Monday, August 24, 2015

Hubby's Graduation

Since we couldn't make it to his first graduation in Hong Kong last year because we were in Singapore, he decided to join the local KL graduation at Eastin Hotel. 

He deserved every single moment because he has worked so hard and sacrificed so much just to get his degree. He had to "layan my kerenah", get married to me, pay for the wedding and his studies and handle life in general. 

I have so much love for him because he's everything I wished for and more. He treats me like a Queen and he's the best husband and will be the best daddy to our little baby. I couldn't be any happier and blessed to have him in my life. 

I've never liked graduation ceremonies because it's absolutely, ridiculously boring! I couldn't even sit still for 1 minute before baby start kicking and punching. He really doesn't like me sitting down. I think he feels cramped. HAHAHAH! Poor baby!

Here's some of our fav pictures of the day and we're both in Massimo Dutti. I'm not that huge right? RIGHT????




On the other hand, I was too bored and I decided to take pretty pictures of my mnologie personalized clutch. 


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Thursday, August 20, 2015

#8MONTHS #32WEEKS

Well, Baby is getting stronger by the day. His punches and kicks are more painful especially when he kicks/punch my ribs/bladder.

I'm still exhausted and shopping for baby things are getting more and more tiring. It's seriously ridiculous!


Here's baby's stuff. From bouncers, diapers, mobiles, bathing essentials, breastfeeding pillow, detergents, towels, swaddles, toys, beddings, mothercare sterilizer starter kit, and clothing. I also have my essentials there like Perineal gel, maternity pads, breast pump, and breast pads.


This is his little bath tub, stroller and Fisher Price Books and Toys set. 

But, thank God everything is in place, just waiting for baby's arrival and just the crib, the Mother Care people will deliver and assemble.

It still hasn't dawned on me about how painful childbirth is gonna be. I think I'm tough enough, but we'll see. I don't know how true is it but people mentioned that your pain tolerance is higher if you don't consume Paracetamol. I don't consume it AT ALL and all these while, my pain tolerance was very high. I got stitched up without any anaesthetics when I got into an accident. I HOPE THE MYTH IS TRUE!

1) I feel like a balloon.

2) Baby is in birthing position right now. His head is facing down. Which is good but his legs are so strong that he's able to kick the wind out of my breath! And his strong hands punch my ribs all the time!

3) Baby is now #33Weeks. That's like 7 Weeks more to go!

4) Sitting down is uncomfortable AF!! I don't think he likes it when I sit down cause he moves, and punch and kick. 

5) I'm out of breathe easily. It's getting harder and harder to breathe!

6) Baby likes it when hubby "plays" with him. The Hubby puts his face/hand to my stomach, and baby will kick his face/hand. When hubby talks to him, he bounces and moves. 

7) Driving is becoming a chore. It's very uncomfortable. 

8) Milk is already flowing out of my tits. It's uncomfortable.

9) I pull the muscle in the weirdest places. 2 days ago, it was my ass cheek muscles. 

10) I couldn't be happier that Baby is growing stronger and bigger everyday! He should about 2kgs now. 

My stubbornness is still making me do everything on my own. Arranging baby stuff, driving and etc. I still do what I do before I got pregnant. 



Massimo Dutti Pre-Fall/Summer Stories 2015

I've always loved Massimo Dutti for the beautiful flow of their clothes. But, since I got pregnant, I haven't bought anything from my fav boutique. I don't use the term "Fav Boutique" loosely because I have very few; WAREHOUSE and occasionally Dorothy Perkins. 

Massimo Dutti is one of those boutiques where me and hubby can spend hours trying and falling in love with their clothes! It's been so long and the hubby generously allowed me to pick whatever I want so, I got these 2 piece from their Summer Stories 2015 collection and the dress is from their pre-fall collection. 




100% Silk Folk Print Blouse (RM399) which covers my bulging tummy beautifully in silk and floral print! It's so light and flowy! 



Ethnic Print Dress (RM599) is for hubby's graduation ceremony this weekend and since none of my maternity clothes were formal enough, I got this!!! Again, its beautiful, flowy and very light. Hugs the right places and flows at the right places! 

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!