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I am ecstatic about this dietary antioxidant! Like most people, I have seen the word “antioxidant” here and there, but also like most people, I don’t accurately know what it is and what it does. So when I received press samples from Renovatio, I did some quick reading to get to its core.

Renovatio, an Australian superfood company, makes the world’s strongest antioxidants from Australian apples. Made from wholesome ingredients, the vegan products are sold as supplements and skin cream, and they are delivering extraordinary results across the world. And now, I’m the latest convert.

Consider this: The human body is made up of trillions of cells (hair, skin, organ, brain) and healthy cells means healthy body. However, our cells are under attack all the time from free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules missing an electron so they steal electrons from cells. These rotten baddies can come from air pollution, alcohol, stress, and are a by-product of the body’s systems. When free radicals attack, the cells become badly damaged and cause inflammation which leads to body pain, illnesses, and diseases.

The only prevention against these free radicals and their damaging effects is by consuming safe dietary antioxidants. Antioxidants move through the body assisting with cellular health. They mop up free radicals which damage cells causing serious health conditions such as cancer, inflammation and other chronic health conditions. Renovatio produces supplements and skin cream containing activated phenolics made from Australian apples. Activated phenolics are the super heroes of antioxidants because they are 12 times more potent than other antioxidants, because it is 90% abosorbed by the body. Renovatio was founded in Sydney, Australia and born as a result of 6 years of dedicated research by Indonesian-born Dr Vincent Candrawinata. Dr. Vincent achieved world health history when he discovered a way to extract activated phenolics from produce without the use of chemicals and solvents – the result being a bionic antioxidant which is easily absorbed by the body.

OK, science class’s over.

There are three products we are looking at here: dietary supplements Activated Phenolic Antioxidant Tablets and Activated Phenolics Powder, and APSKIN Face Cream. Face cream is no stranger to me, and tablets are fine, but I was not accustomed with powder supplements. After several weeks of apple-eyeing (applying!) all three, my fave product turns out to be the powder.

A scoop of the supplement is equivalent to 2kg of apples. A heaping teaspoon dissolved in water and taken twice a day is all there is to deliver the antioxidants into our body. The experience is not unlike drinking apple juice, with a familiar friendly flavor, while the sweetness has been curbed to a very mild level. Incredibly I feel great and happy whenever I drink this, perhaps the familiar fragrance of fresh apples is an uplifting factor. I have been sipping this every morning to jumpstart my day. I will save the capsules for when I travel since it more practical than packing a tub of powder into my suitcase (been striving to travel light these days).

The face cream is a pleasant surprise. It is moisturizing and also has a gentle apple fragrance which is lovely and calm-inducing. Even though the packaging is as plain as it gets with no frills, the cream itself feels great on my face and leaves a soft dewy finish. It is suitable for all skin types, and according to the brand, some people have even found that it heals eczema. You know what will be cool? If Renovatio can add body lotion to its product line in the future, so that  the entire body is taken care of inside and out.

This is a line of family-friendly products, so it is safe even for kids to take the supplements. For children, the antioxidant supplements help boost immunity support to fend off colds and flu, as well as improving concentration, learning, and brain functions. For adults, this superfood helps to fight off fatigue, expedite recovery after exercise, alleviate digestion and gut issues, and maintain healthy skin and hydration. For seniors 55 years and older, these dietary supplements help to prevent inflammatory joints and joint pains, protect liver, kidney and pancreas, improve memory, concentration and alertness, and strengthen the immune system.

As the saying goes: An apple a day, keeps the doctor away. I am genuinely enjoying these products and will be introducing them to my parents, my sis, and my young nephews.

Renovatio can now be ordered online with free shipping in Singapore. Use code “MOONBERRY” to receive 10% discount at check out and start enjoying the benefits of activated phenolics in your daily supplements.

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I’m always delighted to check out the Affordable Art Fair and I try to pop in as often as I can every year. Even though I have missed several in recent years, I managed to visit the Spring edition this year. The Affordable Art Fair shows in Singapore have come a long way since the first time I went in 2010, from the setup to the participating galleries and curation of artists, it is more and more sophisticated.

This year I briefly went through the halls and spotted some pieces which caught my eye.

Sassiness on fleek.

Artist: Dani “King” Heriyanto
Title: Love Hating Love
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Cost: S$5,000

These polar bears with a dollop of ice cream on their backs are so full of whimsy!

Artist: Byun Dae Yong
Title: How To Move A Baby Bear’s Ice Cream, 2016 (3/6)
Medium: FRP, Urethane Paint
Cost: S$6,900

Artist: Byun Dae Yong
Title: How To Move  Ice Cream, 2015 (5/6)
Medium: FRP, Urethane Paint
Cost: S$10,000

Artist: Byun Dae Yong
Title: Baby Bear, 2016 (3/6)
Medium: FRP, Urethane Paint
Cost: S$4,500

From afar, I was drawn to this painting depicting blue effervescence (top) but it was the smaller canvas (below) that captured my imagination. A burst of balloons rising from open capsules against a stage curtain, this painting had me thinking of various expressions of release and euphoria. Art is subjective, obvs. Kinda wish I had bought this.

Artist: Lee Dong Uk
Title: From A Cool Break, 2016
Medium: Oil on canvas
Cost: S$3,500

If only I have ample wall space in my kitchen or dining area for this series. At first glance they look like a 2D image, but upon closer inspection, they turn out to be 3-dimensional with the front lip of the bowls sticking out and blending in seamlessly with the background image. I think the alignment, contours, and shadows are executed masterfully.

Artist: Lee Yong Soo
Title: Untitled Bo., 2012-2014
Medium: Colored polycoat on Diasec
Cost: S$4,000

Because I have a thing for fish motif (I’m a Pisces), these definitely grabbed my attention. I love how the little fish are suspended in a clear resin and it’s truly an invitation to admire each individual fish with its delicate translucent fins. The traditional Korean slippers with tiny fish floating inside are adorable.

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“A novel is a work of poetry. In order to write it, one must have tranquility of spirit and
of impression” said Fyodor Dostoevsky.

We were delighted to be presented with the opportunity to interview an inspiring individual in the world of perfumes: Mr. Jan Ewoud Vos. He is the founder and creative director for PureDistance, an artisanal perfumery from The Netherlands. Drawing inspirations from art, to music, movie and postmodernism, his insights span beyond fragrances and the perfumery business. Through our interview, we got a glimpse of his philosophy – of quality over quantity, and why less is better than more.

Q: Some perfume companies are flooding the market out there. Is that why you are taking a deliberate action to cater only to a small audience?

A: The word flood already says everything, when it’s too much then it’s dangerous. Our motto is “small is beautiful and less is better”. I’ve been applying this philosophy to my business model and also my life. I’d rather have 2 or 3 good friends than having five thousands friends. Thus I believe in quality over quantity, and this is really prominent in PureDistance where we go for the highest quality and produce in quantities as limited as possible.

We have 80 stores operating in 35 countries. In contrast, mass fragrance companies have 80 stores in just one country. Hence we have more or less a business model similar to Ferrari or Aston Martin, which only has one or two stores in each country. Why? Because you need a salesperson who really knows, understands, loves our brand, and passes these values to our customers. And that is impossible if you are operating too many stores. On top of that, exclusivity is significant. Because if you buy an expensive artisanal fragrance, the feeling and experiences will be certainly different than buying a mass fragrance. We have happy customers and I have small team to work with. To me that feels good because I can sleep better in the evening without the stress of caring too much for sales or marketing pressures.

Q: What core advantage does PureDistance have that other fragrance providers do not?

A: There are some unique factors that we have in PureDistance. One of them is a high percentage pure perfume extrait (oils) – which is the highest perfume concentration therefore our fragrances last much longer. But what fascinates me more is when every essence infuses into various skins. Many mass fragrances out there have many elements of chemicals and alcohols that defuse the perfume. Ours is the opposite and due to the primary substance being extrait, the scent will evolve throughout the day. And this is where it gets interesting because your skin scent is different from anyone else.

Another unique factor is our dedication to perfection. We have different perfumes and each one could take 1 or 2 years before the decision to finalise production was reached. I pay close attention to my concept and vision with our perfumers, to validate whether the scents are blending perfectly or not. In that respect, we want to provide the ultimate experience with an exclusive fragrance.

Q: Where do you often get your ideas and inspirations for a new perfume?

A: It all starts with a very raw concept. Black, for example, was started by irritation. I was irritated by the behaviors of today’s society, especially the young generation. They are exposing everything to everyone (online). To me, beauty is intriguing and it’s so much more attractive when you don’t expose all of it. In my opinion, it is best to reserve some privacy and personal time without smartphones or gadgets. I have two daughters and I’ve cautioned them not to expose too much of their personal lives on social media and online.

Also in this day and age, we tend to overanalyse everything, such as political situations, economy forecasts, movie analysis, music… everything is being analysed. When you go to a classical music performance and hear Chopin’s Nocturne in E-flat Major No. 2, you are not there to analyse what notes the pianist is playing. You are there to just listen, feel the music, and take the beauty of it as one package. You will kill the experience if you start to analyse it. Feeling and intuiting are more meaningful.

Inspired by these irritations, Black was created. Now, how did I translate Black into a scent? I shared about my observations and thoughts with Antoine Lie (perfumer), and he gave me some samples that express my concept and visual. After I evaluate the samples with my team, I work together with my perfumer for 2 or 3 more rounds to narrow it down until it’s intriguing and matches my concept. Besides Black, many of our perfumes also convey sophistication with the vibes of royalty, nobility and classiness.

Q: Do you have a favorite scent or a personal signature scent?

A: For my signature scent, I have been loyal to Chanel’s Antaeus for 30 over years. I still use it but they have changed the formula. Besides that, I wear Black and sometimes wear M sparingly. Next year I will introduce another new signature scent from PureDistance.

PureDistance was founded in 2002 by Jan Ewoud Vos. It is one of the most exclusive perfume houses in the world that offers only pure perfume extrait. The master perfume collection for 2017/2018 contains eight exclusive scents crafted with extrait oils. The PureDistance collection ranges in price from $350 SGD to $560 SGD. They are now available at Maven in Takashimaya Singapore, The Gift Box at Level 3.

Interview contributed by Darian Im. Edited for clarity.

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To celebrate AccorHotels’ inaugural Food & Wine Festival across its 40 restaurants and bars from 4–12 November, participating hotels will showcase a special set menu exclusive to the nine-day festival. If you’ve been meaning to dine at some of these esteemed hotel dining rooms or enjoy some tasty tipples at hotel bars, don’t miss this opportunity and secure your reservations ASAP.

Offered only during the festival period, a set menu comprises a 3-course meal (tasting/buffet for one course) AND a glass of wine for dinner. The set menu prices will whet your appetites already: lunch set menus are priced at $15++, $27++, and $47++ while dinner set menus are priced at $27++, $47++, and $67++.

Here are the participating hotels offering a special festival set menu for your enjoyment.

Lunch: $15++, Dinner: $27++
Ibis Style on MacPherson
Ibis Bencoolen
Ibis Novena

Lunch: $27++, Dinner: $47++
Novotel Clarke Quay (lunch: tasting portion)
Mercure Bugis (2-course lunch/dinner set menu)

Lunch: $47++, Dinner: $67++
Fairmont Singapore
Swissotel The Stamford
Swissotel Merchant Court (Buffet)
SO Sofitel Singapore
Sofitel Sentosa Resort and Spa
Sofitel Singapore City Centre
Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy
Novotel and Mercure Singapore on Stevens


Taste of Singapore lunch set menu with free flow soft drinks, at Kopitiam – Swissotel The Stamford.


3-course lunch set menu with a complimentary glass of house wine, at Anti:dote – Fairmont Singapore.


3-course lunch set menu at Jaan – Swissotel The Stamford.


3-course organic bento dinner set with a complimentary glass of Mikuni sake, at Mikuni – Fairmont Singapore.

With more than a dozen participating hotels and over 100 chefs across the AccorHotels network, this festival is an excellent way to experience the very best flavors of the city over the span of nine days. Additionally, diners will be able to collect stamps in a festival Foodie Passport that will not only open up a world of flavours but give them the chance to win trips to other foodie destinations within the global AccorHotels network.

All participating restaurants and bars will be listed in this Foodie Passport and diners must collect at least 5 stamps on the passport to qualify for the sweepstakes. How to collect a stamp on a Foodie Passport? The following criteria must be fulfilled:

1. Dine at participating restaurants and bars.
2. General Diners: 1 stamp
3. Loyalty (Accor Plus/Le Club/FAR Card) Members: 2 stamps; plus paying via Mastercard: 3 stamps.
4. Diners must retain their receipts for verification purposes.
5. At a participating restaurant: stamps will be given for festival menu.
6. At a participating bar: minimum spending of SGD20 required to receive 1 stamp; maximum of 4 stamps.
7. Foodie Passport must be completed by 12 November 2017.

For more details and the full list of participating restaurants and bars, visit the official Food & Wine Festival website. Do subscribe to the festival newsletter too in order to receive the most up-to-date news and other festival promotions.

There are exclusive giveaways (Dinner Vouchers! Staycation!) that you must not miss on my Instagram right now, so if you haven’t already, follow me on social media: Instagram @moonberry | Facebook @MBxMB. Participate in the giveaway and HAPPY EATS.

Disclaimer: The Moonberry Blog shall have no liability for the accuracy of the information published in this post and cannot be held liable for any third-party claims or losses of any damages.
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Mark your calendar from 4-12 November for AccorHotels Food & Wine Festival Singapore 2017! This nine-day celebration of taste spans across 40 restaurants and bars serving a great range of cuisines and drinks, plus delicious activities and fun masterclasses to participate in throughout this inaugural festival.

AccorHotels is the largest hotel operator in Singapore with a full brand portfolio from ultra luxury to economy, making this festival a magnificent showcase of AccorHotels’ diverse dining options and leading culinary experts. AccorHotels network includes some of Singapore’s most esteemed hotel dining rooms across the city’s most impressive collection of properties including Raffles, Fairmont Singapore, SO Sofitel Singapore, Sofitel Singapore City Centre (opening Oct), Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa, Swissôtel Stamford Singapore, Swissôtel Merchant Court, Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy, Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay, Novotel on Stevens (opening Oct), Mercure Singapore Bugis, ibis Styles on MacPherson, ibis Bencoolen and ibis Novena.

So as you can imagine, there has never been a festival of this grand scale that speaks to the passion Singaporeans have for food. One key highlight of the festival is the never-before access to participate in exclusive activities with Singapore’s F&B superstars across the city. Learn a few kitchen secrets from the best chefs, enjoy an interactive cooking session as a family, participate in beverage masterclasses, or spend an evening indulging in a champagne pairing dinner – with twenty different events, masterclasses and special activities lined up, you’ll be spoilt for choices. Without further ado, here’s the full guide of activities not to be missed during AccorHotels’ Food & Wine Festival.

1. Auchentoshan Taste Experience

Date/Time: Thursday, 9 Nov, 6-8pm
Location: SO Sofitel Singapore
Price: $30 nett per pax
Reservation: 8655@sofitel.com
An interactive cocktail workshop where guests are invited to concoct their very own cocktails. Each ticket comes inclusive of 3 specially prepared cocktails for participants to enjoy.

2. Popiah Wrapping Session

Date/Time: Sunday 5 Nov, 2-5 PM and Saturday 11 Nov, 7-9 PM
Location: Ibis Singapore on Bencoolen
Price: $25 nett per pax
Registration: H6657-FB@accor.com
An interactive hands-on experience of preparing and assembling a classic Singapore delicacy, suitable for families with children. Limited to 30 pax.

3. Pasta Necklace Crafting Session

Date/Time: Sunday 5 Nov, 12-2:30 PM and 6-10 PM and Saturday 11 Nov, 12-2:30 PM and 6-10 PM
Location: Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay
Price: Any family dining with children at The Square Restaurant (applicable for food & wine menu only, menu starts from $27++)
Registration: H5993-FB8@accor.com
Join this fun-filled pasta crafting session that will bring a burst of spring colors into your home and stand a chance to win a 2D1N stay at Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay. Limited to 25 pax.

4. Latte Art

Date/Time: Sunday 5 Nov, 2:30-4:30 PM
Location: Ibis Styles Singapore on MacPherson
Price: $20 nett per pax including a slice of cake
Registration: H9411-FB2@accor.com
Experience the creativity of latte art hosted by latte art expert Ms. Tina. Limited to 10 pax.

5. Parent and Child Thai Cooking Class

Date/Time: Saturday 11 Nov, 12-2 PM
Location: Novotel Singapore on Stevens
Price: $45 nett for 1 parent and 1 child under 12 (Additional adult at $25 nett)
Registration: H9543-FB3@accor.com
Get ready for a fun afternoon of culinary bonding time between parent and child in this interactive cooking session held at Le Balcon (sheltered outdoor area). Limited to 25 pax total.

6. Ice Cream Pop-up – Learning how to make local ice cream

Date/Time: Saturday 11 Nov, 12-3 PM
Location: Novotel Singapore on Stevens
Price: FREE for all guests who enjoyed the brunch/lunch at Food Exchange
Registration: H9543-FB3@accor.com
Supplement your weekend family brunch with this pop-up event with local ice cream maker Momolato. Limited to 50 pax.

7. Local Flavored Tea Appreciation

Date/Time: Saturday 11 Nov, 3-5 PM
Location: Novotel Singapore on Stevens
Price: FREE for all guests who enjoyed the brunch/lunch at Food Exchange
Registration: http://teaappreciation.peatix.com
Our local tea partner ETTE Tea Company reveals how the the Novotel and Mercure Blend teas are being made of Kebaya Blue and Gewurztraminer Wine Flavored Teas. Participants will also get to taste local flavored teas such as Nasi Lemak, Chicken Rice, Ice-Kachang, Mango Sticky Rice, and Lychee. Limited to 25 pax.

8. Bar Apprentice

Date/Time: Monday 6 Nov, 6-7:30 PM and Thursday 9 Nov, 6-7:30 PM
Location: Fairmont Singapore
Price: $42 nett including 2 cocktails
Registration: dining.singapore@fairmont.com
Get first-hand tutelage from award-winning head mixologist Bannie Kang as she hosts this interactive cocktail class. Learn the tips and tricks to crafting your very own concoction and make new friends through this bar apprentice program which includes two refreshing tipples. Group of 8 pax minimum.

9. Gourmet Cooking @ The Garden

Date/Time: Monday 6 Nov, 2:30-4:30 PM
Location: The Garden, Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort &Spa
Price: $47++ per pax inclusive of Set Gourmet
Registration: H9474-FB1@sofitel.com
A 2-course cooking session for those who order the Lifestyle Set Menu at the Garden. Limited to 15 pax.

10. Cooking Session for Kids

Date/Time: Tuesday 7 Nov, 3-4:30 PM and Friday 10 Nov, 3-4:30 PM
Location: Ibis Novena
Price: $20++ per kid
Registration: H7451@accor.com
In this cooking lesson, kids get to make their own cookies and smoothies with healthier ingredients. While learning to bake and blend, kids can choose a set meal to enjoy alongside. Note: Two days advance booking required. Limited to 20 pax.

11. Frappe Workshop

Date/Time: Tuesday 7 Nov, 2:30-4:30 PM
Location: Ibis Styles Singapore on MacPherson
Price: $20 nett including savory treats
Registration: H9411-FB2@accor.com
Latte art expert Ms. Tina and Chef Louie demonstrates how to prepare this delicious icy coffee drink.

12. Chocolate Making with Cacao Barry Academy

Date/Time: Wednesday 8 Nov, 1-6 PM
Location: Fairmont Singapore and Swissotel Singapore
Price: $80 nett per pax
Registration: dining.singapore@fairmont.com
This special event features a visit to the Cacao Barry® CHOCOLATE ACADEMY™ featuring a chocolate factory tour and an interactive demonstration on the art of creating a Crémeux base by Fairmont Singapore’s Executive Pastry Chef, Sebastien Cocquery-Beraud. After which, get creative with a hands-on session of cocktail- and tapas-making at Anti:dote conducted by the bar’s talented newlyweds – Head Mixologist Bannie Kang and Chef de Cuisine Tryson Quek. Limited to 20 pax.

13. Peranakan Cooking Session

Date/Time: Thursday 9 Nov, 3:30-5:30 PM
Location: Swissotel Merchant Court
Price: $35 nett per pax with tasting
Registration: dining.merchantcourt@swissotel.com
Executive Chef Louis Tay, who beat out 29 other countries and took the gold for Singapore in the Culinary Olympics 2016, leads this cooking session where participants learn how to make 3 Peranakan dishes, assisted by Sous Chef Lok Jun Wah. Limited to 50 pax.

14. Singapore Sling Masterclass

Date/Time: Thursday 9 Nov, 6:30-8 PM
Location: Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay
Price: $25 nett per pax
Registration: H5993-FB8@accor.com
Led by a guest bartender from the Long Bar at Raffles Hotel, the birthplace of Singapore Sling, learn the secrets of how to shake, stir, mix, and create this iconic cocktail by the Singapore River. Limited to 30 pax.

15. Chocolate & Champagne Xperience

Date/Time: Friday 10 Nov, 7-10 PM
Location: SO Sofitel Singapore
Price: $198 nett per pax
Registration: H8655@sofitel.com
An introduction to the luxurious world of chocolate and champagne, followed by a decadent champagne pairing dinner with a playful chocolate dessert for a sweet ending. Limited to 40 pax.

16. Latte Art Making with Sarnies Coffee

Date/Time: Saturday 11 Nov, 11 AM – 1 PM
Location: Novotel Singapore on Stevens
Price: FREE ENTRY
Registration: http://latteartmakingclass.peatix.com
Our local coffee partner Sarnies shares techniques on how to skilfully pour decorative works of art into your cup of latte. First come first serve.

17. Parent and Child Mediterranean Cooking Class

Date/Time: Saturday 11 Nov, 12-2 PM
Location: Novotel Singapore on Stevens
Price: $45 nett for 1 parent and 1 child under 12 (Additional adult at $25 nett)
Registration: http://parentchildcookingclass.peatix.com
Chef Janne leads this Mediterranean cooking class for a fun afternoon of culinary bonding time between parent and child. Limited to 25 pax total.

18. Chocolate Demonstration & Workshop

Date/Time: Saturday 11 Nov, 2:30-4:30 PM
Location: Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa Garden
Price: $28++ including a box of 6pcs pralines
Registration: H9474-FB2@accor.com
For an afternoon of chocolate indulgence, join Sofitel Singapore Sentosa’s very own chocolate chef as he demonstrates the art of making chocolate to participating guests. Limited to 20 pax.

19. Family Cooking Session

Date/Time: Saturday 11 Nov, 3-5 PM
Location: Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay
Price: $25 nett per pax
Registration: H5993-FB8@accor.com
Led by Chef Kishen Ramachanran, learn how to prepare food that is tasty, easy to cook, affordable, sustainable and using easy-to-find ingredients all at the same time. Enjoy for a delightful afternoon on how to cook tasty local dishes with a twist: Chicken Rice Arancini and Chili Crab Burger. Limited to 30 pax.

20. Wine and Cheese Pairing

Date/Time: Saturday 11 Nov, 5-7 PM
Location: Novotel Singapore on Stevens
Price: $45 nett per pax
Registration: http://winecheesemasterclass.peatix.com
Indulge your palate in this wine and cheese pairing masterclass. Limited to 50 pax.

In order to accommodate everyone comfortably in each activity, the number of participants are limited so to avoid disappointment, please book your spots early! For more details and information, visit the official Food & Wine Festival website and subscribe to the festival newsletter for the most up-to-date news.

With such a diverse range of activities and masterclasses to enjoy with your family and loved ones, the second week of November promises to be fun-filled and exciting. Over the next few weeks, I will also be sharing other interesting highlights of this festival – including exclusive giveaways (Dinner Vouchers! Staycation!) that you must not miss on my Instagram, so if you haven’t already, please follow me on social media: Instagram @moonberry | Facebook @MBxMB.

Disclaimer: The Moonberry Blog shall have no liability for the accuracy of the information published in this post and cannot be held liable for any third-party claims or losses of any damages.
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Recently I introduced this Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling pads to a gal pal who asked me for skincare advice. Even though she’s on board with the multi-step Korean skincare routine, she noticed that the products she’s using aren’t absorbing well into her skin. Instead, she said that there’s a lot of dirt when she touched her skin.

Even though I don’t know the specific products she’s using, I suggested introducing a peeling step into her skincare routine. I believe that by taking this extra step to remove the dead skin layer beneath prior to applying serums, it will promote better absorption of overall products into the skin.

Personally I use the Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling pads. I was intrigued by this product because I wanted to do a gentle chemical peel at home. I have had chemical peels done before at an aesthetic clinic and always loved the results: skin feels thoroughly cleansed, stubborn clogged whiteheads and blackheads shrivel up and do not grow into zits, while my pigmentation gets lightened gradually. However, I find that medical-grade chemical peels performed by a doctor can be costly and also harsh/drying because of the higher product concentration so I was thrilled to discover this Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling pads. They’re also very affordable.

There are three different formulas to choose from:

Wine – Its star ingredient, Resveratrol, comes from red wine and is naturally fermented, with naturally occurring AHAs that also help with the exfoliation process. Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant which helps prevent free radicals from pigmenting or forming wrinkles on your skin.

Lemon – The star ingredient, Lemon, is loaded with Vitamin C (a powerful antioxidant) and nutrients that promote visibly clearer, smoother, and brighter skin!

Green Tea – Its star ingredient, Green Tea, is a powerful antioxidant that prevents premature aging and is an anti-inflammatory that helps soothe irritated skin.

I decided to go with the Wine because other skincare products (namely, sheet masks) that I’ve used in the past with Wine as its key ingredient performed well on my face. Every tub contains 30 single-use double-sided pads: the criss-crossed gauze side and a soft quilted side. The pads are thick and sturdy, it’s also designed as a pocket to tuck your fingers in.

I was expecting a tingly prickly feeling that I often get with medical-grade chemical peels, but I did not get that sensation so the formula is really gentle. I was also expecting a sourish, fermented, alcoholic aroma from these pads (like when you’re smelling wine) but instead the peeling pads smell like grape gummy.

First, I rub the criss-crossed gauze side in circular motion GENTLY all over my face, giving special attention to my trouble areas (ie. chin, jaw) and also nose because that’s where dirt and sebum are often trapped within the pores. I go over my neck with this pad in upwards motion too, but not too much because my neck is prone to . Then, after I’m satisfied these areas are adequately free of debris, I flip the pad over to the soft quilted side and pat the liquid goodness all over face and neck. Then I leave it on for about 30 seconds before rinsing with water.

Before I throw out the pad though, I use both sides to scrub my knees and ankles too while the pad is still saturated with liquid. Don’t waste it! This is when I can see the surfaces of the pad turning dirty brown and gross. Clearly I’ve got a LOT of dead skin on my knees and ankles. And after I rinse off, my knees definitely look a lot less rough and brighter while my ankles are less wrinkly in appearance.

Here’s me immediately after rinsing off before any skincare application and without any makeup at all. Too bad photos can’t express how soft my skin feels and also the brightening effect that I see in the mirror. You’ll just have to trust me when I say that I started with a somewhat lackluster complexion before using the gauze peeling pad. After every application, I notice that my skin has a subtle pearl-like glow which I like (of course). I imagine this as a process of rebirth and starting with a clean slate.

Compared to the chemical peels I did at a doctor’s office, these peeling pads are gentle enough to use daily… although I wouldn’t and didn’t; I kept it to just once a week and in tandem with other products that I’m using.

Now that skin’s clean and visibly clearer, it’s prime time to apply other products in my skincare routine. Because I feel that a fresh and cleansed layer of skin has been revealed, I am confident that the other skincare products I apply are absorbed optimally. Here’s where I use this product in my skincare routine: double cleansing > peeling pad > toner > softener > serum > emulsion > eye cream > moisturizer > sunscreen.

If you haven’t read it yet, please check out this post on the 10-step Korean skincare routine; I will update it at some point with new product recommendations.

I’m down to my last handful of peeling pads now and will be planning to purchase this again. Thing is, I’m still deciding whether I should go for a different formula next. Kinda tempted to try to Lemon ones…

In case you’re curious where I purchased this, I got it from Qoo10:

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I have so much love for the Super Volcanic Clay Mousse Mask from InnisFree. I came across this product two years ago when I was having severe breakouts around my chin and jaw. To supplement the anti-acne products I was using at the time, I specifically was looking for a mud mask of sorts to help unclog pores, absorb sebum, and act as a mild exfoliant.

In the past two years, my breakouts were pretty severe and they wouldn’t go away. I was thankful they were isolated to just around the chin area but these painful cystic acnes would linger deep beneath the skin for weeks and wouldn’t surface. Annoying max! The dermatologist I saw diagnosed this as hormonal-caused and he prescribed me with a topical antibiotic but it irritated my skin more and caused the itching to progress to burning, followed by angry red patches all around my chin which would then start throbbing and pretty much derailed my mood into the darkest of dark pits. Depressing would be an understatement.

I lucked out when I picked up this clay mousse mask at InnisFree on a whim. Unlike most mud masks out there that come in a dense cakey paste form, the texture of this volcanic clay mousse mask is velvety and feels like soft whipped cream. It is truly gentle to use and also cooling when I applied it onto my face. It is so soothing that I didn’t hesitate to use this up to three times a week in the beginning and I’d feel less distressed by the acne.

Subsequently whenever I felt an outbreak creeping up, I’d quickly ramp up the use of this mask and increase frequency of applications. I’d also use it as a spot treatment on the affected areas to soothe and calm whatever nasties are angrily brewing underneath the skin. (There are other products which have been effective for my cystic acne too, but I’ll share them in other posts.)

By the way, this clay mousse mask comes in two versions: the original “Jeju Volcanic Clay Mousse Mask” and the “Super Volcanic Clay Mousse Mask”. I started with the original version but when I was in Seoul not long ago to pick up a refill, the store staff recommended the “Super Volcanic Clay Mousse Mask” instead. Both versions are part of the InnisFree inventory.

These two products look the same in packaging but the Original version is meant for Normal/Combination skin, while the Super version is more suitable for Dry skin (that’s what I was told by the staff and my skin type is definitely more on the dryer side). After using this mask for several weeks, I’m thrilled to say that the Super version is actually working better on my face compared to the Original.

Because of the packaging design, the product has to be dispensed carefully otherwise too much will be pumped out and applying a thick layer on the face will result in a much longer drying time. IMO for a mask like this, a thin layer allows the mask to do a better job in absorbing excess sebum during the drying process (ie. quicker). Conversely, for a hydrating mask – by all means apply a generous layer so the hydrating time is extended (ie. longer) and skin can benefit from more moisture. Look at how a tiny little bit can be spread out to a large surface area.

The significant difference that I noticed between the Original and Super is that the latter has micro-fine clay granules that exfoliates my face softly while rinsing. A quick visit to the InnisFree website confirms that the Super Volcanic Clay Mousse Mask contains fine scrub particles combined with AHA and BHA to help remove dead skin cells.

The shared benefits of AHA and BHA include:

  • diminishing the look of lines and wrinkles
  • making skin look and feel firmer
  • hydrating
  • improving the look of dull, uneven skin tone
  • smoothening out rough texture

No wonder after I rinse off this mask, I can feel a difference in my skin right away. Not only does my skin feel smoother, I can visibly see it more even-toned and one shade lighter. The best part is that my face doesn’t feel leathery or dry afterwards. Most mud or clay masks I’ve used in the past leave a suuuper tight feeling, but not with this InnisFree Super Volcanic Clay Mousse Mask. The Original doesn’t either, but I find my skin appearing more radiant with the Super version.

Here’s me after rinsing off the clay mask and without makeup, just the usual skincare routine with non-tinted sunscreen. I love it when my skin is in this condition!

I’m so happy with this product and after using it since 2015, I have been recommending it to friends. Even if you don’t have troubled, acne-prone skin like the situation I was in, this product is good to incorporate into your skincare routine as a gentle exfoliant and also as a weekly pore care to reduce blackheads and shrink pores.

I will definitely be buying this InnisFree Super Volcanic Clay Mousse Mask at the store again.

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Ah, clear blue skies, bright sun, the lovely outdoors. To most, it’s the encapsulation of a beautiful perfect day. But… it can also be a nightmare, especially if you’ve skipped using sunscreen. It’s so important to use sunscreen daily and here’s reviewing the collection I’ve got.

We know sunscreen is an everyday MUST, but at the same time it’s so easy to forget putting it on. I know I’m not alone in this. I believe the majority of people who don’t like putting on sunscreen and end up ignoring it altogether are put off by the greasy texture. I can totally relate to this aversion. Like, it’s already humid and muggy out, perspiration levels are hitting the roof, the last thing we want is a layer of slippery grease that clings onto our already-clammy skin. Ick!

But there’s no other way around this. Human skin is the largest organ in our body and also the most exposed. As much as some days I want to skip putting it on, I know it’s a bad idea. So in order to make this experience more enjoyable, I’ve been on the lookout for different sunscreens and putting them to the test.

My number 1 criteria for a sunscreen is the SPF value and I always go for SPF50++. My second criteria is tinted coverage because I like double-duty products; it saves me an extra step in the morning so why not? I’ve got a bunch of sunscreens in my bathroom counter and I’ve been rotating them, depending on how my skin feels that day.

Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense

Pros: It is a light lotion that can be used on both face and body. It feels utilitarian as it’s non-scented. Zero coverage.

Cons: Leaves a sticky layer on my skin. Not as bad as others, but still.

CNP Laboratory Tone-Up Protection Sun

Pros: On days when I skip my BB Cream, I go for this after the moisturiser step (See my writeup on the 10-Step Korean Skincare routine) and it’s sufficient to give me an even coverage. The lotion is quite thick so just a pea-sized amount, or even less, is adequate. The resulting finish is somewhat dewy and radiant. Medium coverage.

Cons: Lower SPF value (42++) than I’d have liked. The shade of pinkish-white it leaves behind is NOT universal on everyone’s skin, in fact it doesn’t look natural on me even though it generally fades after about an hour or so.

Look At Me Jelly Sunscreen

Pros: I picked up this tube of Korean skincare brand’s jelly sunscreen because it’s jelly! How could I not be curious to see how that feels on the skin? Happy to report that it’s quite light-weight and dissolves onto the skin nicely. It has a mild fruity scent too and the overall finish is somewhere between dewy and matte. Definitely not shiny or oily. Zero coverage.

Cons: Leaves a slightly sticky feeling on skin, but I guess that’s better than a greasy feeling. Also doesn’t play so well with my makeup as it starts flaking when I’m applying finishing powder. I guess this product is best used on au naturel face.

Coola Face Mineral Sunscreen

Pros: My second tube! The first moment I had this on my face I fell in love because it’s made of natural ingredients, it’s tinted, it’s light-weight, and it leaves a nice powdery matte finish. Who doesn’t love that? Medium coverage.

Cons: Lower SPF value (30++) than I’d have liked.

IT Cosmetics CC+ Ilumination

Pros: For me, this CC foundation with strong SPF is a heavy-duty multitasking performer. I say heavy-duty because the coverage is solid and it covers up everything.

Cons: Thick texture, feels heavy on the face.

Dermalogica SkinPerfect Primer

Pros: A multi-tasking product that’s a tinted primer packed with anti-oxidants to combat anti-aging, this goes on velvety on the skin with a smooth, even, matte, decent coverage.

Cons: Lower SPF than I’d have liked (30++) and there’s a strange tingly prickly sensation when I use this! My skin also feels really dry after.

Target Sport Sunscreen Spray

Pros: Ok, this one’s for body and I have to include it because it’s so convenient to apply. Continuous one-button spray all over limbs, back, even hair for me, and it feels cooling. The microfine mist settles lightly into a protective layer onto the skin and it feels pampering.

Cons: Can leave quite a greasy film behind.

Product textures:

A: Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense
B: CNP Laboratory Tone-Up Protection Sun
C: Look At Me Jelly Sunscreen
D: IT Cosmetics CC+ Ilumination
E: Coola Face Mineral Sunscreen
F: Dermalogica SkinPerfect Primer

And oh hey, look I’m spotting some freckles on my inner left arm. How and when did those get on there!? *mega eye-roll* See, this is why sunscreens are indispensable for me (as it should be for all of you too).

Any fave brand that you’d like to share with me? I’m always on the lookout for more sunscreens. Would also love to hear your thoughts on sunscreens too: concerns, likes, dislikes?

Have you put on your sunscreen today?

xo,
MB.

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Visiting the Noryangjin Fish Market in Seoul is a highlight of any trip to Seoul. It is easy to get overwhelmed here, especially with so many vendors hawking an array of fresh live seafood, being a foreigner, and not speaking the local language. But here’s my Noryangjin fish market guide on how to experience this specialty market at the fullest and I’ve also got a really useful tip on how to prevent getting ripped off here.

How To Get To Noryangjin Fish Market

The easiest way to get here is by subway. Take the Seoul subway to Noryangjin Station (Lines 1 and 9). From Exit 1, walk over the train tracks via the overhead bridge leading to the parking lot, following the English signage. Go down the stairs to get to the market.

Note that this is the older open-air part of the market and while it’s tempting to start buying here right away, I recommend heading to the newer air-conditioned building instead.

The older open-air part of the market.

The newer, air-conditioned building.

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The cooking technique known as sous vide has caught on in a very big way in Asia today and taken the culinary world by storm, with many professional chefs and culinary enthusiasts (me!) displaying great curiosity and interest in this method. Up until a mere handful of years ago, this technique remained mostly used by high class award-winning restaurants. But with food industry becoming so ubiquitous and trendy these days, we now have access to a wider variety of tools and equipments available in the market. It is also much more accessible to learn this technique – especially if you know where to look. And that’s what this post is about. I’ll be sharing about a sous vide masterclass, right here in Asia, taught by a grandmaster who’s an expert (or more accurately, a legend!) in the sous vide cooking method.

Learning a new cooking technique can be daunting, especially when there are equipments to invest in. It makes perfect economical sense to get the most out of these equipments by having a good grasp of the fundamentals before spreading your creative wings and be the next culinary rockstar. If you’re reading this but have no idea what sous vide is, the quick summary of it is:

Sous vide is a cooking method that differs from conventional cooking methods in two fundamental ways: the raw food is vacuumed sealed in plastic pouches and the food is cooked using precisely controlled heated water.

Several weeks ago, I had the privilege to join the Fundamentals of Sous Vide Masterclass conducted by GastroJoy in Taipei. It is a four-day certification course that provides a very in-depth understanding of the sous vide cooking technique. Everything you want to know about how to use this technique effectively and efficiently is covered in this course. From the ins and outs of how it works, why it’s such a valuable method for professional kitchens, to theories and strategies that will equip chefs to produce the best flavor and texture in their own dishes with consistency and precision.

This course is led by Tony Botella, one of the industry’s foremost authorities on sous vide worldwide and has spent decades in researching, analyzing, and innovating new concepts and techniques in this field.

Dubbed the “Godfather of Sous Vide”, Tony is one of the world’s great masters of the technique. A legendary name within F&B circles, he has trained numerous Michelin-starred chefs on the theory and methodologies of sous vide cooking. He is the founder of the world’s first dedicated sous vide academy for professional chefs: Tony Botella Taller de Cuina [TBTC] in Barcelona, Spain. In between being regularly invited to speak and teach at renowned institutions, hotels, and gastronomy summits across Spain and the US, and a culinary advisor to several chef-favorite brands such as Orved, Memmert, and Josper, Tony now extends his teaching expertise to Asia by helming the sous vide masterclass at GastroJoy.

During the four-day class (of which I attended only three due to scheduling mixup), I learned about the science and theories of vacuum cooking in controlled heat. I also got to see Tony up-close as he demonstrated step-by-step how to use sous vide on a variety of ingredients. I was amazed that you could make a crispy suckling pig (WHOLE PIG) using the sous vide method! Who’d have thunk!?

Day 1: Tony went through theories and explained the science behind sous vide method with real-life demonstrations. He also elaborated on the difference between compaction and pressure – turned out they’re not the same, the objectives and advantages of using this cooking method, recommended pasteurization temperatures, the importance of food safety, and so on so forth.

Tony demonstrating the physics of “cold boil”, which was actually air being extracted from a bowl of water inside the vacuum machine. The appearance of the vigorous bubbling really looks like the water’s boiling, but there is actually no temperature difference whatsoever.

Here’s the demonstration of compaction vs pressure theory. It was also pretty mind-blowing, the balloon was expanding inside the vacuum machine while I was totally preparing myself for it to pop (by covering my ears), but it didn’t! :o

Day 2: FOOOOOD! Tony demonstrated the steps for these cold starters:

Sake-marinated Pineapple-stuffed Foie Gras

Sliced Turkey Breast & Aioli Salad

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