Wednesday, 9 January 2019 ~ 7-Hour Power Outage

On the 9th day of the new year, more than half the households in our neighborhood was plunged into total darkness that lasted over 7 hours.  I found out from the Management office today that the power outage was caused by an explosion at the TNB station in Puchong which affected thousands of houses.

The power outage started at 9-ish p.m. and electricity was only restored at 4-ish a.m. today. The outage happened on one of the warmest nights this year. Our country is currently experiencing a heat wave caused by tropical storm Pabuk.

It was  double whammy for me that night. When the power outage hit our condo, I was about to step out of the house to fetch Drama Queen back from the tuition centre.  What impeccable timing! I had to walk down five flights of stairs alone in half darkness, save for a torch light on my hand and the emergency lights which were not bright enough.  The car park was in total darkness and even the  light from my torch light wasn’t bright enough for me to find my car. Imagine yourself walking in pitch darkness alone without a single soul in sight at the stairway and car park! 💀 👻 👽

Alycia had to complete her homework in the dark, with a torch light in hand.

Cass was thrilled to death over the power outage as she could move around the house with candles, as if she was camping in a jungle at night. She didn’t want the power to come back. The silly brat thinks that it’s fun to move around with candles and to sleep with all the doors  and windows in our house opened to allow the breeze in. I had to sprawl on the bed like a starfish as it was too hot and I only managed to get a couple of sleep until all hours of the day and night. Hubs slept on the cold hard floor in the living room.

This morning, I found this partially burnt paper on the dining table. It looks as if someone had been curiously and sneakily burning papers into shapes while everyone else was in bed the previous night! 😱

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How To Get Youthful Glowing Skin

What makes a woman happy? To me, I am happiest when I am healthy, beautiful and youthful looking. At almost 46, I still get remarks all the time that my looks defy my age  😊 I am ever so thankful for being blessed with youthful looking skin and looks.

Many different ingredients are touted to make you look younger. But buyer beware! Only choose products with ingredients that have been shown to make your face soft and younger looking. Choose skincare products that contain natural ingredients such as retinol, a vitamin A compound and antioxidant, vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that helps protect skin from sun damage and green tea because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Here are some of the ways to get younger-looking skin:

Eat your way to fabulous skin
Beautiful skin starts with nourishment from within.  Eat five portions of fruits and vegetables every day. Eat enough vitamin C, healthy fats, vitamin E, selenium, omega-3 and zinc to boost skin health.

Avoid the sun
The most proven way to look younger is to avoid the sun. The sun is not your skin’s good ally. Exposure to the sun’s UV rays is the primary reason for skin aging. Wear a good sunscreen if you are going to be exposed to the sun. Sothys carries sunscreen products made with active ingredients from plants, suitable even for sensitive skin.

Get enough sleep
The whole idea of beauty sleep is not a myth. Your body needs time to restore itself overnight and that includes your face, too. While you sleep, cells are busy repairing DNA damage from the day before, so snuggle down and give them a chance to get on with it. Try to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep each day.

Drink plenty of water
Try to stick to the general rule of 8 glasses of 8 ounces plain water each day. It won’t hydrate your skin directly, but it will improve the way your insides work and good gut health is soon reflected in glowing skin.

Exercise regularly
Whether it’s walking the dog, brisk walking, running, cycling or anything that gets you moving will improve your circulation. That in turn will encourage blood flow to the skin and help give it a healthy, youth-enhancing glow.

Do not smoke
Smoking causes damage to the collagen and elastin, weakening the skin and resulting in sags and bags. Women who smoke at a young age will notice sagging skin and premature wrinkles long before their nonsmoking peers.

Add an antioxidant serum to your daily routine. 
Consider these free-radical-fighting formulas your gateway to anti-agers. UV light is still able to inflict damage on your skin even if you’re wearing sunscreen but if you layer a serum containing antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E, underneath your SPF, your skin is more likely repair the damage as it occurs, preventing the onset of brown spots and fine lines prematurely.

Never go to bed with makeup
Always thoroughly remove the day’s buildup of makeup, sunscreen, and sebum from your face before going to bed.

Use a sleep mask
The latest beauty trend, the sleep mask, is worth using if you want to wake up to a more radiant complexion!  NO2CTUELLE Chrono-Destressing Sleeping Mask from Sothys is a good choice as it contains stabilized Vitamin C, detoxifying complex, yeast extract, Shea polyphenols, among others active ingredients.

Steam up your boudoir or use a diffuser
If your skin tends to be dry, using a humidifier of diffuser at bedtime can help keep it hydrated and supple. This is especially important during the winter, when cold, dry air saps moisture from your skin. But since air conditioning can also dry out your dermis, adding moisture to the air via a humidifier or diffuser with skin-loving essential oils can help keep skin glowing in summer too.

Always sleep on a clean pillowcase. 
Your skin can pick up dirt and bacteria, traces of makeup, dead skin cells, saliva, and hair product residue from a pillowcase that hasn’t been washed.  So wash your pillowcase once a week to avoid a buildup of these pore-clogging substances.

Don’t binge on junk food, bin them!
I am not talking about enjoying the occasional chocolate brownie, caramel popcorns and bag of chips. If most of your calories are coming from snacks and carbs, your skin is going to pay the price. More studies are pointing toward carbs as the bad guys for skin. Sugar, white bread, pasta, cake, and candy may speed up glycation in skin. Glycation is when sugar molecules latch onto cells, including those in skin, and cause them to become malformed and accelerate the breakdown of collagen. What you see in the mirror: loss of radiance, more noticeable lines, and skin that doesn’t look as supple. Overdoing it with carbs and dairy has been linked to acne as well.

There are a bundle of things that you could do for your skin to ensure that this largest organ of your body stays glowing, radiant, dewy, luminous, smooth — pick your adjective! The tips above are not exhaustive. Some degree of effort and sacrifices are needed to produce healthy looking skin.  Once you make changes to your diet, don’t expect an overnight miracle. It takes six weeks for new skin to emerge up to the surface, so the visible benefits from dietary changes will take just as long. Try sticking to a healthy lifestyle and diet and use a good range of skincare products. Your skin will be enviable to everyone in no time.

 

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