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Question: Will You Use These Anti-Aging Products

Anti-Aging, is it important to you?

Perhaps I should start with that question, is looking young important enough to you? While some seem to be able to age gracefully, most try to avoid looking old. A lot of people try tablets and potions, and a fair few who can afford it go for injections and more drastic moves.

Botox is one of the more famous anti-aging measures, if looking tight and stiff is your thing. Dermal fillers are pretty in as well, some of the fillers are also used in medical procedures. Most fillers were part of the medical procedure until someone finds another use for them.

You might agree that it is risky going under the knife, or injecting poison under your skin. However, people can be desperate enough to take that risk just to look “younger”. We cannot all stop our skin from sagging and getting wrinkly, but we sure can try. There are a lot of anti-aging stuff out there in the market, we cannot deny that this is a big chunk of the beauty industry. Once we hit a certain age, somehow we will go for preserving our youth, rather than flaunting it.

Would you try these anti-aging stuff?

Bee Venom

Lanocorp Lanocreme Bee Venom Face Mask

Bee Venom gained popularity in 2013, owing to toxin melittin in its venom to stimulate more blood to the skin. Apparently research says that it can help increase collagen and elastin, owing to the stimulation. What used to be an expensive product due to small quantities, now you can find it in some drug store. Though I am not sure what is the difference in concentration, companies say that because they can get more bee venom effectively, hence it becomes cheaper.

You would be happy to know that no bees are harmed during the harvesting. Because their lance/ stinger does not separate from the bee’s body. Good news right?

Snake Venom

Babaria Snake Venom Anti-wrinkle Face Cream 2 X 50ml + Eye Cream 1 X 12ml.


If you are allergic to bees, what then? Of course it will be terrible if you swell up every time you use a cream.

Snake venom of course! Don’t worry, this is a synthetic version to make sure that no reptiles are harmed. SYN- AKE is a laboratory product that mimics snake venom’s paralyzing effect. Much like Botox, except this comes in a cream or serum. High enough to give you a good result (up till 52% depending on brand/ concentration/ quality) but not low enough to give you your human expressions back.

Because it is synthetic, snake venom is also cheaper than Bee Venom. Plus it is more consistent in terms of concentration, quality and purity. SYN- AKE makes it easier to avoid really issues like symptoms relating to overdose. Because snakes use their venom to paralyze their prey before swallowing them whole. I am sure I do not want to be looking like I cannot move my face, just because I applied too much cream.

Snail Slime

mothermade® Deep Moisturizing Rich Snail Facial Mask 10 individually packaged bundle – 100% cotton Cupra sheet, Anti-aging, Anti-Wrinkle, Deep Hydration, Snail Secretion Filtrate (5,000 ppm)

Snail was prescribed by Hippocrates for inflammation, prescription: crush them and take with sour milk. Ew.  What’s more yucky about this is that people use snail slime as a beauty product. I do use it, and I like it a lot. There are a few brands that uses this, see my blog posts on Taiwan’s My Scheming Brand, and Korea’s SAEM brand. Snail slim contains hyaluronic acid, proteins, antimicrobial properties and copper peptides to help the snail sanitize itself and keep moist. Little wonder how those creatures manage to crawl to surfaces and stay alive right?

Korea uses the normal garden variety pests ( I hate them, they ate my lettuce), grown in labs not gardens. Plus snail slime undergoes some processes before packing. Unless you go to a snail spa, where you want snails to walk all over your face, chances are your product is clean and well. If mask is not your thing, try this sleeping pack.

SAEM Snail Sleeping Pack

I Want To Try…

All of them of course, currently I am loving the snail mask regime, but it is quite pricey. Of course there are many other living creatures out there that people use for skin care, I am not very well informed. However, these at least I know does not really harm the animals. I do prefer other bee products like royal jelly and propolis, because it sounds cruel to have a bee continually sting a piece of glass.

SYN-AKE sounds very promising, and if I do find any decent brand that has an acceptable price tag, I might do it. While the bee venom has pretty good research, the snake venom does sound more effective. However, these are just possible selections you can try to delay the aging process. It does not, and never will halt the body’s natural deterioration.

Do remember, UV is one of the biggest causes of aging, so wear a sunscreen before trying everything else. Or it will be a waste of money, you undo the work when you step into the sun without protection anyway. In reality, I am not ready to age gracefully yet. When people tells me I look young and radiant, it makes my heart skip a beat. Because I know I feel old with two little monsters running me to the bone.

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Shhh.. I am Gaming!

Gaming This

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – PlayStation 4

Games are my second favorite method of storytelling, hence I am a fan of role- playing games like this one here, and Final Fantasy. Gaming offers an experience reading cannot give, mainly the involvement of the story and the audience. You might disagree, because hey, it’s a game! It is entertainment, so is television.

As graphics and technology get better, the storytelling gets worse. Like movies, everyone is big on computer graphics and loud noises, but when it comes to story it is lacking sometimes. It is the same for games, all that beautiful world and kick ass play is nothing compared to a good story.

I am busy….

My favorite game to date is The Last of Us. If you are unfamiliar with the title, it is a zombie game. Think Walking Dead if television? This game grips, because it has two point of views, and The Last of Us gives you no freedom in the story, forcefully directs you to the end with hordes of zombies, scavengers and soldiers.

Unlike Final Fantasy titles, this one has a clear objective: to deliver the girl to a place. So the guy has to navigate through dangers, trying to fulfill the dying wish of a friend. Of course when you go on a road trip, you bond. Not only the two characters establish a relationship, you will find yourself becoming part of their team.

When it ends, you will never be the same.

I am playing … Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Oh yes, this is old game. This is what happens when babies come out, and being addicted to games. I am a gaming addict. I should be in a Gamer’s Anonymous, if there is one. My proud (not really) moment was finishing a game in 5 days, and I played 12 hours a day to finish it. Yea, I would play until 3am, and continue at 8am. Yay me.

Good old days was when me and my brothers play for 2 days straight. It is not healthy, but we are young!

Until I finish the game, reading time will be limited to when Princess Brat confines me to the bed. She’s experiencing wonder week and is a little clingy at the moment. Love this time, I feel so needed (bazinga.)

Thank you for understanding

Gamer Me Out

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Taiwan 2017 Trip + a Mask review

Taiwan 2017 Trip was with 2 kids and my parents

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Kee Lung County, North of Taiwan/ Taipei.

So there were four adults to two kids, you would think that life would be easier because there’s enough people to help keep a lookout. Wrong, we got sick. Because we didn’t vaccinate ourselves against the flu/ cold, hence everyone became sick on the second day of the six day trip. Bummer!

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The Special Waterfall that leaches copper and iron, making the whole thing look like gold/ bronze from far

Fortunately, for the first two days it was a breeze. I hired a private tour guide to drive us to places where the Taiwan Metro couldn’t reach. You would still take the public transport, but it was cheaper and easier for the six of us to travel in style. I wouldn’t recommend it if you are alone or in pairs, but once you have kids and older people, private tour guides are pretty good. For the two days, it cost me around AUD 200 in total, from 9 am to 6pm on Saturday, and 9 to 5:30 on Sunday. I was stupid, because I should have picked weekdays where the crowd would be less.

Turns out it was a fortunate mistake, because metro and markets have less people during weekdays; if you have children, best time to go is during weekdays. The crowd is significantly thinner, plus with the rain, it was a hassle trying to get around. But May is definitely a crappy time to go, because it rained 4 out of the 6 days that we were there.

Shifen Must Do

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yes I can write Mandarin XD

If you ever go to Taiwan, make sure you visit Shi Fen old street, where we went. This place is the only legal place you can light a lantern and let it fly. The belief is that it takes your wishes to the Heavens, and maybe it will be granted. Don’t worry, the whole street is full of vendors, and they are all priced the same: 30 Yuan for a multi-colored one. Each color represents something, like red is for good luck, blue is for career and so on.DSC03820

This place is the only legal place to do it, because of the agreement that runners will be dispatched to retrieve any lanterns that drop onto forests and nearby settlements. The paper is extremely flammable, and will catch fire and burn cleanly if it every does. Usually the lantern just runs out of fuel and drop back down to earth, where people will dispose of it properly.

It is a novelty those, definitely must do it once, just for the fun of it. It is an Asian tradition, even Koreans have their version of lighting lanterns with wishes.

We Went to Yi Lan County

Yi Lan is not a very popular tourist destination, but I insisted on going for one reason only: cold springs. Taiwan has one of the three natural carbonic cold springs on the planet, the other in Italy and America. We skipped the normal hot springs because Princess Brat was too young. Her delicate skin would not be able to handle the heat.

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We rented a private room, and you can see that this looks like an ordinary pool. But it is not, the skin feels numb when you first went in. If you stay still, you can feel the heat rising and warming you up. The water is carbonated, with a slight sulfur smell to it. This spring is in Su’ Ao, in Yi Lan County. I had changed the itinerary to fit this in, because I had no intention of returning to the place anytime soon.

I will admit that cold spring does not have the same skin beautifying effect as a hot spring does. But I could see an improvement in Princess’ skin for a short while. This was also the reason we got sick, because the water is cold, and the weather was balmy. It was worth the experience, because cold springs are rarer.

The same with hot springs, if you have high blood pressure or other vascular issues, it is best not to soak in the spring for long. It might not make you sweat or dizzy, but this sneaky spring will definitely make you feel ill if you overdo it. We paid around $500 yuan for forty minutes. It was worth it as I did not have to worry about my kids being trampled by people.

Another Unique Experience

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Yup those are scallions!

The local produce of Yi Lan is rice and scallions, where farmers rotate to rejuvenate the soil. Their scallions have more white bits, almost 30% more than the normal variety you will find at the markets. It is also quite tasty, and has milder taste that goes well with a lot of things.

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Lovely place to visit

The tour guide took us to this farm, where you can pluck your own scallions. They will also teach you how to make scallion pie. It is just a thin crust filled with this yummy vegetable. Did I mention that you deep fry it? It is a fun experience fit for young (read not teenage) children. My kid definitely had a lot of fun. The parents? Not that much.

I will admit that it was educational, and the weather was perfect for this activity.

What Else Can You Do in Taiwan?

We skipped the Crayon factory, where kids can make their own crayons for a fee. It was because we went to the cold spring instead. Other things you could do (if you have a lot of moolah) is going on food tours, or engage in a local cooking class. I found one that would take you marketing, and teach you a few dishes for lunch. At the price of $150 per person, it was too expensive for that many of us. And it would have been boring for the few who wouldn’t participate.

In reality, it was probably better to hire the tour guide for the whole trip. Fear not, if you speak Mandarin or Taiwanese (I do both, actually), taxi is actually a reasonably priced way to get around. We all fit in one car, which cost us the same as taking the metro. When it rained, it was what we did.

Will We Go Back?

Probably not, there is nothing special about Taiwan. The food is not that great, the variety is vast, but I hardly think it’s mouth watering or scrumptious. Of course, smelling stinky tofu everywhere you go will not help make the food taste better. I do know that there are still places I have not been, experiences that are still waiting for me. But I have done the ones that I need to do. Scenery? It is beautiful, but taking kids to see the view … is not a very good idea.

Plus, I would not say that it is a wow factor for Taiwan. It is not like breathtaking, or memorable. So if you want to go to Taiwan, make sure it’s not raining and you know where you want to go. There are just too many places promising a good time, but not all will deliver.

Mask Review

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Bought it from 7-11

I was curious when I saw this Star Wars mask. If you have read my old posts, you will have seen the character masks.  They are funny, and I was hoping that this would be the same. It was 49 Yuan, which equates to almost Aud 2.50 for this one mask. Expensive, I know.

 

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bummer

This one is a Hyaluronic moisture mask, this one would give your skin a hydration boost. The Star Wars mask is made in Taiwan, so I don’t know why it costs so much for a single sheet mask. As you can see, this is just a simple white mask with hyaluronic acid and other ingredients. It feels heavenly when I first put it on, it is like my skin is sighing with relief. Ooops. Someone should teach me how to look after my skin during travels.

I left it on for a long time, despite not having any cute look, this one works very well. My skin does feel more supple and moisturized, surprise!. Since I was a bit lazy with my skincare, so it did show a positive effect for the one and only time I used the mask.

Is it worth the 49 yuan? Probably… because it works and the effect lasted. Will I buy it again, not for that price no. Plus, I could not find a bulk pack, which is disappointing.

 

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Trip Back to Malaysia and Back Again

Trip Back and Back Again

princess brat’s first flight. I survived

Recently I made a trip home back to Malaysia to see my parents, and then to Taipei in Taiwan. It was originally a fun and exciting holiday, except everyone got sick in Taipei. As I don’t have any photos taken from my trip in Taiwan, I would post mainly on the first leg of my journey

If you want to know more, comment and I’ll write up a post!

Malaysian Trip

My husband’s first must to was to get his feet cleaned by fish, such places exist and is called a Fish Spa. Usually these tropical fish will eat the dead skin surrounding the feet, if you put your hands in it will eat it too, but feet is more of a fun torture.

fish eating my dead skin

Because us humans think that fish love eating our dead skin. Well, this species seems to like it a lot, I have encountered wild types of the same species in Sabah, in one of the waterfalls near Poring Hot Springs. If you go into the water fall, they will come swarming and picking nibbles at you. I cannot imagine I taste good though. Definitely not recommended for ticklish people, they are extremely so.

Taiping

Then it was a short sprint back to where I was born, a small town called Taiping. I was hoping to show my kids and (very ignorant husband) my grandparent’s livelihood when they were young. My maternal family (both her sides) were in the charcoal business, except if I recall her mom’s side sold it off in favor of plantation some time later. Yes, charcoal, the mangrove type. If you are interested let me know and I’ll put up a separate post about it. My mom even does craft with it.

Prince Brat posing before a kiln

Following an accidental promise that we would take him to the zoo, Prince Brat decided to bug us every minute until we arrive at our destination. Taiping Zoo remains the oldest Zoo in Malaysia, because the town was the country’s capital before Kuala Lumpur took its mantel (history lesson).  But, it was hot and humid, luckily we managed to catch a sad looking diesel engine train to take us around.

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crocodile is this big!

It has obviously doubled in size since my last visit at age 6? But the animals in there remain sad and depressed as ever, their enclosures poorly maintained and filled with algae (ewww). Sometimes I wonder if they would just chuck carcasses of dead animals to the crocs, because it seems that those reptiles were strangely well fed, as were the lions. The stench of the zoo was unbearable as well, even Prince Brat was disappointed and became disinterested quickly.

Well, until we saw an elephant swimming in its special trough for fun. Interestingly, the elephants’ enclosure is the only structure that remains the same after all these years. I do remember because we used to shake hands with the lovely animals over the steel gate. They are real gentle giants.

Haul

Of course, nothing is more important than shopping. This is the only beauty product I got from Malaysia…

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As you know I am a huge follower of sheet mask, found it in Daiso, Malaysia. I haven’t been to thIMG_20170521_151714194e Adelaide branch so I do not know if they sell everything the same. But this silicone mask holds your sheet mask to prevent dehydration. With the ear loop, you can finally walk around the house, scaring everyone witless with your new look.

I haven’t tried it yet, seeing that I am sick, I have no need to walk around looking like a ghost. I am already haggard enough to scare my kids.

*haha*

But there will be a review, as I have been ill and tired, please bear with me and thank you for your patience.

Peace out!

And do take care of yourselves, so hard to get rid of a cold when you get one.

Trip to Taiwan, stay tuned
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3 Stuffs That Blows My Mind!

New Stuffs that Blow My Mind

I know that some of these stuffs are not brand new, as in just came out of the oven. But they still seem new to me, so they are in the list.

Image from Charlotte Tilbury

Dry Mask… you read that right! Dry, not wet with liquid but dry. It boasts to work for up to eight hours after you take it off! Quoted by Charlotte Tilbury website, you can even use it thrice at it is dry, and will have less places for bacteria to grow. Plus, it is great for travelling, not having gooey stuff dripping every where right? Getting of the plane looking awesome is not a dream now.

At USD 35 per mask, that better be multi-use. Buy Link here, not affiliated.

Moschino Bag

Moschino Should Bag

This $850 Capsule collection from Moschino is something that I will never ever recommend people to buy. I am an avid Feng shui follower, and one of the important mantra is not to dress trashy. Imagine all the bad luck following this pretty interesting thing around.

Same goes for ripped jeans and shirt, a lot of people would think that it is nothing. For Feng Shui, it attracts negative energy hence will effectively make your luck worse. Well, buying this bag will definitely make my finances turn worse.

Meat That is Not Meat

Solyent

In the quest of finding a way to feed the world, many companies try to focus on producing food that is nutritious and sustainable. Often that means plant based protein, like soy and hemp. Rice is more starch than protein, while eggs and meat comes from an animal, which some considers carbon footprint and cost.

So, soylent is GMO and has a lot of nutrients added into the mix. Consider this a soy drink that has everything you need on the go. Another thing to note, is that this is not really the newest thing that blows my mind, it is just how it is going to be.

Sooner or later, I’m going to be eating soy meat and not know it. That, is what blows my mind.

Is man trying to play God?

This is kind of funny, considering man has been playing God for a long time now. They use God as an excuse to kill people in Salem. And men also selectively bred animals and plants to their own liking, if it were up to nature, I am sure things a lot different.

To say that now, is just hypocrisy I think. I think we wouldn’t be eating soy burgers while wearing trash can leather bags if we were not playing God.