Johnson’s Baby Top-To-Toe Wash

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My skin has become uber-sensitive lately that mere insect bites (mosquito, ants) have ended up swelling, ultimately resulting into skin rashes before fading down to dark spots. Hence products one would normally see in baby hampers have made their way into my bathroom and dresser. It’s weird but I’m still grateful that my face has been spared from this sudden change in my skin’s condition.

We have run out of Cetaphil but there was this 400 ml pouch of Johnson’s Baby Top-To-Toe Wash already in our house’s stock cabinet so I got that for myself. I thought that since babies use it, that it’s mild enough for their skin, it would be mild enough for mine. I have been using it for a month now and even if I still get rashes from insect bites, at least my skin has not reacted adversely when I use this. I don’t turn beet red or anything.

Ingredients: water, PEG-80 sorbitan laurate, sodium laureth sulfate, cocamidopropyl betaine, PEG-150 distearate, sodium lauroamphoacetate, tetrasodium EDTA, citric acid, fragrance, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone

It’s colorless, shower-gel like. I expected white cream since I have been accustomed to Johnson’s Body Washes. The scent does not last long. Not a fan of the scent really. Too chemically. It foams a lot once it meets water. Curiously, skin feels as if I used soap after I have washed it off. None of the slickness body washes and shower gels tend to impart while skin is still damp. And when I dry off, there’s that taut feeling of having used soap. (Something to think about when using this on baby’s skin.) Nonetheless, skin feels soft after some time. It does not seem to dry my skin and it does a good job of making it easy for me to get rid of grime using a wash cloth.

I have also been using this as a shampoo. Not taking chances with suds on my back when rinsing. Johnson’s Baby Top-To-Toe Wash keeps its promise of no more tears as it does not sting the eyes. It is unable to moisturize the ends of my hair (still crunchy) though and while it is able to relatively tame my hair, there are still a strays that refuse to submit.

Nevertheless, I think that’s what’s nice about Johnson’s Baby Top-to-Toe Wash. I can use it as both a body wash and shampoo and I don’t have to worry that it will exacerbate the rashes I’ve been getting, much less aggravate my skin on its own.

Food Loot from SG Part Three: Kaya Spread and Crackers

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These would go quite well with the Nescafe Menu Ipoh White Coffee I mentioned in this post.

The first time I tasted Oat Krunch was in 2011. I received a box from a classmate who visited Malaysia. She handed them to me when we met up in SG. I didn’t have the heart to tell her that Oat Krunch are also available in NTUC Fair Price, a supermarket chain in SG.

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I have always regarded crackers as those flat, crisp biscuits which I could top with some spread preferably cheese. That is unless they have a filling. Oat Krunch felt more of a cookie to me because of its shape. Kidding. Well, because they’re somewhat like oatmeal cookies if a bit smaller and thinner than most. It’s being marketed towards health conscious individuals (the word “healthy” appears seven times on their webpage.) and tastes far less sweeter than most cookies. The Strawberry and Blackcurrant variant is not overrun by berries, there’s just bits of them.

Kaya Toast is kaya spread and butter or margarine on toast, served with a side of soft-boiled egg seasoned with special soy sauce and ground white pepper. It’s a staple in kopitiams and from my limited stay there, I believe you can usually get them at the stall selling beverages for kopitiams (what Filipinos would refer to as food court) found in malls. I’m not a fan of soft boiled egg on bread, even soft boiled egg eaten with bread so I never really got into kaya toast dipped in seasoned soft-boiled egg (They’re not fried after dipping unlike French toast), unlike my sister who absolutely loved it. I like soft-boiled egg on rice with another viand though.

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And I’m alright with just kaya spread on bread. Kaya spread is made of coconut milk, sugar and eggs. What makes it different from coconut jam from the Philippines is that it uses eggs. It’s because of the lack of eggs that the coconut jam from the Philippines is denser and smoother in consistency. Still, kaya spread is not so egg-y tasting at all.

There are essentially two kinds of kaya spread, Hainanese Kaya and Nonya Kaya. The former bears a brown color while the latter has a greenish tinge which may be attributed to Pandan leaves (and sometimes food coloring).

In Singapore, there’s an abundance of bottled kaya spreads and since the ones available at Fair Price NTUC are the mos accessible, those are what we are familiar with. For those who would rather make their own or who could not find kaya spreads at retail stores near them, there are several blogs sharing recipes for these . We haven’t tried making some ourselves. Maybe once our loot has dwindled down we will.

 

More Loot from SG: Breads and Pastry

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So having heard all the stories from family members who would take PAL economy flights to and from SG, my sister was looking forward to some hearty in-flight meal. It was her first time to fly PAL. She ended up disappointed that the in-flight snack consisted of peanuts and crackers. The cream crackers actually taste good but since we could get them from the supermarket, sister of course was not happy. Granted, the plane took off at past 8:30PM, past dinner time if dinner is at 7PM. So maybe light munchies were then in order.

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Her trip back was better. Aside from a real meal, there were pastries. Already full, she brought home a piece of Butter Cake and bread topped with nuts (shown above, center and right).

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It was not all the breads she brought back.There were these bread rolls with shrimp floss inside, covered in sesame seeds and bits of seaweed. Yeah, seaweed and if you’ve read my previous post, then you’d deduce that I pounced and kept these rolls to myself. Kidding. But I wanted to. They were very flavorful. There’s a pork floss version but I’m glad she brought home the shrimp ones as I am more of a seafood girl. These breads are available at Q Bread, a bakery in Singapore with a branch in Tampines, among other locations.

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Then, there were these small bars of Pineapple Egg Yolk Pastry from Chia Te. Sister-in-law was gifted several by someone who just got back from Taiwan so she shared some with sister who thought of bringing some home for us to try.  Yeah, just like in my previous post, another food item that’s not produced in Singapore, just brought home by sister from her trip there. The Pineapple Egg Yolk Pastries have crumbly, buttery, cake-like exteriors and large amount of pineapple and egg yolk fillings. Moon cakes came to mind when I got to the filling, because of the egg yolk. Well, at least, moon cakes that have egg yolks at their centers. The pineapple filling was not overly sweet and the egg yolk lends a savory hint to the pastries.

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Now if all  their goods are just like the ones I have tasted, I am looking forward to tasting more breads and pastries from Q Bread and Chia Te in the future.