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Bio-Oil & C-Channel : Healthy Habit for Healthy Skin


You know, I suck at taking care of myself, I really do - but hopefully after this event, I care a bit more about my skin.

Last Sunday, I got an opportunity to attend an blogger gathering event held by Bio-Oil and C-Channel.  We were gathered in the venue at 7 am.  Yes, you've heard me right, 7 am, on Sunday.  Not that I complain though since my life has been a mess these past few months, so waking up a bit early and joining an exercise were actually.. Not bad.

We gathered and exercised together!  Me!  Exercised!

It wasn't an usual exercise.  At first I thought we were going to have a yoga or something but there were green sticks.  My curiosity was answered after the coach for the exercise called, that sticks were called ripstix.  What was I doing actually?  Well, I had this amazing exercise named pound fit!
It was like modern dance, except you held those sticks and played it around together, following the beat (in my case, the coach).  It wasn't easy but it was fun!  It didn't really feel like an exercise, it was as if we were dancing.  After the exercise, we had a short talk about why exercise was important for our health (obviously), especially for skin.  Exercise helps you to have a better blood circulation and better blood circulation means better skin, as WebMD states exercise is like clearing your skin from inside.

After the exercise, we changed and gathered in a room for the main event with Bio-Oil!

Bio-Oil is a product from South Africa that has been known for fading the scars, stretch mark and moisturize the dry skin.  Who doesn't want a dewy and flawless skin?  But life is not perfect, so does your skin.  We stumbled, we fell and some scars remain as unwanted mementos on our skin.  Not to mention pollution, bad UV light that harm your skin.  Luckily, Bio-Oil will help us to reach almost perfect state of skin.  Almost because it won't 100% erasing it but it helps fading the uneven color your skin so people won't notice the dark spot you have on your knee because you fell from your bike some months ago!
Influencer, Tyna Kanna Mirdad, was also there in the event.  She told us her experience in using Bio-Oil to help her restore the uneven color on her body.  When she was pregnant, she also used Bio-Oil to reduce the stretch mark visibility.  After the sharing, we had a class from Mrs.  Tini from Bio-Oil about further explanations on how to keep your skin healthy, benefits of Bio-Oil (mentioned above!) and the most fun part: using Bio-Oil as a part of your DIY Skin Care!

So, what is Bio-Oil and what makes it special?

- What's inside Bio-Oil?  It has combination of plan extracts plus vitamins inside an oil base.  What makes Bio-Oil different is it contains PurCellin Oil ingredient in, makes Bio-Oil light and non-greasy.  It's like the oil absorbed into your skin right away instead of stay on your skin, making it greasy and uncomfortable!
- Who can use Bio-Oil?  Almost everyone!  Since Bio-Oil won't make your skin greasy, it's suitable for people who have little time to take care of their skin.  Bio-Oil is also safe for pregnant women or women who are breast-feeding (but do not put it on your nipple since Bio-Oil is for external use only).  Bio-Oil has proven to be hypoallergenic, it means it doesn't irritate your skin.  But if you have special skin condition like atophy or eczema, consulting with your dermatologist will be a better idea to understand how much & long you'll need to use it.  I have dermatitis atophy and so far Bio-Oil did great on my skin, at least it helped me to ease the urge to scratch my skin for some hours!
- How long should I use Bio-Oil to see the effect?  Mrs. Tini said it would be better to use Bio-Oil for more than 3 months regularly to see the better effect.  Pour some drops of Bio-Oil on your back of the hand and massage the oil in circular until the oil is absorbed on the places you want.  Use it twice a day, highly suggested to put on right away after taking shower.
- Can I use Bio-Oil with natural ingredients?  You can!  We learned that we can make a DIY mask or scrub using Bio-Oil and other ingredients.  Here are some of the recipes!

It was a fun event because not only I get to know more about Bio-Oil, but I also get to know more about healthy skin itself!  It was all I needed, since suffering from atopic dermatitis means having numerous uneven skin tones as the punishment of your excessive scratching habit.  I'm currently using the product for a week straight and it helps the dryness and eases the itchiness.  Healthy habit leads to healthy skin, I think my future 35 self will thank me if I continue using the product to stop  my bad habit in scratching!


Photo Diary : The Other Side of Japan Pt.1


Living in the rural side area of Japan was probably a great blessing for me.  Growing up in the big and crowded city (Bogor is actually not big but it's close to Jakarta - so it's crowded), Kikuchi was probably the quietest place I had ever lived in.

Japan is identical to the city lights, advanced technologies, trains and strict work places.  Some of are true, some of are just stereotypes.  I lived in rural side area which was almost completely dark in the night, worked in the very 'humane' office and did not really taste the advanced technologies (although my office had a robot for the manufacture purpose and I saw some robots in the shopping arcade).  At first, I was surprised to see this other side of Japan.  Nowhere to go, no shopping malls nearby, no train, city was already dead at 8 PM especially it was winter, everything went off early.

On October, most of the days were light rain and gloomy.  Sun was rarely out, I actually felt weird whenever it was a sunny day in October.  It was like I got used to the gloomy days and forgot how bright the day was when there was a sun.

Went on Kaki harvest and picked these Kaki (Pear) by myself.

Dying Trees.

On autumn, Kikuchi is filled with cosmos.

Rare pictures of Kikuchi with bright sunshine :

Susuki -  On that day I took this picture, half of the sky was dark because of the cloud but the other half was this bright sunset shining.  It was beautifully weird.

The pictures were developed in local camera/photo shop in Kikuchi.  The owners were an old couple, the grandpa was a man with thick Kumamoto accent that I could not understand and the grandma was a sweet person who gave me a box of chocolate on my last day in Kikuchi.

There are still another pictures taken during my stay in Japan and probably will be on my blog whenever I feel like posting it.  (Also, I am planning to make a post about developing film roll in Japan based on my experience).
  • Film roll : Superia X-tra 400
  • Camera : Olympus Trip 100R


A Simple Guide for Living in Japan - A Month Experience


It's been a month!
So last weekend, I made a poll about what should my next blogspot post will be and most wanted to know about my thoughts living in Japan.
I was thinking to post about my experience since I did not find a post that answered some of my questions before coming here so maybe, it'd be great if I could share my short experience for people who are going to live in Japan.

Living in Japan, surely sounds like a dream for some people - but what kind of Japan that you think of when you hear about this country?  All bright city lights, super stylish people with busy zebra cross?  Not wrong!  But who would have had a thought of living in a small rural area in Japan?

Where I am living now - I'm currently in Kikuchi, Kumamoto.  Kumamoto's icon is Kumamon, which some of you may recognize of.  Kikuchi is located around 30 minutes from the center of Kumamoto City.  It's a small place, 276.7 km² and famous for the Onsen (hot spring water).

Before going to Japan - Are you planning to go to Japan?  Be sure to check the weather!  Since Japan is a 4 seasons country, people who come from tropical country (like I do) should pay more attention to the weather condition.  Especially if you're going in Autumn & Winter.  Unless you're going to Okinawa - where the weather is warmer, during those seasons the weather is already colder than in tropical country (Autumn around 19-21, winter can reach 0 or some places like Hokkaido below 0).
Before going to Japan, I had a huge confusion about bringing laptop.  So far, when I came, I did not get inside of my laptop checked.  Not in Soekarno Hatta Airport, nor in Narita, nor in Haneda.  I just asked to put my laptop on the tray and done.
Also about internet, Japan does not have lots of free-public WiFi places.  Some free WiFi needs you to log-in, using Japanese number and mostly limited for specific provider (e.g., free WiFi in Daiso near my area is only for Southbank users).  So if you're going to stay in Japan for a short term, be sure to check about the travel SIM card (usually 2 GB for 3 months for about JPY 3.000 - 3.500) or you can also order pocket WiFi that can be taken in airport.

What it is like living in Japan:
I currently live in a 2 bedroom apartment.  It's normal size in Japan, I guess?  Not too small and not too big.  So after living here for a month, I notice some things that are different from living in Indonesia.

from this blog

Trash - In Japan, they have the schedule about when is the day for you to throw burnable, not burnable trash (two most general classification for household waste).  You should check your are, or maybe can ask for the trash calendar.  Burnable trash will be collected twice a week, in my area is on Monday and Friday while the not burnable trash will be collected once in two weeks.  If you throw the trash aside from the days that have been scheduled, your trash won't be collected.  I read in some area, you'll get a warning by sticker on the trash plastic that you have to re-classify your trash.  FUN FACT!  In Japan, plastic is categorized as the burnable trash.  At first I thought it was not burnable (in Indonesia, the trash only classify as organic & inorganic, plastic is classified as inorganic) but my Japanese life guidance told us that plastic is classified as burnable.  For not burnable trash is usually can and bottles.  Notice that in Japan, the bottle's cap & label should be thrown in burnable, the bottle - only the naked bottle - is in not burnable.

Picture from Google

Bath -
You may heard お風呂 (ofuro), the Japanese bath tub where steam coming out and some anime character put towel on their head.  Ofuro is common in Japan, I think almost every apartment and house has it in the bathroom.  Since I am living during cold seasons, dipping myself in ofuro is such a pleasure.  I usually set the water temperature on 41 degrees Celcius, it may hot but actually not during cold seasons.  It helps warming your body temperature through the night! (That's in my case).
Rule for Ofuro : Clean yourself first with shower before dipping into the bath tub!  Yes, this is a must because the concept of ofuro is not for cleaning yourself, it's more to relax your body and keep your body temperature.
In my place, the water heater is in the digital, one inside bathroom, one outside near the kitchen.  It has microphone that connects each other and can automatically fill the bath tub (but closing the 'hole', you have to do it by yourself).


Grocery Shopping
Since I live in rural area, my only entertainment is going to several supermarket and mini markets (konbini).  There are usual supermarket, drug stores and mini markets.  Supermarket is just the normal supermarket where you can buy everything that you need for daily life such as foods, frozen foods, toiletries, etc.  Mini market in Japan, Seven Eleven, Family Mart, Lawson - you name it, usually on the corner of the street.  It has coffee machine, foods like bento, onigiri, sandwich, snacks, magazines, iTunes voucher (seriously).  You can also print photo and document, send package in mini market!  Drug store in Japan has cheap products perception for Japanese people.  Many discounts are given in drug store.  Yes, in drug store you can find a lot of interesting Japanese skin care products, make up, health & beauty supplements.  What's so Japanese is Daiso.  Daiso is a store that sells most of the items on 100 JPY!  It's a heaven for me because you can buy beauty tools, gardening tools, stationaries only on 100 Yen!  Daiso is really popular in Japan because of the price and the variety of the product, seriously you can find almost everything here.

That's it!

So far, those are what I can think of about living in Japan, at least the basic things.  I would love to share more about the simple guide, so if you want to ask some questions, you can ask anything and I'll try to answer / explain it on blog.
It's only a month left until I am going back to Indonesia and I have mixed feeling about this.  Kikuchi has been beautiful and the beauty of Kumamoto also will be shared on the next post(s)!