Wake up to better skin, Estee Lauder x Nira

Waking up to a dull and lifeless skin often make us look tired and old. I understand we sometime cannot avoid keeping ourselves up at night, whether it’s stress, ages, or not. But it’s definitely one of the reasons for getting in the way of our best skin in the next morning. Sometimes I couldn’t even look myself in the eyes in the mirror.

Just like everyone else, I’ve had my fair share of unwanted skin problems too.

If I do not get enough sleep, I’d probably wake up to less-than-radiant looking skin. As well as the healing and repairing process of my skin with blemishes which used to be quite fast without permanent scars but not so now. Therefore, it’s leading to a complexion to be blotchy and uneven skin tone. Although wrinkles are not my main problem as of now but it’s starting to show very slowly. My skin is also very sensitive and it could be pretty tricky when it comes to shopping for skincare products and find ones which suit me. 

I’m pretty happy to be a part of this Estee Lauder campaign to recommend you one of the best serums worth having in your skincare routine at night, Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II. 

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After using Advance Night Repair for less than a week, I noticed some changes in those problem acne scars as they seem to be lighter and less redness or blotchy. It didn’t give me breakouts or irritate my sensitive skin either. What I love the most is how it makes my skin so soft and smooth especially in the next morning after I wake up. A healthy and radiant looking skin in the mirror I see; a happier me throughout the day. Although I personally do not like its scent but I like the richness and texture of this serum very much.

It’s not my first bottle and I’ve been using it for years. Just that I have a habit of trying new products (or mix&match different brands) so I am not being consistently used it everyday but I would repurchase when it’s finished. I bought for my mom too and she mentioned about her improvement in less noticeable wrinkles and much smoother skin.

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Not surprising why there are many good reviews or being one of the best-selling skincare products from Estee Lauder.

It’s recommended to applying before your other moisturizers but sometime I just use it alone at night before bedtime if I have a pretty long day outside. But no matter how tired I am, I will not skip at least one moisturizer before bedtime. It’s so important to take good care of your skin no matter what age you are at now.

Shop your favourite Estee Lauder Products from here! All their products selling in Sephora website are 100% authentic so you won’t put your own skin at any risks. You can also follow their instagram account @sephorasg and stay up-to-date to their latest promotions or products.

Work hard, play hard and shop harder. Happy shopping! x

Love, nira

Chilling Your Fat Away by Zimmer

If you are unsure of how to get rid of your unwanted body (and stubborn) fat, this post may help you with the decision making.

Before getting into more details of how to get rid of stubborn fat; please allow me to explain why I needed fat reduction treatment so bad when some of you may thought that I am already quite a petite size. I do exercise regularly and not giving myself too much stress on controlling my diets because I love to eat good food. However, due to am unfortunate accident in December last year, I’ve sprained my ankle on the very first day of my Koh Lipe Beach trips and it’s still not fully recovered yet because I was simply careless. Since then, a doctor gave me some advices on my exercise routines; no more crazy cardio or any movements involving my ankle. I can’t really do my favorite plank to strengthen my abs as well. Imagine how much I hated seeing my tummy fat growing. Even before this injury, I still could not get rid of my all tummy fats after giving birth especially the lower part. Therefore, they are called “stubborn fat”. So these are all the reasons I went into searching for suitable treatments. But there are many choices. Liposuction is a no for me even if the results are immediate. I’m afraid of pain and my body is prone to keloid. No more scars please.

One day, I was introduced to the newest 2nd generation of Cryo-Lipolysis, simply called “Zimmer”. I decided to do more research on it and I was very interested because it is non-invasive, gentle, no side effects and no downtime.

I went for a consultation with Dr Patricia Yuen because I trusted her with all experiences, awards given, and patients reviews. She assessed my problem areas and discussed more in detail on Zimmer treatment. Although she did not consider my tummy fat to be as bad as I thought but it was still quite obvious due to my smaller body size. Thus, a onetime treatment was recommended for me to be able to see the results after 2-4 weeks.

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I wasn’t nervous since I was told that it’s pain-free and I need not worry about scars at all.

There are 4 spots to be treated altogether; left and right side waist, left and right side of lower tummy areas. One hour of treatment is needed for each spot. However, they did two spots at the same time to save myself more time so I took only two hours instead of four.

Here’s a before photo of my unflattering shape problems.

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After getting changed, Dr Yuen marked a few spots on my body where machines will be placed onto the problem areas. The next step was putting on cold gel pads to protect my skin from any damages by -5 degrees from treatment process. It might sounds a little scary but it is not at all. Keep this in mind, minus degree = minus your fat. *chuckles*

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It was a very cold pad I was told. I felt more like a facial mask I did every week, except it was on my tummy this time.

There are a total of two machines involved in the Zimmer treatment. The first machine, Z Lipo will target fat deposits by using pulsating suction and cool them down. The intensity can be set to one of ten different levels, that can also be adjusted during treatment.

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Z Lipo can set up the desired temperature of the cooling plates to as low as -10°C; to treat thicker abdominal fat. However, I was suggested to be treated at about -5°C because of a thinner fat layer and it’s more suitable for patients with a higher sensitivity to cold as well.

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The treatment started with the feeling of my fat being vacuumed for an hour. It was a little weird but there was no pain at the beginning. However, I did feel a little bit of burnt and swelling during the last ten minutes of this first machine. I do not have a very high tolerant of pain and I levelled this pain as very very minor.

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When they removed it, I had big red patches that look like a ham on my body. But still, not much of a pain.

Then, we moved on to the next/last machine, Z WavePro. This helps with skin tightening and body contouring by using radial shockwaves.

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Red patches which you see on my body was the result from first machine. And what Z Wave Pro does next; is to directly removing those patches with cellulite, unwanted fat, stretch marks etc. This step took only 5 minutes for each area and it wasn’t painful at all. It felt more like a massage machine to me. Well… I love massage (Random).

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Fat reduction results should be visible after 4 weeks. However, it depends on the individual. You cannot expect to see a slimmer body if you are still eating junk food, snacking at night, and no exercise at all. You get what I mean? So do take care of your lifestyle too.

This is my result after only 2 weeks. I put before and after photos together so you can easily see tell there are definitely some changes there.

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I can see more side curves as well as flatter lower tummy areas but not much of a skin tightening (probably because it’s only two weeks after a procedure). I hope to see more results on that soon.

As a side note, I have been on the very basics of a healthy diet (no food and snacks after dinner at least) and keeping up with minor exercises. That could also be a reason why it only takes 2 weeks to be able to see faster result.

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I’m happy with this choice after all.

Not all of us are suitable for the same aesthetic treatments so I suggest all my readers to consult a certified dermatologist before making a final decision. Lastly, I want to thank Dr Patricia Yuen and her assistants for a smooth procedure and being very informative and friendly yet professional with me.

Please do kindly take note this is a sponsored post but reviews are purely based on my personal opinions and not my sponsors.

Love, nira

Sweet Sapporo, Part 3

This will be my final part 3 for this Sapporo trip. No Hokkaido trip will be considered a good trip without fresh seafood in their fish market. We went to both, Nijo and Jyogai Fish Market. We had very fresh and reasonable-price seafood and souvenir shopping.

I start from a smaller market first, Nijo. We went there around 8am in the morning and spent about an hour.

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Fortunately my dad was able to join my brother and I for this market. His knee wasn’t in a good condition on the day my brother and I went to Jyogai market. We brought him to a clinic early in the morning and a doctor asked him to rest awhile so he chased us out to play rather than being with him (after we got him some breakfast of course). I was very happy he could visit this one market at least because he loves to go such places. You know, my old man is not getting younger and this is one of the least things we could do for him by bringing him out to travel. Ok, back to the market.

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We ordered a bit of food and they were alright and very reasonable price. But somehow I thought it could be better than what I expected.

I actually preferred Jyogai market. Both markets weren’t very far from our hotel anyway, less than 20 minutes in taxi from Sapporo Grand. I know some of us may think that all markets should be more or less the same.

However, our desire to eat fresh seafood still took us there. I had no regrets visiting this market which is bigger than Nijo; more choices of restaurants and variety of menus. Their shops look somehow more organized too; selling giant snow crabs, fish, sea urchins, scallops, oysters and etc. You can also buy famous Japanese snacks in the market. It’s a good place to walk around then have lunch at one of their seafood restaurants.

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We decided to have our lunch in a restaurant recommended by a taxi driver. And I beileve it is also the biggest restaurant in Jyogai market.

Kitanogurumetei 海鮮食堂 北のグルメ亭

Start with fresh cold beer during a winter.

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I would say their price wasn’t very low as what we thought but the quality and freshness definitely worth it. If you don’t know it yet, I’m a seafood lover and I can just eat them everyday, only good ones I mean. *chuckles*

We were also educated about melon by the stall owner and bought some back to snack in our hotel.

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Now it comes to the end of my Sapporo posts with a lot of food for temptation. haha. I came back home with souvenirs, toys, and especially a lot of amazing skincare products which I’m looking forward to share with you readers in the future.

And, Happy Chinese New Year to all of you. I wish you happiness, prosperity and lots of luck through out this year. Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Love, nira

Sweet Sapporo, Part 2

My favourite Part 2 will focus mainly on food especially sushi. Japan trip without good food is not considering a good trip for me. I did some researches and read quite a lot of reviews on where to have nice Japanese food and all, and luckily we managed to try most of them. Forget about diet routine and just be happy eating!

 

Kinsushi (金寿司

Best omakase sushi in town. I repeat BEST! The only restaurant we wanted to go twice but we didn’t get a chance to. You need to make a reservation. It’s a little difficult to locate their place at first but it was worth every single bits. Sushi there just couldn’t get any better. They will surprise you, very good surprise I mean. Let my pictures speak.
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Trust me they taste even nicer than they look. My dad and brother all loved it and rated this restaurant on top of our lists.

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They served very fresh sake in generous amount. I repeat again, very fresh sake.

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Simply awesome meal to end our day. Everyone was happy. I suggested you to get someone who can speak Japanese to make a reservation. Price was reasonably alright for such great quality.

Unless you want really good sushi and very cheap, the next restaurant will be what you are looking for.

Kaiten-Sushi Nemuro Hanamaru (回転寿司 根室花まる)

Located at JR Tower Stellar Place 6th Floor. Because their sushi is nice and really cheap, you need to queue up to almost 2 hours. Unless you go there early (and with luck), you might only need to wait less than an hour. We were early (and lucky) and waited for about half an hour only. In fact, I went to shop around while my brother was waiting in queue. *chuckles*

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Price start from 140yen to 345yen per plate for fresh and various sushi.

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Crab meat and intestines. This one I die for.

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Thumb up for this restaurant. Give it a try. But I do not recommend this if you have no patience for waiting. More reviews for you to read here.

Sushizen Daimaru (すし善)

This restaurant is located at Daimaru Tower 8th floor. It was very easy to find. There was no queue at all by the time we were there. No need to make reservation as well.

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Their food was nice but I preferred Kinsushi a lot more comparing their quality and price. Price range here is about 2700 yen to 4900 yen for 10-12 pieces dish of assorted sushi. I personally think it’s expensive compared to those sushi restaurants I’ve been to previously but the only good thing is that you do not need to queue.

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Or maybe it was just a bit too commercial for me. If you want a quiet or business-talk dinner then this maybe the one for you.

Before you are getting sick of sushi I will end this post with nice Unagi dish.

Unagi Futaba (うなぎ二葉)

This was recommended by our local driver because my eldest brother is a big fan of Unagi (Eel) and he requested that for our first meal in Sapporo. This restaurant is cozy and comfortable.

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Honestly I was never a big fan of any Unagi dishes but I gave it a try. This restaurant serves only Unagi anyway, in different sizes of bowl. My very first Unadon (Grilled eel on the rice with original sauce). Cost 1980 yen, about S$25.

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It didn’t disappoint me at all. Very good dish, nicely grilled with delicious sauce.

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This one is my favourite, Deep fry of eel’s bone. Crispy and full of calcium.

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Grilled eel’s liver. You have to try this if you have a chance to. I believe it’s pretty rare to find in other countries as well. Simply yummy. I was kinda liked it.

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The happiest person would be my brother. He couldn’t be bother with photo-taking because he enjoyed his dish way too much. haha.

I hope you enjoy this post. I am hungry just by writing and going through this. Love Japan. x

Love, nira

Sweet Sapporo, Part 1

This is going to be quite a long post with a lot of photos.

I just love travelling to Japan and I plan to visit many cities there. This time, Sapporo in Hokkaido! This trip was also a gift from me to my dad. I’ve always been overseas working in the past years, taking care of my daughter and I hardly have time to really spend with my parents. So I thought this would be a perfect gift. My mom passed this one but we will soon have our next trip.

We have been to a few cities in Japan and Sapporo is #5 biggest (and new) city. I did some research about Sapporo and I think it would be a great place for a relaxing trip for my dad, not too busy I would say. 6 and a half hours flight from Bangkok to Chitose Airport by Thai Airways this time. Chitose airport screening was really quite slow just to added. Think we were queuing for an hour. Weather was great at 1°C. I arranged a car from hotel which took us an hour from airport to town area.

I chose Sapporo Grand Hotel, just because of a good location as reviewed by many other tourists. And I agreed on that 100%. Everywhere we want to go is possible just by walking less than 15-20 minutes or less than 15 by taxis. However, taxis in Japan are not cheap but I did not have many choices because of my dad’s leg conditions. At least I already prepared for this in advance. I recommend this hotel if you care about location. Their rooms are not spacious but most hotel rooms in Japan are. Cleanliness and services are good enough. Choices of breakfast are great. There are 2 different buffets spots on 1st and 4th floor and one local menu breakfast sets by garden views on 4th floor. Nothing fancy about their bars so I didn’t like it.

And here is the lists of what I think it’s best to do in Sapporo. Please take note that I crossed out quite a number of very commercial places and only focused on my travelling style. I simply do not like boring or overrated places.

Hokkaido Jingu (北海道神宮)

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A beautiful place to be and to pray. It’s the biggest shrine in Hokkaido. The outlook of shrine is so great with such weather. Also to observe the local cultures. And very peaceful I would say.

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Do not mind my almost bare face. I couldn’t be bother to put so much makeup after a crazy long day before flying. Well.. at least my camera helped.

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We spent probably about 45 minutes. There is a nice huge garden around their shrine to walk around and I saw a few local feeding squirrels.

Sapporo Beer Museum (サッポロビール博物館)

I like beer so I wanted to visit this place. Sapporo beer as we know is one of the oldest and most popular beer brand in Japan; brewed in Sapporo since 1877. This museum tells you about history of beer and the making process.

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After touring the exhibitions, beer tastings are also available at a low cost. It was actually more of a tasting session at the end.

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My favourite was Kaitakushi beer on the right which is more of a easy-to-drink and quite rich kind of taste. After tasting I was told that Kaitakushi was named under a 2-story wooden brewery building and it was the first brewery in Hokkaido. But I personally prefer Belgium or Germany beer a lot more.

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However, this place is not as huge as I thought so one hour would actually be enough unless you want to sip more fresh beer.

Shiroi Koibito Park (Chocolate Factory)

It is a theme park by Ishiya, a local chocolate company. I’m sure many you know this most famous cookies for souvenirs from Hokkaido. It is wrapped in green paper and inside is a white box with light blue design.The one which consists of two thin butter cookies and a layer of white chocolate in between.

There are quite many things to do and stroll around at this park such as cafe, restaurant, shops, chocolate related exhibitions and of course the cookie production process in the factory. Opposite this park is a huge soccer field.

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I just love their park. I’m pretty sure it’d look much nicer in December to January where all the new year lightings are set up. This is your place If you like to do selfies with nice background.

Next is my favourite of all, hot-chocolate cup room.

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I could spent a few hours in this room if I were by myself. Their rooms were nicely decorated and cups were displayed in such a way that is so grand and vintage. Rare kind of luxury.

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Below are some of my favourites out of a hundred photo I took of these cups/boxes. If they do not fancy you, just skip them. How I wish to have some of this for my home. They are just so beautifully designed in different years and places. They reflects the cultures of where they are from as well.

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Next, it’s the factory itself. From far I could smell a mixed of chocolate, butter, cookies before walking in this session. Very nice impression to start with.

 

 

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And a room full of cakes, beautiful ones.

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Ended with a random stuff of old collections. They are again, rare.

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This is a must to visit place if you have a chance to be in Sapporo. Out of all places I mentioned above, this is my most favourite. We went back hotel with some souvenirs of course. Simply a good day out.

I will be back for more of what to do in Sapporo as well as where to have good food over there. I hope you enjoy reading.

Love, nira