Avalon Organics Thickening Shampoo

Well, apparently my hair looks like of dull. Well that is what my friends often say about my hair always. You know when you go out with a group of friends...

Well, apparently my hair looks like of dull. Well that is what my friends often say about my hair always. You know when you go out with a group of friends and you run out of things to say, they start commenting about my hair. But since the same comment kept on popping up, so I guess that means something. I have been using the black soap to wash my hair and it certainly feels fine to me. In fact, my hair feels stronger and thicker. But I am guessing what they meant is that my hair isn’t that “glossy” or something like that. The reason could be that I don’t use conditioner anymore. I am just too lazy to spend time after shampooing my hair to apply conditioner. Hey, I am busy you know.  I do have a life.

Anyway, I bought this shampoo to have a try. Seems rather popular at iHerb. Sure it is not a conditioner but hopefully it will help. I think I will wash my hair with this Avalon Organics Shampoo perhaps once or twice per week. The rest of the time, I will still use the black soap. I think that the black soap has really helped both my skin and my hair, so I will stick with it. And of course it is very convenient to just have one bottle for both hair and skin. As usual, I bought this shampoo from iHerb. If I am not wrong, Watsons carry them as well – at a much bigger markup than iHerb. You might want to consider shopping online instead.

Very nice packaging.

This is the Avalon Organics Thickening Shampoo. Do I need thicker hair? I don’t think so. But as I have mentioned previously, this is the most popular brand, so I chose this one. It comes with Biotin B-Complex therapy whatever that means. Fortified with biotin, saw palmetto, wheat protein and vitamin E for an energized scalp and thicker, fuller hair. About 400ml of shampoo for glorious lather. Hey, it contains 70% organic content.

WTF? The ingredients list is unbelievable. I think they added everything but the kitchen sink to the shampoo.

Okay, here are the benefits – helps build body in fine, thinning hair. It stimulates scalp to encourage hair growth, cleans and nourishes hair from follicle through entire shaft, strengthens hair strands and boosts volume s hair feels thicker and softer. It is PH balanced. I guess that means it is good.

Made in the United States.

I will be trying this shampoo out real soon and will give you guys a report. Hope that it will give my hair a much needed “shine” to it. Personally I don’t really care whether my hair is shiny or not, but sometimes you have to succumb to peer pressure. That is a fact of modern life. So stay tuned.

My iHerb Referral code is MLD668. Use it to get a US$10 discount for US$40 and above for your first order. Or use it to get a US$5 for anything less than US$40. By the way, iHerb has a discount on DHL shipping to Singapore for orders over US$60.

Corn Candies Candy Tree Organic Cherry Twist

This time this is not for my nephews. It is for me! This candy brings back memories of the time when life was simpler and the candies were actual candies, rather...

This time this is not for my nephews. It is for me! This candy brings back memories of the time when life was simpler and the candies were actual candies, rather than those crap that we get nowadays. Yes, the ones that are made from some unknown chemicals and while some do taste great, we definitely don’t know what will happen once we consume those candies. And at my age, I think it might be a good idea to stop playing with my health. True, I would like to enjoy a treat or two once in a while but I would rather do it with some peace of mind. Come on, once you reach my age you will find yourself with all sorts of health problems and if you don’t take care, you will certainly regret it.

Anyway, I bought this from iHerb. My favourite source for those made in the United States stuff. And this is organic! I am pretty sure most of us don’t really know what “organic” really means but I would like to think that it is better for us than the others. Hahaha, not that reassuring right? But that is life. There is no certainty in life.

The Corn Candies Candy Tree Organic Cherry Twists. Delicious!

Wow, organic with no added sugar. It is wheat-free, gluten free and looks like a cloud or something.

Corn candies was founded in 1984 by two parents who were concerned with what their seven children were eating. They cooked up lollipops, toffees, licorice and hand candies – made with organic ingredients. Organic corn malt as a base flavoured with real fruit juices and sweetened with organic apple juice. Their children, and now grandchildren, have enjoyed these wholesome organic sweets for years….now your can too.

The ingredients are organic corn syrup, organic rice flour, organic rice starch, organic apple juice, concentrated fruit juice (cherry 3%) and citric acid. But wait, it is made in the Netherlands. That would be Holland. The same place where all Singaporean male always go when they get lost during their national Service. I had always thought that iHerb mainly brings in US stuff.

Do they look tempting? Yes they do! I finish this entire pack in one go. If you don’t like your candies too sweet, this is for you. You will feel a little sweetness at the end but it is not overpowering. The sweetness could be from the apple juice. However if you are buying the candy for your kids, they might not like it. The sweetness is subtle but kids don’t really appreciate subtle. You know years and years of being spolit by the commercial candies we have in Singapore will do that to their taste buds. Anyway the cherry flavour is pretty good as well. Could be a little stronger but we can’t always have what we want right? For old folks who worry about their teeth, this candy can be a little tough though.

My iHerb Referral code is MLD668. Use it to get a US$10 discount for US$40 and above for your first order. Or use it to get a US$5 for anything less than US$40. By the way, iHerb has a discount on DHL shipping to Singapore for orders over US$60.

Kettle Bakes Potato Chips Hickory Honey Barbeque

Occasionally I do eat chips. Well, nowadays more often then before. The reason? Simple, I went online shopping. Probably the most addictive thing I ever did was online shopping. Once I started clicking...

Occasionally I do eat chips. Well, nowadays more often then before. The reason? Simple, I went online shopping. Probably the most addictive thing I ever did was online shopping. Once I started clicking and purchasing stuff online, it became something of a habit. And it is just so simple. A few clicks and the items will be posted to you. There is no need to worry about transport or whether today will be rainy or whatever. You do it in the comfort of your own home. And yes, I do have a debit card. The problem is that they accept debit cards as well. If only they don’t, I probably won’t be spending so much of my hard earned money shopping online. But at least I don’t shop for those useless (and expensive) things like some of my friends do. You know they shop for those luxury brand watches or whatever jewellery or whatever. Big big waste of money in my opinion.

My favourite place to shop online is iHerb. It sells health and beauty products. And surprisingly it sells potato chips as well. They deem it as “healthy” snack. I almost choke on that when I saw it but hey, no matter what, they are still a business and they do need to sell stuff that people buys right? And since they sell it much cheaper than what we have in Singapore, I have no complains. It is just too bad they don’t accept Paypal, only credit cards. Delivery is pretty fast as well. DHL takes about a week to ship to Singapore.

This is the pack of Kettle Potato Chips Bakes. The flavour is Hickory Honey Barbeque. Looks like of tempting right? I can’t wait to get my hands on them chips. Remember this is baked and fried chips, so I guess it is indeed healthier.

Made with real sliced potatoes. Guess what the other brands made their potatoes from?

Not that much though. About 113g of chips here. I can finish this pack in one sitting no problems.

The back of the pack.

The ingredients are potatoes, safflower and/or sunflower oil, honey powder (dried cane syrup, honey), sugar, salt, dried tomato, dried onion, dried paprika, maltodextrin, torula yeast, yeast extract, spices, dried garlic, citric acid, paprika extract and natural smoke flavour.

Well, here we have the nutritional information. Check this out – it contains quite a lot of Vitamin C per serving. I wonder how they managed to achieve that? Won’t Vitamin C be destoryed when they bake the chips? And of course a healthy does of “sodium” as well. Does potatoes contain a lot of potassium? Can’t find any reason why there is so much potassium though.

Baked potato chips used to be a healthy compromise. Less fat. Less taste. Less satisfying. Well, not anymore. Kettle Brand Bakes deliver real potato goodness, bold flavour and nothing less than pure indulgence. We slice fresh whole potatoes. Yes, a real whole potato. We toast each slice to a hearty, satisfying crunch. And season the chips with bold, mouthwatering flavours. In fact, they just might become your potato chip of choice. And that’s no half-baked idea. Bite into the lively blend of hickery barbeque and sweet honey. I am guessing the smoke flavour is supposed to be hickery.

Check this out – 0 grams trans fat, only all natural colours and flavours, only natural oils, no preservatives, non-GMO ingredients, gluten free and real food ingredients. Yes, those other brands are looking like of scary right about now.

Well, did I enjoy it? Yes, I did. The texture is a bit different – it feels more firm and crunchy. Of course it could be because Kettle usually have thicker slices of potato. The taste wise is quite nice. Though I have to admit, the hickery flavour isn’t that great while the honey can be a bit overwhelming. But overall, it is pretty nice. I am sure that if you are a potato chips fanboy, this would not disappoint you. And yes I have become a fan of Kettle.

My iHerb Referral code is MLD668. Use it to get a US$10 discount for US$40 and above for your first order. Or use it to get a US$5 for anything less than US$40. By the way, iHerb has a discount on DHL shipping to Singapore for orders over US$60.

Walden Farms Strawberry Fruits Spread

Fruits Spread is just another fancy word for jam. This is jam with some fruits preserves or something like that. Nothing really that fancy but if you would like something that...

Fruits Spread is just another fancy word for jam. This is jam with some fruits preserves or something like that. Nothing really that fancy but if you would like something that comes from the United States and termed “healthier” than this might just tickle your fancy. As usual, I bought this from iHerb. It has become my favourite place for online shopping. The prices are relatively reasonable and the shipping prices are low. Of course they require you to purchase a certain amount to get that kind of discount, but even with shipping, some products are still much cheaper than purchasing from Singapore. If you have been to Cold Storage you might have seen some of the items iHerb carries and if you compare the prices, you will agree with me.

One bottle of the Walden Farms Strawberry Fruits Spread. Can last quite a while in my household. I don’t really like jam. But my nephews love them. He would eat jam with everything – french fries, noodles, whip potatoes, fried chicken……everything.

340g of fruits spread. It is sugar free, calorie free and fat free. Honestly, that is not real food.

The ingredients are purified water, strawberry flavour, natural flavours, glucose, citric acid, some sort of gel, red cabbage colour, xanthan gum and some sort of preservatives. Hmm….this isn’t that good afterall. But then preservatives are always need in mass produced products, especially for edible items that are to be kept on the shelves for long time. I would certainly prefer my foodstuff to be preservatives free.

Well, Walden Farms Calorie Free Strawberry Fruit Spread is made from natural strawberry fruit extract for a sensational fresh strawberry taste. Great on toast, pancakes, oatmeal, in yogurt smoothies and to make delicious PB&J. For me, I think that whenever you have sensational marketing like “no calories, fat, carbs, gluten or sugars or any kind”,  it is certainly not a natural product. I would rather they have actual real strawberries in the fruit spread. Strawberry extract?? What exactly is that? Come on, give me the real thing.

My iHerb Referral code is MLD668. Use it to get a US$10 discount for US$40 and above for your first order. Or use it to get a US$5 for anything less than US$40. By the way, iHerb has a discount on DHL shipping to Singapore for orders over US$60.

D-Link DNS 320 ShareCenter Pulse 2-Bay NAS

Not for me, but for my company. We needed a cheap solution for some smaller backups for the less important data and do not wish to combine backups together. So I...

Not for me, but for my company. We needed a cheap solution for some smaller backups for the less important data and do not wish to combine backups together. So I got this set. If you are a home user, you might want to take a look at this D-Link DNS 320 NAS. Not too shabby for its price and it comes with 2 bay slots which allow you to have RAID 0 or RAID 1. If you are looking for some added data safety, I would recommend RAID 1 for redundancy. Basically it is just mirroring. Two harddisks each with a copy of the actual data. So if one of the harddisk fails, you have the other for backup. Of course it is highly recommended that you replace the faulty harddisk as soon as possible to ensure your data will still be intact. Surprisingly, most people don’t care about their data until disaster strikes. By then it is just too late. You can whine about it all you want but there is nothing much anyone can do. Even if you go to a recovery center, they might not be able to recover all your data and it probably cost more than a bomb to restore your files. Trust me, I have seen people spending thousands of dollars trying to get back their family photos.

So why not have backups? This is exactly where a NAS comes in. NAS or Network Attached Storage is a device which can store data through the network. The convenience of having a NAS in your network is priceless, especially if you have multiple computers or users in your network. Just “park” your data on the NAS and you can access the data anywhere on your network. And since it is just a data store on a network, you can backup various computers on the NAS easily. Although in my case, the NAS is just for storing backups, most home network users or even office users do share data on a NAS as well.

The big box for the D-Link DNS 320. The actual device is not really that big. Slightly better than 2 external 3.5″ harddisk stacked together.

Looks cool? Well from the outside, yes. But the device is actually very plasticky and feels kind of cheap.

Yes, it comes with Gigabit ports but I am guessing it is more or less useless unless you use SSDs. Please note that this is just the NAS. It does not come with any harddisks. You will need to get your own. Supports only SATA drives. The coolest thing is the price! Just S$109. Much much cheaper than the market. If I am not wrong, a 2-bay NAS will hit about S$200 or so. The price is extremely attractive to home users as well. Nowadays we have tons of digital media to store, even in our own home. Data like photos, videos, music, documents and so on. With harddisks being so cheap now, it is indeed a good time to invest in a NAS.

Wow, you can share files over your network, stream media to your PCs and TVs, protect and backup important files and easily manage your data using this device.

Photo of the ShareCenter DNS320.

Check the contents and minimum requirements.

Yes, we know. Hey, it comes with this Farstone Recovery software. Cool! I am currently using the open source Cobain Backup software but won’t mind trying something else out. This is actually sold at US$30 per license. And the features look kind of impressive for a home user. At any rate, this D-Link would be a very useful addition to the office as an alternate backup storage device.

They just love repeating the same thing over and over again.

The features include store, share and make regular backups of files. Sterams music, photos and video to compatible UPnP AV enabled devices such as Xbox 360 & PS3. It can even securely access files over the Internet. Though I would not recommend it. Nowadays we have very cheap online storage solutions like Amazon’s S3 or Dropbox which provides a more reliable method of online storage. I usually have a combination of a few – backups on my local network and only the very important files are backup on Dropbox.

Check it out, it supports RAID 1 which is what we are looking for. We need the redundancy to allow me to sleep at night. Can’t imagine if one day one of the harddisk fails, all my hardwork will be gone in just an instant. Honestly, you don’t need that fast a speed when doing backups. It is also interesting that there is a build-in FTP application. If your backup software supports FTP, it might be a good idea to transfer via FTP since it is usually faster.

Oh, by the way, RAID is not backup. It is very important to understand this. Backups are backups. They are copies of your data which you should keep somewhere safe. RAID is for redundancy in case your device breaks down. And RAID does not protect you against accidental deletion, viruses or corruption. So make sure you have backups my friends! Heck, go backup your data right now.

Useless information. The box is just too big, so they need to add some nonsense on it.

Some information on how to add the harddisks. Pretty easy. Just push the clip at the back, then slip the cover off. Add the harddisk(s) via the guides to the SATA connectors (make sure they are properly aligned first!) and just pop back the cover. There, you have just added storage to the NAS!

The stuff that comes with the box.

The actual ShareCenter. Made from very cheap plastic.

The back with the clip. This is the clip where you push and hold, while sliding the top cover off when you need to add or change harddisks. There is a fan at the back as well. But it feels pretty weak if you ask me. Yes, it is very silent but in Singapore’s weather, heat is a problem. And no matter how expensive your harddisks are, heat is going to kill your harddisks.

This is where you slide your harddisks in. There are two SATA connectors, so make sure you align your harddisks properly.

Yes, I chose WD Caviar Green because they are supposed to be cooler and do not use a lot of power. 2TB is quite a lot of storage. Since I am going to use RAID 1, even with 2 x 2TB harddisks, the total storage will still be only 2TB. Remember this is for redundancy. I don’t need speed here. And even if I would like better performance, using RAID 0 is extremely dangerous. If just one harddisks fails, then all the data on the array is lost. If you would performance, you should get some other NAS device. This D-Link DNS320 isn’t for those heavy users.

3 years warranty!

Yes, I slot in the harddisks. Very easy thing to do. Very good fit. Again, make sure you align the harddisks properly first.

Yes, both harddisks are detected and the RAID 1 is constructed without any issues. Quite nice. The power on button is located on the bottom right (right next to the power LED). The button on the button center is for other uses. So don’t be an idiot like me and keep on pressing that button, thinking the NAS is faulty or something like that. If I am not wrong, the USB port is for you to connect an external device for backing up the NAS. The button is meant for the device to automatically copy data to the USB device.

I have only just started using this NAS. Performance wise, it is not the fastest I have come across. In fact, it is one of the slowest. But then comparing the price, I think it is just right. And hey, it is faster than the old Bufflao NAS we had in our office. I can’t remember the model but that was rather sluggish. And the web interface was as slow as hell. I spent like an hour adding 15 users to the Buffalo NAS. Nearly pulled all my hair out. Of course this DNS320′w web interface isn’t speedy, but it is acceptable. So if you are on a budget or would like a simple network storage that just works, then take a look at this D-Link. Remember to flash the firmware to the latest!

Endangered Species Natural Dark Chocolate Squares With Forest Mint

Yes, it is time for yet another dark chocolate review. And yes, I bought this from iHerb, as usual. Their shipping prices are definitely more reasonable than the other online stores....

Yes, it is time for yet another dark chocolate review. And yes, I bought this from iHerb, as usual. Their shipping prices are definitely more reasonable than the other online stores. They have this 95% off DHL prices if you order more than US$60. Not too shabby. It arrives from the United States in less than a week. Well if it is the holidays, there might be some delay here and there but DHL is quite fast. Definitely better than the previous one iHerb offered.  Anyway if you like dark chocolate, I think you will love this. The problem with dark chocolate is that it is often just too bitter. And in Singapore, we are so used to milk chocolate that most of us find dark chocolate a little like eating coffee or something. I guess it can be an acquired taste. Not that I have good tastes but after a while, I have no problems eating dark chocolate. And the cocoa content does affect how bitter the chocolate is going to be.

Oh by the way, dark chocolate is healthier than milk chocolate. One of the main reason is the cocoa content. Since cocoa is packed full of nutrients, dark chocolate with more cocoa content would give you more nutrients than milk content. Furthermore, there is usually less sugar in dark chocolate.

Wow, comes with forest mint. The advantage of buying individual chocolate squares is that you don’t have to finish the entire chocolate in one sitting. If you purchased them chocolate bars, it is a hassle to “pack” the chocolate if you cannot finish it. The mint flavour is pretty good here. At least you can taste the mint on your tongue. Most mint chocolates are pretty weak in the mint department.

About 100g of chocolate.

The back of the pack.

Cool, they donate 10% of net profits to organizations that support species conservation, habitat preservation and humanitarian efforts. So why not support them?

The ingredients are bittersweet chocolate and natural mint flavour. Wow, that is one short ingredients list. Of course they do need to make the actual chocolate which also has a very short ingredients list. That is what food is all about. Not chemicals or whatever crap fillers they have. If you were to check the ingredients of many of the chocolates we have in our local supermarkets, you would have probably thought that you were eating something else. Don’t believe me, just go to the supermarket and see for yourself.

Some nutritional information. Hmm…..seems to have quite a lot of fiber. Yes, I too don’t know how that goes but hey, if it is true, you might have a better time at the toilet after eating the chocolate. Get it? The chocolate is black and so is your…..okay, never mind.

My iHerb Referral code is MLD668. Use it to get a US$10 discount for US$40 and above for your first order. Or use it to get a US$5 for anything less than US$40. By the way, iHerb has a discount on DHL shipping to Singapore for orders over US$60.

St Dalfour Premium Cranberries

This is yet another cranberry review. If you guys have been in this blog long enough, you should know by now that I love cranberries. Those dried types. They are slightly...

This is yet another cranberry review. If you guys have been in this blog long enough, you should know by now that I love cranberries. Those dried types. They are slightly sweet with some tartness and their texture is just wonderful. And judging by the number of dried cranberries available in our supermarket, I have to say there are quite a number of people who agrees with me. And cranberries are not that expensive. Unlike blueberries which seem to cost like a bomb here. Anyway, I bought this online from iHerb. Pricing is slightly cheaper than what you would normally find in Singapore. Usually we get cranberries in those plastic packaging. But this St Dalfour comes in a nice little glass jar. Not that I am looking for something that is in a glass jar but hey, it is something different and some might even say a little more “elite”.

All natural preservative free! Ya! From what I know, dried cranberries do keep very well. Hence quite a number of dried cranberries suppliers do not add anything more than sugar to their cranberries. There are some who add flavours to their cranberries like the ones from Shop N Save. They are actually quite nice but I would rather go for something that is all natural. Yes, I hug trees as well.

Look at those nice juicy and plump dried cranberries.

All natural and healthy! Hand-picked, clean and ready to eat. I certainly hope so. I have been eating them straight out of the pack for years already.

Well, these premium cranberries are grown in pristine bogs in Nova Scotia, Canada. The climate and terrain act in harmony to create cranberries of extraordinary quality. They are packed without preservatives using a special all natural, patented deep vacuum method. St. Dalfour keeps the tender plump quality of the cranberries. They are not dry or hard, they are succulent. They are the best cranberries in the world. Yes, indeed. Although I won’t say they are the best I have ever tried, but they are close. The correct amount of sweetness and the correct amount of tartness. Delicious! Great for snacking.

Packed in France with cranberries from Canada. Weird right? But then we are living in the 21st century where the world is interconnected. All thanks to those pioneers who traveled around the world and spread diseases to kill of the natives.

Anyway, the ingredients are just cranberries with a touch of sugar. Check out the nutrition facts if you have too much time on your hands.

A view of the actual dried cranberries.

My iHerb Referral code is MLD668. Use it to get a US$10 discount for US$40 and above for your first order. Or use it to get a US$5 for anything less than US$40. By the way, iHerb has a discount on DHL shipping to Singapore for orders over US$60.

Chocolove Cherries & Almonds In Dark Chocolate

Did I tell you guys that I love chocolate before? Don’t know why, but I love them. Of course I prefer dark chocolate to milk chocolate. I mean milk chocolate is...

Did I tell you guys that I love chocolate before? Don’t know why, but I love them. Of course I prefer dark chocolate to milk chocolate. I mean milk chocolate is just sugar and milk. You probably won’t taste any chocolate in those milk chocolate anyway. So why go for milk chocolates in the first place? Yes, there are applications where milk chocolate is more suitable like in those chocolate coated dried fruits – you need to taste the dried fruit. If you use dark chocolate, it might overwhelm the entire thing and you would probably not have tasted the dried fruit. But overall, I prefer dark chocolates. If you have not tried dark chocolate, you should consider trying them out. Definitely better than milk chocolate. And nowadays we are starting to see an increase in the availability of dark chocolates in our local supermarkets. Or you can simply just shop online, like me! I bought this from iHerb.

About 90g of chocolate. This is the Cherries & Almonds. Not too bad. I ate the entire pack in one sitting. Probably one of the better tasting chocolates I have ever tasted. It can be very difficult to find good tasting chocolates in Singapore. Somehow we only get those Cadbury and Van Halen and the other boring brands. And mostly they are milk chocolates. However if you visit Cold Storage, you will be able to spot several better brands on their shelves. The prices can be rather scary if you ask me.

By the way, there is a love poem inside! The cocoa content is 55%. Very complex this one.

The back of the pack.

They use Michigan cherries and dry roasted California almonds in Belgian dark chocolate crafted from African cocoa beans. The chewy, crunchy combination of cherries and almonds provides a delicious flavor contrast then gradually blends into the complex flavours of dark chocolate. Yes, that is what I am talking about. Chocolate is not all about sweetness or whatever – it has to be the correct combination in texture, taste and feel. Hence manufacturers need to know what they are doing. The cherries are perfect in this case because it provides a very different texture (and taste since it is a bit sweet and tart) to the chocolate. Almonds and chocolates are yet another winning combination that never fails.

The ingredients are dark chocolate, dried cherries, almonds, rice flour and sunflower oil.  I love the short ingredients list. It means that the chocolates are real chocolates and the cherries and almonds are the actual stuff. I would not recommend all those “flavours” that have been added to the chocolate. They are not the real thing. Actually if you were to read the ingredients list in most of our store bought chocolates, you will be surprised to see that most are not made from real chocolates (or at most a small percentage). Kind of sad that our taste buds have been diluted by years and years of crappy fake products. Oh by the way, this is made in the United States.

My iHerb Referral code is MLD668. Use it to get a US$10 discount for US$40 and above for your first order. Or use it to get a US$5 for anything less than US$40. By the way, iHerb has a discount on DHL shipping to Singapore for orders over US$60.

Justin’s Organic Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

The best (and only) chocolate peanut butter cup I have eaten is from Reeses. If I remember correctly, it was bought from Candy Empire and it was pretty good. But they...

The best (and only) chocolate peanut butter cup I have eaten is from Reeses. If I remember correctly, it was bought from Candy Empire and it was pretty good. But they are made from milk chocolates which are not my favourite. I prefer dark chocolate. And when I saw on Vitacost that they carry peanut butter cups made with dark chocolate, of course I went ahead and bought them. And they are actually much cheaper if you buy them online than if you purchase them from the local stores. The rental here is killing. Thus everything in Singapore is extremely expensive. Hey, even shipping here is expensive. And Singapore is so small. Car parks, fuel, ERP, road tax, COE and whatever nonsense the govt thinks of, it is no wonder the cost of living in Singapore has gone through the roof. And of course, the standard of living has dropped tremendously for most Singaporeans.

One small pack of the Justin’s Organic dark chooclate peanut butter cups. About 40g. Not that much. Basically they are just peanut butter that is covered by chocolate. And yes, you can easily do it yourself if you have some peanut butter and chocolates (and of course moulds).

Remember, it is organic!

The ingredients are organic dark chocolate, organic soy lecithin, organic peanuts, organic evaporated cane sugar, organic cocoa butter, organic palm fruit oil, organic vanilla flavour. Everything is organic here. Sometimes we do go overboard when we look for things organic.

Some nutritional facts.

The overall taste is okay. The problem is they have too little peanut butter and too much chocolate. When I bite into a chocolate peanut butter cup, first I would like to have a feel of the crunch (the chocolate) and then a layer of thick peanut butter. If you add too little peanut butter, there isn’t really much of a texture when biting into the cup. And I thought the peanut butter was a bit too salty. But as I said, overall not too bad. And I love dark chocolate.

My iHerb Referral code is MLD668. Use it to get a US$10 discount for US$40 and above for your first order. Or use it to get a US$5 for anything less than US$40. By the way, iHerb has a discount on DHL shipping for orders over US$60.

Eden Organic Dried Cranberries

Looks like I am trying everything on Vitacost or iHerb. Bought this just recently. I always believe that cranberries are just that – cranberries. But honestly there are (dried) cranberries that...

Looks like I am trying everything on Vitacost or iHerb. Bought this just recently. I always believe that cranberries are just that – cranberries. But honestly there are (dried) cranberries that taste super wonderful and there are cranberries that taste like leather. This is one of the better ones I have tried. After that blueberry nonsense I got a while back (you can read it here – Bob’s Red Mill Dried Blueberries), I was so disappointed that I nearly stopped shopping at these online stores. But luckily I was overcome by the usual shopping fever and broke and bought some stuff online. Yes, I know I am addicted to shopping nowadays. Like an auntie like that. And I am not even a female. Jialat! But what can I say, at least the stuff I buy I do eat. Not like those people who go shopping those “cutesy” stuff of no value and is soon forgotten once a new trend arrive. I buy stuff which I eat and they are healthy. That is me! As you guys might know by now, I do most of my online shopping nowadays at Vitacost or iHerb.

This Eden Organic Dried Cranberries is very nice. First of all, the cranberries are pretty juicy (especially for a dried variety), probably because they are pretty large. I have purchased cranberries that taste rather leathery but this is certainly not it. From what I read, it is sweetened with apple juice, so that certainly helps to “moisture” the cranberries as well. Cost wise, I have to say it is average. Not the most expensive but also not the cheapest. I was a bit surprised because I had expected the prices to be much cheaper in the US, since cranberries are native there.

One pack. Look at those fresh cranberries. No those are not it. What you get are those ugly wrinkled ones. But they are delicious!

Double certified? I guess they mean that they have two certifications that shows they are organic or something like that.

Very low sodium. I didn’t know cranberries have lots of sodium in them. Anyway, they are sweetened with organic apple juice concentrate. Yes, everything is organic here.

North American cranberries have long been valued as health food. These are organically grown, infused with organic apple juice concentrate, slowly dried and lightly misted with organic sunflower oil to prevent clumping. Their tangy sweet flavour delivers big fun and healthy antioxidants. Check out the nutrition facts. The ingredients are organic cranberries, organic apple juice concentrate and organic sunflower oil. Product of Canada. Shucks, I am sorry. This one is from Canada. But still good stuff. I really enjoy consuming the entire pack in one good, while I was playing diablo. My keyboard is still sticky with traces of organic apple juice concentrate and sunflower oil.

My iHerb Referral code is MLD668. Use it to get a US$10 discount for US$40 and above for your first order. Or use it to get a US$5 for anything less than US$40. By the way, iHerb has a discount on DHL shipping for orders over US$60. Not too shabby the prices. Shipping is also quite fast.

By the way, Happy New Year!!! Lets hope for a better year ahead!

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