Recipe: Tortilla Pizza and French Onion Soup by Perfect Italiano!

Cheese is always a staple in my fridge.

Every single time I go grocery shopping, I’d pick up a few packets of cheese from Perfect Italiano. I go through cheese quicker than I’d like to admit. One of my absolute favorite snack is a grilled cheese sandwich which I love that I can easily whip up in a mere few minutes. I tend to stay up late playing video games, so I’m always hungry in the middle of the night and for some reason my midnight cravings are always the same things: nasi lemak and melted cheese. YUM.

Perfect Italiano is a cooking cheese brand that adds simple Italian flair to everyday family meals. It is simple and easy to use, to prevent homemade meals from being difficult,
complex and time-consuming. It is said that the simple secret to good Italian cooking lies in the freshness of the ingredients used. And that exact same philosophy is applied to Perfect Italiano cheeses – only the best ingredients are used so that you can achieve simple and perfect Italian recipes, anytime and anywhere.

I’m always thinking of new dishes I can cook with the end results boasting beautifully melted cheese. I’d like to share two of my newest cheese food experiments with you, for you to attempt at home as well! I hope you guys will love these dishes as much as I do. I’ve been making them so often ever since!

Tortilla Pizza

Ingredients (most are optional & amount up to your preference):

  • Perfect Italiano Pizza Plus
  • tortilla wraps
  • tomato paste
  • halved cherry tomatoes
  • baby spinach leaves
  • basil leaves
  • parma ham / bacon / your choice of meat
  • truffle oil
  • sliced portobello mushrooms
  • olive paste
  • eggs

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven or toaster to 180 degrees.
  2. Lay tortilla pieces on baking tray. Spread tomato paste all over the tortilla wraps with the back of a spoon.
  3. Sprinkle generously with Perfect Italiano Pizza Plus on top of tomato paste. When you think you’ve got enough, sprinkle on some more! Is there such a thing as too much cheese?
  4. Arrange desired amount of ingredients onto your pizza.
  5. If you’d like to include an egg on your pizza, make a little well in the middle then crack the egg into it.
  6. I made two different varations, one with cherry tomatoes + spinach + basil + parma ham + mushrooms, and the other one with cherry tomatoes + olive paste + basil + mushrooms + egg + truffle oil!
  7. Pop into the oven to bake for 6-8 ingredients, or until your cheese is golden brown and the egg cooked through!
  8. If using parma ham, do not arrange on pizza to bake in oven, simply place shredded parma ham on pizza separately afterwards.

The end result is an awesome thin crust pizza that takes only 15 minutes to make, from start to finish!

I love this recipe because it’s so flexible and convenient. Tortilla wraps make surprisingly good pizza bases. The sides get very crispy and the middle part is thin and soft, just the way I like it. As long as you’ve got your tortilla wrap, tomato paste and Pizza Plus cheese, the rest of the ingredients are completely optional and up to your own creativity and preferences.

I’m having a dinner gathering at my place this weekend and I plan to make this for them because everyone loves pizza, and I can easily make different variations of this dish so everyone will have a pizza they’ll love! I can prep the pizzas in advance before they arrive, and when they’re here, I’ll pop it into the oven to bake and they can have a fresh pizza right from my oven! Each tortilla pizza is personal-sized and the amount is just nice for a satisfying meal. Pizzas tend to be priced quite heftily when purchased outside, so whenever I have a pizza craving, I turn to this recipe instead!

 

I love ordering this next dish in restaurants, so I attempted a home made version and I’m pleasantly surprised by how well it turned out!

French Onion Soup

Ingredients (serves 4):

  • five medium white onions, chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 6 cups of beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • sliced buttered baguette
  • 1/4 cup cooking wine
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Perfect Italiano Mozzarella
  • Perfect Italiano Parmesan

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven / toaster to 200 degrees.
  2. Melt the butter over a deep saucepan, then add chopped onions and garlic to the pan and cook over medium heat.
  3. Add sugar, and caramelize the onions until soft and brown in color, which can take up to 25 minutes.
  4. In the meantime, toast & butter the baguette, then top off with Perfect Italiano Mozzarella and Perfect Italiano Parmesan.
  5. To the saucepan, add your bay leaves, dried thyme, wine, flour, and stir vigorously.
  6. Add your 6 cups of beef broth, then once the soup comes to a simmer, turn off the heat.
  7. Do a taste test and add more water or beef broth as desired to dilute or intensify the taste.
  8. Ladle your onion soup into oven-safe bowls.
  9. Top off with baguette cheese slices, sprinkle more Perfect Italiano cheese on, then bake for 5 minutes or until cheese is golden brown.

This french onion soup makes for an uncommon and hearty side dish / starter. It’s quite rare to come across this dish being served in Singapore, which was why I just had to attempt it myself. The beef broth gives it a nice deep flavor while the caramelized onions lend a subtle sweetness, finished off with some heat from the wine,& the cheesy baguette slice… Bon Appétit!

There’s so many delicious things you can do with Perfect Italiano cheeses! They’ve got you covered from snacks, appetizers, main courses and even to desserts.

For more ideas and epic cheesy recipes, check out my previous posts: Festive Cooking with Perfect Italiano and Recipe: Mac & Cheese and Deli Sandwich.

They’ve got more suggestions on how you can add a touch of Italian flair to your homecooking at www.perfectitaliano.com.sg!

xoxo,
Jess

Colgate Optic White Plus Shine

The first thing I always notice about someone is their smile.

How bright, genuine and wide it is. You can tell a lot about a person through their smile and the way they carry themselves! I believe a person who doesn’t hesitate to smile widely is a confident, happy and outgoing individual. If they cover their mouth every time they laugh, it might be a subtle hint that they’re self conscious about the state of their teeth or the way their smile looks.

It doesn’t matter if your teeth aren’t perfectly straight or aligned, but I do find it important that they’re kept as white as possible and squeaky clean at all times. I think the best looking smiles are the sincere ones from the heart, because when someone means a smile, you can totally tell! I am ashamed to admit that I never had proper dental hygiene when I was younger, but the older I got the more I realized how important it is to keep my teeth healthy and clean because it makes a big lasting first impression. Flossing daily and going for regular teeth scaling became a part of my lifestyle.

Adding on to my bi-yearly teeth whitening ritual, I need to upkeep the color of my teeth at home with everyday brushing, and the new Colgate Optic White Plus Shine does a great job at that!

Colgate Optic White Plus Shine is the latest whitening toothpaste featuring a newly upgraded formula with ‘Micro-Crystal Particles’ that gently polishes your teeth, giving you a brighter and more dazzling smile after a week’s usage!

Of course, individual results may vary, but my personal stance is that the Colgate Optic White Plus Shine has done a great job at keeping my pearly whites noticeably shinier and brighter after using it for the past few weeks!

It has a refreshing minty taste that isn’t overly powerful or strong, leaveing me with nice smelling breath afterwards.

I haven’t always had nice teeth. For the longest time, my teeth were stained very yellow no thanks to improper brushing practices for many years, but after continuous usage of whitening toothpastes and dental treatments, my condition has improved leaps and bounds. As someone who takes a lot of photos out of personal interest and work-related reasons, the color of my teeth is very apparent.

Despite having a pretty straight set of teeth, I would tend to smile with my lips closed because I didn’t want people to notice the color difference between myself and the person standing next to me. Almost everyone I stood next to made my teeth even yellower, and I felt terrible about myself. There’s nothing worse than feeling ashamed of your own smile. I’ve tried so hard in the past few years to achieve a smile I can be proud of, and you won’t believe the confidence it now brings me to know that I can flash my teeth without being self conscious at all!

In fact, smiling at people is one of my favorite things to do. I want to be one of those people that others remember by their smile! It’s one of the most underrated features of a person. People always talk about a person’s physique / figure / eyes / hair / style, but not enough people emphasize on the importance of a good smile.

So brush, brush and brush away!

If you’ve always wanted beautiful white teeth, you can try out the effects of Colgate Optic White Plus Shine for yourself at an introductory price of just $6.90, now retailing at Watsons’!

Find out more information about the toothpaste at Colgate’s official website.

xoxo,
Jess

Nivea In-Shower Skin Conditioner

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.

That’s what I always hear from beauty experts and from everyday women I’ve met – they all swear that keeping their skin on their face and body adequately moisturized is their number one priority. Keeping your skin healthily moisturized will ensure it’s not damaged, dry and flaky and will improve its quality over time. Dull or dry skin tends to look lifeless and feels unpleasant to the touch!

I know this because I have dry skin myself. It’s the driest around my legs. I’ve always been self-conscious about the condition of my skin. I am an avid user of moisturizers and I can’t imagine my life without depending heavily on moisturizers. The biggest problem I have with moisturizing is that I always tend to forget to include it into my daily regimen being the absent minded person that I am, and I’m not a fan of the sticky residual feeling I get from most creams and lotions after application. I like feeling absolutely squeaky clean after a shower, and the thought of applying sticky products onto my skin when it is completely clean kinda irks me!

One thing I don’t forget to do is shower everyday. And with these NIVEA In-Shower Skin Conditioners sitting prominently on my shower rack, I won’t miss out on the important step of moisturizing my skin on a daily basis! I was very excited to test how well this works since I am a long-time fan of NIVEA’s trustworthy yet inexpensive body care products. I like that their brand is kept simple, effective and reliable so you always know you won’t be disappointed by what you get from them.

If this is your first time hearing of an In-Shower Skin Conditioner like me, you’ll be surprised by how ingenious the concept is. In the shower, the skin is moist & warm and it is prepped to better absorb the care ingredients. NIVEA In-Shower has a water-activated formulation that allows its nourishing ingredients to penetrate the skin at its best moment. The result is silky soft and hydrated skin for over 24 hours. It works the same way as hair conditioners!

NIVEA In-Shower Skin Conditioners come in 3 variants. One for normal, dull and dry skin. My personal favorite would have to be the intensive, since I have very dry skin.

Now let’s put this new product to the test. I’m ready to achieve noticeably smooth skin in 4 simple steps: Cleanse, Apply, Rinse, and Get Ready!

Before I start using the NIVEA In-Shower Skin Conditioner, I use a moisture device to measure my moisture percentage at the driest part of my legs (usually at my lower shin area).

Score: 48, which is within the dry category and this is thanks to my religious application of moisturizing products prior to NIVEA In-Shower Skin Conditioner moisture test. Am honestly quite excited to see how much more hydration a rinse-off body lotion could provide. We’ll compare the results again after going through with the 4 steps that NIVEA recommends!

 

Step 1 – Cleanse up with your favorite soap.

I like keeping a supply of different soaps in my shower to indulge in aroma therapy sessions during my 20 minute showers! Everyone deserves to indulge in a nice hot shower after a hard day’s work. To me, showers are not just a necessity, it’s a time for me to relax and unwind. Tilt my head back under the running water and reflect on the day’s activities.

Step 2 – Apply and lather generously all over your body.

The texture is not overly sticky or oily so I didn’t feel uncomfortable spreading it over my body, in fact it’s very similar to hair conditioner and it was a pleasant experience to use. It has a mild scent that smells like freshly done linen – a NIVEA trademark, I reckon.

Step 3 – Rinse off and towel dry!

The rinsing process takes merely a few seconds, the product washes away quite easily with a spray of water leaving you feeling supple and smooth, you don’t have to scrub to get the excess off. All in all, it’s an extremely fuss-free process!

Step 4 – Get ready!

With your skin now feeling smooth and amazing, go out and flaunt those backless dresses and off shoulder tops! The NIVEA In-Shower Skin Conditioner is a must-have in my daily regimen nowadays since moisturizing can be effortlessly done in the shower, my favorite part is how long-lasting the effects are without leaving a sticky residual feeling.

For the record, my moisture level on the exact same spot of leg increased from 48 to 60, which puts me in the hydrated zone! Woohoo! Also, this measurement was taken a few hours after my shower. I love how the results last all day, with topical lotions I used to have to re-apply halfway through the day which was quite troublesome sometimes.

My dry legs, back and elbows are no longer scaly and rough to the touch. I embrace backless dresses and short outfits that flaunt my legs with a new found confidence I never knew before. This has forever revolutionized the way I keep my skin soft and moisturized!

Good news for my lovely followers!

Print screen this barcode and get 25% off NIVEA In-Shower Whitening Skin Conditioner 400ml, only in Watsons’! Be sure to bookmark this link for all NIVEA’s upcoming promotions.

xoxo,
Jess

Anyone can bake with Betty Crocker!

Everyone seems to think that baking is an extremely complicated activity – it can be occasionally, but what they don’t know is that it doesn’t have to be like that all the time.

I know a lot of people get put off by the idea of baking because it seems like you’ll require a ton of specific kitchen equipment, time, effort and washing up.. That’s why you’ll be surprised how simple and fuss free baking becomes with the help of Betty Crocker!

Betty Crocker is a brand name and trademark of American Fortune 500 corporation General Mills. Every time I think of Betty Crocker, I picture a really cheery American mom in her white picket fenced home and rustic looking kitchen whipping up pies and cakes for her children. She’s the aunt I never had. Something about the name is so convincing! Before I even knew how to fry an egg, I attempted baking with Betty Crocker products. This was when I was about 13 years old.

My friends and I would buy Betty Crocker cake mixes after school and attempt to bake brownies, cookies and cakes together…. some turned out great, better than expected (much to our surprise!) and other attempts – not so amazing. We burnt a few batches of batter here and there, but we always had a great time trying. I believe I’ve tried baking almost every single Betty Crocker cake mix product out in the market, and I’ve never been disappointed by the results, considering how quick and easy it was to make it!

Since Chinese New Year is around the corner, baked goods are aplenty around! There’s so many cookies and different snacks available in the market for you to choose from. But in my opinion, the best kind of goodies to be presented with are the homemade type. There’s nothing like a cookie or cake fresh out of your own oven. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have fancy kitchen equipment or the best recipe in the world. Sometimes it doesn’t even matter if you really know how to bake or not. The effort of making something yourself counts way more!

Betty Crocker’s Chocolate Chip Cookies have been a long-time favorite of mine.

They’re chewy on the inside, crisp on the outside and contain loads of delicious melted chocolate chips when they’re still warm, reminding me exactly of the kind of cookies I used to bug my dad to buy for me when we were on holiday in America.

Following the simple instructions found on the back of the packet, all I had to do was add softened butter and 1 egg to the premix, and combine the ingredients!

Simply put all your ingredients in a bowl, then mix well. Your cookie dough should be moist and looking like the above!

No electrical mixer or multiple tools / bowls required at all. An ideal baking session for those who seldom bake but still want to give it a go every now and then, because there’s so little to actually clean up and you won’t have to invest in tools or equipment that you will hardly use.

Scoop small little lumps of cookie dough onto a greased baking pan or a tray lined with baking paper, then bake at 180 degrees for 10 minutes in a preheated oven or until the cookies are golden brown!

It doesn’t matter if your cookie dough lumps aren’t particularly round in shape, they will flatten and bake in a round-ish shape in the oven! Besides, I think oddly shaped cookies have character and look more homemade. What I love most about baking is how heavenly the whole house smells when something yummy is in the oven. You can’t escape the wafting aroma, I make my neighbours jealous every day!

Once the timer for the oven goes off, let the cookies cool for about 5-8 minutes and then they’re ready for consumption!

Look at my beautiful Betty Crocker cookies that were completed in less than 20 minutes! These can be made by absolutely anyone. You can attempt this as a fun activity with your kids, parents, boyfriend / girlfriend or even by yourself – a guaranteed good time!

I love eating my bakes fresh out of the oven. These cookies reminded me of so many good times, and each bite I took into them reminded me of the many occasions I’ve made them for friends and family to enjoy over the years! I’ve made two batches of these in the past week alone with different friends and everyone was extremely surprised by how easy the process was and how good it tasted. In fact, the second batch I made at a friend’s house without a proper oven and it baked just fine in a small toaster oven as well!

If you’re one of those people who label yourself as someone who “can’t bake”, Betty Crocker will change your mind! Why not impress your loved ones this Chinese New Year by picking up a packet of Betty Crocker cake mix and unleash your inner domestic goddess? Who knows, you might just discover a new found love for baking after you’ve had a taste of what it’s like to be able to show love to people through baked goods. It will always be one of my favorite things to do for other people because it brings them so much joy!

xoxo,
Jess

My ReLEx Smile experience

I’ve been short-sighted since I was about 9 years old.

I loved to read when I was a child, and because I couldn’t sleep properly at night and the characters in books were my best friends, I would stay up way past my bedtime till 2am in the morning squinting at tiny text while lying down on my back, reading away in horrible lighting conditions. I didn’t know that it would cause me to rely on spectacles for the rest of my life. My family has a history of pretty good eyesight, so I’m quite sure that’s the main reason for my myopia. My short sighted-ness worsened over the years no thanks to continuous bad habits (e.g reading too long without taking a break, doing homework in bad lighting).

Had I known silly habits like that would cause me to have handicapped vision the rest of my life, I swear I would’ve taken better care of my eyes. Up until a month ago, I was living with approximately 600 degrees for both eyes. While it’s not the worst I’ve heard of (I have friends with 900 degrees both eyes), 600 degrees is still bad. I can’t see clearly at all without my glasses, and from the moment I wake up I have to fumble around for them, if not I would likely trip over something the instant I get out of bed. I don’t even take off my glasses when showering because I get insecure when I don’t have clear vision. I always have this theory that people with spectacles would get picked off first in a zombie apocalypse because we’d run, our glasses would inevitably fall off after some action and get smashed then we’d be all helpless and get eaten by zombies. LOL. That’s one of the more dramatic, far-fetched disadvantages of being bespectacled.

The real problem I have with wearing glasses happens on a more day-to-day basis.

I hated how I could always FEEL my glasses on my face. I don’t know if other spectacles wearers feel the same way, but I know some people don’t mind their glasses on their face at all. For me, that was never the case. Even though I’d worn glasses for more than 12 years, I was always conscious of them. Not just of how they look on me, but also how they feel on me. It felt exactly like what it was – plastic on my face. I would feel my eyelashes brush up against my lens whenever I blinked. I would feel the frame slide up and down my nose if I ran or did any exercise. I would have to remove my glasses and wipe them every other hour or so, because they’d get dirty. I would get insanely annoyed whenever I exited a cold environment and entered a hot one, because my glasses would fog up, leaving me visually impaired for 2 whole minutes. I don’t think I look ugly with my glasses – super geeky at most, but it’s not what I would personally consider attractive.

Don’t get me wrong – glasses look hot on some people. Sometimes, it makes a person look smarter or more sophisticated. However, there’s no doubt in my mind that I look much better without my glasses. I don’t apply make up with my glasses on because I feel like it defeats the purpose. All that carefully drawn eye make up hiding behind lenses and a thick frame… why even bother and waste the effort? So, since I was 13 years old, I took the next step and started wearing contact lenses. Yeah, I was a really vain kid. I remember how much my eyes used to sting whenever I’d put my contacts on. I have sensitive eyes that get dry and red very easily, and it took me many years of wearing contact lenses to finally be able to wear them for more than a few hours without extreme discomfort. It used to be only an hour or two of usage before my eyes would turn impossibly red and irritated. I would be torn between looking geeky (insecure teenager) or having my eyes in pain. I’ve even suffered from eye infections before due to improper care of my contact lenses.

One of the worst feelings in the world is being so tired after a super long day out that you forget to take off your contacts before knocking out, and then you wake up a few hours later in horror because you remember you haven’t removed them yet only to find that the contacts are literally glued to your eyeball. It’s so dry that when you try to remove them you feel like you’re pinching your own eyeball out. I could go on FOREVER with my stories about how much I hate wearing contacts and glasses. But let’s proceed with the main point, shall we?

Which is the fact that… I AM FINALLY RID OF GLASSES AND CONTACTS FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!! HALLE-FREAKING-LUJAH. I have close to perfect vision right now, and I’m relying on neither glasses nor contacts – it’s my own natural sight.

I got ReLEx® SMILE surgery done approximately a month ago, and I’m so thrilled to share about my entire experience with you guys. Now most of you have probably heard of LASIK, but you must be wondering: what on earth is ReLEX Smile?

What is ReLEx® SMILE?
ReLEx® SMILE (Refractive Lenticule Extraction, Small Incision Lenticule Extraction) is a new, bladeless, flapless and gentle refractive eye procedure that corrects visual problems including shortsightedness and astigmatism. It is the next generation of laser vision correction surgery that uses only one femtosecond laser for the entire procedure. Like most refractive eye surgery procedures, ReLEx® SMILE aims to reduce your dependency on spectacles and contact lens in order to improve your quality of life.

I went for my consultation at a lasik clinic at Paragon Medical Centre mid-late last year, and I was so excited when I was told that I’m suitable for the procedure!

My nerves were all over the place during consultation because I had so many burning questions in my head. What are the risks involved, what are the possible complications and side effects, what kind of people are best suited for this surgery, how is it different from LASIK, how long is the recovery process…. Thankfully, all my questions were answered patiently and professionally by the kind staff at the clinic. I am a worry wart and I couldn’t stop thinking of all the bad stuff that could possibly happen! I am super paranoid and I am ALWAYS a worst case scenario sort of person, in the sense that I constantly imagine the worst thing that could happen to me in any situation. Here’s sharing the information I’ve gathered with you:

Who is ReLEx® SMILE for?
ReLEx® SMILE is beneficial for those with higher degrees of myopia between 500 to 1000 degrees and astigmatism of up to 500 degrees. An ideal candidate would have to be:

  • 18 years of age and above
  • Not pregnant
  • No significant change in spectacle prescription the last 12 months
  • No significant past medical or eye history
  • No family history of eye disease
  • Myopia up to 1000 degrees and astigmatism of up to 500 degrees

My pupils were dilated (with the help of a nurse) and then I had a series of tests being performed on my eyes to check the condition and whether I was suitable for ReLEx® SMILE. Even though I have thin cornea, I was still given the green light to go ahead with the surgery. Thank goodness! I was made to watch an animated video of what the surgery procedure will be like to better understand exactly what I’m getting myself into.

How is ReLEx® SMILE done?
ReLEx® SMILE is a single-step, all-in-one laser procedure that takes about 10 minutes to perform on one eye. The actual laser process takes only about 30 seconds to complete. The entire ReLEx® SMILE is performed with gentle, low suction such that vision is preserved with no “black out” phenomenon, unlike other laser refractive procedures.

After my consultation, I had my surgery date scheduled less than a month away… In the waiting room I met with other bespectacled patients who were all too excited to finally attain that perfect eyesight they’ve been dreaming of their whole life. No one there looked as nervous as I was. Most people I talked to were pretty much like, “Hey, don’t worry, it will be over in a jiffy. There’s nothing to fret about.”

And they were right.

I didn’t have anything to worry about – it was all over before I knew it. The anticipation is the worst part of it. The actual procedure was bearable. Numbing drops were applied. I was taken in the surgery room and told to lie on the surgery bed. My eye area was cleaned, eyelashes taped back, and eyelids held open by this metal device. In a matter of a minute or two, the machine was over me, and I heard the words: Suction On. I felt pressure on my eye, and then I saw flashing lights, which I believe was the laser working its magic. I could feel the pressure in my eyeball building up but it was bearable. Not what I’d describe as pain, just discomfort. You’re told to focus on one area, not to move your eyeball around too much and breathe slowly. I think I forgot to breathe, though. In about 30 seconds, the machine gets moved away and the doctor works on my eyeball. I could actually see and feel my lenticule being removed. I repeat, there was no pain. When he’s done removing the lenticule, he applies some eyedrops and says, “we’re all done with one eye, now on the next one!”

I let go a huge sigh of relief and thought to myself, “Hey, this isn’t so bad. Just remember to keep very still and listen to what they say.”

My doctor does the second eye. I was in and out of there within 15 minutes. The nurses held my arms and led me into the waiting area, and they explained to me how to take care of my eyes the following 2 weeks. Could I see immediately after the surgery? Yes, but it was blurry. I’d say I had about 30% of my normal vision, it was not clear and my eyelids felt extremely heavy. I just wanted to go to sleep. When the numbing eyedrops eventually wore off after an hour, the discomfort was more prominent but still bearable, it just felt like soap got in my eyes. I was just SO DARN HAPPY it was all over and done with, now I just have to deal with the recovery process!

I slept in the car ride back, had dinner and then popped the sleeping pill which they prescribed and went straight to bed. I slept like a baby for more than 10 hours, and when I woke up the next morning for my next day review, I was elated to find that the discomfort had reduced 80%! I still couldn’t see properly, but better than the day before. I was given lid care wipes, eyedrops and eye shields to wear to protect and take care of my eyes. Some after effects I endured after the surgery include fogginess, starburst vision at night and an inability to focus properly for 1-2 weeks after the surgery, which is part of the process. By the third week I was seeing pretty clearly already! I went back for my review, and apparently my eyes are healing extremely well, better than the average patient.

It’s been close to a month since I’ve had my ReLEx® SMILE done, and it’s been one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself.

I have been recommending it to all my friends who’ve asked me about my experience. There was literally almost no pain involved, and I’m blown away by how easy it was for me to go through the whole procedure. Like I’ve said before, the anticipation is the worst part of it, the rest was a breeze for me go through. Even though I was advised to get plenty of rest the first week, I was out and about having fun with my friends the very next day after the surgery! My starburst problem is slowly but surely reducing, and even though my vision still fluctuates (it will completely stabilize in a few months) I can see very clearly for the most part. I’m told my vision is close to perfect (OH MY GOD ;_;) and despite having slightly dry eyes before the surgery, it’s not worsened after ReLEx® SMILE. I was dependent on eye drops only for the first two weeks and I only apply them whenever I feel it’s necessary now. My vision was gradually get better.

I try to take breaks whenever I’m using the computer nowadays as I don’t want the chance of having myopia again.The chances are extremely low, but of course, dependent on individuals and their lifestyle habits. For the first two weeks, I would fumble around for my glasses when I woke up in the morning, only to realize that I can actually see. I am so grateful towards the staff at the lasik clinic because they were amazingly gentle and patient with me, even when I was being the annoying overly worried patient who kept bombarding them with questions. The people were so nice there and I believe I went through the best possible experience because their concern felt genuine and sincere, which helped put my mind at ease. I feel like I’ve been given a second chance at life, to see the world how it was meant to be seen. I dunno about you, but the world looks different through contacts and glasses, and it definitely looks different with my own eyes. Everything is ultra-HD mode. It’s amazing. My new favorite hobby is taking long bus rides, where I plug in earphones, listen to good music and just stare outside, watching the world pass me by. Looking at faraway things – who knew such a simple activity would be so enjoyable?

If you’ve always wanted to get laser refractive surgery done, don’t hesitate! Everyone I know who’s been through it agree that it’s completely worth it. It’s been such a life changing experience, in the littlest and biggest ways. I don’t miss my glasses or contacts A SINGLE BIT.

xoxo,
Jess
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