Tracking Our Smartphone Usage + Cooking A Lutein-Packed Meal :D

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You probably know of someone who’s a smartphone addict, right? You might even have spotted quite a few of them “glued” to their cellphones while they’re crossing the road, walking to the MRT platform, or even have them bump into you accidentally as they aren’t watching where they are going. In fact, the Chinese have a term for these mobile phone zombies – δ½Žι ­ζ— (literally: folks with lowered heads). You may or may not have a smartphone addiction problem but have you actually tracked how much time you spend on your handphone every single day? I have, and I can tell you the result is surprising!

As I’m curious about how much time other people spend on their phones as well, I invited two of my friends (Philip‘s 50 years old and Steven is 70!) to track their screen time for a week too. Guess who spent the most time on the phone? πŸ˜€

My phone usage (around 4 hours) vs. Philip’s (almost 7 hours) and Steven’s (8.5 hours)

singapore handphone screen time tracking

*Steven’s on holiday (as usual) so he made me tell you this: He’s using his phone more often than usual for photo-taking, uploading of pictures to his social media accounts, etc, and that retirees aren’t actually that “free” so please do not be mistaken. πŸ˜€

I’m actually quite surprised, though, that both of them spent more time on their phones than I did / do. In fact, Philip (who’s 50) spent over 12 hours on his phone on one particular day! He wasn’t catching Pokemon – it was just a really busy work day for him. πŸ˜€

Truth be told, I don’t spend as much time on my handphone compared to these two as my phone’s pretty old. I’m using the Samsung S5 which refuses to die. But it does run out of battery juice pretty quickly so I try not to do too much work on it. I abhor phone calls too (so please don’t call me) and I got myself out of just about every Whatsapp chat group as just reading the messages alone consumes too much precious time.


Have you ever wondered how much ‘screen time’ you clock every day? Add the time spent on your handphone plus your computer plus time spent watching television or reading an ebook on your ipad. I bet you are spending a lot of time with your digital devices… and consequently getting exposed to blue light from them.

And don’t forget about blue light from the sun AND fluorescent and LED lighting! πŸ˜›

Point is, we’re constantly being bombarded by blue light. And what are we doing to protect ourselves? Your answer might be… “nothing”. (>_<) But you’ve definitely felt the ‘effects’ of using your digital devices for prolonged periods of time. Ever experienced dry, tired eyes that doctors term ‘digital eye strain’? And what happens in the long run? πŸ˜‰

Why the fuss over blue light exposure, really?

Blue light does more than just tire your eyes out. Blue light reaches deep into the eye and can potentially cause damage to the retina. Doctors warn of its involvement in age-related macular degeneration (AMD) too! If you’re concerned about AMD and/or cataracts and want to protect your eyes starting today, make sure you up your intake of Lutein and Zeaxanthin so as to block out blue light.

In a recent study, researchers also noted an improvement in the “overall sleep quality, and reduced frequency of headaches, eye strain and eye fatigue,Β as well as improvements in visual performance measures in the macular carotenoid (Lutein) group compared with the placebo group.” So, besides blocking out blue light, Lutein and Zeaxanthin are great for overall health!

Not sure how you can get a sufficient dose of Lutein and Zeaxanthin (which are found in food)? There is a simple solution: just drink a bottle of BRAND’S Lutein Essence. Just one bottle a day is all it takes.

BRANDS Lutein Essence

If you’d like to win BRAND’S Lutein Essence and give it a try (I recommend drinking it chilled – so tasty) then here’s another giveaway for you! πŸ˜€


As the first giveaway featuring BRAND’S Lutein Essence was well-received, I’m back with another one! πŸ˜€ This time round, I’m picking three winners to each receive a $120 Blue Light Protection Kit from BRAND’S! Each kit will include:

2 packs of BRAND’S Lutein Essence
$50 Nanyang Optical voucher
Eye drops
Eye mask

And all you need to do is to head over to the giveaway post on my Facebook page and submit a photo of your meal with at least 2 food items containing Lutein. πŸ˜€

Here’s my dinner on Tuesday night:

food high in lutein

The prawn dish has broccoli, carrot and brussel sprouts (underneath) – all good sources of Lutein. The salmon dish has ‘crispy skin salmon’ sitting on a bed of spinach (great source of Lutein) and mushroom. And there’s also the stir-fried tomato and scrambled egg dish (*eggs contain Lutein, but as I have shared in my previous post, there isn’t enough for our daily requirement unless we’re eating over 80 eggs, which is plain impossible).

So snap a picture of your meal and you’re on your way to winning this fabulous prize.

Pretty simple, right?

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If your meal is full of Lutein goodness, you just might be one of the three lucky winners of BRAND’S Blue Light Protection Kit featuring their Lutein Essence! Entries will be judged based on creativity, number of food items with Lutein and how delicious they look! πŸ˜€ There is no limit to the number of entries per person (as long as the pictures belong to you). All the best!~ πŸ™‚


*Update: The 3 winning dishes by popular vote are #1, #2 and #5. Congratulations! πŸ˜€ Winners, please drop me an email at gracewwg (at) gmail (dot) com with your name, IC and mobile number by 26th Dec 2017. πŸ™‚

food high in lutein

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Meal high in lutein


Update #2: THANK YOU ALL for voting for your favorite dishes, or else I’d have a pretty hard time selecting the top 3! πŸ˜€ I’ve picked the 2 winning voters; 1 local and 1 international. Local voter gets BRAND’S Lutein Essence and the international winner gets a box of Minion goodies. πŸ˜€

And they are: Jimmy Chua andΒ Charine Garces Camarines!Β Congratulations!!! πŸ˜€

Winners, please drop me an email at gracewwg (at) gmail (dot) com with your name, mailing address and mobile number by 26th Dec 2017. πŸ™‚


Make sure you check out my previous blogpost about BRAND’S Eye Health Talk because there’s important information about cataracts, how to combat digital eye strain, and more about foods with Lutein and Zeaxanthin and how much of each you need to eat. πŸ˜€


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