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Sponsored Review on Herbeco Collection of Herbal Teas - Sweet bunny

When I was young my parents would take me to the Chinese medical store in the neighbourhood to drink Liang teh ( cooling tea) or brew my favourite chrysanthemum tea at home. Herbal tea helps us to tone down the heatiness in our bodies. The Tropical weather in Singapore and an unhealthy diet and bad sleep habits contribute to this heatiness resulting in a person falling ill. The practice of drinking herbal teas during my childhood is much like the owner of Herbeco Stella Kiang, perhaps due to the Chinese culture or Malaysia being a neighbouring country.

Stella is a herbalist with a degree in Science, majoring in Biology and Chemistry, at Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Utar) in Setapak, Kuala Lumpur and is a third-generation herbalist, she wishes to continue her mother and grandfather legacy and cultivate the next generation with the knowledge about local herbs to retain the local herbal species population in Malaysia.


Photo  and article by https://www.thestar.com.my/

I was contacted by Evelyn, a sales representative of Herbeco based in Singapore. Evelyn shared that she has a couple of ailments herself and would consume yellow cow wood and motherwort tea after finding how effective the teas were and an improvement to her health she became a distributor.


Jamaica False Valerian tea and yellow cow wood tea



She generously offered to sponsor me with 2 packets of tea, as I have shared with her that I have certain ailments with my skin keratosis pilaris and acid reflux due to irritable bowel syndrome. She gave me a range of teas to choose from and I selected the Yellow Cow Wood and Jamaica False Valerian.

The teas are packed in an elegant black zip-locked vacuum-packed bag, each pack consist of 13 sachets of tea. Each tea bag can be used up to 3 times.  

 
open tea bag
Tear off the pack and take out a tea bag/ sachet

tea bag in pink flask
                            Steep a teabag in 700ml of boiled water for 10 minutes in 100°C hot water

Yellow cow wood tea in mugHerbeco tea

                                                                          The tea is ready to serve 






Yellow Cow Wood Tea Cleanse Liver and Detoxify - Yellow Cow Wood (黄牛木) or Cratoxylum cochinchinense is traditionally used to reduce body heat, jaundice, flu, Hepatitis A & B and Gastroenteritis as the tea will help to dissipate dampness & relieve stagnation clear heat & remove toxin, dissipate blood stasis & relieve swelling,relieve heatstroke & slake thirst. 

The liver performs 500 essential tasks in the body as it is the largest solid organ and gland it is part of the digestive system and is tasked to detoxification the body, protein synthesis, produces chemicals that help digest food. A sign of liver function problems include yellow skin and eye Jaundice, your liver is not working well enough to break down a chemical called bilirubin when the build-up is too much in your blood, your skin turns yellow. Therefore keeping your liver healthy is paramount for good skin and health.

I was told by my mother that I had jaundice as a child and am currently facing some skin issues hopefully after drinking the Yellow Cow Wood Tea, my liver will get a good detox and my skin condition will improve. I just had a cup and felt very relaxed, I was worried if the tea would disrupt my sleep because I had the tea just before bedtime but thankfully it did not. The next day I went to the bathroom a couple of times, perhaps due to the detoxing effect, getting rid of the toxins and waste from my system.

Jamaica False Valerian Relief of Bloating, Gas Cramps & Stomach Discomfort - Jamaica False Valerian (马鞭草) or Stachytarpheta jamaicensis tea is a stomach tonic, to improve dyspepsia, asthma, allergies, ease fevers and liver problems.

Jamaica False Valerian tea is thicker than the Yellow cow wood tea and has a pleasant herbal fragrance and tasted not too bitter. Hopefully, with time the tea can help with my digestive system, strengthen my lungs and ease some of my allergies.

In conclusion, I liked both teas and as with Chinese herbs, it takes time to reflect the improvement in a person's condition as it focuses on the root of the problem. I would gladly bring this along to work with me to improve my health, it is convenient and all I need is a thermos flask to keep my tea warm to last me the day. Every time I pop in a tea back and take a drink I feel a very soothing effect within me, the warmth of the tea and the herbs are at work.  

If you would like to purchase the teas you may contact Evelyn at

Tel: +65-80280986

Carousell account: eco_island



Disclaimer: This post is done in collaboration with Herbeco Distributor - Reviews are based on my personal experience and opinions. The Information in this article is intended for reference only. Please consult with your doctor, or other qualified health care professional before using any product discussed.


Trusted wheelchair seller - Sweet Bunny



It was the day before polling day 2019; my father was worried about how he would be able to walk downstairs to vote as he was very weak and barely able to walk short distances without feeling breathless. I suggested the purchase of a wheelchair for him, he was worried about the cost but when I did a quick google on the pricing and informed him that it would cost less than $200.00 he was ecstatic.

It was late afternoon by the time we decided to purchase the wheelchair, we needed the chair by that evening for him to use in the morning. Most of the companies I approached have a cut off timing of 5pm for same-day delivers and weren’t very helpful when I shared about my situation. My father had always been a strong individual with a fighting spirit he would refuse the idea of using the wheelchair for decades but due to the sudden deterioration of his heath, he knew that he would need the chair if he wanted to head out.

Where to get a foldable wheelchair in Singapore- My last resort was to look for a second-hand wheelchair, to my relief, there were brand new ones available on Carousell. I contacted a seller by the name of keeper_of_darkness05. Although his username may sound a bit on the scary side he was a very helpful, kind and meticulous. He asked about the weight of the users and after I explained that I needed the chair in the hurry he arranged for courier delivery for me and even gave my father a free walking stick. My father and I paid for the chair and the delivery charges and by late evening relieved the chair. The seller even sent me videos on how to open and close the chair and cautioned me not to fold down the top as I might not be able to place it back securely for my father. I couldn’t thank the seller enough for going out of his way to help us out. He was out but somehow managed to get a relative to help with the arrangements.

The wheelchair was lightweight and easy to fold and keep away, it was also sturdy and a breeze to push around. The most important part to remember is to release the breaks before you move and so the person does not get thrown off the chair and to lock the breaks when they embark so the chair does slide away. Make sure their feet are firmly on the footrest before you move. 

Light weight fordable wheel chair

foldable wheelchair



My father used the chair for a handful of events, a check-up with a physiotherapist, a trip to the barber and to the park and under the block to wait for the rain with my sister and me before he passed on in August last year. Kindness is never wasted, every bit counts and you never know how much it meant to the person who benefits for that one act of kindness.

Daily Workout Routine During Covid 19, Walk At Home Journey With Leslie Sansone - Sweet Bunny

Walk at home with Leslie Sansone on Youtube


A sudden call to work from home - It was a Monday evening when I got a message from work to start working from home, a first in my entire career.  A thousand cases were reported every day and a precaution of limiting human traffic at work and public areas were set. 


Sluggish and unproductive lifestyle while working from home during Covid-19 April 2020 - Yes, I have to admit the after my wedding in October last year till April this year I was very out of shape unmotivated and downright sluggish.  I got the case of post-wedding fatigue, 2018 & 2019 was filled with endless arrangements and decision, coordination crafts and meeting. My reward was a wedding that went smoothly without a hitch, the price I paid a toll on my mental wellbeing. I was exhausted and not raring to go I was functioning but like a snappy zombie.

Hitting rock bottom and searching for a healthier lifestyle - I was tired of going through the motions of daily life and began my search for answers. Where else but the bible. I began my bible reading on good Friday. No god didn't ask me to exercise through his good book but with the guidance of the holy spirit gave me motivation. I googled no gym equipment small space and working out in an apartment,  Leslie Sansone was the result.

Leslie Sansone Walk @ home program on youtube - I started out by taking baby steps and following her weekly routine Mondays to Fridays, about a week later my stamina has improved and now I walk 3 miles daily. Sometimes I even have the urge to add in another exercise in the late evening.  The beauty of her program is that you have choices of how long you would like to walk for, be it a mile, 10 minutes, 15 minutes there are just so many videos to choose from.

Results from doing the walk @ home exercise routine - It has only been two weeks since I started the program not much difference in the weight department but I have a much toner body.  I am determined to continue with the work out program as it helps me feel energized. I don't feel as sluggish as I used to and I yawn a whole lot less. My cheeks are bright red rosy. These are the perks of exercising, healthy heart, healthy mind and endorphins, happy hormones.

Home Exercise Buddy/Bestie - My sister joins me for 45 minutes of exercise every now and then and it sure helps to motivate you to push on. Get your family members to join you cause Leslie Sansone's walk at-home exercises is made for people of all ages. The moves may seem simple but they really pack a punch.

The thing about exercise is that you have to keep searching for what you can enjoy and what you can withstand. When you don't like some form of exercise chances are you won't stick to it. Keep searching and never stop trying until you find the right fit.


















A Frantic Search For Ensure Plus Coffee during the Covid19 Circuit Break - Sweet Bunny

This has to be the first time in my life that I encountered empty shelves in the supermarket, stability and peace should never be taken for granted. Overstocking food and essentials at home are just plain selfish actions, a me-first mentality is not the way to go. Especially at times like these, Covid-19 has really shaken the world. We should all be united and help one another instead of playing a finger-pointing game of whose fault the virus is. Lives are lost every day and most saddening part is the elderly are the most vulnerable group.


Photo by John Cameron on Unsplash


My family member who has cancer depends on the milk feed Ensure for daily nutrient. He does not have the appetite for food so the milk feed is a great supplement that keeps him from wasting away.

No stock of Ensure Plus Coffee till June 2020 - This was what I was told by my usual vendor Tong Hai Department Store. We were down to our last 5 bottles. My family member was adorable he kept telling me it is ok I will ration my milk feed. It doesn't help much that this is the only flavour that he likes but when you are sick and everything tastes like crap because your taste butts are messed up by the countless medications you have to take on a daily basis, I think is a small price to pay to get your love one something that gives them a bit of relieve.

Scouring the internet for elderly care supply vendors -  I went to several websites in my search for Ensure being sold in cartons of 30 bottles, A single bottle on its own retail at SGD$3.10. While a Carton of 30 costs from SGD$72.00 to SGD$81.00 about SGD$12.00 difference. I made sure the I looked through all the reviews to ensure each vendor I listed below had good reviews and minimal complains. I hope the list would be useful.


Tong Hai Department Store - $72.00/carton of ’30s Free Delivery for 3 Cartons

Rehab Mart -  $75.00 Free Delivery for above $150.00 purchases - very kind and responsible store check will all their physical store plus a warehouse for me and called me back on the same day.

Lazada Mall - 14 bottles at $33.40

National Health Care Group Pharmacy - $78.00 per carton 30 bottles of free delivery.
I managed to get 3 cartons which were the maximum that you are allowed to order from NHG Pharmacy, the also provided free delivery for purchases above SGD$150.00. Excellent service, they called an hour before they delivered the milk and the delivery guy was very helpful making sure that I could carry the stock into my home before he left.

Ntuc FairPrice Extra Hougang One  - I managed to get a few bottles at $3.10 to last the few days before my delivery arrived.


When I have a little extra, I always believe in giving it to the less fortunate, they need our support even more than ever now. https://www.giving.sg/ is an excellent portal to lend a helping hand during this epidemic. Instead of me myself and my own needs and wants. Let us help one another to get out of this dire situation united as one. Be a person of substance.








My Workout Journey , Weight Loss and Body Transformation Story. Sweet Bunny - Singapore Fitness Blogger


My Workout Plan for Everyone In Singapore - Last April I did a blog post about the best and effective workout routine. I posted a photo of my progress on Instagram which resulted in an astounding amount of messages from ladies from all over the world. Many were asking which LWR videos did I follow. A couple of ladies mentioned that they have the same body type as me and would be most grateful if I could share my diet and exercise routine with them and I think this will be a  perfect workout plan which will suit every Singapore girl.


Sweet Bunny - Singapore Fitness blogger before and after workout and weight transformation

I decided that writing a new post would be the most effective way to reach out to more ladies who have a body shape similar to mine.

What is the best Workout for you? – First of all I understand Lucy’s fitness programs are for 7 days however I am unable to commit the full 7 days because of time constraints and my body needed time to recuperate; I get soreness and aches after some exercises and need the rest before I start again. I opted for a 3 day 30mins workout as an alternative, always choose a routine that is easy to commit to, this would increase the chances of actually following thru and not giving up halfway.

Workout Routine - Finally I found a workout routine that is effective - Singapore's Lifestyle & Health blogger - Sweet Bunny



In my 20s, I was in a nasty predicament which caused me to lead a very unhealthy lifestyle; I basically ate my feelings or depended on food for that extra “boost” of energy to get thru the workday and studies by night. Hence causing me to gain a huge amount of weight. I also tried all sort of “quick fixes” such as sliming teas and pills which only made matters worse.


For about 2 years I signed up for an all-women’s gym, my weight did go down but not significantly, The annual fees were expensive and I hated that the company wanted to maximize its profits by dividing the already tiny gym into an uncomfortably cramp space, coherently conducting fitness classes. Facing a wall using a stationary bike with just enough space for the bike was too cramped and I felt rather claustrophobic.


At my new job I was blessed to have a gym within the office, equipped with a few machines I was thrilled, without a trainer, I was unsure of which exercises were beneficial and I  also realized that my arms only became bulkier when working with dumbbells and weights.


The eureka moment - was when I found a video from a post shared on Facebook by You're Gorgeous, Being a klutz, I was surprised the exercise was not complicated but rather easy to follow and in a couple of weeks, my arms were noticeably toner.

Lucy Wyndham-Read arm toning workout video
Arm toning work out by Lucy



Best exercise program on YouTube - Hungry for more of these life-changing exercises, I clicked on the link which leads me to Lucy Wyndham-Read YouTube channel. To my amazement, she had a whole array of exercise videos specially designed for varies body shapes and age ranges.

Bite-sized exercise – I liked how the exercise sessions were choreographed, each video is planned in such a way that it only takes a couple of minutes to complete, perfect for my lunchtime workout at the office, especially when I have just enough  time to squeeze in a quick work out and have my lunch after.



Beautifully illustrated work-out characters On Lucy’s website she has put together workouts programs in plan form for different body shapes and diffrent stages of a women’s life which includes ; college days, weddings, postnatal and menopause etc. Her cardio characters, kind of reminded me of the Barbie dolls storybooks which I used to read as a child but the main difference is the cardio characters are very much more realistic and relatable as they are based on real-life situations.


Lucy Wyndham-Read Body shape workout plans
Body Shape Workout Plans 

Lucy Wyndham-Read Cardio Characters



Extremely affordable workout plans - Ranging from £7.99 to £9.99 which is about SGD$17.00 it is a very worthwhile investment.I recently purchased one of her plans and tried my best to follow it closely, the results were awesome!  I have received compliments on being toner. Her plans and videos are the best advice that I ever received, No fitness equipment was required just by using my own body weight during the workouts was sufficient. There are even yummy food recipes within these nifty workout ebooks, Indeed it is a perfect fitness solution for the masses.


Positive Role Model – Lucy is extraordinary, she constantly shares motivational and inspiring quotes on self-acceptance on Instagram. She is very realistic about body image teaching others on working to be the best that we can be and not to be fazed by the perceptions given to us by celebrities.


Lucy Wyndham-Read is a fitness trainer with 25 years’ experience and was in the British Army for 5 years. She has 280 Million YouTube subscriber 28 million views and featured on British television stations as well as a fitness expert for various magazines and newspapers. She is also an influencer on social media and had collaborated with brands such as Suzuki, Twitter, Cancer Research and FitBit.

Keep up the good work Lucy, you have truly changed my life and perception of how to keeping fit.


Lucy Wyndham-Read results from workout plan on youtube
From really fat to not so fat a lot more work to do but am glad I am on the right path
Note: All Screenshots in this post were taken with permission from Lucy Wyndham-Read, this is not a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.

                                     

©Sweet Bunny Lobang - Singapore's Lifestyle & Health blogger 

Part 2 – My Workout Journey

What Is A Bed Wedge Used For ?




I have a loved one who has a heart condition, who recently had trouble sleeping due to the cause of breathlessness when lying flat on the bed. Stacking a bunch of pillows or sitting up to sleep caused, even more, discomfort and was not a good solution to his sleep problems.

DIY Dental Care ? Use Charcoal Powder With Caution - Sweet Bunny

On social media, I have seen a vast amount of DIY dental kits and hacks. Promoting whitening and cleaning products. Having worked in the dental industry for 6 years when I was younger. I tend to get sceptical about such products and methods, do they cause more harm than good?

Let me start with the anatomy of a tooth, a tooth is made of many layers the topmost layer is called the enamel. The enamel is the hardest part of the tooth it is translucent and you can see light through it. The main portion of the tooth is dentine which provides the tooth with its natural colour which may be grey or yellowish so our teeth are not naturally white but come in a variety of shades.



The photo was taken from Wikipedia.

Tong Hai Department Store

It was a very unfortunate event that my family member was diagnosed with colon cancer earlier this year and an ostomy was done.