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My Scar Story.

I am not very brand loyal but there is one brand of product that I will always be using – Bio-Oil.

I am sure you have heard of Bio-Oil, and if you have been pregnant before, you have probably used it too.

For me, I’ve been using Bio-Oil way before I was pregnant – and here’s why.

I used to have a lot of mosquito bite scars and marks, and I was very self-conscious because of them. The reason why my mossie bites couldn’t heal properly was due to years of steroid cream abuse as I had regular eczema breakouts.

Did you know that steroid cream causes thinning of the skin, which affects skin healing and worsen scarring? Use steroid cream with caution please!

Anyway, I used to hate wearing short skirts or shorts because I was very put off by how my legs looked like. Imagine an awkward teenager with weight issues and also skin scarring? Yeah, that was me. I really wished I wasn’t born :(

Behold, an old picture of me in long trousers as usual. How’s my denim on denim look back in ’97? Hahaha.

Whenever I caught a glimpse of my own legs in mirrors, I would literally recoil in horror.

I tried many ways to reduce the marks to no avail. Rose hip oil, olive oil…nada! And then someone told me about Bio-Oil. The effectiveness was astounding!

Fast forward to a few years later when I got pregnant, I used a combination of Bio Oil and coconut oil throughout my pregnancy. Every night I religiously rubbed Bio-Oil onto my growing belly.

Sure enough, I have not a single streak of stretch mark. Maybe it’s luck but I honestly believe it’s Bio-Oil.

No stretch marks B-)

In many ways, I have to thank Bio-Oil for recovering my confidence. It’s no surprise that it is the number one selling scars & stretch mark product in 20 countries including Malaysia.

Anyway back to my story, my mossie bite scars have faded so much they no longer bother me. But I still use Bio-Oil, I use it on marks that I got from oil splatters, a problem that I am sure many cooking homemakers are facing. No matter how careful, sure will get attacked by spluttering oil or boiling water one -_-

Oil mark circled in red >_<

In fact, by using Bio-Oil everyday day and night, I could see difference in just a week! It’s been clinically proven to improve the appearance of scars by 92% after 8 weeks according to proDERM 2010.

So what really does Bio-Oil have? It contains natural plant extracts such as chamomile, lavender, rosemary and Calendula oils, together with Vitamins A & E. Its famous breakthrough ingredient – PurCellin Oil™, acts as an emollient that delivers benefits deep into skin without leaving a greasy residue. Yes, I do love how Bio-Oil gets absorbed into the skin so quickly, without leaving any greasy residue or discolouration on clothing.

And I am glad the bottle is just nice enough to be slipped into my handbag, so I could bring it anywhere. Travelling? No problem as it has 60ml size so you don’t even have to check it in.

Bio-Oil really has become one of my must-haves in life.

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How I found eternal love with Dove.

First, lets get something out of the way….I friggin’ love Dove Volume & Nourishment products!

Remember my excitement about using the latest Dove Volume & Nourishment products?

Well, I can’t imagine going back to a different product after using Dove Volume & Nourishment shampoo and conditioner. There…my conclusion! Hahaha.

Okay, I should probably explain in more detail why I love Dove Volume & Nourishment shampoo & conditioner.

Let me tell you a story. Since becoming a mom, my default hairstyle has become this:

There’s simply no time for me to style my hair. So no choice, just pile it up high with a hair clip. It’s quick and it sort of ‘hide’ my flat hair problem away for a while lolol

Thanks to Dove Volume & Nourishment though, I can now wear my hair down with minimal fuss. Just wash, condition and let it dry into soft, voluminous hair.

It also helps, that they smell really nice. Just a soft, gentle fragrance that is not over-powering.

The shampoo lathers up well. Even with long hair, I only need about an old 50 cent size amount to work through my entire hair.

After rinsing the shampoo off, it’s time for conditioning.

You would notice that the creamy conditioner is immediately effective as I can run my fingers throughout my hair upon application. No knotting.

I only apply the conditioner from mid-length to the ends, if you started from the roots it may cause the scalp to get greasy quicker.

Rinsing off the conditioner is also easy. You know how sometimes you rinse and rinse and rinse but you still can’t be sure if you have rinsed off the conditioner due to the greasiness? Well, you won’t get such issues with Dove Volume & Nourishment.

It’s very easy to tell, hair still with conditioner is silky almost while hair with conditioner rinsed off is just soft :)

So, no confusion!

As I didn’t have time to blow dry my hair, I only used a towel and let my hair dry up on its own.

Half-way drying….

Check out my completely dry hair!

Volume without the friziness. Feeling clean without feeling dry. Hair feels soft but not static. Smells goood.

And….easy on the pocket!

Now you know why I can never use a different product after using Dove Volume & Nourishment shampoo and conditioner. It’s my eternal love, forever!

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Flying with other judgemental parents

So I blogged about our first flight with Liam and in that post I mentioned that I would talk about our flight back to Malaysia.

It was a night flight. We sat next to a couple with dreadlocks and tie-dyed clothings who also happened to have a similarly aged daughter.

I shouldn’t be presumptuous but I remember thinking to myself, “Yay hippies! They must be be understanding, kind and cheerful”. Their baby was nursing on her mother and sleeping soundly.

The plane took off off with not much drama. But, I think Liam was a bit overstimulated from the London’s Bersih 4 which I attended with him earlier in the day.

#- Earlier in the day at London’s BERSIH 4 with my unimate SY and her bub.

He was having difficulty falling asleep. He was babbling non-stop and at one point he let out a scream and the hippie couple’s baby woke up.

I quickly wore him and took him to the back of the plane, swayed on my feet for about 45 minutes and he finally fell asleep.

Then I went back to my seat and also fell asleep. Think we both slept for about 3 or 4 hours?

Then Liam woke up. And he also cried loudly. This was when the couple’s baby woke up too and I was frantically trying to calm Liam and get out of my seat while belted down and waking G who was asleep who was blocking my way so I could get out.

# – Liam being beastly.

Then the woman next to us said, “Oh my god, I can’t believe they woke up our baby twice. Seriously!?“

I was so angry! So my son woke her kid up twice in a 13 hour flight…big effing deal?

What did she propose I do? Stand at the back of the plane for 13 hours? Her kid cried loudly many times too but my son didn’t wake up, so how come we’re the worse parents now?

Then, her husband who sat next to me, turned to me and politely told me that there’s a stairwell at the back I could calm Liam down.

In my head I was like,”Yeah I know, I was there swaying my kid to sleep for 45 minutes”.

Anyway, I told Gareth to just grab Liam and take him to the back. Then I joined him and ranted my heart out hahaha.

I told Gareth I was going to scream at the woman about being more understanding and that her vegetarian kid (well, I assume was a vegetarian lol) was crying too but didn’t woke Liam up. G told me to chill as we had 8 more hours to sit together. I finally calmed down and we returned to our seats.

And in the light I could see the mother’s unshaven pits. I nearly puked out my airplane food.

They also took their shoes and socks off and aired their barefeet on top of the bassinet. Half-eaten snacks and all kinds of rubbish were accumulated beneath their bassinet. What a gross bunch!

At one point, the wife and baby was sleeping on the floor space (WTF?) between seats and bulkhead and the devil in my head really wanted to “accidentally” step on her dreadlocks, man. But I didn’t.

And you know what, the daughter’s name was Gaia. Hahahahaha. How original!

I swear they came straight out of a caricature show about hippies, if there’s one.

Just too bad, they seem to be all hippie on the outside but on the inside they’re as uptight if not more uptight than us poor, trapped bourgeoisies.

Okay, enough of hating on them. I think hippies are great just not the fakes ones :P

Anyway, my real point is, why so judgemental?

We all have kids with different temperaments and behaviours. As parents we try our best using ways we think work with our kids. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t.

Liam is usually okay when I boob him but he was not having it. I was close to not caring about exposing my breasts as I kept shoving them into his face! I really wish I could predict his crying and get to the back of the plane ASAP but I couldn’t.

It’s understandable when you experience judgement from non-parents but it’s incredibly disappointing and upsetting to experience it from other parents.

It’s not like we were sitting down with earplugs on letting Liam cried it out. We were visibly flustered trying to control the situation!

Fortunately, Liam didn’t wake their kumbaya daughter up for the 3rd time, well done son!

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