Tuesday, 26 July 2016

EXPOSED on Kopenhagen Rabbit Keychains: You are supporting animal cruelty WITHOUT knowing it!

I've been wanting to post this for the LONGEST time ever but I just couldn't find the time to sit down to do it.
It's something that has been bothering me for quite awhile and I am SO glad that it came out in the news today.

Yes, if you haven't heard about it - It's regarding this little cutesy keychain here (known as "Kopenhagen rabbits") that I am sure you would have seen it somewhere.
It's like the in-trend thing and I can guarantee you almost all the girls out there would squeal in delight because it IS JUST SO CUTE, FLUFFY AND SOFT

Just like a real rabbit.


Except for the fact that THIS WAS INDEED MADE FROM REAL ANIMAL FUR.

Yes, they may NOT necessarily be fur from the rabbits (just that they were MADE into the shape of a rabbit) - but I've done a bit of research and found that there were reports that the fur were skinned from animals known as Minks.

How could anyone possibly lay a finger to skin these cute little creatures?



According to a source on how minks are killed:-

"Most of the mink on fur farms are killed between November and December, except for the animals that are kept for breeding stock for the following year. These animals are killed in March and frozen for their pelts until the winter. They are gassed to death.

Animal Equality has documented how minks are forced out of their cages by farmers and thrown violently into the gassing box. Seventy minks are crammed inside. Once inside, they can remain alive for over fifteen minutes, making desperate attempts to escape."

(I am not saying that ALL of the Kopenhagen rabbit keychains are made only from mink fur as there are many different manufacturers. BUT I do have credible sources from some manufacturers that they have used mink fur to make the keychains)


I have no idea if people who bought it are actually AWARE that these are made from real animal fur (dead or alive, we won't know) BUT one thing for sure, these fur were SKINNED from poor, innocent animals who sacrificed themselves just to become that cute but dead little accessory you hang on your bag.

I was at Bugis last week and spotted one of the stalls selling them. It was not difficult to spot as they looked so colorful and many shoppers would often stop short in their tracks to touch them.

"Ohhh.. Sooo cute! So soft!"




Knowing very well that these were real fur, I asked the shop assistant about it nonetheless.
She immediately denied that those were real and said those were in fact "Man-made fur"

MAN-MADE FUR MY FOOT.

If those fur are man-made, then my armpit hair are man-made, too. *rolls eyes*

But I am sure her answer would let the guards down of many because people would feel safe that they are man-made, hence going ahead to purchase it thinking that NO ANIMAL WAS HARMED.
If you are one who own one and not aware that this is actually real, then it's time you should take a second look at it again.

THERE'S ALWAYS AN OBVIOUS DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REAL AND FAKE FUR.

Real Fur are incredibly soft to touch (NO man-made fur is able to replicate that feel) while fake fur feels coarse and even rough at some points. I know very well because I own fake fur products.
Also, there will be a tinge of smell - I am not sure how to describe it exactly, but it has this grass-kind of smell that only exists in real fur.


I KNOW BECAUSE I ONCE OWN REAL FUR PRODUCTS, TOO, AND DEEPLY REGRETTED IT.

Honestly, I was captivated and tempted to purchase the Kopenhagen rabbit keychains before until I conducted my own research and discovered the horror behind them.
For those of you who use Taobao, try searching for Kopenhagen rabbits on them and you can see for yourselves. Some sellers will even state the origins of the fur and HOW they made them.

You will be stunned for words.

Surprisingly, nobody had reported about it or even mentioned on any websites during the period when it was so hot in trend.
I guess people just took it that the Kopenhagen rabbit keychains are just another accessory.

THEY CAN BE IRRESISTIBLY CUTE, BUT DON'T FORGET THIS ACT IS IRRESISTIBLY CRUEL AS WELL.

If you love animals and are against animal cruelty, DO NOT SUPPORT SUCH ACT BY PURCHASING OR EVEN HANGING ON YOUR BAGS.


You MIGHT be actually hanging a piece of MINK if you do:-



My heart just broke while sourcing for pictures of Kopenhagen rabbit keychains for this blog entry.

Unless you don't mind the idea that poor animals such as minks had their fur SKINNED just to become that fanciful accessory you hang on your bag, then you can go ahead to purchase it.

 Just remember that you are owning a piece of what could have been the beautiful fur on that animal if not for the fact its life has been sacrificed for you.

Monday, 25 July 2016

[Media Event] USANA'S New Launch - MySmartShake

If you are someone who are looking for ways to lead a healthier lifestyle (in terms of diet) in an enjoyable manner (LOL, sounds weird, I know.. But read on!), I am sure what I am going to share with you in this blog post may somehow appeal to you.

YES, ESPECIALLY MANY OF MY FRIENDS WHO ARE ALWAYS TELLING ME THAT YOU ARE AFRAID OF BEING FAT AND UNHEALTHY.

Don't get me wrong, I am not trying to promote or advertise blindly without facts - Everyone loves reviews based on personal experiences, so here I am - with photos to share as well!

With thanks to William and USANA for the invitation, I had the opportunity to try out a really fun session with their latest product - MySmartShake.
What's MySmartShake, you ask?
My first impression when I heard the name was, "Eh, is it a kind of milkshake?" LOL.
Well, close. But not entirely.
ONLY HEALTHIER, AND YUMMIER.
(You must be thinking I am kidding. Well, I'm not!)
Simply put, MySmartShake is a customisable protein-based
shake that help consumers meet their personal lifestyle needs by rebalancing their diets.
I don't wish to bore you out with too much details about health (I know this can get pretty boring), but allow me to share some information about it that will benefit you in the long-run. Read first, and thank me later!
Admit it, sometimes we know that a certain food is unhealthy BUT yet we gave in to temptation (Seriously, who can give up GOOD food?!)
Such as these: -

Saliva drooping, no??
Delicious as most unhealthy food are, the modern Singaporean diet comprises large amount of processed carbohydrates and the excessive intake of these is often associated
with obesity, heart diseases and diabetes.
Our bodies cannot live with fats, too. BUT MANY OF US ARE GETTING FATS FROM THE WRONG SOURCES - known as UNHEALTHY FATS.

It's really a headache to balance the essentials in our bodies, it's either the fats too much that led to obesity (Agree or not?!) or lack of certain nutrients.
Some people simply don't give a damn because it's a hassle to keep a balanced diet.
That is why I am amazed when I got to know about the invention of MySmartShake. I can't wait to share with you guys too because this is really fascinating!
With ONLY a few simple steps, you can "rebalance" your diet and witness improvement in the long run.


“Packed with complete proteins, reduced levels of simple carbohydrates, coconut oil as a healthy source of saturated fat and no refined sugar, MySmartShake lets consumers fill their tummies in the most healthy and tasty way,” said Mr. Kenny Tan, Regional Senior Nutritionist at USANA Singapore.


NO WAY. Usually healthy and tasty don't go along well with each other.
OK, enough talk. I shall let pictures do the talking!
A random selfie pic before I headed down to the media launch of MySmartShake:


When I reached the area, I was warmly greeted by the friendly staff. I felt so welcome that I actually forgot to take a photo of the main entrance as intended. No joke. DAMN.

While sitting at the waiting area, I was given a little orange sticker to stick on and the staff told me that I would be in the orange team.

Sounds like there would be a friendly competition going on?!
I was soon led to a cosy seminar room in which I went around exploring the area and took photographs, along with other bloggers who had reached.


The sight of so many of my favourite fruits on the table! I was so tempted to grab a bowl of those juicy-looking grapes!! (but I didn't lah... Cannot spoil my image as a professional blogger mah.)


There were 3 table set-ups that were similar. I had no idea what we were going to do yet at that point of time, but I was feeling the excitement in me. It looked like we would be going to make something.



 Seriously, I could feel a healthy vibe in that room. Hahaha.


And here's Ms Lily Farquhar, a lovely lady who is certified holistic health coach! It's a really cool job title, don't you think so?! She shared with us some information about health. She definitely made a good example because she looked radiant. Like really radiant. LOL.




Just to share some of the interesting slides that were shown to us during the launch:


Introduction to MySmartShake and how easy it is to prepare:-

There are 2 different types of bases that one can choose from - Whey and Soy. Each packet is made up of 14 servings!


After deciding on the base you prefer for your shake, here's the yummy part- Flavour Optimisers!

According to your mood or craving, you can choose the different kinds of flavours that they have.
HERE'S THE CRAZY PART- THEY COME IN FLAVORS SUCH AS BANANA, CHOCOLATE, CUPPUCINO and ORANGE CREME.
And unlike other drinks of such flavours, USANA's flavour optimisers contain only less than 40 calories for each sachet. Not to mention they are made of NATURAL flavours. In other words, they are not artificially-flavoured, which would be unhealthy.

(I know some of you may be sceptical and think, "Will it really taste so good?!" Well, read on to find out MY verdict!)


Soon, we were split into our teams according to the color stickers that we were given.
I was in the orange team.

Each team were given a theme and we had to make a shake that's related to it. Our team got the theme of "A healthy breakfast"!)
We had to pick 3 different fruits from the long table (It can be ANY fruits we prefer - but we just had to keep our theme of a healthy breakfast in mind!)
Our team picked strawberries, blueberries and bananas.
There was a time limit so all of us were very "Kan cheong". Our table soon turned into a mess! Haha.

We were told to put in 2 scoops of the base (We put the Soy base) together with the fruits in the blender.

I'm really sorry for the blurry pictures because it was not easy trying to capture pictures amidst the excitement that was going on!

*It was not captured here but we added in the flavour optimiser in as well*
We threw in the strawberries first.

Then bananas.
And a few blueberries.
(It reminded me so much of Home Economics class! Haha)
 Of course, we had to add in some organic soy and water to mix - else it would be too clumpy and dry!

To enhance it, we put in some ice cubes as well to make a cold shake.
You see, everything is up to your preference.



Now.. Ready to blend it, baby??!

It took us a few attempts to blend it because we didn't add in enough soy and water, and the end product was very thick in texture. But we managed to get it right eventually!

It was then that we were told that we had to decorate our shake as well to ensure that it is Instagram-worthy.
WHOA. We panicked for awhile.
One of the team members was very creative and used blueberries to decorate the top. We were praying so hard that the berries would not sink!
"Shall we add in a strawberry as well?"
And we even added a bit of healthy sesame seeds to it. SO HOW DO YOU THINK WE FARE?!?!
Look professional or not?!
*feels a sense of pride*
You want a closer look? Okay.

"NO ADDED SUGAR"!


 All of us were so excited with our own masterpiece shake that we came up with all sorts of patterns to capture it at its best.

After the first shake, that's NOT the end for us! We were then told that we had to create a second shake, and it would be judged according to its look and taste!
The winning team will receive attractive Takashimaya vouchers!!
All of us were like "GOSH, I AM SO GOING TO WIN IT!"


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That's William posing for a shot (Haha, he looked like he was endorsing the products!!!)


More pics of the masterpieces created:


This was a shake created by another team which I think was really creative! 



Nearing the end of the session, we were given the opportunity to try our own shake! Honestly, I love them. And I am sure many others did, too. The cups were gone in 10 minutes!


This is from the winning team. I think they definitely deserve the win - The gradient-like effect of the drink is so cool. It was a pity I did not get the chance to try samples of their shake!


Everyone was in a frenzy of taking photographs and it was funny as we used different fruits to place around the drinks (as part of the "props"). The effects really not bad eh!
After all the photo-takings, we had the opportunity to bring home some of MySmartShake products so we can make our own shake! (Thank YOU, USANA!!)
I was so thrilled and could not wait to start making one of my very first shakes right away. Who knows, I can come up with a very cool drink blended with the best combination of fruits that is worthy of world-class standard. WAHAHA. #daydream

I can honestly say that this session is a real eye-opener...
BECAUSE
I still cannot believe that something that looks so nice can taste so nice, too. IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN. Not only that, it has all the health benefits our bodies need - What more can one simply ask for? It's like having so many benefits in a single drink, not to mention that it improves and re-balances our health if consumed over a longer period of time.
I especially love the fact that everything is so customisable and they are not restrictive on it. For example, if I love oranges and apples, I can simply just add them in to make MySmartShake for the day.
They can be tailored according to my daily craving and mood. Hahaha.

I know you must be tempted after reading about my experience - Anyway, no harm trying out and see for yourself. It's a health turner.

For more information on USANA MySmartShake,
Visit www.usana.com 


You an follow their Instagram and Facebook, too!

Instagram: @usanasingapore
Facebook: @OfficialUSANASingapore

Sunday, 17 July 2016

So you want a bottle of Chun Cui He (純萃喝)... ...

I am sure many of you are familiar with the recent launch and craze of one of Taiwan's most well-received bottled drinks - Chun Cui He (純萃喝) in Singapore.

In case you are not aware, here is how the drinks look like: -
(There are currently only two flavors being released in SG - Classic Milk Tea and Latte flavors ONLY at selected 7-11 outlets)

Unsurprisingly, Singaporeans were so hyped about their landing in Singapore that some even woke up as early as 3 am to 5 am in the morning to get them. (Are you freaking serious???)
As if that isn't kiasu enough, they even unleashed their "kampung spirit" power and showed off their victory on Facebook, claiming that these were bought on behalf of their families, relatives, friends, uncle, auntie, bla bla bla.


And that is why, my dear fellow fans of the drink, that many of you are not able to get them in stores as intended. Despite the fact that you think you are early enough at 7 am or 8am in the morning, there will still be kiasu people *points to the above picture* that will always beat you to it.

The fact that there is no rules, regulations or limitations set will easily enable ONE or TWO person to sweep the entire rack. Believe it or not, there are people who would purchase ALL of the existing stocks without leaving any chance for others. (Mind you, there are only limited stocks at the outlets. Some imported only 10 of each flavor, while other outlets probably only slightly more) If you think you still have a chance, then I suggest you don't pin your hopes too high.

Like many typical others, I was one of those who tried luck at different 7-11 outlets during the initial launch but to no avail. All the 7-11 staff could be seen in an exasperated mode as their common line would be "No more milk tea". 
In almost all of the outlets I happened to go to, I would spot people checking out the fridges and leaving the store empty-handed.

And just yesterday, there was someone asking if he could purchase in a bulk of 100. 
It's ridiculous, because people are actually cashing in on the opportunity to sell the milk tea at a marked-up price: -

A recent search on the Shopee app with keywords "Taiwan mik tea" will grant you the results with people selling each bottle at $4.00 (Usual retail price: $2.80)

YES, they know that there will be desperate people who are willing to purchase it. 
This is inevitable because if people are willing to buy it, what else more can we say?


Not sure if this is a troll, but there are people selling a drank, empty bottle of it at $1 on Carousell.
You've got to be kidding me.


The things people do to cash in on the craze. *rolls eyes*

But guess what?!


Thanks to my dear best friends (Pei wen and Abrial), they got one for me just yesterday as they chanced upon outlets that had them when most were already out of stock! Thank you, girls!

AND here's a picture to those kiasu people out there. Back at you, suckers. BACK AT YOU.

(Before people start lashing out at me that I bought many bottles like those kiasu people, let me clarify that those bottles are a combination of mine and my friends - I just wanted to troll!)


It's only a matter of time before the craze goes away - just like how the Hello Kitty craze from Macdonalds' did.

It's always a vicious cycle, people will always be seen flocking down to join the craze - and months later, whatever it is will just be another ordinary food or drink.

P/S: To those who are wondering how did we manage to get the drinks when they were already labelled as being out of stock on the official site, it's just a matter of strategic thinking and chance! We found them at the Raffles Place MRT outlet on a weekend and there were still quite a number of bottles. I believe this is due to the fact that not many people frequent Raffles Place on a weekend because it was a non-working day. The staff had mentioned that the stocks would be easily wiped out fast on a typical working weekday! So there you go.