Monday, November 11, 2019

Back To CoolSculpting with Halley Medical Aesthetics (Because It Works!)

Those of you who have been following me on this blogging journey would remember that I first tried CoolSculpting with HalleyMedical Aesthetics three years ago. Back then, I did a total of four applicators on my abdomen area and since then, I’ve enjoyed a less flabby tummy and the consultation with the nutritionist then also taught me to make significant changes to the way and type of food I eat. It was a very wonderful experience then, so naturally when I thought about removing the stubborn fat on my abodmen, , I did not hesitate going back to Halley Medical Aesthetics at all! This was just right before the launch of their new HalleyBody Slimming Clinic , which focuses on weight management, no downtime fat reduction, body firming, and muscle toning treatments.









CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting is still the world’s number 1 non-invasive fat-reduction process. It is the only US FDA-approved fat freezing treatment that uses the concept of cryolipolysis to freeze and destroy unwanted fat cells, which are then disposed from the body naturally. 20-25% of fat cells in the treated area are removed each time, and because we stop producing new fat cells after the age of 5, these fat cells that die after freezing will be gone forever, after they are disposed from our bodies.


The last time round I did it, each applicator took one hour, but I am so glad that with new and improved CoolAdvantage applicators used at Halley Medical Aesthetics now, the process time has been cut down to a mere 35 minutes (CoolAdvantage) and 45 minutes (CoolAdvantage Plus) respectively! The new applicators also feature enhanced cup designs for improved patient comfort as well as a larger cooling area to treat a bigger area. Best of all, there is no downtime at all, so you can get right back to your work and usual lifestyle after the procedure. 

Prescription

This time round, I was glad that Dr Terence Tan from Halley Medical Aesthetics wanted to work on more areas of my body, so he prescribed nine CoolAdvantage and three CoolAdvantage Plus applicators to treat the stubborn fat on my abdomen and flanks. My love handles had always been a concern to me, so I am so looking forward to freezing the fats there and getting rid of them once and for all!


Treatment Process

To prepare for the treatment, Dr. Terence Tan first used the CoolAdvantage templates to mark out the areas on my abdomen and flanks that required treatment.



The clinic assistant then applied gel pads onto the treatment area to protect the skin during treatment.



Once the applicators were applied (like very strong suctions on my body), the treatment area felt extremely tight and like it was gradually being frozen. After a few seconds, the whole area would go numb and I practically couldn’t feel much on the treatment area for the rest of the treatment.

  
After each treatment cycle, the clinic assistant removed the applicator and massaged the treated area. This helps to speed up the breakdown of the crystallised dead fat cells, which will be passed out by the body naturally. I have to say the most uncomfortable part of the treatment would be this step because of the vigorous massages, but it is still overall bearable. My pain threshold is almost zero, so you can be assured that if I can handle it, you can too. =P


This 12-applicator session took 7 hr 30 min to complete, so I was literally at the clinic for almost the whole day. But comparing this to traditional Coolsculpting applicators which would have taken 12 hours, I was really glad they had used the CoolAdvantage applicators instead. Results are expected three months after treatment.

Post-Treatment Process

While there is no downtime for the procedure, I did experience some swelling and bruising after the treatment. This was normal (I had some of that the previous round three years ago too) because of the vigorous massaging, but within a week, the swelling subsided and everything went back to normal. As it takes time for the dead fat cells to be disposed from the body naturally, I would only see the final result three months later.  Having gone through the last Coolsculpting experience, I already know that I can’t rush the results. At the point of writing, I am at Day 15 after the treatment and the abdomen area is still flabby and numb, but I know the final result will be good. But already as I looked at myself in the mirror, I felt that my waist had gotten smaller! I certainly hoped it’s not just my own imagination, but we’ll know for sure when I go back for my review in early December! Seriously can’t wait. =D

Some friends have asked me if CoolSculpting is for weight loss, and I always had to tell them that it is not. CoolSculpting, as its name implies, is for sculpting of the body shape. It gives you a better figure by removing stubborn body fat, giving your body a better contour and shape. Frankly, I don’t really care about my weight most of the time, but a better figure would definitely give me greater confidence as I continue to age gracefully. Especially for mothers like me who has lost our body shape because of childbirth (and lack of self-control when it comes to dieting obviously), CoolSculpting is a good option! Stay tuned for my next blog post, where I will share more on my CoolSculpting results after the review. J

With the launch of its new Halley Body Slimming Clinic in Octorber 2019, CoolSculpting will now be offered at the new clinic, while Halley Medical Aesthetics will focus on non-invasic and no downtime medical aesthetics treatments for the face. They are located right next to each other, so it is pretty convenient. If you would like to know more about CoolSculpting or what Halley Body Slimming Clinic can offer you, hop over to their website and social media channels to find out more. J
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T: 6246 8806



Thursday, September 26, 2019

Sweet Treats Delivery from Whyzee Bakery

Product Review
Last week the whole family was on sugar high because of these delectable sweet treats sent over by https://cakedelivery.com.sg/! And even though we tried to exercise self control, it’s really hard when it comes to delicious food like these.



My kids are big fans of cheesecakes and they finished the New York Cheesecake within a few days. You’ve got to take their word for it – THE CHEESECAKE IS VERY GOOD, they declared. I am not a fan of cheese, but I have to say, it tasted pretty good to me even.


This was a winner for me – Ondeh Ondeh Swiss Roll. Love the taste and texture of every bite. The fragrance of coconut and gula melaka permeates in your whole mouth. Every mouthful is a delight!


The Banana Loaf was another winner for us, especially for the hubby. He loves bananas and this loaf was soft and after I warm it up, the whole kitchen is filled with the aroma of bananas! Love it. It was also gone in no time at all.


The Blueberry Yogurt Muffins were soft and good-tasting – The kids brought them to school for meal breaks. Lots and lots of blueberries in them, as you can see.




I don’t think I need fancy cakes. Just simple, down-to-earth and delicious cakes like these will make me very happy. Super convenient to be able to browse through all their products online and slowly make your choices, then have them delivered to your doorstep. Check them out now!



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Disclosure: The J Babies was sponsored the featured products for tasting purposes. All photos & opinions are solely ours.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Protect Against Haze With Dyson Pure Cool™ Purifying Fans

Product Review
The haze hits us unexpectedly and rather often lately, and while I am thankful that I am not usually affected by the haze myself, I am concerned about what my kids are breathing in. They complain that the smell is bad and that their throats feel itchy and dry, and I knew I had to do something about it. Been procrastinating to get an air purifier for the house, but I don’t really know which one to go for until I was introduced to Dyson’s Pure Cool Purifying Fans and I thought it would be perfect to get something that keeps us cool and yet purify the air quality at the same time!
Having tried the Dyson Pure Cool Purifying Fans for a while, let me outline some reasons why I think it’s a good buy for every household:

1. So Sleek & Pretty

I mean, just look at how pretty it is. It blends in seamlessly into my house decor, and I like it that it looks high-tech and effective just by its appearance! It is no longer enough for household appliances to be useful – They need to look good as well! It’s definitely not an eyesore with its minimalist look, and while it’s rather tall, it doesn’t appear bulky or in-the-way.



There is also a simple LCD screen on the fan for you to show you the real-time report of what particles and gases are being detected and cleansed by the machine. This is done using a unique Dyson algorithm processes the input from three sensors and then displays air quality readings. Nothing too flashy – Simple & minimalistic, but gets the job done.


2. Easy To Connect & Use

There is a Dyson app (available on both iOS & Android) that I can download and connect it to my fan so that I can monitor the air quality level of my house and environment, as well as the temperature & humidity outside and inside the house. Technology and I are not exactly good friends, but I was pleasantly surprised that connecting my app to the fan was easy peasy, and everything was done in less than 10 minutes. I could start monitoring everything via the app on my mobile phone and even remotely control the fan. More about that in the next point.
Dyson Pure Cool Purifying Fans are different from the other fan models by Dyson because of the filters. They work to clean the air while providing air flow and cools the place down at the same time. I love how multi-functional this is. Otherwise, I would have to keep a fan AND a purifier on at the same time – Waste space & energy. Dyson’s Pure Cool purifying fans feature a 360 degree fully-sealed filter system combining an activated carbon filter to remove gases, and a Glass HEPA filter that captures 99.95% of microscopic allergens and pollutants as small as 0.1 microns. If you have young kids at home, you can totally keep your heart at ease.


3. Air Multiplying Function

The Dyson Pure Cool purifying fan is the only purifier with Air Multiplier technology and 350⁰ degree oscillation, allowing it to project clean air to every corner of the room. How amazing is that?! This ensures that no matter where your guests are seated in your house, they can enjoy clean and fresh air as well. Air circulation in a room is important to me, so this is a very important function to me. Since it is a bladeless fan, the wind direction can be altered to suit your needs, and you can control that easily using the remote control or via the app as well.

4. Remote Control

Back to the use of the app, one of the most amazing functions of the app is the ability to control the fan remotely. Not only can you control the fan settings at any time, you can also set the fan to switch on for a certain period of time, or to start operating at a specific time. When the weather gets too hot, switch on your fan first before you reach home, to cool down your living area before you reach home. I think that’s a really nice function. Household appliances are getting more and more intelligent nowadays!


5. It Works!

Having said all, if the fan does not achieve its original purpose of purifying the air in my house, then I wouldn’t want to recommend it to you at all. Look at the readings before the fan was used:


And this is after a couple of hours of keeping the fan on.



See, it works! The air in my living room got cleaner! Note: My living room has big windows and they are fully open during the trial, and PSI was at 96 (Not terrible but not good as well).
If you are considering to get a purifier for your home in view of the heightening haze situation, I would recommend that you get the Dyson Pure Cool Purifying Fan instead so that even when the haze is not so bad, you can still continue to purify the air in your home for the well-being of your loved ones. Nobody says no to clean air, right? :)
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Disclosure: The J Babies received a complimentary unit for review purposes. All opinions and photos used in this post are solely ours.










Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Shepherd’s Pie Delivery (Discount Code & Giveaway!)

Whenever I think of having comfort food, the first dish that comes to my mind is always SHEPHERD’S PIE. I love gooey potatoes - warm and soft – matched with savoury minced meat and cheese. BUT, I have to say the process of making shepherd’s pies at home can be quite tedious with many steps to follow before the final product can get into my stomach, so when Shepherd’s Pie Delivery approached me with a review opportunity, I was IN! My kids love shepherd’s pies and are always bugging me to make some for them. I foresee I’ll be ordering frequently from them instead.

Check out what was delivered to my home, in time for a gathering with my friends last week! From their website, you can order chicken or beef Shepherd’s Pies in different sizes – Massive, medium or mini. This is a good party option because it will be really popular with your guests, I’m sure!

My friends enjoyed the Shepherd’s Pies and everything was gone way too fast. I only managed to get a mouthful of the chicken shepherd’s pie and I like it that there was a tinge of curry flavour without it being too overpowering. They taste a little different from the ones I made at home, but don’t ask what’s in it because it’s their secret recipe that makes it so good. Definitely comfort food and best enjoyed in the company of good friends.

Look at the chockful of ingredients inside the pie – Shepherd’s Pie Delivery definitely doesn’t skimp on their ingredients and every mouthful bursts with strong flavours. I matched it with some roasted vegetables and hot soup, and it made a very happy meal for the evening indeed. :)

Discount Code

Considering getting some good ole’ Shepherd’s Pies for your next party or gathering? They have kindly offered a 10% discount to all my readers when you quote “kless10” upon cart out. So make sure you remember to redeem your discount on your purchases! –> https://shepherdspie.sg/shop/

Giveaway!

Thanks to Shepherd’s Pie Delivery, I have 1 medium Shepherd’s Pie (Chicken/Beef) to give away to one happy reader of The J Babies. Follow the steps in Rafflecopter to participate. Closing date for participation is 15 Sep 2019. All the best!


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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Sudio Tolv Wireless Earphones Review (15% Discount Code & Giveaway!)

Product Review
Guys, I found the perfect wireless earphones for me. His name is Suido Tolv.


I’ve been using Sudio earphones for a number of years now, and I’ve gone through different models of Sudio earphones – from wired earphones to wireless ones and the latest one in their series – Sudio Tolv. I have to say, without a shadow of doubt – Sudio Tolv is the best I’ve used so far, and here are my reasons for saying so:

1. It’s So Super Sleek, I Cannot Even.



I’ve been saying this about Sudio earphones from the beginning of time and I’m not exaggerating. The product always arrives looking all sleek and pretty in its compact packaging – Minimalist, neat and every item sits comfortably in its own place. Even before touching the actual product, I am wowed every single time I receive a package from them.
Bringing the Sudio Tolv out with me is easy because it’s so small and compact. Being wireless, there are no wires, so it’s totally hassle-free and does not create an entangled mess unlike my previous wired earphones. It’s almost like a fashion statement on its own!

2. Charging On-The-Go FTW!

The best thing about Sudio Tolv is that the casing (which is also pretty, matte & smooth) is a charging case as well. With a single charge, my Sudio Tolv earphones could last for 7 hours of playtime and the charging case give 4 additional charges before I need to plug it in for charging. That’s a total of 35 hours of battery life - How awesome is that?! I absolutely do not need to worry about my wireless earphones going out of juice when I am watching my korean drama or listening to music on-the-go!



3. Pairs Faster Than I Can Say “I Love Sudio”


Nothing can be more frustrating than having difficulty pairing the earphones to your device or having both right and left sides to pair to each other. My Sudio Tolv pairs almost immediately when I take them out of the charging case. I love the efficiency! No time is wasted at all. It comes with Bluetooth 5.0 and a 15m wireless range, which is rather impressive, I say! There are microphones on both earbuds as well, so it’s good for phone and video calls.

4. Top-Notch Sound Quality All Day Err Day

The latest model in their earphone series, Sudio Tolv comes with a brand new graphene driver, which delivers top notch sound quality every time. It makes every audio experience wonderful and enhances my journeys to and fro work every day. I don’t think I can endure my daily journeys without my trusty Sudio Tolv earphones!



Sudio Tolv now comes in so many pretty colours, I’m so tempted to get another pair just for fashion sake! =P You can check out their range here:https://www.sudio.com/sg/earphones If you make your purchases online now, you will also enjoy free shipping, one-year warranty and a free passport cover! What are you waiting for?!

Discount Code

For The J Babies’ readers, you can enjoy a 15% discount when you quote KLESSTOLV upon checking out your shopping cart. Each pair of Sudio Tolv retails at $189.00 each, so that’s almost a $30 discount!

Giveaway

Thanks to Sudio, I also have a pair of Sudio Tolv Wireless Earphones to give away to one reader of The J Babies. If you are keen to give this a try, please follow instructions in Rafflecopter and submit your entries!

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Monday, August 05, 2019

Conrad’s National Day Local Delights Buffet Is GOOD!

Media Tasting
You should know by now my family is quite a big fan of the buffet promotions at Conrad Centennial Singapore. I’ve enjoyed their many different themed buffets and this latest one in celebration of our nation’s birthday is no different. I personally love local food, and to have them in buffet-style is perfect. We had such a wonderful family dinner there last weekend! As per all food posts, I don’t think I should bore you with a wordy post because the photos will give you a very good idea what you can expect at this buffet spread!

Salads

I am not so much of a salad person but these looked super appetizing.



Interesting concept of Shake Your Salad In A Bottle! It’s Thai beef vermicelli salad, by the way and it’s yums!


Sashimi

It’s as fresh as it gets. Just look at the colours!

Seafood

Guaranteed to satisfy your seafood craving – Look at the selection! And everything was so fresh!





Hot Deli

Whet your appetite at this section of the buffet because there are Teochew-style Braised Duck, Spicy Beef Stew in Sweet Soy Sauce, Ayam Buah Keluak, Muar Otah-Otah Fried Rice, ‘Kam Hiong’ Scallop with Celery and Carrot, Wok-fried Beef Cube with Curry Leaves and Oyster Sauce, Ayam Pongteh etc etc! So much good local delights you’d wish you had a bigger stomach for everything!





And don’t forget to head outside the restaurant for your noodles selection. I had a piping hot bowl of prawn noodles and it was good!

Desserts

A kind word of advice: DO NOT leave the buffet without trying the desserts. They are very, very good! I had to pull my kids away from the chocolate fondue fountain cos they had too much!



And of course, the Nonya Kuehs. Must-eat.



Thank you so much Conrad Centennial, for always feeding us good food! Always a delight to be back feasting at your hotel! =D


The National Day Local Delights Buffet is available now till 31 Aug 2019, so make your reservations soon and enjoy a good meal with your family & friends there! For reservations or enquiries, please call Oscar’s at 6432 7463/81 or email sinci.oscars@conradhotels.com.

Friday, August 02, 2019

3 Reasons Why I Think Aladdin Musical Is A Must Watch

Media Review
I’ll be honest – It’s been a while since I couldn’t stop talking about a musical after watching it.
So very glad that we watched Aladdin on Grand Opening Night last week with our friends, and I have to say that I was blown away by the whole show from the beginning to the end. From the dazzling stage setup to the sparkling costumes, familiar renditions of the musical and humorous acts, I was literally sitting on the edge of my chair throughout. My seats were not good at all – too far for my likes – but even so, I enjoyed the musical so much. The only complain I have is that I cannot see the facial expressions of the performers, so I could hear everything from their voices. If you are still considering whether to go for this musical, here are 3 reasons why I personally think you SHOULD GO FOR IT:

1. Aladdin Is Highly Entertaining

Even if you are not crazy about musicals, this musical is bound to keep you well-entertained. Even the kids would enjoy it because there was just so many things happening at any one time. The whole stage setup was amazing and I was just awed by how they managed to create totally different scenes with clever use of different backdrops, props and stage presence. The transitions were seamless and they managed to create the mood and atmosphere best suited for the various scenes.
The script was extremely funny and clever. There were people in the audience clapping and laughing throughout the musical, simply because the lines spoken by the performers were ingenious. There was no boring bits in the whole musical – the scenes moved fast and the audience was captivated throughout.

The music and songs were awesome. I knew many of the songs from Disney’s first Aladdin animated movie, and listening to the performers brought back so much fond memories for me. I had to curb myself from singing along many times!

2. The Genie

Yes, absolutely. Even if you are not a fan of Aladdin or Jasmine, or their love story, you should catch the musical just to see the genie. He’s undoubtedly the highlight of the whole musical. I was full of respect for him and his talent by the end of the show. His script was extremely long and he had to sing, dance, imitate and make the audience laugh! His lines were hilarious and he executed all his acts to perfection, even all the high-energy parts. The audience was anticipating for his appearance at every scene! Truly, a world-class performer.

3. The Carpet Flying Scene

This was inevitable what everyone was anticipating for – The carpet flying scene. Even with high expectations, I must say I was thoroughly impressed at how the whole scene was executed. They cleverly manoeuvred the sets to show the “flying-out” of the carpet to the skies and I literally felt like I flew into the dark blue skies with Aladdin and Jasmine! I have to say though, that I was slightly disappointed with their duet of ‘A Whole New World’ at this point. Perhaps it was because the rest of the musical was performed with full band support and many back-up vocalists and choral singing of the whole cast, this part was performed solely by the two main leads and I wished the whole song could be fuller. Nevertheless, the carpet-flying was amazing and even when my friends and I tried to scrutinize and spot the wires carrying the carpet, we couldn’t spot any! How they managed to get the carpet flying so naturally in mid-air is one of their trade secrets, and you really need to see it for yourself!
 
So, I think if you only want to spend your moolah on one musical this year, Aladdin is it. You’ll not regret it, I promise you. Get your tickets from https://www.sistic.com.sg/events/aladdin0919. The musical’s ending its run in Singapore on 1 Sep 2019 (In fact, Singapore’s its only Asia stop!).

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Bing Liang Mooncakes (Review)


Call me traditional, but I tend to fancy stuffs from traditional bakeries. There is something nostalgic about them that mesmerizes me always. So when Bing Liang Bakery sent over their mooncakes for tasting this year, I was full of expectancy. After all, they were awarded ‘Best Mooncake in Singapore 2018’ by BestinSingapore.sg!

While there have been creative and interesting new flavours for mooncakes on the market the last few years, I still always go back to the traditional ones. This year, Bing Liang Bakery packaged their mooncakes in a nifty pretty pink box with a pull-out drawer. It’s such a pretty gift idea!



Apart from the traditional Lotus Single and Double Yolk mooncakes, Bing Liang also sent over their low sugar version, which I thought would be so popular because so many people are trying to adopt healthier eating habits now. Our elderly will be pleased to receive the low sugar options too, I’m sure and it shows our thoughtfulness towards them.



If you are a durian lover, Bing Liang also offers Mao Shan Wang mooncakes, which tasted like durian cakes to me. The flavour is not that strong, so don’t worry even if you are not a big fan of durians.


On the whole, I find Bing Liang’s mooncakes just right in terms of sweetness. It’s not overly sweet such that you cannot take too much at one go, and I think it would pair perfectly with a pot of hot Chinese tea. :) Traditional mooncakes always reminds me of my childhood and how excited the little children were when mooncakes arrived and we gathered round the dining table just to feast and chit-chat. Now as a mom, I want to create those moments for my kids as well - Not because I am a big fan of mooncakes per-say, but because mooncakes create memories as a family and those memories will stay with us forever.



Have you ordered your mooncakes yet? If not, don’t wait any more. Hurry over to Bing Liang’s website and order them (I’m eyeing those Pandan mooncakes – Looks so good!)  By the way, early bird promotions end on 8 Aug 2019 - As you can see, you can enjoy as much as 40% discount if you order now! Enjoy free delivery as well if you spend above SGD88! Also, check out their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/bingliangbakery/



Looking forward to a great Mid-Autumn festival celebration with family & friends! =D



Disclosure: This is a sponsored review. All photos and opinions presented in this post are solely ours.