Thursday, October 17, 2013

Backpacking tips #1 :Keep the product samples when traveling

Travel tips #1 : Have you ever bought a magazine with samples inside it? Don't keep it in the drawer and forget about it. Keep the product samples that you get from magazine, shopping mall, goodies bag etc. Some shop will give you free samples if you buy something from their shop. Products' samples like shampoo, shower gel, feminin wash, perfume, and lotion usually packed in sachets or small bottles under 70ml. It will lighten your burden and the the volume is usually allowed by the airport. If you don't fancy the product, you can always give it to someone else.

Some of the samples in sachets and small bottle that I keep for my next backpacking. I love these brands and it works great for me.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Backpacking Songs Suggestion

What makes a song so special while backpacking? It might be the beat, it might be the lyric or it might be the right mood but if you are looking for backpacking song to add in your mp3 take a look at these songs and maybe add a few songs to your list. Anyone want to share your favourite song is welcome. :)

1. Around the world by ATC

This song might be a bit old but I just love this song... Maybe because of the cheerful beat? 

"Just, la la la la la
It goes around the world
Just, la la la la la
It's all around the world
Just, la la la la la
And everybody's singing
La la la la la
And now the bells are ringing
La la la la la la..."

2. So good by B.o.B

Some might not like this song because the lyric may refer to posh vacation... I still love this song but it depends on someone to interpret it.

"Suffering from first class cabin fever
Five hour layovers from Norway to Egypt
I'm to the point like the pyramids of Giza
Still lean to the left like the tower out in Pisa"

3. I'm yours by Jason Mraz

I have most of Jason mraz songs in my backpacking playlist but this one is still my favourite. Most of his songs lift up my mood to backpack. The video clip for this song shows Jason mraz backpacking in some tropical country if I'm not mistaken.

"Well open up your mind and see like meOpen up your plans and damn you're freeLook into your heart and you'll find love love love love"

4. 0% interest by Jason Mraz

I think only Jason knew the real meaning of this song but I love when he sing this part. Maybe this is not a backpacking song but I love to hear this song during long journey in bus or train. I kind of have my own interpretation of the song... :P

"slide your foot off the gas 
before we crash right back into the median
it separates our house from the middle of the street.. talking about our house"

5. Strawberry Swing by Coldplay

"I remember we were walking up to strawberry swing
I can't wait 'til the morning, wouldn't wanna change a thing
People moving all the time inside a perfectly straight line
Don't you wanna curve away?
It's such it's such a perfect day, it's such a perfect day"

6. Destination Unknown by Alex Gaudino

I love the intro of this song. 

"I left my job, my boss, my car and my home
I'm leaving for a destination I still don't know
Somewhere nobody must have duties at home
And if you like this, you can follow me
So let's go"

7. Road trippin by Red Hot Chilli Peppers

I'm sure everyone had road trippin :)

"Road trippin' with my two favorite allies
Fully loaded we got snacks and supplies
It's time to leave this town
It's time to steal away
Let's go get lost
Anywhere in the U.S.A."

8. Pure Shores by All saints

"Never been here before
I'm intrigued, I'm unsure
I'm searching for more
I've got something thats all mine
I've got something thats all mine

Take me somewhere I can breathe
I've got so much to see
This is where I want to be
In a place I can call mine

In a place I can call mine"

9. Pocketful of Sunshine by Natasha Bedingfield

For the bad days during backpacking?

"I got a pocket, got a pocketful of sunshine
I got a love and I know that it's all mine, oh, oh oh oh
Do what you want but you're never gonna break me
Sticks and stones are never gonna shake me, oh, oh oh oh
Take me away(take me away), a secret place(a secret place)
A sweet escape(a sweet escape), take me away(take me away)
Take me away(take me away) to better days(to better days)
Take me away(take me away), a hiding place( a hiding place)"

Friday, March 8, 2013

Fighting scar: Adult Chicken Pox!

It is my third week after I had been confirmed to have chicken pox. Now, 95% of my crusted poxy fall off. The scars are fading fast... The crusts will fall off itself so do not try to remove it yourself or it will form small ring shape scar. In second week, half of the crusts are gone and I started taking Kinohimitsu and Kitsui Collagen drink. I was very tempted to try it because according to the product description it can help reduce scar and repair skin damage caused by the sun. Other than that, I use Bio Oil as moisturiser. If I want to go out, I use BB cream with SPF protection. I avoid getting out in the sun and spent my free time in shopping complex. I use long sleeve when in direct sun. I also use driving glove when driving but for my face and neck constantly exposed to sun.

Picture 1: Third week of chicken pox (Top), Three days of chicken pox (Bottom)

The best way to reduce dark scar is covering it with clothes. I use cardigan to cover my scar and I am very satisfied with the result. I can't cover my whole face and neck while driving so the scar on my face and other exposed area tends to be darker. That is the reason I experiment with cosmetic products to reduce the scar.

I didn't notice the difference before I compare my previous picture. Now, I do see the difference is quite impressive. The Dark Spot getting smaller but still noticeable after taking collagen for 6 days. But I am also using Bio Oil as moisturiser and In the left picture is the 10th days using Bio Oil. The Right Picture is 4 days using Bio Oil. I Don't remember how long I had been taking Redoxon Vitamin C. The improvement of my skin makes make up application easier and better texture on skin. I notice my skin getting fairer after I take collagen drink. I think the effect of collagen is different from one person to another person  because there are other negative review by others. Its a beauty product not to be relied 100% to heal scar.

Another thing that I learn in a hard way is to avoid bad foods for chicken pox scar. I ate wrong food a few days ago and my scars is so itchy. Now, I am more careful in my diet to prevent another itchy scars day. I also prevent foods that contain soy sauce because my mum believe it will make my scar permanently dark. That is my experience reducing my chicken pox scars. If you have suggestions to reduce scars, please share with me in this blog because I am still looking better method to reduce my scar quickly before my special day arrive. Any suggestion will be appreciated. I just bought Hiruscar from Watson so I can't wait to try it on my scar and write a review about it. :)

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Chicken pox and traditional treatment

I was confirmed to have chicken pox 2 days ago and I had been following my mom's advice to make sure I won't get this in the future... there are 4 things that my mom wants me to follow strictly...

1. Do not touch water or bath until poxy blisters appear on palm and foot

Okay... some may think this is a myth but there is a reason behind this. This is what my mom tell me... the poxy needs to come out to the skin surface... water will make the temperature outside our body to be cool so the poxy will prefer to bloom inside of our body and cause complication. If you touch the blisters, you will feel it warmer than non blister skin. The more blisters come out, the less probability it will happen in the future... more or less the same what the doctor told me.

2. Drink coconut water

Coconut water has been used traditionally to bring down body temperature and it is a great source of electrolyte. Coconut water is like 100 plus drink that people always take during fever. It is isotonic... so it is good to bring down fever during chicken pox. Some says the coconut must not touch the ground when plucked... but I think it is just a myth... no way the content of the coconut water change because the coconut touch the ground.

3. Stay away from fan or air-conditioning

Fan or air-cond makes the poxy blisters to come out slowly. the last thing you want to do is to delay the duration of fever. Everytime a red poxy come out, fever will come out too... so... the faster the the poxy come out, the shorter duration it will take for you to heal. staying away from fan/air-cond will lessen probability of complication too because fan/air-cond will  cause reduce in skin temperature but inside of the body is burning hot.

4. Bath with "jambu air" leaves

My mom says it can help to reduce the itchiness and makes the poxy to dry fast.

One of the tips from my aunt, keep wet towel at armpit to reduce body temperature rather than put it forehead. Even if the rule 1 apply, this method can be used to reduce the body temperature safely.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Pet Shop will lie...

I just adopt a sick piggy from pet shop. I don't even know if it is proper for the pet shop to call "adoption" because adoption suppose to be free of charge. But then again, Adoption centre also charge management fee per adoption but the money will be used to buy necessities for the adoption centre which make it ok. There is no guinea pigs available for adoption in my area so I bought a guinea pig from a pet shop... but it turns out that they give wrong piggy. I ask for a female piggy but they gave me male. After taking care of it for 2 weeks, I return to the shop and demand to change it. The only female piggy in the shop is sick. She has crusty eyes, runny nose, anorexic and bleeding from its genital. It is up for adoption for discounted payment. The male piggy that I had is fat, clean and healthy so I could not imagine how cruel I am if I leave him in the pet shop so I did not change the piggy but adopted the sick female piggy. To tell you the truth I feel hurt when I see the sick piggy. The pet shop owner insist that the piggy is not sick but it is simply tired? What more lies the pet shop can give me... but I know for sure that the piggy should be rush to a vet or it will suffer slow death because I can see the poor piggy is anorexic. I did bring it to the vet after I adopted it. I clean her everyday and after 2 weeks, I see her getting better, her weight is increasing. It weight 190g when I adopted it and after 2 weeks her weight increased to 250g. Even so, 250g is still considered underweight for 2 months piggy so I keep giving her multivitamin from the vet and give her proper food to get her back normal. I would be relieve if her weight reach 400g.

The day I adopted her, I decided it will be my last time adopting piggy from the pet shop... They do not care about the piggies.. they only care about profit. I have 3 piggies which adopted from private breeder and their piggies are well taken care of. All of the 3 piggies come without health issues. So, if you decide to adopt, choose from private breeder. Private breeder are usually guinea pig lover and they will offer better advice on how take care of a piggy.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Smelly guinea pig in the room?

Someone asked me how I keep my room from smelling like hay and pellets? My room smell like pellets and hay because there are hay and pellets!

Cage type?
I posted in this blog before on how I build my guinea pig cage which makes a big difference to the smell issue in my room. Refer back to the link...

Bedding and absorption?
The cage has a net layer underneath the fleece and underneath the net there is a 3-4 layers of newspapers. The fleece only absorb about 10% of the urine and most of it will fall and absorbed by the newspaper. I change the newspaper everyday so, the newspaper will not get smelly. I put one guinea pig in each of my cage because I separate the male and female so maybe the newspaper method is applicable. If you place more than 1 guinea pig in a cage, newspaper tends to smell faster than 24 hours. I suggest you use unscented cat litter( I prefer clumping cat litter but not the sand type) and Pet pad will work too but it cost more. I prefer using newspaper because it works for me and I want to reduce my laundry every week. If you want to remove the fleece and let the net filter the poops and urine... it is also acceptable but you might want to check if the net is hurting your piggies leg.

Smell control?
I use Ambi Pur Gel Fresh Rose fragrance in my room. you can also control the smell from going too strong by closing the lid. It does not eliminate the smell from hay or pellets but it combine better with rose fragrance. Hay, pellet and rose smells together like a garden. Be careful when choosing fragrance for your room, you might make the smell worse. I would stay away from citrus smell or anything smells like acid because it will enhance the bad smell. If you use floral fragrance, it will balance the smell from hay and pellet. Different brands will give different notes of floral fragrance so experimenting with fragrance will give you more ideas which one works well for you. It all depends on one's preference... 

Keep the room aerated. Don't close the windows 24 hours. It will trapped the smell and makes you feel suffocated. open the windows for as long as you can. keep the air flowing so fresh air can come into the room.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Vitamin C for guinea pig: How much is enough?

This post might get handy when you are lost when shopping for your piggies' veggies...

I had been doing research from some website about Vitamin C requirement in guinea pig and how to make sure that we give and meet enough daily requirement of Vitamin C in our piggies. I read from a veterinary website  that adult guinea pig needs 20-25 mg of vitamin C per day and up to 30-40 mg for pregnant guinea pig while other recommends 10-15 mg per day under normal condition guinea pig which suggest the guinea pig is healthy and not pregnant or weaning pups; 15-25 mg for pregnant, lactating and growing piggies.

Now, I know that different website would suggest different number of vitamin C requirement but it would not deviate further from 10-40mg per day and you should also choose reliable website for vitamin c content in vegetables and fruits. My rule of thumb for vitamin C is to prepare their fresh vegetables and fruits to meet 30mg vitamin C per day for normal guinea pig and pregnant, lactating or growing guinea pig is 40 mg/day. 

Pic 1: Vegetables and fruits

I made WHFoods as my reference to calculate approximate amount of vegetables to give my piggies to meet their daily vitamin C requirement. The website state one cup of raw bell peppers contains 117.48 mg of  vitamin C. One cup measurement is approximately 240g (or ml). I tried the 1 cup measurement, it is approximately half of big capsicum. One cup of capsicum can meet about 4 guinea pigs daily vitamin C requirement. So, you might want to make capsicum as your compulsory vegetable. Of course, 1/4 cup of capsicum would not make a piggy full so, add other vegetable that can add vitamin C such as carrot, cabbage, cucumber, and many more you can choose from the table. The table will help you to determine the vegetable proportion to feed your piggies. I suggest that you feed your piggies with 3 different types of veggies/fruits so they will not get bored with their food.

Let me share with you how my shopping for piggies' veggies gets easier... I made a table that consist of the vegetables most available in my store and group the vegetables in 'compulsory', 'supporting', 'additional' group. The compulsory group will contribute about 80% of the vitamin C; the supporting group contribute about 15 % of the vitamin C and additional group contribute about 5% of the vitamin C. Regardless the small amount of vitamin C in the additional group, the group is actually important to satisfy the hunger of the piggies and balance the meal.

Pic 2: Example of vitamin C vegetable

The compulsory group will provide most of the vitamin C requirement in a piggies meal. 

Take an example a kiwifruit, tomatoes and carrot measurement for 4 piggies.

1 1/2 kiwifruit     = 108g
1 cup tomatoes   = 32.4g
1 cup carrot        = 7.20g 

total vitamin C     = 147.6g
vitamin C/cavy    = 36.9g

The calculation above shows that if you distribute the veggies to four piggies, each piggy will receive approximately 36.9g vitamin C from fresh veggies or fruits. So, from this method you can can get a rough idea how much vitamin C do you provide your piggies and does it meet with the standard. Don't worry if you can't get it right for the first time, you will get better at it when you do it often and you might not needing calculator and the tables anymore to do the veggies propotion.

Good luck and please feel free to drop a comment :)