Illustro 1 Day – the best disposable softlens for travellers

I have myopia but I hate to wear glasses when travelling because it is not practical. So I switched to softlens for day time use about 10 years ago. At first I used 6-monthly soflens, but again it was not practical, as I have to bring along the softlens pack and liquid with me. The liquid itself will be a problem if I only travel with a carry-on baggage.

When I went to South Korea in 2012, it was the first time I used daily disposable soflens, and I love everything about it, except for the price! So then began my quest to find the perfect daily disposable softlens.

I have tried Acuvue Moist and Acuvue Trueye (both are Johnson & Johnson’s products) and Dailies (Ciba Vision’s product). Acuvue Trueye is the best of the three, it is comfortable on the eyes and easy to take it off. But it is also most expensive among them. My complaints also for these products are their big package and sometimes it got the wrong side on, so I have to carefully check before put it on.

So, I was very delightful when I found Illustro 1 Day. As read in the package it is manufactured in Singapore. In Indonesia, it is only available in Optik Melawai. What I love about this softlens is its super slim package, claimed to be the thinnest in the world! which is very essential for travelling. I also love its modern design, which guarantee a right side is popped out and ready to put on.

Its normal price is more expensive than Acuvue Moist/ Ciba Dailies but cheaper than Acuvue Trueye. But it is still on promotion buy 2 get 3 until 24 November 2016 – so for now it is the cheapest daily disposable lens in Indonesian market.

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Fruit Blend To Improve Our Eyesight

Carrot, Apple and Tomatto

Yes, these fruits blend can improve our eyesight, especially for those diagnosed with myopia.

I got this recipe from my optometrist, when I asked for some vitamin for my eye, she recommends these fruits blends instead.

Blend these fruits and have it twice a week at minimum

And see the result after 3-6 months. I have personally tried it, and my myopia is slightly reduced (by -0.25) after 6 months, even I was not very discipline about it. As now I am completely sure with the impact, I’ll have it regularly. My optometrist told me that her child is completely heal from -1.5 myopia by having these fruit blend regularly.

So let’s have it, just cut the fruits and put it in a blender, no need to add anything, not even water or sugar. The taste is already good as it is. You can even have it with a spoon, puree style! Have a try and get better!

Walking in Jakarta

Jakarta is, by no means, a friendly city to walk. A rumor about Jakarta citizen who use Ojek (motorbike taxi) to a destination within 10 minutes walking distance is true. There are at least 2 reasons for this, first is the fact that Jakarta is very hot and humid, walking around in the afternoon will be very exhausting. The second reason is because the pedestrian walk way in Jakarta is very awful. And no, I am not exaggerate it.  The pedestrian walk way in  of Jakarta, where it exists, mostly damaged, or blocked by street vendors, or occupied by construction works, or in some strange way, trees grow on it, I am not kidding. One of my expatriate friend once told me that pedestrian walk way in Jakarta is one of the worst in the world, and judging from my travelling experience, I have to agree with him.

I have stayed in Jakarta for 13 years now, and I have very rarely walked in this City. When I lived in South Jakarta, I bought a motorbike to go to the office everyday, and the distance was less than 1 km! The reason that I told myself was because there is no pedestrian walk way, so it is very dangerous to walk between cars and motorbikes, I did not want to be a victim of a hit-run.

But it was changed 4 months ago when I moved to my current place where traffic is much worse and walking  becomes the fastest way to get to the office, literally. The distance between my place and office is 2 km one way, so I walk 4 km daily. I am skeptical about this at first, and I still have to be very careful everyday considering the pedestrian walk way condition, but the walk is growing on me. I like it, and somehow I feel better.

Then I start to read a dozen articles about the benefit of daily walking exercise, and becoming more motivated. It was mentioned that walking is good to improve our health, it can slash our risk of heart disease, cancer and osteoporosis. One of the benefit I felt is during my recent trip in Japan, the whole week there, my total walking distance is 50 km (yes, it is real, I use “moves” app in my iPhone to track my walking distance). But I was not exhausted at all! I even got complaints from my travelmates because I walked too fast and rarely took a break.

My experience in Japan motivated me to walk further and more often, even in Jakarta. I want to try hiking also for next, but knowing that there is no hiking place in Jakarta, for now I determine to walk whenever I have the time, instead of using ojek or taxi. The key to walk in Jakarta are to do the research first to find a better walk way, remain careful along the way and wear shoes! never use sandals or you’ll end up with injured feet. Just today I walked to a mall (Blok M Square) within 2.3 km walking distance according to Google Maps’ suggested route. I bump my feet several times because of uneven pavement and I almost got a hit by a Bus when walked along the way near flyover construction in Trunajaya street. The construction occupies the whole pedestrian walk way and no dedicated replacement provided, so pedestrians have to walk on the street. So I tried a different route when I got home, longer distance but safer. I walked 6 km in total, and I felt very good about it. I will try a longer distance on my next walk.

Walking Route