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Durian season is here!!!!
I have been dying (like really craving!) for durians for the past couple of weeks. However, Preston was down with a bout of gastric flu so I refrained from buying any home.
On Wednesday afternoon, I went to Preston's child care for a PTC (Parent-Teacher Conference...more on that in an upcoming post) and took him home earlier than usual. There was a pasar malam right opposite his childcare centre!! And there were 2 stalls selling durians.
HOW TO RESIST?!!???
And the stall owner was so great, opening each durian for me to sample and if it wasn't satisfactory, he would open another one for me. I very much wanted to get the 猫山王 (mao shan wang) type but figured it wasn't as "worth it" since now Aug is the one with stomach flu and can't eat durians. Preston would be happy with pretty much any durian variety so in the end, I bought 2 D24 durians!
The durians were Preston's dessert after dinner and they were yummy!!!! Creamy, soft, fragrant (to us the smell was wonderful) and sweet with tinges of bitterness.
No photos of my MIL & me but here are some of Preston enjoying his durians.
Oh yes, finger-licking good!
In case you couldn't tell, Preston really enjoyed eating the durians. He was going "mmmm" with a look of absolute bliss on his face while eating. He has loved eating this fruit since he was a baby. I guess me eating durians every fortnight during pregnancy helped? In any case, we started him young & fed him teeny bits when he was 8 to 10 months old. He started eating the flesh from one seed (scraped into a bowl) by himself with a spoon when he was 1+. Since then, it has been the point of no return & his fate as a durian-lover was sealed. Haha...
Now we are waiting for Aug to recover so that we can buy more durians and have a feast at home!
A couple of weeks back, I received a package from the PR folks of Secretive.sg and it contained 2 products from KLARITY™. There was a tube of CC cream & a 2-step sheet mask.
This review is only about the CC cream so do read on!
As you can see from the box, the rainbow hologram made it extremely hard to photograph but one can definitely read that this products has SPF30/PA++ and that it's paraben free.
I would have preferred a product with a 'PA+++' rating but I guess this isn't too bad.
According to KLARITY™ (which is a brand from Korea), this product is not tested on animals (yay!) and even contains diamond powder. However, the bling-bling powder is listed as the very last ingredient so don't expect much since the retail price is only S$29.
Let's talk about the packaging some more!
The CC lotion is housed in a silver squeeze tube, which looks really pretty standing on my dressing table. Opening the screw-top lid reveals an opening which is small enough to control the amount you prefer each time and yet the opening is large enough such that you don't end up squeezing only a teeny amount out each time.
Surprised that this CC lotion is white?? I thought it would "magically" turn into a skin-tinted hue like other Korean CC/BB creams but it didn't. So I decided to read the brochure more carefully. The manufacturer claims that this CC lotion has 11-in-1 functions! Here's what I copied from the website --
KLARITY™ Lasertox™ CC Miracle White Lotion helps to restore your beauty with at least one tone lighter whitening effect instantaneously. The lotion is enriched with diamond powder, giving you the instant glow after application. Also enriched with wild rosehip extract, which is a source of powerful antioxidant, it helps to prolong skin youthfulness.
With sun screen factor SPF30/PA++, Lasertox™ CC Miracle White Lotion protects your skin from harmful UV rays, preventing photo-aging and dark spots. This 11-in-1 multi functions CC lotion is light on skin and colorant free. The non-sticky and non-oily formula leaves skin smoother and hydrated.
1. The first CC cream with no colorant!
2. Waterproof, stay naturally fair no matter rain or shine.
3. Helps to reduce acnes, lightens acne marks, soothes itchiness, and lightens scar marks.
Ahh... So this is non-tinted CC product! And there are a lot of claims listed right??!! I squeezed out some and spread the product on the back of my hand.
It does blend in very well and there's a visible brightening in my skin tone.
Here's my bare naked face.
(Yikes, the things I do to write an honest review!)
And here's a photo taken after applying the CC lotion.
To make it somewhat easier to compare, here's a 'Before' and 'After'.
Since this is non-tinted, it definitely doesn't provide any coverage at all. As evident from the photo above, you can still see my (horrible) dark eye rings and larger pores are still visible.
However, my skin looks brighter and more hydrated. In fact, I checked the ingredient list and H2O is listed as the 1st ingredient. Applying this CC lotion feels more like applying a lightweight, water-based sunscreen on my face. Now, this IS what I like most about this product and lotion is a very apt word since the texture is definitely light i.e. not like a cream. I found it hydrating enough as a day moisturizer (for my normal/combi skin type) and it sat well on my skin without any stickiness. I also liked the delicate floral scent but if you are sensitive to scents, then you may not like it. It's not that big a deal though since the scent disappears soon after spreading the lotion on your face.
When I tested this for the 1st time, I applied my HG Lancôme powder foundation over it and here's the completed look below.
My skin doesn't look ghastly white or mask-like after applying makeup over it. Something which irks and scares me! My skin got shiny after 2-3pm, which is usual for me. Again, I wish it came with higher/better sun protection but I think the compromise would be the texture of this lotion.
Here's a photo of me again wearing and testing the CC lotion to work yesterday.
Overall verdict? B+
- didn't break me out
- comes with sun protection
- fuss-free packaging
- not tinted
- doesn't conceal skin problems
- only rated PA++
For the price, I would personally buy a tube to use as a daytime moisturizer with sunscreen. However, it would be necessary to still use concealer to hide blemishes and pigmentation.
A couple of months back, Preston started swimming lessons.
The reasons were aplenty:
1) He loves the water.
2) Water safety! He has a tendency to 不知天高地厚 (roughly translated to mean "be unaware of danger") and it's important he knows some basic survival skills in water.
3) We are heading to Australia later this year and will be at the beach/pool a lot.
4) Build up his lungs as he has sensitive airways.
I initially wanted to form a private swim class with my SIL & her boys but she declined as she felt her kids were too young. So I relied on reviews & Google to suss out a few swim schools/coaches.
There were some criteria that must be met -- location of public pool (obviously Sengkang), class timing, fees & max number of students per class. In the end, I settled on Singapore Swimming Academy and Preston was placed in the Beginner class with Coach Lawrence Ang.
The swim cap & goggles are provided by the school. This makes it easier for the coaches to identify the kids in their charge.
At his 1st lesson:
And his coaches (sometimes there was an assistant around) are great! I sit under the shade and observe his weekly lessons so I can keep tabs on things. His coaches are patient and they don't force the kids to do stuff they aren't ready for. For example, Preston was kind of apprehensive about putting his entire head underwater to blow bubbles. So Coach Ang took it slow with him and on his 3rd lesson, he finally did it and Preston was so gleeful!
2 weeks ago...
You can see some progress as Preston gets strapped on with more (and different floats).
At this point, Preston is definitely still unable to swim. However, his water confidence level has increased a lot. He jumps straight into the learner pool (around 1m deep) whenever it's time for class. He's learning the breaststroke at the moment but for now, he still needs to work on perfecting his kick so that he can move well in water.
Can't wait for him to move onto the next stage -- coordinating his arms & legs while holding his breath underwater. Now, that will definitely be interesting!
A couple of weekends ago, we decided to check out Children's Season 2014 at the National Museum of Singapore.
This year's theme?? Masak-masak!
I love how they displayed the theme so appropriately with alphabet blocks. :) I'm not exactly sure but I think "masak" is a Malay word and it means play?
The play areas are located on the 2nd & 3rd floors of the museum.
We arrived just in time for a story-telling session by a volunteer advocating the rights of children, something to do with the United Nations.
Oops a blurry shot.
There Preston was, sneaking a glance at me to ensure that I was waiting nearby since parents were not allowed into the story-telling area.
Can I be brutally honest?? The introduction by the volunteer was waaaayyyy too long. The kids were starting to get restless and it wasn't very apt to tell these kids about their rights. Come on, most were preschoolers and I seriously doubt they understood.
The saving grace was the 1st story as it was about dinosaurs. Thank goodness for that because Preston is a huge fan of dinosaurs nowadays!
After that, we went to explore other areas!
Daddy got into the spirit of things too.
There was another huge room filled with installation art, made of cardboard. The kids could also make a cardboard house for a nominal fee but Preston wasn't keen.
And the highlight was the inflatable slide/bouncy castle right outside the museum. The "dragon" slide is modeled after the playgrounds of my childhood...back then, such playground had sand, ceramic tiles, a super smooth slide (whoosh!) and old-fashioned fun!
Too bad it was such a scorching hot day!!!
Preston only climbed up the ladder and decided he had enough. Why? The plastic was so hot that fun was out of the question for him. The other kids didn't seem to mind though. :p
Overall, we didn't find it as fun or interactive as the one at SAM last year. Preston didn't ask to go again so it's a very honest indicator. I personally found it rather boring and it seemed more suitable for older kids. Not preschoolers and toddlers.