Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Ants -Be- Gone !

One thing that sure gets on my nerves is ants invasion in my kitchen. This happens when I'm not the one working in the kitchen or rather for that few days or a period, someone else took over my "territory" due to unforeseen circumstances. 

Trouble comes when kitchen is not kept clean. Coming close to 5 years, the frequency of ants invasion in my place or rather to be more exact,  my kitchen is less than 5. To be exact, including this time is twice ! 

Firstly, I would go for the most natural method to bust the nest without having to use pesticides as the little ones are around. Ants "communicate" via scent trails. Using their antennae, they can perceive smells and determine the direction. When food is found, they will leave a trail leading back to the colony and the other ants would be using this trail to get to the source of food.

To conclude, we need to DESTROY their trails by MESSING UP their scent trails.

So what did I do using my Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil? Tell me how not to love PEPPERMINT !

Photo Credit : DGaryYoung

This time round, it's ANTS - BE - GONE ! I was struggling with the constant pinching and wiping off the fast crawling ants on my kitchen top this one month until last week, I finally found their nest and decided to BUST it !

What I did was, I mixed 5 drops of Young Living PEPPERMINT eo into a 15ml spray bottle and top it up with some water.


I sprayed twice along the trail as well as into the their hiding place. Then, I dripped a drop neat on a cloth and wipe around the area where they were crawling along. The next morning, NO MORE ANTS appeared ! To make sure that the trail is completely destroyed, I continued for the next two days.

Other benefits of YL Peppermint EO;
- It can help to bring down running temperatures by applying on the spine and under the feet. You can drip a drop or two to sponge too !
- It helps to ease your heavy head when you feel the drums in it.
- It helps to ease nausea by inhaling it with a drop in your palm.
- It helps to improve concentration and mental activity, diffuse it when  the child is doing his/her work.
- It helps to cool you down when you are feeling the heat in the typical warm weather Singapore has, with a rub of peppermint behind your neck.
- Coffee or snacks cravings ? I would drip a drop and drink as peppermint tea ! It helps to curb the cravings and it aids in digestive issues too. Note: To use only glass or ceramic not plastic or Styrofoam cups.
- It can act as an mozzie repellent too !

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

VABY Box - November 2014

New moms and moms-to-be, you might love the November Box from VABY Sg ! If you want to try out, this month's items are pretty suitable for babies and anti stretch-mark cream samples. All the below for $18.90 ! Let's take a look through what they have placed in.

Vaby Box - November
1) Peausque Ato Cream
2) Peausque Diaper Cream
3) Peausque Body Wash

4) Olivella's Anti-Stretch Mark Cream


5) Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil
6) Curash Baby Care 2 in ...1 Shampoo & Conditioner
7) Curash Baby Care Anti-Rash Baby Powder


8) IDOCare Eucalyptus Garden Concentrated Floor Cleaner


9) Disney Pookalooz Tin Box


10) BabySpa $5 Voucher


11) Theo10 Heat Balm

All the above are just for $18.90, if you are thinking of what to get for your expecting friends or new mums, sign up Vaby Box to be sent to you or your friend on a monthly basis. 

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Homemade Lavender & Orange infused Hong Kong Egglets aka Gei Dan Zai (雞蛋仔 )

For all who are using Young Living Essential Oils like myself, here's something which you can try out.

Xav loves the egglets when we visited Hong Kong. Everyday without fail, he will request to eat them as snacks while we were on a vacation there. To an extent, I bought the egglets pan back and has been preparing for him occasionally. Refer to recipe HERE.

Feeling more adventurous, occasionally, I will "play" with the  essential oils in the kitchen. This time, I improvised the recipe by adding in cocoa powder and the essential oils and made two new flavours; lavender flavoured and choco-orange flavoured egglets.

This is one of the easiest recipe which I don't mind preparing with Xav with minimal washing, now that we no longer have a helper.


After the batter was done, I divided into two portions. In one bowl, I dripped a drop of Young Living Lavender Essential Oil into the batter while in the other bowl, I mixed in cocoa powder and  a drop of YL Orange Essential Oil.


Pour the batter over the heated, greased pan and cook over the stove as per normal.


The lavender infused ones were on the brighter ones, and cocoa orange for the darker ones.


Nope, they don't taste bitter at all. Infact, the egglets were infused with nice aroma from the eos used. Needless to say, Xav gave himself a huge serving and keep coming back for more.

Have fun experimenting with other essential oils and drop me a comment if you have cook any dishes using these 100% pure essentials.


I have cooked the following with Young Living Essential Oils :
Salt & Pepper cod fish fillet or if you want to go simple, just do a simple pan seared codfish fillet.


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Do note that I only trust and use only Young Living Essential Oils in my cooking but not other brands.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Hello Taiwan 2014 ! Day 4 - Hot Spring Thermal Valley (地熱谷) >>> Dan Shui (淡水老街) >>> Mengjia Night Market (艋舺夜市)

We were on our own for the 4th day ! It's pretty accessible for what we have planned, to the northernmost district of Taipei City, Xin Bei Tou & Dan Shui Lao Jie.

The past three days, I did not really do much retail therapy for myself but rather feeling happy with my retail therapy for Vera ! Managed to find and bought some headbands for Vera from the night markets.


We had some lunch and went Taipei main station in search of Micia. Took me quite a while to locate the shop, not knowing that it was actually located at U Square. They carry a wide range of rubber stamps with Chinese characters. I am pretty well self disciplined. I shortlisted the few below to add into my cart. =)


Another mission on hand at Taipei Main Station is to locate the infamous shop that sells Tai Yang Bing, 太阳饼 (Sun Biscuits) . I was told by one of my friends that this brand tastes good. It's flaky on the outside with malt fillings in it.

Salted egg yolk lovers, you may want to try this if you come across. I bought one of them from the same shop to try. We bought quite a few boxes of Sun Biscuits back for our friends and colleagues.


Li Yi (李义饼店) is located at Taipei Station basement (Zone Z), 11-2B, near to exit J.

From Taipei Main Station, we took an approximately half an hour train ride to Xin Bei Tou, 新北投and went on foot about 850m to Hot Spring Thermal Valley << 地熱谷 >>.

 

As  we walked, we bypassed a few landmarks;

Taipei Public Library Beitou Branch << 台北市立圖書館北投分館 >>


Due to time constraints, We did not went into Beitou Hot Spring Museum. But we did popped by and Xav was enjoying his stamping session.

During the Japanese era, Beitou Hot Spring Museum, was a main public bath area. Visitors were asked to remove their footwear before entering (Japanese custom) and change into a pair of slippers as provided.

Beitou Hot Spring Museum << 北投溫泉博物館 >>
During the Japanese Colonial era, Hot Spring Thermal Valley was known as one of Taiwan’s eight great natural beauties. The temperature of the water ranges between 80 - 100 deg °C. The sight can be quite spectacular, the jade blue water with the rising mist over the green backdrop.


  

Do keep your mozzie patch on if you are visiting this place, I have got quite a few nasty bites from visiting the washroom !

We stopped by a convenience store and spotted this machine whereby you can have your picture taken and emailed to you.


Our near to 5pm, it was just nice to go to our next stop as planned - Dan Shui Old Street << 淡水老街 >>

From afar, we were drawn to the giant bubbles ! Yes end up, we bought the giant bubble stick back to Singapore.
淡水老街


The really HUGE cuttlefish

The happiest part of this trip to Dan Shui was probably, he got to savour this super tall, dual flavour ice-cream.
 

Don't topple please !
Happiness !
Vera was thinking if she gets her share too !
Brain FREEZE !
If you agree that when it comes to the second born, you'll tend to close one eye on what food they can try and this was what happened. Vera got to try something cold and sweet !


That was her reaction ! Hmmm.. What's that, mummy ?!
 

We managed to witnessed and captured the beautiful sunset which was gone within seconds.


Loads of games stalls along the stretch of houses.




Saw this "Chewy" cookie at one of the shops and hence, I decided to try it.
 
 
With red bean and pork floss filling and some other ingredients I didn't manage to figure it out. But overall, it was pretty nice  ! I loved the "chewiness" and end up I bought one big box back.

 
Do not ask me if Xav loves Hello Kitty. The moment he spotted it , instantly he requested for a picture with it.
 

A cute miniature of the kitty sponge cake standing outside.


Pretty lots of shops selling old school kind of games and titbits. We bought a set of Monopoly (Taiwan) version for our little Monopoly craze.

 
 
We went back to the hotel to unload, had a nice shower and change into a new set of clothes before we venture out to the next night market, Mengjia Night Market (艋舺夜市) and Huaxi Street Night Market.

Mengjia Night Market can be easily accessed via Taiwan Metro as well, alighting at Longshan  Station. This night market, youngsters may not like it. I feel that it's like a night market selling 2nd hand goods and don't expect to see any fashionable apparels , bags or shoes here. But they do have a wide variety of food stalls lined up along the closed roads.


We allowed Xav to try his hands on some shooting game. 300 "bullets" for him to target at the moving characters.


And he won himself a dart board !

 
Next, we went to Huaxi St Night Market aka Snake Valley.  At the southern part, if you are game enough to try out snake dishes here. This night market has a few shops that serves snake soup, snake blood, snake semen and even snake venom. But no photography is allowed.


Other than the above mentioned "special" food, turtle meat can be found here too. Plenty of massage parlours here if you would like to give your tired feet a massage.

We arrived here pretty late, majority of the shops were closed except for the massage parlours and the Snake restaurant. More to see in the day for sure. Personally, I find this area pretty boring =p.  But it's a good experience to come here just to look at what they have.

This completed our Day 4 of our 8 days Taiwan Trip.

 Below is my itinerary for Hello, Taiwan 2014  as I went along :
Day 1 - Inhouse Hotel << 薆悅酒店 >> & Shilin Night Market << 士林夜市 >>
Day 2 [Part 1] -  Cingjing, Lu Ma Ma 清境 << 魯媽媽 >>
Day 2 [Part 2] -  Cingjing , The Evergreen Grassland 清境 清境农场 & Starry House 觀星園景觀山莊
Day 3 - Day 3 Cingjing 清境 >>> Taichung 台中

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