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Tuesday, 29 December 2009

The one with... parents-to-be's day out and updates :)

Am so happy and excited and not so panic-ky anymore.. (let's not go to the part about the actual giving birth thingy just yet okey.. ;P) Today and yesterday were very well spent, both Kerol and I went to go hunting for those stuff needed in welcoming our newborn soon.. =))))

(dah unpacked and went drool over the stuff that we bought, and packed balik.. tempat storage takde lagi, so they will remain in the plastic bag for now.. :p Ahhhh the sight of these stuff really gives me such a pleasant and soothing feeling..)

With a big smile plastered on my face, I can now tick-off those items in THE LIST one by one.. Weeeee~~~*

Paling thrilled adalah membeli those cute and colourful little baby rompers / babysuits and such.. I had to really refrain myself from overbuying them.. Huhu.. Gerammmm sangat2 tengok baju2 baby...

(sila abaikan the suggested quantity, of course we didn't buy that many.. cukup sekadar ada mengikut keperluan...)

I must say, completing the baby checklist is more fun as compared to completing the wedding checklist.. As for the baby checklist, when we tick one item off, means its really off the list.. Otherwise for the wedding checklist, things will materialise only when the day comes.. You know, like you tick off on items such as 'tempah baju', 'book catering', 'book make-up artist', etc... BUT you know for yourself that it will be really off the list when the day comes.. Huhu..

So now tinggal sikit2 lagi here and there to buy.. But of all things, Kerol and I somehow can't quite decide yet on the bedding set.. You know.. Baby cot.. Playpen.. Mattress.. etc.. I mean, is baby cot a necessary? Can we just buy the mattress set to be put on the floor (not directly on the floor, I mean, on a comforter / toto of sort) and let the baby plays and sleeps there during the day time.. and at night, let him sleep with us in our bed? But then, the mattress set we surveyed in the market was meant to be put in the baby cot -- i.e. comes with the bumpers and such.. Hmmm.. confuse.. confuse.. We are still contemplating on this anyway.. So we shall see how..

And particularly on my part, I am now quite concerned about the confinement related stuff.. Huhu.. Especially on the 'set selepas bersalin' -- which brand is good..what criteria should I be looking for (other than price) and also on the tukang urut -- what's per day rate is considered decent and reasonable.. Hmmm.. Any words of opinion?

Anyway, that's that. Like I said, I am more contended now that we have at least bought the basic stuff for our cute, lovely and adorable darling little one.. :)

I am doing fine, by the way. Been enjoying the long weekend by bumming around with hubby.. and purposely chose yesterday and today to do the shopping because we both are on leave and it's working day, so the crowd was not as huge as that of the weekend's..

And hubby has been such a good sport in entertaining my request to indulge in good food of my choice... :) Had seafood platter for two from Manhattan Fish Market yesterday.. and today, we spent almost 2.5 hours over the buffet spread of food for barbeque and steamboat at Seoul Garden... *nYamss!!*

Hmm but when it comes to shopping, sadly I can only last for max 3 hours only! Afterwards my feet will start to feel painful.. Like berdenyut2 like that.. Huhu.. I feel like a whale stranded on land.. :D

And these days I woke up in the morning having the numb feelings sort at my fingers.. Like macam berat and susah nak move.. From reading, it has got something to do with water retention.. and my nose and face, they are so kembang macam di pam2.. Huhu.. With the dark coloured & thick frame spec of mine, I feel like I'm wearing this all the time:



(okey, minus the bushy eyebrows and moustache ye... :D)

Hmm.. ape lagi.. Oh, I've gotten my result from the glucose tolerance test already.. Went to the govt clinic yesterday morning and phew thank God I didn't have that gestational diabetes associated to the pregnant ladies.. *alhamdulillah*.. And no more drastic weight gain *takut gila nak timbang depan nurse..* :p

This coming Thursday I am due for check-up at the private clinic.. Praying really hard that this time around we get to see a glimpse of our baby's face! Before this we've done the 3D scanning for two times already -- but yang first time he was playing with the umbilical cord, so his face was hidden behind it.. and second time, he was backfacing us.. Huhu.. Adakah baby boy kami ini pemalu orangnya??? :P Anyway from the last check-up we learnt that he's in the head-down position and he's weighing a healthy 1.8kg! :)

*Hoping for a smooth sailing journey towards the day I'm due for giving birth.... amin*

Okie dokie.. I guess it's time to get ready to sleep.. It's working day tomorrow -- 2 more days only to go that is.. Then, it's back to another long weekend.. Weee~* :))))

Alritey, till later~!

Saturday, 26 December 2009

The one with... mojo oh mojo, where are you...

Internet connection ada... laju plak tuh...

Masa lapang pun ada... dari semalam (Jumaat) saaaaaampai la Selasa.. kerja 2 hari lagi for the year (30th & 31st) pastu cuti saaaaampai la 4 Jan 2010...

Tapiiiii.... mood nak ber blog, still tak ada...

Hmm, thanks to those who gave comments in my previous entry.. I shall reply one of these days k...

Enjoy your holiday peeps, till later~*

Sunday, 20 December 2009

The one with... pre monday blues talking..

Hmmm i often find myself getting very very turned-off everytime after i received unwanted comments from anonymous.. (read: unwanted = komen yang macam tak membina..) To stick to 'ignorance is bliss' mantra after all is kinda hard i guess.. I mean come on, i am no angel, of course i'll feel uncomfortable just like any other human beings who have feelings would too.

I feel.. unfair knowing someone else gets to know updates about me and yet i don't get to know about the other person's.. (yang ada blog / exchange thoughts with me via comments lain cerita).

I feel.. friends dont make much effort anymore to contact me coz they can find out my updates from reading of my blog.

I feel.. office people judge me unnecessarily.

I feel.. those who hates me will keep on just reading quietly and thereafter thrash me behind my back, waiting for something bad to happen before start pointing out my flaws then.

I feel.. people make assumption of me and my life just by reading what i write here in my blog.. i mean, how shallow a person can be thinking that i write 100% about my life here right? but, then.. one can never be sure about that.. it's a mad mad mad world after all. a lot of different types of people do exist.

I feel.. that i've never meant and ever had any intention to step on someone's toes.. all i've been writing about all this while was nothing but in relation to myself and those around me.. so why the unpleasant anonymous comments? *sigh* I've been nothing but minding my own business, so why can't the anonymous? (please note am talking about the anonymous yang tend to kasi unwanted comments, not those anonymous baik ye.. )

Most of all.. I feel like wanting to stop blogging.. or perhaps put this blog into a private mode.. or disable anonymous comment..

I know there are other positive things i can feel, but at this very right moment.. this is what and how i feel.

Lets hope this feeling is just temporary. We'll see.

Salam Maal Hijrah to all my muslim friends and readers.. till later~*

Friday, 11 December 2009

The one with... my experience doing check up at govt clinic..

It’s Friday and I’ve been working hard for the past couple of weeks to catch up with the things these people were rushing for, coz they are all going for long leaves already by next week.. and will be back only next year. Leaving me playing ‘jaga’ for the office.. Huhu.

Anyway I need a break, so here I am…

I normally go to the private hospital / clinic (not sure a Pusat Perubatan is considered as a hospital or clinic) to do my monthly check up.. But since I’m keeping myself open for options, I decided to go for check up at the government clinic as well -- just in case I decide to deliver at the government hospital.. Coz they said one needs to have that ‘buku merah’ for admittance to the government hospital.. Not sure how true, but I wanted to play safe.

So I thought, ok lah.. Just go for one visit, then I should be fine.. though it’s a bit of a hassle coz check up at government hospital / clinic can only be done on weekdays.. not to mention the waiting time too.

Nevertheless, I went to the one in Gombak last month together with Kerol. We were not so kiasu to come very early in the morning, so we embraced the long waiting time..

How was it? Honestly, I thought it was (surprisingly) a pleasant experience. Minus the waiting time + the part it must be done on working days + the fact that some days the doctor won’t be around for consultation, that is. The nurses were actually quite nice. And they gave a lot of useful information without you asking for it. And did a lot of tests too in comparison to the one I had at my normal place for check up. Amongst others, they gave me the injection for kancing gigi.. and that day I did the blood test too.

Because of the blood test, I decided to go again for check up at that government clinic coz I wanted to know the result though I’ve done the same blood test at my normal place for check up and had my result -- I was said to have a quite low red blood count (or whatever the correct term is). I was like, ok fine I’ll just go for the 2nd time to get the blood test’s result, and that’s it I will be done with government clinic.

So I took some time and went again yesterday, this time around, alone. Coz Kerol had to attend meeting in the morning.. Lagipun we noticed that those who go for check up at the government mostly are not accompanied by the husbands.. Hmmm.. Why eh?

Anyways.

As expected, I got turned off by the waiting time. And the fact that there was no doctor around, again… *sheeshh*. But I obtained more information than the last time. Especially now I need to start counting and timing the number of baby movements in a day. And I had my second injection for kancing gigi.. Perhaps maybe I am already at my later stage of pregnancy.. Huhu.. Anddddd.. the best part was, the ‘ujian gula’ or ‘glucose tolerance test’ people were talking about, I was instructed to come again next week for such a test!!! Sebab.. Sebabbbbb.. I gained 4kg in a month! Ngaaaaaa… :’(

But hey I thought its normal for mothers to gain so much of weight at the later stage of pregnancy?? No? Coz honestly, I didn’t feel like I’ve been eating like a lot A LOT… *siGh* And, what if, it’s the baby who is putting on weight.. not me? *hehe keji and nonsense*

I wanted to ignore the instruction for I have had enough going there for check up. BUT. I feel guilty to the baby if I were to just chuck that aside. So yeah, looks like I am going to the clinic again next week… Huhu.. And hopefully I'm actually not developing this form of diabetes called gestational diabetes some woman have during pregnancy..

Anyways.

If there’s any consolation, the nurses were quite impressed to see how ‘beautiful’ my tummy is.. and that my kaki is not swollen… *smiLe* Hope it stays that way until the day I give birth.. *amin*

I am due for check up at my normal place tomorrow, so lets see what my gynae will have to say.. if she also orders me for the glucose tolerance test, then I know I shouldn’t take things easy.. Huhu.. But one thing for sure, can’t wait to have the 3D scan done, coz during the last check up, my baby’s face was hidden a bit coz he was playing with his umbilical cord.. Hopefully this time around, I get to see a glimpse of his face…. Can’t wait! :)

So okie dokie, that’s all I have for now.. Looks like I need to start monitoring my diet from now on… Cannot be so selamba about it anymore.. huhu.. But this weekend will be packed with weddings (read: nasi minyak yummy yum!) and I just bought a big bag of chocolates from the Christmas bazaar sale Valiram is organizing specifically for the firm I’m working with… How? How????? Big problems I've got here peeps…! :P

Alritey till later.. Enjoy your weekend! :)

Monday, 7 December 2009

The one with... Monday morning 'bad news'..

Just when I have my accomodation sorted...

Just when I have discovered that I actually still have one more day of annual leaves...

Just when I have discussed with Kerol on our itenary... and roughly plan our budget...

Just when I thought I can add 'Trip to Singapore 2009' into "My Travelling Stories" list..

Just when I got excited thinking that I can hang out with Alin in Singapore..

Just when I felt so happy imagining a holiday trip with Kerol for the last time before I deliver sometime early next year..

Just when.......

And thennnnn came the bad news -- Singapore is quite strict when it comes to allowing the (heavily) expectant mothers entering their country... *sheeeeshhhh* :(

Should I.. or shouldn't I.. take the risk? Ngaaaaaaaa.... Do you think I can get a buy in if I were to tell 'em immigration officers that I'm only 4 / 5 months pregnant.. ?

Thursday, 3 December 2009

The one with... going random, again... :)

  • First of all, thanks to each and everyone of you who has responded in my previous post regarding the stem cells storage.. farina, yantie zuri, zie, dayana, farah, muni, iyma, zetty & bibi -- really appreciate your valuable input.. honestly for Kerol & I, its not about the amount of money that needs to be paid for the scheme.. it’s more of the credibility and reliability of it that’s been bugging us in our decision making process.. anyway, not wanting to influence the thought and decision of others, lets leave it as it is k? :)

  • I feel so sleepy and lazy today.. must be the nasi lemak + cold weather combo.. PLUS that with the fact that I’ve been working late for the past couple of days.. AND also the fact that my colleagues keep on playing the happy Christmas songs.. AND for a fact that it’s already DECEMBER yaw!!!

  • Sigh if only I am in the same situation I normally was come every year end, i.e. left with 7-8 days of annual leaves.. But looking back, I had been using them, all for the great causes.. wedding leaves, honeymoon leaves, second honeymoon leaves, hari raya leaves, and finally babymoon leaves.. so, ok lah.. fine.. no regret! :) i will jaga the office nanti when everyone is gone to enjoy their year end break.. ok what, takde orang in office, i’ll come out with my own plan.. ngehngehngeh *evil laugh*

  • Nowadays whenever I’m on the road, I’ll try my very best not to curse when I’m stuck in the traffic jam or when I have encounters with the other rude & reckless road users… coz I learnt that the baby can hear the mother.. BUT.. it’s not helping much now that the WTFs are everywhere on the road!! It’s hard NOT to silently mutter what.the.f*ck when I see such plat numbers instead of seeing the three letters just as it is.. huhu.. (by the way, can the baby hear if the mother just cakap dalam hati je? hmmm.. ) soon there’ll be WTHs.. but at least its not as bad…

  • For Kerol & I, half of the year was just gone in a blink with us busy doing preparation for our wedding.. and the recent 30 November 2009 marked our 6 months anniversary.. and we are still in the state of bliss :) sometimes we regard ourselves as housemates judging by the way live the life in our own house –- each of us with our own markas untuk bermalasan at the living room.. and we follow our own rules.. Kerol can do whatever he wants and so do i.. :P guess this happens because before this we both stayed with parents kot.. so now dah ada freedom, macam jakun sikit lah.. :D anyway, my point earlier on was… how fast time flies.. and soon, there’ll be a mini us!! :)

  • Talking about how fast time flies, besok dah hari jumaat.. YEAY !

  • Hmm ok lah.. lunch hour is about to end soon.. I’d better stop now.. oh before I end this post, I have a question to ask.. those yang pakai spectacles, masa beranak nanti, pakai tak? :P kalau operate, mesti lah tak pakai kan.. sebab takleh bawak masuk dalam operation theatre.. but kalau normal, pun macamana nak pakai.. masa nak meneran tuh, mesti spec macam nak jatuh2 kan.. berpeluh2 lagi, mesti spec berwap sume.. so.. means tak pakai la kan? tapi kalau those yang with high power macam mine (around 600 – 700) yang jenis kalau tak pakai spec memang konfem tak nampak apa2.. macamana nak FEEL the whole situation kalau tak pakai spec nanti? especially bila doc / nurse letak the baby in the arms.. macamane nak enjoy such a great sight? ke masa tuh dah boleh pakai spec? hoho tak mungkin la pakai contact lense kan.. i know i know i think too much.. but please, do enlighten me… :)

  • okie dokie that’s all i have for now.. till later~*

Saturday, 28 November 2009

The one with... stem cells storage -- what say you?

Hi!

The title of this post kinda says it all.

Actually both Kerol and I have had our own reservation when it comes to this thing called stem cells storage for the newborn.

However, we would like to hear what others out there have got to say about this..

I know I do not have that many readers but... care to share your thoughts on this, please? Anyone?

Thanking you very much in advance... :) Till later~*

Thursday, 26 November 2009

The one with.. more (and long-winded) randomness...

  • sigh i have a report to review, but i am already in the holiday mood lah… well, not holiday holiday as in involves travelling.. but i’m referring to the public holiday tomorrow, hence the long weekend… :)

  • have i mentioned before that i am now officially got (really) sick at and de-motivated with work? hmmm… not going to elaborate any further but there you go, i’ve blurted it out loud.

  • so, anyway life has been very interesting lately.. do you know that SOON i am entering the last trimester of my pregnancy??? BIG DEAL!!! life will totally be different after this, i really hope its to the better... aminnnnn.

  • it makes me panic every time thinking about it.. *iSk* especially when i read babycentre.com that says “the newborn will be on your lap soon in no time..”.. i was like, NooooOOoooo… can i keep him forever in my tummy??? :P

  • the baby is so active these days.. and i’d like to think that he can respond to me especially when i rub my tummy or tickle at the area where the movement is felt… coz he will give more and stronger movements.. *smiling* this is definitely the best part of being pregnant. now i understand why expectant mothers like to touch their tummy when i see them walking in public places.. coz i am one too now! :)

  • but.. of course with good things come the not-so-good things as well.. i found that sleeping at night is a challenge.. coz it’s hard to find the right and comfortable position… and i cannot stand / walk too long also, it makes my feet hurt…

  • anyway so far i haven’t had any swollen feet.. nor any stretch mark.. YET.. but hey are these two avoidable? coz i hope i get to skip them.. :) we’ll see.. we’ll see..

  • to come to think of it, i cannot remember how the heck did i able to go through that one phase when i got terrible itchiness all over my body.. i couldn’t help it but to scratch my skin until it bleeds and left some ugly reddish marks… that time i was so sad, i even beg kerol to please please accept me for who i am (for fear that the marks will turn into permanent scars).. but you know what, thank God no scars whatsoever! *phew* that, by far was the biggest challenge i've experienced with my pregnancy.. as of now, i just apply the normal nivea intensive cream lotion all over my body instead of the expensive stretch mark cream like bio oil and cocoa butter that lasts only.. what 2 weeks max..? alhamdulillah it works wonder on me! :) should have opted to this much earlier.

  • you know i think my baby somehow inherits that sensitive side of me.. :P there’s this time when i was just started to learn that i can feel his movement, i tend to say to kerol or update my facebook status with stuff like “my baby so active” or “why my baby is so active, is he feeling sempit already” or something like that.. not to complain.. but i guess he must have understood it that way kot.. coz one day, he was like, not the normal him.. i hardly felt his movement i wanted to cry.. i kept on reciting the prayers and doa.. and then there was movement, but a very weak one.. kerol and i, we almost gone to see our gynae just to make sure everything was ok.. and that’s whennnnn suddenly he gave us the assurance that he’s a ok… *phew* itu pun after kerol talked to him slowly, and finally he gave that one hard kicking.. or punching.. hoho baby merajuk kah.. ? :P so cute! anyway now whenever i wanted to talk about him, i’ll make sure it’s in a positive tone.. not wanting him to think the otherwise :)

  • i got so.. how to say.. rimas lah looking at the long list of to-buy for the newborn.. i mean, are all those necessary?? kerol and i are going to work on that list like seriously starting this weekend.. all these while we did the survey but always ended up buying our stuff.. hehe.. that has got to stop! must start spend for the baby pulak... :P

  • my appetite has been very very good lately.. asyik lapar je.. tapi takde la mengidam benda yang pelik2.. :)

  • and i cannot wear any of my baju kurung already... huhu.. baju kebaya toksah cakap lah.. masa 2 / 3 bulan pregnant memang tak boleh pakai dah...

  • hmm i can go on and on talking about my pregnancy, so i'd better stop now. actually, to be honest its hard to update blog lately without writing about it... hence the gap between entries..

  • do you know that i have no more leaves to utilise this year? isk.. so sad..... i so want to go singapore.. it has been my yearly thing.. kerol and i have even thought of going during this weekend.. but macam keji la pulak kan.. its raya haji.. tapi tu lah.. kitorang siap terfikir nak cakap kat family kerol yang kitorang celebrate with my family.. but to my family, cakap kitorang celebrate with kerol's family.. :D (no we are not doing that ya..)

  • ok lah.. i do not know what else to write.. well, actually i do.. but it's gonna be more about pregnancy.. so i'd better save that for some other day k.

  • selamat hari raya aidiladha to all my muslim friends and readers.

  • till later~!

Thursday, 19 November 2009

The one with... randomness..

  • i woke up this morning thinking it’s already Friday… huuuu..

  • office is so cold these days, i’m LOVING it…. :D kalau before pregnant dulu confirm dah menyumpah dah.. hehe.

  • perut kadang2 mengeras secara tiba2.. and sakit.. adakah itu fenomena Braxton Hicks?

  • weekend ni tak pack sangat, can’t wait to just stay in at home and lazing around..

  • after all, i’m gonna get from my ‘supplier’ tomorrow the episode 4 – 7 of the new season 6 of desperate housewives.. can’t wait!!! season baru ni best!

  • when my sister Liana was around last month, she wanted extra allowance so she volunteered to do the ironing.. and now she's gone back to Jakarta, it has come back to be part of the house chores to do..! *siGh*

  • which is a tad difficult because of the bulging tummy.. huhu.. nak basuh pinggan pun susah coz tummy will touch the sink area.. and to pick clothes from the most inner part of the washing machine too... :P

  • finally both Kerol and I have agreed on the first part of our baby's name.. but not the second one.. hmm... but anyway, i'm happy now i can communicate with the baby by calling his first name.. :)

  • hmm ok tiba2 dah takde idea dah.. going for lunch soon -- the highlight of my working day! :)

till later~!

Sunday, 15 November 2009

The one with... learning as much.. before the 'practical' time! huhu..

Before married, heck even after my wedding day..., my knowledge about pregnancy can be rated as almost close to zero.. I mean, yes, during one or two of those trips to the hospitals or friends' houses visiting them after they gave birth did enlighten me with their share of experience.. But still, the information was like masuk telinga kanan keluar telinga kiri.. Not much was retained, I wasn't able to appreciate much.. All I can associate with when it comes to the word 'pregnancy' was PAIN.. and perhaps.. FAT ? :P

Well when it happened to me at the time least expected, to be honest the few feelings I had after seeing the 2 lines at the pregnancy kit were panic, anxious and scared... I knew NOTHING about pregnancy, let alone taking care of a baby.. Hence the decision to keep it under the low radar for the first 3 months.. After all thats what I was advised to do, because the 1st trimester is the most crucial period.. The risk of M is high, and if anything, to retract the good news can be quite emotionally difficult..

Anyways.

So of course my first point of contact for information would be the 2 mothers.. BUT.. I think their time was very much different from ours.. Responses such as "Alaaaa.. Don't worry so much... You'll get through this.. Let the nature takes its course..", "Kitorang dulu relaks jer.. Takde nak buat2 check up ni.. or take supplement", and etc.. didn't help much of the nervous me... Huhu.. Serious the 2 mothers takde mabuk2 ni... And they somehow had an easy breezy pregnancy experiences.. Cuma they did advise me on which verses from the Al-Quran to recite more during pregnant...

Next, would be friends of the same age.. Now that helped very very much.. I asked a lot especially from Farah and Muni.. and exchanged experience and concerns with Parveen and Iyma who happened to be pregnant around the same time.. And true enough, every expectant mother experiences different things... But at least for comfort, I knew I wasn't very far off.. :)

And then, came the next source of information -- from reading. I registered at babycentre.com and has been receiving a weekly email from them updating me about what happened at every stages of pregnancy coupled with a lot of other useful information.. I found it to be very very useful, especially it reminds me about how many weeks I am now :)

Tapi being the first timer, I felt that I need to read up more to feed my curiousity needs..

And these are the books that have been accompanied me for the past months... See, pregnancy has introduced me to a new hobby.. :)

The above 2 books were borrowed to me by Muni.. The left one was written by Dr Ariza, one of the preferred O&G in Ampang Puteri.. It's quite an interesting and very easy to follow book..

And then Oya gave me the above 2 books.. :) (Oh and also another one on "Nama-nama bayi dalam Islam..) And it gave me more insights about pregnancy, especially from the religion and custom point of view.

This is my second favourite -- the book I bought myself.. It didn't take me long to decide on this one as the title captured my interest -- illustrated companion :)

The chapters were very easy to follow as it was divided into weekly basis.. So everytime I reach to another week of my pregnancy, I will flip to the relevant chapter. I don't normally read before I reach that week for I don't want the information contained therein to affect on how I should behave.. Rather I read it to evaluate how I was doing -- whether on track or not.. And often I feel contended if the information is very spot on.. I'll be like "Ohh.. memang patut pun rasa macam ni..".. etc.

And finally, the one that tops my list -- the book that was given by my colleague, Farah.. (ok, nama pun farah jugak.. tapi yang ni takde blog..).. This book, nampak je kecik, but very very informative and illustrative.. Love it! though ada yang ngilu2 jugak sebab tunjuk real life picture.. :P And what I found to be useful about the book is its divided into topics..

Like for example chapter 6 discusses about the baby's life in the womb..

And it contains a week-by-week info on baby's development AND pictures on the changes to the mother's body parts as time passes by.. VERY useful.

I particularly often glued to chapter 13 where it has quite a comprehensive long list of common complaints received from the expectant mothers, complete with information on the causes, symptoms and treatments. Sangat2 relevant especially like I said not everyone experiences the same thing througout.. Even Kerol found it to be very useful.. (Sebab dia yang nak kena face the 'problematic' me! hehe)

And finally, chapter yang I kept on avoiding (still in denial.. huhu.. I'll get to that chapter soon, later.. :P) would be the last chapter on giving birth process...

So all these books I found to be my very good companion so far, and I know it will be until I reach my due date.. Which I keep on praying for the time to pass by slowly... Huhu.. First, sebab takut laaa thinking about giving birth coz anything can happen despite how much you are equipped with knowledge.. and second, even now I can feel that I'm SO gonna miss this wonderful experience, especially now that I can feel the baby's movement and 'play' with him by tickling him from the outside and talking to him when I'm stuck in the traffic jam... :)

Oh ada lagi source of information..

My mom will consistently informs me on any parenting forums / classes advertised in the magazines / newpapers.. And somehow Kerol and I had an interest on this one.. "Healthy Mother, Healthier Child" held by Darul Ehsan Medical Centre (DEMC) together with WYETH and other sponsors..

Apparently its a all-year-round event held throughout Malaysia.. And the one held in Concorde, Shah Alam was the final one.. With a registration fee of RM30 per couple, we quickly registered ourselves.

I have not been to any antenatal classes, yet, but I guess the topics covered are more or less the same... no?

So pagi tadi pukul 8.30 pagi kitorang dah sampai Shah Alam.. Huhu.. What an early day, especially its Sunday! See, muka pun mamai lagi and LAPAR!

Ok, this picture is more reflective of how big I am now :) They provided us with a simple brekky menu of biscuits and hot tea / coffee.. Well, with RM30, what do you expect kan?

We didn't come in a group of friends, and malas nak mingle2 around.. :P So we settled down while waiting for the session to start.. It's quite a full house and not all participants were the first time preggers.. Even yang dah 2nd time pun still attended.. And both Kerol and I were VERY VERY satisfied with the information provided.. especially on the topics 'Pregnancy & Labour' (complete with real life picture stage-by-stage process ye.. huhu), 'Care of Newborn' and 'Breastfeeding'.. (Gambar during the presentation of course takde, coz segan nak captured.. :p)

All in all for RM30, I found the forum to be very interesting, though I thought the topic on 'Breathing Techniques' can be extended to getting us to practise whether it's correct or not.. But I guess, that, is something I can get from the antenatal class which is more of a smaller group of participants..

And we were also served with tea break, AND exceeding my expectation, a buffet spread for lunch! Weeee... :)

At the end of the forum, there was a lucky draw session.. Kitorang takde ong la tadi.. Huhu.. We were eyeing on the first prize -- Combi stroller! Sangat lucky orang yang dapat tuh, jelesnye!.. and other prizes offered were not bad also -- confinement set, baby products, Marie France voucher, etc..

Oh well, at least we went back home equipped with extra knowledge, AND a goodie bag.

So next in our quest, which we have started since last week which is to start gathering info on prices of baby related items such the baby care products, the diapers, milks, strollers, baby cots, etc etc etc.. Huhu.. Going to tick off the (long!) list slowly one by one, hopefully just in time before my due date comes!

Okie dokie, that's all I have for now.. Adalah lapar sekarang, tadi balik2 from Shah Alam both of us masing2 ter doze off kepenatan.. And now baru bangun and mandi, so next would be to go hunt for food... :)

Till later~*

p.s. Iyma & Bibi -- wish you guys were there during the forum!

Thursday, 12 November 2009

The one with.. good food day.. weee! :)

I have been quite occupied lately.. MIL had to undergo a surgery last week, so I have been going to and fro the hospital until she was discharged recently on Monday.. She is recuperating well right now at home.

And I've been away from office having field work at client's place in Shah Alam for the past couple of days.. The travelling time was such a kill, what with the raining season now the traffic was just so SO bad.. *siGh*

Anyway today after having the meeting at Jalan Duta, I managed to satisfy my cravings of ayam madu at my favourite place in Kampung Attap.. Sangat sangat happy! :)

And I (and the lil one) enjoyed so much the breakfast prepared by Kerol this morning (and every other morning too whenever the time permits :P) -- a simple yet satisying my all time favourite toasted bread with planta + strawberry jem spread.. Nyummmss!

Plus tonight I'm going to have dinner with friends at La La Chong Seafood in Ara Damansara.. I have never been there before, but from a quick check, I heard that the seafood served there is gooooood... Can't wait to indulge in meals such as butter prawns, crabs, and whatnot.. *drooLing* Oh and not to mention, having a good time catching up with friends too of course.. :)

But before that, kerana keterujaan makan ayam madu and kuah kari tadi, kecelekaan telah berlaku....

A one happy-and-comot-now 60kg(!!!)-pregger whose tudung also apparently enjoys the good food! :P


I hope tonight there's no such thing going to happen.

Now where can I find baby powder in office to remove such an oily stain...? Hmmmmm..

Till later~*

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

The one with... the x-file's wedding :P

Last weekend I went to Shah Alam to attend a friend's wedding.. Well, to be specific, my 1st ex's... :) Things are cool between us, we broke up in a good term.. After all it was only a puppy love, we were 13 (yes, that young! :P) and it ended up when we both reached 18. And out of that 5 years, we were a long distant couple for 2 years. Oh well, those were the days..... :P

What made things awkward was, he happened to be the cousin of my 2nd ex, of which the relationship I wouldn't want to remember and keep in my memory AT ALL. So, ada sedikit awkward scene during the wedding. Huhu enough said.

The best thing was, of course above all I get to meet my GFs !! :) So here goes the pics...

- The wedding took place at Galeri Shah Alam -- garden wedding style -

- Munir was the floor manager on that day.. -

- And Abby was the MC.. -

- And.. Duen & Dayana were the best man and the bridesmaid.. It was like a reunion of sort seeing so many familiar faces from high school.. :) -

- The newlyweds -

- From L to R : me, Alin, Tazz, Roxie & Mazalina (Alin's ex-roomate dulu :))

- Mika si comel !! And thanks to Munir, he has got a new name now, baby Stewart (from the Family Guy).. hehe.. -

- Mika and Auntie Li@, with Mika's soon-to-be-born buddy in the tummy! -

- My high school bestfriends.. -

- A normal scene when the GFs met :) -

- Mika getting spoilt by Uncle Kerol.. -

- I love the above 2 pic so much! Very nicely capturing the moment.. Looks so lively -

- Dayana and I :) -

- From Shah Alam we made move to Old Town White Coffee at Ampang Point to have our own private session :) -

- Auntie Dayana & Auntie Alin in the attempt to pacify Mika.. :) -

- Mika nampak kurus sikit lepas sakit aritu.. :( Hope he will gain a healthy weight soon! -

- My great GFs pic 1 from L to R: Tazz, Dayana, & Alin -

- My great GFs pic 2 from L to R: Tina (with Mika) and Roxie

Credit to Kerol for all the pictures taken that day.. As always he's being a good sport when it comes to me and my GFs.. xoxo. After hanging out at Old Town White Coffee, Tazz and Dayana came to my house for another session.. Alin, Roxie, and Tina had to go back due to their own prior engagement..

All in all, I had a great time that day :)

OK that's all I have for now.. Kerol is back from his futsal, it's time for dinner... Saya dan baby adalah sudah sangat lapar! :) Till later~*

Thursday, 29 October 2009

The one with.. sharing is caring -- spinach dip recipe..

Okie dokie... Based on request, here's to share the recipe to make the spinach dip.. Oh but then before that first thing first, must thank my officemate Ruben, coz he's the one who gave me the recipe..

So here goes..

Bahan2
  • Spinach hijau - dalam 1 ikat or 2
  • Sour cream - 1 tub (brand Sunglo, can be found at the cheese section in supermarket)
  • Cheese spread - beberapa sudu besar ikut individual taste and preference
  • Mayonnaise
  • Bawang merah - dalam 1 - 2 biji

How to prepare

  • Potong bawang merah halus2
  • Wash the spinach, and take only the leafy part
  • Boil the spinach (and put a pinch of salt) until betul2 lembik
  • Then tapis the spinach, chop2 halus2
  • In the serving bowl, pour in the sour cream... Then kacau ngan sudu until kembang (caution: bau sour cream memang agak kurang menyenangkan.. so bear with it)
  • Then masukkan mayo (dalam 1 sudu besar) + cheese spread (dalam 2-3 sudu besar)
  • Then masukkan chopped spinach and bawang merah
  • Kacau hingga sebati
  • Then try rasa whether there's a lacking of the cheesy taste or not.. if there is, then sila tambah accordingly..

That's all! Senang kan? :) Remember, when it comes to the recipes I share here in my blog means -- if I can do.. YOU also can do.. !

Oh.. put in the fridge for a while before serving.. Then eat with any of your favourite nachos flavour.. Selamat mencuba!


(sorry.. gambar tak begitu menarik.. this is the only one pic I took that day)