Thank you everybody for taking part in this major giveaway of good quality Green Tea and Coffee, that is mixed with Buckwheat for that extra health benefit! 🙂
I have just conducted a lucky draw for those of you who have taken part in this giveaway. As mentioned, those who followed SGVegan gets an extra chance in the draw.
All winners are drawn by hand. Courtesy of the boyfriend, so all’s fair, heh heh.
Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea (60s)
Roasted Buckwheat Coffee (30s)
Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea Can (2x 6cans)
All winners, please drop me an email @ email@example.com to confirm that you will be able to meet up in person. This will be a mass meet up so I will appreciate if you can meet up to pick up your won item. To make it easier, meet ups can be scheduled anytime during 1-5 February 2016 @ Clarke Quay MRT, 6.30pm or Clementi MRT, 7pm.
I will reply your email with your preferred timing and location with an acknowledgement email containing my contact details. Please be on time as I will not be able to wait for you. All unclaimed prizes by 5 February 2016 will be donated.
For those of you have not won, here’s an additional little sweet treat 🙂
I will be giving away the 10 sample packs, containing a sachet of Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea and a sachet of Roasted Buckwheat Coffee. Photo as seen at the bottom of the featured image above. Simply email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org stating your preferred timing and location to pick up during the scheduled meet ups from 1-5 February as above.
Have a great Sunday everyone 😉 and do take part in the Instagram giveaway I am currently conducting till 17 Feb 2016 where you get to win your choice of either lavender/lemongrass/rose geranium natural shower gel here!!
For those of you following me on Instagram, I am currently conducting a giveaway, for 5 winners for Que Origin shower gels in a SGVegan customised bottle as seen in the photo below:
You get to choose your own scent of shower gel – Lemongrass (my fav!), Lavender or Rose Geranium. 🙂
Contest is running now till 17 Feb 2016, 2359hrs.
1) 5 winners
2) My personalised bottle filled with your preferred scent of Que Origin natural Shower . Bath. + S$5 Que Origin Voucher + (my personal discount code*). Second Prize:
1) 20 winners
2) S$5 Que Origin Voucher + (my personal discount code*). Note: * denotes only applicable to first time purchase with Que Origin E-store.
1) Follow me @amandateng and @que_origin
2) Like and Repost this photo
3) Comment on your favourite scent – Rose Geranium, Lavender, Lemongrass
4) Hashtag 2 friends for double chance.
Rules & Regulations
1) Limited to SG residents only.
2) Contest ends on 17th Feb 2016 2359H.
3) Prizes cannot be exchange to cash nor transferable.
4) Winners will be drawn at random and will be at Organisers’ sole discretion and are final, conclusive and binding on all participants.
5) This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram.
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 2012Award.
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:
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:
Reduce High Blood Sugar
Reduce High Blood Pressure
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! 🙂
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:
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:
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.
We’re now reaching the end of January. Hope all of you have been well, healthy and happy. Here’s wishing you all a belated Happy New Year and may everyone of you have a prosperous healthy year ahead! 🙂
As the title of this blog post goes, I’m conducting a giveaway for the new year, courtesy of Handmade Heroes. There will be 2 prizes up for grabs, so read on!
Handmade Heroes is a local homegrown brand founded by Lynsey and launched in December 2014. As a firm believer of natural ingredients, a plant based vegan for 2 years and a self-proclaimed modern day hippie, Handmade Heroes embodies everything Lynsey stands for.
As the name goes, all the products retailing on Handmade Heroes are all handmade by Lynsey. Everything is vegan, cruelty free, 100% all natural with no parabens, preservatives or synthetic chemicals used. All the packaging used are BPA-free. Even the ingredients contained in Handmade Heroes products follow the EWG (Environmental Working Group) ratings. Read their FAQ here.
So in mid-December last year before I headed to India, Lynsey sent me a package of goodies to review, and 2 prizes as giveaway for you readers. Keep scrolling down for more info!
I love how simple yet elegant the delivery was. Inside, there was even a handwritten card personally written by Lynsey. How could one not love Handmade Heroes? Such small gestures really makes one feel happy and blessed to receive this wonderful bag of goodies!
After trying out the Handmade Heroes products I was sent, here are some of my thoughts.
First up, Handmade Heroes: Butt Kickin’ Deep Detoxing Coffee Scrub – Cinnamon Chai
The name really caught my eye when I was browsing the website. Butt Kickin? Oh yeah, I would love to kick my cellulite away!! Go away fats!! Shooo~~
Upon opening the bottle, I noticed the texture was quite watery and I had to give it a stir. It was a bit messy after the shower as the bathroom floor was covered with coffee bits.
Inspiration struck me, and I placed my bottle of Handmade Heroes: Butt Kickin’ Deep Detoxing Coffee Scrub – Cinnamon Chai into the fridge. When I took it out of the fridge, I liked the drier texture. Even after leaving it outside in Singapore’s humidity for the next few weeks, the drier texture did not return to the initial watery texture when I first opened the bottle. Take a look at the before/after pics below!
And what does it look like when used on the body? Although the texture looks rough, the Handmade Heroes: Butt Kickin’ Deep Detoxing Coffee Scrub – Cinnamon Chai contains fine bits of organic rice as seen by the white bits…
My thoughts about Handmade Heroes: Butt Kickin’ Deep Detoxing Coffee Scrub – Cinnamon Chai?
Personally, I love the coffee scent as its smells really awesome. After trying on my body, I prefer to use it on the problematic cellulite areas such as my thighs, butt and tummy in the hopes that prolong use would butt kick the cellulite away! Also, I believe it would be awesome for the feet as it leaves a moisturised layer on my skin, though not that greasy. However for my body, I preferred to use the other scrub, which is Handmade Heroes: Super Duper Nourishing Rice Scrub – Christmas Mint.
So what makes this other Handmade Heroes: Super Duper Nourishing Rice Scrub – Christmas Mint my preferred scrub for the rest of my body?
First, see the before/after pic of the bottle when kept in the fridge:
Notice the drier texture after keeping it in the fridge? I prefer it this way, rather than slopping the watery scrub over my body. Guess its just my preference. So keep it in the fridge if you prefer like me to have a drier texture. Do note that the texture remains, it does not “melt” even after you leave it out for a long time after taking it out of the fridge.
And this is how it looks on my hands:
So why do I love this Handmade Heroes: Super Duper Nourishing Rice Scrub – Christmas Mint scrub?
Well, its smoother in texture compared to the Butt Kickin’ Coffee Scrub. But what makes this scrub stand out from all the other scrubs I have ever used is the fact that while using this scrub in the hot shower, I love the smell. Nice mint scent, reminds me of Christmas and of snow. Then when I come out from the shower, and after drying myself, that went the mint tingle starts. Its a nice pleasing and cool sensation. You have to try it out yourself, this is a great product! Just don’t get too excited and use too much of the scrub in the shower as you’ll end up probably having to wear a sweater! 😉
Overall, I really love the ideology behind Handmade Heroes and it is evident on the products:
On a sidenote, this is the nicest lip tint I’ve ever used. It does not taste weird and the color is just nice to give some life to my lips on those dull-looking days! I feel safe even if I were to consume the lip tint accidentally. Handmade Heroes states on their website that the Iron Oxide and Boron Nitride contained in the lip tints are naturally occurring with a low EWG hazard rating of 2 and 0 respectively. Read their FAQ here.
So what are you waiting for?
Valentine’s day is coming up and I would love to giveaway 2 gift sets that Handmade Heroes had put together for you. Ladies, here’s something for you to pamper yourselves. Men, here’s a little something for you to give the special someone in your life – be it your mum, sister or partner! 🙂
So how do you win the Handmade Heroes Body/Valentine’s Gift Set(Set 1) or Handmade Heroes Lip Gift Set (Set 2)?
Leave a comment below telling me which set (Set 1 or 2) you would like to win.
Why would you want to win this set?
This Handmade Heroes giveaway will close on 5th February 2015, 10pm.
Both winners will be separately contacted via email. A new winner will be drawn if there is no reply within 24 hours. Prizes must be collected in person at Clementi MRT @ 5pm on 7 Feb 2015. Only enter this draw if you are able to make it for the prize collection.
Otherwise, you can head straight to Handmade Heroes website here to order the gift sets or other products such as their new Drop Dead Gorgeous Dry Shampoo for that special someone. I really love how the wooden container at the base of the gift sets can be re-used. Its very beautifully carved.
All the best and stay tuned for more upcoming giveaways! Remember to subscribe to SGVegan at the top right hand corner of this page with your email address to receive the latest news. 🙂
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.
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.
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™ HBT & 30days™ 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.
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.
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.
We need salt in our lives. Our bodies are also made of salt. But not just any salt will do. We need to consume salt that is pure, natural and unprocessed by heating/detrimental commercial treatments.
Table salt in general, is not purely NaCl (sodium chloride). It is filled with additives such as iodine, anti-caking agents and other chemicals that when consumed, leads to toxin accumulation in the body.
So what’s the difference between ordinary table salt and sea salt?
Ordinary Table Salt: Typically mined from underground salt deposits. Filtered & sterilised at high temperature – this process destroys the mineral quality of the salt (heavily processed). Usually contains an additive such as anti-caking agents to prevent clumping. Most table salt has added iodine, an essential nutrient that helps maintain a healthy thyroid. However, any excess iodine stresses out our bodies and could lead to nausea, headaches and imbalanced hormone levels. Too much seems to cause cancer too, particularly in the thyroid gland.
Sea Salt: Produced through evaporation of water from the ocean or saltwater lakes, usually with lesser processing. Depending on the source of water, certain trace minerals and elements are left behind which could be potentially healthful. However, many sea salt manufacturers try to make their products look more like table salt, sapping it of everything there is to love in the process.
*Note* Unrefined sea salt is the better option for favour and health. However, since manufacturers tend to make their packaging look like health food, it is important to read through the ingredients. If the only ingredient listed is sodium chloride, this so-called healthy natural salt is just as refined as the ordinary table salt. Also, ingredient labels won’t list how much of a nutrient it contains, look out for the colour of the salt. Unrefined salt is generally off-white or pink and not the pure white colour most of us are used to.
What’s the difference between the salts above and Stephen James Organics (SJO) 73 Deep Pink Himalayan Salt?
SJO 73 Deep Pink Himalayan Salt: Comes from what was originally the Tibetan plateau, which over millennia, became the mountainous regions in the Himalayas in North Pakistan. The salts from the Himalayas are rich in mineral content and frequently dubbed “the purest salt on earth” by many health experts, untouched by pollutants from the sea & truly pristine.
This pure, unadulterated salt which contains a multitude of various minerals and ions that are bioavailable. This allows you to absorb and use all of those great minerals such as iron, potassium, magnesium and zinc.
So what are the benefits of SJO 73 Deep Pink Himalayan Salt?
Laboratory results show 73 ionically active minerals & elements in SJO Himalayan Salt. It contains more bioavailable iron than any other salts.
Proper balance of electrolytes result in improved digestion & better digestive-tract health.
Enhances the flavours of food, this is a priceless food preparation secret. It adds dimension to any food you’re working with.
Known in to stimulate circulation, balance blood pressure, boost immune system & balance the pH of the body.
As such, the composition of the salt we choose is vital, as our bodies are mainly comprised of water and salt, in a similar proportion to that of ancient and deep seas. Salt and water, can be said to be the essence of life. And the important minerals we need to consume are found in SJO 73 Deep Pink Himalayan Salt.
I received a 1.5kg bag (as seen on right) of SJO 73 Deep Pink Himalayan Salt from Orevo Asia Pte Ltd, the exclusive distributor in Singapore for Stephen James Organics products.
I’ve used Himalayan Salt before. However, I noticed a huge difference especially in my cooking. When I added SJO 73 Deep Pink Himalayan Salt to my organic vegetable soup (just boiled veg in plain water), the soup tasted sweet, instead of salty. As such, to offset the impact of radiation exposure, I added miso to the vegetable soup and it was a hit! Never before in my 15 years of eating self-prepared miso soup from the same miso brand, have I tasted such deep flavour.
The week before, I happened to take an aura photo at Fu Lu Shou Complex, located near Bugis. My overall aura is an intense red as seen in the photo below. This indicates either vitality or stress. As I was in a stressful period, it was obvious to me that it can only be stress.
One week later, I decided to try out a salt scrub as I felt an imbalance in my body’s energy. I used the salt as an exfoliating scrub on the body and dissolved some for application on my face and scalp. It is not that rough on the body as the SJO 73 Deep Pink Himalayan Salt is double-grinded.
I was planning to leave the salt on my body for 5 minutes. However, using the SJO 73 Deep Pink Himalayan Salt, I ended up staying in the toilet for 15 minutes instead! I felt a calmness descend upon me, and could literally “feel” the 73 ionically active minerals & elements diffusing through my skin into my bloodstream.
I met a friend for lunch at Fortune Center. Since we passed by Fu Lu Shou Complex, I decided to pay for an aura photo to have a better idea of what my aura is like visibly based on how I feel.
Here’s the photo:
Overall, it is violet, which represents visionary. There is a report that comes with the photo saying that violet is a mix of blue (unlimited knowledge) and red (activity and power). Thus, spiritual evolution is in store for me, as violet indicates a time of in my life which I will be able to attain unlimited spiritual knowledge.
Anyway, this aura photo is just a physical visual representation of how I felt, which I feel was a good indication. I would caution against anyone to completely rely on aura, as it changes almost all the time based on your thoughts. Whatever that was taken in the snapshot for the photo, may just be indicative of your aura at that particular point of time. 🙂
For those who are interested, you can take your aura photo at Kangli Mineral Kingdom Pte Ltd, located at level 1 of Fu Lu Shou Complex. There are both English and Mandarin Reports. It costs S$10 for a report without consultation. I would suggest to go without consultation if you are not looking to purchase any crystals as the report is self-explanatory.
I’ve been using this SJO 73 Deep Pink Himalayan Salt as part of my weekly shower regime. I noticed less hair fall too! ^_^
Now for the giveaway!
I will be giving away 2 x SJO 73 Deep Pink Himalayan Salt Bottle (360g) worth S$19/bottle.
It is great for cooking and skincare. Basically, it is the best unadulterated salt for you and your family.
How to win:
Simply leave a comment below on this blogpost and tell me why you would like to try SJO 73 Deep Pink Himalayan Salt.
Giveaway ends 30 April 2014, 23:59.
2 winners will be notified by email. Only for Singapore readers.