Tian Yuan Xiang Chicken Essence (田原香滴鸡精)


Have you heard of  Tian Yuan Xiang Chicken Essence 田原香滴鸡精?

Tian Yuan Xiang’s Double-boiled Chicken Essence (滴鸡精) is well-known for it’s high quality, natural goodness. The process of extracting the essence from a whole chicken under high temperature with charcoal fire and filtered oil off repeatedly while locking plentiful nutrients, with no chemicals or water added. 

I came across this brand since I got pregnant last year from some of my mummies friends. They were raving about it’s absolute real and delicious taste and how different it tasted as compared to many other brands with that unpleasant taste. But it was only when I tried Tian Yuan Xiang Chicken Essence myself, then I’m truly convinced. The pure and rich taste, just felt like I’m drinking of fresh bowl of chicken soup.

The journey of being a mom and now a 24/7 breastfeeding mom, I truly believe that food is our nourishment and we are not just what we eat, but our babies too. Thus, it’s always important to take care of ourselves during these period of our lives, during pregnancy, during the first 28 days of confinement, during breastfeeding and working moms.

Why I choose TYX?

Tian Yuan Xiang Chicken Essence 原香滴鸡  is low in calories and fat, with less than 20 kcal per sachet and it does not contain any preservatives, artificial colouring or flavours. The most reassuring part is that the brand ensures that no antibodies or drugs are used during the entire process. It’s truly a preferred choice for me!

The demand of being a new mom and handling postpartum isn’t the easiest thing to do. Dealing with our babies’s needs, our new postpartum body image and simply getting enough rest and food, oh yes, we haven’t included breastfeeding yet.

For myself, I’m taking TYX Chicken Essence with Vaccaria Seed as it highly recommended for breastfeeding moms. The herb vaccaria seed is believed to nourish the liver and kidney, boost milk production and quality, strengthen sinew and bone and relieve hair loss. And it’s true that the body goes through tremendous stress – during pregnancy, labour and breastfeeding. Every hurdle requires strength and nourishment from within is very essential.

Takashimaya promo

So don’t miss their upcoming roadshow campaign from 18th to 26th of March!

Location: Takashimaya B2 (in front of Cold Storage Supermarket)

Special offer: * 1 box 5% off, 2 boxes 10% off for all flavours. *

What’s more ladies, the Goddess Set for Beauty & Skin Care (Chicken Essence for Digestion 四神+ Chicken Essence with Nourishments 石斛) is going for $380 (U.P. $430),a whopping 12% off!

Hop over to the Tian Yuan Xian website and learn more on their wide array of products and promotions! You can also check them out on their FB and Instagram.


5 things you should know before visiting a new mom


Been there, done that – so here are some of my thoughts during my confinement period. These tips are definitely good to know whilst visiting your new mommy friend whom may have just given birth in the hospital or doing their confinement at home.

Dedicated to all preggy mommies – please preempt your friends before they come over!

1. Get her favourite food/snack before visiting!

Simple pleasures such a bubble tea with pearls, cheese fries, chocolates and potato chips seems OUT OF REACH with a newborn baby. Of cause, you can check with her if she’s undergoing a strict confinement food menu & what’s under her can-eat food items (approved by nanny/mother/MIL). I had super bad craving for sashimi and truffle fries, so I was dying to have them during my confinement period so Wayne have to go out and buy them for me! Cause the day-to-day chores are so overwhelming and food is usually the last thing in mind, but the best thing if it appears. So please, remember to buy okay.

2. Forget about buying baby clothings, please. 

There are just too many of these clothing and some may not even fit due to different cutting and sizes, whatever (I’m sorry). Baby K weighs 3.79kg at birth, hence he cannot fit into ANY of those newborn clothings at all. So if you’re buying a gift for baby, you can get practical items such as diapers (Merries or Pampers is good!), milk-bottles accessories (if you know the brand she’s using), wet tissues (any brand will do) or any Mothercare/NTUC vouchers are just as awesome too. They will be so helpful cause all mommies are practical, thanks in advance!

3. Give a heads up before visiting, please and thank you.

New moms are extremely exhausted all-day everyday and living their time zone of their newborns’ schedule. The first week is the craziest cause there’s a lot of adaptation of having a baby, getting used to the 2-3 hours feeding all round the clock, pain everywhere, no sleep, breast engorgement and the list goes on. Thus, it is basic respect to inform new mommy when you are visiting and do so only when you get the go-ahead. She needs to sleep round the clock, just like her baby. It’s extremely tiring and stressful to entertain “guests” during this period of time. Imagine washing the guest’s cups after they left? 

4. Lend a helping hand while you’re at her place!

But please wash your hands! Having some help here and there means so much, SO MUCH. Even when it’s merely “eye-powering” over the newborn. New mommy could have some me-time (even if it’s just 5-mins) to herself like bathing or simply just having time to wash her face and tidy her hair. YES, that’s how busy you get with a newborn.

5. Run simple errands for new mommy! 

Yes, the little things. There is just 101 things to get and buy for herself and the baby during the confinement period. Mommies who are following a strict confinement are confined at home hence help is needed. I do my online shopping while I pump in the middle of the night, anytime. From buying Spectra spare parts to Pigeon feeding bottles to baby mattress cover and towels. But there’s just certain small things such as a hair tie, tissues and maternity pads that she needs and it’s URGENT! Right?

Aside these 5 tips I have shared personally, I think it’s always good to spend some time and listen to a new mom’s thoughts and look out for any signs of depression. The first few months following a baby’s birth is one of the most challenging time, like what I mentioned earlier with a severe lack of sleep and the thought of being responsible for a new life, etc. 

Be supportive and encourage her to get a breather if necessary. Have a short stroll in the park, eating an ice cream and simply chill & chat in a cafe. Sanity is extremely important, so please take care of yourself, mommies! ♡

My Waterbirh Experience

During our pregnancy journey, we have always thought of having a gentle birth without any form of medical intervention for our firstborn, Kayne. However we started our first gynae appointment at Mount Elizebeth and found out that they couldn’t provide for our ideal birth plan. Thus, in the month of April we switched (I’m in my Week 11) to National University Hospital and went around looking for doctors who does water birth and a birthing doula as it’s necessary for water birth in Singapore.

The reason for doing a waterbirth is to ensure that the whole process of birthing was done in water in the most gentle and natural way. With minimum to no medical interventions such as drugs or any form of pain relief including epidural or laughing gas. I always believed that birthing should be au natural and it made sense to me that the usual practice for birthing is about the convenience for the doctors and medical staff. How could you engage your body muscles in a lying lithotomy position? Our bodies don’t work this way.

I had my contractions on 7 November when Kayne’s 39 weeks 5 days. I felt slight contraction at about 7pm and it was really bearable till the middle of the night when the intensity increases and got more frequent. I had some loose stools till 1am and had some trouble falling asleep due to the constant jabbing pain in the abdomen. Then at about 2.35am, I lost my mucus plug and had a show. He’s definitely coming today and it was real labour. We called for our doula, Chiew Gin at about 3.30am and she arrived at our place shortly.

Both Wayne and I are really thankful for her as she helped relief my pain throughout my contraction and we strongly believed that we should only go to the hospital when we’re the active labour stage, which means that dilation should be at about 5cm onwards as the home is the best place for comfort. As the pain intensify, Chiew Gin told us to leave home at 6.30am and we reached NUH at about 6.50am.

We manage to “book” our ideal birthing room 12, which had the bigger pool for birthing. Tip #101 – It’s essential to call the delivery suite while on the way to the hospital as they will be prepared for your arrival and get the room ready!

We started off with lying on the bed and some SOP checks but I decided to ignore everyone else and focus on my own birth and body. There were some trainee doctors and nurses, and one of them came to check on my dilation first. It wasn’t as painful as what I thought it should be. And I was already 5cm dilated, oh wow.

After awhile, in the midst of my contraction there was a sudden gush of water and my water bag ruptured. It felt like something just bursted out – I was shock as I wasn’t expecting this. However, still in my own-world mode, I continued with my breathing techniques and remain ignorance to my environment (hypnobirthing techniques!). I know that my doula and Wayne will settle them. In and out, there will be doctors and nurses who comes in wanting to inject, check and do some SOP procedures which is seriously the most annoying thing.

As I was detected to be GBS positive, I had to be on antibiotics drip which was annoying. However ignoring every single intervention, we proceeded to the water as soon as we were ready. Then one doctor came and asked me to leave the pool and only come when I’m 7cm dilated, seriously. I totally ignored him and stayed within my own zone. My dilation was really quick in water and I was dilated till 8-9cm within 2 hours. Labour was very progressive and fast due to the relaxation, breathing techniques and buoyancy in the warm water. I wasn’t expecting it to be this fast. Relaxing is key but birth is still painful okay.

Chiew Gin kept encouraging me and I was listening to her cues all the way – with Wayne letting me squeeze his hand and him feeding me coconut water & raisins. As labour progresses, none of them left the labour room as our baby is making his way out to the world really soon. After a while, I was asked to switch to birthing stool as Kayne was already crowning, I think this is the hardest part as the pushing begins. I thought it felt like a honeydew squeezing out from an egg hole. It’s just so hard to push! My goodness!

But I guess the birthing stool really did helped with the labour as that’s the best position for pushing but was asked to get back to the pool whilst waiting for Prof Chong, my gynae to come. After a long tedious pushing of 1.5 hours, Kayne’s finally out. Omg. Imagine the amount of blood lost, it’s really a big pool of it. And Wayne cut his umbilical cord ❤️ our precious baby is out & both of us started crying.

Then came the second stage of labour which is the birthing of the placenta, which I wasn’t really paying attention too as baby was already in my arms. But all the pain was worth it. Wayne told me Prof Chong twisted the cord twice and pulled the placenta out twice forcefully. And there was so much blood oozing out from the vagina. So much trauma for the body, as my perineal is seriously swollen with the long pushing. I couldn’t even walk properly after birth.

Can I just say all mothers are seriously amazing regardless of birthing methods. The whole 9 months and birth itself is simply beyond words. Only mothers will understand. But it’s all good, as long as Kayne’s well and healthy. He’s so awake after birth due to the absence of drugs and pain relief. And he’s a whopping 3.79kg. Welcome to the world, son.