L Size Diapers For An M Sized Person

So, in a scene reminiscent of an episode last year, I saw, left in the same spot as before, a pack of diapers sitting beside a dustbin. Tena Value Institution diapers. Being the cash-strapped, diaper-missing person that I am (who also needed the toilet at that moment), I put my bag down, rounded the dustbin and picked up the diapers.

It was only when I had returned to my bag did I realise that it was an OPEN bag, of size L diapers. The contents didn’t seem contaminated with dirt or dust, and I decided to bring it home with me. After all, the cleaners would have thrown it away the next morning anyway, and it’s first come-first serve.

While the packaging wasn’t dirty or anything, I did clean the outside as well as the exposed tips. 8 extra dips, yay!

But as I opened up a diaper, it was apparent how BIG the thing was. I mean, who was I kidding? It’s meant for hip size 114-147cm (45-58in) and mine is below 80cm. And no matter how high I positioned the diaper, it wasn’t giving a snug fit… until I pulled the lower tapes higher than usual. My assets had more room, and importantly, the leg gathers still snugly fit around my bottom, ensuring a tight seal against the forthcoming eruption.

But beyond the physical part, as I lay in bed that night, something about this diaper rekindled the first time I ever wore adult diapers. I was a scrawny teenaged boy, and the S sized diapers were sold in packs of 30 and were too expensive. So I bought M sized ones. And I had this feeling of oversized comfort as I put those on, a feeling I experienced again when I wore L sized diapers for the first time years later.

I’ve always been used to tight-fitting diapers because M sizes are big for me, but S sizes are too small. So on the M diapers I’ve had to bring the tapes close to each other, until recent times when the gap started to widen and the diapers fit much more snugly.

And I kind of like this loose, snug feel that the Ls provide. Plus, it’s a plastic-backed diaper so that adds to the soothing comfort. The high-riding diaper means my hips don’t feel the tightness when the diaper is full of liquid.

I guess I now understand why ABDLs like to wear oversized diapers – it’s because of this phenomenon. The fit, the snugness, the slight oversized element… It’s like a toddler wearing his diaper without worry, rather than an older child squeezing into her diaper meant for a younger kid.

I saw a six or seven year old walk out of a tuition centre in Tampines Mall and into a toilet, her hands held by her teacher. She was visibly upset. But it was what was in the teacher’s hands that caught my eye – a Drypers diaper and some wipes. The smell was also quite strong.

I really, truly pity her, because she must have been terribly teased by her classmates afterward. Tweens are particularly nasty towards those who are different. It’s not so much the accident, those are common, but rather, it’s the diaper. If only the teacher had some tact in handling the case, it would have been better for the poor kid.

– Selv

Where To Buy Diapers In Singapore

There are a few options when it comes to buying diapers. You could buy them online, or from a brick-and-mortar shop. Some people like to shop online as it offers them the privacy and a wider range of available products to choose from. However, some people choose to buy them from stores for a number of reasons.

Many people still buy incontinence products at stores because of the speed and convenience. The majority of such users are usually bedridden and/or incontinent, as such, caregivers would tend to focus on other aspects of caring for their loved ones. As such, the products available at the nearby supermarket would suffice of them.

There are several types of diapers and incontinence products. There are tape-on diapers, pull-up pants, pad-type as well as bed protectors. Many of these are available even at supermarkets but for this post I will concentrate only on tape-on diapers.

If you guys want to skip the lengthy details, you may read the last section for my views.

Supermarkets

Many of us would have noticed that supermarkets carry adult diapers. There would usually be a small section in the baby diaper section which has a small selection of adult diapers. Almost all supermarkets in Singapore carry the Tena Value brand, it is a well-known plastic-backed brand which is well regarded for its’ price as well as capacity.

Prime Supermarkets carry a modest selection of diapers. They carry the Certainty line, Dr. P (Basic) as well as Tena Value. They used to carry a few other brands but have since stopped. They don’t have house-brand diapers.

Sheng Siong Supermarkets also have a modest range. They carry Dr. P, Tena Pants, Prevail diapers, which are unique to Sheng Siong. as well as their store-brand Softess Diapers, which cost $5.80 for 10. They do not carry Tena Value, surprisingly.

Giant Supermarkets have a wider range. They carry the usual Certainty diapers, Tena Slip Super, Tena Value, Tena Pants as well as Lifree Super Absorb diapers. You can find several variants of the Dr. P line only at their Hypermarket in Tampines. They have their own house brand diapers, the Giant (Storebrand) diapers, costing $6.50 for 10, which must have an audience for them despite their quality, having been around for many years.

NTUC Fairprice takes the cake for the most types of diapers it offers. It carries Certainty, Lifree Super Absorb tape-ons and pants, Tena Pants, Tena Value as well as TWO house brand diapers. It’s ‘Budget’ line is, as the name suggests, a budget diaper which is surprisingly popular possibly due to its price of $5.75 for 10. It also has a premium line, the Fairprice Safe Control and the overnight version Extra Control. While these are more pricey than your average economy diaper, they aren’t as well regarded. Fairprice also has diaper samples on display, so customers can feel the diaper’s texture before purchasing.

Hospital and Polyclinic Pharmacies

There are several hospitals out there, but I shall mention two of these. The first would be Ng Teng Fong hospital. They carry Tena Value (Institution), Certainty, Tena Slip Super as well as Tena Slip Maxi.  The issue is with getting to this pharmacy involves going pretty far out of your way just to reach it. While it is theoretically on the same level, and connected to, the Jurong East MRT station it is a very long walk winding through two malls and three towers within Ng Teng Fong Hospital. They do not have an online site yet.

I find that the prices of the products are more or less the same. However, they carry the 28pack Tena Slip Super, being one of the 2 suppliers in Singapore. Given it is price it is very much worth paying a visit if you use the TSS regularly, however you should call to check before going as stocks are limited.

The Second hospital pharmacy worth mentioning is Changi General Hospital’s Pharmacy. This pharmacy carries the usual Tena Value (U.P.$10.40, currently $7.50), Tena Value Institution as well as Tena Slip Maxi. They also carry Molicare Mobile diapers, which are a range of pull-up style diapers. This pharmacy has an online website which provides delivery, which does not come in discreet packaging!

Most of the polyclinics in Singapore are run by the National Healthcare Group, which has its’ own website as well. It carries Tena Value ($10.90), Tena Value Institution, Certainty as well as Tena Slip Super and Maxi. While their outlets usually are missing stock, their website usually has stock. I haven’t tried their delivery service.

Specialty Stores

Now there are a number of homecare shops here and I’ll talk about 2- Rehabmart and SeniorCare Assisted Living.

Rehabmart has one of the widest range of adult diapers. They have the usual Tena Value ($9.00!), Dr P, Certainty. They also carry Lille SupremFit diapers (Blue, Grey), Tena Slip Plus and Super, Molicare Super, BW Ultra and Convifit.

There is SeniorCare Assisted Living, which carries a number of unique diapers. Besides their Certainty and Tena Pants, Tena Value (U.P. $9.90, currently $8.70!!!) and the 28pack TSS, they carry Nateen, Seni and Cleancare diapers.

Thoughts

If you have reached this far, congratulations for your skimming skills! A number of people have asked for a comparison of different sites and while this isn’t a thorough review (and shouldn’t be regarded as such), it should give you a glimpse on where to buy Adult Diapers in Singapore.

Speciality stores are a great place to get Economy and Premium diapers because they have big bargains, and bring in good brands in all sizes (S-XL). They may be slightly out of the way, but they all offer delivery options.

Pharmacies often give the illusion that prices are cheaper but this is only true if one purchases in bulk. Generally I avoid buying in pharmacies because they are often crowded and their diaper shelves are placed in very open spaces. Not forgetting that they are often out of the way. The only scenario I see if of me getting the 28pc TSS, otherwise no for me.

Then there are supermarkets. Supermarkets offer convenience and accessibility as they are everywhere. Often they have promotional pricing available so you would usually get a few dollars off if you do a little research. You are able to get budget diapers here as well. But privacy can be a nightmare, for these are usually located in malls and town centres. I usually go over to the next town to minimise the chances of that happening. Usually, convenience beats savings and I get most of my diapers from a Supermarket.

There is one last category which I didn’t mention and that is chain pharmacies. Only two carry diapers, NTUC’s Unity as well as Guardian. The former carries the exact same range as its’ Fairprice chain, plus TSS, while Guardian only carries it’s own brand of (in my opinion lousy) diapers.

So where do you get your diapers? Do let me know! I hope this post was informative and you were able to learn a thing or two.

– Selv

28 Diapers

Admittedly, this is one of my largest hauls ever, second to last month’s 30 diapers. But they were spread over 2 packs. It was when I was at the shop buying them that I thought to myself, why not try getting a ‘deluxe’ pack of diapers – the usual Tena Slip Super in a pack of 28 instead of the usual 10.

So I started to do my research and found out that yes, it was indeed value for money (I’ll come back to this in a bit), but I’d have to haul the bulk back on public transport, to my school hostel.

Obviously I decided it was worth the risk. So I started to comb the pharmacies in the west. The usual Unity, Guardian and Watsons chains didn’t carry it. The latter two didn’t even carry the TSS. Then I headed over to the Polyclinic pharmacies. But they don’t carry cloth-backed diaper varieties these days, save for some old stock like the 2014-era TSMs… manufactured in 2014 .

I wouldn’t call it a decline, it’s just that plastic-backed diapers are much cheaper. Most people don’t test the products on themselves before putting them on their loved ones, so they don’t know the difference it truly makes. Anyway, a budget diaper costs around 55-65c a piece while a premium economy diaper costs around 70-90c a piece. Most cloth-backs cost more than a dollar. Thus one would save a fair bit of money each month.

So I managed to locate a pharmacy, at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (I still think it should be called Jurong East General Hospital, #moneypolitics).

The saleslady I spoke to was a little loud. Uncomfortably loud, in a cramped space filled with people. But otherwise she was professional, as she helped me check on the stock availability and price. She mentioned that very few places in Singapore carried the 28pc set, and that it usually was snapped up very quickly. They were usually used by stroke patients. Then she asked me ‘how many diapers a day was used’. I coyly replied 1 pack of 28 a month, and that was that, no question on who used them and for what.

In momentarily slipping up my math, I thought it was too expensive and I tried to slip away, but she already had my contact detail. As luck would have it, they were receiving a shipment of inventory the next day, which included just 4 packs of these 28pc TSSs. So she contacted me, and this was the message that I received.

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Yea, I appreciate you renaming me after my security blanket, thank you very much indeed.

I was arriving to pick up my package. By then the lady has sent me multiple texts and even called me to confirm AND direct me to a different pharmacy. More walking. Yay.

This pharmacy was empty, so I had a chat with the cashier. It was a casual chat, but she boasted that the prices in that pharmacy ‘are the best in Singapore’. So I paid $29.95 for 28 diapers, so that works out to be $1.07 per piece – a significant discount on the $1.41 to $1.57 per piece I usually pay.

Then the package came and boy was I in for a surprise. It was huge – but who was I kidding? That’s 28 diapers crammed in in there! Now there was the sticky issue of bringing it home. I know that I couldn’t take the train to school now, with the packaging visible and all.

So I decided my best bet was to take a series of busses to school. Waiting for the bus, on a sunny afternoon can be very distressing. Especially when your phone is about to run out of battery and the bus arrival timing was definitely off by 10 minutes. Eventually, I in my hostel.

But I only realised the strange thing about it once I was back in my hostel room – the diapers were the 2014 model… You can see how its stacked in two layers. I was kind of expecting the newer ones. Oh well, not that these are bad, I feel that they look better than the new ones. But the new ones are a fraction thinner and feel more snug, even though both are of the same cut.

– Selv

Getting Into The Groove

So.. I’ve decided that I really need to escape from this tiny red dot. Hence, I’ll be running off to Kuala Lumpur for my 7th Escapede in 2 weeks time. I conveniently realised that I haven’t cashed in my festive money from last year, so I’m happily going to be scooting off.

This one’s going to be ambitious, not because it’s multi-city again, but because I’ll be travelling on a tight schedule. I’ll be off when school reopens, hence I’ll have to leave after a wednesday morning class (should I skip it?), and be back by a friday afternoon. Anyways, KL friends, if you would want to meet up for a cup of tea, do get in touch.

My diaper of choice is most likely going to be the Tena Slip Super, a staple of my escapedes, but I’m debating on whether or not to try the S size. I have always been wearing the M ones, so perhaps this is the time to try on the S ones. The issue is getting them. I’d have to walk into a home-care shop, likely Rehabmart, to get my hands on these.

Speaking of diaper reviews, the long-awaited review of the Tena Slip Maxi is now out. I wrote it, unaware that Tena was revamping the series, hence that review is based on the 2014 version. The reason I’m so slow with these things is not the writing, it’s the photos. Even then, I’ll admit they aren’t that fantastic.

I have been doing my research for my novel, and some of the advice I’ve been seeing with regards to my subject matter is pretty disturbing enough. But what really puts me off has been the attitude of certain people towards the subject. Do drop by next Saturday, to read my thoughts on ABDLs and potty training.

Returning Online

So… this is my first recess week in which I won’t be travelling or having an escapede. That’s cos I’m pretty low on funds. Instead, I will be working. And hopefully, wearing more often.

I need to catch up on my schoolwork. And my ABDL side, which is dormant at the moment. I really need to finish up that eBook by next week, cos I sort of need the cash to come in. If not, I won’t have the money to wear diapers by month’s end. My school holidays got burned up in the production that we staged last sat, so that’s why I didn’t have time to work.

I hadn’t used diapers for nearly a month, sort of as an abstention, so that the show would go well. The first diaper after didn’t see its potential filled. But as I write this post in my second, I know its going to be a blast 🙂

The long- awaited Tena Slip Maxi review is ready, and will be posted by Saturday. There is one issue with it though, but I will explain it later.

I’ve noticed, in my several week absence from Tumblr, that some popular ABDL accounts have been deactivated. Without naming names, I was wondering why these disappearances happened. Tumblr does have some pretty strict picture laws, and I hope these didn’t do them in. Or worse, if family/personal matters caused them to cease and desist. Whatever your reason, I wish you guys a speedy recovery.

– Selv

Time Slips Away

As some of you may be aware, Tena has revamped its Slip line.

On the surface, the older Tena Slips were more good looking. They both have the same features, but the new slip is thinner, and stretchier. After just half a pack, I feel that the new Slips are a vast improvement. (Much easier to have BMs, for starters)

I’ll post a review soon, probably in 2-3 weeks time. I’ve been so busy with school stuff that I hardly have time for myself now.

Take care people!

– Selv

Escaped to.. Singapore?

Yep – I’m on a staycation, not a vacation.

This time I decided to put my wanderlust on hold and concentrate on my writing. It was a decision taken rather surprisingly easily, given my tendency to fly when the profs say bye. But writing this post helped me decide things a bit.

Nevertheless, the thing that didn’t change this Escapede is my tradition of trying out a new diaper. And this time I’m reviewing **drumrolls please** – the Tena Slip Maxi, with Confioair.

Getting this diaper involved me having to go out of my way the greatest distance so far. I went to Hougang Polyclinic to get my hands on this padding. The best part was that there is a promotion till 31 Dec- $12 instead of $14.10 for a pack of 9.

Which brings up a surprising bit of math. The TSM costs $12($14.10) at Hougang Polyclinic for a pack of 9, amounting to $1.33($1.57) per diaper. The TSS costs S13.20($15.70) at CGH for a pack of 10, amounting to $1.32 ($1.57) per diaper, and I suspect it is cheaper at Unity pharmacy, though I can’t verify it online. The selling price for TSS and TSM per diaper differ by a mere cent? (prices in the brackets are the original price)

Where were we? Ah yes, staycation..

So I’ll be hanging out in the East Coast area while putting the diapers through their motions (mind the pun), enjoying some good eats and maybe I’ll go poop in the sea with my diaper on to test its capabilities (okay maybe not, cos too many people swim in those waters). Most importantly, I’ll be getting on with my writing.

– Selv

 

What has happened to Control Plus Diapers?

Some of you may have realised that the once-popular Control Plus Diaper brand has been unavailable for a while. I too have been distraught that a good diaper brand has disappeared from supermarket shelves, so I’ve been doing a little research.

SCA is a global hygiene and paper products company that is based in Stockholm, Sweden. In ABDL circles, it is best known as the maker of the fabled Tena Slip Maxi diapers. And as with other major global corporations, SCA has been operating regional offices. In Asia, these were sited in Taiwan, Korea and Malaysia. Let’s take a closer look at the Malaysian one.

The Control Plus adult diaper brand was originally owned by Drypers Malaysia, which marketed the Drypers baby diapers. In March 2004, these 2 brands were the leaders of their respective markets. Then SCA came along and acquired Drypers Malaysia to become SCA Hygiene Products Malaysia, and it was nearly business as usual. Except that nearly 10 years later, these 2 brands were no longer the leaders in their respective fields.

(Sidenote: Today, the competition in SG and MY is so stiff that no one company dares to claim that it is the market leader for adult diapers.)

Now that SCA had managed to acquire the market leading brands of the region, it did what many expected it to do – expand on its existing brands, without worry about it’s newest additions. After all, if the money didn’t go to the left pocket, it was going to the right pocket.

The Tena Value Adult diapers were already present, but SCA could now introduce its other Tena diapers at the expense of Control Plus. SCA also introduced the Dr.P adult diaper brand to Southeast Asia. It was a cheaper brand with a fitting that was suited for most local users. Thus, the sales of the Control Plus lines plummeted.

Enter Vinda Holdings, a company based in China that deals with tissue papers. In November 2013, SCA International managed to become the majority shareholder of Vinda Holdings, the third-largest tissue company in China. As part of the agreement, the latter, now Vinda International Holdings, was to acquire the above-mentioned three SCA regional offices in Taiwan, Korea and Malaysia. That agreement was signed recently, on 1st April 2016.

With the operations getting bigger and bigger, it was no wonder that Vinda, which manages the regional operations of its’ owner, decided to trim back on its offerings. In the adult diaper segment, it already was managing the Tena and Dr.P lines, both of which cater to different segments of the market with wide ranges each. With a market that has fierce competition from house-brand adult diapers and with the sales of the 2-product Control Plus line near rock bottom, the brand has slipped into history.

I have written to a few places seeking an answer, will update this post with their replies.

Until then, we will have to make do with other brands. One thing that this has impressed upon me is that there will always be changes, and that we shouldn’t get too attached to items, even if our dignity or pleasure depends on it.

– Selv

Diaper Shopping In Diapers

Earlier I had returned to my uni hostel after the long weekend. My roommate wasn’t back  from Malaysia yet and I decided to go out of campus again to replenish my diaper stash and eat dinner. I really did not feel like removing my diaper, so I pulled my jeans over it and left for Jurong Point Mall.

As today was a public holiday, most of the shops and food-court stalls weren’t open, but the mall was crowded for some unknown reason. I settled for some fast food at KFC, and set about looking for the Unity pharmacy. I wanted to avoid Fairprice Supermarkets (there were 2 in this mall, for some unknown reason) in case I bumped into people I knew. It was getting late anyway.

I found it inside one of the Fairprice, it was a tiny outlet. Their diaper shelf had a limited selection of Lifree, Tena Value and Tena Slip Super. I settled for the TSS. There were only two packages of mediums left, on the topmost shelf. I cringed as I reached up, my shirt riding up dangerously. One of them was dusty as if it had been on the top shelf for a long time, so I had to reach up again for the other. The price was also cheap, at $1.40. I didn’t think much of it.

I quickly paid for my purchase and left the outlet, walking past the foreign workers who were starting to flood the mall. I stopped to quickly stuff the package into my backpack, and was soon off.

But as I walked to catch the bus back, something seemed strange. The package was light and smaller, the price was significantly cheaper without discounts, and one package was dusty. Then it dawned on me that I may have chanced upon the original plastic-backed Tena Slips! Unfortunately, the bus was crowded with students and I had to wait and see.

Eagerly I returned to my room and opened up my backpack. It was just the regular cloth-backed Tena Slip Super, sadly. But it did give me a good story for my Tuesday post 🙂

I’ve written a second review, this time for the Tena Wet Wipes. Do read it if you would like to know more about these fantastic wipes.

– Selv

Search Results And Upcoming Escapede

So I’ve been very busy with school (I need to stop saying this). Anyway, since a number of blogs have been talking about the search results that have been leading to their blogs, I shall do the same.

Here are some that stuck out:

  • abdl meme  [I have just 1 I believe]
  • still wears diapers singapore  [Our community is tiny, but not non-existent]
  • diaper girl toilet right here abdl story   [Two contradicting phrases?]
  • sg fórum diaper fétis [Must be a French reader]
  • how do boys excrete  [Seriously?]
  • the letter bluing 44 logo  [I’ve no idea what this is]

Many of my searches fell in these categories:

  • A ton of searches related to Tena diapers
  • A ton of ‘girl pooping diaper’ searches
  • Some ‘diapered soldier’ searches
  • Some ‘diaper fetish’ searches
  • Some ‘enema’ searches

And then there were searches that were obviously wishful thinking:

  • daughter wearing diaper having diarrhea
  • daughter starts first period in tena slip
  • daughter emptying her fleet enema into diaper
  • have you ever been diapered by your younger siblings

I’m pretty sure that no parent would ever blog about such intimate things, especially if it is about a young girl.

But the single most searched term for this blog in 2015 was ‘tena slip’. The second was ‘diapers’. Tena Value and Giant Storebrand diapers were also widely searched.

The trend that I noticed from my list is that a fair number of people were looking for information on adult diapers. In fact, given the number of people looking for diaper reviews, I wonder just how many of my readers were not ABDL, but rather are caretakers.

On a separate note, I’ll be taking a mid-semester diapered escapede to Penang and KL on 29 Feb and 1st Mar respectively. Malaysian friends, if anyone is keen to meet up for dinner on those dates, then do contact me at selva_raja015@hotmail.com . I know that these kind of questions usually don’t get replies, but I’ll take a chance.

– Selv

P.S. Corrected my travel dates