I'm not a fan of vacuuming honestly. I really hate lugging the heavy vacuum cleaner around and having to unplug and plug at various places cos of the cord.
I am also not a fan of doing housework when it is so painful and mafan. I used to prefer mopping over vacuuming cos a pail is much lighter than a vacuum.
This thinking stuck with me for years till I first saw the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute . I first try it in one of the electronics store and was wowed by how light the vacuum was.
After trying it and looking at the accessories available, I was pretty much sold.
What I like was how flexible the Dyson V10 was. It could 'transform' for various uses just by simply changing the head. The Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute that I got came with these accessories: soft roller cleaner head, direct drive cleaner head, combination tool, crevice tool, mini motorised tool, mini soft dusting brush, flexi crevice tool and an extension hose.
My favourite thing to do is cleaning our ceiling fans with it. No more climbing shaky ladders and wiping the blades with a cloth!
It is super light and easy to use! I don't think I can ever go back to using corded vacuums anymore! Aidan saw me vacuuming and wanted to carry it himself.
The Dyson technology is amazing, the powerful suction and really remove hidden dirt in hard to reach places and I like how I could choose from three different power modes.
Before giving birth, I had very bad backaches due to the strain of a huge belly. My back was killing me with the weight and I sought relief through massages.
I did both my prenatal and postnatal massages with Post Natal Massage Singapore. As some of you guys may remember, my tummy was huge during pregnancy.
After giving birth, I knew I was suffering from very bad water retention. My feet were extremely swollen and my whole body was bloated. Unfortunately, I couldn't start on my postnatal massages immediately as I had a c-section.
Typically for c-section mamas, it is advised to commence on postnatal massages after 21 days at least. Post Natal Massage Singapore (PNSG) followed up with calls after my delivery to check in on how I was feeling and when would I like to start the massage.
As I had a bit of a difficult recovery, I only commenced my massage about 3.5 weeks after giving birth. I discussed with PNSG on a suitable time and my preferences and soon, a therapist was assigned to me.
Meet Madam Aisyah.
Madam Aisyah was assigned to me and we hit it off straightaway. I shared with her on my concerns and problem areas and she got to work to helping me.
Some of the areas of concern that I voiced out:
Bad water retention
Lower back pain
PNSG massages are done on our bed. We have to provide 2 big and 2 small towels at all sessions. If you have a sofa bed or tilam, it will also do. What the therapist will do is to lay a protective sheet over the bed before laying the towels.
For each massage, you could choose to use either the jamu herbs or a slimming cream. Of course the jamu herbs are more effective, however they tend to get messier when the powder dries up.
Needless to say, I chose jamu herbs. Messy can clean, effective is more important haha!
For each massage, Madam Aisyah massages the whole body including a head massage. She will also customise the massage depending on my body's condition that day. For one of the days, I had very extreme backaches so she focused on the back. For each massage, she also helped to relief engorgement and clear blocked ducts.
But mainly, she focused on the tummy to help shape my waistline and reduce water retention and bloatedness. Madam Aisyah mentioned that she would not exert much strength on my tummy as I had a c-section and she checked with me if I felt any pain at every step of the way.
She applied the jamu herbs and wrapped me up with a binder (aka bengkung) for every session. For those who purchase packages with PNSG, a binder will be provided.
The binder was wrapped tight but not uncomfortable. I could carry Davina, breastfeed and nap easily in it. I was advised to keep it on no longer than 8 hours as the jamu powder would dry up and start falling out.
After 8 hours, I would take a warm shower and replace the binder with my own compression binders instead.
At the last session, Madam Aisyah demonstrated a baby massage on Davina.
The massage she showed could be used with any preferred massage oil and would help to relax babies and reduce bloated tummies.
After the 10 sessions, I really felt less bloated and my water retention was greatly reduced! Thank you Madam Aisyah and Post Natal Massage Singapore for the experience!
If you are considering signing up for a postnatal massage package in Singapore, do consider PNSG. They are offering a special promo for my readers.
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Do take note that this promotion can't be used with any other promotions and that it is only valid for one time use. Promo will end on 31 December 2018.
Hope that you have enjoyed reading this Post Natal Massage Singapore review. If you have any queries, do feel free to comment below. You can also check out PNSG's website for more info.
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I am a firm believer of tonics. It helps with getting the body ready in most occasions. From young, I would take chicken essence in preparation for examinations and with my first pregnancy, I would take chicken and fish essence during pregnancy and postnatal recovery. Back then, I didn't like the taste but would grimace and drink it because it was good for me.
She recommended Chicken Essence with Eucommia for me to take during my pregnancy as it contains various herbs that will help replenish loss of fluids and also alleviate the heatiness during pregnancy. Other herbs, including Eucommia Bark, Dodder Seed, Himalayan Teasel Root and Colla Corii Asini also help to nourish organs such as liver, kidney and enriches the blood which ultimately helps with the back and waist pain that most pregnant mothers will encounter in our final trimester and after birth.
She also mentioned that the herbs, Ziziphi Spinosae Semen and Ophiopogonis Radix in Chicken Essence with Eucommia can help with getting a better night sleep and that I could also share this with Skai as it's not limited to just pregnant women. Eucommia is suitable for most people, especially those who require a bit more boost of energy such as overtaxed and stressed workers, teenagers, pregnant, breastfeeding and postnatal mothers. The only thing is that it isn't suitable for women who are on their period and anyone with fever.
Preparing the chicken essence was super simple. I kept the chicken essence frozen in my deep freezer and only took out a packet when needed. Simply cut open the packet and place the frozen block into a cup/bowl with a lid. You can either microwave it or double boil it at 100°C.
I was pleasantly surprised when I first tasted the chicken essence. It totally does not taste like any bottled chicken essence that I have tried before. It smelled great, tasted sweet and extremely rich flavour. It tasted like something home brewed instead! Very delicious. I looked forward to drinking this daily because it really taste great!
From what I read, Tian Yuan Xiang Chicken Essence uses 3.5 chickens for each box. The essence is braised and stewed under elevated temperatures and they practice 100% natural extractions. Every golden drop, containing essential amino acids and good protein, can be the best refreshment to nourish our health and energy.
She shared that the Chicken Essence with Vaccaria Seed is most suitable for breastfeeding mums to help recuperate our strength and energy. The herbs in this flavour help to nourish Qi and blood to help boost milk supply and prevent mastitis. Aside for the breastfeeding benefits, the herbs Nezumimochi and Fleece Flower Root in the Chicken Essence with Vaccaria Seed also help nourish the liver, enrich blood, relieve aches and help with postnatal hairloss. In addition, the "Chicken Essence with Vaccaria Seed" combines many herbs together that not only helps with calming the nerves and improves better sleep and lessens stress.
I didn't commence on the chicken essence as I had to avoid chicken and eggs for the first two weeks due to my caesarian birth. Once I hit 2 weeks, I started drinking the Chicken Essence with Vaccaria seed immediately. I'm almost done with the box and would be ordering another box soon!
Just take note if you are drinking Tian Yuan Xiang's chicken essence:
The best time to drink chicken essence is in the morning or before 4pm.
Drinking on an empty stomach would be more ideal for better absorption.
It is recommended to drink at least a packet a day. If you are really exhausted, you can drink 2 packets a day. For those in confinement, you can drink even more such as up to 4 packets a day.
It is best to drink earlier and not right before bed as it may cause sleeplessness.
Tian Yuan Xiang was first heard in Taiwan and now have physical stores in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore. There are various flavours suitable for all group's needs such as elders, children, couples trying to conceive, stressed adults and mummies. Tian Yuan Xiang Chicken Essence is certified Halal except for the Chicken Essence with Eucommia.
If you'll like to check out Tian Yuan Xiang, you can visit their physical store at
I have to admit, I have been extremely tardy with updating on the milestones. It's been so hectic and i hardly have the time to sit at the computer especially with Davina needing my attention always.
I only have time on my mobile these days and even those time, is very limited. The panda period is tough but this too, will pass 🙂
Here's Aidan's updates from 23 - 26 months!
At 23 months, I was still latching Aidan. While I know some may frown on latching as it may cause contractions, I have also heard of mothers latching throughout their pregnancy. I decided to continue latching though I reduced the frequency due to my nursing aversion.
Aidan still seem to enjoy school and playing with the kids. There were some mild cases of Aidan being bitten by his schoolmates but I heard that Aidan continued playing with them. LOL
Aidan also started recognising my tummy as meimei then.
Aidan's childcare had a bout of HFMD so we took him out of childcare for 3 weeks to be safe as we couldn't risk him contracting HFMD and passing to me at my final trimester.
Because we didn't send him to school, we missed celebrating his birthday at school. Instead we had a simple celebration at home where we discovered he is scared of lighted candles.
He can't pronounce his name still so he calls himself A. He would refer to his items like "A clothes", "A shoes", "A eat".
Aidan is still very picky over his food. Most of the times, he refuses to chew and would only take soft food. He loves soup a lot!
He is extremely peckish and would want to snack. We have bought lots of puffs, biscuits and snacks for him.
Meimei arrived 2 weeks after his 2 years birthday. He loves meimei a lot. He would hug and kiss her. But he doesn't know his strength, so we would watch out how he treats Davina lol.
Aidan is still very addicted to YouTube and we have had many episodes of him throwing tantrums just to get his way. Terrible twos?
Aidan recognises us. When we show him pictures of us in the past, he can still recognise us and would call us.
He is also very helpful and we would ask him to help pick up items etc and he would happily agree to do so.
He loves to play with toys especially the cutting toys. I think it's because he watches those videos on YouTube and is happy to see the same items at home.
So far Aidan has not showed any jealousy to Davina, will see how it goes!
Davina at one month old!
Davina like Aidan is exclusively breastfed. But her feeding behaviour is the opposite of Aidan. While Aidan latches on strong and long, Davina drinks for a short period of time but frequently.
Davina also rejects bottles unlike Aidan. She wakes every 1.5 hours and needs to either latch or be cuddled.
She sleeps better with us around her. We would pat her or hug her to sleep.
Davina seems to be more serious as compared to Aidan. I suspect her personality will be more like Skai's. LOL
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