Thursday, October 20, 2016

Coping with Haze and Staying Protected with Xepa

Sponsored Review + Giveaway

Singapore statistics have shown that the haze takes place every August to October. Pollutant readings have climbed consistently in the past years during this period due to the monsoon winds that direct smog from the forest fires into our land.

According to a clinical research paper, the top five physical effects of haze experienced by respondents in Singapore during the haze period are:
1. Mouth or Throat Discomfort
2. Nose Discomfort
3. Eye Discomfort
4. Headache
5. Breathing Difficulty

Often, the allergens in haze trigger allergic rhinitis and affects the respiratory tract, skin and/or even the eyes. When an allergen enters a body, it triggers the cells’ defence system, leading to the secretion of histamines. Histamines in turn trigger allergy symptoms such as runny nose, watery nose and rashes, thereby causing feelings of discomfort.

And here are five simple tips to cope with haze:



With 2 schooling kids at home, it is almost impossible to keep them totally at home when the weather is turning bad, the best we are doing now is to keep them hydrated, stay clean and rest more.
Personally, I am out everyday either for work or to run, so the protection I am getting is also minimum based on my own preparation. But thanks to
the folks of Xepa and the Allergy First Aid Companion box they have sent over, me and my family will at least be much more prepared for the imminent wave of hazy weather.

I believe 预防胜于治疗!

The Allergy First Aid Companion box contains five items:
1. Allergy & Haze handbook x1 – contains information on allergy and haze
2. Disposable face mask x10 – for short term usage
3. Euderm cream x1 – to replenish moisture to dry, scaly and itchy skin condition and relieve infantile and allergic eczemas
4. Rinz eye drops x1 – to soothe irritated and tired eyes
5. Tissue pack x1 – to wipe off surface dust and pollutants

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I will be giving 1 set of the Allergy First Aid Companion kit to 1 winner!
Follow the instructions below and stand a chance to own this exclusive kit box.



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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Plantronics BackBeat Fit

Sponsored Review

As a self-proclaimed runner at the age of 42, running doesn’t come as easy as 1-2-3. To help in the motivation factor to run, I realized that music plays a big part. I used to think that running with music is not something I would like. How can I hear the traffic? What if someone calls out to me? Can I hear??

In comes the BackBeat Fit wireless earphones.

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First thing first, why wireless? This is a no-brainer for me. I cannot imagine running with tangling wires all over the place. With wireless earphones, the problem is solved and running is more pleasant.

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Unpacking the earphones, and I have the red version. It comes in blue and neon green colors too.

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The earphones come in a sleek pouch that holds the charging cable.

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Turn the pouch inside-out and you get the double use as a reflective running armband.

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Battery life is 2.5 hours charge for 7 hours use. I realized for a 10km run, typically I can use the earphones for about 6 runs, pretty close to the estimated given battery life.

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Download the BackBeat Fit App and follow through the easy steps to register your earphones and even set up the link to find your earphones when you misplaced it.

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Putting on the earphones was simple and easy, no difficulty. Tried calling out to my wife with siri and the earphones worked perfectly. We can hear each other clearly and no disturbance. I’m a happy man if my wife can hear me.

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One of the best feature of the earphone and I have successfully recommended to at least 4 of my friends so far, is the contoured eartips which allows the wearer to hear your surroundings. This is extremely crucial for me as I prefers to run at night and with my old earphones, I usually cannot hear the surrounding traffic or even the bicycle just behind me. This usually resulted in me hooking on only one side of my previous earphones.

But with BackBeat Fit, the safety aspect is well taken care of.

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With at least 4-5 runs with the new earphones around my neighborhood, I took the earphones for a real test in the recent 10km race I have signed up for. This is the first time I am listening to music on a long run.

The earphones are nicely tugged in my ears and you can hardly see it from the front view. My before and after look with the earphones.

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Points noted:

#1 the earphones didn’t move much at all, I did not have to adjust or was afraid that it will fall out.

#2 as you can see after the run, I was sweating crazy but there was no issues with the sound quality.

#3 I was totally aware of my environment when running, I could hear the heavy steps of the runner that was about to overtake me, and allowed me to keep to my side and not bang into him.

#4 related to the point above, I was still able to enjoy my music without having to adjust the volume.


Now, the earphones are the first thing I look out for in the morning when I leave the house for work or at night when I go for a run. Totally loving it!

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Last but not least, for all my readers, I have good news!

If you are interested to purchase the Plantronics BackBeat Fit wireless earphones, I am going to extend a 30% discount to you, courtesy of the people from Plantronics!

Just go to this website ( to place you order, and when you checkout, key in this special discount code jdad3d.

This offer will only be valid till 8th Sep 2016.
The 30% discount is valid for ALL Plantronics products on the website.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

[Giveaway] The Three Little Pigs

Singapore Repertory Theatre’s The Little Company
proudly presents

Main visual

An endearing tale that will huff, puff and blow you away!

Coming around in a full circle, The Three Little Pigs was commissioned and had its world-premiere in Singapore in 2012.

The play has since been staged in numerous languages and countries, from Finland, to New York, Sydney and even various cities in China. Now the show is back home in Singapore where the journey first started.

With wickedly funny lyrics and catchy tunes, this musical will appeal to both adults and children.

Dates: From 4th Aug 2016
(Monday to Friday 10am; Saturdays 11am and 2pm)

Prices: From $25 excluding SISTIC fee (group discounts / family packages available)

Venue: KC Arts Centre – Home of SRT



I will be giving 1 Family Package tickets (2 Adults + 2 Children) to 1 winner!
Follow the instructions below and stand a chance to watch the wonderful musical.
The Family Package giveaway show time will be on 13 Aug, Saturday, 2pm.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Nickelodeon Slime Cup 2016

Media Invite

We have been invited for the Nickelodeon Slime Cup event for many years but every year the girls are not very keen to be “slimed”. But this year, Jayne did the Kuan Family proud and broke through for us!

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This girl is probably the bravest of us all, willing to always try the new things and not afraid to get dirty.

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To be slime, you will first be ushered to the “throne” seat, which is under the Leaky Lincoln.

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The initial slime is just an intro, with a bit on the head and body (as shown in the picture above). Then Jayne moved on to the Slime Bowling Alley.

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Of course ending in a pool of more slime!

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Thankfully, there is a hose-down station for parents to clean up their kids.

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Thanks to the well-thought tour by the Nickelodeon organizers, we were able to understand some of the other stations for all to play includes some cleaner activities.

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However, the main and real reason why the girls were so excited to attend this year’s Slime Cup event was to meet their TV personality stars from Make it Pop! Even the older new found fan got a photo-opportunity too!

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Not only the Make it Pop! stars, the kids went crazy to see the other Nickelodeon stars!

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Thank you Nickelodeon for fulfilling the girls’ dream! With their favorite Megan Lee!

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Kudos to Slime Cup!

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