Monday, November 30, 2009

Big Bad Wolf Day

For books lover (or sales lover hehe) you must be aware about the most awaiting sale for this year in book category - Big Bad Wolf. I never go to any BBW sale so I don't know how good it is, but according to the shopping&sales site, it's freaking cheap and people is bringing back boxes of book on the first day of the sale. BOXES ok! So dengan perut besarnya, gigih ni pegi checkout the sale last Friday right after hari raya visits, at Amcorp Mall.

I was expecting less people will be there since it is Aidiladha but I was totally wrong! They don't care about raya ok! Massive cars parked at the roadside and outside parking space, luckily MrComot is a true PJ-rian lalalala. Armcorp mall ada basement parking ok and there is a lot of vacancy, so we parked inside with no sweat dropped ha-ha-ha!

The queue at 3PM! I had to be behind that uncle sobs sobs

Another view of the line

Look at the ocean of people. Luckily it is well-air conditioned, so I still can stand the crowd.

Me with the BAD wolf haha, holding my mudpie flurry (ughh why I like sweet thing so much? Must be the baby). Oh ya, no food or drinks allowed, so pls make sure ur finish whatever u have in hands ok.

There were rowssssss of books, piled on long tables, separated by genre - hobbies, fiction, non-fiction, magazines, children, fantasy, etc. We walked table to table, not missing any genre, browsing and admiring the price! Seriously it's freaking cheap.

The craft book priced at RM10 and the novels (fiction) all flat RM8! Unfortunately, I didn't find any writer that I KNOW, ok my choices of reading is not that wide, but I didn't dare to simply buy the books even though it's so cheap because I was afraid I won't like the books. I was hoping to stumble upon names that I recognize like Khaleed Hosseini, Jodi Picoult, John Grisham, Danielle Steel and James Patterson, but none of them flashed into my eyes. I'm not sure either BBW didn't store it or it's finished already because we were quite late to join the rush (wish I can be there on the FIRST day!). However I managed to ask one of the worker if they are stocking Sophie Kinsella in the sale, she said nope, but they do stock Medeleine Wickham! But I was almost at the exit at that time and my feet hurt and I don't have the energy to go back and looking for the books uwaaaaaaa... Come to think of it, I don't remember seeing any of her book, hmm maybe it's sold out already *sigh*

I only bought 5 books for me and surprise surprise surprise, MrComot also bought some! He's not much a reader ok. So when he decided to buy something, I chuckled right away, mcm tak percaya je. But according to him, it's quite latest and too cheap to pass.

Oh ya, after out of BBW, we saw this one book shop at the same level and give it a try. Surprisingly it's quite cheap! Although obviously can't beat BBW. The new novel is priced at RM17.90 and bukan novel bodoh-bodoh tau. Some of them is IN one, like from Cecelia Ahern and Sophie Kinsela but the choice is quite limited. Not all the titles are available. But worth enough for you to check it out.

The gem we discovered

Sesuai sangat the bunting. Oh ya..still beatable but during warehouse sale la. Normal sale still can't beat them.

Anyway this is catches of that day:

From BBW:
Easy Knitted Socks - RM10
Knitted Critters for Kids to wear -RM10
Aggressive Networks Self-Defense - RM15
Riding Shotgun - RM5
The Pagan Stone (Nora Roberts) - RM8
Quack Quack (Children book) - RM5

MrComot told me that the two thick books (botnet and network thingy) is very expensive, about RM80 and above and they selling it at RM15? Macam tak percaya ok. Oh ya..itu MrComot punya, mine yang mengarut2 tu la..knitting la, like helooooooooooo, when I'm going to knit? But since it is so cheap, I make it as investment la, who knows, sooner or later I will knit ha-ha-ha!

And the baby book we bought it because it is super cuteness!

For the baby in my belly :P

I also get a few from other shops that sebab tak puas hati hehehe

The Long Road Home - RM17.90 from XCESS
Shopaholic&Baby and Cocktails for Three - both about RM27 each after 15% discount at Popular. Ok la kan..normal price around 31-33. However, if the cocktails for three ada dekat BBW that day and I missed it, memang COCK laa.. hahaha

Talking about the books, I'm not a big fan of Danielle Steel, tapi The Long Road Home ni mmg I cari dah lama. I've read it once and fell in love with it totally, a very heartbreaking story. I tried to locate it few times to add on my collection but failed, kat MPH, Borders, Kino semua takde, you have pre-order so macam malas la. Tak sangka jumpa kat XCESS. Another tittle that I'm searching is Message From Nam (also DS), so in any case you guys found it, beep me ok?

And about Sophie Kinsella, I am officially have all the titles!! Except for Shopaholic Takes Manhattan. Hmm..mcm berat hati nak beli at normal price haha..maybe I can look up at another Popular branch. (Ps: Being frugal is fun :P)

Oh ya, pasal shopaholic collection ni, I remembered that pernah dapat one comment about the duplicity:

mizzhiga said...

hi..i also have the complete series of teh shopaholic..btw, i rasa "confession of shopaholic" and "secret dreamworl of shopaholic" is the same story with different title, isn't it?..sorry kalau salah :D enjoy.. ;)

January 15, 2009 9:01 PM

Hi mizzhiga! (If you are still reading my blog, haha). Yes you are 110% right. It's the same story with different title! do I know.. Hmm so, now I'm thinking, should I re-sell it (it is totally NEW!) or just give away as a gift. Hmmmhmmhmhmhmhm.. But to who? Nantilah..I fikir-fikir kan :)

Opss before I forgot, the sale ends on 2nd Dec!!! Quick go grab the wolf! :D

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Simple menu on gloomy day

I think dah banyak kali kut I write here I rarely cook. Rarely means, sangat JARANG mcm jaring ikan tu ok hahaha. If I'm not mistaken, I only cook 3-4 times during my pregnancy. That will be 3-4 times spread into 8 months!

Actually, I have the urge to cook but during the weekdays, MIL cook for everyone, so thanks mommy! And the weekend pulak we are out most of the time, looking for baby stuff and all, takkan gigih nak balik masak kan. And last weekend, weather has been gloomy and all, and I am so tired of outside food. So I decided to cook something simple.

It's very easy that I am itchy to post it here. I know semua orang tahu nak buat this dish but just in case you don't know what to have for tonite, so after looking at the pictures, terus ada idea :P

It's already late when we finally decide to cook, 6.30 PM baru rush out to Giant to find the stuff. Oh ya, we had grilled salmon with roast vegetables that night, yummy!

Bought the frozen one from Giant as all the fresh salmon look...not fresh? Very pale orange and lembikkk! So I rather have the frozen one. This one packed by First Choice and I will say it's quite good.

MrComot marinate the fillet with seasoned salt, pepper and a bit more rock salt.

My roast vegetables - onions, tomatoes, carrots on a bed of brown mushroom. Stash a handful of olive oil, 2 table spoon apple cider vinegar, rock salt, and coarse black pepper and roast in in the oven at 180 degrees for about 25mins. Boil the carrot first ok, kalau tak keras la. You can replace the vegetable with any kind that you like (broccoli, zucchini, capsicum, brinjal, etc)

The outcome - sedappppp! That I can finish it all just like that.

My salmon and vege. Honestly we thought this meal won't satisfy our stomach and we need to eat other food after that, but we are full to the max! Very filling and satisfying.

Just look at the big chunk. Nyum nyum!

It's not only easy to prepare, but also super easy to clean after. No extra pot, no messy kitchen. All you need is an oven and casserole.

Oh ya, it's not really recommended for pregnant ladies to take salmon because of the mercury thingy but I read that the mercury level in salmon is very low (won't harm you) compared to the benefit you will gain (Omega3), so I guess it's fine then. It's not everyday dish right ;)

Monday, November 23, 2009

Antenatal Class

We had antenatal class last two Sunday, hosted by KJMC at Hotel Singgahsana. We were charged RM100 per couple.

I lost the pamphlet on the itenerary but basically it is like this

1) Pregnancy,Labour and Post Partem (Dr Fatima Najla)
2) Common problems in infants (Dr Syed Nasir)
3) Epidural for Labour (Dr Harlina)
4) Pre and Post Natal exercises (Physiotherapist)
5) Nutrition in Pregnancy (Samantha Goh from Dutch Lady)
6) Umbilical Cord Blood (Freida from Stemlife)
7) Breastfeeding & baby bathing technique (midwife)

The class start from 9AM and end at 4.10PM so there are a lot of thing been shared by them, I'm going to share few things that I feel important for mommies to know.

About mommies

1) All vaccine can't be taken during pregnancy except H1N1.
2) If you are diabetic or have HBP, all these need to be controlled before you get pregnant. Else can bring complication.
3) After 28 weeks, your 'hungry hormone' will rising up and you have to control it
4) Cut down your milk intake (let say from 3 glasses per day to 1 glass per day) as the milk contain milk fat --> errr..I forgot what effect it will cause
5) Important: Take a lot of calcium during pregnancy because no matter how tak cukup ur calcium is, baby still getting enough calcium (will take from everywhere - your bone, teeth, etc), and the losses won't be replenished. So mommy yang teruk nnt, there is a case where ur nails break easily, ur tooth tercabut. Make sure u take extra calcium so that baby wont take from ur existing calcium.
6) Take ur iron pills, this is important to make sure you wont have anemia (hemoglobin count need to be >11, mine was 10.5 on my last checkup huhuhu)
7) To avoid the varicose veins, wear stocking most of the time and high up the feet.

About babies
1) Acne (normally goes by itself in 2-4 weeks)
2) Need to identify between vomit and regurgitation
3) There is two types of pass motion for breastfed babies, normal (poop regular), extreme (no poop for over than 10 days because all the nutrients are absorbed). So in any case your baby didn't poop, but not crying either and looks healthy (no colic, gas, etc) so nothing to worry, it could be extreme pass motion cases.
4) Colic - baby will cry 3 hrs/day, 3-4 day/week. There is no cure for colic and you have to try different methods each time how to console your baby (massage, warm bath, music, etc)
5) Noisy breathing - could be there is a blockage through the nose passage (maybe it's milk), so just clean the nose
6) New born breath through nose not mouth
7) Jaundice is common and max should be 2 weeks. You can 'jemur' your baby under the sun but only from 730 AM to 930AM and make sure no direct contact with the eyes.
8) Don't worry if your kids' growth not according to normal chart (like tumbuh gigi at 6months) because different kid has different growth. Even the paed daughter's first tooth still hasn't come out and she's already 1 yo hehehe.

Umbilical cord blood
We already aware of this technology but still not convinced to sign up for it. Basically they will draw the blood from umbilical cord right after baby come out, store it and it can be used later to treat blood disease like major thalassemia and leukemia. We were thinking to subscribe it but are torn between StemLife or StemTech. StemLife is the pioneer in banking the stem cell and has treated 4 cases whilst StemTech is the sister company for TMC (where I planned to deliver at) but just established for about 2 years ago (no treated case yet).

But the bottom line is, do we need to do this stem cell or not? Hmmm..have to read further.

Epidurial for labour
One word only - it will be very beautiful if it goes smoothly - Dr Harlina yg cakap hehe (you still can feel the pain, but very little - they can control on the drug quantity). I still haven't decided on epidurial yet but most probably I will try not to take it. Mana tahu masa early contraction dah tak tahan kan, then I'll take la.

Exercise during and after pregnancy

Physiotherapist briefing before start

We have to do real workout!

The exercise thing was very fun! We get to try the steps and physiotherapist will check on us one by one, so that we get it right. The exercise is important so you won't have any problem later like kegel exercise (to prevent problems like you can't hold urine when you laugh or cough) and pelvic exercise (to strengthen ur pelvic after labour). It also will avoid backache when you are older, but you have to do it at least 2 times a day! Until now I didn't do any single move (except for kegel), uwaaa malas sangat.

So I guess that will summarize our antenatal class. Overall it was an o-k-a-y one only because most of the info I already know about it through my reading on the internet. And I'm quite dissapointed with the breastfeeding section because it was very basic and not well elaborated, like what should you do if you are working mom and want to continue breastfeed you baby.

We also got some goodie bags (plush pillow, one small tin of similec, bags, etc), tea break and buffet lunch. I will say it's worth your money even though I was hoping I get more than this, on the knowledge of course :)

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Hari Kena Tipu Sedunia

There are a few 'unfortunate' things happen yesterday that leave me feeling cheated and geramsss.

As I mentioned before, I planned to make my very own bumper pad for the baby cot. So yesterday, we went to one of the craft shop in PJ to look at the fabrics and few other stuff. The shop has a very extensive cotton fabrics with fancy design and good quality. We were welcomed by one of the owner, and he's very friendly that I like him immediately. To cut thing short, I decided to buy one of the fabric for 2m. Coincidently, the fabric was 'hujung kayu' and the total lenght is 3.36m. So I just ask them, is it possible if they can give me 3.36m for the price of 3m, so I will take all instead of 2m. It's not that I want discount so much, but I know it is possible! After all the fabric is priced at RM45 per meter, mesti they dah untung banyak kan.

Then they said they can give me 3.36 for the price 3.20. That time, the friendly guy was away and I waited for him to ask him pulak in case he can give me more discount (I thought that he is the owner, later I know that even the cashier is part of the business, seems like they are running family business). Then when the guy came back, he told me that I can have it at the price of 3.25. Then I said ok-lah, but I casually mentioned that the previous lady said I can have it at 3.20 (ok, not that I want sangat the 0.05 meter discount ok, it is just my nature, I will tell what I have in mind, kalau dia tanak bagi pun takpe). Then the guy asked the lady and she said she never give such discount. So ok la, I don't mind nak bayar ni..when suddenly they said something between them (they are 2 or 3 ladies there, I don't remember) in Cantonese but I don't know what is it and I don't care because I don't understand.

When we were out of the shop, MrComot told me,

MrComot: You know what they said?
Me: Haa? They talked about us ke? What is it?
MrComot: She said, kalau u tanak beli sudah la!
Me: Is itttttttt?

Not that I feel cheated, tapi I rasa bengang ok because we are the customer and she's giving us an attitude! And talk behind pulak tu! Mentang2 lah I'm a Malay and they expect I dont understand their language. Kalau tak puas hati with, cakap je la straight forward kan? And silap la dia cakap macam tu sebab MrComot understand ok, only he doesn't know to reply.

Terus I rasa, if I know cantonese, I will reply "Ok fine! I want to buy 3 meter only. Please charge me 3 meter, thanks!"

Haaaa padan muka ok! Siapa nak beli the other quarter? It worth nothing! Unless they kumpul2 and sell it as a bundle of stash.

Hmmm..terus I rasa semangat nak belajar mandarin and cantonese. I'm not being racist here, but I know they like to talk 'behind' about us IN FRONT OF U. Very rude and #$#%$$#%.

On a happier note, comel kannn? Hehehe

Ok second story, after the incident, I saw a lorry selling mangosteen, durians, and langsat. So I asked MrComot to stop by to buy some. The manggis is RM6 per kilo, I don't know what is current market price for manggis, so I just ask for a kilo. One guy help me to stash the manggis and timbang and the scale showed 1.6kg

Seller: amik 2kg la
Me: 10 ringgit boleh la --> meaning if he can give me RM10 for 2kgs, I will take
Seller: Ok la ok la 10 ringgit (and he packed the 1.6kg for me)
Me: Ehhhhhh? I nak sekilo je la mcm ni
Seller: Nah nah ini memang sepuluh ringgit (cepat2 pack and rush me out as if he's very busy)

Being me of course la tak puas hati, but MrComot paid and somehow we walked away. On the way to the car, I calculated because I was thinking kalau 2kgs will be RM12 how come 1.6kgs is RM10. Macam lari sangat. So kalau kira betul2, it should be priced at RM9.60. Not that I BERKIRA nak sangat 4osen tu, but I feel CHEATED! And I feel BAD because I am NOT THINKING FAST, LEMBAP, TIBA2 TAK PANDAI MATHS which is a very bad criteria for a domestic goddess (haha tiba2 domestic goddess ni). Ok, to me a real lady should know these stuff, groceries, money management, etc. Kalau I kena tipu after balik rumah ok la, acceptable, like the scale is off ke, time timbang kat kedai 2kgs, balik rumah timbang lesser than that. Tapiiiii, I was cheated straight at my face! It is just purely unacceptable. Hmm...I will train my brain to think faster after this.

The last one, remembered the leaked room? It's been raining cats and dogs this few days and somehow the leakage is back. So we called up the guy (Ah Tan) to inform him as per our deal before, the leakage is sealed and kalau bocor jugak, call him up. You know what, first time dia angkat la. After MrComot told him he said, ok he needs to check his record and will call back. And biasa la, mesti la dia tak call balik kan. So MrComot call him thousands of time, left him numerous of SMS asking when he can come. Poor my darling hubby, he has been calling Ah Tan since Thursday and none of the calls is answered! Eiiiiiiiiiiiii KEJI OK!! What kind of people la buat keja macam ni. Is it hard to find honest people now? Can't u at least come and see the condition and let say if you have to recharge us, just tell la. Ni terus lepas tangan and run away!

Since he didn't pick up any calls, ignore the SMSes, hubby said, OK la, that's it! Revenge is on the way.

Ok la..nothing much he can do I guess, takkan nak upah gangster pegi pukul kan, as if we know where he lives. But hubby can flood his number with thousands of call from various location using his servers. Hahaha padan muka ok. Merasa tukar phone number after this.

But seriously, we really need a roofman now. Why laaaaa semua org perangai macam ni? Tak boleh ke live an honest life. Hmmm..

Ok lah, too much whining already. Not good not good. But at least I feel much better now.

Okie dokie, will write about tips I learned from antenatal class nexttt! Mwahhh

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Wash Me Up

Hye guys! I know I promised to write about few tips I learnt in antenatal class right, but I left the notes at home, so just gotta update what I have in hand now.

Went to TMC for another checkup yesterday and baby is fine, so is mommy, the placenta as at its place and baby not too low yet, alhamdulillah.

Anyway, last Saturday we started to wash baby's clothes already! But too bad it's been raining all day since that day and the clothes were a bit damp here and there. What a wrong day to start washing hand-spin clothes tsk tsk..

MrComot hanging all the clothes. Seee even though not 100% confirmed girl, mesti nak beli jugak pink

Luckily Dr Fidak gave me one day medical leave after the checkup, and the sun was very kind on the afternoon, so I managed to stash the clothes outside and all dried up!

I was so relieved there is no weird smell left because MrComot insists to re-wash the clothes! Tak larat ok!!! Not that I'm the one yg kena basuh. He does all the thing, wash in the machine, perah pakai tangan, sidai, buuuuttt I hate to re-do something. When he returned back from the office, I already finished folding the little shirts and rompers and guess what, the first question he asked was

"Ok tak baju2 tu? Ada bau tak"

Kannnnn tetapppp. So I just asked him to smell 'em by himself :P

By the way, we only finished the clothes. There are bedsheets, blankets, swaddles and few more stuff to wash. Uwaaaaa..wish can use the washing machine to spin it!

Monday, November 16, 2009

The big bumpy fall

I went to Antenatal class yesterday, held in Hotel Singgahsana, by KJMC. The class was okay, there are a few tips that I would like to share, will be in next entry.

The class started at 9AM and end at 4PM. Since we wanted to go out to few places after that, we decided to wait for a while and have our Asar at the surau. So basically, only two of us left and I went to the surau alone (no other girls using it at that time).

The ablution space is inside the surau so it's very easy and convenient. The lights already off and I didn't switch it on because it still quite 'terang' as the daylight streaming in through the window. Everything seems fine until I finished my ablution, then I stepped on the tiles barrier and slipped!

It happened very fast and thank God I managed to tilt my body to the right side and BUM! I land slightly on my right butt, not both bum. It was a very quick and soft landing I may say as I don't feel much 'gegaran' but of course I'm freaking out!

I was so shocked that I sat still for a while, afraid to move and holding my belly with both hands while saying non-stop "Baby are u okay? I am sorry, mommy sorry, mommy tak sengaja jatuh"

Then I recite Al-Fatihah, ayat Qursi (that's all I can remember that time!) and repeat shahadah few times wholeheartedly. Seriously, I never feel afraid like that. I took my own time, sitting on floor not moving, caress my belly and almost come to tears, worrying about little one. After I calmed myself, I quickly checked for any discharge (alhamdulillah, tak ada) and did my Asar.

I planned to tell MrComot in the car but I can't wait any longer the moment I saw him. He asked me "Why?", then I said "Me jatuh" and burst out crying!

OMG, I didn't expect that part coming. I mean, I was already calm when I finished my solat and didn't imagine that I will cry. Suddenly I feel so sad and can't stop crying while explaining to him what had happened. Of course MrComot is freaking out too, not only about the incident, but also the way I acted. He kept on rubbing my back while saying "It's ok, yang penting mommy ok".

He wanted to bring me to the hospital but since no abnormal discharge coming out, I think baby and me are fine. Lagipun we have checkup at TMC tomorrow so I decided to wait up and gonna tell Dr Fidak about this incident, we'll see what's the outcome later.

On a happier note, baby moves like usual that night, with her little punches and swirling (thank you thank you darling, mommy really need that so mommy tak risau). I guess she is okay then.

Friday, November 13, 2009

What am doing..

Today is no-mood-to-do-anything day, nasib baik ada tag ni, so at least I can update something hehe..

Since the tagger answered in BM, I feel like to write in BM too

Tag me sedang buat:

1. Melayari internet!

Oh ya, sekarang ni tengah gila ada hobi baru. Tapi masalahnya tak pernah buat dan tak tahu tercapai atau tidak. Sebab sebelum ni pun macam tu, beriya-iya ada hobi, tapi selalu separuh jalan je. Sebelum ni pernah ada hobi menjahit, buat patches hexagon tu, separuh jalan, stop. Lepas tu nak buat cross stich, dah beli benang DMC berpuluh2 warna, modal beratus-ratus habis, buat gambar taman separuh jalan, stop. Lepas tu nak buat painting, dah beli berus lukisan, kertas, palette semua, tak mulakan lagi sampai sekarang, nasib baik acrylic paint belum beli. Dan sekarang gatal nak jahit bumper pad for baby cot dan project 'felt' (you can google it up, it is an IN thing now). Siap dah ajak hubby pegi survey barang kat kedai craft weekend ni, and hubby pun agree melayan je perangai-perangai pelik isteri dia. Harap-harap tak separuh jalan jugak la. Jadi, sekarang ni sibuk browse pasal hobi baru ni la, nak kena beli apa, nak buat design macam mana. Akhir kata, POYO ok. Hahaha..kalau jadi, me akan share kat sini ok.

Oklah..gonna tag everybody who wants to do this ok. I want to continue my surfing. Mwahhhhh

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Homemade Soya Bean Milk

We made soya bean milk 2 days ago. It was our first attempt and I was so surprised to find out that it is EASY PEASY!

We've been wanting to do this since our last 'balik kampung' (during fasting month I think) when my father made this milk. My father has this hobby to blend his own fruit juices especially during Ramadhan. Another reason is I 'feel' it is cleaner and safer to consume anything homemade, no extra sugar, no preservatives, and the most important thing, using clean utensils! (Just imagine the seller out there making soy bean in bulk everyday! Mesti cincai-cincai. Hahaha pandai2 je claim like that)

Since it is so easy, I want to share with you guys how we made it.

We bought ORGANIC soy bean (organic laaaa kononnya extra sihat :P) and it is priced at about RM7 per 500g. Trust me it's worth it! We only use about 100g that night and the outcome = 3 liter!

Soak the beans overnight. We soaked it during the morning because we want to process it at night. However according to my mom, you can even soak it for 2 hours. It may work for normal beans only (I think so) as this organic one mcm susah nak tanggal the skin from the beans, so I think better overnight.

Wash the beans throughly after that until no weird smell and while doing it, try to remove the skin from the beans as much as you can.

Add few cups of water and blend it. I didn't really measure, just adjusting according to the beans.

Then strain it in a big pot. That's the biggest pot we have, courtesy of my mom *nanges*. Oh ya, please use 'kain kasa' as a strainer as it is very fine and suitable to remove the micro pulp.

Milk it!

Reuse the pulp as it still contain a lot of milk. I blend the pulp with water 3 more times.

Until it becomes stiff like this. I wonder if we can use this to make something, like foo chok or beancurd?

Cook your milk with slow fire, stirring it occasionally and don't forget to scoop out the excessive foam. I don't know what the effect if you don't throw it away, but that's what my parent do. Oh ya, don't forget to stash some sugar, depending on your liking. I put about 10 table spoons for 3L, just for a hint of sweetness.

After your milk boiled, turn off the fire and keep on stirring it until you think it's ok to stop. We didn't stir sampai sejuk (tak larat makkk), we stirred for about 30mins or so je I think.

Then it's ready, hot or chill!

We keep it in the fridge and it's been 3 days, the soy milk still good like the first day we made it and spelled TAAASSSSTYYYY.

Give it a try as it is very simple and a healthier choice. Oh yaa, just don't do it during working days..because u have to wait up until it is totally cool before shove it in the fridge. MrComot wait up until 2AM for this *isk isk*

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The 2kg baby

I had my monthly checkup with Dr Zana yesterday. I still going to Dr Zana even though I'm in Dr Noor Fidak's hand now. So basically, I'll see two gynea in a month, just in any case there will be facts clashes :P

Overall looks ok for mommy and baby, alhamdulillah. Baby's head already down there but not engaged yet, so insyAllah I'll deliver a full-term baby. The placenta looks good also (no tompok-tompok on the scan), doc said if there is patches, it shows a calcium-cations (I have no idea what is it, I thought she said complication). So I hope everything goes well til the end.

I complained to her about my stretch mark and she told me that actually it depends on one's skin type. Even though I lather luxurious oil, I'll still have stretchmarks because my skin genetically is like that. Doc said it will reduce and maybe fade a bit after the deliverance. I hope so, aminnn...

Oh ya, doc said baby already 1.8-2.0 kg!! Stay healthy and don't be too big ya, mommy takotttt. I plan to have normal delivery btw, we'll see how.

This is my latest pic. I'm at 57kgs now.

I already can jalan-jalan, no more pain down there, but need to make short stops most of the time. Sometimes I get breath shortness and according to doc it is normal. I still have heartburn and very nasty one in the evening. I have to keep popping in small tidbits to reduce it. My back started to hurt where I can't lie flat anymore, must be the baby's weight pressing my backbone.

So 2 more months to go and it's time to wash baby's cloth!

Monday, November 9, 2009

When everybody is settling down..

One of my closest girlfriends got engaged last Saturday. It was a close and intimate event placed at her house.

I have nothing much to write about as I'm bad in writing about others, especially one that close to me (merepek about diri sendiri pandai la), but I'm glad that all my BFF are going to settle down. Looking back, I still miss our uni time (especially the slurpy nights! walking to 7E in baju kurung in the middle of the night! haha) but that's how life play us. We'll move to different phases and have our own life.

Tak sempat amik banyak gamba with my camera. This is one of the nicest pose, at the stairs, haha. All look so happy and comellllll.

When I tried to fit in. Gegar laaaa, ada orang kacau laa! Eeeiiiii. Whatever, but I love you girllsss

Oh ya, all of us have different characters that I always wonder how we can stay together for so long. One is soft and undecided, one is very proper and has a clear road-map of her life, one that look strong and tough but actually manja and fragile and one mengada-ngada (that will be me :P).

Hahaha..semua character mengutuk ok, so girls cepat pick which one fits u well? No matter what it is, love you all to bits ok :D

The 'taken' girl with her hantaran. So happy and serene (ps: ur mekap look so nice in cameras, not that in real tak cantik, but latino okk haha)

The group photos. Oh ya, one thing about orang yg bertunang ni, dia kan..suka TUTUP MATA time orang amik gamba. Seriously I dont get it la. Orang nak amik gamba, just open ur eyes and smile widely even it will take 5 mins okkk? Hahaha. Remember thatttt for ur wedding pictures :P

According to then plan, all of them will settle down for real next year, insyaAllah and I can't wait to go to their weddings. Please make sure tak clash tarikh ok.

Oh myy...I wonder if our relationship will change after the family-thingy. Hopefully not. Maybe we can make family dinner sometimes? Remember that ok? :D

PS: The food was fantabulous especially the sayur kacang. Say thanks to your mom!!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Stroller's Hype

Another purchased we made during the warehouse sale is a stroller. Anyway, I am not well versed with strollers as we haven't had the time to do more surveys. This stroller is more like an impromptu shopping sebab dah peninggggg tatau nak pilih apa. But in the end, I think it's a worthy buy. So I'm gonna share more about it.

We started to survey on strollers since October but there are so many types in market and we have no idea what kind of stroller we need to have. So we decided to go on budget.

The first stroller that caught my eyes was Peg Prego Pliko P3 and sold at 1,499 which I find quite lavish for a stroller. So we made up our mind to check out strollers below 1K. There are few models that can offer between our budget like from MacLaren, Silver Cross, Graco, Combi, MyDear, MamaLove, and Sweet Cherry brands

I was tempted to get MacLaren sebab so called sporty and branded and nice and yet still in our budget la! But, I hate the design as they don't have the front bar and I find it is not practical.

My other criteria for a stroller should be light but sturdy, not bulky, easy for me to manage (open, close, etc), feel nice when I push and looks ok too. So we opted for Silver Cross and Combi (as I read many mommies love Combi so much).

By the way, buying stroller is not that critical for us as we think our baby will only use it a few months later, so basically we still have ample time to do more surveys. And it wasn't in our plan to buy strollers during the warehouse.

At the warehouse, strollers are freaking cheap that they also got RM100++ one! But of course it is quite filmsy. To me it doesn't matter as long as it fits the purpose and depending on parent's budget kan. So we keep on browsing and believe me, I buat pusingan at strollers area berpuluh-puluh kali ok. I even asked the salesman to make a demo to me, how to open and close 4 strollers! Ok 4 maybe tak banyak, but mind you it was a very HOT day and packed with people. MrComot senyummmm je :P

In the end we decided to buy Capella Harmony S228. The tag showed original price is 899 and they are selling it for 500 at that time. To tell you the truth, we have no freaking idea how a Capella is priced at, so we gamble je beli, boleh?

The reason we settled for it, is because it fits all the things I wanted and MrComot seems to like it very much. I on the other hand still wanted to do more surveys. When we reached home and test more, I'm glad we bought it, so that I don't have to pening-pening anymore and guess what, we checked online and recommended price for this model is around 800-1000! There is a site selling it at discounted price of 699, so we still save 200!!

Anyway, below is the criteria of the stroller and I love it so much!

Detachable front bar (I feel it is more safe with the front bar, but this is only my feeling :D)

It also has reversible handle and I like this so much because I have an option to push my baby while watching her.

Normal way to push

Handle reversed to the front

Another plus point is all the 4 wheels can be moved! (Most of the strollers only allow 2 front wheels) So it is like 4-wheels drive. And all of them also freely spin 360 degrees. I don't know if it's good thing or not, but I kinda like the feeling when I push it, swift and clean moves.

The 4 wheels drive with 360 degrees turning.

Oh ya, btw there were 2 version of Capella, the other one is mini Capella (not sure the model type but I think S228 too), the only different is it is a bit smaller, can't do reversible handle and don't have the reclining level. It is RM100 cheaper at the warehouse.

The reclining level. MrComot likes this so much because the gap of our height is quite big, so we can adjust the height to our liking.

The double compact folding. I find it is small, just compare to me yg petito (hahaha still perasan petite even though I'm heavily pregnant).

Other than that, it's very easy to manage. I don't need to use so much energy to open or fold it --> this is very important as I might going out alone and need to use the stroller sorang-sorang. I even can use one hand only (with a knee to 'sepak' :P) and POP, the stroller is ready to be used. Oh ya the canopy also UV protected (which I don't think it matters as most of the time we'll use the stroller inside mall, no?) and very lighweight = 6 kgs!! And the seat can be reclined flatly, so it is also suitable for infant.

Oh ya, we didn't manage to checkout on the carseat but I think it's a worth buying too as I see most parents bought it. We still don't know what type of carseat we need to buy and I already nak pitam time tu. Maybe mommies or anybody can share or recommend to me which brand is good and worth your money? :) Thanksss :*

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Pinky Panda

This is my current most favourite junk food. I looooveeee it so much that I can finish a whole pack in a blink. But MrComot made a rule, only one pack per week.

Per week?

Per week???

"Preggy mommy tak elok makan junk food"

"But it's only biscuits with cream"

"It's still junk food"

Is it??? Now you tell me. Hmpppphh

So I'm having it bits by bits slowly. 1 more day to go before Saturday, then can get another pack, yeay!!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Baby Cot

As promised before, I'll write about buying baby cot. The main reason I'm going to do this because we've been spending a lot of time surveying (online and at the shops), and it is a tiring experience. First, because we don't know what exactly baby cot is, the package and all, second we are torn between playpen or baby cot. So I hope this entry will enlighten mommies outside about baby cot in Malaysia.

Some of my friends say it's better for us to get playpen as it is cheaper (there is a very expensive one though) and easier to manage - no accecories like bumper pad, mattress, etc. After all, you will be sleeping with your baby. That's what they said la.

But I've plan on my own. I want my baby to sleep in the cot. I want to breastfeed my baby, but not sleeping with her. That's my plan. So we'll see how it goes.

Anyway, before I continue, to me buying baby stuff is very subjective. It's not that buy this will make you a better parents, buy that will make u less of it. After all, orang dulu-dulu ok je baring atas 'lembek' kat lantai. Sihat walafiat jugak kan? The truth is, we are spoilt for choices!! And I like it hehehehe..

Ok back to baby cot and my research

There are few types of baby cot, I've seen the pretty one at around RM4K and goshhh I was thinking, who's going to pay that much for a baby cot? Mcm dah harga king sized bed ok. And I've seen the filmsy one at slightly above RM100. After the heavy surveys, we come to conclusion that a decent baby cot (size 120 cm x 60 cm) is ranged from RM600-800 depending on sales and packages. Not too filmsy, looking nice and as I said, decent.

When you buy baby cot, it will comes with mattress. There are few types that you might want to consider:

1) Foam - the cheapest (can get around RM80)
2) Latex - RM200++ depending on the thickness
3) Spring + foam - price depending on the quality but more or less will be like latex
4) Fibre - made from coconut fibre, price RM100-200
5) Fibre + latex - RM150 - 200 (but we found a good one, made of Sri Lanka sold at RM500!)

Latex is the most recommended one because it has holes so called for breathing, so that when baby tergolek, the breathing won't stuck. However, some people don't like it because it is too soft. Oh ya, there is another version where they got FIRM latex + SOFT latex and it's freaking expensive (I think RM700 mcm tu) so it's out of the list ok.

As for us, we chose fibre+latex as it's a bit firm but not too tough and we thought it will be good for the backbone. I don't like the idea of my baby sunken in a fluffy mattress.

Then there is bumper pad, pillow, bolster, fitted sheets, etc, that you have to think about.

As for the cot itself, the one I'm talking about is made from Ramin solid wood with non-toxic painting and 2-level adjustment (can be a baby bed and playpen). The 4-in-1 one will be more expensive (need to add about 200 more I think). We were tempted to get the 4-in-1 previously as it can last until ur kid 5 years old, but in the end we see no point of having it. Oh ya, all the shops basically selling the same cot, from the same supplier (eg: Seni Daya). Only the price varies depending on what they throw in, in the package.

So generally, the price will be around RM800++, and RM600++ when on sales. You can survey on BabyJaya, BabyLand, Littlewhiz, BBstore, etc. Lebih kurang la..

Anyway, when we went to My Dear warehouse, we were so surprised to see baby cot there and it is exactly like the one we wanted being sold at RM270!!!

Ok, actually it was RM470 with everything!! Mattress, bumper pad, mosquito net, etc. Or you can buy asing-asing and it will be RM570 in total.

I was tempted to get everything with the price but the quality of the mattress and bumper pad is very bad, not even 100% cotton I think. So I rather buy the breakdown than spend extra RM100 on something that I don't need.

In the end, we get the cot (RM270) and the mattress, fibre+latex at only RM109!!! It's a crazy deal. I'll buy the fitted sheet later and for the pillow and bolster, my mom going to make it with cotton :D (thanks mommy!!!)

The cot also comes with teething rail which is very important as the one we saw in Ikea (very nice also, selling at RM399) has no teething rail, you have to buy separately.

The plastic teething rail

MrComot assembling

The end product

The height of the front bumper can be adjusted so it will be easier for you to bend and pick your baby. Two of the castors provided with break.

Overall, it is a really good bargain for a decent baby cot, although I don't mind getting the 4K Da Vinci cot. Hahaha...

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Halloween Baskin

As usual Baskin&Robbins will have their 31st special where all the handpack icecream will get 31% discount. I've been meaning to get the discounted handpacks since years ago (talk about getting into sales hype hihihi) but the previous incident always turn me off.

However, last 31st Oct also marked as Halloween Day and I was soooo itchy to get the cute Halloween pen, so we joined the sales rush. We planned to go to Uptown BR at 10AM and that's too optimistic, knowing us yg selalu keluar rumah after 1PM on the weekend. And surprised or not, we managed to be there around 12PM, only to find the shop already swarmed with long queue. So we decided to have lunch somewhere else, go to My Dear warehouse sale and return back later of the evening. After the warehouse, we went back to Uptown and the line is still ridiculous! So we went back home relax-relax and decided to try the one in The Curve with a theory "mesti tak ramai orang sebab dekat mall, so takde orang tapau sangat"

Luckily the theory worked that day! There was only about 20-30 people and took us half an hour for the whole buying process. The most important thing is, not too stuffy and enough cold air for "hot mommy" like me! Hahaha... anyway believe me or not, you get heat tickle easier when you are preggy.

The queue

Happy Halloweeeeeeennnn!

Chubby mommy

The choosen flavor that day. Choc chip, very berry strawberry, vanilla, and coconut. Ohh on the most right is the leftover from months ago, my all-time fav, old-fashioned butter pecan. It is 1 pint per flavour and we saved about RM30!!

This is the pen I'm talking about! COMELICIOUS kannnnnnnn! :P

Anyway if you buy above RM20 in single recipe you will get this pen for free. But the promotion is scrapped off if your icecream is on discount, so I have to top-up RM3.90 for this cutie-pie.

For now, I love the very berry strawberry the most. The strawberry pieces is really yummy!

So after this BR The Curve will be my ultimate place to get the handpack on every 31st. Moreeeeeeee flavour to comeeeeee :D