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title: Gdnight
date: Wednesday, October 01, 2014
time : 1:06 AM


We're crazy 😂👩🎵👧




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title: The miracle in a bottle!
date: Wednesday, September 24, 2014
time : 1:48 PM

I never, ever thought I would be slathering Avocado oil (moreover one that's uses as cooking oil) on my face every night. This does more amazing for my skin than the bottled beauty product. 


Before I move on to that… 

My skin condition
I never have perfect skin, my skin is easily clogged and acne-proned if I didn’t take good cares of my diet or skin. It is actually oily but yet very dehydrated...a very frustrating combination.
It was very well-controlled after I'm on healthy diet to balance my hormones, but I saw even tremendous improvement ever since I started strictly using this ‘Unrefined Cold-pressed Avocado oil’ 6 months back.
Everyone knows Avocado! and I love it and am eating avocado almost every single day 

but 

what about Avocado oil?
[From Wikipedia] Avocado oil is an edible oil pressed from the fruit of the Persea americana (avocado). As a food oil, it is used as an ingredient in other dishes, and as a cooking oil. It is also used for lubrication and in cosmetics, where it is valued for its supposed regenerative and moisturizing properties. 

The reason I choose Cold-pressed Unrefined AVOCADO OIL
The Avocado Oil which is cold-pressed from the fruit of the Avocado, means the oils are mechanically extracted from the fruit by a machine which applies pressure and not heat. There are no heat or chemicals, or harmful refining processes are used in the extraction of the oil hence it retains all its natural properties. The vitamins and minerals are therefore in their purest forms and the colour and odour remain natural; darker green color with a characteristic odor. So, I would highly recommend using only cold-pressed and unrefined Avocado Oil to get optimal benefits and results. 

What does AVOCADO OIL contain and its known benefits of avocado oil to skin?
It is rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, D and E, as well as lecithin, protein, linoleic acid, phytosterols, pantothenic acid, beta-carotene, amino acids, essential fatty acids and mineral potassium. Antioxidants like vitamins A, D and E in avocado cause the skin to be suppler, and are thus particularly good for dry or aged skin. It also help soothing the skin; reduce itching and inflammation of the skin. It contains high Vitamin A, which would help to explain the refining & firming properties. The high contents also in sterolins, which imparts a superior moisturizing effect and able to help facilitate the softening of the skin, leaving it well hydrated hence it also supporting in healing extreme dry skin, eczema, or even psoriasis. Sterolins are also well known for rejuvenating, healing, boosting collagen production to reduce signs of aging and to reduce the incidence of age spots, help heal sun damage and scars. This also aids in healing blemishes on a person’s skin.


The oils extracted from fruits are very similar to that of our skins naturally producing oil, sebum. These oils have the ability to penetrate deep into the layers of the skin with its thin consistency, delivering abundant results! It is also thick enough to serve as a protective barrier on the skin, makes it ideal for mature skins.

Sound so awesome right?! Not only that, it....
Moisturize the Skin. When applied, avocado oil not only softens the surface of the skin but easily penetrates the upper layers. It is an extremely good moisturizing and nourishing compound, assisting in the regeneration and rejuvenation of dehydrated and undernourished skin. Avocado oil applied topically helps relieve dry and itchy skin. Once applied, avocado oil is deeply absorbed by the skin, thus making it an ideal moisturizer and skin care agent. 

Increase Collagen Production naturally. Avocado oil carries vital vitamins and essential fatty acids below the surface of the skin and trials have shown that the oil could play an important part in delaying skin degeneration and slowing signs of aging. When applied, avocado oil increases the production of collagen in the skin and softening the tissue, which helps keep the skin smooth, firm, plump and decreases the effects of aging.
 
Treat Skin Conditions. Avocado oil is useful in the treatment of a variety of skin conditions, including acne, eczema and psoriasis. 

Boost Scalp Health. In addition to helping clear scaly skin, it can also relieve itchy scalp symptoms or dandruff. Avocado oil, when regularly applied to the scalp, can stimulate hair growth. 

I just started using it on my hair, gonna make it a habit to apply it on my hair daily as my hair really 'cui' now. Hope it works great on hair like what others had reviewed.

Now, what interest you most are here……………

What it did to my skin?!
Being one with oily skin type, used to be acne-prone who suffering from horrible break-outs twice before, I’m always scared with applying oils and moisturizer on my face. However, my skin is extremely dehydrated due to the use of Retin A gel for years which often cause peeling and flaky skin. Dry on the surface but is actually oily inside so I have to be really careful with the moisturizers I use as it may easily cause breakouts. I only go for moisturizer from my dermatologist who knows my skin well but those just doesn't do a great job enough. My oily yet dehydration-problem has become really annoying, since makeup clings to the dry skin surface making the flaky skin more obvious. 

After using this Avocado Oil for a strict 6 months every night, I can swear the benefit of this Avocado oil.

This avocado oil not only softens the surface of the skin but penetrates extremely well the upper layers and be easily absorbed by the skin than any other moisturizer & beauty oil to hydrate my skin and calmed my skin from Retin A. It doesn’t leave my skin oily resulting clogged pores and yet it does a good job of moisturizing; really helps greatly in balancing my skin’s natural oil secretion.  

Not only that, it plump up the skin, making skin feel more supple, fine lines are lessened too. 

It is also the Only NATURAL moisturizer, not only it won't exacerbate acne, but it helps heal breakouts. It even clears out my pores and prevents future acne really well. The oil seems to be doing the job in breaking up the solidified sebum/dead skin cell plugs in pores, which ultimately create acne eruptions. Even if once every few months I get one acne, I don’t even apply pimple gel at night anymore. Next day I will wake up to the acne looking less red and swell, it seems to act as an anti-inflammatory. Must be its anti-bacterial  properties, acne just heals much faster!

As for the pores size, I was yet to see any different as other users claimed but my pores is definitely cleaner. 

Before I start using this avocado oil, my skin usually gets very oily in the morning especially on the T-zone but now everyday I wake up to skin that doesn't resemble what I went to bed with: all the oil absorbs into my skin overnight, and I woke up feeling my skin soft, supple and never oily. 

I let my gfs samples it, all love it and join in my order and got a bottle of their own.

Garden of Wisdom
Parcel arrived on 25 September, just in time as my bottle was finishing soon.

'A beautiful overnight treatment.' THUMB UP

How I use Avocado Oil as an overnight beauty treatment?
Each night after masking or/and make sure to cleanse my face well; pores to be clear of dirt and gunk to maximize the benefit of the avocado oil. I will pat dry my face, leaving a little damped face and would quickly put about 20cents coin size of the oil onto the palm of my clean hand and rub the oil between my palms and press the oil all over my face all the way to neck then chest so as to lock the moisture. Then follow with facial scraping (Gua Sha) to fight the gravity that causes the aging. Half an hour later I will do facial exercise to build the facial muscle for face lifting then will apply Retin A. Using avocado oil and retin A help greatly in firming the skin. I use it on my whole body too if I don’t get too lazy.

FYI, I only apply avocado oil at night as this oil is too much for the day 

It's also greasy when you apply it and it takes a while to absorb into the skin. But trust me, you will wake up to a more soft and plumped skin next day. 

I'm using such a natural, chemical free product for my beauty needs and that it actually works better than other more expensive products.

So amazing that I can't even believe it. 

It just works so well for my skin that I gave it all stars!!


Star rating:  


WARNING

Be careful to choose where you purchase it from, not all of them are pure and in good condition and worse it will give you pimples or irritation your skin rather than a nice complexion.

Always do a patch test overnight first, any oils or products are the same even though how natural this oil is. This oil has the high vitamin A content, so those who is using retin A (retinols) should be aware that it is very high in natural vitamin A and may will give an exfoliating effect causing some sensitivity to some.




 









Many of my ig follower emailed, request for the video link on the face gua sha (facial scraping) I followed from. Here the links to share with my readers here too. I combined both and do it 5-10 strokes gently on each area in an upward motion only, I did twice daily. At the same time, I also did facial exercise daily for anti-aging since I'm entering mid 30's.

Wanna combat aging in a natural way!





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title: Good morning!
date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014
time : 9:31 AM

My breakfast after fruits! Organic Rice milk and bread, the only milk and bread I eat and drink




Trying to stay healthy as I could.
Being a mom I learned that taking good care of myself is the best way I could do so to take care of others and before I can attend to the needs of my kids, my family! 💪

I don't need much of me time. Got time I will sleep as early as I could.
So for me to get enough sleep I made sure the kids sleep early and no waking up in the middle of the night to play since baby. 
 
I must set a good exam for my kids and I hope my kids can grow up,  adapt to the habit of having less, best no junk food throughout their life.

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title: Happy Mid-Autumn Festival '中秋节快乐'
date: Monday, September 08, 2014
time : 9:13 PM

Homemade assorted mooncake again 
5 different flavour; Lotus seed, Pandan seed, dark chocolate lotus, fresh durian and taro yam... finally all done yesterday. 


Spending my sat and sun doing these to give out to parent, in-law for praying today and to my cousin again and woke up this morning with hands' joints and muscles aching from all the kneading. 

Too much time and efforts to make the real durian flesh and fresh taro/yam mooncakes but all turn out super yummy. What an achievement, but I didn't eat much cause need to be on healthy diet, poor hubby who don't really eat mooncake has been trying out and ate most of the mooncake in the fridge and my 2 baobeis are loving the mooncake which are made with love by the mommy also with the best help of my 2 bffs 😄
Everyone was praying and offering... looking to the beautiful moon ever



Here on Lantern festival...
Wish everyone a Happy Mid-Autumn festival 
'中秋节快乐' 

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title: Algenist Algae Brightening Mask
date:
time : 12:34 AM

Pampering skin before bedtime. 
My 2nd tub; another HG clay mask of mine.

I use this mask one or twice a week.
The texture was thick and a bit like the 'Glamglow supermub' feeling and like exfoliating my skin when washing it off, leaving my skin feeling refreshing and it smell fresh like a cucumber smell.



I apply a thin and even layer of this Algae Brightening Mask on my cleansed and dry skin. leave it on  for 10 mins and rinse it off using warm water, follows with cool purified water.
Pat dry with bare hands, follows with usual night skincare.

 Love this cause it leaves my skin looking instantly and visibly brighten, more even tone complexion, skin feeling soft and smooth and most important hydrated. It absorbs excess oil without over-drying my skin and won't leave my skin feeling tight at all. It didn't break my skin out or anything too.

this mask did wonders on my skin
I rate this 4.5 out of 5 stars 👍

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title: Random post for today
date: Friday, September 05, 2014
time : 5:21 PM

How I normally look at work. 
they said I look fierce and unfriendly because of my eyes and brows
 and I like to frown when I get too serious hahahahaha

Look at my very bad bad bad undereyes tear trough and uneven skintone when not covered.
Please share with me in the comment, if you know any remedies (eye creams or undereyes exercise) to undereyes tear tough. 
But don't tell me filler, cause I knew but won't go for it.


I wear spec to work always; I feel comfortable in spec and it can camouflage slightly my very bad tear trough! I actually hate wearing contact lenses and I hate wearing long hours of makeup. 

Now just can't wait to knockoff cause meeting friend for healthy 'Real Food' dinner. She actually suggested 'Real Food' cause she knows I prefer to eat healthily even when out. 
Great friend yay! Hehe


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title: Easy-to-make Snowskin Mooncake
date: Tuesday, September 02, 2014
time : 12:27 PM



Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节) is just around the corner on 8th September 2014. Are you looking for some simple recipe for mooncake?

Our very successful first attempt on these Lotus Paste mooncakes.


I had shared these mini mooncakes with my friends and colleagues in the office.
Too happy to receive many compliments, they feedback that the taste is great and wanna the recipe and learn from me.

Anyway, this is not my recipe but printed in the Redman Snowskin premix packaging itself.
BFF, von shared this to us after she tried this out and we and bestie Sz, decided to get together on 8 Aug to make mooncake for this year again with this recipe.

If you are still looking for easy and nice recipe for mooncake, try this out cause it is a really simple Snow Skin Mooncake recipe and the result is so presentable and the taste is so good. Even my parent and FIL are so impress, taste as good as those selling outside. 


They are so pretty too!

To buying ingredients and equipments
You can get mooncake ingredients and equipments from Phoon Huat, a one-stop specialty baking store.
 
I love shopping at their newer branch:

Phoon Huat at Buona Vista
100 North Buona Vista, #02-01 Buona Vista MRT Station, Singapore 139345
Tel: 6776 0153
Fax: 6777 9181

Operation hours
10:00am to 10:00pm daily (Monday - Sunday)
Closed on Eve to 3rd day of Chinese New year

You can see the rest of their branch location here 
One of my trips to Phoon Huat at Buona Vista, so near to my work place


Different ready-made fillings to choose

You can give it a try! 
These are what you need




Ingredients for Pandan Snow Skin :
500gm               [Red Man] Snow Skin Premix
100gm               [Red Man] Shortening
220gm               Purified Water / Cool boiled water

Half teaspoon     [Red Man] Pandan Flavored Paste and colouring  
 -Use other Flavored paste and coloring for different filling
- I bought those that come with flavour and colour as one.
Small bowl         Kou Fen (cooked glutinous rice flour)
 

Ingredients for Lotus Seed Filing :
500gm                [Redman] Lotus Paste - ready-made filling
-                         [Redman]Winter melon seed - add the amount to your liking

 
Method :
(1) Add half teaspoon of Pandan Flavored Paste and coloring into the 220gm water –  so the coloring is easier to mix in to get a uniformly coloured dough, do this step first only if you are making one flavor and colour of snowskin mooncake.

(2) Pour the whole pack 500gm of ‘Snowskin Premix’ in a big mixing bowl.

(3) Then add in the prepared water, mix well

(4) Add in shortening and knead everything well till an even mixture soft dough is formed. Make sure there are no more lumps.
(*5) Come to this step only if making different flavor and coloring of snowskin dough, divide the dough from step (4) into equal portion, add coloring drops, a little at a time to get the desired coloring level and knead the dough with your hands until I get a uniformly colored dough.

(6) Cover the dough(s) in mixing bowl with a damp clean cloth, set aside to rest in the fridge for 20 mins before used.

(7) Whilst waiting for the snowskin dough to be ready, add your desired amount of  winter melon seeds to the Lotus paste filling

(8) Divide the Lotus-seed paste filling into each 25gm and roll it into a ball first

(9) Once snow skin dough is ready, divide each into 25gm, shaped into a ball and flattened it into a thin round disc.

(10) Place the ball of filling in the middle of the dough and seal the filling with the snowskin dough by wrapping around the fillings with your hands. Pinch edges to seal.



(11) Place snow skin ball into dusted (kou Fen) moon cake mould and press down so that the moon cake shape is formed and the face plate makes imprint.

(12) Depend on the type of mould you use, remove the shaped mooncake from the mould carefully. For the mould I'm using, hit on each side of the mould (mini mould) once and the mooncake will came out and viola..... out the beautiful shaped mooncake! Repeat with remaining dough.

(13) Keep the mooncakes chilled before serving.

Tips:
The mini mooncake I made using the ratio of 25g dough to filling 25g.
Total 50g to fix into the mould (smaller mooncake mould) I’m using here
Above can make 30 over mini mooncakes


It's so fun to get together and make mooncakes.
I loved the entire mooncake making process and the end products. That's when everyone compliment it is nice, I just wanna make more mooncakes in days to come, as the festival is getting nearer.

I did make different flavour mooncake twice alone myself after, quite troublesome and time consuming to do it alone, cause I have to keep making a trip to wash cleanmy hands.

I arranged with another 2 secondary school gfs to make again on 16 August, they chose to make just the Lotus seed paste snowskin moodcakes.

I'm just aside guiding...lol



Even my dad and sis so liking my homemade mooncake that they wanna me to teach them and dad would sponsor me the ingredients, he wanna gives the mooncake to his friends. haha

So just last Sunday,  we got together with my dad, sis, 2 aunties and my cousin, huihui to make assorted snowskin mooncake at my place.
Dad drove us with 2 kids to Clementi for lunch  then to Phoon huat at Buona Vista since Clementi branch is smaller and doesn't has much ingredients left.
Here the end product of our assorted mooncakes... 
Pure Yam, Durian and Lotus-Seed. 
Didn't have time to make the fourth flavour 'Pandan Lotus', else it will look nicer in the box to give out to friend and relatives.


Total 12 boxes of mooncakes for friends and relatives
yuuummmmmmmmmmmmmm

Aunt helping to prepare the boxes
Dad arranging the mooncakes


looks how happy my dad is
haha

I have another order coming in from my in-law.
Will be doing 4 type of mooncake flavour, gonna starts shopping for the ingredients and do it again this Saturday.

You still have time to make your own mooncakes, so are you ready?! :D

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