Monday, August 7, 2017

Anna's Salted Egg Potato Chips

anna's salted egg potato chips

Salted egg potato chips are said to have been created in Singapore. In the Philippines, salted duck eggs are often sold painted red so you can differentiate them from ordinary duck eggs. They're already boiled so you can immediately eat them with rice after peeling off their shells. So I was a bit surprised that salted duck eggs in Singapore have yet to be boiled. They're raw. My brother already told me about this so I didn't made the mistake of spilling the yolk and albumin when I cracked the shell of my first SG salted duck egg. I am not sure if raw salted duck eggs are available in the Philippines. Would have made making salted egg potato chips a lot easier. There's already salted duck egg powder, yes, but fresh is still best right?

So if you're like me too busy to mash all those yolks, buying rather than making salted egg potato chips is the the convenient option. There's a couple in the market right now, often made by entrepreneurs. Sister came home recently with a bag that's cheaper than the ones I've come across in the malls. Anna's Salted Egg Potato Chips keeps well within it's resealable foil pack. They're thin and crisp. The salted egg yolk taste is not overpowering so you could tell that you're still eating potato chips. Curry leaves provide a bite.

You know, I've been wondering. What's keeping big snack food companies from making salted egg yolk potato chips? It's been a year since the craze started and people still crave for these chips. Come on Oishi and Jack n Jill!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Johnson's pH 5.5 Body Washes Review

Spot.ph say it's a tita thing but really who doesn't enjoy a nice bath?

I don't feel like a tita but I am literally one since I have nephews and a niece. Still, I am part of that group that hangs on to stuff that may be deemed for the younger set. I'm not letting go of my stationeries. Same with some skincare/bath products.

johnson's pH 5.5 nourishing body wash with almond oil
We often equate Johnson's and Johnson's or Johnson's products with babies but some of their products also work well for us older folks. My mom uses Johnson's Baby Shampoo, the yellow one, for cleaning her eyes as recommended by her doctor. My sister likes their baby powders. Me, I'm for their body washes and lotions.

For years now, I have been using Johnsons's pH 5.5 Body Washes on and off. Johnson's pH 5.5 Nourishing Body Wash with Honey, Johnson's pH 5.5 Nourishing Body Wash with Almond Oil and Johnson's pH 5.5 2 in 1 Body Wash with Moisturizers.

All three Johnson's body washes have a pH of 5.5, the same pH of healthy skin. According to a diagram at the back of the Johnson's pH 5.5 Nourishing Body Washes bottles, normal soap has a pH of 10, soap with moisturizers pH 7.3 while normal shower gels pH 7.3. Pure water has a neutral pH, 7. From what I've gathered  from this post by Women's Health Magazine, our skin has a pH of 5.5 and it is generally best to get skin care products which has this pH to keep the skin's pH level at 5.5. Skincare products with too high or too low pH affect our skin's pH level, causing skin irritations. Too high is too drying, resulting in wrinkles. Too low and you get oily skin.

johnson's pH 5.5 2 in 1 Body Wash with MoisturizersJohnson's pH 5.5 Nourishing Body Washes have the same blurbs and ingredients except for the obvious, Johnson's pH 5.5 Nourishing Body Wash with Honey has honey and no sweet almond oil and Johnson's pH 5.5 Nourishing Body Wash with Almond Oil has sweet almond oil and no honey.

It conditions your skin as you cleanse, leaving it feeling soft, smooth and moisturized. Carefully formulated to respect your skin's natural pH level to optimize your skin's natural moisture balance.

Ingredients: water, sodium laureth sulfate, sodium lauroamphoacetate, cocamidopropyl betaine, glycerin, polysorbate 20, citric acid, sodium citrate, styrene/acrylates copolymer, hydroxylpropyl methylcelluloce, honey, tetrasodium EDTA, polyquaternium-7, avena sativa (oat) kernel extract, hydrolyzed oat protein, potassium palmitoyl hydrolized oat protein, fragrance, butyl paraben, sodium benzoate



Johnson's pH 5.5 2 in 1 Body Wash with Moisturizers is especially formulated to respect your skin's pH level and optimize it's natural moisture balance. The added moisturizers give your skin extra softness.

Ingredients: water, sodium laureth sulfate, glycerin, sodium cocoyl isethionate, ammonium lauryl sulfate, lauryl betaine, lauryl glucoside, sodium chloride, polyquaternium-39, polyquaternium-7, fragrance, citric acid, sodium citrate, propylene glycol, PEG-55 ptopylene glycol oleate, styrene/acrylates copolymer, phenoxyethanol, sodium benzoate, tetrasodium EDTA

Up until now,  I still could not differentiate one Johnson's body wash from the other except for how they smell. My favorite happens to be the Johnson's pH 5.5 Nourishing Body Wash with Honey which seems to have floral tones, jasmine I think. Johnson's Nourishing Body Wash with Almond which smells sweeter than the other two.  The scents of all three body washes are not intrusive but last for few hours.

Even if they're supposed to be soap-free, a small amount of Johnson's body wash lathers up good. Skin feels soft and smooth, not taut (unlike the initial sensation I get after using Johnson's Top to Toe Wash) or sticky, after bath but is slippery when wet much like when you use other body washes and shower gels The sensation is easily rinsed away just like the suds. Afterwards, I am able to slough off grime effortlessly.

What I like about Johnson's pH 5.5 Body Washes is that they're reliable.  Like a favorite tita. The only problem with them is availability.

Manufactured in Malaysia, Johnson's pH 5.5 Body Washes might be available at the imported aisle of local supermarkets and at stores selling imported goods. ASFAIK, they're not locally  distributed by Johnson's Philippines. Fairprice Singapore has them. I think there are Watson's branches in other Southeast Asian Countries that carry them. They come in refill pouches and pump bottles.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Silver Vine Powder - Daiso Find for the Cats in your Life

The cats have demanded I write about one of their favorite kitty treats or else they would climb my window screen every night and meow incessantly until I lose my mind. Oh, wait that's what one of our new cats, Bandit, has been doing for almost a month now. Crazy cat thinks screens are scratching posts. Yes, I am now naming our cats after Neko Atsume cats based on their fur color.

I first learned about silver vine powder from Lady E. She mentioned in a post a cat scratch pad available at Daiso. Said scratch pad comes with powder to be sprinkled on it. At Daiso Trinoma I found this.


daiso cat silver vine powder

The magical, fun-times inducing powder. Cat Silver Vine Powder.

Silver vine powder is similar to catnip. It gives most  adult cats a high. Everything Wikipedia says about its effect on most cats is true. Rolling, check. Chin and cheek rubbing, check. Drooling, check. Licking (the silver vine powder), check.

Most (not all, okay) of my cats agree that this is the bomb.  The neighbor's cat I've named Galis (guess why that's his name.) is the most affected. He would roll, droll and rub his cheek on the floor.

What I do is I would bring the kitties into the room. I would then sprinkle a small amount (not the the entire contents of a sachet) on my cats' toys, boxes and sometimes on the floor. The kitties would then sniff the powder, sometimes lick it and then after a few moments, they start wriggling on the powdered surface or rubbing their cheek on the toy.

Product Warnings:
  • when something is wrong stop the use and consult a vet.
  • refrain from using near unsteady things or stairs. (because chances are it's you - not your cats - who might fall from the stairs while laughing at / fawning over them).
  • keep beyond the reach of children and pets (heh).
  • do not use except the original usage. (read: does not work on people).

Nothing about keeping the fur-babies from ingesting the powder. So far, the kitties have shown no signs that would have me hightailing them to the vet.

According to package instructions, silvervine powder can be used:
  • good for frustrated (Hmm, I usually give the kitties a sprinkling when they look sad or lethargic. How can you tell when your cats are frustrated? Spud raises her paw, "Um, when you still would not allow us to catch the red dot?" "Or when you withhold that piece of fish just to hear us beg a minute more for it. You evil, evil person." Purrtrick nods)
  • time without an appetite
  • at a toy
  • for training where to claw (Fail. The cats still claw whichever they feel like clawing. I'm looking at you, Bandit.)
  • as a reward (Again, fail. Reward method does not work on me - I can't resist babying them - or on my cats.)
  • for stress emission of the mating season (Which is why this is more of a hit with my adult male cats.)
I was afraid that this would no longer be available at Daiso so there was one time I bought five packs just in case. The last one lost its power by the time I opened the sachets. Could have expired. So yeah, you can't really hoard this because it loses it sway over the cats after some time. They still have this at Daiso Trinoma though last time we visited. A box of 8 0.5g is only P88. It's made in Japan so I'd think they have this in Daiso stores in other countries.

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