Diaper Review: The New & Improved Pampers Premium Care Diaper

Wednesday, January 3, 2018


You know that a diaper brand knows their shit (haha, punny) about making nappies, when the local market terms all diapers – regardless of its brand – by the popular diaper brand’s name.

Pampers has been around in Singapore for over 40 years, and the renown diaper brand has recently released their new and improved Premium Care Diaper!

Read on to find out what’s so special about it and how it fared on little Ethan’s bum.


| About Pampers Premium Care Diaper

Pampers Premium Care Diaper

Every day as a new mom, I learn a new thing or two about my baby’s world, and the revolutionary products that are invented to make caregiving for him an easier task.

Diapers ... where should I begin. I stepped into this fascinating world knowing that each brand’s nappy differed from one another — but how different is different? Furthermore the essential question is, how would this difference affect my wee one?

The all-new Pampers Premium Care Diaper offers parents with a nappy that is promised to be more absorbent and softer to touch.

Pampers Premium Care Diaper

It introduces a new technology that locks away wetness evenly, thus preventing the sagging of a wet diaper.

Combined with a net of breathable micro-pores, the Pampers Premium Care Diaper allows our baby to feel cool, fresh and rash-free throughout the day — the little one is so comfortable that you can thriftily use one diaper for a couple of wettings.

Pampers Premium Care Diaper is their most absorbent diaper to date! It can maintain skin dryness for up to 12 hours, absorb 30 times its weight, and pull away runny poo and wetness. It is perhaps the most ideal diaper for a breastfed baby, who can pee up to 6-7 times in a day with 2-3 big runny poop sessions.


| Review

Pampers Premium Care Diaper

Here are two things about Ethan that you need to know:
  1. He’s got a big butt,
  2. He is ultra-sensitive to pee and poo – ie. he hates feeling his own pee and poop.

Because of these problems, we had issues finding a diaper for him that was suitable. It also didn’t help that my baby is really demanding and he knows what he wants. For instance, after he pees, he can’t tolerate the discomfort of wetness on himself. Therefore if a diaper fails to pull away his urine fast enough, he’ll cry the roof down and insist on a diaper change immediately – even if he has only wetted himself ONCE. You can only imagine what a waste of diaper it is, and how quickly we run through a pack of diapers!

Now, about the poop.

I heard from my confinement nanny that in terms of its size, Pampers diapers used to lean on the smaller side when compared with its counterpart brands. However for this new Premium Care Diaper, I can safely say that it is now on the bigger side – or perhaps they have heard the complaints from parents and thus thrown in more material to make the diaper cover a bigger surface area! (Point to note for parents looking to get a bigger sized diaper)

As mentioned earlier, Ethan has a big butt. At 8 weeks old, he currently weighs about 6kg. If a diaper fails to cover his big bum sufficiently, it leaks poop whenever he takes a dump. And the mess... oh gosh, unimaginable. Ethan's shit can go all the way up the back of the diaper thus staining the back of his shirt. Or if you're unlucky enough, it comes out from the side of the diaper which means staining the pants of whoever that is carrying him at the point of his dump – yuck!

What I like about the new Pampers Premium Care Diaper is that it pulls pee away really quickly and a certain amount of his pee is spread throughout his diaper hence ensuring a relative even distribution of weight – minimising sagginess. The Pampers Premium Care Diaper is also really long in length and width, thus providing sufficient protection up to his back and on both of the leg holes. We hadn't experience a poop leak in awhile which is a darn great thing, because baby poop on clothing is so freaking difficult to wash away!

The Premium Care Diaper also has 2x stretchy stretchy tapes, which means that Ethan can wriggle around and kick his legs freely and we needn't worry about the diaper being too tight around his abdominal area. Have I mentioned about the convenient urine indicator which the Pampers Premium Care Diaper has? It turns from yellow to blue – a notification of urine being present. This is a feature in the diaper that his dad loves so very much!

Now here comes the cons about the diaper. As much as there is improvement in the spreadability and I do acknowledge that it is better than the previous diaper brand that I was using (hint: it starts with a D), it isn't good enough to guarantee pee-proof leakage on every occasion of its usage.

Ethan gets a diaper change in approximately every 4 hours. At least once a day, he experiences a pee leak – sometimes it occurs in the day, sometimes in the night. It irritates him and he wakes up screaming his lungs out due to the wet discomfort. Perhaps my baby pees a lot and hence this diaper is unable to hold all of his urine.

I am still in search of the perfect diaper for my wee one!


| Where To Buy

Pampers Premium Care Diaper

Pampers Premium Care Diaper comes in a variety of sizes (from Newborn to XL) to suit your wee one's butt, and with two choices to suit his activity level: tape or pants.

It is now available in all major supermarkets and on Lazada – free shipping for LiveUp members!

Tommee Tippee Review: Sealing Odour Away Effortlessly With Their Sangenic Tec Nappy Disposal System

Thursday, December 21, 2017


Before Ethan was even born, I was worried about how I was going to handle the stench from his dirty diapers. My obsession of seeking for a solution stemmed from my sister's birth of my niece – I recall how her bedroom had the constant smell of pee and poo. I was desperate to avoid that situation!

Thankfully Tommee Tippee came to my rescue with their innovation invention of the Sangenic Tec Nappy Disposal System!

With the Sangenic Tec Nappy Disposal System, every dirty nappy is now individually sealed thus locking away all odours at all times. It has made diaper-changing time – and the smell of my room – a whole lot more pleasant! Read on to find out more.


| Sangenic Tec Nappy Disposal System

Tommee Tippee Sangenic Tec Nappy Disposal System
How it looks from the inside: Dump the dirty diaper in, and seal it away with a simple twist and push!

The innovative Sangenic Tec Nappy Disposal System from Tommee Tippee offers an unbeatable odour protection as it individually seals each nappy away in seconds with a twist and turn.

In addition, it also has an anti-bacterial film that kills 99% of germs on contact thus keeping everything more hygienic!

Tommee Tippee Sangenic Tec Nappy Disposal System
My trusty Sangenic Nappy Bin can hold up to 28 dirty diapers in one go!

With the size 1 newborn diapers and an average disposal of 8-9 dirty diapers in a day, the bin can last for about 3 days before it needs to be emptied. On the other hand, each refill cassette lasts for approximately a week and a half, until it needs to be swopped out for a new one.


| My Two Cents

Tommee Tippee Sangenic Bin

One of the best things in my baby's nursery, and a must-have that I would recommend to every parent!

You won't believe the astonishing volume of poop that a newborn shits, and the sheer shocking number of diapers that we ran through in the first week of his life – thank goodness for diaper samples.

Because we had so many dirty diapers to deal with, it would have been a pain in the ass if we had to use an ordinary trash bin as his diaper bin. The constant need to clear the full bin is a waste of precious time – time that was used to catch up on some much-needed rest for an exhausted mom who had just given birth, or a dad who does not want to constantly have to deal with poop.

That aside, man... the smell of pee and poo is something that you do not want lingering anywhere in your home. This diaper bin is perfect for sealing away all the nasty smell, keeping our bedroom fresh and clean all the time.

Another benefit of having the sangenic bin is the hygiene that it brings. It is so easy to load in a cassette, dump the dirty diaper in, and seal it with a twist. Use till the bin is full, tie up the dirty diapers, then chug it all down the rubbish chute in one swift swop!

There is no close interaction with the dirty diapers in the bin, thus the germs and bacteria are well-contained. This is very important as you want to prevent your little one from falling ill as a result of germs and bacteria exposure.

As for the bin's aesthetics, I have to sing praises for its sleek and clean design. I am a huge fan of the white theme that the bin has going on, and its minimalistic design which allows the sangenic bin to blend easily into any home/room decor.

It is a brilliant thing to have a bin that does not scream "POOP BIN", because amidst all the craze of having a newborn in the house, I hate having to be constantly reminded that I have a bin of poop sitting in the corner of a room where I sleep.


| Where To Buy

Tommee Tippee Sangenic Bin

You can purchase these Tommee Tippee products from your nearest Guardian Pharmacy, MotherCare, MothersWork, Kiddy Palace or from Lazada.

For a list of other retail outlets or websites selling the products, click here.


LAZADA Online Revolution Sales: Tony Moly X LAZADA Surprise Box

Friday, December 8, 2017

Lazada is back again, with yet another of its surprise box campaign for the year!

The second part of the Lazada Online Revolution: Shop The Universe Sales will be running from 12 - 14 December 2017. This time, I went back to beauty and was sent the Tony Moly X LAZADA box.

Read on to get a sneak peek of the fabulous items in the box!



| What can you expect from this Lazada sales?
  • Selected items will be sold UP TO 90% OFF
  • More than 110 FLASH DEALS
  • Branded Surprise Boxes sold at $29 (with items worth more than $100)

As like the previous rounds, each surprise box is priced at $29 and will contain a number of items that will total up to be worth $100!


Lazada x Tony Moly Surprise Box

I was surprised with the Tony Moly X Lazada box this time round!

Scroll on to get a peek at the three items (of the many in the box) which caught my attention.


#1 | Dr.Logy Sheet Mask

Lazada x Tony Moly Surprise Box: Dr Logy Face Masks

Dr.LOGY sheet masks give your skin professional care with five different effective treatments.

So whether you’re dealing with dull, dehydrated skin or acne-prone aging skin, we’ve got just what the doctor ordered!


#2 | Tony Moly BCDATION Moisture Cover Cushion

Lazada x Tony Moly Surprise Box: BCdation

A triple effect cushion that promises to whiten, protect against the sun (SPF50+) and provide anti-wrinkle benefits.

The cushion has an added moisturising effect to keep our skin health. Upon application, it ends off with a silky-skin finish.


#3 | Clean Dew Lemon Foam Cleanser

Lazada x Tony Moly Surprise Box: Clean Dew Lemon Foam Cleanser

A well-known ingredient in the beauty scene, Lemon is enriched with vitamin C.

It not only helps to clean and brighten our skin, but can also provide the additional benefit of stress-relief.

Combined with a pure green complex from fresh dew, this cleanser promises to soothe our skin while keeping it healthy!


Just for my readers only, enjoy 18% OFF when you quote [LAZOR2017NEW].
*Capped at $11 for first 100 new customers
** Valid from 11 Nov - 14 Dec

Head over to the Online Revolution sales now. Have fun Shopping The Universe!

More sneak peeks on Lazada Surprise boxes here:

IUIGA: Decorating My Living Quarters With Instagram-Worthy, Minimalistic Homewares

Monday, November 27, 2017


Pencil Striped Quilt Cover Set
(IUIGA pricing: $59.90, Normal Retailers pricing: $128)


Sleek and Minimalism, are the two descriptive terms that come to our mind when we talk about decorating our living quarters. After all that is the trend these days isn't it?

If I could afford it, I would purchase all of my household items from Muji or Marks & Spencer – gotta love the talent of those Swedish and Japanese designers! Sadly though, my budget does not allow such a luxury. Or at least it didn't ... until I was introduced to IUIGA.

IUIGA, is an e-commerce site which directly gathers quality home-wares from brand manufacturers, that are then sold to consumers at a fraction of its "branded" price. Wouldn't you like to purchase a Samsonite luggage at a quarter of its retail price? Read on to find out more.


IUIGA 2
Jujube Japanese Cup
(IUIGA pricing: $5.90, Normal Retailers pricing: $9.90)
Scandi Beech Wood Plate
(IUIGA pricing: $11.90, Normal Retailers pricing: $20.90)


IUIGA was founded based on the notion, "Why pay so much for quality?"

The folks at IUIGA scour the globe to find life-improving products that are designed to last.

They work with the best undiscovered brand manufacturers – the very same ones that produce the favourite designer brand goods you love, ie. Samsonite, Muji – and to bring those goods to you. At only a fraction of its branded price.


IUIGA 3
Heatproof Glass Coffee Cup
(IUIGA pricing: $6.50, Normal Retailers pricing: $12)
Heatproof Glass Saucer
(IUIGA pricing: $7.80, Normal Retailers pricing: $16)


Through the process, traditional brand premiums are cut out. The savings found are then passed onto you.

IUIGA believes in complete transparency, and so you'll get to know a break-down of each item's price. They will show you how much it costs to make those products, and the profit that IUIGA gets from the sale.

It is important to them that you know how much quality truly costs. (Click here for an example of a cost break-down)


IUIGA 4
Set of 4 Tableware
(IUIGA pricing: $49.80, Normal Retailers pricing: $129)


There is a myriad of items to buy on IUIGA. Perhaps it is time for some new bedsheets and bath towels from the Home & Living section, or how about some new instagram-worthy tea and coffee cups from the Kitchenware page.

Explore the Travel section for a brand new Samsonite luggage, as well as the Accessories or Apparels pages.

Just for you only, register an account using my referral link and enjoy a $10 discount when you check out your cart.

In addition, you get to have 15% off your first IUIGA purchases when you key in the promo code [SOPHLEOW]. (Valid till 30 December 2017)

Have fun shopping (and saving) on IUIGA!

Harris Resort Waterfront Batam: The Ideal All-Inclusive Vacation Spot For Singaporean Couples Escaping The City Life

Saturday, October 28, 2017


Once in awhile, we need to escape the hustle and bustle of our urban city life.

As a typical kiasu Singaporean couple, we would look for a "DAMN WORTH IT" deal for everything – including for our travel plans. We want the best, at an affordable price!

I wouldn't say that Harris Resort Waterfront is the best, however they are able to offer you more than what most resorts can do. In just one location, you will find accommodation, food, and activities to keep you entertained for a satisfied 3 Days 2 Nights stay.

We're talking about decent massages provided by their in-house spa center, kayaking to the sunset with your beloved, and being spoilt with options at the four eateries available within the resort! Read on to find out more.


#1 | Accommodation

Harris Resort Waterfront Batam
Bright and cheerful lobby at Harris Resort Waterfront Batam

Here at Harris Resort Waterfront Batam, you can choose between three options:
  • Deluxe Room or,
  • Harris Suite or,
  • A Cabana!

All three rooms were newly renovated and decorated using the theme colours of Harris Hotels.

You will find the rooms equipped with a comfortable bed, an ensuite toilet with bath tub, fully air-conditioned, an LCD 32" TV with satellite channels, free WIFI, aromatherapy, mini bar and an in-room safe.


Harris Resort Waterfront Batam: Cabana Rooms
Cabana Room (Bedroom)

Harris Resort Waterfront Batam: Back porch of Cabana Rooms
Cabana Room (Outdoor Porch)

Harris Resort Waterfront Batam: Harris Suite Bedroom
Harris Suite (Bedroom)

Harris Resort Waterfront Batam: Harris Suite Living Room
Harris Suite (Living Room)

Harris Resort Waterfront Batam: Deluxe Room
Deluxe Room (With Pool Access)

For my sponsored stay, I was provided with the HARRIS deluxe room (with pool-access).

I enjoyed the ease of shuffling in between my room and the pools without the use of a key card, while my then-fiancé (now husband) stayed back in the room to catch up on his work.

Harris Resort Waterfront Batam: Deluxe Room Bathroom
Deluxe Room (Ensuite Bathroom)

Harris Resort Waterfront Batam: Deluxe Room With Pool Access
Deluxe Room (View From The Room's Window)

For swimming pools, Harris has three major pools to cater to the different needs and age groups. From a baby pool for the toddlers, to a rainy pool and a free-form swimming pool for the masses. Pool towels are free for rent with the show of your hotel key card.

Do note though that pool-access rooms are located on the first floor and thus it comes with a certain level of noise – from guests who are returning to their room late in the night, and those who are heading out to the dining hall for breakfast in the early morning.


#2 | Entertainment

There are more activities than you can possibly imagine at Harris Waterfront Resort! From outdoor activities to indoor activities, they've got something for everyone but hey let's start talking about the indoor activities first.

On the first day of my stay, it rained and we were forced indoors. We made use of the opportunity to explore the premises and discover the possible indoor entertainment available within the resort.

Harris Resort Waterfront Batam: Table Tennis
It began with a game of table tennis

The bats and balls are placed on the table, free for any guest to use!

Harris Resort Waterfront Batam: Games Room
Next, we explored the Games Room

Various sets of board games, ranging from English Checkers to Chinese Chess and more, were available within the room. You can also have a go at their PS4 – it is free for guest to use, but you do have to make a trip to the reception counter at the lobby to exchange your room key card for the game sets and game consoles.

Harris Resort Waterfront Batam: H Spa
Harris Waterfront Resort has their own in-house spa center, H Spa, located in their annexe building

We scheduled a massage session around the evening time, to loosen up the knots in our shoulder and back muscles.

You can indulge in a variety of spa, facial or massage treatments based on your needs (click here to see their spa menu)

Harris Resort Waterfront Batam: H Spa Foot Wash
Starting off my spa session with a foot wash

Harris Resort Waterfront Batam: H Spa Outdoor Massage Pavilion
The outdoors massage pavilion

Harris Resort Waterfront Batam: H Spa Couple Massage Room
Indoors couple room, fully air-conditioned

Harris Resort Waterfront Batam: H Spa Jacuzzi
Bathroom and Jacuzzi Tub

Harris Resort Waterfront Batam: H Spa

The next day, the sky cleared up and we were able to enjoy some of the outdoor stuff.

Harris Resort Waterfront Batam: Shooting Range
They've got archery and air soft guns for those who fancy shooting at some targets!

If you are going with a group of friends and looking for some group activities to keep everyone entertained, why not arrange for an exciting session of paint ball with their staff!

Harris Resort Waterfront Batam: Pricelist of Shooting Range
Price list for outdoor activities

Water sports are also available at a small charge for those looking to get a splashing fun time!

Choose from a myriad activities like banana boat, jet ski, kayak and many more. Do note that water sport activities require advance booking at the lobby's reception counter and it is dependent on the water tide.

Action in the water on the jetski!

Kayaking through the gentle waves

Harris Resort Waterfront Batam: Pricelist for Water Activities
Price list for water activities


#3 | Dining

Most hotels only have 1 or 2 restaurants to feed their hungry guests. Harris Waterfront Resort has surpassed the masses with FOUR astonishing eateries – with one of them not being owned by the hotel!

1) Starting off with Harris Café

Harris Resort Waterfront Batam: Harris Cafe
Their signature restaurant with a panoramic view of the giant swimming pool

Harris Resort Waterfront Batam: Breakfast
Spread of food from their international breakfast buffet

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner – report to Harris Cafe in the morning to enjoy your delightful breakfast buffet!

Harris Resort Waterfront Batam: Harris Cafe
Appetiser from main menu: Beef meatballs with roasted potatoes + assorted greens

Harris Resort Waterfront Batam: Harris Cafe
Entrée from main menu: Nasi Campur

Harris Resort Waterfront Batam: Harris Cafe
Entrée from main menu: Local fried fish served with spicy sauce and rice


2) Next we have HARRISSIMO!

Harris Resort Waterfront Batam: Harrissimo
Crispy wood-fired pizza

HARRISIMO is their outdoor dining area (by the pool) which serves up pastas and crispy pizzas – baked using a wood-fired oven.

Harris Resort Waterfront Batam: Harrissimo
Chicken breast pasta tossed with cherry tomatoes, topped with grated cheese

3) D Bar is where you head off to when you're in need of an (adult) drink!

Harris Resort Waterfront Batam: D Bar
Cool off with a cold bottle of Bintang Beer or pick a cocktail from their drinks menu

If you're looking for something non-alcoholic, then check out their mocktail section. I am a huge fan of this zesty pink dragonfruit mocktail – which had additional touches of lime and strawberries!

P/S: On some evenings, the bar turns on their popcorn machine and makes some fresh popcorn! A free side of homemade popcorn (seasoned with some simple salt and pepper) is provided for guests to enjoy with their beverage. Alternatively you can also purchase a bag of the freshly popped corns for SGD$3

Harris Resort Waterfront Batam: D Bar

At D Bar, guests who have purchased a drink are entitled to use their pool table for free. Simply ask the staff for the pool cues and balls, and get your game rolling!


4) The last eatery is Arirang Korean & Japanese Restaurant.

Harris Resort Waterfront Batam: Arirang Korean & Japanese Restaurant

As the name goes, you can probably guess the kind of cuisine they serve. I walked into this restaurant with low expectations, but came out utterly amazed at the standard of their food!

Harris Resort Waterfront Batam: Arirang Korean & Japanese Restaurant
It was so good that we returned there for dinner again the next night!

Arirang served up some pretty legit ban-chan (translate: Korean side dishes) which I couldn't get enough of. The anchovies and kimchi were so addictive!

Unfortunately there isn't little to no change in their side dish menu, so if you return the next day you can expect to be served the same few side dishes – then again their side dishes are so good that I wouldn't mind the lack of variety!

Harris Resort Waterfront Batam: Arirang Korean & Japanese Restaurant
Arirang Korean & Japanese Restaurant: Hot Plate Bulgogi and Soondubu-jjigae

Harris Resort Waterfront Batam: Arirang Korean & Japanese Restaurant
Arirang Korean & Japanese Restaurant: Grilled Pork Belly

Harris Resort Waterfront Batam: Arirang Korean & Japanese Restaurant
Arirang Korean & Japanese Restaurant: Lettuce-Wrapped Samgyeopsal


#4 | Basic Supplies & Shuttle Bus Service

If you are worried about where to get basic supplies such as water, snacks, insect repellent and etc, there is a mini mart located within the first floor of the resort to meet your supply needs.

However if you are looking to do some major shopping, look no further than Nagoya Hill Shopping Mall – the largest shopping centre in Batam! Harris Resort includes a free shuttle bus service to and fro Waterfront Ferry Terminal and Nagoya Hill Shopping Mall.

For more information on their shuttle bus and its schedule, you can find out here.

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We had a fun-filled yet relaxing 3D2N stay at Harris Resort Waterfront Batam! As proven in this travel post, there was no need to travel outside for entertainment nor food as all of our needs were met within the resort.

Things that I would recommend:

  • A stay in the Cabana Room

    In addition, check out the BBQ package (which comes only with the Cabana Room) for a chillax + memorable dinner! The package is fit for 4 pax, and it includes the BBQ pit with food provided.

  • A relaxing row on the Kayak for just SGD$5

    For just five dollars, you can enjoy a relaxing cruise around the water bay area for half an hour! Enjoy the cooling sea breeze as you glide through the gentle sea waves.

  • Kneading out the muscular knots at H Spa

    We all need a gentle (or perhaps you like it hard?) rub on our shoulders and back once every few months, just to ease out all the kinks and knots in our muscles – and that is precisely what H Spa provides!

    Together with your beloved, pick your desired massage/spa package, request for the couple room and have a relaxing time with the professional staff at H Spa.

    If you're going alone, you might want to consider opting for the outdoor massage pavilion. It brings you a tad closer to nature as you listen to the nearby cicadas while enjoying your soothing massage.

  • Pizzas from HARRISIMO

    Thin pizza crust with a light smoky flavour? YES PLEASE! I am a huge fan of the wood-fired pizza oven built on-site at Harris Resort, and the pizza flavours available have proved to be pretty decent!

  • Authentic Korean Cuisine at Arirang

    This restaurant caters to the Korean tourists (from tour groups) who are staying at the resort for the night, and so you can expect a certain level of authenticity for the Korean cuisine. At a surprisingly affordable price, we could indulge in grilled pork belly, hot plate bulgogi beef and a decent soondubu (tofu) jjigae!
    (P/S: They serve really good ban chan too!)

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To book your upcoming vacation at Harris Resort Waterfront Centre, click here.

If you're heading to the city centre, book a room at Harris Hotel Batam Center by clicking here.

When making your online reservations, quote the promo code [SOPHLEOW] to enjoy up to 10% discount for BOTH hotels – don't say I bo jio ah!