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Monday, 31 August 2009

The one with... cuti merdeka...

Hi... ! hope you've been enjoying the long weekend... coz I know I did.. and still am.. :) Haihhh how I wish every weekend is a long weekend huh? I get to do both housework plus spending time with husband and family just nicely within the right time..... Ok lah, memang la kita manusia tak pernah cukup masa, but lets be realistic here, 3 days of weekend is just about nice rightttt... *wishful thinking*

I'm fasting today and I've been experiencing pedih perut since 4++ pm.. To break fast now is just too waste of an effort.. Just now I was doing the weekly ironing, but had to put a stop and let Kerol to continue.. Focusing on the ironing made the tummy pain became more conciously frequent... Huhu..

So here I am staying glued infront of the laptop, hoping that the FB stalking and blog hopping activities will distract me from paying attention to the tummy pain.. Well so far it did work just fine.. Hang in there ya baby pretty pleaseeee.....

Okie dokie.. Guess it would be just a short entry from me.. Both families are coming to our house to break fast together later.. Need to do the necessary before they come soon.. (note to self: perlu lipat comforter and bantal2 yang bersepah di depan tv which served as the markas bermalas2an for me and kerol for the past few days... :P)

Selamat hari merdeka yang ke 52 to all Malaysian... and speaking of which, looks who's together with us celebrating the merdeka spirit....


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It's none other than my lil one... ! :)

Notice the raised-up hands as if he's / she's shouting "merdeka!" ? *hehe*


Selamat menghabiskan the remaining time left before the long weekend ends, selamat berbuka, dannnn.. selamat berTuesday blues!

Till later~*

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

The one with... random babbling part yang ntah ke berapa kalinya..

It's almost lunch hour on the 5th day of Ramadhan, and I'm not doing so good anymore.. huhu.. It all started yesterday -- I felt hungry already when it was only 2 in the evening despite the sahur meal I took, and on my way driving back home I had this headache which becoming stronger upon reaching home, and I felt so SO weak close to berbuka time... All these however went away after I had my rice and dishes come berbuka time.... but that didn't last long though.. The headache came again sometime at 8pm, together with this urge feeling to vomit, and the ultimate thing happened, I threw up everything I ate earlier on... *sOb*sOb*

This morning I still woke up 4.30am to have my sahur.. Cooked nasi goreng together with Kerol, and fried some chicken wing+drumet and fish tempura.. Had kurma, an apple and soya bean drink on top of that... Thought everything should be just fine, but the moment I woke up after the short nap I took after sahur, I didn't feel comfortable.. Like I was having upset tummy or something because of angin... Before left for work, Kerol reminded me to bring something in case I cannot proceed with my fasting... But I told him, nahhh I should be fine...

Who am I kidding?

Think am gonna have to break my fast soon.. The headache is here again, and tummyache too... huhu...

Anyway.

I just realised that we're going to have a long weekend this week, yeay!!! :)

You know, I can't wait to find out the gender of my baby... =) Initially I hope it's gonna be a good-looking, well-mannered, and semua-yang-baik-baik-adjective baby boy... JUST BECAUSE I have this strong idea that first child will always follow the features of the daddy the most... Kerol and I, we both have strong distinguished features of our own... Kerol is very tall, thin frame, has straight hair, and kulit sawo matang... and I am like totally opposite... ;P

So I told Kerol, I want our son to follow his features and our daughter to follow mine.. So if first baby is girl, and the next one is boy... Nanti yang girl tu banyak ikut features Kerol, which is a-ok... But the boy, if ikut my features... pendek.. gebu.. pipi tembom.. putih2.. curly hair.. emo.. you know...

Hehehe ok ok God knows how and from where the heck I have this crazy idea... :P Maybe because I didn't study biology before... (?)

Tapi betul kan... Yang first selalu ikut features si daddy.. Yang second selalu ikut features si mummy.. no?

Butttttt... tiba2 sekarang I hope we'll be having a baby girl.... JUST BECAUSE... I want to make sure I get to secure the name of my choice for my baby girl... hehehe... hey betul tau.. Dari dulu ada je nama2 yang I would love to give to my children (*berangaaaan jangan tak berangaaaaan hehehe*) but as time passes by, adaaaaaa je orang lain pakai nama2 tuh tauuuuu.. Dahhh nak kena fikir nama lain... :D

Ok maybe I am not as creative as Que Haidar+Linda Jasmine who claimed that the name of their soon-to-be-born baby will be the one and only in the world... I wonder what name they're going to come out with... Hmmmm....

Anyway.

Sama macam time we were doing our wedding preparation before.. All the ideas we had, especially the theme colour and concept, of course couldn't materialise until the the big W day came... Butttt in between the time we've decided and the time it can be translated into the actual thing, we could see other couples having the same / similar ideas like us.. of which I don't mind pun... Cuma rasa tak best takut that couple and others cakap kitorang tiru diorang pulak.... You know what I mean?

Ok maybe you don't.. Coz I think my way of thinking is just.... one of a kind ;P

So nevertheless, baby boy ke.. baby girl ke.. Doesn't matter anymore.. Coz all I want is a healthy, cukup-sifat and sempurna-akhlak little baby of ours, who symbolizes this great love we have for each other ..... :)

Alritey, I'd better stop before I go merepek any further... It's time to decide whether or not to continue with my fasting..

Till later~*

Monday, 24 August 2009

The one with... my puasa experience so far..

It's almost lunch hour now, but I am doing good so far... :) I've been fasting since day 1 and I'm glad things went well... Ada laaaa start rasa lapar came 5pm like that, but then thats normal kan?

Puasa this time around of course is A LOT different for me.. I'm married, staying on our own and expecting at the same time.. So far the challenge is to wake up early in the morning for sahur.. Not because husband is a sahur person and I'm otherwise, but because now I myself need to make sure that I eat well during this time of pregnancy so that my fasting doesn't give any harm to both myself and my baby...

Day 1, both Kerol and I woke up at 4.30am and started to cook benda yang simple2 je -- sambal sardin, fried chicken drumet & wing, and sayur kobis goreng with ikan bilis... And I took kurma and also soya bean as well.. Huhu I've never thought that I'd be able to eat that much so early in the morning, but looks like thing has changed now :) And thank God it was Saturday, the day went on just in a blink.. We first went for furniture hunting (*hapPy :)*) and came back to berbuka at my MIL's house.. Before that we stopped by at Pasar Ramadhan in Greenwood, but goodness, I couldn't stand the crowd lah! I felt so cranky and moody I didn't bother to browse from one stall to another like I used to, to keep myself open for options on the variety of food and kuih-muih offered.. The stall is just too near to one another that the pathway became very narrow.. Everyone had the tendency to bump into one another brushing against shoulder to shoulder.. urghhh.

Day 2, our sahur was based on the dishes we bought earlier on from the Pasar Ramadhan.. of which definitely there's always a risk that the food will turn out not as what you expected.. And so did the case... Huhu.. Tak sedap! Lucky my MIL's chicken rendang saved the day.. Had an apple + kurma + soya bean on top of the rice and dishes I had.. And that day again went on just in a breeze.. spent our Sunday on my check-up (*so happy to see how fast my baby has grown and developed*), continued with furniture hunting (*hapPy jugak*) and then grocery shopping.. On our way back to my mom's house (yup, 2nd day berbuka kat situ pulak ;p) thought of stopping by at the Pasar Ramadhan in Setiawangsa, but I was already a bit tired by then from all the walking we had.. So I got my dad to go instead to get for me my favourite popia basah... :) I had a great time spending my time there, I love especially the smell and the sight of my old small little room.. The living room, kitchen, and dining area brought back old memories... huhu.. I miss my then-house now 'kampung'! ;) As always, everyone was at home except Liana..

As for Day 3, which is today, we had our sahur based on the dishes given by the 2 mothers (1 from Kerol's mom and another one from mine) and I cooked rice + fried (again, need to habiskan stock :P) kobis with ikan bilis while Kerol fried his favourite chicken wing + drumet.. Not sure what will be our berbuka puasa plan, but one thing for sure I'm glad that my puasa experience has been nothing but smooth sailing so far.... Alhamdulillah...

Hope yours too! =) Till later~*

Friday, 21 August 2009

The one with... pregnancy blues... (?)

Hi!

Life has been same old same old, except... when (good) thing happens so fast without you expecting for it.... yes, the title says it all.. Day in day out once in a while I'll feel that...

  • my tummy is bulging out with each passing day (duh?).. I've shopped for some maternity pants already, but not the clothing though.. Wearing the maternity clothes would put me into the position that I'm shouting to the whole wide world "hey I'm expecting yaw!"... I mean, its not the time just yet.. So I'm happy to just settle down with my loose outfits for the time being.

  • i'm constantly thinking about all the pregnancy-related what if's despite the readings i've been doing and queries i've been throwing to those who've been there done that.. siGh. i.am.just.so.scared. period.

  • there's this oneeee tiny fine line i can't distinguish when it comes to how to behave just like myself.. like, am i feeling that certain feelings because the pregnancy hormones are doing their roles on me OR because i am just a plain spoilt brat ? you know.. the laziness.. sleepiness.. sensitiveness.. wanting for more attention.. headache.. nausea... hungry all the time.. and the list just goes on and on.. siGh.. i don't want to use this pregnancy as excuses when it comes to certain things, but at the same time I AM feeling what i feel... so it's very tiring sometime.. it's like i'm fighting with myself all the time on how to behave... like having a conflict identity perhaps? one morning when we were getting ready to go to work i looked at Kerol and muttered, "i can't imagine how is it like to be you, or any other guy for that matter, having to layan a pregnant woman like me... *sniff*" And Kerol said, "haaa tau takpeeeee" with a comforting smile..... ah, i owe him, and heart him so much..

  • sometime i doubt myself am i fit enough to carry on with the pregnancy, go through the pains during labour, become a mother and take care of the baby?

Hmm... despite all the blues, I'm glad that I have great cheerleaders teams all around.. my beloved husband especially.. my family.. Kerol's family.. and our friends... Thank you so so much... :') My next check up is this coming Sunday, can't wait to see how fast the lil one has grown to be! =))))

Ok lah.. that's all for now I guess.. Need to go get my lunch..

Selamat menyambut bulan Ramadhan to all my Muslim friends and readers, hope we'll get to gain all the good things offered during this holy month.. Despite the differing opinions, I would love to make sure that I get to complete my puasa this year.. But then, as long as it doesn't give any harm to the lil one in me, that is...

Till later~*

Thursday, 13 August 2009

The one with... (finally) my trip to Redang :)

I am back in office today -- after being in JB for the past 3 days that is... and I feel very much better day by day.. I must say, this is the longest time ever I need to take to recover from fever.. Though my body temperature has gone back to normal, but my cough and flu didn't improve much.. and I feel so weak I just want to rest and sleep all day long..

Maybe because doctor can't prescribed me with any strong medicines and antibiotics given my condition... So I'm recovering at a much slower rate.. Oh well, yang penting, I am recovering -- that matters the most aite... Alhamdulillah..


So it's about time to start writing about my trip to Redang .. :) The memory is still fresh in mind, and given choice, I would love to go there again ! =)

As a wedding gift, my Pak Lang and Mak Lang have booked for us a 4D 3N stay at the Berjaya Resort in Redang... Check-in was on Saturday and check-out on Tuesday.. Initally, we planned to make our move by driving on Friday night itself and have an overnight at Kuantan, then make move to Kuala Terengganu the next day. But, I wasn't feeling so well that Friday... so we started our journey only on Saturday early morning... all the way to Kuala Terengganu.. and reached there just in time to board the 3pm ferry to Redang Island... Ferry charge is RM100 per person for a return trip and it took almost 1 hour and a half to reach the island..


We didn't do much search before we went there, and hence were caught by surprise to find out that the Berjaya Resort was the one and only resort available there.. Like what friends have told us, it's a private beach and private area... So tempat tu tak happening and nothing much to do except to fully utilise all the facilities provided by the resort, which is as expected can be quite pricey.. The meal especially.. We even had to pay RM4 to use their game centre (to play pool and ping pong) and the big bottle of mineral water costed us RM9 !

By the time we reached the resort and settled down, it was already almost 6pm... The hotel has a very breathtaking view, which I love so much.. but the hotel room was only so-so given the rate they are charging.. and it's not our luck, we didn't get the sea-view room.. Nevertheless, we didn't have to pay a single cent for the room, so we shouldn't be complaining right ? =) (Though we did actually attempt to upgrade our room, tapi when we were told that we need to pay an extra RM300, takpe lah thankyouverymuch je lah ye...)


Upon reaching, we took a stroll around the resort.. And went outside to see what other options we have in term of food... We found this one and only eating place (by walking laa.. kalau naik motor pergi further rasanya ada kedai2 makan lain kot..) called Alma's Cafe or something, and decided to have our early dinner there...

The food was reasonably priced and taste wise, ok lah... Boleh diterima tekak la.. They served those normal asian type of dishes like rice and dishes, and all the goreng2 stuff like mee, kuew teow and such.. Western food tak ingat pulak ade ke tak...

After having our dinner, we went straight back to the room as there was nothing much to do there.... Hmmmm... Nak taknak, layan cerekarama sudah......

Day 2, we went for... snorkelling! :) It was the service arranged by the resort, costed us RM95 per person covering 4 islands.. of which the name I couldn't recall as of now.. Ouhhh we love it love it... The water was crystal clear, and the view under the sea was superb! It was as almost beautiful as the Perhentian... (tak banyak tangkap gambar coz we didn't have the underwater camera.. and we were busy enjoying our snorkelling session..) ;)

The only bummer was, they put a restriction on the timing to snorkel.. We were given only 30 minutes je at every island we went to... ! :( When the 30 minutes reached, they will called us all up to the boat, and move to the next island.. Haishhhh tak puas la! We were already back at the resort around 1pm... Hmmmphhh.

Went for lunch again at the Alma's Cafe, and had a great time relaxing and taking nap at the beach chair enjoying the cooling beach breeze... In between, we took some time to mandi laut, and went back again to dry ourselves at the beach chair... Ahhh very nice... Thank God the weather was not fiercing hot, it was just nice....

That night, we were so tired and lazy to walk out for dinner.. So we decided just to settle with the hotel food.. Went to their restaurant, and found out they provided a buffet dinner.. Comparing the price if we were to go for ala-carte, we thought might as well we went for the buffet.. The food was nice la... but the price? RM70 per person!! Huhu.. Takpe lah.. Kerol said sekali sekala bercuti... :P

Tengok lah.. Tak sanggup nak order air warna warni.. Air suam je yaw! ;P Then after that we spent time playing pool and ping pong.. Sangap laaa jugak kan, but oh well, it's the company that matters :)

Day 3 - we decided to go to the happening part of the Redang Island.. i.e. Pasir Panjang a.k.a Long Beach.. which is accesible via boat (20mins or so).. or jungle trekking (45minutes or so -- no way!).. The only thing was, the boat service provided by the resort was only up untill 6pm, i.e. we have to be back at Berjaya resort by 6pm.. We thought that was rather too early given that we planned to have dinner at the Long Beach.. So the resort staff suggested to us to use the service provided by the local people.. which was ok by us, but we had to wait until 2pm for the availability...

To kill the time, we went lepak at the jetty feeding the fish.. Which we regretted doing that coz it was so freaking hot that day! We both feel so dizzy after a while, so we went in to the restaurant to lepak and have a drink... We were all ready then, that's why we were so lazy to lepak in the room.. Nanti malas nak keluar dah...

Around 2pm or son, a van came to pick us up.. Well, the thing about using the service by this local people, they charge you per boat... So if there are more people (maximum 6), you can divide the costs among yourselves... Since there was only 2 of us, we were charged RM150... dang!

Butttttt... we came to a conclusion that the price was worth paid for after all... You see, going with the local people means you get to explore more.. He brought us to the areas not covered by the resort and he was very friendly! He even offered to bring us for snorkelling, to which we agreed right away.

We first asked him to bring to see the turtle.. and we did! And then we said we wanted to see and snorkel with baby shark, again, our wish was fulfilled.. I mean, you name it, he will layan... Besttttt !!!!! He even brought us to snorkel at the area where there was no other people, and a lot of colourful fishes of different sizes...... We enjoyed it so much !!!

And that was when we have revised the snorkelling scorecard:

1. Redang Island
2. Pulau Perhentian
3. Koh Tao & Koh Nangyuan in Samui
4. Pulau Mamutik + Manukan + Sapi in KK
5. Pulau Pangkor in Perak (don't bother)
:)

After puas snorkelling, we reached the Long Beach finally... It was more happening in the sense that there were about 13 ~ 15 resorts altogether in one stretch.. So a lot of cafes opened, pubs, souvenir shops, beach games, etc etc.. And we were told a lot of whites who stays at Berjaya Resort will come here at night to party and drink...

We went to this kopitiam place and had our tea break... Both the burger and keropok lekor we ordered were delicious!


Then we did nothing much, jalan2.. enjoy the scenery... mandi laut... took pictures... and finally had our dinner...


Final day, as always there's nothing much to do.. Upon reaching back at the jetty, we shopped for all the different types of keropoks.. and then went to Losong to buy the fresh keropok lekor... Yummy!

During the last day, Kerol wasn't feeling so well.. So I took over the driving task half way.. and I must say, it was so challenging to drive at the Karak highway there !! Some more it was at night, and it was raining all the way...

Hmm Dayana, if you read this, no way am gonna allow you to drive after 7pm anymore from KL ok .. ! Whenever we lepak, you must drive back to Temerloh before dark... tau.. tau...

So okie dokie.. Guess that's all I have for now... All in all, we had a great time snorkelling at Redang.. with the little one busy 'snorkelling' in me... =)

Thursday, 6 August 2009

The one with... celebrating birthday this year in style :)

(guess that Redang post can wait for a while yah?)

Anyways.

So exactly 7.10am this morning, I've officially turned 27... :)
I felt a lot better today, thank God and thanks so much to all of you well-wishers. Appreciate that so so much.

On my birthday this year... I wish for nothing else except for more of God's blessings, plus more and more prayers and well wishes from the people around me... not only for me, hubby and our marriage... but also for..


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the lil one who's going to continue our legacy =)

of whom you can see, from a tiny weeeeeny littttle dot....


has grown into a small flesh with heartbeat and developing parts such as the fin-alike hands and roundish legs.. happily swimming inside me...

=)

I couldn't ask for more...

Wish us luck!!

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

The one with... unwell.

Thought I can write about my Redang trip over the weekend...

But who knows, I had a high fever starting from Friday night.. I was totally flat out, very weak, can't even move myself to get out from the bed to take shower... Hubby had been nothing but very caring and understanding during this trying time.. I owe him so much, to the extend I don't mind if there's no present for my birthday for his care was the best gift I ever had given that my birthday is drawing near..

I guess everyone gets sick pretty easy these days, for even the environment at the private hospital like Ampang Puteri has turned into the normal scene you normally see at the govt. hospitals -- the long, miserable queues... *siGh*

We went to Klinik Idzham on Saturday noon for check-up, and given my condition (37.4°C, flu and sore throat), the doctor referred me to the Selayang Hospital.. Went there around 6 in the evening, and by the time I was called in to the doctor's room, my temperature was already 37.8°C.. But all the doctor could say was, I had a swollen tonsil.. I wanted to object because the swollen tonsil is a recurring thing to me, so I freaking know how it normally feels.. But then again, there's nothing much I can do. Had another queue at the pharmacy counter for the medicines and was back at home by 8++pm.

I had another long, miserable, sleepless night that day, and by Sunday morning both Kerol and I thought I was getting better. At least I gained some appetite over the bubur Mama cooked for me.. but then again, we were wrong. My temperature didn't improved by evening, and we decided to go to Ampang Puteri. I told Kerol, I don't mind to be admitted if the need be. For I can't stand the journey to and fro clinics and hospitals anymore. All I wanted was to be healthy back again.

Like I said earlier, Ampang Puteri is no better. The queue was long and we had to wait almost 1 hour before I got to see the doctor. That time, my temperature has gone up to 39.6°C! Doctor had to do blood test on me. And guess how long we had to wait for the results ? Another 1 hour! I requested to be bedded while waiting rather than having to sit at the common area with other people. After the blood test, I was asked to do another test called 'nozzle swap' or something to see whether I was infected by the h1n1 virus or not. Before the test, doctor explained to me that if I got a positive result, she had to refer me to the government hospitals for treatment coz apparently the private hospitals are currently running out of the insulation treatment or something (?).. I was like, God, please please tell me it's negative.

It was another long wait before the result. I just laid in bed while waiting. *siGh* Oh did I tell you how painful the nozzle swap was ? From a scale of 1 (being very minimal) to 10, I'd say... 10 ! Very painful !!! The nurse had to insert this one cotton bud look a like thingy WAY deep into my nose to take sample of my flu.. urghhhhh.. I had no idea how 'throat swap' is like coz lucky me, I was tested Influenza A and B negative. Alhamdulillah. So I didn't have to do any further testing.

Oh, it was while waiting for the results that Alin came to visit me -- thanks to Kerol who secretly had a chat with both Dayana and Alin to update about me earlier before.. Huhu thanks Alin for coming, like I told you that night, sangat terharu ! And Dayana, I know you would have come too if you were around in KL... *tSk* :')

We reached Ampang Puteri earlier on at about 7pm and got back home only half past midnight.. *sheesh* So the doctor prescribed me with the medicines on the basis I had viral fever and throat infection. And I was given 2 days of MC. I stayed at home for the past 2 days, but I was too weak to do anything. Yesterday was better, so I tried to push myself to fight the fever by doing some house chores. Ok lah, I was better.. but not 100% better..

And here I am today, in office, still don't feel fit enough to do the office work.. But like people care huh? Not even a single 'take care msg' from friends, despite that the secretary has updated them on my condition.. Hmmmmm.

I am advised to take MC some more, we shall see how.. I can't bear the thought that the workloads will keep mounting upon me, and that next week I am scheduled to go for outstation job in JB.. So time is of essence to me... Well ok, so does my health...

Pray for my speedy recovery, pretty please? I want to be able to eat and enjoy the 2 pints of Baskin Robbins ice-cream I bought on 31st July last Friday.............. *drooLing*