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Saturday, June 6, 2020

For Women Over 40

Saturday, June 06, 2020 0 Comments



Lately, I was feeling lethargic and lack of energy to carry myself around. I exercise and do stretching daily without fail. What else I need to do? I was puzzled myself. I read and browse around and found out about the balanced diet and nutrition. It's impossible to take get some of that nutrition in daily diet. Especially when I am in the range of above 40 years old women who is still recovering from knee surgery. I am struggling to keep my body healthy these days.

Muscles Loss


My muscles have diminished a lot from that surgery and knowing my body who loves to accumulate fat than muscles, I definitely need to do something about this. 

Even a healthy adult can lose 8% of muscle every decade. I can imagine me? me? Gosh! I don't even want to calculate my losing percentage. No wonder!!!! I feel this way.

At age 40, women lose muscles mass twice as fast as men. Sadly, most of the loss occurs in core muscles which supports the abdomen. This is why the belly fat keeps on growing. I read if the women try to do a crash diet they will end up causes more muscle loss due to eating low calories and not using muscles. mmmmmm......what you want us to do????

Metabolism


I have been struggling with the metabolism for quite sometimes now. I read, after 40 the estrogen hormones level drop and cause the insulin to rise. Then the thyroid goes down which makes you always hungry and end up eating more and burning fewer calories. As for me, I rarely feel hungry. I can live without eating for one whole day. The only time I get hungrier like a 'hungry ghost' is during my premenstrual time. 

I tried to add in more vegetables in my daily diet. I avoid sugar and starchy food. I am still fat!

Lifestyle


I consider myself having a physically healthy lifestyle. I am an early morning bird who always chirping around or should I strike off that chirping around? hehehe I started my day with morning stretching and then morning walk for around 1 hour. I did some simple cardio for 30 minutes in the afternoon. It just lately the knee condition kind of not permitted me to do the cardio. So I change to just stretching to ensure I still have and maintain the flexibility.

Nutrition


The key nutrients for above 40s would be the B , D Vitamins and Calcium. 

7 signs to tell you are lack of nutritions


1. Unexplained fatigue - that's me!

2. Brittle and dry hair - that's me again!

3. Ridged or spoon-shaped nails - not me. I have a pretty nails

4. Mouth problems such as cracking or inflammation at the corners of the mouth. - I have that!

5. Diarrhea - not me! my morning pass perfectly! hahhahaha don't try to imagine.

6. Apathy or irritability - yes me!

7. Lack of appetite - I thought this is good? Yes! that's me.

You can do a blood test to check which nutrients you are lacking. I have skipped my annual medical check-up for more than 2 years now. We shall see, if those 'big shot' up there announce to lift up this Movement Control Orders next week. I will sign up for one then.


Wednesday, May 27, 2020

5 Different Types of Mask Sheet I have Tried

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 0 Comments

Avocado in this photo is not article related ...just to add colour for this post

As ageing hits me, includes a mask sheet in my beauty routine is a must. It would be unrealistic for me to say I apply a mask sheet every night unless I was born rich or my pocket has unlimited. I try to do this at least once a week now.


Those days, I don't give a damn on what material they use for my mask as long as it is cheap and serum drench and I am sold! I thought it doesn't matter at all! I was wrong after all. It does matter... Talk about cheapskate me...Recently, I have quite a free time to analyze each material the face mask made off. I was like....owhhhhh... no wonder this and no wonder that. Here are the results of my research.


5 Different Types of Mask Sheet Materials I have Tried


1. Cotton 

One of the most common sheet mask materials in the market. Mostly soft white cellulose fabric material. Since it's from a plant-derived, so it safe for your delicate skin. In another word, they don't irritate your skin. Usually comes in white fabric, soft, absorbent and breathable material. So it quite comfortable.

2. Microfibre 

Almost like a cotton sheet but it softer and silkier than cotton. It comes in white same as a cotton sheet and this material is eco-friendly since its biodegradable and safe for skin too.

3. Hydrogel

It comes in a transparent material and really fragile to handle. I lose my patient if I were to use this type of mask sheet. If you are not careful, you will end up with well rip off the sheet on your hand even before you apply on your face. huhuhuh
One thing I love about hydrogel is they feel like blending into my skin since its a thin layer of film on the face and very soothing too. One of my favourite for sure but I can't handle fragile things well. isk isk.

4. Charcoal

Another favourite mask sheet material for me even though the black colour sheet may look bizarre on your face. The charcoal powder is compressed and infused into the sheet to detox the skin and help to extract out the excess oil on your skin. Love the super smooth feeling on the skin.

5. Bio-Cellulose

One of my top choice of mask sheet material but its quite pricey for my wallet, though. The price comes with good benefits for the skin. If I said hydrogel blending into my skin but this one really sticks on your skin like having a second layer of skin protecting your skin. I am not exaggerated.
I spent more of my time analysing this particular material trying to justify the high price compare to others.

Bio-Cellulose mask sheet materials characteristics: 


  • High transportation effectiveness
  • Biodegradable
  • Strong 3D structure
  • High holding ability of ingredients
  • Low evaporation of moisture
  • Tensile strength


In my opinion, after trying out all 5 mask sheets from different material, I confidently vouch on bio-cellulose mask sheet. You can feel the serum absorp into your skin immediately after you take off the sheet from your face. You can apply the moisturiser almost immediately. 

One of the best Bio-Cellulose Mask Sheet I have tried recently is from NUViT. It gives exactly what I described on what the best mask sheet feels on your skin. It's a new 'baby' from NUViT since they only launch this in June 2020. Somehow or rather, it reached me pretty quick to try and share my experience with you. My job to test and share whether it is worthy of your beauty fund spent. So you get my conclusion first before reading my experience below? Well, that's how excited I felt when trying out this mask sheet.

NUViT Instant Restoring and Hydrating Bio-Cellulose Mask with Quintuple Hyaluronic Acid Serum



NUViT uses a fairly notable ingredient for better effect in our skin which is Palmaria Palmata Extract, Avena Sativa Kernel Extract and Quintuple Hyaluronic Acid. I seriously annoyed if some skincare kind of listed their ingredients with all funny and hard to even remember names. As for NUViT, they clearly explained how those ingredients look like origin and even benefit of each for our skin.

 Palmaria Palmata Extract


If you love to watch National Geographic sea version or anything under the sea documentary, you may encounter these red algae somewhere in the clip. Mainly found in the coastal area of Atlantic Ocean near Canada and West Europe. These particular algae are good for skin protecting, healing, brightening, moisturizing and antioxidant.

Avena Sativa Kernel Extract


This is just oat people...just oat...see what I told you about scientific and hard to remember ingredients name? hahaha
Oat is good for anti-inflammatory, soothing, moisturizing and antioxidant. Totally a must-have for people who have eczema, psoriasis, acne, dry and itchy skin condition.

Quintuple Hyaluronic Acid




I am quite familiar with Hyaluronic Acid but Quintple Hyaluronic Acid is my first encounter. Anyway, this is composed of low, middle and high-level molecules hyaluronic acid which provide deep hydration to the skin's core. Since it is Hyaluronic Acid anyway, this ingredients definitely helps in deep moisturizing, skin conditioning, promotes would healing and prevent evaporation.




In my opinion, NUViT Instant Restoring and Hydrating Bio-Cellulose Mask with Quintuple Hyaluronic Acid Serum kind of very thoughtful since they separated the Quintuple Hyaluronic Acid in another sachet. 



The NUViT Bio-Cellulose mask is well protected with a woven layer in the front and back.

Three key features and benefits of the bio-cellulose mask are :


  • Safe - Bio-Cellulose Mask sheet is proven safe, effective and free from harmful chemicals
  • Eco-friendly sheetall-natural toxin-free sheet that is made from unique bacterial strain and extra soft and gentle for the skin.
  • Super hydratinghold fluids 100 times its dry weight and 10 times more than fabric or paper mask sheets which provide hydration and nourishment to help soothe the skin.
  • Exceptional Adhesion - provides superb dermal contact, locking in moisture and effectively delivering serum to the skin and it transport 90% active ingredients deep into the skin in just 10 minutes.
In short, Bio-Cellulose mask sheet has higher affinity and higher penetration


How to apply NUViT Instant Restoring and Hydrating Bio-Cellulose Mask with Quintuple Hyaluronic Acid Serum correctly?



Step 1 - Cleanse your face with a cleanser of your choice and pat your skin dry.

Step 2 - Prep your skin by applying a generous and even layer of NUViT Quintuple Hyaluronic Acid Serum and pat gently.

Step 3 - Apply NUViT Instant Restoring and Hydrating Bio-Cellulose Mask starting from chin area and press it gently onto face with fingertips lightly and leave it for 20 to 30 minutes. 

Step 4 - Remove the mask and gently massage the skin to allow the excess serum to be absorbed into the skin and DO NOT WASH your face. 




My experience after applying NUViT Instant Restoring and Hydrating Bio-Cellulose Mask 


The NUViT Quintuple Hyaluronic Acid Serum is in transparent colour liquid and quite slimy but it absorbs into the skin really well once it touches the skin. 
I was amazed that the material is easy to handle and set well onto my skin. I just need to use my scissors to cut the mouth area a bit since the hole is too small for me. OMG! That doesn't mean I have Angelina Jolie's mouth. It just to small but everything else set pretty well for me. Most of the time when you apply your mask, you have to lie down so that the mask won't slip down from your face. But this one really fits well onto my skin as if I don't even apply anything on my face at that moment.

Have you ever experience your face is drenched wet with serum after a mask sheet session and it takes times to dry up? Sometimes I even have to wait a long time before applying my moisturiser. Not this one! The moment I took off NUViT Bio-Cellulose mask from my skin and gently massage in there remaining serum which not much left since it absorbs well during the masking session. I can almost immediately apply the moisturizer on my skin. I like this! Safe my waiting time. 

The bio-cellulose sheet is definitely thinner from the hydrogel. Try it for yourself and you know what I said here. 

For the first time, my hair remains dry after the mask session. My usual mask sheet always makes my hair wet and my ears soak with dripping serum. 


How much is NUViT Instant Restoring and Hydrating Bio-Cellulose Mask ?

Well, grab this limited sets skin worthy set from 4th June to 12th June 2020 during their special launching promo.

BUY 1 box (with 3 pieces) FREE 1 piece of NUViT Bio-Cellulose Mask (worth RM29.00) at ONLY RM65.90. You will get total RSP worth of RM108. 

Where to purchase the best Bio-Cellulose Mask?


You can get it at online NUViT E-Commerce Partner Store at EGreenbeans.com

For more information on NUViT, please visit their official store and also official Social Media Page for the latest promo.

NUViT Official Website: www.nuvit.com.my




Check out my video experiencing NUViT Instant Restoring and Hydrating Bio-Cellulose Mask


Sunday, May 24, 2020

Spotless Fair Skin with Melano CC Vitamin C Brightening Gel

Sunday, May 24, 2020 0 Comments
I have been staying indoors for most of the time ever since came back from Guilin trip, then being hospitalized and immobility due to my knee problem. Just in time after my immobility period is over the government issue a Movement Control Order. Means, I have been staying indoor for almost 5 months now. I was expecting a brighter skin. To my disappointment, I developed a dull skin, dry and even new dark spot has appeared out of nowhere. Gosh! Why???? I don't even stay out in the sun!

I just realized I was on the smartphone and computer most of the time even when at home. The radiation causes my skin to become dull and develop a new spot. Yes! my bad...I even neglected the sunscreen application since I thought to stay indoor my skin will be safe from the sun rays. Knock my head hard for this. I should have been more careful. 

Since I don't buy any skincare lately, so I just use whatever left at home. My current skincare doesn't have that brightening function. Dying to get get rid of my dull skin and dark spot.  




Recently, a popular Japanese brand Rohto by Mentholatum has launched the new Melano CC, Vitamin C Brightening Gel. I was a bit sceptical with this at first. Just another skincare with lots of promise but not even effective to my skin. I gave this a shot since I was so desperate to correct my skin tone. I can't even look at my dull skin face in the mirror. isk isk isk


Apparently, Melano CC is famous with its Vitamin C Brightening Essence which sustains the No. 2. Whitening Essence in Japan for 4 continuous years. This new Brightening Gel - a moisturiser formulated with Vitamin C, Fruits extracts and has deep penetration technology to brighten dull skin, even out skin tone, fight dark spots, lighten pimple marks and minimize pores. At the same time keeping the skin hydrated and all for a radiantly brighter, youthful skin.



When to apply this Melano CC Vitamin C Brightening Gel?

Is this a moisturiser? Is this a serum? Is this an essence?
At first, I was so confused about when to apply this Gel. Since Melano CC Vitamin C Brightening Gel is a moisturizer. I finish off my skincare routine with this Gel. Just apply this at your last step of skincare routine.

My experience after using the Melano CC Vitamin C Brightening Gel 


The texture is Gel type and a bit slimy, feeling soothing when it touches my skin and easily absorp. I love the citrus refreshing smells out of this gel. Make me addicted to applying this more and more. hahaha

I guess it because this gel moisturiser contains some of the extracts below :

  • Alpinia seed extract - a ginger extract that helps and even out skin tone;
  • Cornus Officinalis (Japanese Cornel) Fruit extract - deeply hydrates and soothes skin;
  • Lemon extract - helps hydrates skin for a significantly soft, smooth and supple skin;
  • Citrus - adds fragrance to the moisturizer.



Good news to me! No joke no oversell or anything since I don't get a commission out of this. I just started to include Melano CC Vitamin C Brightening Gel 2 days ago. I was so amazed by how it brightens up my skin in a short period. This works! At least for my dull skin and uneven skin tone. I think the spotless part may take a bit longer to be spotless. hahahaha..Like I always mentioned in my previous skincare review, I don't believe any product can give me a magical solution.

Since I was amazed by the short period performance of this Melano CC Vitamin C Brightening Gel, I was thinking to purchase and use the complete series to achieve optimum results. 

How to get a hydrated , spotless fair skin?


Step 1 - Cleanse with Melano CC Enzyme Face Wash

The Melano CC Face Wash is an ultra-fine mousse cleanser with the combination of the Vitamin C, E, lemon fruit extract and grapefruit extract to deep clean pores and gently polish away blackheads, impurities and dead skin cells to restore skin's natural, healthily radiance.

Step 2 - Hydrate and Brighten Skin with the Melano CC Vitamin C Brightening Lotion

This refreshing, citrus fragrance lotion that is infused with Vitamin C intensely hydrates and brightens skins for a radiant, evenly toned and healthy skin. It also helps prepare the skin for better absorption of the active ingredients contained in the subsequent skincare products.

Step 3 - Include Melano CC Vitamin C Brightening Essence as an additional treatment to the skin

A superhero product of all. Formulated with double vitamin formula; Vitamin C and E to brighten skin, even out skin tone, fight dark spots/pimple mark and minimize pores to give healthy glow complexion.

Step 4 - Melano CC Brightening Gel

Just apply evenly on the face and neck with a gentle massage to allow full absorption into the skin. 





Can't wait to get my hands on the full range of Melano CC Vitamin C skincare from by Rohto Mentholatum. By the way, the new Melano CC Brightening Gel 100g is priced at RM70 and will be made available exclusively at Watsons starting June 2020.

Who is Rohto Mentholatum?


They have few well known famous brand under their wing such as Lipice, Oxy, Hada Labo, Selsun, Sunplay, Rohto C Cube, Deep Heating Rub.

More details are available at the official website here.

Official Website : http://www.mentholatum.com.my/



Monday, May 18, 2020

Shop Your Designer Brand Style At Reebonz and Earns A Cashback From OctaPlus

Monday, May 18, 2020 0 Comments
We have been under the Movement Control Order (MCO) for more than a month now. Some of you have been continuing working from home and some has been partially commuting to work. Few of you have been affected by the current slump down the global economy and lost employment.

We basically have to adapt to this new norm in our life. No or less dining out. No more visiting shopping mall during the weekend.  Most shops have shifted their business module from the physical store to online. Due to this most of us has been doing the shopping craving satisfied through online shopping.

As we all know, we are currently in Ramadhan month and the Raya Festive season is just a week away. The recent announcement from our Prime Minister, the Raya celebration 'Balik Kampung' are not allowed and gathering should be among the family, not more than 20 people. This doesn't mean, we neglected our appearance and abandoned our yearly Raya Style shopping habit.  It's proven by overwhelming delivery batches in most courier service worldwide.




Have you heard about Reebonz?


I have known Reebonz long time ago and they are famous with a wide range of luxury products. I find that this online platform is really unique. Why? You can buy and sell designer brands at this platform. Interesting right? Don't slam on people who spend money to look luxury. In my opinion, even though if you are not that rich to buy luxury, but there is an option to shop in the right place like Reebonz.



For example, I was eyeing for this gorgeous Balenciaga Papier A6 Zip Around Bag. The price at Reebonz is RM6,740 after 15% off. I can buy this bag one lump-sum RM6,740 or by instalment plan as low at RM561.67 monthly. 
Designer items keep on changing. You can keep up with the trend too. How? I can sell back this Balenciaga bag within 3 months from the order date with a good price to Reebonz.

You don't have to spend money on the fake item to join the world of luxury. Shop with confidence for the lineup of coveted designer brands, personalized services and buying and selling options at Reebonz. It's authentic!

Reebonz is an online designer brands platform with a huge present not just in Malaysia but they are well known to those brands hunt people in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore and other countries too.

Currently, there are few promotions going on at Reebonz :



Spring Sale - You can enjoy further markdowns on seasonal must-haves items up to 30% off.



Ramadhan Kareem - Get 18% off code: RAYA18 for your favourite designer brands item at Reebonz.



On top of that, you can earn you cashback for a least 1.5% if you shop through OctaPlus link. 
Whatever it is shop smart and earn well while you are doing your online shopping. How? Well, have you heard about OctaPlus?

Most of my online shopping earns be a cashback which I have been accumulated as a sort of 'piggy bank'. I will withdraw it when the time comes.

How to start earning immediately through OctaPlus?


1st Step: Go to OctaPlus official website: http://www.octaplus.io/  or you can download the apps at this link http://bit.ly/2H3nQXU. The link is usable for both iOS and Android.

2nd Step: Register use this link  https://octaplus.io/referral/77XPV9GClink and enter this code:77XPV9GC 

3rd Step: Make your first purchase through any of your favourite online stores to get RM3 to sign up rewards.

Just 3 steps and you can start earning online.



Good news to you! In conjunction with the festive season. OctaPlus is having a Raya Carnival where they are having 10% upsized cashback starting from 15 May - 26 May 2020 for 12 different stores. I am eyeing for certain items and my favourite online store is one of the stores on the list. I am so excited already!

Saturday, May 16, 2020

[Travelogue Guilin, China] From Longji to Guilin City

Saturday, May 16, 2020 0 Comments


It was my last day at Ping'an Village, Longsheng. I woke up with a really good sunny day weather unlike the day before. Anyway, still feeling so blessed to be able to enjoy such view and environment.

You can check out my other Guilin Travelogue here :






Don't Miss Longsheng Rice Terraces in December



My usual morning breakfast here during this chilling weather is a bowl of hot vegetable noodles soup and a sunny top fried egg. I ordered a freshly local brewed mountain coffee to go with it. Perfect morning start!

I requested the owner to arrange a car to Guilin City that day. In my previous post, I did mention that this place has no car access at all. A 30 minutes walk through the small alley and local housing is required. Yes! I have to climb the steep hill to come up here and now thinking about going downhill which is really hurting my knee. Urgggghhhh!!! I feel like summon a genie or transporter to bring me down. But again...that's all fantasy and the reality is....walk down with your own feet! isk isk


I estimated a one-hour slow walk with my leg condition. I did mention in my previous post, I slip down and hurt my knee and waist badly the day before. It has been swollen since then. Morning walk down view is kind of wonderful despite the pain.



The local old folk is selling the farm vegetables and other souvenirs. I walked through the opposite side from where I came from the other day. Most houses here are well preserved and some are over 100 years old are built in wood. The oldest one is 250 years old which I don't get to visit.


These are local handmade product. They did the weaving and painting.


My walked down pass by the first rice terraces ever in Ping'an village. It was built during the Yuan Dynasty (1271 - 1368). I pass by the old bridge and the walk down journey was less than 45 minutes to the car park. The driver recognizes me right away. Guess I was the only one foreigner and maybe the lady at the Guest House described me very well. hehehe... He is unable to speak English at all but really kind and helpful.


I reached Guilin city after around 3 hours journey. The driver has a problem with finding my hotel. The location was behind another building and in a small alley. The alley is clean and good walking street too. He dropped me right in front of McD which is on the main road. I then use GPS and map to find the hotel. I was so excited to see the surrounding of this place. More walking to my leg drop again? Ish ish ...no wonder I end up in the hospital after came back from this surgery! hahaha

Where to stay at Guilin City?


The Wing Hotel Guilin
Address: No. 34, Yiren Road, Xiufeng, Guilin

I booked without any breakfast. But they provide free flow hot coffee and hot 'loh hon ka' tea though.
The location of this hotel is in the centre of a happening food and shopping district. Its also a walking distance to Sun and Moon Pagodas.


Everything kind of walking distance here. I was smiling from ears to ears with this place. Super convenient! I will write more on where to visit in Guilin City in my next post.


Thursday, May 14, 2020

Do We Need Sunscreen To Stay Indoor?

Thursday, May 14, 2020 0 Comments
During this Movement Control Order (MCO) period, many of us diligently play our part to stay indoor. Most of us are spending our time indoors than outdoor. I bet some of us has been neglecting sunscreen in our daily skincare routine.

We are all aware to apply the SPF when outdoor to avoid sunburn. How about indoor? What are we protecting from?

Well, the sun's UVA rays kind of penetrate through clouds and windows too. These rays are really bad for the skin. It causes discolouration, fine lines and skin cancer too.

Do you know that there are four types of lights harmful to your delicate skin?


  • UVB (burning) rays - These rays are associated with sunburns and the beach. It can cause skin cancer if overly expose without any skin protection.
  • UVA (ageing) rays - The most harmful since we have nowhere to hide from these rays. It penetrates through clouds when you are outdoor. It even comes in through the window if you are indoor. An enemy for our delicate skin since it will sink deeper can cause ageing-related disease such as wrinkles, dark spots and also skin cancer.
  • HEVL ( High Energy Visible Light - Blue Light ) - mostly from electronic devices such as smartphone, TVs and computers. This light penetrates deep into the skin and can cause hyperpigmentation and melasma.
  • IRA ( Infrared radiation ) - You don't even realize this light is harmful to you. It comes from sun and electronic devices such as hair dryers. It will cause skin dehydration and damage tissue.
What is the best antidote from all these harmful lights?

Sunscreen!



I have been applying sunscreen without fail 365 days but yet I have bad dark spot and hyperpigmentation on my skin. Urghhhh!!! really hate this. Such pollution to my skin.
Recently, I tried skin defence from the inside. Huh? Inside? I drink my sunscreen? Yes! I did! 



Nuvit Sunblox Nutritional Beverage with NutroxSun


Recently, tried Nuvit Sunblox Nutritional Beverage with NutroxSun.

Ingredients: Fish collagen, Oligosaccharides, Orange powder, Vitamin C, NutroxSun, Lemon Powder and Polypodium Leucotomos extracts.

The star ingredients here are NutroxSun - exclusive plant-based oral photoprotective ingredients. It contains two highly antioxidative and anti-inflammatory ingredients such as citrus extract and rosemary extract. The ingredients prevent photoaging by inhibiting the formation of radical oxygen species (ROC) in the skin.


It doesn't taste yucky at all. I really wish to know this long time ago. In fact, this is one delicious citrus flavoured drink. Just consume this daily for whole body sun protection. I would recommend this for people who easily get a sunburn.

Just make sure to stir in the powder with room temperature water and consume this at regular possible.

Nuvit SPF50+*** Daily Defender


For those who still unable to accept beverages form of sunblock, can maintain to apply sunscreen on your skin regularly. 

What are the three criteria to choose a good sunscreen?


1. Broad-spectrum - which means the sunscreen can protect your skin from both harmful UV rays and UVB rays.
2. SPF 30 or higher - most dermatologist will recommend applying sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher.
3. Water-resistant - Why is it water-resistant become part of the criteria? Well, a good sunscreen should stay on your wet or sweaty skin. It should last at least 40 or 80 minutes.



Recently, manage to get my hands on Nuvit Daily Defender Sunscreen. Nuvit claimed to be anti-pollution, strengthens the skin barrier, soothing and hydrating. The ingredients include pollushield, ceramide, laminaria ochroleuca extract and hyaluronic acid.




I tied this recently and really love the lightweight texture and non-greasy. It really a pleasant feeling when the white liquid touches my skin. Yes! Nuvit sunscreen is a broad spectrum which makes it perfect to protect your delicate skin from UVA and UVB.




Nuvit SPF 50+ daily defender is paraben and alcohol-free too. Suitable for those who are looking for skin protection which is lightweight and moisturising.

What is my say for Nuvit?

I love the sunscreen so much and feel this is one good quality product especially when it meets all the criteria I need in a sunscreen. 

Please take note that, SPF is very important for your skin, no matter you stay outdoor or indoor.

For more information about both Nuvit Nuvit SPF 50+ daily defender and Nuvit Sunblox Nutritional Beverage with NutroxSun and where to purchase please visit the official website  http://www.nuvit.com.my/

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

[Travelogue Guilin] Don't Miss Longsheng Rice Terrace

Wednesday, May 06, 2020 1 Comments




My last post on Guilin travelogue was on 4th May 2020. It's more than a month now. I was afraid people will disturb me with weird emails if I write on my journey during the Movement Control Order (MCO). Now that the MCO has been eased, I will continue my write up before I have totally forgotten about my journey.

You can check out my other Guilin Travelogue here :






Why Travel all the way to The Longsheng Rice Terraces?


My first rice terraces view was in Bali. I was supposed to travel to Sapa last year but can't find time during the good view season. I only free by the end of the year and made this impromptu trip all the way to Guilin. I read about the Longsheng Rice Terraces (Dragon's Backbone) are famous with its extraordinaire view of rice terraces. Oh! by the way, the Longsheng Rice Terraces is also known as Longji Rice Terraces.

I was quite nervous during this trip. I read about the December view is not that good since it is offseason. 

When is the best time to visit Longji Rice Terraces?


I read the best time to visit the Longji Rice Terraces is during the month of May, June, September and October. You will get to see a different view in each season.

May to Mid June month - you will get to see mirror like watery fields.

July - mid-September - for those who love the greenery view on the rice terraces

End of September to October - This is the fall harvest season and also peak season. It will be crowded with local and foreign tourist who would like to catch the golden harvest view.

I was at Longji Rice Terraces on the 28 - 30th  December 2019 and the view was magnificent!

To me, a chance to stay in a wooden house built on the side of a mountain, surrounding by cascading rice terraces with a backdrop of the karst of mountains is like a dreamy experience.

The Longji rice terraces are split into two sections, Ping'an Zhuang village terraced fields and Jingkeng Red Yao Terraced fields. Both villages housed its own minority tribes. Ping'an for Zhunag people and Jinkeng for Yao.

What is the difference between these two villages?


Ping'an is bigger and more developed mainly for tourism while Jinkeng is less commercialized and consist of small villages along the mountainside.

I was well aware of my ability, so I chose to stay in Ping'an. for my convenient.  I read the Jinkeng has more scenic view compare to Ping'an. Not many hiking trails at Ping'an area compare to Jinkeng too. Not many trails, I can visit with my knee condition, in a day though. But if you an avid hiker, you can start from Jinkeng up to Ping'an.

Anyway, the entire village in Ping'an is still built out of stilted wood houses and I came across most of them still dress traditionally and do their farming using hard labour bare hand. Most people in Ping'an area are super nice and accommodating to foreigner too. Some of them can speak English. The owner of Bed and Breakfast place hcan speak English too.

I started my first morning at Longji with breakfast from the place I stayed. You have not many choices here. I inform the owner beforehand that I am a vegetarian. So my morning breakfast is this delicious freshly made vegetable noodles soup and freshly brewed mountain coffee. I can taste the mountain sweet vegetables in this soup. It was awesome when you enjoy a hot meal during the cold weather. Yes! It was super cold at between 7 to 9-degree Celcius.


I was planning to start my trekking after breakfast but a bit disappointed the weather is getting really bad. From the mist covering all the terraces to the heavy rain which make be breathe out smoke due to cold.

The rain finally stops at around 2:30pm. I jumped out of the bed to head down. I can't miss the timing or lose the opportunity. Tomorrow I am checking out from this place and back to Guilin City.



Best place to visit at Ping'an Rice Terraces


1. Seven Stars with the Moon viewpoint

2. Nine Dragons and Five Stars viewpoint

3. Longji Ancient Zhuang Village

4. Ping'an Tiantou Village 

The location of the place I stayed is in the heart of Ping'an Village. To be exact its halfway in between the Seven Stars with Moon viewpoint and the Nine Dragons and Five Stars viewpoint.






I started my journey quite late in the afternoon due to bad weather. It was thick mist covering all the terraces and then heavy rain for quite a long time since morning. I was so worried about the whole morning. Tomorrow is my last day here and will be checking out at noon. 





I visit the first hiking trail which is Seven Stars with The Moon point. The path took me through the alleys with rows of rundown wooden shops and also some cafes. Just walk upwards follow the staircase.


I made a few stops along the way since it was after rain and the staircase is wet and quite slippery. During peak season, some of these cafes along the staircase will charge some Yuan for a peek of the rice terraces view. I was quite lucky to visit during the off-season and most of them were closed. So I got to free view.


After a long walk, I manage to reach the top viewpoint. I was so glad to be able made to the top.



The view is totally spectacular with some contract colour. I bought a cup of hot Loh Hon Ka with ginger tea for 5 Yuan from the seller at the bottom of the lookout point.




Enjoying the late afternoon Longji Rice Terraces view with hot tea in hand was kind of awesome refreshing feelings. I feel complete! hahaha


I walked down from the viewpoint to start my journey to Nine Dragons and Five Tigers hiking trails. The rain came on and off due to the wind blow. 


I love the Nine Dragons and Five Tigers trail the most because the local government has put an effort to build a concrete pathway along the terraces. Previously, the trails were full of plank wood and it kind of dangerous if the weather is wet. The work is still in progress during my visit. 


I manage to walk all the way and enjoy the gorgeous contract colour view surrounding me.


I was glad to make my way here at the end of the year, despite all the negative review I read for Dec season.


The beautiful view from the top with brownish and tones green colours rice terraces traversing the horizon miles.


After enjoying all the spectacular view from the top, it was time to make my way down through all those staircases. It was a difficult climb down for me. That is the thing about having a bad knee. isk isk isk... I almost get lost in the maze of villages house by the time I made it down.

I reached the B&B almost dark and the rain started to fall really heavy. Out of sudden, my knee feel really weak and I lose my balance right in front of the B&B. I hit my bottom hard. I landed in the hospital for knee surgery after came back from this trip.  I am still unable to resume all active activities and have to caution.

I had the local style dinner on my last night here at Longji Rice Terraces. The menu for that night is fresh bamboo shoots stir-fried with sour vegetables and some stir-fried tofu too. Awesome delicious dinner. By this time my knee has swollen and hurt so much. Not to mention my back pain is killing me at the same time.

I have a slight fever that night. 

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