4D3N in Hong Kong: Day 1 - Dinner at Yum Cha & Drinks in Lan Kwai Fong

Friday, June 7, 2019
Picking up where I last left off, after our mini-adventure upon arrival in Hong Kong, Celine and I headed to meet Jocelyn and ZY for the complete dinner and drinks experience in Hong Kong. But before we got there, we found a list online of "things to do" in Hong Kong and dragged ourselves to..

The world's longest outdoor covered escalator system in the world - Central–Mid-Levels
What a mouthful and what a bore! Hahaha, it took so much generated enthusiasm to enjoy riding with the glum-faced locals up an escalator - but to be honest, why did I think riding a really really long escalator would be in any way interesting? And I mean, this thing was really long and very flat. What you do get, however, is conversation fodder with the average Hong Konger who's taken this very escalator and at the very least, you totally get it when they're telling you how dreary and long the ride is. 

Also, rather than being just one escalator as I initially assumed, it's actually an escalator "system", which breaks up multiple escalators. You then cross over a really short platform to ride the next escalator. Which I suppose makes sense. Because falling down one really really long escalator seems much more dangerous than having your fall broken by a platform. Sorry, that was a little dark. 


The whole "travelling like a local" experience is further enhanced when you peer over the barriers on your left. At the right time, you'll catch sight of some alley restaurants, tightly cramped with the everyday man.  



 And then we went to dinner. This activity was free - thankfully! 
Dinner at Yum Cha 
Cute food is all the rage at the moment and Yum Cha delivers that in spades, serving the most adorable googly eyed lao shao baos out there, extravagantly crafted bird-shaped pineapple tarts, hilariously hideous sausage rolls and more! 


Taste-wise, everything was low-key decent. The fillings for the baos were yummy but also really sparse. There was so much bread, that every bite was an unsatisfying 4:1 bread-filling ratio. This is probably because you would need more bread in order to shape the baos into whatever cute art-form they turn out. 

The other main dishes were delicious, I'll admit! I loved the fried rice which was flavourful and filled with meat, and the veggies held their own - still yummy even after our long photoshoot which left the food almost cold. 

I must mention though that some of the supposedly "cute" dishes were actually terrible-tasting. Like the hot-dog dog thing, which was stuffed with a flavourless lap cheong (preserved chinese sausage) and was so tough to chew, my jaw hurt after finishing it. Plus, it wasn't even that cute although I'll concede +5 points for entertainment value. The bird-cage pineapple tarts were bad as well, with pastry which was not the dreamy crumble I was hoping for and lacklustre pineapple jam. 

But all in all, I was very satisfied with the experience here. If your purpose of visiting Yum Cha should be to get some cute pictures and experience a playful way to enjoy dim sum (which is conventionally something very traditional), you won't be disappointed! It was so kind of Jocelyn and ZY to treat us to this meal and a perfect way to introduce us to the funner aspects of Hong Kong. 
Drinks at Lan Kwai Fong 
In my mind's eye, I saw Lan Kwai Fong as somewhere glamorous and trendy, with cool bars lining the street filled with cool people having fun. Maybe it would look something like a less seedy Bangla Road in Phuket. In reality, it was a small bend that curved uphill, teeming with people overflowing bars and filling the streets looking to have a good time. Perhaps no more glamorous than the average party central of any bustling city. 

But let me taper that by saying that Lan Kwai Fong doesn't promise to be glamorous, and it was my mistake for assuming it would be a more robust version of Malaysia's TREC. In many ways, it is. If you're looking for a fun night out, then this is the area to be. It's a good idea to figure out where you would like to go beforehand, especially if it's somewhere very popular. We visited on a Thursday night, the eve of a public holiday, and an intimidating queue stopped us from entering Ce La Vi, Hong Kong's famous rooftop bar. 

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Instead, after a thorough hunt, we decided on Fang Fang, based at LKF Tower. Drawn to the adorable mugs they serve their cocktails in, we ordered a variety, got treated to a round of free shots by the bartender and had a good time chatting away (maybe a bit of yelling, through the music). 






The cocktails were Asian themed, which was truly an experience. I mean, half of me felt like I was having the herbal bitter drinks my mom gets for me when I'm not feeling well, and the other half knew that we were out at a bar.. it was a strange sensation! In fact, the flavours were a little too complex for my palate and I couldn't fully appreciate it. All the drinks we got (4 of them!) totalled to 245HKD (approx. RM130). 


We left the bar feeling happy and relaxed, ready for a good night's rest for the adventures beckoning on Day 2 - Disneyland! 




Till next time!

4D3N in Hong Kong: Day 1 + Pre-Trip Planning

Friday, May 10, 2019
Last month I boarded a plane 6 times, testament to the ease of travel today’s world provides and perhaps, testament too to my restlessness at having been bed-ridden in the early months of 2019 due to an ankle injury and subsequent surgery.

And as I strained against the plaster cast, the hospital bed, packs of ice and the doctor’s instructions to be careful and wary, the longing to get up and  explore  yearned  to  be  satisfied.  It made sense then that when the opportunity arose to visit a friend in Hong Kong, my best friend in fact, I got  clearance  from  my  physiotherapist for more strenuous walking, found dates that suited both  Celine  and me (how could we resist a three musketeers reunion?), booked our flights, and on 4 April 2019, a too-early Thursday  morning before the sun even rose, we made our way to KLIA2 to embark on our mini-Hong Kong adventure.














Killer view from McDonalds. Don't crowd with everyone else at the viewing deck.

If anyone’s  keeping  count,  true,  this  is  only  1  flight  out of the aforementioned  6.  For  clarity,  the  other  4  were the China-transiting flights  to  the  US  I  had to take in the 3rd week of April, but that’s a story for another day.

Pre-trip Preparation

We finally figured out the best time to travel and decided on April between the  options  of  April  and  June because well, frankly, June is hot and I didn’t  fancy queuing for Disneyland rides in the scorching sun (because OF COURSE, we were going to Disneyland – more on that later!). 3 weeks before our  chosen dates, we booked Air Asia flights through Skyscanner. By paying with Bigpay  (use my code for RM10 off for me & you! (TVRSP1ZZSE)) which removed booking fees, we got our return flights for RM560 each.

At  the onset, I must clarify that I don’t speak Cantonese or read Chinese, which  in  Hong  Kong,  meant  that  I  was  practically  inarticulate  and illiterate.  I  decided  that  in order to best get around, I’d have better luck  with  my itinerary if certain essentials were pre-bought. It was also just more convenient to have some stuff sorted for us beforehand.

We got an unlimited travel card for RM174 with two-way Airport Express from KK Day (link here) although it would have worked out to  be cheaper if we paid per trip, it was convenient and we made it around HK with it without having to top up or go through the hassle of queuing for a card. Upon arrival, there was a booth in the airport and we picked it up immediately. Because we were in a group of 4 most of the time in HK, it was just easier to take a taxi every so often, and we ended up doing that, incurring  further  travel cost over the trip. I would’ve loved to be cheap and take the MTR everywhere because it was really well connected, but after so  much  walking, it was so much more tempting to raise our hand to hail a cab  than  trek wherever it was to get on the MTR. Additional savings tip - If  you  return  the card at the airport or customer service counter at the MTR station, you get a 50 HKD (approx. RM25) refund.

As  you  know by now, we knew we wanted to go to Disneyland and got tickets for RM295 each on Klook (link here). The price on the official Disneyland page is 619 HKD (approx. RM330) so we got a good deal! But I did find a cheaper link later on from KK Day (link here - less than RM10 difference from Klook so if you have a Klook promo code it might work out cheaper on that instead) which left me with a bit of a post buyer’s regret.  Nevertheless, it was easy to use. I bought 4 tickets and they sent us 4 separate QR codes, meaning that you can come in separately which was great for meeting up!

Enjoying that top class view from the service apartment! 

Charmingly urban and quintessentially Hong Kong. 
Accommodation  was  so  thankfully  sorted  out  by aforementioned bestie – Jocelyn!  Long  time readers know I call her Baby J on here and she and her boyfriend ZY graciously offered us a roof over our heads, a warm bed to lie in and even a hairdryer. Well deserved 5 stars on Airbnb hahaha. And I guess the pre-trip prep tip (say that 5 times real quick) is to make good friends when you’re in highschool and keep them as friends for a long time so you have someplace to stay when they go  overseas to work. Also applicable for primary school friends and university friends. Can’t confirm whether it works for kindergarten pals or colleagues.


Day 1

We arrived in Hong Kong just in time for lunch and met with one of my favourite people from my time at LSE. This was a real hand of God intervention right here! We arrived on a Thursday, which as you know, is a working day. And my friend, Andrea, had taken some time off because she was flying to Vietnam on that day! So we had juuuust enough time for a late lunch together at the famous Tsim Wah at the airport before she had to catch her flight.

The cutest cup for the HK milk tea! Though every sip was like kissing Chip's forehead. 

Celine's beef brisket noodles! 

My shrimp wonton soup noodles, which was pretty underwhelming. It wasn't even pretty! The rule for food is that if it doesn't taste good, it should at least look good. 

My milk tea and soup noodles worked out to 60 HKD (approx. RM32) which wasn't too bad for airport food! More importantly, it was so nice being able to see Andrea, a friend that I can easily pick up with where we left off despite the time and distance between us. Discussion was all like "Who's getting married first?" "Did you hear about so-and-so?" "Man, can you believe how much. time. has. passed?!?!"

When we parted ways, Celine and I got a little distracted by the adorable Harry Potter themed store in the airport, stopping to take pictures and ogle at the merchandise. 





After we found the wands, cast some spells, the next thing we knew..

We were outta there! 
And into Wan Chai!

Okay, guys. Let me just say that I'm someone who's pretty aware of my weaknesses. And one of them was revealed to me this trip when walking around the area, we saw a sign proclaiming "Best Mochi in HK" along with other self-aggrandising statements. Basically, I'm easily a victim of advertising and dragged Celine along to try this mango-stuffed mochi. We found a little anclove between some buildings, perfect for sitting down and munching on a snack nearby. It was breezy and tranquil, but the mochi was pretty meh. The mango wasn't as sweet as you'd expect and though the mochi texture was the ideal amount of gooey, the entire thing was coated with so much powdered sugar, breathe too close and you might end up coughing and choking on it like I did, sending clouds of white powder everywhere - onto my bag, my camera, my clothes, all over the ground too!


For 16 HKD (approx RM8.50) a piece, it's not exactly an extravagant splurge, but if that's the best they've got in HK.. well. Hm. 

We were soon off adventuring again, scouting for popular sightseeing spots and trailing behind cute dogs, when available. 



We finally found ourselves in front of the Blue House, that oh-so-popular Instagram-worthy photo spot, known for the bright colours of the buildings. Though we didn't know it then, a Wikipedia search of Blue House tells me that it was the site of the first hospital in the district and is one of Hong Kong's heritage sites.


The area in front of the building sees heavy foot traffic, much like most of Hong Kong, and many locals walked by unfazed by the mini-tourist photoshoot.




















There's an entire stretch of beautifully coloured buildings in the area so if you frame your shot just right, you'll get to capture all of it!


Hardly 5 minutes away was the Wan Chai Street Market, open daily from 11am - 7pm. Bustling and crowded, there's no culture shock here for the seasoned Malaysian and Celine and I happily got a few pairs of those non-slip 'invisible socks' to wear beneath your flats so they don't peek out for 13HKD per pair (approx. RM7).

With time to spare, we followed the alleys. We didn't have an internet connection, only a time to meet Jocelyn after work at another stop, and it was refreshing to walk around, drinking in the sights and sounds of Wan Chai without a real destination in mind.  What we found was beautiful shophouses, painted pastel and lit up bright, music playing softly through art installations throughout the street. We had accidentally stumbled into Lee Tung Avenue and it was beautiful!  

A huge spinning globe made up the centre of the street, spinning slowly and ironically, seemed ethereal. Measuring 7 metres in diameter, the globe is based on a NASA satellite photo and I guess that's what you'd see if you were looking from space. 

We met up with Jocelyn and ZY for dinner & drinks later on, but I'll write about that in my next post! 

Till next time! 






Ed Sheeran in Malaysia - Divide Tour - National Stadium Bukit Jalil

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Wow. Absolutely blown away. I just left Ed Sheeran’s 2019 Concert Tour at National Stadium Bukit Jalil and just wanted to pen down my feelings. The concert opened with Japanese band, One Ok Rock, which truly held their own, filling the stadium with head banging Jap-English songs that I most certainly haven’t heard before but couldn’t help but enjoy.



But when the opening act walked off stage, the lights dimmed and Ed Sheeran came on, the stadium shook with the cheers of us concertgoers. No introduction necessary - he immediately launched into Castle on the Hill, his only accompaniment being the amazing digital screens behind him, flashing glorious greens and blues. Song after song he played, somehow conveying more depth and emotion in every one than any of the album renditions.

Between the songs, his sincerity shone through. He greeted us. Talked about his previous performances in Malaysia. Said we were his loudest crowd in Asia. He charmed the crowd - those already fans, and those who were just there to accompany other fans. He made a tribute to the Dads and reluctant boyfriends of the crowd, threw in a joke about his random appearance on Game of Thrones, and even shed his white tee for a Harimau Malaysia jersey for the encore.


But more memorably, and the reason I’m jotting this down, is that he sang each song like a story. The opening would come together as he played different bits on the loop pedal, giving us time to guess at what song would be next. He convinced us to lose our voices because he would lose his too, having a few days off after this concert so he felt he had an excuse to push his voice. He might’ve lied to us, but we all listened anyway, the voices so loud it was deafening. The songs built up to a climax, bass notes leaving hearts thudding and attention rapt, and each song concluded with a short speech/ conversation with us in the crowd before his next song.

He went acapella and his voice filled the stadium, no flashing lights or dancers necessary to leave us hooked on every word and melody. I was enraptured, sitting at the edge of my seat, when his voice stretched high and low, his range going further than I’d ever heard on his recorded songs.

Although the tour was for his latest album, Divide, we got to hear gems like A-Team (a song he’s played at every concert), Kiss Me, Love Yourself (he wrote but sang by Justin Bieber), Tenerife Sea and Sing. He was a true showman, his energy high in every song - he must’ve been so tired but didn’t let it show at all. I mean, I was seated and even then I felt tired.


I can’t even name his best song, because his talents stretch so wide. When Thinking Out Loud, Photograph and Perfect came on, the crowd sang loudly, collectively. Don’t and You Need Me Man I Don’t Need You left us all awed, the words flowing out him without a stutter, the lyrics clever and precise. With his only backing track being himself through the loop pedal, he harmonised with his own voice many times over, his songs filling the stadium with soul.

I had such a good time. I’m so glad I got to hear him in person. I think Boyfriend and I have lost our voices, scream singing every word we knew. 

Just some logistic information, no water bottles, umbrellas or big cameras allowed, but we didn’t need to worry as there were food trucks stationed inside the stadium. Water bottles went for RM2 which is fairly reasonable. We bought a parking pass for RM30 which is how we managed to get out of the stadium so quickly - hence how this post got penned so quickly too!

Here’s the set list from Japan. I think it’s the same as the Malaysian one with Shape of You and You Need Me, I Don't Need You to close as encore.


Yoodo Review - the good & the bad

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Hello, friends!

I’m finally penning a non-sponsored post. To be honest, although I love writing and talk a mile a minute, it can be pretty difficult to decide to put down the iPad or book or whatever it is that I’m currently into, to sit down and write something. Unless they’re giving me something free. Or I’m getting paid to do it. Does that make me a sell-out? Sigh, kinda. But for some reason, being sponsored gives me an illusion of credibility. Like, if someone’s job is to give me things to get me to write something, then I must be doing something right… right?

In reality, when you’ve found yourself a blogging network or you land yourself on enough PR lists, there will be opportunities to write for companies - some you love, some you’ve never heard of but turn out to be great.  And I gotta say, it’s incredibly gratifying to know that some companies believe in you enough to want you to represent their brand or want you to try their products. But I think I have to remember that at the end of the day, I started this blog to share my views, stories, experiences and if I withhold that genuine aspect of sharing in favour of only remunerated or sponsored views, where would I stand on credibility?

Although it’s true that I only write what I want, and won’t share something I don’t believe in, there’s a compulsion to censor myself in my views to ensure that even the negative feedback is presented in a less damning light. This filter to make things sound better than they are is scattered across the internet to the point that even I feel tempted to only read really incendiary views, then add in my “optimist” filter which balances out that terrible view, i.e. man, this guy sounds really picky/ is expecting too much, etc. And this is reflected in the reviews I write about a product! My friends would message me after I share something and ask – eh, this really legit ah? I mean, if my friends think that I’m going to give a more ‘honest’ view when messaging personally than via my blog, I guess it does come across like the blog is a little less credible.

With that in mind, and a renewed “I can do anything I set my mind to” attitude (I’ve been reading Rachel Hollis’ newest offering – Girl, Stop Apologizing - so forgive me if I start overflowing with goals-digger vibes), here I am sharing my thoughts on Yoodo - a phone line I swapped to after over 10 years of unwavering loyalty to Maxis.

There’s been a lot of these ‘lower budget’ customisable telco offerings as of late, Yoodo by Celcom being one of them. Some others include Ookyo by Maxis (only for Android) and MCalls. I went with Yoodo after my Maxis 128 plan expired because Boyfriend’s been using Yoodo since he came to Malaysia and is generally pretty pleased with it.

Onwards to the Yoodo review!

Set Up

I need to first talk about setting this up. When you first download the app, they give you an option to Order a SIM or Activate a SIM. If you click through to Order a SIM, you can then decide whether you want to start customising your plan or pick a free SIM. They then get you to create an account (pretty standard stuff), fill in your address and they'll send over a card! I recommend doing this earlier because it can take about a week to arrive and you don't want to start severing ties with your existing telco before you have the SIM card in your hands. 


Once the SIM card arrives, you can then Activate your SIM and choose your number! I wanted to keep my Maxis number so that meant I had to port over. However, my phone number is a subsidiary number under my dad's account which added a layer of complexity to the process. In order to swap over to the principal line at Maxis, I would have to pay some sort of fee. Which, being cheap, I didn't want to. So I just made an account on Yoodo with my dad's name, IC and photograph so my number could be ported over to Yoodo. Once I did that, it took about 48 hours for my new Yoodo SIM card to be active. 

Bear in mind that until your old line is terminated, you won't be able to use your new Yoodo line, so I suggest holding onto both SIM cards till you're sure that the new line is active. 

It's actually a super easy process - I thought it would require a lot of form filling or annoying bureaucracy but all I had to do was key in the number through the app. The hardest part was getting my dad to help me out with the e-KYC (involved him having to take a photo to link him as the owner of the IC). At one point, Maxis gave me a call to ask me why I'm swapping over. I told them it's because I wanted a cheaper plan. They half-heartedly told me that their plans aren't too expensive, then when I was certain I wanted to port over, it happened very quickly after. 
The Plan 
So here's the real deal - why I decided to go with Yoodo. I loved that I could customise my plan monthly. I know that some months will be a lot more data-intensive for me because I would be travelling out of state, or some months would require very little data since I wouldn't be in the country and I wanted to be able to accommodate that. The flexibility of being able to change my plan every month down to how many texts I would get or minutes of a call I need PLUS the chance to top it up without hassle if I burned through my quota earlier than expected really spoke to me.

In March, this was the plan I chose for RM45 -


I severely misjudged the amount of data I would use on general web-surfing. So as you can see, I signed up for app-specific data packages which were really cheap, but if you're on Facebook and click on a link to a site, the data allocation stops tracking it as "Facebook" data, but instead, takes that use out of your normal data. Which I suppose makes sense, but I was hopeful that I would be able to rely on the app-specific data combos. Eventually, I had to top up with another 3GB in the middle of the month for RM8, bringing my total plan expenditure to RM53 in March. 

You can see how cheap the app-specific data is here.

For this month, I've decided to change up my allocation with this plan instead: 


I did away with so many of the app-specific data because I realised I burned through very little of it, and instead spent more on general data itself. I decided to do away with SMS entirely, which I hope isn't a mistake (I can always buy 50 texts for RM3 if need be) but I think this plan will serve me well for the month of April. 

Coverage
Now, here's the biggest concern for everyone - coverage. Before swapping over, I was worried that I would experience periods of poor signal. I remember times when Boyfriend would not be able to get data and my phone was thriving on 4G while underground.

That concern proved valid because throughout the month, there were patches of time where I would get no line as well as no data at all. I think Yoodo still has a couple of things to sort out in terms of the stability of its line.

However, these periods of instability were few and far in between, perhaps about twice throughout the whole month. Nevertheless, they sent all of their customers an email with an apology for the patchy network along with a free 3GB for our next plan. That's why for April, although I only chose 10GB of data, I have a quota of 13GB allocated to me.


Ahh, there's nothing quite like young companies taking accountability for their shortcomings to build loyalty. Because of that, I'm willing to give it another go for the next month and would quite happily recommend this to those looking for a cheaper plan.

Final thoughts
I think Yoodo's ultimate strengths are its competitive pricing and flexibility. If you wanted a plan with 100GB a month, along with 50 minutes of calls, it'd only set you back RM103, which is a ridiculous steal. How can someone use 100GB a month?? Flexibility-wise, I really like how I don't have to get any SMS as part of my plan because honestly, does anyone use that nowadays - I sent a grand total of one (1) text in March. I also think it's great that I can boost my plan whenever.

What I don't like is that I'm not confident that their plans will stay this cheap. Nothing's really stopping them from hiking up prices once it gets more popular. With this flexibility, they're at the discretion to up the price at any time, whereas when you sign up for a postpaid plan, at least you know you'll be paying pretty much the same price for as long as you're on the plan. Sigh, it's true - ClassPass' price hike gave me trust issues. 

I'm also a little wary of how stable the connection's going to be. It's great that they take accountability for the poor signal throughout March, which seems to indicate that they hold themselves to a higher standard (unlike certain Internet providers (yeah, Unifi, I'm looking at you) who make it sound like an everyday occurrence that your line is crap).

Promo
Anyway, if this sounds good to you, feel free to use my promo code! You get RM20, and I'll get RM20. It's one of those win-win things that makes everyone feel good-

cgqta4417  

Yes, it's one of those randomly generated codes that you can't change.

I'm not hell-bent on sticking to this provider after realising how easy it is to change, so if you've got a telco that you absolutely love, feel free to share that too!

Till next time! 

Enjoying meals with Moringa Bioenzymes + Mini Giveaway!

Thursday, February 28, 2019
Hi friends!

There's just something that makes overeating somewhat excusable when it comes to communal feasting. When I'm in good company and the mood is jovial, it seems almost grouchy to not indulge. Perhaps it's because our culture is one where we love encouraging each other to eat. "Have some more!" "Aiya, a little bit won't hurt!" "Try this one, just a bit!" "Once in a while.." Although some peg it as diet sabotage, I'm of the view that in most cases, this comes out of a good place where people (especially our elders) just want to share good things. After all, to a Chinese grandmother, the worst thing that could happen is that they've found out you haven't eaten! (Jiak pa buey?)



Chinese New Year was a real culinary celebration, with lavish spreads almost every evening over the 15 days that the lunar new year is celebrated. Abundance was the word of the season - abundance in wealth, health, food.. and weight? Yikes! Although I thoroughly enjoyed the 3Fs of food, family and festivities, it was a great relief to me that I had a little digestive help to keep the food down.




I had my first bad case of acid reflux when I was 17. I was on the way to school to sit for my SPM paper when I felt a sharp searing pain at my chest. For a brief moment, I thought I was getting a heart attack! Maybe it was stress from the upcoming exam?? I quickly called my dad and he assured me that no, you paranoid teenager, you are not going into cardiac arrest and that what I was experiencing was most likely "reflux", or more commonly known as "heartburn". A glass of milk later and I was fine.

This may be a little too much information for you guys but over the next few years, whenever I had meals that were a little too late or if I had too much spicy food, I would feel gassy or bloated and boy, oh boy, the farts were not pleasant for anyone around me. To add to that, I absolutely love anything cheesy, but when I have too much dairy, I belch in a way that would put Shrek in his place.




Unfortunately, I seemed to have inherited this from my mom, which is why I was particularly excited to partner with Iviora for their Moringa BioEnzymes when they offered to sponsor their product for both myself and my mom to review. When they found out how much my boyfriend and I love bonding over good food, Iviora generously also sent him a box for him to try. With all of us on board to give these bioenzymes a try, here's what we thought!


For starters, what on earth is moringa?
Dear friends, if you are as clueless as I was, allow me to introduce you to the core ingredient - moringa.



Also known as Drumstick tree. Click the picture for the Wikipedia page.

There are a lot of uses for this plant and one of the reasons my mom, who's generally very sceptical about trying random food products, was willing to try this was because of moringa. According to Web MD, Moringa is used for - takes deep breath - “tired blood” (anemia); arthritis and other joint pain (rheumatism); asthma; cancer; constipation; diabetes; diarrhoea; epilepsy; stomach pain; stomach and intestinal ulcers; intestinal spasms; headache; heart problems; high blood pressure; kidney stones; fluid retention; thyroid disorders; and bacterial, fungal, viral, and parasitic infections. Phew - what a list!


What do these bioenzymes do?





They claim to do 4 main things - digest, detox, restore and rejuvenate!

Uh-oh. Normally, when we hear the word detox, the thought that generally comes to mind is that this is going to be a laxative, which I was really not keen on. I didn't want to interrupt my CNY festivities with frequent toilet visits - especially as I was planning to do a lot of open house visiting! I suppose then that another aspect that reassured me about trying this product was that it was laxative free, preservative free, all-natural and had no artificial colouring. So the green you see? All natural!
Okay, okay, enough with the promo talk. How was it? For real?
The first day my mom and I had it was after a very heavy meat buffet at Avenue K (holla if you know it!), which left us feeling incredibly stuffed. We mixed a sachet with a small glass (they recommend 150ml) of room temperature water (hot temperature kills the live bacteria!) and took a sip. Ever had kombucha? Well, it kindaaa tasted like that - slightly sourish and sweet. If I had to taste rank it, it started out as a 5/10 (which was pretty meh) but over the weeks I had it, it started to grow on me and now I find myself craving its taste hahaha so maybe it's now a 7/10. I had to stir the glass very enthusiastically for it to dissolve and even then, there were sediments at the bottom of the glass. Still, it was fairly fuss-free and quick to drink.



I didn't feel immediate effects but when I woke up the next morning, I had no issues uhh.. going to the toilet. In general, when I have a lot of meat, I tend to feel a little constipated for a while, so I guess the enzymes helped get things moving. LOL and when I met my mom for breakfast, she said to me "wah, helps clean the system" which I suppose means that she had no issue with the toilet either haha. My mom actually found that it tasted quite nice, even from the first taste. I think it's because she has always been a fan of sour-sweet flavours so this suited her quite well. She particularly liked that it didn't cause diarrhoea, but still made her stomach feel cleansed and healthy. 

Over the next few weeks, despite all the heavy meals over the festive period, I was noticeably less bloated and felt that it helped regularise my bowel movements. I didn't break out at all, which is pretty incredible considering I ate plenty of oily food.

As for my boyfriend, we love trying new food together.


But too much good food can take a toll on anyone! Here's what he has to say:

"I highly recommend Moringa Bioenzymes because it really does help with the discomfort after eating. The taste takes a few tries to get used to but it became something that I looked forward to during the day. It's very easy to make though the powder could mix in better as it tends to clump. I was sad when I finished my box, so I plan to keep it stocked in my kitchen!"


Real reviews from real people, folks! I just recommended it to a colleague who's going through some bloating and if you're someone who has experienced some digestive issues - whether it's struggling to poop, being very gassy or just going through some heartburn - this is really worth checking out. When I made the effort to be consistent with it, it gave me good results! You can check out a little budget advert video I filmed here:



But don't just take my word for it! If you would like to try the product, here's a super easy-to-win giveaway for you with 2 product sachets and a discount voucher.

Just  post a comment on this post telling me why you would like to try it out AND drop Iviora's Facebook page a a private message saying "I want Free BioEnzymes Gift Set, Tiffany2019". My favourite comment will win!

Deadline is on 7 March 2019 (11.59pm) on Friday.


PS: Not paid for any of my comments, but I was given three free boxes of these to review!  

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