Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The Shore Oceanarium Malacca review

It's been a long overdue post. A few months ago, hubby attended a conference in Malacca so it's mommy and baby Bing bonding time! Even though Bing loves hanging around the hotel, but it's also important to bring him out to explore. On that one fine day, we visited the Shore Oceanarium.

The Shore Oceanarium
Jalan Persisiran Bunga Raya
Second floor, the Shore Shopping Gallery, Malacca
Opens daily 10.10am to 9pm
https://g.co/kgs/Ju9CmQ

This was baby Bing's first visit to an aquarium. And this was the right place to head to. Because the collection was just nice and not too overwhelming for the attention span of a toddler. It took us the whole morning to finish enjoying all the exhibits. Around 2-3 hours I would say to stroll leisurely. At the price of RM33 (remember to bring your child's MyKid because they start charging at 3 years old), it's a fairly good bargain.

We were handed a quiz to redeem a souvenir -- a colorful fridge magnet at the end of the visit too. This made mommy extremely excited but I think baby Bing was too young to understand that. Ha

The highlight of the visit was the 'petting' zone. Baby Bing visited the area twice. He absolutely loved the opportunity to get up and close with the sea creatures. There were star fish, sting rays, baby sharks, horseshoe crabs. With the exception of horseshoe crabs which were indeed kinda spooky, baby Bing had great fun touching the creatures. But the poor star fish were chucked a few times back into the pool. Cheeky Bing indeed.


There were also multiple sections for various fish, sea creatures, reptiles (much to Baby Bing's dismay). Very educational because it talked about salient facts about the exhibit, as well as explaining the life cycle of frogs for example using actual eggs and tadpoles at various stages of development.

There were also multiple pit stops for people to stop and pose in artificial backgrounds called augmented reality.

Not to mention the free 4D movie telling a story about the undersea adventure of a baby turtle.

Those who would love to feed some fish can purchase additional fish food and join in the feeding frenzy. Or just simply enjoy the open air fish pond.

Official website
https://www.oceanariummelaka.com/

Monday, October 29, 2018

Soothing eczema featuring 100% Aloe Vera Gelly by Forever Living


Eczema is a skin condition whereby the skin is extremely sensitive to chemicals and allergens. The skin is usually dry and itchy. Scratching further worsens the vicious cycle by introducing microscopic skin breaks that may result in more inflammation and thicker skin called hyperkeratosis, as well as giving germs a chance to enter causing infection.

Unfortunately, eczema can only be treated, not cured. The mainstay of treatment is to keep the skin moisturised at all times. Any inflamed areas will be treated with mainly steroid based ointments/cream until subsided. Steroid when used correctly on the skin, rarely causes significant side effects.

Ryan, baby Bing and I unfortunately all have had some sort of eczema on and off. It's incredibly common. So we are excited to share our experience trying out this moisturising Aloe Vera Gelly by Forever Living.

Forever Living Products International is Multi Level Marketing company based in United States of America. It specialises in aloe vera and bee based skincare and supplement products.

This Aloe Vera 'G'elly is a thick and translucent gel containing humectants and moisturizers. Readily absorbed by the skin, it soothes without staining clothes. It also doesn't have any artificial fragrance. The only caveat is the use of methylparaben as a preservative. Generally speaking, some people with sensitive skin may have allergic reaction towards methylparaben. So when in doubt, do a mini patch test at the back of your upper arm (somewhere not obvious and leave it for 24 hours before using it). Luckily we are ok with it.

Aloe Vera has been used traditionally as a first aid plant for burns. There are very good reasons why Aloe Vera is essential in every household. Not only is it great to soothe irritated/burnt sunkissed skin , it is also useful to clear up acne (antiseptic and salicylate content). It's great moisturizing and high vitamin as well as mineral content makes it awesome for those with skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and minor burn without skin breach.

If you are interested to know more about the medicinal properties of aloe vera, head to this webMD site.


So, what's our experience using this? The aloe vera gelly is suitable for the whole household. It's translucent and slightly sticky to touch. It's absorbed almost as fast as it's being applied. There's no artificial scent. This is such a bonus point because baby Bing loves to munch on his fingers/hand on and off. The size of the packaging also fits easily into my handbag while we are traveling. What's more, this is the only gel that I have to bring for both the toddler and adults. A great product after a sunny day out to cool the skin down.

To those staying in Kuantan, there's a Forever Living branch in the city. Drop by and have a look at the wonderful range of products they offer besides Aloe Vera Gelly.

Forever Living Products (M) Sdn Bhd
A9, Ground & 1st Floor,, Lorong Tun Ismail 10, 25000 Kuantan, Pahang
09-515 7311
https://g.co/kgs/ZV8Wr8

Aloe Vera Gelly
Official website
https://www.aloeveraforever.my/aloe-vera-gelly/

Monday, October 15, 2018

The power of phytonutrients featuring Zulqaas facial serum


A woman can never have too many beauty products to boost her beauty and confidence. It's even more important to take care of my skin being a busy full-time doctor, wife and mother. After all, a beautiful wife reflects a caring husband and loving family :)

So I only use the best products for skincare. Facial serum is one of my secrets. They are light and quickly absorbed skincare product that contains highly concentrated active ingredients without containing occlusive and moisturising ingredients such as petrolatum or mineral oil.

This is why they are expensive. Because they are the holy grail to good skin. The molecules are small to enhance absorption and ensure deeper penetration into the skin. Therefore, only small amounts ie a few drops are needed each application. And it is non greasy, perfect for oily skin like mine. It can be used with or without moisturiser depending on individual's skin condition.

Read more about facial serum on WebMD.
Zulqaas facial serum is developed by Dr As Zulqa. She has a doctorate and a special interest in developing Halal cosmetics. Her product is registered under the ministry of health Malaysia with the number of NOT180503209K. This is an important fact to ensure that the product is manufactured under strict conditions with quality ingredients.

Zulqaas facial serum is made of phytonutrients, meaning natural chemicals derived from plants. They are not essential for bodily function. Instead they improve our well-being. Read more about phytonutrients on WebMD.

The 10 active ingredients include

Liquorice-antiseptic and anti-inflammatory
Chia Seed- rich in antioxidant,soothing and anti-inflammatory
White Mulberry- skin brightening and whitening
Rosehip oil- lightens uneven skin tone
Rosemary- anti-ageing, anti-inflammatory, fights acne
Tea tree oil- fights acne
Asiatic pennywort- stimulate new skin cells growth
Baikal skullcap- anti-ageing
Matricaria - soothes and hydrates sensitive skin
Japanese knotweed- anti-oxidant and reduces appearance of wrinkles

And of course it's free of potentially harmful ingredients such as alcohol, paraben, silicon, mineral oil and colorant. Vegan and animal lovers can also be reassured that no animal is used as part of the ingredients or the testing process. For my Muslim friends, Zulqaas facial serum is halal as well.

Extrapolating from the ingredients used, I can also safely use it in pregnancy and while breastfeeding.

I use the facial serum after cleansing my face at night. It can be used together with my night face gel for even more moisturising effect to soothe the face after a long day out at work. Really love how lightweight the serum is and the instant moisturising effect.


Testimonies from other users

More information about Zulqaas facial serum --
3.WEBSTORE www.zulqaas.com

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Generation 3 Colla by Kitsui


Being a doctor, many often ask me do we need supplements and what are safe? I do not put a total ban on supplements but these are the certain pointers to follow-

- Make sure the product is from reputable source using only the highest quality ingredients with the necessary certifications

- Avoid generally if you are pregnant or breastfeeding

- Avoid if you have any chronic medical conditions especially kidney and liver problems

- Make sure it doesn't contain steroid

- Scrutinize the list of ingredients. Use reliable sources such as webMD to look for potential side effects.

I don't deny certain supplements can improve well being. Collagen beverages is one of them. Recently I have been given the opportunity to try Generation 3 Colla by Kitsui.

Some background about Kitsui. Being the Winner of the Asia Pacific Super Health Brand, it boasts products that are made from natural ingredients to improve health and well being. All the products are manufactured with high quality products conforming to standards of Good Manufacturing Practice.

Me being myself, time to go through the main ingredients!

Lemon- rich in vitamin C, antioxidant and  has a great flavour

Collagen- the building block for good skin. It makes the skin firm and youthful.

Astaxanthin- a type of carotenoid found in algae and seafood. A great antioxidant.

Vitamin C-essential for skin repair and healing.

Calcium- for great bone and nail health

Omega 3- for a healthy heart and reduces bad cholesterol levels.

Kitsui claims the following benefits from drinking Generation 3 Colla--

-Lightens stretch mark and wrinkles
-Relieves oily skin
-Reduces appearance of scar including acne scar
-Moisturises the skin
-Slows the ageing process
-Helps with uneven skin tone
-Maintains healthy nails and hair

These are the recommendations/general tips when consuming Generation 3 Colla--

- Avoid milk, fried food and soy sauce for those with acne

- Avoid excessive caffeine which can accelerate the ageing process

- Stop consuming Colla during menstruation as absorption may be impaired

- To space out the timing of consumption at least 5 hours from other prescription drugs

- Suitable for expecting mothers with more than 4 months pregnant or breastfeeding mothers

-  Please do not consume if slimming/detox products if you are pregnant or breastfeeding

-  Drink 2-3 litres of water a day for best results

-  This collagen drink can be made with water which is warm/room temperature/ chilled. But make sure the powder dissolved fully.

-  It can be consumed after breakfast or before sleep (better before sleep for optimal absorption)

-  Always consult your healthcare professionals before consumption especially if you have other medical conditions.

I find these advices are fairly practical and logical. This further shows that Kitsui is not just chasing for sales. But they are genuinely interested in the well-being of their clients.

This short video shows how to make a great serving of Generation 3 Colla. I prefer the drink chilled because it makes the sweetness more harmonious.

Just to note that those who are allergic to seafood or with ezcema/allergic rhinitis are not recommended to try this collagen drink as it's based on marine collagen.

Kitsui Generation 3 Colla can be found at your local Watson's store and also online Watson's store.

Kitsui official website
https://kitsui.com.my
Kitsui Facebook page
https://m.facebook.com/kitsuimy/

Disclaimer: the opinion given is merely a personal experience and does not constitute formal medical advice. Please seek your medical professional's advice before any complementary therapy. Always ask for certified professionals before proceeding with treatment and stop if discomfort or side effect ensues.

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