[SHOUT-OUT] Shopee 脳 Seoul Shop Pop-Up Store @ Suntec City

Hello everyone!

The Prudential Marina Bay Carnival opens tomorrow and those who’ve planned to go there might be wondering what to do before the doors open at 4 pm. Well, perhaps you could consider adding Suntec City to your afternoon itinerary since it’s just one stop away from Bayfront MRT and has a free shuttle service to the carnival. Most importantly, if you’re into all things Korean, there’s something new there to keep you occupied for at least an hour!

From now till 17 December 2017 (that’s two days from now), get your Korean fix without leaving Singapore! In partnership with Shopee, Seoul Shop (the same management behind I’M STARTICE) has set up a pop-up store at Suntec City (West-North Link) that provides a unique (believe me on this) and fuss-free shopping experience!

Expect an array of products ranging from beauty, accessories to household essentials flown in from South Korea at the store which will make great Christmas gifts! For the neat freaks, I spotted some nice 2018 planners on the shelves too 馃槅

The aisle

The aisle

Cutesy stationery found here!

Cutesy stationery found here!

If you're a fan of LINE Friends, this is why you should go to the pop-up store!

If you’re a fan of LINE Friends, this is why you should go to the pop-up store!

Handheld LINE Friends fans (if you didn't manage to score one from McDonald's)

Handheld LINE Friends fans (if you didn’t manage to score one from McDonald’s)

Isn't this the cutest tea infuser you've ever seen?!

Isn’t this the cutest tea infuser you’ve ever seen?!

Iceberg-inspired cup cover and infuser! Gwiyo

Iceberg-inspired cup cover and infuser! Gwiyo 馃槏

Writing pads!

Writing pads!

A durian-looking humidifier? Not expensive at all - only S$13.41 (before discount)!

A durian-looking humidifier? Not expensive at all – only S$13.41 (before discount)!

Wigs! Quite a number of styles available!

Wigs! Quite a number of styles available!

Vanity mirror for you to see if the wig looks nice on you!

Vanity mirror for you to see if the wig looks nice on you!

I guess.. these are hair dyes? Buy one get one free!

I guess.. these are hair dyes? Buy one get one free!

Eye shadow palettes

Eye shadow palettes

Lipsticks! Don't expect insane pigmentation though because Koreans like barely-there makeup looks!

Lipsticks! Don’t expect insane pigmentation though because Koreans like barely-there makeup looks!

But how is this little retail space different from the surfeit of pop-up stores out there? For one, a customer service counter takes the place of the cashier because the shop adopts a contactless payment system whereby only credit cards are accepted through the Shopee app. In other words, all purchases at the pop-up store are made聽through @hiseoul.sg聽on the Shopee app so you don’t have to tote around your bulky wallet! Hence, don’t be deceived by the lack of customers waiting in line at the counter (as given the Singaporean mentality, when a shop has short or no queue, it is presumably not good, right?) because checkout queues are practically nonexistent at the pop-up shop!

That said, do arm yourselves with the app already downloaded on your phone to speed up the transaction process (and save your mobile data). Once you have the app installed, register for an account with your mobile number, add a credit card via Account Settings and you are good to go! In the meantime, you can browse the catalogue to get a better sense of what may be available at the pop-up shop. Due to space constraints, only a small selection of items (from the catalogue) is sold at the pop-up shop so it is advisable that you drop by before you make any order on the app.

To add new credit card, go to settings (gear icon on top left) on your profile page

To add new credit card, go to settings (gear icon on top left) on your profile page

Tap on 'Bank Accounts/Cards'

Tap on ‘Bank Accounts/Cards’

Then, tap on 'Add New Credit Card/Debit Card'

Then, tap on ‘Add New Credit Card/Debit Card’

What’s more, buying through the app entitles you to a 15% off your total bill with the code “HISESEOUL“! If your Korean sheet mask supplies are running low, I suggest you take this opportunity to stock them up! Don’t say I bo jio聽worz聽馃き聽Prices reflected on the shelves are before the discount is applied!

When it comes to mask packaging, Korea wins hands-down!

When it comes to mask packaging, Korea wins hands-down!

I spy the Americano and Latte Mask on the bottom right. Like, what?!

I spy the Americano and Latte Mask on the bottom right. Like, what?!

More masks! The ones on the bottom row are mask for your feet! Bought one box and it friggin' works!

More masks! The ones on the bottom row are mask for your feet! Bought one box and it friggin’ works!

Buy this Peel Off mask and film down your reaction XD #waystogoviral

Buy this Peel Off mask and film down your reaction XD #waystogoviral

There will be a live makeup demonstration by native Korean makeup artist Jinnie Lee on Saturday and Sunday (16/12, 17/12) at 1-2 pm and 6-7 pm so be sure to stick around if you’re heading to the pop-up store this weekend! Psst.. I heard there will also flash deals up for grabs over the weekend! You won’t wanna miss them 馃い

Can’t make it for the event or want something on mobile but is not available at the store? If you don’t mind the wait, go ahead and place your order with ease because Shopee is currently offering FREE local shipping聽on top of the 15% discount that is extended to orders made through the app! Simply apply the same code “HISESEOUL” at checkout to enjoy the offer! But remember, all good things must come to an end – this irresistible promotion sadly runs right up until this Sunday, 17 December 2017. The good news, though, is that you get to keep the Shopee coins (100 Shopee Coins = $1 discount) you earned from your Seoul Store order for three months!

Some products available on the app

Some products available on the app

That’s not all! Shopping at the pop-up store comes with an extra treat – a goodie bag! But do act fast because the goodie bags are available while stock lasts on a first-come-first-serve basis and are limited to one redemption per person. Psst.. get another friend to make the payment of half your order to fully utilise this offer 馃槣

Mmm, what else? Oh yes, a grand draw! Who can say no to contests? Stand a chance to win a pair of tickets to Seoul by following @hiseoul.sg on Shopee. And as an added bonus for your support, you get to double your chances of winning with any purchase on @hiseoul.sg from 11 to 17 December too! Easy, right?

Look for 'Seoul Shop' in the search bar

Look for ‘Seoul Shop’ in the search bar

Hit the 'Follow' button!

Hit the ‘Follow’ button!

So, wait no further and start Shopee-ing now! 馃榿 Who knows? You could be the lucky one jetting off to Seoul next year!

Shopee 脳 Seoul Shop Pop-Up Store 路 11 – 17 December 2017 路 Suntec City West-North Link 1-2 (Outside Cotton On)聽路聽3E Temasek Boulevard Singapore 038984聽路 Operating hours: 11.00 am to 9.00 pm 路 Nearest MRT stations: Esplanade (CC3) / Promenade (CC4/DT15) / City Hall (NS25/EW13)聽路 More information here
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4 Hidden Causes Of Acne – Does Lack of Sleep Cause It?

Suffering with spots? Plagued by pimples? Bothered by breakouts? Then this is the article for you.

Whatever you call the blasted blemishes, most of us have suffered from the uninvited presence of acne at some stage in our lives. And while having a good diet and a five-star skin-care regime are important, keeping the dreaded pimples at bay is by no means that simple.

Acne is a multi-factored beast, and our busy daily lives throw up many contributing causes 鈥 a number of which are not always that obvious.

Lucky for you, I鈥檝e done some digging and uncovered a few sneaky hidden causes of acne, plus some accompanying solutions. So read on and let me help clear things up.

The top 4 hidden causes of acne are:

1. Heat and Humidity

While we all welcome the onset of summer and the chance to get our Vitamin D fix, unfortunately warmer temperatures aren鈥檛 always a friend to our face.

Heat and humidity bring an increase in oil secretion and sweat, both of which exacerbate skin conditions and can trigger outbreaks amongst those prone to acne.

Now unless you鈥檙e Storm from the X-Men, there鈥檚 nothing you can do to change the weather. But solutions are available, such as washing more regularly throughout the day and carrying around clean tissues to avoiding touching your face with your hands.

Too much heat during the nighttime can also cause problems, because we often overheat while we sleep. My advice? Try sleeping with the window open, or find yourself a nice fan. Fresh air = fresh face.

Another quick trick to solve those heat-led breakouts? Look to the magic of technology! Blue light therapy devices are a great way of tackling acne-causing bacteria that build up under summer skin. Problem sorted!

2. A Lack of Omega-3

Oily skin bad. Oily fish good.

Omega-3 fatty acids, also know as healthy fats, play an important role in tackling inflammatory conditions like acne. And if you lack Omega-3 in your diet, you’re missing an important weapon in your battle for a clear complexion.

Omega-3 deficiencies have been shown to decrease the production of sebum, which lowers the risk of getting unwanted pimples.

So like you looked to technology for a great fix, look to the sea now! Fish like tuna, salmon, sardines and anchovies are all high in Omega-3 鈥 and therefore contribute to a healthy glow.

If you鈥檙e not a fish fan, you can get your Omega-3 fix from nuts such as almonds and walnuts. Allergic to nuts too?! Uh oh. Well fear not 鈥 a variety of supplements do exist, including krill oil, cod liver oil, fish oil and flaxseed.

Psst…As an added bonus, Omega-3 will help keep your joints nice and loose. Great skin, supple body 鈥 it does it all!

3. Dirty Pillows

Think about it. While you might diligently wash your face every night before heading off to la-la land, what is the very next thing your freshly cleaned skin comes into contact with? Yep, that鈥檚 right 鈥 your pillowcase.

And if you are neglecting to properly wash or swap your pillowcase on a regular basis, it鈥檚 the same as forgetting that cleansing regime of yours and going to bed with a full face of make-up.

Because your pillowcase is like a big sponge; soaking up everything your face throws at it through the night 鈥 sweat, drool, skin cells, oil 鈥 and yes, even residue of your nightly moisturiser. Gross.

So, if you want to avoid that breakout, then break out your inner washer woman and start washing that pillowcase at least once a week. And if you are really concerned, then try flipping your pillows more frequently. It鈥檒l help you sleep better, too.

4. A Lack of Sleep

Speaking of better sleep, we鈥檝e arrived at our fourth hidden cause of acne.

What does sleep have to do with acne, I hear you ask? Well, a lot actually.

Research have shown that poor sleep impacts on almost every aspect of our physical and mental health. Poor quality sleep has been proved to play a role in depression, obesity, our ability to fight disease, and yes, even our appearance.

A lack of sleep leads to increased stress, which results in the production of a stress hormone called glucocorticoid. This in turn can lead to the deterioration in the health of skin structure and function. Basically, bad sleep leads to bad skin. Got it?!

So how do we solve this problem? Well, there are no magical number of hours you need to sleep 鈥 everyone is different. However, if you鈥檙e regularly getting less than six hours sleep a night then this is probably preventing you from having blemish-free skin. It鈥檚 possibly affecting other aspects of your health, too.

After all, there鈥檚 a good reason why they call it 鈥榞etting your beauty sleep鈥!

For more tips and tricks on getting a good sleep, visit this site. Once you learn how to get into a proper bedtime routine and how to have a decent sleep, every night, your skin will thank you for it.

So there you go 鈥 four hidden causes of acne that you may not have heard of before!

Now remember to prepare for hot weather, get some Omega-3 into you, wash that pillow and get more sleep.

I hope that鈥檚 clearer now. Your skin will be soon! 馃槈

Thanks for reading!

This article is guest-written by Sarah Cummings, co-creator of Sleep Advisor, a one-stop website for everything you need to know about achieving optimal sleep level and聽waking up each day with more energy and focus.

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Get Your Customised Health Report from Eu Yan Sang

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What comes to your mind when you think of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)? Having relied mostly聽on Western medicine to treat my illnesses聽all my life, I admit my perception of TCM had always been聽pretty warped and shallow even聽as a Chinese myself. Apart from the unusually bitter herbal tea my Mom occasionally聽makes聽to nourish the family (and I’d always have to pinch my nose while forcing the tea down my throat聽so as to avoid tasting聽the bitterness), I had also personally seen how cupping works at a makeshift sinseh’s stall. Although the man聽being cupped never聽showed any signs of distress (he probably was already accustomed to the pain. Who knows?), it still聽looked scarily painful enough for me to generalise that all TCM modalities of healing聽are a form of torture.

The various types of treatment available in TCM, chosen based on what's most suitable for your body

The various types of treatment available in TCM, chosen based on what’s most suitable for your body. Do note that foot reflexology is a part of acupuncture but it’s not a treatment used in TCM.

But after an excruciating session of facial extraction last month, that kinda got me thinking again.聽If people are actually willing to undergo the process of extraction despite the pain, surely there must be some benefits to it. Likewise, the same for TCM treatments, except that they are a lot less painful,聽perhaps causing聽only brief discomfort or tingling sensation which will go away before you know it.

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There are many TCM practitioners in Singapore whom you can seek medical help from but Eu Yan Sang is unarguably one of the most trusted and reputable clinics (more on this later!) around given their聽long history in the business of TCM and large customer base.

Luckily for me,聽I was given the golden opportunity to consult one of their聽physicians with regards to my health concerns聽at their Novena Specialist Centre outlet and I’m very excited to share my experience with you guys!

Getting to know Eu Yan Sang (浣欎粊鐢)

Contrary to popular belief, the household brand聽isn’t homegrown nor was it from Hong Kong. It was actually founded in Perak, Malaysia by Eu Kong in 1879 to nurse tin miners battered by illnesses and poor living conditions back to health. Currently managing the enterprise is Eu Kong’s great grandson, Singaporean Richard Eu, who wanted to keep the last family business alive.

The Eu聽Tong Sen street along Chinatown was named after Eu Kong’s eldest son in recognition of his generous contributions in World War I to further the British efforts,聽as well as聽in social causes.聽After his death,聽Eu Yan Sang continues to be actively involved in community works under the helm of his successor.

Health screening聽at Eu Yan Sang Wellness Clinic

That’s right, besides the many stores which stock up raw聽and packed herbs islandwide,聽Eu Yan Sang also has its own chain of clinics! I honestly didn’t know about that until I was invited to a one-on-one health consultation with Physician Neo Min Jun. I’ve been seriously living under a rock -_-

Eu Yan Sang TCM Wellness Clinic at Novena Specialist Centre

Eu Yan Sang TCM Wellness Clinic at Novena Specialist Centre

As I was running a little late for the appointment at 6pm (due to work), I hastened my pace from Novena MRT to Novena Specialist Centre, which is fortunately just a stone’s throw away from each other. As a result, my temperature and blood pressure聽skyrocketed and kinda puzzled聽the clinic assistant who took the readings for me a little. Hahaha!

Physician Neo is effectively bilingual. Upon entering her room, she asked if I was comfortable with聽conversing in聽Mandarin or English, to which I chose the latter because I jiak kantang聽(or rather, I wouldn’t be able to understand all the TCM terms that she’d most likely bring up).聽Following that, she went on to seek more information about my sleeping habits, eating habits, lifestyle and so on. I could see the subtle shock in her eyes (the聽only facial features visible on her partially masked face) when I told her that I had been sleeping at 6am for the past 2 months. On top of that, she also checked my pulse and tongue.

As she was busy punching the keys on her computer keyboard, I was silently enjoying the soothing sound of the trickling fountain water in the background. Soon after, my first TCM health report was printed!

Physician Neo Min Jun

Physician Neo Min Jun

My TCM health report from Eu Yan Sang

My TCM health report

My TCM health report

My聽folder consists of a 4-page introductory section that explains the purpose and features of TCM, and a聽9-page customised health report (with聽my full name and NRIC number indicated on every single page) detailing the healthy living do’s and don’ts in聽both English and Chinese languages.

TCM health report

TCM health report

Name and NRIC on cover page

Name and NRIC on cover page

For those not well-versed in TCM terms like me, basically everything in the universe – including our body聽– has both Yin (feminine) and Yang (masculine) attributes聽which聽are opposites聽and interdependent of each other. The example my physician gave me was the presence of “water” (yin, our bloody and bodily fluids) and “fire” (yang, our Qi or energy) elements in our body. We have to keep both in balance because聽failure to do so will either extinguish the fire聽or evaporate the water (姘磋兘鐏伀锛岀伀鑳界儳骞叉按). When one of these energies diminishes (闃撮槼澶辫皟), the body suffers聽and becomes聽more susceptible to falling ill.

5 elements of TCM

The 5 elements of TCM are Mu, Huo, Tu, Jin and Shui. The cyclical of the 5 phases tells you what the preceding elements are (e.g. Mu gives rise to Huo, Huo gives rise to Tu and so on. More info here). Each element represents a part of our body. For example, Mu represents our liver and Huo represents our heart. The direction of each line of the star in the middle links two opposing elements

And because聽of all the late nights, my “fire” has been constantly聽drying out聽my “water” to keep my body going (and it’s not easy to replenish these Yin and Yang energies). Therefore, Physician Neo had diagnosed a Yin-deficiency in me, based on my physical characteristics and what she had derived from my pulse rate, tongue texture and possibly other factors.聽Many general characteristics of a Yin-deficient individual resonated with me. Having too little bodily fluid, for instance, is one because聽I聽hardly drink up. I also have yellow urine, hard and dry stools and feel constipated.聽Most importantly, I am very easily agitated! My poor boyfriend and loved ones聽are often on the receiving end of my bad temper 馃槓

Physician Neo聽also went through the report with me and gave valuable advice on how to turn my health around at the same time.聽I learnt that TCM studies the body as an organic whole. In other words, an external problem (e.g. red eyes) may be of internal origin (e.g. liver issues). TCM聽doesn’t just treat the symptoms – it actually gets to the root of the problem.聽However, some people (especially youths like myself) may not notice these symptoms聽because prior to that, conditions have not yet developed into diseases. Even if they do experience certain discomfort such as chronic fatigue, headaches and poor quality of sleep, these聽sub-health issues are often neglected or overlooked.

Watch the video to learn more about sub-health issues!

In my case, I don’t present any聽symptoms on the surface聽due to聽my young age. But through the hassle-free health screening, my physician was able to identify my problem, which was a Yin-deficiency caused by my late nights. To resolve this issue, I’ve got to sleep early, preferably by聽11pm, or 1pm latest because that’s when the liver (the聽organ with the most stressful job because it monitors all our 7 emotions)聽detoxes. Once I’ve missed the organ’s repair timing, I will have to wait til the next day!

The healing power of sleep
Organ’s daily repair/maintenance schedule

鈾β11pm – 1am: Gall bladder – time to sleep
鈾β1am – 3am: Liver
鈾β3am – 5am:聽Lungs
鈾β5am – 7am: Large intestines (or colon) – wake up and聽poop!
鈾β7am – 9am: Stomach – have breakfast
鈾β9am – 11am: Spleen
鈾β11am – 1pm: Heart
鈾β1pm – 3pm: Small intestines
鈾β3pm – 7pm: Kidneys and Bladder
鈾β7pm – 9pm: Pancreas
鈾β9pm – 11pm: Blood vessels and聽Arteries

Source: Physician Neo and additional info from healthreviser.com

Note: The human body functions according to the meridian clock,
not the body clock! So don’t have the silly thinking like me that the body would grow聽accustomed to your unhealthy sleeping habits XD

It’s gonna be tough聽resetting聽my body clock but for the sake of my health, I’ll try. *fingers crossed* I definitely don’t want to look older than my peers 10 years down the road and be menopausal earlier than anyone else!

Do you know?

Women age faster than men.

In the olden days, females underwent puberty at 14. However, with GMO foods embedded in our food system these days, the age has been lowered significantly over the years. The child-bearing years for women is between 21 and 35 years old. Thereafter, female fertility deteriorates and women start to age and subsequently go through menopause聽after聽49 years old (7×7). Men only experience andropause after the age of 64 (8×8).

Another thing I was told to avoid was overly warming and drying food such as glutinous rice (an exception for me), chili, garlic, leek, cinnamon, dried ginger and mutton because they聽deplete my bodily fluids. Adding on to the list are fried food (which I’d be permissible to eat – in moderation – so long as I sleep early *sigh*) and *drums roll*…. my favourite BREWED聽GREEN TEA because it’s too cooling for my body system 馃槬 I should instead consume food such as lotus roots, black fungus, sugar cane, pear, wolfberry and red dates because they are more moisturising in nature.

Omg…… so much sacrifice to make. I’m not going to lie. I need time to get used to this lifestyle. I聽will certainly cheat a little, for now. Haha!

Get your own TCM health report!

After my session with聽Physician Neo, the ignoramus in me was tremendously enlightened. The purpose of TCM is to protect us聽from illnesses聽and it’s advisable聽to聽take聽care of our聽health now while聽we’re still young. Internal problems that arise now can still be reversed聽but聽it will be too late by the time symptoms start to emerge.

The best way to prevent these sub-health issues from developing and becoming emergencies is early discovery and of course, to treat them at the root before they worsen. You can begin by getting your health screened at Eu Yan Sang and obtaining your very own TCM health report… at a special rate!

That’s right, it’s not gonna burn a hole in your pocket! 馃檪

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How do you find TCM in general? Have you consulted any TCM physician? Do share your experience with me in the comments below!

Thanks for reading! 馃檪

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Skinrecipe.sg, Your One-Stop Skin Care Specialty Webstore

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When it comes to looking good, I believe most Singapore women (who are interestingly the聽biggest beauty spenders in the region) would have no qualms about splurging on expensive beauty products that promise a flawless complexion or an enhanced appearance. Further supporting this statement, a poll conducted three years ago by聽market research company Frost & Sullivan had also revealed that Singapore women聽were increasingly willing to blow their fortunes on products that were considered a luxury. Why? I guess that’s because we often associate a higher price with higher quality, therefore higher effectiveness, and聽the opposite with a lower price.

However,聽that’s not always true. I mean, sure, there must be something special in luxury products that justifies the cost聽but not everything is a one-size-fits-all affair. I’ve had聽my fair share of disappointing experiences with higher-range cosmetic brands (especially acne-fighting products) and likewise, there are low to mid-range brands聽which I absolutely rave about.

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Hence, with this in mind,聽two sisters launched Skin Recipe聽on 1 July 2015 after discovering some really affordable yet effective ones on one of their weekend getaways.

Represented by a tomato to reflect聽meaning of healthy young looking skin, Skin Recipe聽offers聽a wide聽selection of pocket-friendly聽skin and body care products聽that are not readily available in Singapore,聽handpicked by the owners themselves.

Quality Assured

Unlike other webstores that sells聽products deemed to be popular by the general public, Skin Recipe only offers products which they think will be beneficial to your skin! Apart from that,聽all products are personally tried and tested聽before they go on sale to ensure their effectiveness (especially on sensitive skin) and quality. They are also guaranteed authentic as they are sourced directly from local authorised distributors.

Product Range

With popular brands聽like聽Malissa Kiss,聽Namu Life (e.g. the widely-acclaimed SnailWhite Cream by renowned bloggers like Tammy Tay聽and聽Yutaki) and PasJel from Thailand, and聽Elishacoy, Hey Nature and Nature Republic from South Korea on the catalogue, Singapore shoppers are promised an array of foreign skincare fixes which previously can only be bought overseas!

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P/S: There’s a sale going on now so be quick with your fingers!

As the webstore is still pretty new (less than 2 months old as of writing), it does not boast as much聽as others have to offer but you can expect more skin care products such as masks, lip care, eye care and other body and face related items to be listed soon!

Payment & Delivery

Local mailing charges apply but free registered mailing is provided for any orders above S$80! All prices shown are in Singapore dollars (S$).

Not in Singapore? Fret not! Skin Recipe also ships worldwide via Speedpost.聽Payment can also be made with credit card or via PayPal so that customers can be provided with a secure, swift and fuss-free checkout experience. How awesome is that? 馃檪

What I got from Skin Recipe! Will review them on a separate post soon :)

What I got from Skin Recipe! Will review them on a separate post soon 馃檪

I don’t know about you but I have an inkling that Skin Recipe is going to be the next webstore I frequent to satisfy my beauty curiosity and聽I’m sure it will be yours too if you have been searching high and low for a trustworthy beauty shop to supply your beauty needs 馃檪

Do share with me your reviews if you’ve gotten anything from Skin Recipe 馃檪

Thanks for reading!

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Achieve Your Ideal Body Shape with EnzSerum

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I am now聽about 5 months into my low-carb diet and so far I’ve managed to maintain my physique聽despite gorging on food lately (no thanks to all the SG50 dining deals around). Of course,聽that’s only possible with the聽help of fat burning/weight-loss products because I’m just too busy for intensive workout as for now.

If you recall, it all started with a strict low-carb diet whereby聽I would totally abstain from refined carbohydrates like white rice, noodles and bread. Foreseeing that I wouldn’t have time for any workout due to my internship, I initially planned to stick to this diet until the end of my stint in June but sadly, it only lasted for two months聽because the radical changes I made to my eating habits visibly affected my immune system negatively. I found myself聽more susceptible to illnesses, falling sick really easily and my period also became really irregular. So I started ingesting little amount of carbs – usually bread – mainly to get my menstrual cycle back on track. But聽I gradually聽became more and more liberal in my diet (doesn’t help that lunches with colleagues are always at amazing聽caf茅s) and had put some weight back on. It may seem like a measly 2kg increase on the weighing scale but the fats around my waist had in fact聽thickened聽twofold (like literally 2 foldable layers of flab,聽haiz).

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Belly pre-EnzSerum: flabz not fabz, can’t even see the vertical line on my stomach anymore 馃槬

My body insecurities

Well, granted, I’m not exactly fat (the last time I measured I was a UK10 which is considered a “small” in some countries *chuckles*) but I’m definitely borderline chubby by Singaporean standards (or Asian in general) with lots of stubborn excess fats on various parts of my body聽–聽more specifically my arms聽and tummy. Despite being a rather active jogger since聽3 years ago, I had only聽managed to squeeze into a UK8 dress at the聽minimum at one point (also caused by poor appetite during my busy days which made me lose a few inches of belly fats). Still, unsightly聽flabs would still be hanging from my underarms聽no matter how much exercise I do. I used to shy away from聽sleeveless tops because of this reason. I would feel so self-conscious聽in them and too ashamed聽to wave goodbye or hold on to the handgrips on the train. Although I’ve outgrown this insecurity a little, I still wish for toned arms to look good in pictures.

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Arms Pre-EnzSerum: fatfatfatfatfatfatfat

While running does play a great part in weight management, it is after all a whole body activity and it聽doesn’t really tone up or burn fats at targeted areas apart from my thighs and calves. Moreover,聽my ongoing internship makes it impossible for me聽engage in long vigorous exercise because I’d be too burnt out for anything else by the time I get home. I could only spare about 20聽minutes each day for a quick workout (consists of 60 sit ups, 4 sets of 50 crunches, abdominal exercises like plank and etc.) which to be honest hadn’t shown much noticeable results on my concerned areas if not for a fat burning product.

Introducing EnzSerum

So what is this fat burning product that I mentioned?聽Thanks to JBeauty, I was given the opportunity to try out EnzSerum, a fat blasting serum essence, which can be used in conjunction with my workouts to help slim and tone the body by reducing unwanted fat. What’s amazing about this product is that it allows localised fat loss (burning the fats of a targeted area) which is聽exactly what I was hoping for.

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Formulated in France, the main ingredient of the product is Hydrogenated Phosphatidylcholine聽and it is聽derived from soy lecithin, a natural ingredient which is absolutely safe to use since it is obtained during the process of soy beans. It is capable of destroying the fat cell membrane and removing the triglyceride to kill fat cells. For those who don’t know what triglyceride is, it’s the end product of digesting and breaking down fats in meals (e.g. carbs) and essentially the main form of fat in the body. It’s not entirely a bad thing because everyone needs some fats to stay alive. But it’s definitely not good if your triglyceride level is sky-high because that may lead to heart disease and聽could multiply the bad effects of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes. [source]聽It’s like having high cholesterol level, y’know?

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But having said that,聽this product is not a聽health or dietary supplement of some sort for lowering triglyceride levels.聽It’s used purely to combat stubborn fats in your body and can also be a weight-loss supplement for your diet and fitness goals.

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Thighs pre-EnzSerum: not too bad but can be leaner hehehe

What’s more,聽this product is strictly for external use only so nothing of it is to be taken orally (yay for the sceptics). All you need to do is to apply the product evenly on the surface of your targeted flabby areas and massage until the serum is fully absorbed by the skin.聽The product聽utilises the latest Nanotechnology to break down its active ingredients so that it聽could penetrate the skin cells easily. For better results (I think so la, haven’t tried it yet though!), it can also be used with body wrap for approximately 45 to 60 minutes.

My results

I have personally trialed EnzSerum for 2 weeks聽and already I can feel the effects of the product. My skin (especially tummy) now feels tightened and less flabby.聽I use this prior to my workout at night (daily before bedtime) and after my morning shower on my underarms, tummy and thighs.

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Arms

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Tummy

No change in thighs.

But to be honest, 2 weeks is too short a duration for me to realise its full advantages. I believe I would be able to see better results with prolonged use (especially with body wrap). Personally I think it will work way better with exercise (as always!)

Every application leaves聽a tingling sensation on the skin (something like that聽of Prickly Heat Snake Powder hahaha) that can last for up to聽3 hours so as much as I’m tempted to apply lots of it at one time (not like it’s going to speed up the fat loss process but yeah kiasu is like that), I try not to because I don’t want to feel like I’m being burnt alive. But it provides extra cooling (on exposed areas) on windy days! 馃榾

Each bottle of EnzSerum should be able to last you for three months (or more if used sparingly hehe).

Why you should get EnzSerum

If you’re troubled by regional fat bulges (belly, waist, shoulder, armpit, hip, upper thighs, back and and unable to reduce fat despite restricted diet and regular exercises like me before, this is the one product you ought to聽try for a quick, easy and non-invasive way聽to eliminate unwanted fat.

Besides hastening the breakdown of fats (the primary use of EnzSerum), it also helps to increase your body’s metabolism rate and skin’s elasticity and聽tighten your body into the highly desirable ‘S’ shape. When used long-term, it reduces cellulite聽and聽moisturises your skin. Other benefits include water retention reduction, orange peel skin elimination聽and skin nourishment.

Here is the list of the ingredients and their functions:

Hydrogenated Phosphatidylcholine – destroy fat cell membrane and remove excess triglyceride (unwanted fat)

Coenzyme A and Vitamin BT (Carntine) – gently eliminate fatty acid and excess fat and reshapes the body

Carnosine – counters the effects of free radicals, provides oxidation, glycation and anti-aging properties

Borage Seed Oil – used to treat聽eczema and nearly any kind of dermatitis or rash

Gotu Kola Extract –聽decreases inflammation and blood pressure in veins,聽increases collagen production

And yup, that’s about it! 馃檪

Give EnzSerum a shot if you want聽a trim body fast and (almost) effortlessly!

 

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Buckwheat for Better General Health + GIVEAWAY

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Two months ago, my mother received a phone call from聽a close family friend. Thinking that it was just a casual phone call to catch up with a long-time friend, my Mom answered it with one of her chirpiest tones. But soon, the mood grew sombre as Auntie Renee’s* voice turned brittle. Carefully,聽she relayed the news of her聽cancer diagnosis聽and added that聽she was given a聽terminal prognosis. As the cancer has spread to various parts of her body, recovery was not likely. The unfortunate news聽shattered the tiniest hope she聽had completely at the hospital, and her accompanying husband who had always assumed a hostile and fierce look broke down and wept at the thought of losing his wife.

Auntie Renee, once a smoker, is over 60 years of age.

But she is not the only person I know who has fallen prey to cancer or other deadly health problems.

The past few years have witnessed how my paternal aunt, grandmothers (from both sides), grandpa, other family friends and celebrities I looked up to聽succumb to cancer, stroke and heart failure (also the top causes of death in Singapore). It’s devastating to see聽a person once so full of life and happiness suddenly be reduced to skin and bones and lying helplessly on the hospital bed the next moment, awaiting聽death. Only those who are diligent enough to go for regular check-ups are granted (mostly) a few more years to live. My paternal aunt and maternal grandma lived for another 10 years or so聽before聽passing away. Nonetheless, those were 10 torturous years for them as they had to be on medication for the rest of their lives. Also聽not mentioning the pain and suffering they had to (silently) endure. Both were non-smokers and non-alcoholic drinkers (and perhaps eating healthily) even before the misfortune was meted out to them.

And that’s life.

Very often as we age,聽we experience health issues with greater frequency聽as our body become weaker and more prone to illnesses and diseases. It’s very common for people over the age of 40 to be diagnosed聽as having聽diabetes [source] which often leads to hypertension (for type 1 diabetes), stroke and a myriad of other heart diseases. As for cancer, it may affect all ages, even foetuses, but the risk聽for the more common varieties tends to increase with age. [source] are the top causes of death in Singapore. While diabetes and cancer may be attributed to poor lifestyle choices and genetic susceptibility, the cause of the latter is also largely associated to聽environmental factors (air pollution, UV radiation etc.). Some may even argue that cancer is mostly “bad luck”.

*Names have been changed to protect the family’s privacy (as some people I know are readers of my blog).

Prevention is the best medicine

Instead of leaving your health to fate or your doctors (chronic diseases can chalk up a huge bill), I feel that many people overlook the fact that problems like diabetes, heart attack and cancer can be prevented, or at the very least, forced to slow down in their聽progression [source]. And this definitely doesn’t cost as much as your medical bill.

My penny-pinching parents for one generally are not willing to spend money on health.聽My Mom in particular is a worrywart. Yet, she avoids doctor visits like the plague even when she has severe migraine because she’s afraid to hear unpleasant stuff about her health from the doctor (like brain cancer or something), or that other health problems would surface during the check-up. I’ve tried persuading her many times but failed. She prefers to live in ignorance. *sigh*

My Dad fell ill once and was tested positive for high blood pressure聽(caused by smoking, his love for rice dishes in large portions, and sitting in his taxi for hours). Since then, he has to聽attend scheduled appointments to see his HBP specialist, much to his displeasure. His doctor monitors聽his condition very closely and聽had threatened to put him on life-long medication if the problem worsens. He tried cutting down his聽rice intake (instead of smoking because he finds it very difficult to quit the habit *sigh*) but the result was short-lived as my Dad would聽revert to his rice-based diet after the appointment.

But one thing I know for sure about my parents is that they are not choosy eaters. Unlike me, they don’t mind downing a huge pot of the bitterest herbal tea in the name of health (and to avoid seeing the doctor for my Mom), or drinking a cup of prune juice religiously to aid digestion. I can’t do that *oops*.

However, these health foods don’t combat against more serious illnesses per se, and can be quite expensive in the long run.

Introduction to Buckwheat

Upon hearing about my Dad’s health condition, his diabetic friend who also suffers from hypertension recommended him to聽drink聽a certain kind of green tea. It’s a well-known universal fact that green tea does reduce the risk of cancer. It even has the ability to prevent cancer cell growth and kill聽cancer cells with no ill effect on healthy cells [source]. Furthermore, it also helps lower blood pressure naturally [source], hence reducing risk of聽stroke, heart failure and heart attack. [source] Of course, apart from these facts, green tea has other benefits as well such as it being rich in vitamins A (essential for functioning of the eye), C (enhance absorption of iron from non-meat products) and E (antioxidant).

But what is unfamiliar to many people is buckwheat聽which is as beneficial to the health as green tea. And despite its name, it is actually a fruit seed聽and聽not a cereal grain. The superfood聽is triangular in shape,聽usually brown in colour and has more of a soft and subtle flavor. When roasted, it can give an earthy and nutty taste. It聽can be served as an alternative to rice or made into porridge, making a great substitute for grain聽for people who are sensitive to wheat or other grains that contain protein glutens. [source]

Buckwheat has been known to lower the risk of聽developing high cholesterol as well as聽high blood pressure. It is a good source of magnesium and dietary fibre. Magnesium helps in the absorption and retention of calcium and dietary fibre aids the digestive system.聽The former also聽has powerful anti-carcinogenic effects, primarily on the development and metastasis of breast cancer cells in postmenopausal women and colon cancer [source].

Trust me, the above is just an excerpt of what I’ve read about Buckwheat; there are way more benefits than that (you may read it if you’re keen). That’s how powerful Buckwheat is.聽Now, imagine it combined with聽green tea. The result is formidable.

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Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea and canned Green Tea

My Dad was introduced to Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea聽by BHP and within a month, he could see a remarkable improvement to his blood pressure and overall health. From a blood pressure reading of 155/87 (high Systolic BP & normal Diastolic BP a.k.a Isolated Systolic Hypertension) in December 2014, it dipped to a healthier reading of 130+/80+* (both in the normal range but聽still on the high side – no thanks to his smoking habit and more-than-occasional聽Roti Prata breakfast -_-) by his聽following聽medical appointment聽in end January 2015. The reading remains in the normal range even today.

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Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea

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Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea

It has impact my Dad’s life so positively that he started getting the rest of the family to drink it (Mom’s happily drinking it everyday *phew* at least I know her health聽is partially taken care of!).聽One isn’t enough for a tea lover like me聽so I tend to help myself to more than one sachet a day. It kinda reminds me of my favourite聽free-flow hot聽green tea at Itacho Sushi Restaurant聽which I聽had been searching high and low for聽and聽this taste is perhaps the closest I’ve found so far! But in comparison, this is definitely more fragrant and flavourful (because of the buckwheat).

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*slurps*

*Estimate reading recalled from memory.
For categories of Blood Pressure, click here.

Not a tea drinker? No problem!

On top of the Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea that I have been raving about, there is聽also Buckwheat Black聽Coffee for those who absolutely abhor the bitterness of tea (I personally find it acceptable but that’s probably because聽I’m a tea lover to begin with). and those who cannot live without coffee. It is聽a聽blend of Arabica & Robusta coffee mixture and it is so aromatic, you wouldn’t know it’s combined with buckwheat until you’ve tried it.

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Buckwheat Black Coffee

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Zero-sugar coffee for the health nut. Also a great start to a healthier lifestyle!

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Have no qualms聽about the taste because it聽tastes exactly like coffee! A healthier version of coffee to be exact 馃槈

Enjoy a good cup of hot coffee every morning while benefiting from its health advantages! Isn’t it awesome? 馃檪

At BHP, there’s something for everyone聽–聽even kids! If you’re worried that your little ones may not like the taste of the hot Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea, it also comes in canned form with a sprinkle of sweetness. You may also refrigerate it for an extra burst of freshness and聽drink it on the go if you’ve no time for boiling water! 馃檪

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Canned Buckwheat Green Tea

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Canned Buckwheat Green Tea

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Awarded HPB’s Healthier Choice symbol!

Why you should drink buckwheat?

I’ve pretty much explained myself above but to sum things up…

Main health benefits (tl;dr version)

1. Reduces the 3 ‘high’s –聽reduces blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol. It is ideal for people with high blood sugar.

2. High in antioxidants –聽the amount in buckwheat is equal or even higher than that of fruits and vegetables

3. Reduces the risk of cancer –聽especially聽breast and colon

And also helps in…

4. Slimming and skin whitening –聽reduce body fat and inhibits the growth of melanin (dark pigments)

5. Improving聽gastrointestinal conditions –聽helps in detoxification and eases constipation

This would make a great Father’s Day present as well, don’t you think? 馃檪

UPDATE:聽

The聽Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea has won the Healthier Choice Merit award at the Food Product Awards organised by the Singapore Institute of Food Science and Technology! To celebrate this huge milestone, BHP has kindly sponsored some聽full-sized boxes of Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea to be given away to 12 lucky readers. Scroll all the way down for more details!

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Where to buy?

The聽Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea (25 sachets at S$20, 60 sachets at S$36), Buckwheat Black Coffee (30 sachets at S$22) and canned Buckwheat Green Tea (24 cans at S$22) can be bought directly off buckwheat.com.sg, from聽authorised Qoo10 users and authorised distributors. The official website provides worldwide聽shipping, free local delivery with no minimal order.

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Sachets

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Get FREE聽samples!

Want to try out the Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea and Buckwheat Black Coffee before purchasing? Simply e-mail me (askme@fionaseah.com) or comment here with your e-mail address*聽and you will be given a set聽of Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea and Roasted Black Coffee samples (no canned drink, sorry!) by normal post. 聽Hurry, limited stocks available and first come, first served only 馃檪

UPDATE (5 July 2015)

All samples have been given out!

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Giveaway (while stocks last) is聽open to all residents of Singapore.

*limited to聽one聽entry per e-mail address

*WIN* a box of Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea

If you’ve tried the samples and are itching to get the full-size product, you would be glad to know that BHP has kindly sponsored me some boxes to be given away to 12 lucky readers! This giveaway is held in聽celebration of the company’s achievement in the recent Food Products Awards organised by the聽Singapore Institute of Food Science and Technology. Big congratulations to BHP for clinching the聽Healthier Choice Merit award for the Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea! 馃檪

To win, simply comment “I want Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea!” with your e-mail address below or e-mail me at askme@fionaseah.com with “I want Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea!” as your subject. I will pick 12 winners by 12 July 2015 (may end earlier if response is overwhelming!)

As product is bulky, self-collection is advised at the following MRT stations: Choa Chu Kang, Bukit Gombak,聽Bukit Batok, Jurong East,聽Serangoon, Orchard聽and聽Dhoby Ghaut.聽All are聽welcome to participate in this giveaway as long as you’re able to meet me聽at any of聽the above-mentioned locations! 馃檪

UPDATE: First round of giveaway has ended! All winners have been notified 馃檪 Thanks for your participation!

Second round of giveaway (even bigger and聽better!) is open now! Click here to find out more!

Many people have tried the product and witnessed聽favourable results. What about you? 馃檪

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I love my Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea! 馃檪

Thanks for reading! 馃檪

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