Monday, September 22, 2014


As I blog about home remedies for facial care, detoxification and meals preparation, I am not stating that I do not eat out, I do not go for facial or other therapeutic sessions (like massage etc) but I simply manage to lessen that as I do my part to maintain on my own budget.

After trying the baking soda cleanser/mask, I gotten great result from it that I continued to search further on clearing dark spots. As a general background, I do not have much pimple/acne issue except for the occasional pop-ups and that I have an oily T-zone plus my in-depth skin analysis have shown that I was lacking in renewed collagen under the skin layer.
pic from organicaloevera.com.au
One day, I had a pimple on my chin which was huge but it was not exposed (you know how painful and irritating those kind could be), I cleaned my face using the baking soda method at night and the next morning the bump went down immediately. After one more day with the cleansing (morning and night), the pimple went away smoothly. By now, I had a better control of pimple condition on my face.

The next thing I looked for was a home remedy to clear dark spots. Even though I am dark-skinned, I have freckles on my cheek and near my eyes area. Dark spots can be caused by a few reasons like pimples/acne, aging, UV rays or serious cases could be due to certain skin diseases.

I will not be touching on the serious skin disease cases as you are highly encourage to visit your dermatologist to get proper advise for your skin condition. Dark spots which are due to pimples/acne scar (hyperpigmentation) is when there is trauma to the skin or due to excessive exposure to the sun. These can be helped or even prevented.

One remedy which I tried was using potato and another process using milk.

1) I have distinctly five spots on my face which was darkened due to pimple which I squeezed previously....(I know..naughty fingers I have). All I had to do was slice a potato and leave it to cover the dark spots for around 8-10 minutes. The starch in the potato will act as a natural "bleach" on the dark spots. I did this for about 1 week before I saw improvement in the tone of the spots.

2) I took a cotton swab and dab milk on the dark spots (different area which I used the potatoes) and leave it for about a couple of minutes as well. This remedy is supposed to take a while about 1 month before I see any result and I had to do it twice a day for efficacy.

After using the above remedy, wash your face with lukewarm water.

There are other ways which I found such as using lemon, honey, oat, sandalwood, buttermilk or tomatoes but I chose these two options to give it a go first. Our skin is naturally healthy at a ph level between 5-7. The slight acidity (below pH5) will keep our skin in a better condition than a higher pH which may lead to dry skin.

As always, as a disclaimer: I start conservatively on smaller patch of skin before I commit to a longer trial period. That means we are all responsible for our own skin and we need to take ownership of our own belongings. Do your part to take care of your skin before jumping into any processes at all.

As a free advise for all, do remember to put on sunblock, wear a cap/hat and also apply aloe vera or Vitamin E lotion if you have to be out in the sun for long.

Till we meet again.

Peace,
zsiti
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Saturday, September 20, 2014

On 9:30 AM by siti shyuhaila in , , , , ,

Don't you ever feel like some people just step on your toes intentionally and wants to infuriate you or simply put, "wanna test your patience"?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Cheating, why do people cheat? and what's the difference when it comes to lying? I took to Google dictionary and this is what I got.

cheat
tʃiːt/
verb
gerund or present participle: cheating
  1. 1.
    act dishonestly or unfairly in order to gain an advantage.


  2. 2.
    avoid (something undesirable) by luck or skill.


lying2

ˈlʌɪɪŋ/
adjective
  1. not telling the truth.

  2. I garnered that when people cheat, they are just trying to avoid something and get something out of it at the same time. People use it commonly on relationships as one party (or maybe both sides) tried to two-time their partner. *cue* JayZ & Beyonce cheating problem. 

While lying could be when the child who broke the glass insisted that they did not. But inevitably, if the child's purpose was to avoid getting beaten, then wouldn't that be considered cheating as well. That is just my opinion by the way.

In my perspective, both behaviours simply means not living the truth. Is this because our environment have made it so difficult to tell the truth because we do not want to face the consequences or deal with it. I am sure that we were not raised to lie or cheat but along the way as we observed how our seniors behave, subconsciously we adopt that element into us.

I am also guilty of it of course, I am not here to point out people's mistakes and overlook my own. One good example which I was guilty of in the past was bringing my youngest brother to Malaysia. We all know how dangerous our neighbour could be and that we had to be extra vigilant and stuff but well I sometimes took the risk and brought ourselves to JB. On that occasion, I will never tell my dad that instead I will just say we are going shopping. I mean that is the truth, we are going shopping....in Malaysia. Thankfully nothing ever happened (assuming the fact that I went more than once ....:P). The thing is it was much easier to just say we are going out rather than explain where and how and why.

Stepping away from this story, I want to share about how I felt when I did lie regardless of whether I was discovered or not. It worries me all the time when I am living in such a life, if something were to happen then i would be guild-stricken forever. If I was discovered yet nothing bad happen, I took a shortcut to draw another story on top of the previous one. That got me into a further slush of waste down the pipeline (get into more deep shit ah).

From a simple lie, it evolves into plan to cheat my way out of any punishment. Ahhh that is the emotional warfare that we have engaged into. Basically, I am seeing that from a liar, it can propel one into a cheating game. This seems so complex yet it was avoidable at first.

So how to avoid all that? I have a 3 steps plan which works really well...for me.
1- Always have a good reputation and credibility. No matter what, it is important to always have and maintain the trust of people around us. Your words are your bond and your action explains your character.
2- Just tell the truth, cause it won't hurt anybody. If step 1 have been locked in place, you will have that level of faith by others that you will know how to live your life without others telling you to.
3- Just do it; stop thinking too much and procrastinate your life. When you want something, go and get it. When everyone can see and know what you are doing, and you get so busy with your plans and execution. Nobody aint got time to settle for small talks and questioning you.

This post was not inspired because of any other events of being cheated or stuff. It occurred to me whether at home, in school or in our workplace that all of us are guilty of such things in one way or another. We lie and we cheat and we can't deny that, can we? It is an emotional affair and it is here there everywhere.


Peace,
zsiti


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Ahhh, so those on the korean wave and kpop and k drama and everything also K...well I am not so far away from that too. I do watch korean dramas, I listen to korean pops and I love korean related stuff but I am not a fanatic. The most challenging thing is that when I watched korean drama/movies, I get drawn to the food that they eat.

As always, I take pride in spinning my take on a dish. In this post, I share with you my take on Eomukguk 어묵국 (Korean Fish Cake Soup).

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

On 9:00 AM by siti shyuhaila in , , ,

Sometimes, we just want to forget but it is just so difficult. We keep telling ourselves and mumbling out that we should let go and we should move on, but internally our heart have not release. That will lead us to living a double life. As we go on living our daily life trying to correct the past and change, deep down inside we are still carrying another life. This translates to the memories, heartaches, dreams and nightmares which we may get at times when they come into our memory.

Clearly, we can forgive but we can't forget. We need to build a new set of memory space, we can't reboot and reformat our whole memory space cause that is only when a kind of sickness occurs and we do not really want that. 


But moving on isn't that easy, it is not really okay to just find a "replacement" and cover the torn patch inside us. We are humans and we have feelings, we get hurt and then we cannot just ctrl+delete that away.


No need to try to be righteous but the feeling of replacing makes one feel a traitor, a betrayor and a loser. Cause the promise of being the one and only can get so frail and weakened over time, it goes to show how weak that promise is.

I can't carry on to ramble on not because I don't have any idea but I do not want to. Know the difference and understand that, I am not weak, I am zsiti.

Peace,
ZSITI

I need another break soon, out of Singapore. See you Malaysia, I am coming for you!

Monday, September 8, 2014


After my previous post on the video creation apps, here is the follow up of a few more apps which I have used for the past few months. You can read up on my previous review in the link here (5 video creation Apps (zsiti Review) ~ ZSITI CO.)

Now, you can have the option not just record your video BUT you can also decorate them. Beyond templates and filters, you can add in interesting stickers which "moves" (simply means animated) on your video.

The available apps which made into my list are basically from Japan and the format and templates are with Japanese background and text.

Without further ado, here is the list:


1) Mechika Boola | zsiti Review: Lovely and splendid
On a scale of 1-10, I really like the function and the userability of this app. There were so many choices of stickers which you can add into your video. Although this is a Japanese App, once you download into iphone, it gets translated to english. 
After rendering my video, it will be saved into my camera roll and I am able to upload to other platform such as Facebook or Instagram. However one disadvantage is that the frame will be larger and won't be able to fit into Instagram without cropping off. 
The video duration options are between 12secs to 24 secs.
Available on App Store and Android Google Play


2) Rabbit Cam | zsiti Review: the app amaze me yet language is a barrier
Very much the same as Mechika, however the language cannot be changed to english. Thus all the instructions and options are in Japanese. This made it hard for me to manoeuvre around the app and it just made me lose a little of interest in the app. It seamlessly can be shared onto Line as well as Facebook. Again, similar to Mechika, the frame will be cropped off on Instagram and I have to take an extra step to resize the video layout. 
The video duration ranges from 24 secx to 48 secs.
As a note, I am able to only find this app on App Store, I am not sure if Android would be having this anytime soon.


3) MyMovie from appland | zsiti Review: so-so
This app, reminds me the same as Instagram or MeiPai (my choice from the last review). Apart from having 32 different filters/frames and being able to fit squarely into Instagram. The app does not impress me much. Although it allows me to add in music background, the app does not have interesting cover filters/frames at all (unlike MeiPai). Thus I will not be keen to move over to this app.
The video duration however is impressively long up to 30:27 secs.
As a note, I am able to only find this app on App Store, I am not sure if Android would be having this anytime soon.

Check out sample of my videos which I used the mentioned app above from my lunch which I cooked today!
I recorded the video and chose a filter using MyMovie App and then the stickers and music were edited using Mechika Boola.

Recorded, filtered and sticker added using Rabbit Cam.

I also accept requests of app to be reviewed if you have any questions in mind. You can suggest to me apps which you want me to try out if you are not willing to try them out first! Be Happy!


Peace, zsiti

Saturday, September 6, 2014

On 9:00 AM by siti shyuhaila in , , , , ,
What is a cobbler? Some may ask: is it the uncle who repairs shoes in the neighbourhood? Well of course not. As the title of this post goes, it's Peach Cobbler which means that it has something to do with food which you can eat.