Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Why I Stopped Washing My Face

I read The Cherry Blossom Girl that lives in France (btw!) about how she doesn't use tap water to wash her face despite, living in France.

I'm in Malaysia and I highly doubt the water quality here would be better compared to France.

It's been a week since I changed my regime.



MORNING
1) Spritz my face with AVENE.
2) Use my fav Thalgo Foaming Cleanser to wash my face.
3) Spray more AVENE.
4) Wipe off with Cotton pads.
5) "Rinse with more AVENE and wipe off with cotton pads.



EVENING/NIGHT
1) I use my Clarisonic Mia 2 and the Clarisonic Deep Pore Cleanser.
2) I use my AVENE to dampen the brush head and my face.
3) Wipe off with cotton pads.
4) Rinse 2x with AVENE and wipe off with cotton pads.
5) I finish off with dampened cotton pad with Rose Water.
6) I spray another layer of AVENE on my face and allow it to dry after shower.
7) I apply my serum/ moisturiser.

It's been 1 week:
1) My skin is less oily and no new pimples.
2) My skin is smoother and my make up glides effortlessly.
3) I rarely use make up anymore.
4) My skin is noticeably smoother.
5) My pores are smaller too!


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

#24Weeks #6Months and Horrible parents

We've come a loooong way from 7 weeks. I'm halfway through my pregnancy. *YAY*

Today, I want to talk about Parenting 101. Just this week, I've encountered 2 pair of parents that really shouldn't be a parent. I'm not judging but Parenting is a privilege, NOT a right. 

SCENE 1: I was resting on those round chairs in Curve in front of Charles & Keith, this dad and his 2 daughters sat down and one of those girls was just kicking the chair NON FUCKING STOP. It was so uncomfortable because I'm pregnant. I told the little girl off and told her to stop kicking the chair, they are other people seating on the chair and she's being selfish. The useless father just stared at me rudely, and instead of apologising, the douchebag pulled both his daughters hands and left. 

SCENE 2: A few weeks later, as I was browsing dress making templates in Spotlight, ipc with Mom and Karin, these family (Mom, Dad, Young Son and Daughter) was also looking around. Out of the sudden, the 2 brats (each pushing those basket trolleys, each) decided to run and shout halfway across the store and ended up crashing the trolleys into me. The parents just stared on and the mom, mumbled to her child, say sorry. 

The child refused and started pointing at each other and I shouted at the mom, I'm freaking 6 months pregnant, if anything was to happen to me, all you're going to say is "SORRY" and then blame each other. The father then came and started staring at me for shouting at his family. AT that time my mom and Karin came and started shouting at them too. The mom just mumbled a sorry and left. 

I really don't understand what kind of parenting "skills" these people have. They don't use their brains and they're so stupid that they shouldn't procreate. Having kids is a full time job, as parents, its their responsibility to teach simple, basic courtesy to their kids and not let their kids run wild. 

Like I said, I'm not judging and I hope this serves as a reminder to me and hubby to raise courteous kids. Courtesy and good manners cannot be taught, it has to be shown and lead by example. No wonder, we have so many people living in this world like they're the only one in it. So selfish, self righteous and stupid. You can be the most wealthiest or the most educated, without manners, you're nothing. 



1) I don't know if it's a bad thing or a good thing but I (still) don't look like I've swallowed a watermelon. In fact, my tummy is just slightly bigger. Dr. said that, it's nothing to worry about, I have a big stomach, so, baby doesn't stretch my stomach out.

2) We (FINALLY) know the gender of the baby!!!!!! Care to take a guess???

3) We (FINALLY) decided to start shopping for baby stuff because Mothercare was having a mid year sale and the sale was damn good! Avent bottles at 50%, Charlie Banana 2-in-1 diapers were 20% for a pack of 6. (Price outside is RM450, after discount is only RM380) Bibs, clothes, mittens and all baby clothing are 20%. Managed to get the Johnson's baby Newborn gift set for only RM35 cause Jason's Food Hall, BSC put the price wrongly. Original price is RM55.



4) Baby is very healthy, active and growing very well. Been kicking and punching me non stop.

5) The best Mothercare is in BSC. The largest Mothercare outlet I've been to, so far.

6) I'm back to being tired easily.

7) Mommy and Aunty Karin loves baby so much and got baby all sort of branded/designer onesies. 

8) I can't really decide if I want a Baby Shower or a Full Moon party. A baby shower seems less expensive, easier (Finger food/tea/venue) and there's no traditional crap. Mom, on the other hand, suggests a full moon party and there's so many Chinese beliefs and "nonsense" that I don't know/understand. It's also more expensive (Full Moon Box?!)

9) We have pretty much bought most things that baby needs. Just the big stuff like Crib, Baby Seat and Stroller. 
- Since we plan to Cloth Diaper the baby, I could really use more Charlie Banana Cloth Diapers; I love Project Child Save, Under Construction, Under The Sea and Matthew Langille Boy. I would also appreciate it it if the size is One Size (OS) It comes in 2 sizes and OS is the more longer lasting one. It's about 135SGD per box of 6 and they ship to Malaysia for 18SGD. 



- I also need as many Charlie Banana Washable Inserts as I can. Each pack comes with 3 inserts and I need about 3 packs SMALL and 3 packs MEDIUM/LARGE. 



You can find out why we decided to use Charlie Banana and not other cloth diapers through their website. It's better for the environment, better for the baby and cheaper in the long run. I use cotton pads when I'm menstruating and it always gives me rashes, more often than not. I cannot imagine wrapping a baby in diapers most of the day! It's really uncomfortable. 

10) I gained 4kgs. My rings don't even fit me anymore. But, Thank Heavens that I still don't have stretch marks. :)

Been thinking a lot about our finances and insurances. Raising a child, giving him/her the best in life isn't cheap. So far, I only have an investment account which I have to pay monthly.

I have no insurance whatsoever. But, I heard Prudential has an Infant care called PRUmy child. Will update more in my next post. 

Will be migrating this blog to Wordpress... Join me there? Baby stories, baby news and pregnancy updates will all be there!


Thursday, May 07, 2015

#18Weeks and #MaternityFashion Plus Size Maternity Clothes


TOP ROW L-R: Grey Nursing Dress from 9Months / Black Nursing Maxi from 9Months/ Black Midi Dress from 9Months.

MIDDLE ROW: Printed Dress / Baby Blue Top / Rayon Top all from H&M

BOTTOM ROW: Both printed dresses from 9Months and Cropped Pencil Pants from Mothers en Vogue.

I'm a plus size before I got pregnant. I was about UK12 and I wore mainly UK brands. Dorothy Perkins and WAREHOUSE and ASOS are my favourites! Followed by Massimo Dutti for tops and my standard black jeggings that I always buy for the past 3 years in the same size, color and cut is from Uniqlo. 

I realised as of today, I only own 2 pants. One of them is a 2 year old pair from Uniqlo which survived the animal clinic, Korea and hard core Pambassador trips. The jeggings are really resilient and durable. 2 years and extreme wear and it's still the comfiest pair I own. The second pair is from 9Months which WILL fit me when I have a full blown bump!

In conclusion, it's really tough for me to find pants before I was pregnant and it's more difficult now. Hence, I love dresses. I didn't really buy much clothes and if I do, I make sure that the clothes is bigger so, I have room to grow into. Pointless to be buying every 3 months. 

If you're like me, you can forget about buying from blogshops because they NEVER will fit. Here's a list of places where you can get maternity clothes, if you share my plight! 

1) 9Months
2) H&M MAMA
3) Mothers en Vogue
4) ASOS Maternity
5) Topshop Maternity

I don't like the trend of wearing really tight maternity clothes because before I was pregnant, I thought that it looked scary. I love flowy, summer dresses, loose fitting tops with my staple black pants, preferably. 

I'm 4 months plus and seriously, if you want to make the most of your money, buy clothes that will accommodate your belly. It will never stop growing. Unless you have tonnes of money to be buying new clothes every month. 

I haven't even bought bras yet because I'm waiting for my old bras to stop fitting before getting new ones. 

This week is a little down because God only know how I got Tonsillitis. My tonsils are swollen and I've been having gradual fever for the past 3 days. Managed to chase the fever away with Orange + Mango smoothies, water, sleep and massages till I sleep. The next day, my tonsils hurt and I don't even have cough or flu. 

Today, I nearly lost my voice because I have a bad cough. No idea where I got infected. Been at home sleeping, this long holiday and The Hubby is OK. 

Anyways more symptoms as my body keeps changing. 

1) I gained 2kgs. 
2) My breasts are still hurting.
3) Little drops of moisture comes out from my tits. 
4) I tend to release drops of pee when I sneeze/ cough. (NASTY!)
5) I go to the toilet multiple times at night. 
6) Still can't differentiate between my stomach fats and baby bump. 
7) I HAVE THE BEST HUBBY IN THE WORLD!!!!!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

#15Weeks

Another week till I'm 4 MONTHS!!!! Today, I'll be discussing products to use when you're pregnant. Even before I'm pregnant, I use good quality products because I believe that, whatever you use, will be absorbed by your body. 

Now, I'm pregnant, I'm even more worried of what I use, especially lotions, skincare and my monthly facial visits. 

I still continue with my facial experts at Thalgo, and I still continue using Thalgo's Facial Foam, Masques and Moisturizers. They're effective, gentle, natural marine based ingredients even though, it's a little on the pricey side. 

Next, I started taking Abbott Similac Pramilet as prescribed by my doctor. I hate the vitamin because it's huge and I have a gag reflex when I try to swallow it. But, since it's good for the baby, I take it every night with my milk!.

Picture courtesy of Abbott Store

Next, I take Floradix, a German health tonic made from fruit extracts and I start my day with 10ml of this supplement. After my fainting incident last 2 weeks, I haven't felt dizzy after taking this. This product really helps because I don't consume red meat and this helps with my iron in my body!


For more information, you can check Salus Haus

Since veggies make me sick with their soil infested smell, the doctor recommended taking more fruits and Anmum to help with the baby's developement. I normally take my glass of Anmum Mango at night with 1 tablespoon of Chia Seeds. It tastes amazing and so delicious. It helps with keeping the Pramilet tablet down. 

Here's an important topic. The Hubby has been learning massaging techniques online and I swear, he gives me the best massages and it really does wonders for my tired body. (Try working 7-4, teaching kids, and chasing after buses and see how it feels!) We've been using the Earth Mama Angel Baby Massage Oil but it's finished so, we searched for a new one!

I went to 1 Utama and decided to try Mt. Sapola, somehow, decided to Google about oils and many sites claims that pregnant women SHOULD NOT be simply using massage oils and aromatherapy because certain oils such as rosemary, sage, terragon is BAD for pregnancy!

Should you need a list, you can check these sites out: National Association of Holistic AromatherapySalve Naturals The Beauty Blogger and Baby Centre UK

What didn't help at Mt. Sapola (Nearby OneWorld Hotel) that made me decided NOT TO BUY was that the salesperson didn't know anything! She kept recommending me Rosemary Massage Oil and told me that everything is safe for pregnancy. 

So, I went on to Melvita and got their Avocado Oil and the salesperson was very knowledgable and I'm going back to get the Argan Oil next! The oils are odourless, works wonders and safe for pregnant women. 


I got all these for RM200; Shampoo, Massage Oil, Toothpaste and a free cosmetics bag and membership! Should you require more details on their products, I would recommend their Argan Oil for pregnant women Melvita Beauty Oils

A little update:

1) Not much vomiting anymore. 

2) Not so tired anymore.

3) My appetite is back.

4) My belly is still normal, doesn't look like I've swallowed a watermelon yet.

5) Craving for Creamy Carbonara pasta. 

6) I still feel tired by 3PM but my naps are shorter now. 

7) I wake up middle of the night to pee! (I never wake up to pee!)

8) MY DREAMS ARE HORRIBLE!!!! Been dreaming that I got stabbed, strangled, shot and etc... I always dream that I'm physically hurt or dying. Googled it and apparently, Its because I feel that my life is ending since I'm pregnant and I need to adjust to my pregnancy. 

Which is true because before I was pregnant, I was working on my terrorism research proposal for my PhD. Need to let that go and focus on my pregnancy. 

9) Pregnancy brain EXISTS!!! I feel like I'm not as smart as  I was, before I am pregnant. I feel that I'm slower and I don't understand my research papers anymore, that I've given up reading them. 

10) I cry and get angry easily. I cry watching movies, when I see a dog cross the road, at dog food ads, technically, I cry A LOT! 

I also get angry easily especially with my students and I find myself, not as patient as before. Which is a good thing cause now, they are a teeny weeny a bit afraid of me and don't really mess with me. 


Friday, April 03, 2015

#12Weeks (3 MONTHS) END OF THE FIRST TRIMESTER

Time sure flies when you're having fun! Despite how sick baby is making me, I embrace this little fella and I look forward to the day, baby is going to be born!

Been saying "Our Father" and "Hail Mary" (Catholic practise) every night for this little baby. I guess, all I want is for the baby to be born healthy and safe. I might be paranoid but I just want baby to be safe, new mothers, do you understand what I mean?

This is an amalgamation of how I've been feeling lately.

1) Been feeling like a whale because I can't seem to fit into any of my clothes anymore and The Hubby has been super supportive of my need for fashionable clothes. Oh, I can no longer fit into WAREHOUSE, Dorothy Perkins and even Uniqlo!!! Hubby just bought me RM500 worth of clothes from 9months! Yes! I have to wear maternity clothes now!!!

2) Been feeling like an elephant because I've been too tired to even bathe and The Hubby have to bathe me, dry me, dry my hair and apply lotion on my body. Have you seen those elephant ads?


This is not my picture, I DO NOT OWN this picture. THIS PICTURE BELONGS TO Johnny Jet

3) I'm crazy paranoid about the safety of the baby. I'm ALWAYS so worried for this little fella! I'll pray twice a day just to ensure his/her safety.....


RIGHT NOW, I HATE:
VEGGIES.
FRIED CHICKEN.
FAST FOOD.
MY FAVOURITE NASI BRIYANI AYAM MADU.
DOME CHICKEN PIE (ALSO MY FAVOURITE!)


We always look forward to our monthly visit to the dr just so we can see our little miracle moving, bouncing, clutching and unclutching its little fist. Then, its little heartbeat that's beating so loud and strong. I think we have a strong little miracle here.... 

UPDATE: 4/4/2015 (SATURDAY) Today was so scary because when I woke up, the room started spinning and I couldn't balance myself and I fell. I managed to shout for The Hubby to help and when he put me on the bed, I fainted.

I just blacked out and The Hubby was putting ice on the back of my neck and we were terrified. He rushed me to the hospital and they suspected its haemoglobin or something and they put me on drips and took my blood to do some tests. 

It was so horrible because I was still fainting and I kept vomiting because the room was just spinning. We were supposed to attend the Easter Mass at 10:45PM but the dr. told me to stay at home because too many people, and I could faint again. 

When they finally allowed me to go home, I slept until Sunday morning. I really hope everything is OK and the blood result will be OK as well. And I really hope I don't experience it again, EVER! 


Friday, March 27, 2015

EARTH MAMA ANGEL BABY

I decided to start selling 100% organic and natural products suitable for expecting mamas and some stuff for baby. For now, since I use these products myself, I only have a few products. If you're interested, please, please, e-mail me! I'll want to bring more products in! I'm really comfortable and for now, I only use Earth Mama Angel Baby line because I admire their heritage of planting their own herbs, and making their own products by hand.

Our babies deserve the best of nature! I import them from USA and so, my products don't have GST! HAHAHAH!

Here's 2 of their best selling products that I have with me currently. First come first serve and if I manage to sell it off, will definitely be bringing in more stuff.






This is the Mama-To-Be Pregnancy Kit which contains everything to soothe an expecting mama. The kit contains: 
1) Earth Mama Body Butter (60 ml)
2) Happy Mama body Wash (50 ml)
3) Happy Mama Spray (30 ml)
4) Natural Stretch Oil (30 ml)
5) 2 packs of Morning Wellness Tea.

RM85




This is the Organic Morning Wellness Tea that helps with morning sickness and nausea. I know that it works because I love tea and I also have a horrible case of nausea and morning sickness. 

There's Ginger and Mint and it really soothes my stomach and it feels calm and yummy. No more queasy feeling. This box contains 16 tea bags and expires on April 2017. 

RM35

I decided to sell these because I couldn't really find 100% organic and natural products in Malaysia. As a mom, I really appreciate the wonders of these products. It really helps with the uncomfortable side of pregnancy. 

If you're interested, do drop me an e-mail at michellegohym@hotmail.com or visit my shop at Carousell

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Penang With Eunice


















We were really lucky to travel to Penang during MyTeksi RM5 to anywhere on Penang Island promo period. This offer is valid the whole month of March and I was also luckily selected as one of the winners of Tak Yah Mafan! and won RM50 so, technically, all my taxi rides in Penang was FREE!!!! 

Eunice is seriously one of the best travel companions I ever had because we were eating from the moment the plane landed till the moment we left Penang! We also did a lot of walking and we has the best of everything Penang has to offer!

The first place we went with MyTeksi, was to Teochew Chendol in Lebuh Keng Kwee for THE BEST CENDOL, ASSAM LAKSA AND PRAWN NOODLE!

Then, we took MyTeksi to visit the popular Armenian Street! It was fun because some paintings were hidden and it was fun looking for them! 

We met many friendly Penangites and seriously, this is the first time, I really didn't want to return to KL. I wanna open a little cafe/boulangerie on Armenian Street. 

We met a sailor who has sailed the whole world and told us about his adventures over frosty coconut ice cream and fresh coconut juice. We met a "musician" that plays pots and pans and allowed us to join him and play with his racket guitar as he raised money for St. Joseph's home in Thailand. 

The best part, we loved talking to all the MyTeksi drivers and one particular driver that really stood out, was Gurubaren A/L Muthusamy that made the trip from Trader's Hotel to the airport a little more pleasant!

I've had many, positive experiences with Penang MyTeksi drivers and Myteksi is really doing a great job over there! 

It's such a hassle to be driving to Penang, and driving all over Penang, looking for a parking and I don't even know the way! MyTeksi has been a God sent! 

MyTeksi DID NOT PAY ME but I just wanted to tell everyone about my trip which was made even better with MyTeksi.