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Korea Travel Series Part 6: Day 3 – Noryangin Fisheries (THE NEW NORYANGIN!) & Seoul Restaurant, Namsangol Hanok Village, Ssamsarang Restaurant, Chungmuro Pet Street, Juicy

Continuation of Mummy Audrey’s trip to Seoul, Korea with 3 kids and Ahjussi from 1st to 15th Sep 2016.

Links to the entire series HERE.

Day 3 – 3rd September 2016 
Apartment changing day!

I planned the entire morning dedicated to apartment changing as I expected we would have a lot to pack and it would take some effort to shift the luggage and kids over. But we ended up faster than we expected as the boys helped to pack their own clothes & stuff, thus we had more time to walk around.

Breakfast was Isaac Toast, again. The boys really loved it. I tabao (Koreans call it “Take Out”) so that they could eat their sandwiches while waiting for us to check the new apartment and unpack our stuff.

Our next apartment is still in Myeongdong, just 5 min walk away. With luggage and kids, it took us 15min. Nothing surprising, so, factor in more time if you are intending to pack your day full. My expectations when traveling with the kids is that we will allocate a lot of ‘wasted time’.

From our apartment, we easily got to Myeongdong Station within a minute to catch the train to Chungmuro Station, which is just 1 stop away from Myeongdong. It is within walking distance actually, but we were conserving our energy for the long walk at Namsangol Hanok Village. Since we anticipated a lot of walking today, we brought the stroller along.

We planned our day by AREA to cut down on traveling time from one location to another. So today is Chungmuro day!

First stop: Namsangol Hanok Village

The beauty of Korea is having their historical buildings right smack in the city. There’s no need to travel to some ulu countryside just to enjoy their beautiful traditional architecture.

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Great weather with clear blue skies! And can you spot the modern building just behind?

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They have cute cut outs which you can hide behind and take photos. They come with stands, but Baby Oppa was still a little too short. Ahjussi had to carry him. Can you spot his carrier?

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Stroller friendly with slopes & ramps.

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And there’s loads of space for the kids to run around and play. There are traditional game stalls (some free, some payable) which are open to the public.

Baby Oppa and Big Boy enjoyed this simple traditional game a lot. We spent an hour waiting for them to play! And I was so proud of them because once they saw other children approaching to play, they will hand over the sticks and wait for their turn to play.

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They had a bow making workshop which was payable. Instructions were in Korean though. We didn’t pay for the bow making as Big Boy said he didn’t want to sit there to make the bow but he only wanted to try playing with it. These 2 Korean boys overheard him and offered to let him try using their bows. No communication issues as these boys spoke English. Big Boy had loads of fun and requested for archery lessons when we are back in Singapore.

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So after almost 1.5 hours of letting the boys run around while Meimei sat in her stroller watching them and snacking, we walked around for photos! I saw some panorama photos recently in which the person appeared 5 times in the same photo and thought it would be fun to give it a try! And this is the result! Ahjussi ran too slowly, so I only captured him twice. It was really fun running and running to capture a shot like this! Give it a try! Remember, the person must run in the opposite direction from the camera and must pause to pose before running again! Requires a lot of teamwork & coordination!

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Final photo before we leave this place. There are also performances (dance, taekwando, etc) at the parade square but we missed it.

There are rental shops which rent hanbok by the hour so you can dress up and walk around Namsangol Hanok Village to take photos. However, be warned, they are quite pricey with packages starting at 20,000 won per person. There are other tourist attractions offering free hanbok rental for photo taking (like at Namsam Tower & many other tourist centers in Hongdae & Myeongdong). Do your research on this if you intend to have photos taken in hanbok. I would like to have a family photo taken but not this trip and I foresee Meimei tearing the hanbok apart. This will be planned for at a professional studio in Korea during our next trip.

Namsangol Hanok Village (남산골 한옥마을)
Chungmuro Line 4 Exit #4
U-turn, then take a right turn onto Toegye-ro-34-gil (퇴게로34길)
Keep walking straight (be careful, there are many large tour buses)
Generally stroller friendly

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After all that walking, we got hungry! So off for lunch!

Lunch nearby: Ssamsarang Restaurant

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Address in English: 207 Toegye-ro, Junggu, Seoul. Chungmuro Station (Lines 3 & 4), Exit 7 or 8.

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Google came up with this restaurant as highly recommended when I asked it for ‘good food near Chungmuro’.

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The moment they saw us with kids, they recommended sitting on the floor (that was what most restaurants we went to do). It was really a lot easier to have Meimei on the floor with us, either she sleeps or she will just play on her own (with some utensils and tissue paper).

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Their menu. Pricing was a little high if we compare with what we had the day before at On The Grill, so we only ordered 2 sets to share and intended to snack on street food later on. We ordered Set A and Set C. Then added on Bamboo Rice for the boys.

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Bamboo Rice was their specialty and what makes them unique. 5-grain rice and a few other ingredients like red dates, gingko nuts, and bracket fungus were steamed together in a bamboo container. The rice was really fragrant and Meimei loved it a lot!

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The side dishes were good too. Nice variety!

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The grilled meat was good. Portions were smaller than we expected for the price.

The boys were not very hungry because they had their sandwiches rather late, so thankfully we didn’t order more. The store was not very crowded as we arrived after the lunch crowd and we took our time to rest here, enjoying the aircon and free flow of cold barley tea.

Nearby sightseeing: Chungmuro Pet Street
(1 min short walk from Ssamsarang Restaurant)

We totally forgot to take photos of the Pet Street because there were many signages stating ‘NO PHOTOGRAPHY’. Being typical obedient Singaporeans, if the sign says no, then no lor.

The boys enjoyed looking at all the puppies and kittens on sale. We were tempted to purchase some doggy items for our pet dog, Joy, but we decided not to in the end as we can’t really remember her collar size? She has grown pretty fat and we’ve not put on a collar on her for years!

Meimei enjoyed yelling “DOG DOG” with every step I took. Even the kittens were ‘dog dog’. We didn’t see any small pets for sale, we only walked along the main street and didn’t step into the building.

Nearby there’s Chungbyu Market which specialized in dried fish and dried seafood. It was my initial intention to head over to get some dried oysters but we realised it was getting late and we didn’t want to end up in the after-work squash on the train, so we left Chungmuro area to head for Noryangin Fisheries.

Dinner (another location): Noryangin Fisheries

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View from level 2 at the old Noryangin Fisheries. It was a typical wet market environment. Wet, smelly and dirty. But the seafood was fresh and cheap!

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The variety available was really crazy. Every stall has something different!

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Our favourite restaurant, Seoul Restaurant, at the old Noryangin Fisheries. We were very upset when we found the placed closed during our family trip in June 2015. We settled for another random restaurant and it was frankly not as nice as Seoul Restaurant.

Ever since my 1st trip to Seoul with my sister, Noryangin has been a must go place for every trip to Seoul. Noryangin is a wholesale market with retail sections. Seafood is all alive and swimming. You take your pick, bargain, and pay. Then bring your fresh seafood to the restaurant of your choice. Tell them how you want it to be cooked and wait for your food.

Depending on what you choose, this meal can be a good deal or a really expensive meal.

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The new place is a lot more spacious, fully air-conditioned, clean and bright. There are escalators & elevators/lifts too! Stroller friendly, just that you may need to park your stroller outside the restaurant while dining. Ours was a compact travel stroller, so we easily folded it up and brought it in with us.

Tips on dining at Noryangin:
(1) At level 1: Take your time to walk, browse and choose your seafood.
(2) Bargain, bargain, bargain. Don’t let language be an issue. They will use the calculator to show you the price. Just price your offered price and they will know what you mean. Most of them speak CHINESE. But I will highly recommend moving on and not buying from them. I have a personal preference for nice Korean halmoenie (grandmother).

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Ahjussi got our seafood from this stall. There are many other stalls you can try and they have many other seafood items. Good to go in a large group so that you can order a little of everything.

(3) There are people from the restaurants (on level 2) on the selling floor at level 1 to pull customers to their restaurants. Follow them at your own risk. Some are out to fleece you, especially if they know that you are a tourist. Most of them can speak Chinese very well, so if you don’t mind being fleeced and would rather have someone you can speak to in Chinese, you can follow them.

Some simple words for you to tell the Ahjumma how you want your seafood to be cooked:
to cook – 요리하다 (you-ri-ha-da)
to cut – 썰다 (ssol-da)
to dice – 다지다 (da-ji-da)
to fry – 볶다 (bbok-da)
to deep-fry – 튀기다 (tui-gi-da)
to mix/whisk – 섞다 (sok-da)
to bake – 굽다 (gob-da)
to steam – 찌다 (ji-da)
to boil – 삶다 (sam-da)

*** WARNING: Do not take anything RAW like sashimi there. Though seafood is fresh, my sis and I got a nasty bout of food poisoning when they served us raw abalone. I’ve heard from friends who tried raw dishes at Noryangin and all had food poisoning too. ***

Now, it helps if there’s a recommended trusted restaurant right? We hunted down our favourite restaurant from the old Noryangin Fisheries as we thought that they might have moved over. Head up to level 2 where the restaurants are…

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Tadah!!! We found it! I was screaming like a mad woman to Ahjussi once I spotted it!

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It is directly opposite this MG Bank, so you won’t miss it.

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Located on Level 2 of Noryangin Fisheries Wholesale Market (THE NEW BUILDING).

As we were too excited and anxious to find our fave restaurant, we totally skipped buying the seafood first. I settled down in the restaurant with Meimei while Ahjussi brought the boys to choose what they wanted to have.

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The hum was HUGE. Really HUGE. Each was the size of golf balls! These were FREE from the nice Ahjumma whom Ahjussi bought the crab and scallops from. In Korea, if they say ‘service’, it means it is free gift lah! She packed in extra free gifts for Ahjussi. He must have brought out his ‘Auntie-killer’ skills lah.

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Our absolute fave! Scallops! These are really HUGE scallops. If they sit on your palm, they will occupy your entire palm! They are usually stringed up and sold as a bundle. We love they way they stir fry it with veg. I am especially in love with their green pumpkin!  It was 18,000 won for 5 large scallops.

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That’s Baby Oppa’s hand versus the huge crab we bought. This crab was a little over 1kg and Ahjussi paid 50,000 won for it. In Singapore, this crab would have cost us S$280-320! Depending on the season, certain types of crabs will be cheaper. The cheapest we’ve gotten was 30,000 won per kg for snow crabs. And 3,000 won per kg for blue flower crabs.

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As Ahjussi was playing with Meimei, I took charge of the crab and got the meat out for everyone. The boys were so in love with this I wasn’t fast enough for them and there were 2 pairs of scary eyes watching my every move! The best way to eat them is to snap off the legs first, try to snap at the join and pull out as much meat as possible from the body. Cut up the sections of the legs and slit open, pulling out the entire crab meat fully intact. (Oh gosh, these photos and thinking back about it makes me crave for them right now!

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When you tear open the crab shell, make sure the crab is belly and do it gently. Why? Because the juice can be used for fried rice! To order this, tell them “bo-kem-bap” and hand over the crab shell with all the juice!

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And of course, don’t forget to save some crab meat to enjoy with your fried rice! The boys went absolutely crazy over this. I’ve never seen them slurp food up like that before. And we had an early dinner, so I wasn’t expecting them to eat a lot!

Forgot to add: There are cooking charges at the restaurants and the charges are written clearly on the wall for Seoul Restaurant. We paid 75,000 won for cooking fee, soft drinks and rice for this meals. So total damage was 50,000 + 18,000 + 75,000 = Apx S $175. Cheap considering how much you have to pay for the same crab here in Singapore! An occasional indulgence for us. 🙂

After dinner, we let the kids run around a little. On the 2nd level, there’s an air-conditioned empty space and they ran around a little (we wanted to burn off their energy so that they will sleep early when we reach the apartment).

We were quite tired at the end of the day and decided to take a taxi back to our Myeongdong apartment. Cost us around 10,000 won from Noryangin to Myeongdong.

How to get there?
Noryangin Fisheries Wholesale Market
674 Nodeul-ro, Dongjak-gu, 서울특별시 South Korea

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Take the train from Chungmuro to Noryangin. Want this app I’m using? Check out my earlier post regarding the app here.

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At Noryangin Station, keep a lookout for Exit 7. It seems like this part of the train station is really new as I’ve been to this station so many times but this is our first time realising that there is an underground extension of the station!

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Once you exit, keep walking straight and you will need the logo for Noryangin Fisheries. Then turn right into the underground tunnel. The tunnel is amazing, there are vegetable stalls here!

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Once you exit the tunnel, you will see this. Turn right, then turn left to enter the building. Follow the crowd and you won’t go wrong!

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Decided to get snacks and a drink before we headed into our apartment. Got these from JUICY. They are a chain of juice stores. They are really ALL OVER, no need for an address. You are bound to pass by one while in Seoul. Mango Juice 5,000 won and Choco Churros 3,000 won each.

Satisfying day as we slept well with crab and scallops in our tummy.

Next up: Day 4 – Abalone Porridge, Dragon Hill Spa Jjimjilbang [Nudity Alert!], Hanilgwon (Traditional Korean Food)
Keep a lookout!

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Mummy Audrey
Mummy to Big Boy, Baby Oppa & Meimei

Note: Mummy Audrey runs her own online store, www.TLO.com.sg, while looking after her 3 kids ages 9yo, 5yo, and 1yo. Her business focuses on Korean baby products, thus she travels to Korea frequently to source for new and unique products to bring into Singapore. 

Mummy Audrey and her children are available for product/service reviews as long as the products/services are not conflicting with her own products. Do contact her directly at audrey@TLO.com.sg if you are interested for her to review your product. 

[Review] Breastmilk Keepsakes ~ Keepsake by Ryo

It’s almost a year into my breastfeeding journey with Meimei!

Ahjussi and I have made a joint decision to stop breastfeeding when she turns 1, so I was pretty sad (yet happy to get my boobs back to myself). So I thought, what else can be done to help us preserve our memories of this breastfeeding journey? I’ve already gotten breastfeeding shots done… And next will be breastmilk keepsakes!

I was doing my research on different makers and even contemplated making it myself. It is a very TEDIOUS process! First you have to treat the breastmilk, then you need to wait. Then you need to make a mold. Then you need to wait again. Then you need to pour the resin and add the inclusions (scary process because if it is wrong, REDO!). Then you wait again… Tedious it is!

Every maker has their own methods of preserving the breastmilk and outcomes can be different depending on their method & materials used. The type of resin used also plays a part (whether you get rubber beads or glass-like beads). Professionals need a good buffing machine to get great quality, so DIY was out for me.

So during my research, I came across Keepsake by Ryo. To be frank, what drew me to her site was the ease of use & the fact that having a site to issue order numbers, keeping track of orders and updating customers will be a breeze. I also run a small hand made store and before I used the online store to track orders, I did them manually and it was really tedious and time consuming. Ryo’s system is definitely in place to handle large volumes of orders without messing up.

And the BEAUTIFUL hardware she has. Some sellers use ready available brass lockets or hardware easily available on TaoBao. I don’t feel so comfortable with those and prefer silver or gold options. Ryo has those options available!

General flow to place an order with Ryo:
(1) Place your order online at her online store. Read carefully, select your options carefully and take note of what inclusions you need to send in for each item.
(2) Make your payment and print out the order confirmation email.
(3) Prepare your inclusions. For breastmilk, you will need 20ml per item. Ryo has given packing instructions on her website as well as in the order email. Remember to pack well and LABEL CLEARLY!


(4) Send out your inclusions and wait for their acknowledgement. I love that they will inform via their online system once they received my inclusions so I won’t be left dangling! This also means that the inclusions are properly labelled and chances of using the wrong breastmilk or baby hair is zero!

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Email confirmation that my inclusions were received!

(5) Be patient and wait for Ryo to update that your order has been sent! A shipping confirmation will be sent with your tracking number and all you need to do is keep checking your mail box! Ryo sends out orders via SmartPac which is convenient for mass packing of orders and dropping off at the post office without hogging the entire queue. SmartPac does have tracking by SingPost and the postman will usually leave it in the mailbox for you (they seldom send SmartPac to your doorstep now).
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I need not say too much about the quality. The pictures speak for themselves!

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There were in my SmartPac. Balance of Meimei’s hair was sent back and a beautiful box!

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Super lovely and professional box! I think this will make a great present! Husbands! Are you reading this? Make one as a surprise for your wife to thank her for giving up her boobies for your baby!

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Lovely warranty/care card and jewellery cloth.

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A look at the bead! I FELL IN LOVE!

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Closer look 🙂

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Another angle

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Warranty for the charm!

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Details inside the care card.

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Close up against black cloth for better contrast. The hair looks really close to the surface but don’t worry. It is well embedded inside and you will not feel the hair on the surface at all. 

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Another angle for close up.

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Love the hair twirled around the bead! 

I’m extremely impressed with the packing! And the warranty/care card that is included too. Not to forget, the jewellery cloth to polish your keepsake to keep it in pristine condition!

 

Do note that such products are HANDMADE. Do not expect machine made quality.
What does it mean to be handmade? 
Ryo has to do most of the work with the aid of some tools/machines. It is NOT an automated process like in factories.
– Slight imperfections may be present. What type of imperfections? Maybe a slightly lopsided charm (WHO CAN DRAW A PERFECT CIRCLE FREE HAND HUH?). But from my charm received, the finishing is great (shiny and smooth)! It is not rubbery or feels fake.
If you are not satisfied with your item, communicate with Ryo! Her team responds very quickly and I’m sure she will take your feedback seriously.

What is the wait time like?
I ordered & paid on 28 Mar 2016. I sent out my inclusions the next day and received the acknowledgement email on 4 April 2016.
I received the tracking email on 20 May 2016 and received the package on 24 May 2016.
So mine took around 7 weeks.
Typically as stated on Ryo’s site, 2 to 14 weeks. Exact timing varies due to different factors, we all have kids and know that emergencies can crop up at any time. I’m sure Ryo works on orders and sends them out as quickly as she can since a lot of time is saved due to her awesome website which helps to keep track on orders.

Keepsake by Ryo’s Details:
Online Store: http://www.keepsakebyryo.com
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/keepsakebyryo
Do spend some time to look at their Quality Control & Assurance album on their Facebook Page!

Mummy Audrey
Mother of 3 & Owner of TLO.com.sg
Audrey Wong Profile

Disclaimer: I made the purchase at Ryo’s website and then PM her to inform that I will be doing a review. She graciously paid me back for my purchase, so technically, this is a sponsored post. But I am a genuine customer who placed another order and I’m waiting for them to arrive. And I will be placing more orders soon before I totally turn DRY!

If you would like to see the actual charm I have, feel free to drop by my showroom to see & touch because I believe seeing is believing! 🙂
Drop me a msg at www.fb.com/thelittleonesinmylife to make an appt with me OK?

*** All photos are taken with my Samsung Note 5. I am not a professional photographer. I just try to make a nice background, then point and shoot. *** 

[Review] Breast Milk Soap Making Workshop with SoapLah

Many of us have formed friendships with ladies with similar EDD during our pregnancy through forums or Facebook groups. And many times, we are wondering what meaningful activities can we have at our gatherings…

We were invited by SoapLah to try out a breast milk making workshop and we got our hands working!

SoapLah is a simple set up. They are dedicated to bringing affordable natural skincare to everyone. Their place isn’t some fancy set up, but the trainers were friendly and we had a great time.

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Their simple set up, a room inside this Bright Sea Air-Con Engineering.

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Cozy room and informative presentation

There’s a lot of terminology to learn in soap making but I shall not spoil the fun. SoapLah has beautiful PowerPoint presentations to teach you what you need to know!

The place is a little small so the max at each workshop is 6 pax. They are not able to bring the workshop to you due to regulations as soap making is required to be in an industrial area with certain criteria to meet. But, it is totally worth heading over. Carpark is not an issue (can park on same level) and the bus stop is pretty nearby if you are not driving.

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Very hardworking students!

Soap making requires some detailed calculation. If you are too lazy to work your brains (so rare to get time off from the kids right), you can use their standard formula. However, the fun of making your own soap is being able to customise to your likes and needs.

 

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Large variety of quality ingredients provided

I was impressed the moment they opened up their secret cabinet. The variety of oils we can use was crazy! So much variety that we started getting dizzy because we couldn’t decide!

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Measuring the individual ingredients was an art too. We had to be ultra careful in order not to waste our breast milk!

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For Safety: All Geared Up!

As we were working with lye (a necessary ingredient in soap making but once the soap has cured, it is totally of no effect to us when we use the soap), we had to gear up for safety.
Goggles – Checked
Masks – Checked
Aprons – Checked
Gloves – Checked

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SoapLah uses a slightly different method from another workshop I attended. To speed things up and ensure a smooth mixture, they use liquid lye with crystals instead of crystals only. As liquid lye will interact faster with the frozen breast milk and heat it up due to the chemical reaction, we had to place the mixture in ice and monitor the temperature very carefully. It was thrilling and nerve wrecking for us, but the trainers were superb and very helpful.

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While we beat the mixture to get a smooth consistency, we were having loads of fun chatting!

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We each chose our own preferred essential oils and powders to add to our breast milk soap. This is the fun of soap making! Different oils and powders have different purposes. I made this with Ahjussi in mind so I wanted something anti bacterial for him as his workplace is quite dirty. A nice shower with my breast milk soap makes him come alive again and he loves it!

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All the different colours due to different oils and powders added! And the trainers told us that the colours may change again after curing! The final product is really a mystery!

Curing takes quite a while because they need to ensure that the lye has totally saponificated (very scientific term). That will mean that the pH level is no longer alkaline. SoapLah is a trusted team, they checked and ensured the soaps were safe before packaging and informing us to collect them.

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And they were right about the colour of the final product! There were 3 greenish ones in the mold but only 2 really obvious greenish ones in the final product we collected!

And also, as every one’s breast milk differs, even using the same oils and portions, the soap can turn out different due to individual’s breast milk. Some are thicker (whiter), some are more creamy yellow, some are more translucent.

This is the beauty of breast milk soap!

 

If you are not breastfeeding anymore but you want to try making soaps which are NATURAL and good for your skin, do contact SoapLah!

You can shop at their online store www.soaplah.com and take your time to browse through the selection available! They’ve also listed their workshops, so do sign up! If you are forming your own private group, do drop them an email and they will get back to you.

 

Thank you to SoapLah once again for giving us a chance to do this review and we loved it very much!

Benefits of breast milk soap:
(1) Natural ingredients
(2) Good for everyone’s skin
(3) Naturally moisturising
(4) Customise to your needs and liking

Benefits of attending a workshop to make your own soap:
(1) You can see for yourself what goes into your soap!
(2) Learn more about your skincare!
(3) Customise your soap for your needs and liking!
SoapLah’s Contact
Email: soaplah@gmail.com
Location: 5 Ang Mo Kio Industrial Park 2A (Tech II) [Detailed address will be given when you sign up for workshops]

If you wish for them to make your breast milk instead soap instead of attending the workshop… Prices start at $54 per 10 pieces of 90g (around 900g of soap).

Mummy Audrey
Mother of 3 and made a crazy amount of breast milk soaps with various vendors

[Sharing] Bringing Expressed Breast Milk back from Maldives!

I was alerted to a mummy sharing her experience bringing her frozen stash of breastmilk back from her holiday and I thought it will be a great idea to share REAL EXPERIENCES so mummies who are wondering what to do can learn and be prepared.

This is what Mummy Shuet Ling posted:

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Mummy Shuet Ling: Want to share my success story of pumping during on my holiday (without my almost 7mo baby) and bringing back the precious liquid gold.

Before the trip, I did lots of reading on travel while bf. Thanks to all the mummies here that shared their advice and experience. If not, I will never have succeeded.
Things involved:
1) white styrofoam box
2) lots of gel pack from daiso ( i bought variation of sizes, some big some small)
3) 2 lock and lock ( 1 big, 1 small)
4) plastic bag/ziplock to hold the ice cubes
5) cling wrap (from skp) those used to wrap big items like furniture, left over from my house shifting)
6) scotch tape
I had my holiday in maldives, before the trip i emailed the resort to let them know of my intention to store ebm in their freezer and would require lots of icecube on my departure.
When i left singapore for Maldives, i packed all the items in the white styrofoam and cling wrap it up. I printed my name, contact details and “fragile” to paste on the box.
I pump on SQ with no issues, both trip the steward and stewardess are very nice and helpful to chill my breastmilk and later provide dryice/ice cubes to keep my breastmilk cool for me to commute to the resort. I sat at the window seat and my hubby at the aisle seat. We were lucky the row is empty (middle seat left empty for more space). I pump with my nursing cover and then pass the bottles and pumpset for them to chill.
Once at the resort i kept the ebm in the chiller. I pass the resort my bm to freeze after every 2 pump sessions (stored in lock and lock, I even use a clear plastic bag to further tape up the milk bags to prevent tapering). My husband and I requested to see how they store the breastmilk to avoid misunderstanding.
During the days at the resort, i would pump when time and store in the chiller, after 2 pump session I would either call the staff to pick it up or ask my hubby ( to also spot check) to deliver to the freezer. The big lock and lock is permanently in the freezer while we use the small lock and lock to transport the chilled bm to the freezer. We also pass them our gel packs to be frozen.
I brought mama lemon in a small container to wash the pump parts then boil hot water to sterilise the parts. I did not soak the parts, just keep using hot water to rinse through.. After each use put the parts in the chiller in a ziplock bag. Wash once a day only, back in sg i also only wash once a day.
Night before the departure, we told the staff what we require on departure to pack the bm.
After packing the fbm in the lock and lock, (the last day’s milk is stored with the fbm to keep it chilled), we put icecubes in the plasticbag/ziplock, then in the styrofoam box along with the gel packs and cling wrap the box up. Off to check in! When un pack the ice cubes are mostly not melted and ice pack still frozen (about 5 hours flight and 9hrs journey in all). Success!

Special thanks to my hubby who have been very supportive and help me throughout the trip..

 

Based on my own research (we wanted to bring back my EBM when we were in Korea but decided to bring Meimei along instead)…

(1) Always check with the accommodation on freezing of breast milk. In some countries, breast milk is considered ‘bodily fluids’ and cannot be stored in their freezer! In this case, you might want to try booking apartments with full fridge (with freezer compartment) instead.

(2) Allocate baggage (weight) allowance for your EBM, ice packs and box. You don’t want to get a shocker at the airport. It is very expensive to have to pay for excess baggage!

(3) Check out possible sources of buying ice near your accommodation. I know that I can order ice online in Korea and it will be delivered to our apartment.

(4) Wrapping with towel helps! I’ve tried this before, bringing a frozen bottle of water wrapped in a towel out in the hot sun and you will be surprised what a simple towel can do!

(5) Get a doctor’s letter just in case. To certify that you are a lactating mother. I’ve read about mummies who were forced to throw their precious EBM!

(6) Be mentally prepared on delays & possible lost/delayed baggage. I would prefer the mentality of ‘if it comes back, yay! if not, it’s alright!’.

Now who says nursing mamas can’t travel?

 

Additional points to note…

STERILISING
How to sterilise? You can choose to get a portable UV steriliser like Hygenie. Or you can simply soak the pump parts and bottles in hot drinking water.

PUMPING WHILE TOURING
I’ve been using Freemie Collection Cups with Spectra 9+ which are portable and have rechargeable batteries when I need to pump on the go. Use a large sweater or jacket to cover and the large Freemies won’t be too obvious! Some mummies use a hands free bra and slot their funnels in and pump as usual under a nursing cover.

STORAGE
I’ve been using Baby One Breast Milk Storage Bags for years (since 2011!). It has been reliable and economical. I normally store 150ml if I’m freezing them flat (to be able to pack them nicely). After freezing them, you can arrange them neatly in a large Lock & Lock container like how Mummy Shuet Ling did. Then you can wrap up the container to prevent tampering.

I hope you’ve gained more confidence and will be booking yourself a trip soon!
Every mama needs a good break and some leisure time!

Mummy Audrey
Mother of 3 & Owner of TLO.com.sg
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[Sharing] Nursing in Public – Yay or Nay?

In the past 2 weeks, we headed to the Singapore Zoo twice. We were searching for family friendly places to spend quality time with the kids and the zoo just popped up naturally.

During both outings to the zoo, Meimei had to latch as we were there for more than 6 hours each visit. Well, there are nice nursing facilities at the zoo, but I can’t possibly run all the way there each time she needed to nurse, right?

So, who cares? Just NURSE IN PUBLIC!

Meimei is my 3rd child. I’ll be frank, my breasts are ‘public property’ every time I’m still breastfeeding the kids. My priority as a nursing mother is to nourish my kids. And of course, the endless stream of visitors during confinement helped thicken my skin. Those aunties and cousins who shoved their faces at my boobs to take a closer look at baby toughened me up. And not forgetting the endless stream of nurses, cleaners and visitors or random strangers who entered the wrong room at the hospital who happily yank open the curtains when I was half naked, trying to get my newborn to latch. *poof to privacy*

Anyway, back to the zoo. I was happily latching while my elder boys went off to check out the snakes at the Snake House. It was cool in the share, nice bench and most importantly, Meimei was hungry. We went ‘bare minimum’ with our zoo trip and guess what we forgot to pack? The nursing cover!

With the girl yelling ‘neh neh neh’ non-stop, demanding for a latch, I couldn’t care anymore. Sat down. Lift up. Pull down. Latch.

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While I sat there latching, many tourists and locals walked past. Young children, their parents and grandparents, teenagers who were with their friends, etc. They saw, they looked, they continued with what they were doing. There was no fuss, no rude stares, no horrified looks.

It was really the best place to latch a baby.

And in my head, I was geared up. Ready to defend nursing in public (NIP). Anyone who dares tell me to cover up or go elsewhere to latch, I will tell them this:

“Please tell all the mammals in the zoo
to cover up
when they are latching,
then come back and talk to me.”

Alright alright… I know it sounds rude but hey! If I need to feed my child, I need to feed my child! Bring your own sexual fantasy elsewhere! My breasts have a function, they make milk and I feed my baby milk. That is all. I am not a sex object! This is how mammals have been designed and you don’t see a male monkey getting a hard on just by looking at a mummy monkey latch her baby monkey right? So get your head straight and keep your pants on.

Anyway, I was really happy that day. I latched her again as I sat on a mat near the waterplay area. Again, no one bothered me at all. Except a naughty monkey who came over to steal food twice.

And so… I gathered some mummies to share their views and experiences on nursing in public.

I’m so happy with the responses! There are so many ways we can nurse in public, depending on our comfort levels! Individualize your NIP experience!

The Modest Approach

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Mummy LM: NIP is a breeze 🙂

Covering up according to your comfort level is most important.

 

The No-One-Will-Know Approach

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Mummy Regina: To be able to advocate breastfeeding in public and let more people have more awareness about breastfeeding is what mummies should dare to stand up for – Nursing in Public.

I love this. If you don’t mention it, no one will notice!

The Proud-Mummy Approach – (MY PERSONAL FAVE)

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Mummy Fadilah: Excuse me for sending so many pictures. I am just too proud that I am capable of BFing on the go and not giving any s**t of the stares/glares I get from ppls around me. I am also proud of my husband Zaly Bikerboyz for stand up for me and supporting me through out my BFing journey with both our kids.The 1st picture is of me at Jurong Polyclinic. Accompany my mother for the medical check up as she is diabetic and require regular check ups. The clinic was very crowded and lil bumbum (Luqman Bahri) being very fussy. He was also at the phase that he does not like go be under the covers. The nursing room was on the 2nd floor but my mother was seeing the doctor on the 1st floor. Could not sit to nurse as lil bumbum was very fussy. Some aunties smile and gave encouraging words but there are some cheeky fellows that keep staring. Of course I cover as modestly as I can.

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Mummy Fadilah: 2nd picture was us at my brothers work open house. He is a Marine Firefight. They were giving talk about fire safety and giving tours of the fire station and their fire boat. That is us getting ready to get on board the fire boat. No nursing room there. But lil bumbum was not affected at all. He is nicely snugged inside the carrier and feeding away. I didn’t really care what everyone else was thinking as long as my lil bumbum is fed and happy.

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Mummy Fadilah: Now the most recent one is of us at Pahlawan beach. This was after the My Little Pony Run. Lil Bumbum must be super thirsty waiting for Mama and sister to finish the run. The moment we settle ourselves at the beach, lil bumbum wants to be nurse. There were a lot of ppl that day due to the MLP event and furthermore its a Sunday. I forgot to bring my nursing cover on that day but I still manage to keep myself modestly covered with my hijab and baby towel. There are ppl that look at what i was doing and smile but there are cheeky eyes also. Thankfully Mr Husband was in front to stand guard…..
I will continue nurse my babies as long as they want. Where ever they want.To date my lil ones are 4 years old and 19 mths.

I really applaud Mummy Fadilah and her husband! She is so happy with her hubby’s support and I guess the key formula to successful breastfeeding is good support!

The It-Is-The-Same-As-Eating-In-Public Approach

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Mummy AuntJess: My thoughts on NIP is the same as my thoughts on eating in public. Haha

YES!!! Baby is simply ‘eating’. Nothing special. Don’t need to stare ok?

The I-Don’t-Care Approach

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NIP is so convenient for mummies who are always on the go. I love how light my diaper bag is as I only need to pack diapers, wet wipes & small towels when I’m out with my baby. Now I nurse without covers, do it anywhere & not bothered with the stares.

Love this attitude! Don’t bother with the stares! Just latch on and feed on!

 

The Forgot-Nursing-Cover-So-Just-Latch Approach

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Mummy Shareen: Picture above is me NIP my newborn, who is also my 2nd child. With my first child, I was more conscious with NIP and would religiously put on a nursing cover or find a nursing room.
But with my 2nd boy, the need to NIP came quite unexpectedly and I forgot to bring out my nursing cover. He was wrapped up in my K’tan and fussing. So I had no choice but to make do.
Later that night, same thing happened as we were out grocery shopping after gynae appointment. Forgot the nursing cover again and had to nurse him on the go in the supermarket while wrapped up in my K’tan.

I’ve no issues with NIP but I would do it so I don’t unnecessarily expose myself. I don’t see the need to draw attention to myself or my child while nursing.

We always start off somewhere… right? Incidental NIP due to circumstances are the best way to start!

 

The Forever-Looking-Gorgeous Approach

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Mummy Alicia: I nurse in Mrt station, fast food restaurant, church, in the park on the bench. So far no unpleasant incidents, except this one (photo). I was nusing at Burger King Woodlands. One hand carry baby, the other hand use hanky to cover the rest of the boobs. Then there is this pervert uncle, purposely sit directly opposite my table (I’m alone) and keep staring at me. Then I took out my phone to take selfie and pretend to take photo of my surrounding. He walk out immediately.

Ah… That pervert uncle.
Good tip from Mummy Alicia on how to fend them off!
TAKE THEIR PHOTO!!!

And I’m officially jealous. Why Mummy Alicia still so pretty! I look totally ‘auntie-fied’.

The Baby-Is-My-Joey Approach

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Mummy Yvaine: Breastfeeding is one of the most beautiful experience I had being a mother. It increases the bonding I have with my child more than anything else. A wonderful memory that belongs to us solely.
NIP is the most natural thing to do. My child is hungry, he has the right to be fed anywhere he deem fit, just like everyone else; regardless child or adult.
Most of the time I nip while babywearing. Babywearing enhance me with freedom to nurse discreetly yet continue doing my own stuff; shopping, eating, etc.
Enjoying breastfeeding while it last.

I personally can’t do wraps but I love baby wearing Meimei in her carrier and yes! It is easy to feed while on the go with aid of carrier or wraps!

Reach out to wrapping friends for help if you are keen to learn!

The Partying-Can’t-Stop-Me Approach

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Mummy Crystal: I enjoy nursing my kids (currently still breastfeeding my one year old). Maybe it is the convenience. Maybe it is the rush of oxytocin. Maybe it is the simple joy of holding my baby close as she gazes at me…

Who says we gotta stop partying after we have a baby?
Although it’s a ‘different’ type of partying… Life is all about fun!

The beauty of nursing is that it doesn’t stop our activities. Especially now that we have many carrier options to breastfeed: HANDS FREE STYLE!

The Less-Things-To-Bring Approach

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Mummy Rizal: I love doing Nursing In Public as it is free and easy. My bags are lighter. No need formula milk, hot water n milk bottles. And I love doing Nursing In Public in my carrier. Plus no need nursing covers.

 

I agree! I don’t even have a special diaper bag for Meimei. If I’m heading out alone with her, her stuff goes into my handbag! All I need is her small wetbag of diapers, wipes & spare clothes. And another small ziploc bag for her snack & water bottle. Easy peasy!

The Watch-A-Game Approach

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Mummy June: Initially I’m very worried about being exposed and attract attention, however, after our first attempt to NIP, I have never thought it can actually be so easy. It’s been months since I start to NIP, didn’t attract stares or rude remarks so far.
Was an Express Pump mum for my #1 and didn’t know the joy of nursing. Now with my #2, we successfully work our way towards nursing with the great help I get from FB support group, Breastfeeding Mum & of cos, my hubby and the elders in my family are supportive in breastfeeding.

 

Stylish nursing colour! Who says being a mum means ‘auntie’ clothes & ‘auntie’ looks? Mummy June is so pretty!

And again, who says nursing should stop your activities?

The Who-Says-I-Need-A-Baby-With-Me Approach

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Mummy Sharon: I hate hate hate pumping in toilets or diaper change areas so I pump in public. Of course, it also depends on the situation but there’s nothing to be ashamed about.
I’ve pumped in public in planes, restaurants, in car in front of non immediate family members. I’m fortunate no one ever criticized

Location of the photo  – SQ business class from London to Singapore. Male cabin crew helped me with washing and storing bottles. No one looked or criticized.

Lastly… Who says nursing in public is limited to mummies who latch?

As long as you are producing milk, you are a nursing mother! Some don’t latch due to varying reasons, it’s alright! To be honest, I find pumping a chore (stuck to the pump, must wash so many things) and salute Exclusive Pumping mothers!

Note on SQ: I’ve flown SQ with Meimei and I have to say, I’m so proud of SQ. Male crew were understanding on breastfeeding. No disapproving looks or any weird vibes from them. They even offered to send our meals at staggered timing so one of us could attend to Meimei while the other eats. Super awesome. All parents have to fly SQ with their kids!

 

While we encourage and want to promote breastfeeding, let’s not forget to be considerate towards others who do not breastfeed for various reasons.
I’ve met some mummies recently who shared with me on medical issues that were really serious to cause them to stop breastfeeding. It’s not easy for them emotionally to lose the opportunity to nurse their baby. Yet they have to face pressure and judgmental comments from other parents for not breastfeeding their child.

Let’s encourage, not judge. And let’s fight for our rights to nurse anywhere, anytime.

Mummy Audrey
Mother of 3 & Owner of TLO.com.sg
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[Review] Breast Milk Making Workshop with Soap Ministry

Soap Ministry generously sponsored a giveaway on Mummies’ Voices earlier posts and 2 lucky mummies got to attend a Breast Milk Soap Making workshop!

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Mummy Priscilla (Left) and Jerelyn (Right) with their frozen breast milk before we start!

 

What is soap making?
Soap making is using natural oils to make soap. Natural soap is highly sought after as it is soap in its purest form, without unnecessary chemicals. Making full use of nature’s best gifts to clean our skin allows our skin to remain supple and healthy.

There are a few different types of soap making such as melt-and-pour and cold process. For breast milk soap making, cold process method is used as melt-and-pour method does not allow much liquid to be added to the soap. In cold process method, usually around 20-40% of the soap is made of breast milk (depending on exact recipe).

Breast Milk Soap?
In the cold process soap making, water is also needed to be added to the natural oils. In place of water, breast milk can be used.
Breast milk has natural anti-bodies, enzymes and many other undiscovered goodies in it. By adding breast milk into soap, we can harness the natural goodness of the oils and breast milk for our skin.

Who needs breast milk soap?
Breast milk soap is great for the ENTIRE FAMILY!
Depending on the oils used, it can be made for generic use or specific uses. Popular recipes are those for eczema sufferers as common commercial soaps are too harsh for their sensitive skin.

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Safety briefing and introduction to soap making

 

Now, we were all super excited about the workshop and thought it will be super easy. Put oils, add breast milk, whip whip and viola!!!

However, we were in for a surprise!

Soap making is AN ART. It requires so much knowledge which we could barely squeeze into our brains in such a short time. However, Diana from Soap Ministry was so patient and animated with her explanation that we understood quickly and enjoyed the session very much!

In Singapore, you can’t make soap at home by regulations set to protect the general public. Lye, which is necessary for soap making, is considered a controlled substance in Singapore and only licensed businesses are allowed to import/stock/use them. Even the location in which they are allowed to store/use lye is controlled too.
As such, cold process soap making is only offered at Soap Ministry’s Head Office at Pioneer Point.

Different oils have different purposes for our skin. They also have varying properties. These properties need to be carefully considered during the soap making process as it will affect the final product. If you use an oil which is ‘soft’, you may end up with a gooey bar of soap instead of a solid bar of soap! It’s a fine balance and even the amount of lye & liquid required need to be carefully calculated to decimal points!

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It’s not easy! Loads of calculation and thinking goes into the soap making process!

Calculating and recalculating to get a good recipe which they prefer really took up a lot of time!

Diana’s helpful staff stepped in to check the calculations to ensure that the recipes created by Priscilla and Jerelyn will work. Otherwise, their breast milk and efforts will go to waste!

So they started carefully…. Noticed Jerelyn’s baby missing? Auntie Audrey was carrying him so that mummy can work on the soap. If you are keen to join the workshop, do arrange for a caregiver so that baby stays far away from the lye.

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Carefully measuring after calculations.

 

Another though part was mixing the FROZEN breast milk and the crystal lye.

As the chemical reaction when lye touches a liquid produces heat and may overheat the breast milk, frozen breast milk is used. This ensures that the breast milk will not over heat and destroy all the goodness inside!

It was very tough having to poke and mix the lye into the frozen bits of breast milk.

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And after that, the lye & breast milk mixture had to be added carefully to the oils.

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Done mixing! It was TEDIOUS!

The most memorable part of cold process soap making was the whisking required! Imagine whisking non stop for 30++ minutes to get the mixture right!

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Pouring carefully into the mold & keeping them safely.

From the briefing to completing the soap took us a whooping 5 hours!
It’s definitely not simple and this is why breast milk soap making services are pricey.

And the soap isn’t ready at the end of the session! It has to harden in the mold for a few days, then taken out to slice. After slicing, it has to be aired to allow the lye to cure properly so that the soap will become safe for use.

Soap Ministry is dedicated to safety and they set minimum timelines for the curing process and check carefully before they release the soaps to customers.

It typically takes 8 to 10 weeks to cure in a cool dry place. Soap Ministry has a lovely area designed for this and they are very meticulous with labeling. Don’t worry about getting your soaps mixed up!

Check out this short video on our session at Soap Ministry!

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Mummy Audrey’s Breast Milk Soap from Soap Ministry

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Mummy Jerelyn’s Breast Milk Soap from Soap Ministry

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Mummy Priscilla’s Breast Milk Soap from Soap Ministry

 

Now… the true test will be using the soaps ourselves (this is the reason why this post is here so late when we did the workshop a few months back)…

Personally, the kids are all using the breast milk soap. Myself included.
Comparing with other soap makers, I like the ones made by Soap Ministry (details in another post coming soon).

Mummy Priscilla has also told me that she likes the soap and they are happy with the soap. The ones that she made in the workshop are a little more mushy than the standard formula ones she ordered from Soap Ministry (made by their staff after our workshop). I guess this is the difference between recipe designed by the experts and us. :p

Mummy Jerelyn also likes the soap very much and said that just rubbing a little on the skin was enough to clean baby well.

Anyway… While the mummies were busy with their soaps during the workshop, I walked around and chanced on these…

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Shampoo Bars!

I’m sure most mummies face the same issues as me… HAIR LOSS!
Mine was pretty serious so I was a little on the desperate side. And I saw these!

I bought all 3 types to rotate as I have oily hair, I have hair loss and I do want my hair to GROW back!
After 2 months of using these, my hair loss did lesson significantly and I’m having baby hair growing back already!

But, bar shampoo aren’t the same as commercial shampoo. They do leave the hair dry. You will need to use conditioner separately. I decided to use coconut oil as conditioner as I heard that it helps with hair growth too.

 

CONCLUSION

Breast milk soaps are GREAT! And the workshop was superbly fun! I think it’ll be a very fun mummy gathering activity!

Do contact Soap Ministry for more information on their workshops.
Melt & Pour soaps are suitable as a family activity with the kids. You can bring along their fave small toy and hide them in the soap to encourage them to use the soap!
After attending their workshops, they also allow you to head back to make more soaps on your own! Simply pay rent (it’s a small sum & includes washing up service) & pay for the ingredients used, and you can make more soaps on your own!

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Hope you enjoyed reading about our adventure at Soap Ministry!

Mummy Audrey
Mother of 3
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[Review + Giveaway] Best Memories: Family Photography with PhotoKraft

Growing up watching fashion shows and attending photoshoots, I’ve always loved the studio environment. At 17yo, I did a brief stint as a hair and fashion model and totally loved it. On a daily basis, I don’t wear make up or bother to tidy up my hair. However, it’s always amazing how make up and the right photographer can work wonders to anyone.

This is why we decided to do as many professional photoshoots as we can ever since our first son was born in 2007.
Why must be professional photographer? Because I’m not a selfie person. Neither do I like to take photos. Paying for the shoot forces us to take photos with our kids and I feel more confident (with full make up done by professional make-up artist). Otherwise, my kids will just have zero photos of us when we grow old and die. Serious.

We’ve tried many studios over the years and what we always noticed is how drastic the price increases once each photographer has built their own portfolios. I recently contacted a studio we used in 2008 and I was shocked that the family package went from $200+ in 2008 to $1500++ now in 2016! Too scary for my pocket! However, the charges probably reflect the experience of the photographer and his team.

BUT, don’t worry! After my crazy scouting, I finally found a studio which is friendly on the pocket. They seem new because they just launched their new brand & logo in 2016, but I found out that they are veterans! They’ve done photoshoot for magazines, events, weddings, and many other families too!

They are… PhotoKraft (previously Max Clyne at Work)

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Kelly is the main contact person who replies my queries and confirmed the booking for the shoot. Max is the photographer, handsome dude. Smiling at him behind the camera was easy. :p

This is what they quoted me:
Family Studio Photography Package @$238/-
– Up to 60 minutes studio photoshoot
– Max 5 pax (additional pax @$10/pax)
– All softcopies returned (up to 8R resolution) + basic editing
– 5x 5R photo print (with defined touch up)
– 1x S8R (8×12 inches) high quality German canvas print with frame (with defined touch up)

Remarks :
– Weekend/PH surcharge $30
– 50% deposit required as confirmation (non-refundable)

Make-up by their make-up artist is $100. Initially, I planned to head to my usual salon for a hair wash followed by a make-up session and hair styling, which costs $65. However, the mere thought of having to drag 3 kids along to the salon (though they can actually walk to my mum’s place to rest) was s.c.a.r.y.
So, I opted for convenience and asked Kelly to arrange for their make-up artist for me.

They have other various top ups available which were clearly stated upfront with no hidden costs.

  • $150 – Return all softcopy with basic editing in CD (Resolution up to 8R) + 5 x 5R Photo Prints
  • $200 – Outdoor location shoot for 1 hour (Location of your choice)
  • $100 – Make-up + Hairdo per head per session (Appointment only)
  • $30 – Accelerated Editing (Process photos by 7 working days)
  • $30 – Weekend/Public Holiday Surcharge for Studio Shoot
  • $10 – Additional Pax

And if you prefer them to print additional photos, they have a list too! You can email them for more information as the list is a little too long to be posted here. 🙂

Let’s go into more details about our shoot…

TIP #1: Choose a timing in which you know your children will not be cranky!
We opted for a 2.30pm shoot as this is usually just after Meimei’s first afternoon nap (12 – 2pm). This means that she will be fresh and less chances of her being cranky.

And of course, because she just woke up, high likely she will want to latch. So Kelly is super thoughtful as a fellow mummy herself and prepped a comfy armchair with privacy from curtains as a breastfeeding area!

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Please pardon our messy clothes lying around when I took this photo!

TIP #2: KEEP YOUR KIDS OCCUPIED WHILE YOU GET MAKE-UP DONE
As mentioned earlier, the thought of dragging the kids and making them wait for me for around 45 min to an hour to get make-up and hair done was scary!

Again, Kelly is super thoughtful and prepped a play yard to contain my super active Meimei! And there are many colourful balls which the boys loved.

So while I got my make-up done, Kelly & Max were looking through the selection of clothes we brought along. Ahjussi and my helper got the kids changed first.

And while waiting, Monster chanced on the props and fell in love with the vintage looking car!

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He kept playing with it and Max decided on some quick test shoots of him on it. And end up, the boys started their shoot while I was still getting ready!

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TIP #3: Prepare outfits in advance
Upon arrival, I got Ahjussi to hang up our outfits for Max and Kelly to take a look so they had an idea on background colour/theme for us. They have thoughtfully prepared a rack, so we simply hung them up! We brought them in their hangers as they have been nicely ironed at home.

I didn’t send photos of the outfits I prepared before the session but it is good to do so as the photographer can take some time to plan and conceptualise your shoot before your session. This will mean a more personalised session too.

Choose something your kids have worn before so that they will not be distracted by the new clothing.

TIP #4: Think about what you want out of the session & communicate it to the photographer
If you have a particular pose or group shot that you must have, let the photographer know beforehand so that once the right opportunity arises (when kids are warmed up and not cranky), the photographer will direct you to get it captured!

TIP #5: Aim to reach early if your kids are slow to warm
Only you as the parent will know how your child will react to strangers. If your child takes a while to warm up to strangers, reaching early and allowing your child some time to mingle will be good.

TIP #6: Talk to your child a few days before the shoot
Let them know what is going on and what to expect. Children are a lot more cooperative when they know what to expect!

TIP #7: Bring your child’s fave toy along!
We forgot to bring Meimei’s fave toy and had a hard time getting her to look at the cam and smile. Check out a short video on the process!

And this is the result!

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And after this… She got somewhat hungry so I had to latch her. And since we were already there…

I thought: Why not do a quick breastfeeding shot for memory sake?

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Not many mummies are comfortable with letting a male photographer do a breastfeeding shoot of them, but let me share, it is really not as bad as you think! Breastfeeding is NORMAL! I’m just feeding my child! My breasts are not sex objects!

Max is super professional. Kelly stepped in to help with the pose and positioning while Max stayed far (behind the camera). It was purely him shooting a mother feeding her child. Simple.

And Meimei was covering the other nipple with her cute little hands. Nothing much exposed. Don’t worry!

TIP #8: Prep snacks & drinks
It can get tiring for the little ones, so their face snack will lift their spirits! Otherwise, you will get a semi-grumpy boy like the following:

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TIP #9: Plan early!
If you intend to use the photos for their birthday invite or any special occasion, do plan early!
The typical lead time for photos to be ready is around 4 weeks, so we are still patiently waiting for more photos to be sent to us. Kelly has graciously sent us a few photos for the purpose of this blog post within a week from the shoot. (BIG THANK YOU!)

Although PhotoKraft’s studio is located in an industrial area, it is quite easy to find and once you step into their beautiful studio, you will forget that you are even in an industrial area!

And no worries about the loo. They have one right in their studio!
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I hope you will enjoy your photography session with PhotoKraft like we did!

With Love,
Audrey
Mother of 3 & Owner of TLO.com.sg
Audrey Wong Profile

Contact Details:

PhotoKraft FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/photokraft.sg
Email: photokraft.sg@gmail.com

Location : Blk 3005 Ubi Avenue 3 #03-56 (S)408861 (Beside Traffic Police Headquarters)

Direction by MRT/Bus : From Tai Seng MRT Station
Walk towards Bus Stop @Upper Paya Lebar Road (opposite Tai Seng MRT Station)
Take Bus 58, 2 stops later alight at Ubi Ave 3 (opposite Traffic Police Headquarters)

 

GIVEAWAY TIME!!!

Prize: 60 minutes family studio photoshoot with PHOTOKRAFT!
Includes: 1x edited soft copy returned (up to 5R resolution) + 1x 8R photo print with default frame (same image as soft copy) to 3 lucky winners

How to Join:
1. Like Photokraft Facebook page.
2. Like Mummies Voices Facebook page.
3. Like & share this post on your Facebook wall (*remember to set as Public*).
4. Comment at Mummies Voices Facebook Post and tag 10 friends or as many as you like!
5. Fill in this form (we will pick the winner list from this form): http://goo.gl/forms/JIVRSR5pKx

Giveaway ends 17th Jan 2016. Winners will be picked on 18th Jan 2016.

 

NOTE: Mummy Audrey has arranged with PhotoKraft for free sessions for all mummies who shop with thelittleonesinmylife (TLO.com.sg) at the upcoming baby fair!
It is Baby World at Expo Hall 5 from 15th to 17th January 2016. Check them out at Booth A03/05!
Vouchers will be given out to customers who purchase min $20 in single purchase. Limited to 1 voucher per customer. Only 1000 vouchers available daily!

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