to us. This product provides a protective layer on the skin to prevent these harmful particles from coming into contact with it.


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Overall Review:

For starters, let's talk about the key ingredient, Vitamin E.

This beneficial vitamin is an antioxidant, as a protection against the sun's UVB rays, as an anti-aging agent and a moisturiser.

Hearing all these benefits, it got me thinking... Wow, this is an ingredient that I would LOVE as a woman. It pretty much hit all the necessary checkboxes that I feel a beauty product is required to have.

However there is a silver lining to every cloud. Vitamin E creams are recommended for those with dry skin. To the lucky peeps with dry skin, all the products featured in this post are made for you guys!

If there is one product that you MUST buy and try, it would be the Blackmores Vitamin E Cream Skin Bright!!! It has an interesting fluffy-like texture which I am sucker for! The most important thing about this cream and what I would really like to shout-out for is and the purpose of the cream (ie. to moisturise and brighten complexion) and based on my research of its ingredients, its probable suitability for people with atopic dermatitis (aka eczema).

The two key ingredients of this cream are licorice extract and wakame seaweed extract. From my research, I found out that clinical studies have shown licorice root extract to be an effective ingredient against eczema as it is able to reduce redness and irritation. In addition, wakame seaweed extract contains vitamins B1, 2, 3, 6 and 12 – all of which helps to reduce inflammation.

Correct me if I am wrong because I am drawing memories from my past dating life with a dude who has a bad case of eczema – and thus very dry skin. I made multiple trips to our local drugstores to find a suitable moisturiser for him and they've never really ended well.

His skin was so dry that it was almost scaly like an alligator. As the eczema had spread to his face, his skin would get really dry and itchy. He couldn't resist scratching and so it resulted in bleeding and scars. His facial skin turned dark, red and rough. Back then, there were no moisturisers made for people with eczema, dedicated for facial use only. Thankfully we've got Blackmores now.

If you are or perhaps you know of someone who is troubled by eczema, share with them about this range! They deserve to know about it, they deserve to find a solution for their skin problem.

Now as for the other two creams, they are great for an all round protection. I would suggest using these two bottles occasionally (probably 2-3 days a week) together with Skin Bright. You can switch them around to prevent your skin from getting attuned to one particular product – you can also reap the benefits of the whole range!

You can purchase any of these products from myCK's heartland retail chain for daily essentials! Here is a list of their outlets in Singapore.

Lazada x Innisfree Surprise Box

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I can never get tired of Lazada's surprise boxes! It is the NUMBER ONE thing that I look out for whenever Lazada announces about their sales event. Each box contain products worth $100 but will only be retailed for $29! In the upccoming 11.11 Sale on Lazada, you can expect surprise boxes for beauty, lifestyle, baby, tech and more.

Here is a sneak peek of what's in my Lazada x Innisfree surprise box. Read on to find out more.


| Lazada 11.11

Starting from 11th November 2018, there will be 1111 FLASH DEALS happening till the end of the year.

With up to 90% off and our favourite surprise boxes available in either $29/$49, you really wouldn't want to miss out on all the great deals! Click here to head over to Lazada now!


| Lazada x Innisfree Surprise Box

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As like all the surprise boxes before, this is just a sneak peek. I will only be showing a couple of items that are in my surprise box, and of which these items are what I think are the most value-for-money!

Innisfree Vivid Creamy Tint
Innisfree Vivid Creamy Tint in

I got a shock when I opened my Innisfree surprise box and saw this product. The Vivid Creamy Tint has been on my wishlist for a long time and this is one of Innisfree's BEST-SELLING product! (see Innisfree Best Seller List here)

Innisfree Vivid Creamy Tint 2

The gorgeous tint is rich and dries off to a semi-matte finish. It doesn't feel drying but of course, I'll need to wear it out on my lips for a day to know for sure!

Innisfree bija cica essence
Innisfree Bija Cica Essence

Seriously, this might be my favourite Lazada surprise box ever!! Another item from Innisfree's Best Seller List! The Bija Cica Essence is great for soothing delicate skin and resolving skincare issues (ie. acne, dry, sensitive skin).

Innisfree jeju lava seawater boosting ampoule
Innisfree Jeju Lava Seawater Boosting Ampoule

Ampoules are great for when your skin is having a bad day! I typically add a dash of ampoule in my foundation when I've having a bad skin day and so far, it has always worked! I can't wait to try this baby out and test its moisture-boosting properties!

This box is sold for $29 and only available on 11th November 2018. Click here to add the Lazada x Innisfree surprise box to your wishlist now! Good luck!

Baby Ethan Growing Up With Nihon Ikuji Musical Play Yard


This is the best toy that was ever invented!!! As a mom to an incredibly active baby, this toy is a life saver. I’ve never loved any of Ethan’s toy as much! The Nihon Ikuji Play Yard entertains and keeps him out of trouble.

It grows with him to suit his different play needs. When he was about 6 months old, he would tumble around in it as he learns to crawl. Gradually he learnt to stand with support (from the play yard), without support... and now he is using it to learn how to walk.

This is a toy that I would like to highly recommend to all parents — for your piece of mind & the little one’s development! Read on to find out how much I truly love my Nihon Ikuji Play Yard and its benefits for MiniChew!

Nihon Ikuji Play Yard: Standing With Support
My little one loves his Nihon Ikuji Play Yard!

What we have at home is the Nihon Ikuji Premium Music 6-Panels Play Yard. I got it just as Ethan was learning how to crawl, and let me tell you... the play yard is bloody useful!

My active baby was tumbling about everywhere!! Fortunately the play yard came with an exact fit mat and if it weren’t for their quality foam, he would have had bruises everywhere!

Nihon Ikuji Play Yard: Playing Safely In The Play Yard
Baby Ethan playing safely by himself in the play yard

The Exact Fit Play Mat is scalable and prevents the play yard from being shifted.

Nihon Ikuji Play Yards are made of an unbeatable quality! With strict quality control and the use of superior materials, it is no wonder why this is the best selling play yard in Japan and in Singapore. My 6-panels play yard can be easily converted to a 4-panels one with an exact fit mat because that is how scalable their product is, to suit different space needs. No matter how you expand or collapse the yard, the play mat will always be an exact fit!

Ethan loves the Musical Toy Panel the most as it offers lots of educational, enriching & developmentally-stimulating activities to meet his curiosity needs!

Nihon Ikuji Play Yard: Spinner Ball
At 6 months, he loved to roll the Transparent Large Spinner Ball.

At 7 months, he liked playing with the Peekaboo Sliding Door & pressing the button for the musical package – rotating between the different 24 melodies!

At 8 months, he liked using his little fat fingers to spin the interlocking cog system.

Nihon Ikuji Play Yard: Phone System
At 9 months, he is obsessed with removing the phone handset from the play panel — and it is pretty funny to see him use his 九牛二虎之力 to pull it out. Got stance some more, like he will get into a 扎马步 posture and tug at the hand set really hard!

The musical play panel helps to improve his attention span, memory, motor skills, visual activity, sense of self and nervous system development. As he grows, he discovers more activities that he can do with the play panel!

If it weren’t for this play yard, I don’t think Ethan would have learnt how to stand and walk so quickly. He started standing at 7 months — holding the yard’s fence for support, practising his leg and core muscles. It wasn’t long before he had no need for the fence, he could achieve static standing independently. I was a proud mama then, and an even prouder mama ‘cos my baby boy is walking at 10 months.

He started cruising (walking while holding onto objects for support) at around 8 1/2 months. Then he started releasing his hands, taking his first steps. Now my little one is able to walk from one end to the other end of the Play Yard without support! Who needs a walker now?

Learning how to walk – with the Nihon Ikuji Play Yard!

You’re probably wondering... wouldn't the Play Yard shift if he is using it for support? I don't know about other play yards in the market, but I do know that my Nihon Ikuji Play Yard is the sturdiest! It has 2 3M™ anti-slip texturised rubber pads beneath each panel and connector to prevent the play yard from slipping off its place. Making it safe for my baby to practise his standing & walking!

The Nihon Ikuji Play Yard comes in various different colours and versions to choose from, including Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar version.

Nihon Ikuji Play Yard: Self Play
We usually leave a bunch of toys in the play yard and it would keep Ethan entertained (in a safe zone) for quite awhile!

I’ve heard them say, that I can get plastic balls and throw them in the Play Yard to make a ball pit. I might get some balls and try that because my little one really likes ball pits — plus it helps to further improve his gross motor skills too! Did I forget to mention that I love ball pits too? Haha! I might just hop into the yard and join in my little one... since the play yard is big enough anyway!

If you are thinking of getting your baby a toy that they would truly enjoy, then get the Nihon Ikuji Play Yard! This an investment worth every dime and penny! You can use it for so long, baby discovers something new about the play yard at every stage of their development and it serves so many purposes.

You can get your Nihon Ikuji Play Yard from their flagship counter at Bove or their website here.

For the latest product updates, check out their facebook page Play Yard & Play Mat or Premium Baby Hub. You can also check out their Instagram account @mynihonikuji.

Have fun with your little one, mummies!

Gangnam Aesthetics: Korean Gelish Nails @ Beauty By The Bar


Wearing pretty nails can make a huge difference to our daily mood, and it is also better for the environment at Beauty Bar By Gangnam Aesthetics as the nail polish that they use — popular Korean nail polish brand, Bandi — are eco-friendly!

Read on to find out where you can get these super pretty + environmentally-friendly nail art in town.

Beauty Bar By Gangnam Aesthetics
Beauty Bar By Gangnam Aesthetics

Beauty Bar By Gangnam Aesthetics is a one-stop beauty parlour created by renown aesthetic clinic, Gangnam Laser Clinic, to provide mani-pedi & facial services.

Located at Far East Shopping Centre (do not mistake it for Far East Plaza), it is just a stone’s throw away from Orchard MRT. You can walk from Wheelock Place to get to the shopping centre!

Beauty Bar By Gangnam Aesthetics: Manicure & Pedicure
Main area at Beauty Bar By Gangnam Aesthetics

The purple interior decor at Beauty Bar emits a luxe feeling. If you’re going with a friend, you can all have your nails done in the main hallway — sipping on a cup of yuzu tea while you catch up!

However if you’re craving for a little privacy, they also have a small room to meet your manicure needs.

Beauty Bar By Gangnam Aesthetics: Private Room
Private room for manicure only

The most important factor for every nail salon is their manicurist, and how skilled is she? Well I’m happy to announce that the nail beautician at Beauty Bar is SUPER skilled as she is packed with decades of experience.

Beauty Bar By Gangnam Aesthetics: Manicurist Kelly
Getting my nails painted by their experienced manicurist, Kelly

Kelly, my manicurist at Beauty Bar has been in the industry for over 20 years and it was a joy watching her work! She has so many tips & tricks to creating beautiful nail art, and her years of experience mean that no nail art is impossible to recreate.

Beauty Bar By Gangnam Aesthetics
Bandi Nail Polish

As mentioned earlier, Beauty Bar uses nail polish from the brand "Bandi". Bandi is a South Korean nail polish brand that emphasises on the importance of preserving the environment while combining the art of the professional nail industry. The brand is leading the naturalistic trend in the nail industry along with highly functional products made with natural ingredients.

In addition, Beauty Bar also offers the luxurious Bandi Switual hand and foot spa for those looking to give your claws & paws a little more love!

If you would like to make a nail appointment at Beauty Bar, click here or call (+65) 6732 1458. For more information on the beauty services available, you can find it here.

Beauty Bar by Gangnam Aesthetics
545 Orchard Road #06-16
Far East Shopping Centre
Singapore 238882

Monday - Friday: 11am-8pm
Saturday: 9am -4.30pm
Closed on Sundays and PH