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Resident Blogger @ My Fat Pocket

**NEW BLOG URL: http://ngjuann.com**

Dear Readers,

It has been an awesome many years publishing contents (well, my thoughts) on http://judging-me.blogspot.com and sharing them with all of you.

I have joined Singapore Beauty and Fashion Portal - MyFatPocket as a "Resident Blogger"!

Click here and scroll down to spot "JU ANN"! :)

About MyFatPocket:
MyFatPocket.com is one of Singapore leading women's portal. It is your daily read and guide to beauty, fashion, gossip and lifestyle.

As of 1st May 2011, my new URL will be http://ngjuann.com. Please, come on over and say hi!

It's still the same old me blogging, still the same style but there will be new and exciting contents and definitely more updates over there.

So, here's me, signing off from Blogger and saying hello to you from http://ngjuann.com


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Dr. Jart+ V7 VitaLaser

Do you have these skin problems?

I have super dull skin (or so complains my beautician), darkened skin (since I am always out in the sun) and uneven skin (due to my previous spat of breakouts).

Confirm Trading passed me the Dr. Jart V7 VitaLaser Skin Perfecting Revitalizer 2 months back and I've been religiously using it.

I took so long to blog about this cos I wanted to give this a try before giving a review on this. I think the ad below best highlights what's so special about this whitening treatment. The seven kinds of vitamins present in this cream makes this a very saturated formula-like ointment that delivers vitamins and nutrients deep into the skin.

Product Characteristics

Vitamin ointment – solution for complex skin
Healing problematic skin through whitening, moisturizing & restoring

▶ Evens your skin tone for 7 days and gives whitening effect after 7-weeks of use.
Powerful whitening element AA2G inhibits melanin formation removing flaws including freckles and spots.

▶ Outstanding absorption and penetration into the skin
Unique ointment-like texture soaks into skin fast with 7 types of vitamins encapsulated by the nano-liposome technology.

▶ Returns the skin to the original state
Ease the repair of skin cell for regenerating new skin fast and making restoration layer.

▶ Restores uneven skin
Vitamin H and grapefruit skin extract prevents the recurrence of troubles and anti-oxidant function prevents the loss of skin elasticity while restoring the traces of trouble.

▶ Protect damaged and sensitive skin
Portulaca oleracea and grape fruit extract sooths damaged skin and protect the skin from harmful environment to make your sensitive skin stronger.

When squeezed out of the tube, it looks like this. A little translucent. I feel that it's a little thick and takes quite a fair bit of time to be absorbed into the skin. Having said that, after 2 months of continuous usage, I noticed a brighter complexion . The skin in my cheek area has also even'ed out some. Although I had an overall brighter complexion, I went diving a couple of weeks ago and... DAMN, got dark all over again. So, back to more Dr. Jart+ V7 VitaLaser then!

Retail Price: $59.00 (Made in Korea)
Exclusively available at Watsons stores such as Ngee Ann City, ION Orchard, Parkway Parade, Bugis Junction, Jurong Point, Tampines Mall, Vivocity, Serangoon Nex and many more.

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Introducing Viccal and Hanamei



With a tagline like that, Viccal definitely got my attention. Their approach to skincare is to ensure their products remain authentic and pure. Using natural contents and 100% natural actives.

I recently used one of their products. No. 2.11. They have 3 products under this range:

1.10 Nuture and Strengthen (10 referring to 10 active ingredients) - Priced at $145
2.11 Detoxify and Heal (11 referring to 11 active ingredients) - Priced at $165
3.12 Revitalise and Energize (12 referring to 12 active ingredients) - Priced at $185

No.2.11 as seen below which helps to detoxify and heal.

Before, I had heaps of mini breakouts at my forehead area cos of the late nights. No amount of pimple cream healed everything since these pimples just kept popping up!

After 2 weeks of using this, I still have some breakouts but my skin is a lot calmer now. Waited so long for this! :) Products are not cheap (the one I used costs $165!) but treat it like an investment.

And good thing about this is that their website here allows you to request for some samples before you invest in this. Click on the contact us tab at the bottom of the website.

Next up, is another interesting new product which I have been using lately. It's called Hanamei. Heard of it before?

It has these very very sweet pink girly packaging which is so appealing! Ok let's get on to the serious business.

What is Hanamei?

For most hair removal procedures including waxing, plucking and shaving, the undesirable can often be removed but not its side effects. Bumps, ingrown hair, darkening of the skin, inflammation and soreness are just some of the more common problems that your skin can suffer from.

Hanamei is created specifically to care for your most intimate area especially after any hair removal therapies. Besides providing instant relief after waxing, Hanamei® also help keep delicate skin supple, smooth and fair over time.

Rich in pure Japanese botanical extracts, the Hanamei® Intimate Beauty Treatment range is gentle yet effective for everyday use, even on other areas like the underarms, elbows and kneecaps where skin is often rough and darkened.

First up, we review the Hanamei Comforting Mask.

The Hanamei Comforting Mask is specifically designed and formulated to provide instant relief and care for delicate skin in the bikini area that has undergone hair removal therapies.

Hanamei Comforting Mask promises to:
• Soothe and minimise skin soreness
• Reduce redness and skin irritation
• Protect skin against follicle and pore infection

I went for VPL for my bikini line in Jan, which included some shaving and then the VPL treatment. So the shaving left some of my follicles sore and red. I use the Hanamei Comforting Mask chilled. Very comforting. I usually take it out of the fridge and unfold it and then place it on the bikini area. It immediate provides that area with a cool comfort and makes my skin there noticeably more hydrated. There is also a very light, pleasant rose fragrance to this. Only because I was deliberately checking out its fragrance did I detect it.

Next up, we look at the Hanamei Brightening Serum.

The Hanamei Brightening Serum contains multiple botanical actives to minimise ingrown hair and lighten darkened skin caused by hair removal and micro-abrasion especially at the underarms, elbows and kneecaps.

Use the Hanamei Brightening Serum to:
• Maintain elasticity and resilience of skin
• Minimise ingrown hair
• Lighten the appearance of skin darkened by hair removal and micro-abrasion

I use this mostly on my underarm. Many years ago, I took up IPL for my underarm because my underarms have gotten to a very bad stage of ingrown hair that leads to pimples and redness and scars. And the scars are dark and frankly, short sleeved tops are just a no-no. After my several years of IPL treatment, my underarm looks a lot better but now and again, the hair does still grow again. Good thing I found out about this product, for it helps to treat the 2 biggest problems I don't want to have with my underarm - ingrown hair and darken skin. I've been religiously applying this after my shower and I notice slightly brightened skin. Can't say much for the ingrown hair cos after my IPL, the hairs that grow are few.

The serum is easily absorbed and not oily at all. So try it! :)

The Hanamei Brightening Serum can also be used on the underarms, elbows or kneecaps to lighten and smoothen out rough skin!

For more information or sales enquiry on Hanamei, please e-mail hanamei@ilypl.com

P.s.: All products mentioned in this post are kindly sponsored by Hanamei, Viccal and The Sample Store.

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Itinerary for Borneo Diving Trip

So I've been "MIA" for awhile now. Went to pursue my dream of learning how to dive and then diving.

But I'm back now. With more exciting new updates! There's something brewing new for this humble blog of mine and I will be back to update everyone about it soon!

Meanwhile, hola all, I'm back.

Here's sharing my itinerary for my 8D7N Trip to the Borneo Islands.

8D7N combination will get us a diving certification, and 2 days worth of diving at any island in sabah and 1 day at the famous Sipadan island. It is mandatory that we do a dive in any island after our certification before attempting Sipadan Island due to strong currents there. Everyday will be jam-packed! Here goes!

Day 1: Depart Singapore to KL, transfer at KL for 3 hours before departing to Tawau via Air Asia and transfer to Semporna (45mins to 1hour taxi ride ~RM100) and stay with Dragon Inn @ Semporna for the night.

Day 2: Pick up at 7am and transfer to Mabul where we begin the PADI Open Water Course (OWC) and stay with Uncle Chang on Mabul Island.

Day 3 & 4: Open Water Dives X 4 (Part of OWC) and stay with Uncle Chang on Mabul Island.

Day 5: 3 dives at Siamil Island and stay with Uncle Chang on Mabul Island.

Day 6: 3 dives at Sipadan Island and stay with Uncle Chang on Mabul Island.

Day 7: 3 dives at Mataking Island. Dropped off at Semporna and then taxi back to Tawau's King Park Hotel for the night.

Day 8: Check out and prepare for flight back to KL-Singapore via Air Asia and Tiger Airways.

More details on pricing, underwater photos and such coming right up!

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PADI Open Water Course at Mabul Island

I'm at Mabul Island, West Malaysia now taking my PADI Open Water Dive Certification.

Arrived at 8am this morning to Uncle Chang's "resort" and was shuffled off for check in and breakfast. The room assigned to us costed RM90 per person for a twin-sharing room and all meals included.

Today's day one of my lifelong diving adventure. As I walked the little aisles of Uncle Chang's lodge on Mabul Island, I saw a huge turtle swimming by in very shallow waters! Omg! Loved the sight. It looks so free. The waters are clear and full of various marine life like crabs, starfishes and some other fishes that I can't identify.

The first dive was before lunch and we went out to a nearby shallow beach to learn our first dive lesson!

See the great thing about this is, there are no swimming pools (i.e.: no confined water dives!). You're right out there on the first dive! Awesome.

So we learnt in 1.7m deep water for our first practical lesson. We learnt skills like how to set up own our diving equipment, and I had my very first experience breathing under water. So amazing.

The seabed's full of these fancy star fishes! Was so worried I'll step on them and hurt them!

It was challenging to breathe using only my mouth underwater. Thought it would be pretty easy but it seems even when I use my mouth to breathe out, some air escapes from my nose too.

After dive one, I was quite apprehensive as to whether I'll really be mentally and physically ready for an 18M dive at SIPADAN Island in just 3 days!

Will I get used to breathing under water?

So then we had lunch and next up was the practical lesson number two!

This time around we dived in 3M deep waters and learnt more challenging skillsets like what to do if your regulator has no more air, how to do some hand signals, what to do if water gets into your mask, how to take off your entire mask under water, how to inflate yourself if your inflation mechanism in your buoyancy control device (BCD) jacket is not working...and so on. So cool.

I am also given this thick Open Water Diver Manual to study and get tested on by the next day. Back to school! :P

After lesson two, I felt wayyy more confident about diving and am starting to be relaxed.

Tomorrow 4 more dives. Tonight, will finish watching the rest of the 3 video clips before sleeping.

Who knows what day two of my diving adventure will bring. :)

[Blogged on 4th April 2011]

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My Chilli Plant

My dear granny saw how I murdered the previous store bought chilli plant and decided to help me out. I just thought that I should post about it, and reflect on it's little progress.

Day #1

Day #2:

A month later....

At 2 months old....

6 months later!!

WTF why no flowers?? No chilli too :( I've been nursing this thing for half a year!! Oh my, how time flies.

P.s.: Please pardon the shots which are of different lighting and quality. All taken over a span of 6 months ma!

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Apple Pie

I'm going swimming this weekend with the girls so what better reason for me to make a pie than today and then feed it to them!! So apple pie it is.

Well, I cheated this week. It was mad easy to make an apple pie when you cheat. First of all, the pie crust receipe is here. Just the same recipe as the Canned Peach Pie I made the last time. But this time around, I had a new mixing bowl and a new rolling pin - MADE all the difference I tell you. A good rolling pin will make your pie so much better! See here! How neat it looks right!

I also parbaked the bottom crust so that it won't be so soggy when it comes out of the oven.

As for the Apple Pie Filling, cold storage sells this canned apple pie filling and it was on offer so I bought it and used it. So simple and so convenient! The brand is called Wilderness.

I think next time, I shall attempt a savoury pie? :D Who knows!

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