Nara Deer Park

Wednesday, 1 June 2016


When H and I were in Osaka, we took a half-day trip to Nara with my sister and her boyfriend. Our only reason for heading to Nara was to the deer park to spend a couple of hours with the sacred deers and it was so much fun!!

Here's a selfie with a chillin' male deer.

Our hotel, Hotel Sunroute Osaka Namba is located at Nippombashi and there is a direct JR train to Kintetsu Nara Station which costs 560yen and takes approximately 40 minutes. Very convenient and easily accessible.


There's a supposedly famous mochi store near the train station so we went in search for it before making our way to the deers.

I don't know what's the exact address, just google map Nakatanido and you'll get there in about 5 minutes by foot.

We only got a piece each and it was actually quite good! I think there's only one flavour available and it's filled with smooth red bean. 130yen/pc


The 4 of us were feeling a little cautious when we first spotted deers 'cause I've heard people mentioned how they're aggressive?!

They're not at all!!

My sister's friend took a video of deers bowing/nodding to her because they want the treats she's holding in her hand hahaha it was super cute. I didn't take any videos but you can go to the Nara Park geotag on my Instagram (@tippytapp) photos to see what others upload!


After walking around for half an hour and observing how others behave around the deers and vice versa, we finally decided to buy the deer biscuits (150yen) and get ourselves surrounded hahaha.


I kept the biscuits in my pocket because I didn't want to finish them so quickly so I only took out one piece each time and break them into smaller pieces. The deers were sniffing my clothes/bag for treats but they didn't get aggressive at all. Pretty unlike monkeys I guess?

I started attracting them the moment the biscuits were out and it was a little overwhelming initially. Towards the end of the day though, I was waving my biscuits in the air to attract them to come to me hahaha.



The deers always want more, moreeee and after a while, we realized THIS is the sign to show them we've no more treats. Yup, surrender with your hands up and they understand! They'll leave you alone after that to bug other tourists haha.


There was this lone deer chilling by himself so I thought we should go get a picture with him 'cause I like the antlers haha. We were trying to "coax" him to turn his head towards the camera (yeah, like he understands ya) but I think he got annoyed with us after 10 seconds and he just stood up and walked away.

!!!

Okay...............


Never mind, we joined a bunch of others for a group photo 😎


Feeding with my sister who towers over me 🙆



Osaka isn't that exciting to us so I'd totally recommend taking a half-day trip out to Nara.

The deers are very endeering and they are pretty docile in nature. I think many mistook greedy for aggressiveness...although one of the deers did chew on H's shirt - too hungry, probably hahaha.

Do note there's nothing much to do in Nara though! We had a late tonkatsu lunch (which wasn't fantastic despite ranking high on Tripadvisor) then headed back to Osaka.


First posted on my Dayre

20 Random Facts About Me

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

1) I drank soy bean milk when I was a baby cause I couldn't drink regular milk.

2) I still don't drink milk neither am I a fan of dairy products.

3) Both my parents are Cantonese which makes me a full Cantonese but I'm terribly bad at speaking the dialect.

4) My husband is from Nanning, Guangxi which makes him a Cantonese too.

5) I come from a pretty huge family - I've an elder brother and 2 younger sisters.

6) My first full-time job was with Singapore Airlines where I flew for 5.5 years. I still miss it sometimes.

7) Being in an all-girls secondary school was one of the best times of my life so if I have a daughter in future, I would want her to experience what I went through.

8) I used to have extremely crooked teeth and was conscious about smiling with teeth. Even after braces, I still smiled without showing my teeth cause I don't know how to do otherwise.

9) I have been underweight my whole life and I weighed less than 20kg in lower primary. So I hated it when teachers shouted the numbers after weight taking for the class monitor to jot down.

10) I am nocturnal. As the night grows darker, I feel more awake haha. When I was working 9-6 for a short period of time, I just couldn't get myself to sleep before 1am!

11) My favourite city is Paris and my favourite countries are Japan and Iceland.

12) I still don't know how to use a hair curler.

13) My favourite food is potato - I like it boiled, mashed, fried, baked, whatever. As long as it's potato, I love it.

14) I took my first plane ride when I was 18, about 2 years before I joined SQ, and it was with my ex-boyfriend.

15) I don't lose things. I've never misplaced a phone or ezlink card.

16) But I'm actually a very messy person. I'm not organized or tidy and I am okay with living in a pig sty hahaha.

17) I really hate entering a wet toilet that's why we have two floor mats in our bathroom.

18) I've never had a pet and my nose was sensitive to animals' fur. So no interaction = I'm quite afraid of animals. Only in recent years did I become more accepting of dogs.

19) I'm not a strong swimmer and once had a near drowning experience so I feel uncomfortable being in waters where my feet can't feel the ground, even if I might be wearing a life jacket.

20) My parents never bought us Barbie dolls but we did get other girly toys (and Lego) so till now, I don't get the deal about Barbie dolls.


It's actually not easy coming up with 20 facts even though I've lived for 20 over years. Well, it was fun though 'cause I've a really bad memory so putting together this entry really forced me to work my brain. Self-reminder for the 200th time: I should go get some supplements for my failing memory lol.

PHS Hairscience Detox Scalp Spa

Friday, 4 March 2016

You know, we always hear about hair care, going for hair treatments, the type of hair conditioners to use, etc, but we hardly ever hear about scalp care. Think of your scalp as the birthplace of a healthy hair care journey - without a healthy scalp, it is almost impossible to achieve smooth, shiny and healthy hair.

Did you know our scalp condition is the same as our skin? I have dry complexion and it's the same for my scalp. I mean, yeah, my face and scalp share the same skull but I just didn't think of it this way. I've learnt a lot about my scalp ever since I found out about PHS Hairscience Lab. PHS Hairscience is a full-fledged salon providing scalp and hair care services and it is a leader in the world of premium trichology. This is the place to go to if you want healthy scalp and beautiful hair. Let me share more with you in this entry.


Unlike skin concerns, scalp problems are not visible. PHS Hairscience is able to customise professional treatments based on your scalp needs and/or design a home-treatment regime based on your scalp type and lifestyle requirements. It's almost akin to getting a facial!


I notice I tend to experience more hair fall after a long absence of getting my hair washed at the hair salon. After my thorough consultation at PHS, I realise that's due to all the gunk and oil that's trapped in my scalp and around my hair follicles, causing my hair strands to fall off. The dirt around the hair follicles will also cause the new hair strand that's growing to be thinner than before.


I've always thought I do a good job in washing my hair/scalp but obviously that's not the case. Just look at picture above taken from the scalp scan. All those white bits you see are the dirt and oil that's trapped on my scalp/around my hair follicles.


And here's a picture of my scalp scan immediately after the PHS HAIRSCIENCE Detox Scalp Spa treatment at the same area. My scalp looks so much cleaner and definitely not as eww-worthy as the before picture!





After my consultation, I was brought to the Spa room to start on my Detox treatment. The Spa room is tucked away from the salon area, which felt more exclusive and definitely quieter. For the entire duration, I was spamming the leg massage option on my massage chair while the therapist continued with the Detox treatment which also consisted of a head massage, and a 20 minute neck and shoulder massage. It was such a treat and I haven't felt this relaxed in a while!



When I was left alone with the machine working its magic, I watched a movie. The entertainment system is two thumbs up - quite a couple of shows caught my eye! Not only that, the lush and modern setting complete with low lighting made a stress-free environment and I felt really comfortable.



After the treatment, a full wash and blow were given to ensure that I leave the salon looking fresh and rejuvenated, with my scalp feeling much cleaner!

Personally, after my treatments at PHS Hairscience, I realised scalp treatments are an essential step. Just like getting facials to maintain your skin’s health, maintaining optimal scalp health is crucial for healthy and happy hair.


As mentioned previously, I have dry scalp and I do experience some hair loss. After the scalp treatment, I brought home products meant for home-treatment regime based on my scalp type and lifestyle requirements.

The products I brought home (from L-R):
1. Pre-Treatment Scalp Elixir
2. Nutrition Scalp Shampoo
3. Nutrition Hair Conditioner
4. Purifying Tonic

In this case, I guess prevention is always better than cure. Understanding your scalp type and using the right products is crucial in preventing scalp conditions. Did you know - the usual shampoos we get in drugstores/supermarkets are for hair and not for the scalp? There are scalp shampoos available and we are advised to wash our scalp once in the day and once at night to keep the oil and dirt at bay. Eventually, using scalp and hair care products can deliver better results in the long-term than just purely using products that work on only the hair.


The range I brought home is for all scalp types and they are gentler on the scalp - especially suitable for my dry scalp. All the products are trichologist-certified and made of all-natural plant-based ingredients.


As I also experience hair loss, I alternate between the Hair Loss and Nutrition Scalp shampoo, using the same conditioner every day. The consultant recommended it this way as Hair Loss shampoos tend to be a little stronger and might be a little stressful on my dry scalp.

So the steps to achieving healthy and beautiful hair with PHS products are:

1. Exfoliate with the Pre-Treatment Scalp Elixir (once a week for oily/dandruff; once every 2 weeks for dry/sensitive scalps)
2. Cleanse with a scalp-specific scalp cleanser (this acts as your shampoo)
3. Condition/Hydrate with a Hair Conditioner
4. Treat/Strengthen your scalp with a scalp specific Scalp Tonic (think of this as your facial moisturizer/serum for your scalp)


PHS Hairscience products are available at scalp.sg/tippy, PHS Hair Science Labs and leading SASA Outlets.
As an exclusive to my readers, PHS Hairscience is offering a 20% discount storewide on their e-store products when you use the discount code "TIPPY20".

In addition, for first time customers who would like to experience the Detox Scalp Spa Therapy, PHS Hairscience is offering an exclusive trial price of $88 and including a complimentary Nutrition hair therapy for an all-round boost for your hair from root to tip.

To redeem, simply quote "TIPPY" when calling to book your appointment at 6692 0662 or fill in TIPPY in the information field when booking online here: http://www.phshairscience.com/pages/appointment

PHS Hairscience is located at:
- Ngee Ann City #05-25A/B
- Plaza Singapura #04-34/35
- Wheelock Place #04-12

One thing is for sure - if you want great hair, you'll need a healthy scalp too. So take care of your scalp's health!