Saturday, October 31, 2009

31% on 31st

I'm sure all you ice-cream lovers are aware of the 31% discount on the 31st at Baskin Robbins. So today, husband and I made our way to their outlet in Damansara Uptown. After queuing for 50 minutes (I was this close to walking out and head back half-way through), we finally got our 2 pints. Cookies & Cream and Vanilla for the husband, Maui Chocolate Madness and Chocolate Mousse Royale for me. Well, there goes my diet!

So did you get your Baskin Robbins today?

Mothercare Opening Promotion

Dear parents/ soon-to-be parents,

Mothercare is opening in Bangsar Shopping Center and they'll be having an opening promotion from 1st to 15th November 2009.


Friday, October 30, 2009

On Strike!

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I came across a thread at forum about babies refusing to direct feed, and it reminded me of a period when my baby had a nursing strike a couple of weeks after I resumed my hectic working life. Determined to get him to direct feed again, I did some Googling on how to do so. Armed with the information that I've found, I spent a few challenging weeks (after I've resigned) trying it out, and resulted in success.

So, I'd like to share some of the steps that I've tried:

1. When the baby refuses the breast, try feeding him your expressed breast milk with a spoon/ cup/ syringe. After that, try offering your breast to him. If he still refuses, continue feeding him with the items mentioned. Bottle should be the last resort.

2. Increase skin-to-skin contact. Take your top off and leave your baby in his diapers only, and spend time playing, touching and hugging.

3. Make sure the room is quiet, dim and cool. We want the baby to feel at ease with no distractions.

4. Don't force the baby. The last thing we want is to get the baby traumatized by the sight of our breasts.

5. Unless you want to see him throwing a tantrum, try these steps when he is not too hungry.

6. And most importantly, you have to have lots patience and don't give up.

We all want the best for our babies. For those of you who are facing this same problem, I hope these steps will help you and I wish you good luck!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Because, Laughter Is The Best Medicine

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Baby's On The Way! (Part 2)

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Based from experience, I've gathered a few shopping/ preparation tips for you new expectant mothers and fathers:

1. Stock up on well-known branded diapers, as they have more quality compared to the one that aren't, well, not that well-known. Newborn babies have sensitive skin, therefore you need to test out which brand suits them best (and also suits your wallet). Myself, I stocked up on Mami Poko, Huggies and Drypers. My baby didn't have any skin reaction towards Mami Poko and Huggies. Drypers, on the other hand, gave him blisters.

2. Go easy when buying baby care items. Because firstly, as I've mentioned, babies have sensitive skin, so they don't need us slapping on anything and everything on them. And secondly, you'll be surprised at the amount of baby care items people will give you when they come for a visit. My baby's 4 months and two weeks old, and I still have lots of baby care stock stashed away.

3. Baby cot, stroller and car seat can wait if you have limited shopping funds. This is because your baby will end up sleeping on the bed with you so breastfeeding will be a lot easier, otherwise you will need to carry him in and out of his cot every feeding time. As for the stroller and car seat, you won't be bringing your baby out anytime soon until he's at least 3 months old (or right after the 2 months confinement period for those eager new parents).

4. Do not buy too many clothing sized for newborns, as babies grow at a very fast rate. Buy the ones sized for 3 months old onwards. I can say there are quite a number of clothing that my baby didn't get a chance to wear at all!

5. Survey, survey, survey. If you have an eye for a pricey item, make sure you survey a few places first before making the purchase. For example, I wanted to get Medela Harmony, retailing at RM249 at Metrojaya. Then I went to Babyland in SS2, PJ, and they had 10% discount on it. I didn't stop there. A week later I went to Robinsons, The Gardens, and they had 20% discount on Medela Harmony.

6. Preferably, don't get the modern swaddling blanket as it is too easy for babies to 'escape' from being swaddled. Get the traditional swaddling blanket and secure it with a safety pin. But first, you'd need to learn how to swaddle them, yes? Easy peasy.

7. Before you start splurging, ask your siblings/ relatives whether they have anything they want to hand-down to you.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Baby's On The Way!

So you just receive the great news. You're expecting a new family member! That means bigger responsibilities, a change in lifestyle, and of course, a reason for a guilt-free shopping session. Though shopping for your new family member is fun, you need to be selective of your purchases as you don't want to over-spend on unnecessary items. Therefore, it is wise to prepare a checklist beforehand.

This checklist I'm sharing with you was compiled from the world wide web (I forgot to take down the exact sources, sorry!), tweaked and designed by yours truly. Just click on the pink one (for baby girl) or blue (for baby boy) to download the PDF file.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Random Snap 02: Anjingku Hilang

The length some people go to find their beloved pet. This was snapped at the four-junction traffic light in Sri Hartamas. I doubt this bunting was legal.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Hi, Doc. I'm Sick.

Why is it that some clinics act like their MCs are too precious to give out? You couldn't get out of bed that day because of a high temperature. Or you can't go on for 2 minutes without crapping your pants/ puking your guts out. So you drag yourself to the clinic for a check-up, and of course an MC. After checking your temperature, blood pressure and whatnot, you tell the doctor that you need an MC because you're taking the day off work due to falling ill. Then he gives you a simple response.

"No. I think you should be able to do your work."

Wow. Easy as that. How would you react? Strangle the doctor? Give the doctor a bollocking? Or simply shut your mouth and walk out?

Sure, doctors have worked long and hard to be in their profession today (much respect to that), but how can you tell a person how their body is feeling and coping, when it is not you who are feeling it?

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Dua Inci

I always dread the day when I have to get my hair trimmed. The results were often not what I asked for.

Situation #1:

Aunty Saloon: Berapa inci mau potong?
Me: Satu inci saje lah.
Aunty Saloon: Satu inci tarak nampak. Dua inci la.
Me: Ok lah, dua inci lah.

(a number of snips later)

Me: Eh, Aunty. Kenapa pendek sangat??
Aunty Saloon: Mane ade pendek. Ini dua inci la.

(more snips later)

Me: Aunty! Ini bukan dua inci! Ini sudah empat inci!!
Aunty Saloon: Aiya, sekarang rambut pendek fashion mahh!
Me: (refraining from grabbing the scissors and snip off her hair silly)

Situation #2:

Aunty Saloon: You punya fringe mau trim?
Me: Yes, trim sikit. Sampai mata saje, ok?
Aunty Saloon: Sampai mata? Ok ok.

(snip snip snip..)

Me: Aunty! Saya cakap sampai mata saje! Ni sudah atas kening saya!
Aunty Saloon: Sekarang fashion mah buat fringe pendek. (grabbing a magazine). Tengok ini gambar. Fringe dia pendek. Manyak cantik woo..
Me: (speechless)

Mind you, these two situations took place in a two different saloons. But why do they always give the same reason when they screw up on my haircut? Fashion, my foot!

Medela Harmony Mayday

It was on my sixth day of being a stay-at-home mom when my Medela Harmony diaphragm decided to cut itself a hole. As my baby was on nursing strike (but now he's back on direct feeding, hurahh!), I had to express my milk every feeding time.

I've not seen any shops selling this spare part, so I went online and looked up Medela's distributor in Malaysia. Much to my relief, they're located in Ampang. I gave them a call in hopes of getting the spare part/ diaphragm fixed pronto. I spoke to a very helpful sales person, Miss Siti, and she informed that the spare part is available at only RM35.

So for those who needs to get their Medela breastpump spare parts, fixed or serviced (they also offer lactation consultation), you can contact:

LactaEquip Medical (M) Sdn Bhd
Lot B2-M, Jalan Selaman 1
Dataran Palma, Off Jalan Ampang
68000 Ampang, Selangor.
Tel: 603 4270 1128
Fax: 603 4270 6451

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Festival of Light 17.10.09

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One of the perks of living on a high rise building is being able to see the beautiful celebratory fireworks at the comfort of your own home. Sharp at 12:00am for a good 20 minutes, I saw numerous fireworks all over the Klang Valley, celebrating the festival of light.

Happy Diwali, everyone.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Random Snap 01: You're Being Watched

I was going through the images folder on my machine when I found this. This was taken in 2007 in the ladies' room at the Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) office. Imagine taking a loo and then noticing this on the cubicle door. Freaky.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Kesan Regangan

Into my fourth month of pregnancy, I started slapping on different brands of Cocoa Butter lotion and oil all over my body; Palmer's, Body Shop and Fruits of the Earth. The earlier I start, the better chances of not getting any stretch marks. Or so I thought.

Fifth month came, no stretch mark.

Sixth month, no stretch mark.

Seventh month, why, hello there slight stretch mark on my hips.

Eighth month, what are you doing on my thighs, stretch mark?!

Ninth month, nothing. I thought that was it. Boy, was I wrong.

Two weeks after I gave birth, more appeared on my tummy. Then I told myself, hey, it's not so bad. I have a baby now, that's what matter. But that didn't stop me from looking for remedies.

After reading about Bio Oil and its testimonials, I decided to give it a try. Didn't put too much hope on it as stretch marks are known to be very difficult to get rid off (unless you have money to spend for laser treatment!).

The Bio Oil insert says to apply twice daily for a minimum of 3 months to reduce the appearance of scars/stretch marks. I'm into my second month of using it, and I must say I'm quite pleased with the result so far. The marks are still there, but not as visible anymore. Let's see the outcome after the third month is up.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Close to my heart

Making the decision to be a full time wife and mother was not the easiest to do, mainly because of the non-existent second household income. We were not making too much nor too little. We were just.. comfortable. But being a working mom in the advertising field was definitely not easy. Tight deadlines, late nights, high stress level, demanding working environment, you know the deal.

At the end of the day, whatever decision you make, be sure it is what makes you happy. Because there is no point of doing something when your heart and mind is not into it.

"Sure, earning money and being good at what you do is very good for self-esteem but there comes a time when the balance is tilted. Sometimes, you work so hard that wonder where the time has gone." -

Read full article here: Skin deep: Be brave, follow that dream
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