[Giveaway] Buckwheat Green Tea and Coffee

[Giveaway] Buckwheat Green Tea and Coffee

Have you heard about the benefits of Buckwheat?

For over a year, I’ve been consuming Buckwheat Green Tea from Buckwheat Health Products Pte Ltd (BHP), a Singapore-based company founded in 2010.

BHP is now currently sold in over 40 medical halls and restaurants island-wide and have helped many Singaporeans health wise. BHP has since earned many awards such as SME1 Asia Awards 2011, Top 100 Singapore Excellence Award 2011/2012 and Singapore Brand 2012 Award 

What’s so special about BHP? Well, instead of using normal Buckwheat, BHP choses to use Black Pearl Buckwheat where the rutin content is a few fold much higher than normal buckwheat. I was told that…

  • Normal Buckwheat pricing US$0.50 to US$2 per kg.
  • Black Pearl Buckwheat pricing US$21 to US$2000 per kg. Depending MOQ.

Here’s an image that shows the benefits of Black Pearl Buckwheat:

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The green tea used is sencha, harvested within 14 days from 50-500 year old green tea trees as BHP says that such trees offer much better health benefits such as prevention of cancer or stopping cancer cells from replicating. As such, the price per kg of green tea leaves are more expensive compared to the usual green tea.

In short, enjoying BHP products help to:
  1. Reduce High Blood Sugar
  2. Reduce High Blood Pressure
  3. Reduce High Cholesterol

And also, it will additionally improve kidney and liver function and reduce weight! 🙂

The Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea is very smooth and delicious when consumed hot. The tea bag is made of really good material, and I can get at least 3 cups of tea just from 1 teabag.

After drinking this Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea from BHP, I personally find that the rest of the general green tea has a very “siap” taste.

The Buckwheat Green Tea can contains much lesser sugar compared to the other green tea drinks in the market and is very delicious when consumed chilled with a meal. Mmmmhhhmmm.

I’m not a coffee person so I’ve not tried the coffee but my grandmother enjoyed it so much, I heard that she finished the 5 packs I passed to her very fast!

So, with the upcoming CNY, I would like to share this great Singapore products from BHP, so that we can enjoy our sugar rich CNY cookies! 🙂

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SGVegan Buckwheat Giveaway: 4 x 6cans (UP $9.50/pack); 2 x 30s Buckwheat Coffee (UP $22/box); 5 x 60s Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea (UP $36/box)

I will be giving the Buckwheat Green Tea can in a set of 2 packs.

Please leave a comment below as to which BHP product

(Buckwheat Green Tea Can, Buckwheat Coffee, Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea) you would like to get. 🙂

Giveaway ends 31 January 2016, 12 noon. Winners will be contacted via the email address used to leave the comment and a meet up will be arranged.

Here are the expiry dates:

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If you would like to purchase the BHP Buckwheat products for your family members, you can head on down to: http://www.buckwheat.com.sg/products/buckwheat-products.html to make an order. Delivery is free, no minimum order, and you receive your products very fast too! Otherwise they can be found in most medical halls.

There is currently a very special price exclusive gift hamper set you can order for your family members. It comes shrink wrapped with the plastic gift tray:

Buckwheat Exclusive Gift Basket
Buckwheat Exclusive Gift Basket @ $88 (valid till 29 Feb 2016)

Do note that the Buckwheat Chia cookies contain butter and eggs and are therefore not suitable for vegans. However, the reasoning behind the Buckwheat Chia cookies is that kidney patients are unable to consume much fluids so drinking Buckwheat Green Tea/Coffee will not be suitable for them.

2015 GSS Organic Vegan Promotion @ Crystal Maiden!

2015 GSS Organic Vegan Promotion @ Crystal Maiden!

For those of you looking for an organic and cruelty free treat during this Great Singapore Sale (GSS), look no further.

Crystal Maiden has rolled out a good deal this GSS for you to pamper yourself. Be it a facial for common Asian skin, eye or tummy issues (Jamu), they have just the solution for you! 🙂

Why is it a good idea to head to Crystal Maiden, especially for their organic facial? It is because Crystal Maiden uses Phyt’s:

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How does this compare to the usual mainstream facials that uses general cosmetic ingredients?

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If you have dry dull combination skin like me, I go for the Phyt’s Soin Oligo Vital:

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Enough words! So how does it work on skin? Here’s a collage of Before/After pictures provided by Crystal Maiden when Soin Oligo Vital is used in the Phyt’s organic facial:

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As seen from the photo, the lymphatic drainage done during the course of the facial has a positive effect on the neck.

Here’s what’s available for this 2015 GSS @ Crystal Maiden, specially brought to you by SGVegan:

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Do that that these GSS 2015 prices above are valid only from 16 June – 31 August 2015. Remember to quote “SGVegan” when making an appointment to enjoy this special trial price!

All SGVegan readers enjoy an exclusive 5% discount when they sign up for packages after their trial sessions.

If you are interested, check out my previous Crystal Maiden posts here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here! 🙂

Crystal Maiden:
6 Jan 2016 Update: With effect from 21 Dec 2015, Absolute Aesthetique Pte Ltd has taken over Crystal Maiden Skin Professionals. The new address for customers to head to is:
190 Clemenceau Avenue
#03-21 S(239924)
Singapore Shopping Centre
Tel:6336 2883/6198
Quote “Crystal Maiden” when calling. Absolute Aesthetique will deliver all treatments and packages that were signed under Crystal Maiden.
27 Oct 2015 Update: Crystal Maiden has since shifted to their new location @
1 Coleman Street, The Aldephi
#03-52 Singapore 179803
150 Orchard Road
Orchard Plaza
#02-23 Singapore 238841
Tel: 6735 4540 / 9092 2807 (SMS)
https://www.facebook.com/CrystalMaidenSkin

Busting the Stubborn Flab at Crystal Maiden Skin Professionals

Ladies and gentlemen!

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Have you ever felt bloated?

Want to remove those stubborn fats at the tummy but they just don’t seem to disappear?

Want to have improved digestion and eliminate constipation?

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Or do you just want to curl up in bed every month when periods come?

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Jamu is a natural, traditional remedy from Indonesia. Made from natural herbs and spices, Jamu has been practiced throughout Indonesia’s history, be it for medicinal or aesthetic uses, male or female.

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Introducing the Jamu Tummy Slimming Treatment at Crystal Maiden.

Compared to other Jamu treatments elsewhere, Crystal Maiden’s Jamu treatment is specifically targeted at the tummy area.

The Jamu slimming powder used at Crystal Maiden is made with a nourishing rice powder base and a traditional blend of herbs and spices for a unique thermal slimming treatment. In addition, Crystal Maiden added Chuan Ciao (Grounded Szechuan Pepper) and Chilli Powder for that extra boost of heat! 🙂

So, how does a Jamu treatment at Crystal Maiden work?

First off, we have to strip! *winks*

There will be a disposable dark blue panty provided, and towels to cover your legs and feet to ensure you are kept warm. In addition, a small towel is provided for ladies for modesty. 🙂

Only when you’re ready, do you inform the female therapist that she can enter. She will start off first by cleansing the skin at your tummy. They will also exfoliate the skin with a gentle scrub. This will then allow the better absorption of the Jamu ampoule and paste.

Now, the Jamu ampoule, will be applied on the tummy.

It is formulated with Minyak Serai and Wintergreen Massage Oil for an effective, traditional warming relief for muscle aches and pains.

Jamu Ampoule Ingredients:

  • Minyak Serai
    • Traditional blend consisting of Citronella oil, Peppermint oil and Eucalyptus oil
  • Wintergreen Massage Oil
    • Most popularly known for its pain relief properties. But it also aids in removing excess water, fat and salt from the body, thus helping with water retention, and aiding in weight loss

During this process, the therapist will be able to “feel” your digestive system as they massage your tummy area. They will engage you also in a conversation regarding your dietary intake and habits, and share some suggestions as to how you can improve your digestive health. All tailored to the individual. 🙂

Finally, the therapist will quickly pop out of the room to add warm water to the Jamu Thermal Slimming Powder and apply it as a paste to the tummy area.

Jamu Thermal Slimming Powder Ingredients:

  • Rice and Glutinous Rice
    • Emollient and exfoliation properties to keep skin supple
  • Chuan Ciao Powder
    • Warms the body and alleviate pain
  • Chilli
    • Warms the body and boosts metabolism and circulation
  • Cumin
    • A general tonic; it increases heat in the body and boosts metabolism
  • Coriander
    • Detoxifying and antiseptic properties to heal dryness and skin disorders
  • Cinnamon
    • Relieves symptoms of cold and fever and abdominal discomfort caused by excess gas
  • White Pepper
    • Warms the body and helps to stimulate circulation
  • Fennel
    • Soothing, cleansing and toning effect on skin

Now, the therapist will wrap a few layers of cling wrap around your tummy. This will be followed by a heated pad wrapped around the tummy area for the next 10-15 minutes.

During this period, you can grab the chance to snooze – which I did! I always feel more recharged after the 40 winks! 🙂

If you have entered dream land like me, the therapist at Crystal Maiden will quietly enter the room, and with a slight slow pressure movement, gently arouse you from your induced stupor.

She will then proceed to remove the heat pad, cling wrap and Jamu paste, before massaging the remaining Jamu ampoule to your tummy area.

At Crystal Maiden, the therapists do not just leave the room immediately. They will gently aid your rise from the lying position to the sitting position. And a series of quick back massages to kick start the blood circulation around the body.

My thoughts:

After undergoing 8 x once-a-week sessions of Jamu treatments at Crystal Maiden, I could really sense the difference in my tummy, and digestive system.

I am thankful that I do not have menstrual cramp every month. But I do suffer from bloating and water retention.

After the Jamu treatments, I find that tummy is not as bloated as before, and my periods come more easily than before. In addition, it is much easier when heading to the loo for a number two.

I always believe that the digestive system (read: colon) is very important to good health. All diseases in the body generally start from the colon as the colon is the rubbish bin of the body. If one does not keep the colon clean, the colon is unable to effectively eliminate the wastes and toxins from the body, resulting in these bad things building up within the body.

If you would like to burn the stubborn fats at the tummy, combine the Jamu treatments with core exercises for the abs. My tummy fats were “softer” after the Jamu treatment, which means, the fats are soften and if core abs exercises are done during this period, this will be an easier journey to a well-defined tummy.

So, what are you waiting for? Make a Jamu appointment with Crystal Maiden Skin Professionals now! 🙂

PS: SGVegan readers get a super exclusive price when you quote SGVegan. Promise!

Crystal Maiden:
6 Jan 2016 Update: With effect from 21 Dec 2015, Absolute Aesthetique Pte Ltd has taken over Crystal Maiden Skin Professionals. The new address for customers to head to is:
190 Clemenceau Avenue
#03-21 S(239924)
Singapore Shopping Centre
Tel:6336 2883/6198
Quote “Crystal Maiden” when calling. Absolute Aesthetique will deliver all treatments and packages that were signed under Crystal Maiden.
27 Oct 2015 Update: Crystal Maiden has since shifted to their new location @
1 Coleman Street, The Aldephi
#03-52 Singapore 179803
150 Orchard Road
Orchard Plaza
#02-23 Singapore 238841
Tel: 6735 4540 / 9092 2807 (SMS)
https://www.facebook.com/CrystalMaidenSkin

[Punch Detox] Cold-pressed organic juice at a steal…for the first 50!

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SGVegan_Punch Detox Juices

Over the weekend, I was invited to a juice pairing with healthy food tasting event @ Flutes Restaurant, organised by Punch Detox.

Punch Detox uses the best juicer (Norwalk Juicer) to cold-press the juices from organic produce.

Here’s sharing with you all a limited promotion:

From now till the end of September, the first 50 customers will get to enjoy 1-for-1 with each purchase of the three-day cleanse, at an attractive price of $165 per person. More information available here: http://punchdetox.com.sg/blog/2014/08/05/one-two-ready-punch-singapore/

[30days™] Giveaway – Lose 1 to 2 sizes in 30 days!

Have you ever tried slimming products, yet with no visible results?

How does losing 1 to 2 sizes without going on a diet sound?

30days™ targets slimming from the viewpoint of reducing inflammation, supporting internal detoxification through the digestive and immune system. 30days™ uses 100% natural herbal extracts, beta glucans and minerals.

This patented 30days™ slimming solution combines 30days™ supplements with colon cleansing. Coupled with supporting exercise and eating, one can expect to achieve optimal results.

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SGVegan_30days™

The two 30days™ products are 30days™ HBT (Hips, Buttocks & Thighs) for the reduction of fat in the hips, buttocks and thighs (left) and 30days™ Waistline for waistline reduction (right).

How do you know which one of the two are suitable for you?

Well, during the media launch, we were informed that if you are a pear body shape, which means you tend to have a heavier bottom, then the 30days™ HBT is more suitable for you.

If you have an apple body shape, or tend to gain weight on your tummy, then the 30days™ Waistline is more suitable for you.

My thoughts:

I was invited to the media launch event for 30days™.

Frankly, I was initially skeptical as I thought it was probably all just a marketing hype slimming event.

A published research article was also given to us in the media kit, together with other relevant information.

What led to try out the 30 days challenge was that during the media launch, I was pleasantly surprised to see that 30days™ believes in slimming from the inside out, which means, starting from the liver.

This means it gives the body the time to heal, detox and reduce fat (especially visceral fat, which is more harmful as its fat that collects around the internal organs).

They also shared that most Asians are dairy-intolerant, and they promote a dairy-free diet to the crowd. Which is rare.

And this product has never been tested on animals, only on humans. It contains the active ingredient β-1,3/1,6 glucans (1,3-1,6-beta-glucans) from yeast, together with herbal extracts such as artichoke, milk thistle, dandelion root, rosewood, liquorice, dong quai (female ginseng), burdock and ginger, just to name a few.

It also contains magnesium, iodine and chromium. You can check out what are the benefits of the individual ingredients for the 30days™ HBT30days™ Waistline under the ingredients tab.

I decided to give the 30days™ Waistline a try, since I tend to accumulate fat around my tummy. 2 in the morning before breakfast, and 2 in the evening before dinner.

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During the course of the 30 days, I noticed that my bowel movements were very frequent and smooth – whatever was eaten in the morning, came out in the evening. No force was required.

Additionally, I did not tend to want to eat snacks too. Hunger pangs were at a minimal.

During the course of 30 days, my body weight maintained well at its usual weight of 48kg.

After the course of 30 days, I did not notice major differences in my body size. Neither did I lose 1 to 2 sizes as I have a normal BMI (no need to gain or lose weight). However, I liked the smooth and frequent bowel movements.

In the research article given in the media press kit, it was stated that “…we have seen favourable effects on waist, abdominal and hip circumferences while the effect on body weight was not detectable in the short time administration (30 days).

I guess if I had gone on the 30days™ Waistline for 3 to 4 months, I would probably have seen more obvious results. 🙂

I’ve decided to share the love by giving away a box of 30days™ HBT, which retails for S$108.

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SGVegan_30days™ HBT Giveaway worth S$108

How to win:

Step 1: Subscribe to SGVegan with your email address on the top right corner of this page.

Step 2: Comment on this blogpost below, why you would like to try the 30days™ HBT product as shown above.

*Giveaway only for residents in Singapore. Winner will be contacted by email.*
*Giveaway ends 4 May 2014, 23:59 hrs*

If you are interested to find out more about the 30days™ products, you can check out the FAQs here.

** 30days™ products are available at selected Guardian Health & Beauty stores, Watson’s stores & John Little stores. Or you can purchase them online here.