Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Just randomly search for acne treatment (using SP Websearch to get point, haha) and found this website, www.acne.org/ As suggested by Daniel Kern (the founder, I think), The Regimen, a simple three steps, to help clear up acne with smart way not the hard way (that what I think when I read through). It did sound simple but need to follow very closely the instruction for a beginner - wash, put on lots and lots of 2.5% benzoyl peroxide then moisturizer. Hmm, a bit hesistant to use the benzoyl as there are so many reviews that claimed it will bleach hair and clothes - so scary! So, I figured, maybe I can try use my existing salicylic acid (Clinique Spot Treatment Gel). So, for a trial time, starting Thursday, September the 16th (coincidentally, Malaysia's Day, getting national spirit, hehe), I'll do (daily, morning and night):
- wash my face with my SkinFood Parsley and Mandarin Mild Foam
- put on my Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Spot Treatment Gel very lightly all over my face My brother once used this technique with acne spot treatment product from NutriMetics and it worked!)
-moisturizer - just finished my Bobbi Brown moisturizer, Vitamin Enriched Face Base so I'll use SkinFood Parsley and Mandarin Emulsion, much much cheaper and supposedly deal better with my skin, dunno why Korean and Japanese products almost always worked well with my facial skin.
So, goodbye (temporary) my dearest serums (for regenerate skin faster, reducing pores, brightening), sunblock (this is the hardest goodbye but had to coz mine might be clogging, ) and lastly, all my makeup So, tomorrow, will take a special photo shoot for my starting face for this new skincare regime then end of October, will take another picture and see the difference. By that time, I'll probably have gone through twice period-acne time and hopefully no scary, big pimples!
By the way, while waiting for the Pizza Hut order with my father, I wandered to SkinFood shop and got more information about the Parsley and Mandarin and about new product called Acorn Jelly Mask (remind me of squirrels, haha). A bit broke, so I think I'll buy just cleansing foam early next month, the mask probably after I returned from Hajj as my birthday gift and might can get freebies as end of year, almost all stores will give freebies related to new year. I hope will get table calendar!
Bonus: No bonus, just feeling bad as I felt asleep after my prayer at dawn and not helping my mother with cooking
Question: What's the different between blemish and acne?
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
I managed to non-stop jumping 80x in 1 minute, an upgrade from 30-rest-30 per minute Monday, 13th day of September 2010, marked my record of 80 jumps-rest-80 jumps-rest-80 jumps in 3 minutes, so total is 240! And I think my jumping rope endurance (if there's such a thing, hehe) is getting better, I still needed to take long, long breath after 1 set of 80 but my calves muscles were doing fine, not too much "fire" after finished my jumping and by the time I wrote this, I didn't have terrible aches like last Friday, the day after jumping rope battle with my brother (blog MPR1 Day #18 Battle of Jumping Rope www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
It's time for me to take next step - add one more day of jumping rope (now is at 2 days weekly).
Bonus: I gave Eid homemade biscuits to my colleagues and the comments were good! Flattered by the praises on behalf of my mom, haha. (Of course I also contributed in baking the biscuits, hehe)
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
(Still in my dad's hometown) As my parents, aunt (father's sister) and me plan to do our Hajj this year, we had a family gathering where we pray for our safe trip and complete our Hajj with no obstacles then ask for forgiveness from relatives and lunch. It was packed with relatives from my father's side, no surprise as we are quite a lot, noisy bunch, more like a clan instead of normal family, haha. I've lost count how many were there and my head just swirled with faces and names - one of my weakness is hard to connect names with faces, haha. There seemed to be more offsprings, additional to our already big Akhbar Khan Clan and some women were pregnant, one even 8 months! Lots of gossips and info to be shared, trying to eat safely without getting knocked down by some running kids and lastly, photo sessions! It was for offspings for the Akhbar Khan 's eldest child and daughter who was my grandma (passed away in 2004) and that side is keep growing bigger and bigger. Just imagine if we managed to take picture for all relatives, I don't think we can do capture all inside the house, had to be somewhere more spacious, haha.
Back to my hometown, the whole family was so tired - stuck in a cramped car, even though just 3 hours, never a fun experience, haha. But my dad, ever a busy guy, on his computer till very, very late - reported by my brother, hehe.
Still managed to drink 3 litres of water (or maybe more!) as if to wash off the sweet taste from my mouth. Unfortunately, not much fruits and veggie, even though I helped to cut the watermelon for lunch. I should sneakily eat some of the fruits while cutting but didn't think it hygenic, haha.
Bonus: My cats seems to still recognize me after a day and night away
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Traveled to my dad's hometown, which was about 2 and half or 3 hours drive from our house. Such a very big cramp car with 5 adults, 1 4-year-old girl and a nearly 13-month baby girl. And when traveling with a baby and a small kid, it will definitely with lots and lots of varieties of bags - plastic-coated, leather, environment-friendly, all those types. And I had to take long nap in the car as nothing to do without making me more car sick - I drank lots of water when I awake but nothing in the world couldn't prevent my back and side aches from getting punched by my eldest niece, so had to pretend to nap and eventually became real
First house we visited (for Eid) was my dad's youngest sister's family but they also planned to go out visiting our relatives. So, off we went like a small troop and when we arrived to our second destination, it was all noisy with greetings, hugs and kisses, haha. Met some of my unknown-connection relatives who I haven't seen in my whole life or maybe it was just me who's hard to remember people's faces! And there were lots of Kek Lapis Sarawak (aka Sarawak Layered Cake), one of the most popular food in my state. Most of them tasted almost same - though one felt minty - but the main reason why this food quite famous throughout the country is the design. Usually layered cake is one colour layered on top of another colour. But this layered cake have spiral, zig-zag, unique lines and some even spell out words or numbers!
Then third house to visit - my dad's great auntie who unfortunately has problem with her memory - kept asking who's me, gave me hugs and kisses, felt warm and fuzzy but at same time, sad. This house had less cakes than previous house but many biscuits to try. Wish I had taken pictures of cakes and biscuits from both houses but didn't want to be rude to the host.
So, what's so challenging about visiting relatives? Controlled my intake of carbonated drinks, sweet, buttery cakes and biscuits and tried to answer questions about my single, never-been-married, not-yet-have-children status without burst with anger or being sarcastic. I kept drinking water between visits as just needed to wash off the sweet taste but the questions, it was so hard to keep smiling face when answering, my common answer was, "Do you have candidates for me?"
At night, went to the first house with my family, had our dinner there. Instead of move on to my relative's neighbour aka my dad's cousin, my family just stayed back and had info-swapping session as it was quite a long, long time since we had this chance. So, of course, by the time we went back to our hotel - usually stayed with relatives but this year, we didn't want to burden them with our presence - we just crashed in our bed, haha. Especially, sometimes between the afternoon visit and night trip, my parents and I had 70-minute walk and my brother's extended family had swimming trip in the hotel's kiddy pool. Lots of energy spent, hehe.
Bonus: Of course meeting my relatives, laughing together, share our latest updates!
Friday, September 10, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
The first day of celebrating Eid and lots and lots of relatives to visit. Well, more like 3 main family but lots and lots of expanded family, hehe. Things to worry? Visiting close relatives meaning instead of we just get served with biscuits and drinks, we get the MAIN COURSE - special rice called lemang and ketupat (google yourself), chicken or beef curry and rendang (whichever the host know to make or order), lontong (tempe, long beans and cabbage cooked with milk coconut) and other varieties. Sounds like horror to someone who started to learn the rope on managing her food And the hardest part, somehow, with this special rice, I don't get easily full like normal rice! So, what I did, I tried to get as little as possible without offending the host, munched slowly and got second servings after several minutes passed, instead of dive in again. It didn't help that during Eid, people will served carbonated drinks (especially my relatives in my state) or very, very sweet cordial drinks. Good thing I have my habit of bringing 1-litre water bottle everywhere (which I drank during the car ride and almost finished by the time we arrived home) and when I couldn't resist of tempation of just sitting at my uncle's living room and refill my empty glass, I asked them for water. And man, I drank more of water at someone's house than I expected, must be to wash off the carbonated drink!
My colleague/friend visited my house with her husband - I wish more of my colleagues were around, made the house more festive but it was 4-days of off from work and people like to take advantage of that, haha. Served her with my homemade biscuits (the one my mother and I spend 2-days of batch baking). Got her compliments about my biscuits, which of course soared me to the sky, haha.
At night, when there was no sign of guest, I did a quick spin with my jump rope - 2 minutes of 80x-rest-40x then end with 5 minutes stretching. By end of the stretching, my calves burnt baby burnt, haha. Guess my recovery from previous day wasn't enough, should gave my body rest from jumping rope, probably do other workouts like toning or just hop on elliptical.
Bonus: My family and I, that is parents, brother, sister in-law, two nieces and me, the maiden auntie, took studio photo with our new clothes as this year, we have additional family member since the last time we took our picture together. Had a great fun, especially when the photographer tried to coax my 4-year-old niece (the other one 13 months old) to smile wide instead of close-lip. We ended with me taking picture with my eldest niece, also trying in vain to make her smile showing her teeth
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