Sunday, 26 October 2014

Lego City Police Truck for 5-12 Years Old

There’s just something about these tiny bricks that gets anyone of any age engaged and captivated.

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Visits to a LEGO shop always ends up with my son buying something. He just loves those bricks. And I am not surprised. I used to love those small things and I still do.

My son’s 5th birthday is next month and seeing the wonder and joy in his eyes while looking around the Lego shop at The Curve, I gave in to his desire to own a Lego City Police Truck. I don’t mind spending on these bricks once in a while (not weekly, please, okay, once in a month is fine). I see the good effects on my son’s creativity and patience when he started fixing Lego toys.

boy-fixing-lego-city-police-truck-toyEvery time he has a Lego to fix, my son would be so focused and concentrated with what he is doing. Look at how intense this session was! Right after waking up that morning (the day after we bought the new Lego City), he drank his milk and quickly headed on to his Lego table.

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With Lego toys, he learned how to follow step-by-step instructions. The good thing about Lego instruction manuals is that it is cleverly created for kids to analyze and understand. Lego bricks can easily develop skills in children that no ordinary toy can.

My son would spend an hour to concentrate and build his Lego toy. This is the only toy that can get him patiently focused in a time span of an hour or so. Of course, the iPad and arcade games can get him engaged that long but I’m happier to see him build something.

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And Voila! From just pieces and pieces of bricks, his Lego City police truck is soon done!
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I also love those cute little Lego people. They are so adorable.
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Well, I’m still young at heart. I got myself these lovely Lego Star Wars keychains: a Stormtrooper and Darth Vader! I think I’ll be collecting more with my son.

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LEGO Shop @ The Curve
Lot 168, First Floor, The Curve, Mutiara Damansara
Tel: +603 77328029

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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Mario Badescu Silver Powder Product Review

Fighting blackheads and whiteheads? Looking for products that will fight those unsightly things on your nose, chin and forehead?

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I bought this Mario Badescu a few months ago together with the Temporary Lifting Mask. I find this brand very interesting, with its simple, clinical-like packaging and product names. When I first read the name, I was wondering what in this world is ‘Silver powder’ and what does it do? Does it shimmer? Hmmm…

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Like the Temporary Lifting Mask, Mario Badescu Silver Powder also comes in a simple white plastic jar with a white plastic seal upon removing the cap. Before removing the seal, make sure that there’s no fan blowing on your direction. The Silver Powder is the loose type so it can easily be blown by air.

So what is it really for? The Mario Badescu Silver Powder is created to fight excessive, stubborn blackheads. If this brand is something new to you, Romanian-born Mario Badescu who founded his Manhattan skincare salon in 1967 developed this brand under his name. Badescu is a chemist and cosmetologist, and spent years in his laboratory conducting research to develop products for healthy and beautiful skin. His philosophy is that skincare should be simple and gentle yet effective.


Mario Badescu Silver Powder
Price: RM65 for 29ml
Made in USA
Life after opening: 6 months
Where to buy: Sephora or at www.luxola.com.my

This oil-absorbent powder helps to unclog congested pores without drying the skin. It prevents blackheads and promotes a healthier complexion.

What it contains (ingredients): Calcium Carbonate, Kaolin, Zinc Oxide (CI 177497)

How do you use it?

Mario Badescu products come in a very simple packaging, no outer box, no complicated instruction leaflet. It is good to keep it simple but I think that the directions are too simplified. For an unconventional product like this, meaning it’s not our usual cleanser or toner or moisturizer, new users might not have the correct idea on how to use a ‘silver powder’.

What the label says: Once or twice a week, dip a water dampened cotton ball into the powder and press on nose, chin and congested areas on the face. Wait 10 minutes and wipe off with toner or astringent.

It didn’t clearly say that you should wash your face before application. Some might think that it’s common sense but some wouldn’t know. Anyway, for me, first step is to cleanse my face before use.

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Next step: Dip a wet cotton ball into the jar and apply on targeted areas on your face. This can be tricky as the wet cotton ball may pick up powder unevenly. It can sometimes be very thick especially if the cotton is very wet. Just spread it on a bigger area on your face if you do pick up a lot. Don’t apply under your nose. I’ll explain why in a while.

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Take note that since we are dealing with powder here, it can be quite messy as the powder drops on your vanity table. Stay away from fans or windy areas when applying this.

Once you’ve applied the powder, wait between 5 to 10 minutes. Beware; the silver powder will keep dropping as it dries. So don’t lie down on the bed or sofa or cotton seat while doing this. It’s not hard to clean but you don’t want to be spending too much time cleaning up powder. This is also why you shouldn’t apply it under your nose. As it dries, the powder flies and it will go inside your nose, which can be irritating.

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Instruction says to wipe it off with toner but it doesn’t work well for me. It can be because I’m using a very gentle toner, I’m not sure. But this is how it looks like after using toner:

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Instead of using toner, I prefer to wash it off to make sure that there is no residue. I use my Neutrogena Deep Clean to remove it.
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My face feels really great after Silver Powder and washing. And I notice that my pores are very clear and less noticeable, too. There’s an improvement with just one application. If I keep using this once or twice a week, I’m sure there’ll be more visible improvement and I’d be warding off blackheads or whiteheads from coming back. If you’re worried about drying of the skin after using this, I didn’t experience any tingling, tightening or drying sensation with this product.
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Although the instruction doesn’t say on the label, I apply my normal day skincare products after using Silver Powder. I continue with my toner, floral water, brightening essence, serum, moisturizer and eye cream.

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Overall, minus the insufficient direction on the label, I’m happy with this Mario Badescu product. It is reasonably priced, it works well on my skin and it just blends with my skincare regimen. Let’s fight off those blackheads!

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Sunday, 19 October 2014

Magic Eye 3D Museum in Thailand


Visiting Amazing Thailand soon? You gotta check out the 3D museum in Hatyai!

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My husband, my son and I had a holiday trip to HatYai, Thailand last month. Aside from seeing the elephants, we also took the time to visit the Magic Eye 3D Museum. Although it is a bit far from our hotel in HatYai, my husband rented a car and driver to bring us to the place. We heard that it’s really nice to visit this museum so we might as well check it out while we’re there.

The staff there were very friendly, I guess most places in HatYai have very friendly customer service staff. Food and drinks, by the way, are not allowed inside the hall so they politely asked us to leave them at the guest services. You also cannot wear shoes inside, of course, to help preserve the beauty and quality of the paintings as most of them are also on the floor. White socks are provided for customers.

If you’re planning to visit the museum, bring your fully charged camera phones, digital cameras or DSLRs. The museum is filled with amazing paintings and visuals, you will definitely spend an hour at least of taking photos at different angles. I was disappointed that I didn’t bring my DSLR with me so I had to make use of my phone. It’s not bad but I knew I could have done better, darn!

And here are some of the photos we took:

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My son is SpiderMan!

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Giant foot!

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Must be careful not to fall from this bridge

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My son got a chance to shake hands with Mona Lisa

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Where's your milk?

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It was fun and, most important is, my son had a great time! So if you’re dropping by HatYai one of these days, be sure to include the Magic Eye Museum in your itinerary. Both selfie and non-selfie lovers will enjoy this place. Be creative and see how far your imagination and photography skills can take you!

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Opening Hours:
Daily between 09.00AM - 09.00PM
  
Services and Amenities: 
3D art Exhibition Hall, Cafe/Snack/Beverages, Souvenir shop, Photo shoot and small goods

Museum Features: 
More than 100 paintings in different themes - Camouflage, Aquarium, Wildlife, Classical art, Ice world, Surrealism , Zoo, Fantasia and etc.

Entrance Fees:
Tourist - Adult 400THB
Tourist - Child 300THB


Transfer Services and Fees (rates may change):
1. Transfer from Hotel in Hatyai City Center with charge of 100THB/roundtrip/person with minimum charge of 2persons
2. Transfer from Hatyai airport with charge 200THB/way /person with minimum charge of 2persons
3. Transfer from Songkhla city center with charge 300THB/way /person with minimum charge of 2persons
Remark: Please make reservations at least 1hour before departure.


PREPARATION BEFORE ENTRY:
1. Wear casual dress or comfortable clothes. This will help when you take photos. 2. Bring your own camera or smartphone but in case you forget, there are rental services at photo shop in the museum.
3. Take a look sample picture of how to do best pose when taking photos with painting. This will help you get realistic pictures.
4. Food and drinks are not allowed inside paining exhibition hall.
5. Guests are not allowed to wear shoes or slippers inside painting exhibition hall. Museum will provide socks.

Address:
1408 Kanjanavanich Rd.,
Hatyai Songkhla TH 90110
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