Sustaining A Healthy Body Through A Healthy Mouth - Sunstar

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Sunstar is a pioneer in championing the idea that the state of one’s oral health has a deep connection to the health of the whole body. In a recent research, it has been highlighted probable links between oral hygiene and serious health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and complications during pregnancy. Today, in addition to providing important new information to dentists, oral hygienists and the public, Sunstar’s Mouth & Body Sector consists of a wide range of innovative and high-quality oral care products.

Sunstar has a pretty wide range of oral care products and I particularly favour this G·U·M® range. It is a comprehensive line of products that fight the bacteria behind periodontal disease. They also have Ora2 Oral Care products that help to maintain your pearly white bright. 




In celebration of the 50 years of Singapore-Japan friendship, the SJ 50 Matsuri is held at Civic Plaza in Ngee Ann City in this weekend, 29th to 30th of October. SJ50 Matsuri offers an exciting multi-media showcase of:

  • Traditional culture and modern creativity
  • Live performances
  • A true taste of Japanese food and drinks
  • Interactive demos
  • Innovative technology booths
  • Amazing holiday ideas





Sunstar is also participating this event, and they will have a special Kid’s Dental Show collaborating with KidZania on 30th October to demonstrate to the children the importance and needs of oral hygiene at 3.25pm. Sunstar would like to invite all parents to come for this show with your children to help them understand the importance of oral hygiene. There would also be fun activities, such as lesson of correct brushing method, Oral Care Quiz and Dance. Chika and Urbano from KidZania as well as Sunstar Pen-chan will be on stage to dance with kids.



You may also like to pop by Sunstar Booth at the Japan Brand Zone B5 in the event hall. There will be special sale and pre-launch trial of beauty drink not yet sold in Singapore (sale is especially for SJ 50 Matsuri)

There will also be Character Greeting, and the photo session with Sunstar Pen-chan, Chika and Urbano from KidZania is at 11am, 2pm and 6pm. Special discounts on Sunstar products and a Sure Win Lucky Draw for every $5 purchase will be available too.

I will be popping by later in the afternoon. I hope to see you then!


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Happenings at Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza today

 Great discounts at Sunstar booth B5 and sure win lucky draw prizes

Sunstar skincare products not available in S'pore yet. Come and take a sample! 


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The young dentists had a group photo with the CEO of Sunstar



Learning Digital Filmmaking With Dummies


Yesterday was the last day of exam for AJ, yay! I studied very hard with him, because it is a new curriculum to us and resources are limited. I don’t get to find suitable assessment books easily in bookstores or online. I’m so glad it is over now, and I have gained some experience walking with my son through in this new curriculum. Of course, the next frightening moment is the results. But, whatever it may be may be, we will try our best to be as cool as possible as parents.

Are you planning for year-end activities for your kiddos now? I have already planned out the November schedule, haha. I was fortunate to be gifted of this book during the September school holiday and AJ and I went through it within a week working on this project.



It is actually a 4-week DIY skill-learning project book suitable for kids 10 years old and above. They would read the book, do the mini projects paced out in 4 weeks and learn a new skill along the way. It is pretty fun if the topic (digital filmmaking) is of interest to the kids, they can work with their siblings, with friends or parents (grandparents too). Because it is DIY, you can speed up (like us) or slow down, it is entirely up to your schedule.



The book that I am reviewing is Digital Filmmaking for Kids. Digital filmmaking is the process of creating and telling a story or presenting information through the art of film using digital video cameras. It involves taking an idea, turning it into a story and a script, storyboarding the script into a series of images, recording the actors performing the script using video cameras and microphones, transferring the video clips from the camera to a computer, and editing the footage into the final film. Whoosh! That seems like a long and complicated process, but this book makes it fun and engaging. What’s more, it promotes a lot of self-learning and discovery, which are important elements in learning. Moreover, there aren’t many places your child can discover and develop filmmaking knowledge and skills, so this book fills in the gap nicely.




In this book, your child will:


  • Explore the different types of camera shots and angles that can be used.
  • Discover how to record sound using onboard and external microphones.
  • Find out about how to light the scenes and add mood using natural light and extra lights.
  • Edit the recorded film using editing tool.
  • Create, film, and edit a 60-second film trailer.
  • Explore ways to share the newly created films with others.
  • Create, film and edit info film or documentary.
  • Audition people to play the characters in the film.
  • Create a story, write a script, create a storyboard, and then film and edit the short film


While that sounds very intensive, the book makes them in bite-sizes and it is actually pretty easy to follow. The book also has useful icons displayed to indicate some highlights. I personally find this very useful.






Beyond this book, the author also created a lot of extra content that the child could go online to read up like these below. How thoughtful!

Digital filmmaking is simpler and less expensive than traditional filmmaking because of digital cameras. The importing and editing process is also simpler, thus making digital filmmaking easier for young children to handle and manage.




I love it when the book also explains how a camera works in relation to how our vision works. The pictorial illustrations make it so easy for children to comprehend. On top of that, the book also briefly explains the types of video camera available and explain which one to use for which occasions. In fact, I have learnt a lot from the book when it shares on Enhancing your shots, Adding mood with lighting, etc. Best of all, I truly love it when the kids could self-taught a skill through reading and practices. If your kids do love video filming, do consider getting this book. It is available in major bookstores locally or you may purchase the e-book here.




Welcome to the magical world of filmmaking  

CoolSculpting at Halley Medical Aesthetics: Abdomen and Thighs Fat Reduction


You know, not many of us are blessed with good genes, especially as we age, we see less and less of good genes manifesting. Sometimes, no matter how hard we exercise or diet, we may have pockets of stubborn fat that refuse to disappear. 

For me, they are found in my thighs, buttock and lower abdomen, a typical pear-shape, some people call it.

So I heeded Dr. Terence Tan’s advice to do a CoolSculpting treatment to address these trouble spots, particularly the lower abdomen and outer thighs. CoolSculpting technology has been around for several years. It is a brand name for a procedure that is technically known as “cryolipolysis” or fat freezing. 

Cryolipolysis cools the adipose tissue (body fat) in a non-invasive manner, resulting in the breaking down of fat cells without affecting other tissues. The fat cells in the treated area die in a natural way and are dissolved by the body eventually. Fat freezing can be used to get rid of the stubborn fats on our double chin, abdomen, love handles, buttocks, thighs, bra area and arms. As for me, it will be the abdomen and thighs.

CoolSculpting is approved by the US FDA in 2010, and is a popular, non-invasive fat reduction treatment. According to Dr. Terence Tan, who is from Halley Medical Aesthetics, our body stopped producing fat cells at age of 5. While the numbers of fat cells will not increase, the size of each cell will. This is the reason why children who were fat before 5 will be fat in adulthood as well. Basically, they already have a lot of fat cells and each of the fat cells is very big in size too. This problem with child obesity is very real.

CoolSculpting is not for weight loss though, rather it is for people who want to get rid of certain flab in our body parts which exercise and diet cannot address well. Because adults don’t produce fat cells any more, so the number of fat cells destroyed and removed from the body will be permanently gone (hooray!). 

That means, if ever we gain weight after this treatment, it is because the remaining numbers of fat cells in our body have expanded in size, not number.  I heard most patients can see noticeable results in 3 months, though some may be as early as few weeks. 


And THE day has come, when I received my treatment.


With Dr. Terence Tan

I was greeted by the ever-friendly Dr. Terence Tan when I arrived Halley Medical Aesthetics clinic at their new outlet in Orchardgateway. As mentioned in my previous post, they have shifted to Orchardgateway. The new location is within the Orchard shopping belt with Somerset MRT station right below the building.





I was ushered to the treatment room swiftly. Dr. Terence Tan used a marker to mark out the areas to be treated, and then I got seated and got myself ready for the treatment.




Treatment on The Right Lower Abdomen




A protective gel pad was placed on the right side of my abdomen and the CoolSculpting applicator was then used to clamp the excess fat. The clamping of the stomach felt like the machine was sucking my tummy (imagine a strong vacuum cleaner head). I felt some suction pressure. After about 10 minutes, my body got accustomed to the suction, I felt more at ease. Gradually, I was able to read, check on my phones and even catch a cat nap while the treatment of 60mins went on. 


While the CoolSculpting applicator was doing its job on my right abdomen, Dr Terence Tan and his team were working on my left outer thigh. Unlike most clinics which may only have 1 machine, Halley Medical Aesthetics clinic has 2 CoolSculpting machines (DualSculpting) so these 2 machines are paired together to target multiple areas thus cutting down half the total treatment time. The clinic also carries all the applicators including the CoolMini (for treatment in the double chin, knee fat and bra fat), so no matter where our problem areas are, they have the right applicators for us.


Treatment on The Outer Thighs


Dr Terence Tan used the CoolSmooth Pro applicator on my outer thigh. It was a different kind of applicator from my tummy. This one does not suck in fat, but lie on top of my troubled thigh. To ensure the applicator sits nicely on the troubled spot, Dr Terence Tan and his assistant drew the exact position on my thigh where the applicator should lie, then they used bits of stick-on foam, cooling gel patch and Velcro to strap the applicator securely. The foams are guides to ensure accurate positioning of the applicator while the cooling gel patch protects the skin during treatment.






On the outer thigh area, the treatment time is 75mins. I did not feel any discomfort on my outer thigh treatment, possibly because the thigh is one of the least sensitive areas. 




When 75mins was up, the applicators were swapped to treat on the opposite sides – the left lower abdomen and the right outer thigh.  This time round I was more prepared, so I was able to get myself relax quickly.





How does it look like immediately after the treatment

Tummy:

My once roly-poly roll of fat was sucked up and condensed to a hardened piece of what I called ‘pork belly’ after the suction cup was removed. The staff spent the next 1min massaging that piece of ‘frozen fatty meat’ to help minimize the swell and aid in the lymphatic drainage of the now-dead fat cells.

No, the tummy did not flatten instantly. From what I know, it takes 12-16 weeks to see results (depending on individuals). So meanwhile, I patiently wait to see the new me.

Outer Thighs:

As the outer thigh is not a sensitive area, I didn’t feel discomfort except numbness, which was fine for me. There wasn’t any physical bulge as far as my naked eyes could see.

First 3 days after the treatment

My tummy became bigger than before (because of the suction). The tummy area was tender, sometimes a little itchy. I could not squat down nor exercise because of the tenderness, but I still went on with life as usual, except wearing loose fitting clothes, and being extra careful sitting or sleeping. The numb sensation on the outer thigh lingered. It wasn’t anything disturbing, I just felt a bit unusual.

First 1 week after the treatment

The tummy size remained the same, but the tenderness has decreased. I still feel itchy at times, which I think is a common symptom of the healing process. I could squat down and was back to low-impact exercises like climbing the steps and working out on the elliptical machine.

While my tummy became more comfortable, the outer thigh however started to ache. It was like a combination of muscle ache and ache from bruises. There was no sign of bruises though. The lingering discomfort did not affect my day-to-day life. However, I was not able to lean on my sides because I would be pressing onto my thighs.

First 2 weeks after treatment

Hooray! The tenderness on the tummy and the discomfort on the thigh have subsided so much that I could sleep a lot better and I have also resumed my mid-intensity exercises like jogging and #BBG. The tummy still looks big although it is smaller than immediately after treatment, but my life is almost back to normal.

First 4 weeks after treatment
It was an amazing week as I observed my tummy shrank in size in an accelerated speed compared to the first 2 weeks. My thighs also shrank as far as my naked eyes could see. Overall I am pretty happy with the progress of my lower body

Are you curious about how I will look 3 months later? Me too! I can’t wait to fit into this pretty cheongsam effortlessly. So, stay tuned!

Youtube link




Meanwhile, if you are considering CoolSculpting, here are 2 video clips I found which are very educational:


Don't Just Brush, Brush With Playbrush

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Most children do not like brushing teeth, do you agree? My one at home is the same. The brushing time in the bathroom is roughly 30 seconds, but the playtime in the bathroom (play with soap and water lah) can be up to 30 minutes if mummy is not at home.

I wondered how many thousands have I spent on his tooth fillings already, haiz. The dentist even suggested me to brush his teeth once a week, just to make sure his teeth are well-brushed. Boohoo!

We tried getting him character toothbrush, it didn't help much. We then switched to electronic brush, it didn't take long before he said he wanted to switch back to manual ones. I tried all kinds of toothbrush I think suitable for children on him, just hoping that he will eventually find one he likes and could brush better.

But the Playbrush changed it all. Suddenly, the boy is keen to brush his teeth, and brush them well some more. How did Playbrush do this magic?




Watch this 3-minutes video to see how it works.




Playbrush is a unique smart device that connects easily to any manual toothbrush, transforming it into a gaming controller. It’s primary objective is to encourage children & young-at-hearts (parents can join in the fun too!) to playfully brush their teeth. With Playbrush we motivate our children to brush regularly, for longer period of time and with greater accuracy.





It is a bit like magic: You simply place your child's normal manual toothbrush into the Playbrush gadget and immediately the toothbrush turns into a gaming controller. Now, you can start a Playbrush Game on any smartphone or tablet and the Playbrush device automatically connects. Henceforth, your child (and maybe even yourself) will be able to solve fun & instructional challenges whilst brushing his/her teeth. 



Because Playbrush makes a game out of cleaning your child's teeth, it thus creates a positive atmosphere around toothbrushing. Shoot Crobies, fly planes and save the tooth fairy – all just by brushing his/her teeth, not fingers! No more stress in the bathroom, only great fun!

There are a total of 4 games you can download. I suggest you download 1 at a time first so that the child is not overwhelmed and you have some 'bullets' on hand. When he/she gets bored with the first game, you can then introduce the second game. Also, you want to use the points you won to redeem for prizes, so it is good to play 1 game first to accumulate more points.



The motion sensors in the Playbrush record how your child brush his/her teeth (place, duration and speed) and a specific game algorithm helps children to brush for long enough and everywhere in their mouth. Real time feedback in the form of brushing statistics as well as a unique reward system is encouraging children to brush more accurately and regularly (2 minutes twice a day).



So now, your child's humble manual toothbrush has been transformed into a game controller! Do you know Playbrush can be attached to almost any manual toothbrush and with up to 6 profiles per device? Yes, one family can easily share one Playbrush! And that's what we did! Also, you do not require Internet to play and brush, you only need Bluetooth (and a mobile device) to start your brushing adventure!

The Playbrush official website has a comprehension page where they answer to many queries that you might have, do take a look here. And if you are keen to get one (which is a worthwhile investment since up to 6 family members can share one), you may use this promo code on Playbrush website: PBSG2016 to get $20 off from the retail price of $89.

Have fun Playing and Brushing!





Photogenic Beauty With Astalift Red and White Series

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You know you have aged when you started to look out for Collagen drinks and Collagen facial products diligently. I know I have lost significant collagen when my long-time-no-see friend commented that I have slimmed down when in actual fact, I have put on weight from when we last met. My cheeks have sunk in because of the lost of collagen, converting my oval face to an angular face.

I have been watching 女人我最大 (Taiwan version) since June this year and I accidentally found the Singapore version in youtube. The Singapore version uploaded on youtube is just snippets, not full versions, and then I chanced into this collagen drink demo.


I must say, I was super duper impressed with this brand's collagen drink. I think you would too, if you watch this demo. I have made it a point to get this brand of collagen drink after I have finished my current one (not the same brand). I have got to try it man!

Little did I expect, I received a media invite from this same brand on their new product launch a few days later. Wow! Gotta check it out what they have, I say!



And the 3 new products that Astalift launched were Moist Lotion, White Essence Infilt and White Shield Supplement.

One of the key components to anti-aging is really anti-oxidant. Yes, oxygen may be good for our lung and brain, oxidised stuff is not. That is why I drink Kangen Water, because it has the strongest and most sustainable anti-oxidant component.  I feel that the same principle should apply to skincare products as well. True enough, I saw this with my own eyes in this live demonstration during the media launch, and I was completely sold!




The all-new Astalift Moist Lotion renews the skin by removing damaged cells and collagen built up under the skin due to aging and UV rays, and rebuilds your skin with new high-density collagen. It has the ability to penetrate deep into the skin with its small molecules, reaching to all corners of the skin while removing dead cells and renew collagen cells.

Enhanced with nano-dispersion technology and high clarity ingredients, the Astalift White Essence Infilt creates translucent skin and a healthy glow and firmness. It carries Fujifilm's proprietary beauty ingredient Nano Oryzanol to boost the product's beauty effect by ten-fold.

And the new Astalift White Shield Supplement contains rare low-molecular pure collagen that accelerates the secretion of growth hormones, nature's beauty essence vital for skin repair, elasticity and hydration. This oral supplement comprises of Fujifilm's proprietary red anti-oxidant beauty ingredients to suppress and diffuse melanin production.


Would you like to have your hands on them? Astalift's products are available in Wisma Atria and JEM stores, as well as BHG Bishan now! And be sure to take advantage of Astalift's monthly promotion too!

ASTALIFT


About Astalift and Fujifilm Singapore
Fujifilm Singapore, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujifilm Corporation, Japan, is best-known for all Fujifilm products such as photo imaging and digital products, data storage media, graphic arts, medical and life science products for more than 30 years in Singapore.

Applying its proprietary knowledge in Nano-technology for exposing and colour developing in film, Fujifilm created Astalift, an award-winning brand that offers carefully-researched skincare and supplement products with proven efficacy.

Fujifilm's strengths in image analyzing technologies, gleaned from its vast experience in the photogenic and medical fields, have also been used in skin tone reproduction technology to enhance one's looks in the cosmetics field.


The Gifted Education Programme (GEP) in Singapore - Part 3 of 4


The result is out (some schools may distribute it on Monday)! Are you surprised, excited or disappointed? If your child has been selected to sit for the GEP Selection Test, congratulations! Regardless whether he/she will clear the Selection Test or not, he/she is clearly the top 10% in his/her cohort. This group, we generally classified as High Ability Learners.

If your child is not selected to take the GEP Selection Test, take this as an exposure for your child and move forward. Focus on the upcoming final year exam, which has a weightage of 50%, is more important. Not all children will be very good in English and Math anyway.



This year, the GEP Selection Test will be carried out over 2 days - 18 and 19 Oct. As per usual practice, they fall in the PSLE Marking period of 4 days so that the selected children could congregate in selected schools to sit for the test together.

Yes, your child will be assigned to a school near your neighbourhood to sit for the test. The test centre is highly unlikely to be your child's school. If the number of students passing the GEP Screening Test is high, his/her school will charter school bus(es) to ferry the children to and fro the test centre (this will happen in popular primary schools). If the passing rate is low in that school, then please be prepared to send and fetch your child yourself.

For your information, while the Screening Test papers are marked by your child's school teachers (that explains why your child's school has a good idea whether your child will clear the Screening Test or not), the Selection Test papers are marked by Ministry of Education (MOE) Gifted Education Department itself. So, in this aspect, the 'secrecy' level could be pretty high. The results of the Selection Test will only be disclosed in 1st week of Nov before the schools close for year-end holiday. Your child's teachers will not know of the result until the school receives the envelopes (for the students) that very day.

So what kind of questions or format of the test would your child be expecting? In the Selection Test, General Ability Test (GAT) will come into picture. This GAT for Primary 3 (P3) is unlike the GAT papers which you could find in the Internet. The P3 GAT papers are specially crafted by MOE's GE department (but I'm sure they would also source from somewhere and tailor them to suit P3s)

The first day, that is, 18 Oct, is the English paper. Your child will sit for the English paper in the morning then, have a half-hour break (yes, please pack in snack for your kiddo), and resume English GAT paper after that. If school bus is chartered, your child will be sent back to his/her primary school. If no school bus is chartered, you will have to arrange to pick him/her up at the test centre. All in, be prepared to have lunch past 1pm.

The second day is the Math paper. Again, your child will sit for the Math paper in the morning then, have a half-hour break (pack in snack), and resume Math GAT paper after that. Then, chartered school bus will send your child back to school or you arranged your own pick-up. Expect lunch to be later than the day before because duration for Math papers is longer than English paper.

The format for the English paper is the same as the one in Screening Test - Vocabulary, Cloze Passage and Comprehension. The Vocabulary questions are purely multiple-choice questions, but this time round, there will be 5 choices to each question instead of 4. The Cloze Passages will be lengthier than those in Screening Test with no helping words. The Comprehension is also a multiple-choice section. It will be lengthier (the passage is usually 3 pages long) and there will be 5 choices to each question now.

The Mathematics Paper is 1 hour 30 min, it is broken up into 2 sections. Section A is multiple-choice questions. There are, again, 5 choices to each question. Section B is short problem sum questions.

The GAT papers for both subjects are multiple-choice questions with 5 choices to each question to choose from.

You may also like to know that there will be some questions thrown in just to test the child's standard but no marks will be given. This is one safe way the MOE GE department use to test the 'academic intelligence' of the children and to introduce new questions (because they cannot keep recycling old ones).

To spice you up a bit, do test yourselves these Maths GA questions, and see if you can answer them in shortest time possible.



The Selection Test results should be out by 1st week of Nov, after the final year exam and before the school holiday commences. I will blog about the final instalment on this topic after the result is out. Do stay connected via my Facebook Page or Google+ for updates. For more information about GEP, please read up on MOE's website.


All the Best!



The first and second instalments on this topic are here:
GEP Part 1
GEP Part 2





Glow With Avalon Stem Cell Beauty Drink

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I have passed 40, and I am not shy about it. Passing the golden 40 could mean half of my life journey on earth is gone (Psalm 90:10), but it may also mean I have another 40 years to go, God willing.

To live the rest of my life on earth healthily, fit and beautiful is my goal. Call it mid-life crisis if you want, I would say I have not taken such close attention to my health, fitness and wellness that closely like I do now.

I know, once we reach adulthood, most of our cells stop growing except our skin cells. The cycle of cell production and replacement takes about 28 days, skin cells die, slough off, and are replaced by new skin cells. However the process slows down with age. Our skin cells needs nutrients to grow, when they receive little nutrients the entire cell renewal process slows down resulting in appearance of various skin problems. Sounds sad right?



And so I tried taking Avalon™ Stem Cell Beauty Drink, the first beauty drink in Singapore that contains Young Orchid Stem Cells. It is enhanced with Litchi Seed Extract, Premium French Marine Collagen and a combination of Fruit Extracts, which serve to help:


  • Repairing and rejuvenating damaged skin cells 
  • Hydrating dry skin
  • Brightening dull skin
  • Tightening pores
  • Tightening sagging skin 
  • Reducing appearance of wrinkles and fine lines

A 50ml bottle drink consume every night before bedtime for 7 consecutive nights to help me resolve 6 major skin problems. How cool and easy is that? I especially like its sparkling and refreshing citric taste.


Unlike most beauty drink in the market that have thick texture and strong flavour, Avalon™ Stem Cell Beauty Drink is made with Sparkling Water that actually helps to boost nutrients absorption and promotes skin metabolism! 

You can drink straight from the bottle, I'm just showing you how it looks like.
It tastes best when chilled. So you may like to keep the bottles in the fridge.



The magic behind Avalon™ Stem Cell Beauty Drink is the Young Orchid Stem CellsOrchids were used to promote good health and cure diseases by the ancient Chinese, ancient Aztecs brewed a strength potion from its flowers to obtain power over their enemies. Europeans used it in Love potions and the Greeks used it for fertility. Today, Orchid extracts (the flower as a whole) are use in multiple varieties of products including hair care, body care, and skincare products. However, researchers have found a breakthrough in an untapped part of Orchids; its stem cells.  Research discovered Orchid Stem Cell is a powerful antioxidant and possesses strong anti-inflammatory properties, particularly the young orchid stem cells. They protect the skin from environmental damages while hydrating and renewing our skin cells thus making it an excellent youth revitaliser which works on almost all skin types.



In 7 days you can feel your skin being more supple and hydrated, and in 28 days (our skin renews itself every 28 days) you can see your skin tone brightens up looking more radiant, pores appears to be tighter, wrinkles and fine lines will also look lighter now that your skin is more supple. 

Lest you think I bluff you, Avalon Stem Cell Beauty Drink is also highly recommended in Lady First Singapore Season 4 (女人我最大-新加坡版).




Keen to try? The Avalon Stem Cell Beauty Drink is retailing at $69.90 for a box of 10 bottles (50ml each). It is available at Watsons, Unity Pharmacy, ALT, OG, Robinsons, Yue Hwa and Hi-Beau.

Now, you could enjoy 20% (promo code: TSS-20OFF) when you shop at Hi-Beau.  On top of that, Sample Store (from SingPost) will also be having a giveaway on 17th Oct. Head on to Sample Store to read more of Avalon STem Cell Beauty Drink reviews and participate in Sample Store Facebook giveaway on 17th Oct!