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NUC (Kuvings) juicer

I have always been kind of a health freak (before this pregnancy comes along, that is), hence a juicer is one of the many “gadgets” I wanted for my kitchen after getting a house of my own. Somehow this wish was forgotten with little man coming into our lives and all those changes.

Recently, because of little man’s eczema which started early this year, it came across my mind again. Too many people have told me how juicing helps their eczema heal. Having heard so many good things, Hubby and I had a little discussion and decided that a juicer will be in our purchase list this year. But a juicer is not cheap, especially a good juicer.

We were deciding between Hurom or Kuvings, when Hubby found this Korean seller selling NEC juicers on Qoo10 (MODEL:WSJ-962K) at a much cheaper price. NUC is the korean brand name of Kuvings. Hence their juicer works the same way. To buy one at $329 when the actual Singapore retail price is over $600, is a catch, if you ask me. And free Fedex delivery is thrown in as part of the package. The only risk is, you will have to send it back in exchange for a new one, if you are so unlucky to receive a damaged one.

So far, the comments and reviews have been pretty good for this seller. Hence, Hubby decided to purchase it online and we received it within a week.

We have used it for a while now, mostly making ABC juice for the entire family. Initially I was still worried about storage. But most of the time, our family of 3 finishes the juice before the day ends. I also bought a air-tight glass flask to contain the juice after juicing. So far, it works pretty well for our needs.

Pros:

  • It’s not apparent if jucing helps to better little man’s eczema, but it sure helps him in his bowel movements, which is a major plus in my humble opinion. My pregnancy constipation stituation is also getting much better after juicing.
  • It is pretty easy to use and clean up, if you get the hang of it. Initially, I find there are quite a bit of cleaning to do, but somehow it gets easier and cleaning becomes faster.
  • The juice that comes out is good πŸ™‚

Cons:

  • It is a WHOLE slow juicer. But the design does not really allow too big a fruit. Some larger carrots and apples needs to be halved.
  • It is not so easy to juice those soft leafy vegetables.
  • The pulp that comes out is pretty dry, which is good. But when I take out the drum, many times I find quite a bit of juicy pulp stuck inside, which is quite a waste, if you ask me.
  • It can get a little noisy if you juice hard fruits, and the motor can heat up a little if you juice for more than 10 minutes.
  • It only comes with a Korean juicing guide (hardcopy), but the seller provides a link to the English version of it.

Generally, Hubby and I are quite happy with our purchase. We have nothing to compare against, except for those old version noisy and hard to clean juicer in the olden days before slow juicer becomes popular. So, are you keen too? πŸ˜‰

Flashcards display

Little man has never been a fan of flashcards. They bored him within a few seconds, hence I mostly teach him by using the traditional show-and-tell method. However, I still continue to buy flashcards because flashcards allow a constant visual presence which is important in my humble opinion. Instead of flashing the cards, I will use it as a game to play with him, or as a tool for revision.

I have seen how some mothers have flashcards and charts stuck on the walls. Being a near-perfectionist, I could not stand having my walls dirtied, hence I never got down to pasting anything on the walls as much as I tried to convince myself.

It came to me one day that I can use something else to hold the cards, instead of the walls. So Hubby and I started searching on Taobao for something that can work for us. And we found this.

Little man picking up the letters and put them in the correct order.

This display board is perfect for me!

I don’t have to hang it on the wall. It can stand on its on. It can be kept flat when not in use. I can already think of a hundred ways to use it. πŸ™‚

Airbnb accommodation in Seoul & Jeju

In our previous travels, Hubby and I have the habit of going to Tripadvisor for hotel reviews before booking our accommodation for the trip. This time, for our trip to Korea, we decided to try out Airbnb instead.

Airbnb is basically a platform for hosts all over the world to list their space for accommodation. Travellers will have a wider range of accommodation to choose from as compared to the limited number of hotels available. On top of that, if you are not choosy and do your research well, you can find good accommodation at really affordable prices.

Personally, I am very particular about cleanliness and safety of the places we are going to stay in, hence we spent quite some time to look through the reviews and costs before confirming on one that suits our requirements. Generally, the platform is user-friendly and it also has a mobile application for ease of use.

This is the accommodation we have booked for Seoul.

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Although it says $107 per night, that is the average price. You can select specific dates to see the exact cost of the accommodation per night. For us, we spent about $80 per night. This helped us to save a lot as most of the hotels we researched cost more than $120 per night, and we are talking about small chain hotels here.

Our host tried to provide us with everything we need. Of course, not all hosts are willing to be so accommodating, hence I cannot emphasize enough on the importance of reading up more on the host and the space he/she has to offer.

Her apartment looks exactly the same in the photo shown, and it was kept clean and comfortable. We stayed there for a week, and then went away for 4 days in Jeju before going back to her apartment for the next 3 days. Housekeeping is not provided for your length of stay, unless you request for it, and that will be additional cost for you to bear.

These are some photos of our stay.

In comparison, our accommodation in Jeju is not as comfortable as the one in Seoul.

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Although the reviews for that apartment are quite good as well, it was not as good as I expected given that the accommodation in Seoul set high standards. I may be too picky, but here are some aspects the host can improve on and probably you can consider or ask about when you are considering your accommodation.

  • Hand towels, instead of towels are provided. I am glad we asked about this, and requested the host to help us buy bigger towels. We had wanted to pay the host, but he kindly decline. Bigger towels are necessary when you are in a cold country with a baby/toddler/little child.
  • Vacuum-cleaner or floor cleaning tools of any kind is not provided. This is extremely important when housekeeping services are not provided and your pick-up-everything-from-the-floor toddler needs to sleep on the floor. Having said that, the host provided us a small hand-broom in the end after requesting a couple of times for it.
  • The bathroom is so cold, even I shiver when I have to bathe.
  • The air-conditioner is rather faulty and very noisy.
  • The spring coils in the bed can be felt throughout the entire night lying on it. It makes one rather uncomfortable after a while.
  • Jeju is a very humid island. Clothes washed do not dry easily at all, unlike Seoul. It is extremely important to find an accommodation with dryer if you intend to wash your clothes during your stay there. I was pretty upset to have to dry my little one with wet towels because it did not dry up even after a day of putting it out.

All in all, I had a pretty good experience with Airbnb accommodation despite some shortcomings. I think the quality of Airbnb accommodation depends a lot on the country you are travelling to. Probably I wouldn’t consider staying in an Airbnb accommodation if the living standards are very much lower in that particular country, and I believe in countries like Singapore, Airbnb accommodation is not considered legal.

Do you have any good Airbnb accommodations to recommend? Do share with me more about it! πŸ™‚

Beware: Hyland’s Teething Tablets

This post is supposed to be about how I find Hyland’s teething tablets helped little man to sleep better, probably due to the chamomilla as one of its ingredient. It is supposed to be homeopathic.

Homeopathy, or homeopathic medicine, is a medical philosophy and practice based on the idea that the body has the ability to heal itself.

I first heard about these tablets from some mothers in an online group. Little man was teething badly then, waking up almost every other hour. I went to iHerb to read about the reviews and most were surprisingly good. Hence I went ahead to purchase them. However I was hesitate to let little man take every day, because although homeopatic, it’s never good to take such tablets every day since they are not supplements. They worked most of the time so far. I think up till now, little man has taken about 20 tablets so far over a span of a month. I was even thinking of buying a second bottle!

However, to my horror, in my search for more information to write this post, I found that one of the ingredient in these tablets as actually rather harmful for children. I have found these 3 articles and now I feel really angry at myself for giving little man such tablets without actually finding more about it. πŸ™

Hyland’s Teething Tablets Recalled for Poisoning Risk

Hyland’s Teething Tablets: Questions and Answers

Hyland’s Teething Tablets have been recalled for causing seizures in children.

Thank God nothing bad happened to little man. I will never be able to forgive myself.

Lesson learnt: For safety sake, choose a product that is sold in Singapore. Or do more research about it.

I am now throwing this current bottle into the bin. No amount of sleepless nights is going to make me give that poison to my child. I think I will just stick to pure chamomile tea for now.

Hubby is going to be so mad at me after reading this post. πŸ™

Review: Tiger Thermal Magic Cooker & Tiger Food Jar

Ever since little man started on solids, Hubby and I have been reviewing the possible pots and jars we require to make our lives easier.

Back when little man was in infant-care, we were using a brandless slow cooker my Granny gave us, just good for one serving. It takes at least 2 hours for the porridge to be soft and nice. Many times I have to rush home from work and immediately go on to prepare his meal and then fetch him from infant-care. It was so tiring. At times when I couldn’t make it back in time, we had to buy porridge from Kopitiam for him instead.

Then our slow cooker broke (silent YEAH!), and after reading much reviews on everything, we decided we buy a thermal cooker. It is said to be more energy and cost saving. Also, it will keep the food hot without needing us to constantly worry about the fire, or if anything is going to overflow. We were deciding between Tiger and Zojirushi. In the end, we bought 4.5L Tiger Magic Cooker because there was some sale going on, and many mentioned in their reviews that only Tiger products were made in Japan. All others like Zojirushi are either made in Thailand or China. Now, that is not entirely true. Tiger have products that are not made in Japan as well. You will have to look out for that stamp reading “Made In Japan” before purchasing.

4.5L is good for soup and porridge for 3-4 pax. Hence it is too big for us when all I need is to cook porridge for little man and myself, now that I am a SAHM. But we purchase it anyway since it is the only product on sale then, and we thought we can use it for some soups whenever we wanted to. Using only 1/5 of the volume of the thermal cooker to cook porridge has been alright so far. But it feels such a waste to only cook such a little bit of porridge in a big pot. Hence Hubby and I went on to look for a food jar instead.

According to Hubby, the thermal cooker and the food jar works the same way using the same theory. I am real bad at science, but since he is the physics master in the house, I choose to believe him. And then the search begin all over again.

One fine Saturday, we spent the whole afternoon at John Little to decide between Tiger and Zojirushi again. I was really interested in Mr Bento and Ms Bento by Zojirushi as it was reccommended by one of my favourite Bento website Just Bento. But we couldn’t find them at all. Somehow the Zojirushi products sold in US are quite different from the ones sold in Singapore. On top of that, the salesperson at John Little doesn’t really know her products, causing more confusion to us. We ended up buying a cheaper but greater volume, made in China Tiger food jar.

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Above are the two pot and jar I have bought so far.

The food jar works fine. But I will prefer the opening to be wider so that it doesn’t spill easily when we are doing food transfer. One of the plus point is that the food jar is more portable and convenient if we decided to bring the porridge out for consumption, although it is still bulky.

Currently, our Tiger thermal cooker has been put to better use. We have recently use it to cook Hubby’s favourite Bah Kut Teh, only putting it over the fire for less than an hour. The meat was soft, and it still taste great. Looking forward to more good food. πŸ™‚

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Review: iHerb service & products

Have heard a lot about iHerb, but never really get to purchase anything from them. That is until recently.

I am really uncomfortable when it comes to buying things online and also dealing with complicated overseas shipping (eg. using Amazon). My mathematics is really bad, and the uncertainties purchasing online brings gives me jitters. Hence Hubby will always be the one to deal with these online purchase.

This time round, I processed the orders myself via iHerb. It was surprisingly a smooth and easy process.

I chose to have my stuff shipped via Singpost (S4 flat rate), and received them in less than a week. My only displeasure is that the people Singpost delivered the box without calling to check if we are at home. Hubby said that if we are not able to answer the door at the time of delivery, we will have to travel all the way to the post office to collect our parcel. Luckily, we were at home that day. If I had to go all the way to the post office, and carry that heavy box back, I will be very upset indeed.

Anyway, the products were all delivered in good conditions. All bottles and tubes that contained liquids/semi-liquids were individually wrapped up in a suitable ziplog bag. Fragile bottles were bundled up carefully in boxes made from thick pulp material. I was touched to see my orders meticulously packed to ensure that they reach me safely.

Below is a list of what I have bought:

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Bought quite abit of organic cereals and biscuits for little man as they are so much cheaper as compared to those selling in Singapore. Had wanted to buy Healthy Times products, but they cannot be shipped to Singapore, not sure why. We haven’t tried these yet, so I will leave my reviews for these for other time. One thing to note is that you MUST check the expiry date stated on the website. Some of these food products will expire in a few months’ time.

I shall write more about the following products I have already started using:-

1. Queen Helene, The Original Mint Julep Masque
This facial masque is really very good given the price. I was using Aesop Primrose mask before this, and it leaves my face drier. This Queen Helene’s masque has a nice mint smell when put on. When it dries up, it doesn’t make me feel as if my face has been cemented. After washing it off, my face feels soft. The following day when I looked at myself in the mirror, my pores are not as big as they normally would seem. I personally think this is one of my greatest buy this time. I am not ever going to spend $60-odd on Aesop mask again!

2. Now Foods, Solutions, Certified Organic, Jojoba Oil
Well, this is an impulse purchase. I did not intend to buy any essential oils in the first place. But the reviews were great and my hair was getting really dry at the ends, hence I thought why not try it, since it is not very expensive. I think it’s a good buy as well. Initially I apply abit to my hair after shower, but it was a tad too heavy. Then I tried adding a few drops to my daily cheap Herbal Essence shampoo and I think I feel good so far. (Even though Hubby feels no difference as we are using the same shampoo) It is said to reduce hair-loss, and I do think I don’t drop as much hair as before. I also use this oil as a carrier oil when I am using strong essential oils like Thieves. I have been using it quite abit, but on the bottle, it looks like I have only use a little bit. Makes me feel good to see a product not used up as quickly as I thought it would.

3. Sambucol, Black Elderberry Immune Formula Liquid
This, I bought for myself. iHerb only has the children version for kids 2 years and above. I’ve done some research and found that Sambucol made in UK is suitable for 1-12 years old, unlike that from US. Hence I did not buy any for little man. Whenever little man falls sick, I will get sick as well once he recover. It’s like the virus will multiply 10 times on me. It’s like a vicious cycle. Hence I am also constantly finding ways to improve my own immunity. I am now on my 2nd bottle, and frankly I don’t feel much difference except that the liquid is really very sweet. Now I am wondering if I should continue with this.

4. Earth Mama Angel Baby, Bottom Balm
This is for me and little man. We both have sensitive skin and often develop rashes. Before little man was born, I was satisfied with occasionally using steroids given by doctor whenever my eczema flares up. But after little man was born, I was very hesitate to put steroids on him after reading much about steroid withdrawal syndrome. Hence I started searching for creams and natural remedies that have been tried and tested. We were initially on California Baby Calendula Cream. But after reading about how the company changed the formula and how it is not as gentle on sensitive skin as it used to be, I decided to change since it is not very cheap. This bottom balm cream is shortlisted as my first choice as it is cheaper than Four Cow Farm Calendula. I still stock up on Four Cow Farm’s and Aloe Vera gel as sometimes different outbreak of rashes can only be calm down using different products. It’s really a trial and error for me and little man.

5.Aubrey Organics, Pure Aloe Vera
I have actually bought 2 different brands of Aloe Vera on iHerb as they were really so much cheaper than buying locally. Just started to use this bottle of Aloe Vera. It prides itself as pure aloe vera without adding any artificial thickeners. Hence it is really quite watery and very easily absorbed into the skin. But maybe I am used to aloe vera in gel form. Having it in water form makes me feel like it can be used up very quickly.

All in all, I like my shopping experience at iHerb πŸ™‚ Will be making more purchase soon.

If you are thinking of buying from iHerb, you can use my iHerb Discount Code:KDJ399 and save $5-$10 off your first order. If you know me personally, I can also add your order to mine and we can share shipping costs!

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