Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Tokyo Sushi Japan x Oishi Japan 2014

I'm a huge fan of Japanese cuisine. Whenever SX or my friends asks me for dinner ideas, I'll usually suggest having Japanese food for dinner. It never disappoints me. I swear I can have it 24/7!
 
So when my dear friend, Esther, invited me down to Tokyo Sushi Academy, to learn how to make sushi, I jumped at the chance! I've always wanted to learn how to make sushi but I just felt it was too difficult and I gave up the idea but I was wrong, I was able to make a pretty decent maki in less than 2 hours!
 
 
 
Esther also invited Tricia down to Tokyo Sushi Academy, and yes, put 2 of us together, the class was pretty hilarious.
 


So we joined the class of Temasek Polytechnic students for a half day special training session as they will be involved in this year's Oishii Japan 2014 expo held at Suntec Expo Singapore (more on that later).
 

Here's chef Fujisaki teaching us how to prepare the rice, which is like the most important step of making sushi? It seems to take the longest time too and yes, you have to actually fan the rice to cool it down to body temperature.
 

 Tricia and I trying our hands on making the most basic type of sushi!
 

Us trying to blend in with the hardworking students.
 

But still, we will definitely have time for a selfie before the teacher moved on to demonstrating the next kind of sushi.
 

Adding fish flakes onto the rice to "color" it.
 


Ingredients: cheese sticks and boiled spinach.
 

We were then taught how to make Kazari Maki, which means art or decorative sushi!
Can you tell what we are making?
 
 
Serious at work but it was really fun lah!!


Haha, Chef Fujisaki standing on the chair to make sure all his students got what he was saying and were making the sushi correctly.
 

YAY, part 1 of the Kazari Maki done.
Pretty obvious what we are making right? A flower!
 

Chef Fujisaki demonstrating how to roll the "flower sushi" into a huge maki.
 
 
I needed some help.. hahaha and I was like calling "SENSEI SENSEI!".. so he came over personally to guide me. #NeedyStudent


I DID IT!
Very proud of my work even though it is far from perfect. HAHA.
 
 
The last step which is the "make it or break it" part is to SLICE IT UP.
& Japanese rice is sooooo sticky, I have to wipe down the knife every time I slice a portion.


It is not that easy okay!! Need skill one man. You got to have a firm hand but not pressing it down too hard else the sushi roll will just go out of shape.
 
 
Posing with my sweat and blood. HAHA.
Okay, dramatic much. But I was so happy I did it!
 

Can you believe in less than 2 hours, I was able to make all these!
 
The cucumber sushi was the first one I made and as you can tell, my rolling skill wasn't that good at that time because it is quite "loose"?
 
The crabmeat sushi was the 2nd one I did and I think I did pretty okay there!
 
And the final sushi was the huge flower one!!
Super cute please.....
 
I feel happy just looking at it.
 

& this is... not mine.
 
Haha, this plate of sushi is done by Chef Fujisaki, our Sensei!
He even carved out those leaves to decorate the plate of sushi.
 

 MasterChef, Bloggers Edition. HAHA.
 
Chef Fujisaki is pretty funny during the class even though English isn't his first language, you'll definitely be able to understand what he was teaching. He is really detailed (well, I guess most Japanese are) and makes sure you get the important points down.

 
One picture with Esther before we left.
Thanks once again for thinking of me because you know I'm such a sushi fan! I really enjoyed myself during the class and I actually really want to learn how to make sushi lah! Next time can be the perfect housewife right? Imagine your husband come home, and you prepared an array of sushi for him.. confirm that weekend he bring you go shopping. HAHA.
 
 
If you are keen to find out more, like the price of the courses and all, feel free to contact them!
 
 
 
Address: 133 New Bridge Road
B2-17
Chinatownpoint,
Singapore 059413
 
TEL: +65 6444 – 7828
 
Email: info@sushiacademy.co.jp
 
 
 
So, remember earlier on I was saying that the class of Temasek Polytechnic students were learning how to make sushi because they were involved in Oishii Japan 2014?
 
 
 
 This is the 3rd year Oishii Japan is happening in Singapore. & this time it is held at Suntec Expo from 16 to 18 October!
 
Oishii Japan is the largest dedicated Japanese F&B showcase.
 
& it is launched to showcase the beauty and versatility of Japanese produce that can be incorporated into many types of cuisines.
 
By celebrating the intricacies of Japanese cuisine, Oishii Japan aims to promote the rich heritage, culture and wide array of agricultural produce that Japan has to offer.
 
The show caters to F&B professionals, chefs, restaurateurs, hoteliers, importers and distributors, retailers as well as new business owners and investors in the food business.
 
(visit the website to check out the programmes happening on the 18th Oct - sushi demonstration by Chef Yujisaki)
 
So the class of Temasek Polytechnic student's experience in sushi making will come in handy as they will be assisting Chef Fujisaki during his demonstration sessions during Oishii Japan Expo.
 
The students will also be manning a counter at J-Food Street on 18th Oct where they will show their newly acquired sushi making skills and will be distributing the sushis for sampling!
 
J-Food Street will be located at Hall 404 of Suntec Expo and it is open to public. There is also no  admission charges needed and anyone can buy Japanese small bites and beverages there!
 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Sensodyne #TrueWhiteStyle

If you were given a choice, would you choose a toothpaste that has whitening properties or one that has sensitivity relieving properties? 

I'm a huge vain pot so I know I'll definitely pick the one that gives me whiter teeth!
A nice smile is really important to mnee because well, people usually say I look super fierce if I were to not smile (HAHA). So when they say, a little smile goes a long way, THEY ARE NOT LYING!

When I was having my interview to be a flight attendant at Singapore Airlines a few years back, one of the interviewers even pulled me aside to tell me to "smile more, if not you look very serious.". & I kept her advice in mind and I passed the remaining 2 interviews by throwing in tons of sincere smiles. 


However, for individuals who have sensitive teeth, I think you'll most likely to pick the toothpaste that has relieves sensitivity right? My mom has been using sensitivity relieving toothpaste for the longest time because her teeth aches every time she eats something cold! 

& my bathroom has like 2 different tubes of toothpaste on the sink because of our different needs.

But then, I received this parcel from Sensodyne last week
(which is the toothpaste brand my mom uses because her dentist told her it will help her the most)


& it is their new TRUE WHITE toothpaste!



& it contains BOTH whitening AND sensitivity relieving properties!

WHAT?!

Really?!


I was super glad to hear that & I told my mom that she can try using this toothpaste instead because it is like an UPGRADED version of the one she is currently using.


Sensodyne toothpaste has been clinically proven to relieve sensitive teeth and I bet all of you know that right? It really is what most dentists recommend when you tell them you have concerns with sensitive teeth.

Just that now, its BETTER because the TRUE WHITE toothpaste whitens at the same tjme!



The toothbrush has a double head, one side is the normal bristles which is SO SOFT yet FIRM at the same time - the outer extra soft tapered bristles are specially designed to clean in hard to reach areas in a gentle way!

And the other side is the rubbery side is the tongue cleaner to aid in removing bacteria on your tongue surface. Do you know that even though you brush your teeth really well and clean, a large amount of bacteria is still present in your mouth if you do not clean your tongue properly? So remember to always scrap your tongue with a tongue cleaner!! 

I can NEVER go a day without using a tongue cleaner, but sometimes I'll forget to pack it into my travel bag when I'm on a holiday and I just feel so unhygienic the entire day. So I'm really loving the fact that this toothpaste has the tongue cleaner on the flip side of the bristles.


So I've been using the TRUE WHITE toothpaste & toothbrush as a pair & they work wonderfully well together.


My everyday routine..
squeeze a generous amount (this is just my habit, I like to use A LOT of toothpaste) on the toothbrush..


& brush away!!


I really like the minty flavor it has because it is THE BEST at removing any trace of morning breath I have. HAHA, too much info? Oops.

But come on, don't act okay, everyone has morning breath.


OH OH OH!
& do you know that the Sensodyne TRUE WHITE is really gentle on your teeth and gums even though it has whitening properties? 

It is 10 TIMES LESS abrasive than many everyday other whitening toothpaste!
(While most whitening toothpastes have a Relative Dentine Abrasion (RBA) index above 150, Sensodyne True White has an RDA of just 13!!!)

So you don't have to worry that you are stripping off the top layer of your enamel like other whitening toothpaste that gives you whiter teeth but they are actually "thinning" you teeth slowly. In other words, brushing your teeth with Sensodyne True White is as gentle as brushing with water!



I'll definitely give my nod of approval to the Sensodyne TRUE WHITE toothpaste & toothbrush which I've been really enjoying using daily.



You can also hop over to their website - www.truewhite.com.sg- to join Sensodyne in the search for the ultimate #TrueWhiteStyle! 


If you want to check out the behind the scene actions of the #TrueWhiteStyle campaign, featuring Andrea & Rach, visit the website!

You can follow - Sensodyne SG - on Facebook as well as - @SensodyneSG - on Instagram too.


Are you keen on getting the Sensodyne True White toothpaste & toothbrush yet?

Well, I don't think I need to tell you where you can find them right?

All leading supermarkets, pharmacies and even those "mama shops" will mostly carry it!

So, embrace your smile people!
It really is the most attractive thing on your body.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

My DRx experience

I'm sure the brand DRx is not foreign to you guys here. I've been reading all about it since a year ago and when I did a google search on the review I was surprised that almost everyone had nothing but praises for DRx. Even though I was super excited when I was approached by Charlene, the super bubbly & not to mention pretty marketing executive of DRx, to join the DRx family.. I decided to do my own research & not just blindly agree. 

I even told Charlene that I'm pretty particular about skincare products and I will only write about those that works for me and she was so confident that I'll like it.

So I went for my first consultation at The DRx Clinic on the last week of April (yes, that's how long I've been using the products before I write this review - 5 months!!).


So I was appointed to Dr Hui Yun, who will be here for me throughout my entire skincare journey with DRx. Over at The DRx Clinic, they make sure that you stick to 1 doctor because that way, they will know your skin conditions best and notice any changes or improvements and advise you accordingly.


So here we were discussing about my skin concerns and areas that Dr Hui Yun thinks I need to pay more attention to.

My skin concerns: 
- Dry skin around the nose and side of cheeks
- Blackheads and visible pores on nose
- Yellow & dull skin undertone
- Growing hyperpigmentation on cheekbones


My doctor is definitely "cert"ified. 
LOL.


The first consultation took about less than 20 minutes and I was done!
Dr Hui Yun was super friendly and I can't help but keep admiring her skin!! She has super fair and translucent + radiant skin lah. Just compare my dull and sallow skin next to her's! :((


I was then taken to another room to snap pictures of my skin close up.
These pictures will be review by your doctor and yourself when you return after using the products to compare the differences made!


 & lastly, I was taken to another room where the nurse explained to me thoroughly the steps of using the entire range of products. I was bewildered for a moment because there were so many!! I actually really hate spending a lot of time sitting in front of the mirror and applying my skincare and when I saw the amount of products I was like "fml". But the nurse assured me that the entire skincare process will take me less than 10 minutes each morning and night because the products are really light and is absorbed super quickly by the skin.

So let me show you the products that were prescribed to me by Dr Hui Yun according to my skincare requirements
(So don't be wondering why you are given a different set of skincare products as compared to mine because everyone's skin concerns and needs are different!)


Milk Cleanser - which is really gentle on the skin and removes all traces of makeup at the end of the day for me!

Chira- Wash - a facial cleanser that isn't drying to my skin at all but yet it feels really clean after using it. No tightness experienced!

Toner - I use this every morning and night and it is supposed to help gently "exfoliate" your skin daily as there is Salicylic acid in it. Not to worry about it being too harsh on the skin because this toner is alcohol free too!


Comedone Formula - My #2 favorite. Comedones are the nasty white and blackheads that everyone hates and this CF helps to reduce the appearance of it by softening the comedones and preventing formation of new ones. 

X cream - This product and the one below (strong lightener) are to be refrigerated after each use as they contain ingredients that are temperature sensitive. The X cream is a lightener that I apply over areas on my cheeks that have hyperpigmentations.

Strong Lightener - It is stronger and thicker in texture as compared to the X cream but it is both used to combat my dark spots. 

Vit-A-Gel (sample size) - I was given a sample size first because Dr Hui Yun wanted to make sure my skin reacted fine to this Vitamin A gel which helps to stimulate and increase skin cell renewal and also helps with wrinkles!


Max C - My #1 love out of the entire skincare range. This is a super concentrated Vitamin C gel that helps even out the skin tone and whitens at the same time. It has anti oxidant properties and encourages collagen and elastin production too! I'm already on my 2nd bottle right now.

Hydrator - A lightweight moisturizer that hydrates the skin and is absorbed by the skin within seconds!!


So let me show you my night time skincare routine using Derma-Rx products!


After removing my makeup with the Cleansing Milk and washing my face with the Chira Wash, I'll pour the Toner onto a cotton pad and swipe it across my face.


Then I'll apply the Comedone Formula..


Using it only on my T-zone.. which is my nose and forehead.


Then I'll dap the X cream over the areas that has hyperpigmentation and pat it in.


As for the Strong Lightener, you can see I use it only on specific dark spots as this product is really potent and I only want to target that area that has pigmentation.


& now on to my favorite product, the Max C, which I will use a generous amount (3 pumps) and spread it all over my palms before I pat it onto my entire face.


& the final step would be to seal all the products in by applying the Hydrator, which, as you can tell, I also spam tons of it.


& this is me after applying everything. (Absolutely BARE-faced)
Actually, it only took me like 8 minutes. Yes, I timed myself. LOL.

My skin no longer has that yellow dullness and I think that alone is a huge improvement!! I just look so refreshed and "clean" even with no makeup on. I really can't stand having dull skin because it just looks like you are forever tired or something. Haha, as for my pore size, it has not really decreased because the only way to reduce it is by laser treatment. BUT! My blackheads seems to have gotten less obvious! 

It has been 5 months since the start of my Derma-Rx skincare regime and I must say I really enjoyed certain products and they will definitely be here to stay. I'm a huge skincare addict so I'm always trying out new skincare products so sometimes I do use other products instead just using soley Derma-Rx skincare but I will always ALWAYS have my Chira Wash, Comedone Formula & Max C on. 

However for about 1.5 months, I was totally dedicated to only using Derma-Rx products as advised by Dr Hui Yun because she wanted me to see the difference on my skin after using the entire range.


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