Face cleansing brush from Japan

These face cleansing brush is to exfoliate your face to reduce your blocked pores, especially blackhead on your nose, and smoothen your face from dry skins.

In Singapore, I saw Alty face cleansing brush selling for SGD70 (smallest size) by Hands at Isetan, Wisma Atria. In Taipei, there are also Hands outlets, selling the same at TWD1,791 (slightly cheaper than Singapore).

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Alty face cleansing brush (TWD1,791)

Material: High quality acrylic fibre

Test on hand: Its brush is dense and baby soft to touch when dry. When cleansing, the brush is mild on the hand without the feeling that you are using a brush. After cleaned and dried, the hand feels smooth without any dry skin or rough texture.

Alternative cheaper version available at the same shop. It is slightly smaller than Alty’s smallest brush.

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Tsururi face cleansing brush (TWD422)

Material: Acrylic

Test on hand: Touching the brush when dry is soft but it’s not too bad, better than sponges. When the brush is wet, its fibre does not retain its density as you see when it’s dry. During cleansing, you can feel the cleansing but not rough on the hand. After cleaned and dried, the hand feels the same, smooth without any dry skin or rough and uneven texture.

Summary

Overall, Alty wins over Tsururi of its quality and density of the material of the brush and how it feels on your skin while cleansing but Tsururi would also not too bad. If you have a sensitive skin or very dry skin, you may want to use Tsururi softly on your skin, otherwise you may feel a little tingling pain. Good quality products comes with a price.

Location of Hands Tailung in Taiwan

For more information, click this link (only available in Chinese, with minimal English headers).

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Buying brown sugar ginger tea in Taipei

I had the chance to come to Taipei to buy some packs of brown sugar ginger tea. While it’s a local product, you can expect it to be cheaper than buying it out of Taiwan.

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Wherever you stay, you can conveniently take a Metro to Danshui Station 淡水站. From the city, it’s about 40-50 minutes Metro journey. Exit Danshui Station towards Zhongzheng Road 中正路.

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Walk straight on Zhongzheng Road until you come to an alley that sells the famous Danshui iron egg, plum drinks, and the famous Danshui food A-gei 啊給.

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Walk on this alley and find the Black Gold Legend 黑金傳 shop.

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One pack is TWD200 but they offer a promotion price of TWD2,000 for 12 packs (about TWD166 per pack). You can try all the flavours available before decide which you like.

They have 2 shops in Danshui but I normally go to the one at Gongming Road 公明街 (which is the one on the alley). If you buy alot, you can try asking the Aunty to deliver to the place you stay but you will need to allow at least 2-3 days before your departure.

You can try calling for more information below.

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Where to buy Brown Sugar Ginger Tea (黑糖薑母茶) in Malaysia

Black Gold Legend (黑金傳奇一口口企業) is a famous company in Danshui Old Street (New Taipei City, Taiwan), speciality in making brown Sugar and ginger tea. The Company’s brown Sugar ginger tea cubes package is a must-buy souvenirs for Foreign Visitors and locals.

This is the second time i ordered Black Gold Legend products from Malaysia dealer, Blue Sand, bought 3 packs for RM 100 and takes 3 working days for courier to send in. Buying process is simple, communicate and order make through Facebook messaging, and they will deliver the packages through Courier. A package comes with 14 pieces, weight around 500g with 35g for each pieces.

Price References:

  • West Malaysia, price cost 3 packs for RM100, 6 packs for RM190, 24 Packs for RM680, more complete details click here.

Products:

i) 二合一薑茶 2-in-1 Brown Sugar Ginger Tea
主要成分:黑糖、老薑
Brown Sugar, Ginger
袪風散寒,生理期飲用可讓經血排出較順暢,減輕月經疼痛的情況ii) 四合一薑母茶 4-in-1 Brown Sugar Ginger Tea
主要成分:黑糖、老薑、紅棗、桂圓
Brown Sugar, Ginger, Red Date, Longan
預防感冒、減輕月經疼痛、益氣補血、改善失眠、頻尿,可加入地瓜或湯圓煮成甜湯。或加入奶精(牛奶)成為薑汁奶茶
Fight against cold, Relieve menstrual discomfort, Reduces morning sickness, Address indigestion & flatulence, Improve sleep, Strengthen immunity & nourish blood, Warms body & relieve rheumatic condition iii) 桂圓茶 Longan Red Date Tea
主要成分:黑糖、枸杞、紅棗、桂圓
Brown Sugar, Wolfberry, Red Date, Longan
其枸杞有滋補益處,適於各種虛弱體質。可用以改善體弱,補血強身,減輕月經疼痛,內含之桂圓,可補血明目,可加入用水泡軟的白木耳一起煮約5分鐘,成為一道美味甜湯
Improve weak constitution & nourish blood, Relieve menstrual cramp, Improve visioniv) 四物 Brown Sugar SIWU tea
主要成分:黑糖、川芎、當歸、白芍、熟地、枸杞
Brown sugar, Szechuan Lovage Rhizome (Chuan Xiong), Angelica sinensis (Dang Gui), Radix Paeoniae Alba (Bai Shao), Radix Rehmanniae Preparata (Shu Di) and Goji berry
四物為極佳補氣、補血配方,有益於體衰氣弱、手腳冰冷、容易疲倦者飲用。且月經不準或異常之女性飲用更佳〈生理期間勿飲用〉女性在停經後,女性賀爾蒙分泌異常,飲用可舒緩更年期症狀
Promotes Qi to enrich the blood, Beneficial for those with weak constitution (those who frequently experience coldness in limbs, and those who are easily fatigued), Regulate menstrual cycle, Relieve menstrual discomfort and menopause symptoms, Improve lusterless complexion

v) 牛蒡茶 5-in-1 Burdock Tea
主要成分:冰糖、枸杞、紅棗、牛蒡、蟲草
牛蒡所含的寡糖及膳食纖維,有益健胃整腸、脹氣、促進腸胃蠕動。為天然的膳食抗氧化劑,有利尿、解熱、消腫等益處。且含精氨酸,有促使荷爾蒙分泌的作用
Natural dietary anti-oxidant, Relieve heat-ness, Strengthen stomach & intestinal functions, Relieve flatulence & promote gastrointestinal motility, Mild diuretic effect, Reduce swelling

vi) 蜂蜜菊花 Honey Chrysanthemum Tea
主要成分:冰糖、菊花、蜂蜜
菊花對退火消暑、清熱解毒、減輕疲勞及視力模糊、止渴養血、潤肺益腎等有益處
Clear excessive heat & cools body system, Expel toxicity, Relieve fatigue, Improve eye condition & blurred vision, Quench thirst & nourish blood, Fortify the lung & nourish the liver

The New Tefal Pro Express Total Auto Control GV8960 (RM 1,799)

Tefal, the world’s leading cookware and small home appliances maker introduces the fastest and most efficient ironing technology with the Tefal Pro Express® Total Auto Control GV8960 appliance. This new steam station is fitted with Tefal’s latest innovation, the Smart Technology Auto Control, which allows users to have the perfect combination of temperature and steam that will best suit each type of textile in just one touch. By simply pushing one of three buttons, the appliance will automatically adjust to iron all kinds of fabrics: delicate, normal or tough. Since every type of textile is different, each of the three settings provides the right combination of temperature and steam, with extreme accuracy and increased precision for fast and perfect results.

The Tefal Pro Express® Total Auto Control GV8960 boasts superior steam performance with a powerful 6 bars pressure for efficient steam penetration into the heart of the fabrics. The ‘Maximum’ position aimed for high steam output is up to 120g per minute catered to ironing tough materials such as jeans. The ‘Power Zone’ steam function produces up to 340g per minute of steam perfect for ironing heavy fabrics.

Additionally, Tefal Pro Express® Total Auto Control GV8960 is fitted with an ECO-mode, saving up to 20% of energy compared to the energy consumption at the maximum steam output level.

Unlike regular steam stations and irons, the Tefal Pro Express® Total Auto Control GV8960 is equipped with an exclusive new anti-calc collector that collects ultra-thin particles found in water. This efficient anti-calc collector also maintains scale trapped even while moving the station, collecting up to twice the amount of scale collected. The anti-calc collector is designed to increase the longevity of the steam station and retain its efficiency.

The Tefal Pro Express® Total Auto Control GV8960 has been improved with the new Glide Protect Autoclean soleplate. Apart from the newly designed shape and lines, it is also built with an exclusive ‘Comfort Tip’ for easy access to hard-to-reach areas. The new Glide Protect Autoclean soleplate still boasts superior glide-ability thanks to its ‘Autoclean’ properties that allows fast and effortless ironing.

The Tefal Pro Express® Total Auto Control GV8960 is cleverly designed for storage and ease-of-usage. The steam station has an extra-large removable water tank which can deposit up to 1.8 liters of water. It has an exclusive Integra System for convenient storage of the steam cord, as well as an automatic cord rewinder. In addition, it also comes with a lock system whereby users can safely carry and store the station.

The Tefal Pro Express® Total Auto Control GV8960 will be available in main department stores and electrical specialists February 2014 at the retail price of RM1,799.

Kettle / Pot cleaner ポット洗浄

When your kettle starts to build stains at the bottom or the wall of the inner pot, you’ll think about getting a new kettle or pot. Before you do that, try this! I recommend this pot cleaner. It works wonders!

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Choose one that says 除菌 (kills bacteria) and 植物系 (plant type) which I personally prefer for safe and effective cleaning.

This is how my kettle looks before and after the cleaning. Amazing, right? This saves you loads of money from buying a new kettle!

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Before

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After

This whole pack is written in Japanese but you can find other packs that may be written in Chinese. Here is my version of English translation instructions for this pack.

1) Put in hot water about 40 degree celcius into the pot up to the maximum line.

2) Put in one pack of the cleaning powder and leave it soak for about 30-40 minutes. Note: While cleaning, please notify everyone or put a note on the pot so that nobody will drink the water.

3) Once time is up, pour away the water and wash the pot under running water until clean.

Please read instructions properly before using as different brands has different methods of cleaning.

This pack can be purchased from Homes (everything at RM4.99) or similar pack but different brands from Daiso (everything at RM5.00).

Enjoy!