Thursday, July 31, 2008
I'm gonna share with you one of my favorite sandwich recipes:
Poached Egg Sandwich
1/2 cup Vinegar
1 cup water
Salad - I use lettuce, that purple-colored veggie which I'm not sure what it's called, carrots, red capsicum, celery, cherry tomatoes and grapes (all chopped/thinly sliced)
Mustard (it's a healthier alternative to mayonnaise bcoz it's lower in fat and calories)
Thousand Island dressing
First, poach the egg. It's easy, really. Crack the egg and put it in a small bowl (make sure you don't break the yolk). Place the water and vinegar in a pan, and bring it to a boil. Once it's boiled, turn down the heat and pour the egg. The vinegar allows the egg white to congeal easily. Cook for about 3 minutes. Once it's cooked, lift the egg using a slotted spoon and put it aside.
Here's another sandwich I made for lunch the other day using avocado, chicken pistachio which I got from Mercato, cheese and boiled egg. I call it Double Decker Chicken Pistachio with Avocado Sandwich (it's a mouthful, I know).
Labels: Food and Recipes
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Anyways, I decided to look for a diaper bag online since there aren't many choices here in Malaysia (plus, I'm new in this area). And boy are there so many!
Choosing one was easy bcoz I know what I want. I want:
a messenger bag so that it can be worn over the shoulder or hang on a stroller, easy-to-clean fabric, full-flap or zipper closure, not too big but spacious enough, have lots of pockets and compartments, simple and chic design, and most importantly nothing too handbag-looking nor cutesy-girly (even if I'm having a girl). In short, a functional yet fashionable diaper bag.
I googled for diaper bags, and found DiaperBags.com. That's where I started my own little research. There are a lot of designer brands for diaper bags to choose from (I never knew that before) and the best part is, they don't cost a bomb! Believe me. Most of the bags cost less than RM500.
The most fab designer diaper bag that I have come across so far is by Reese Li. Here are some of my favorites from the Lexington collection (there's a pacifier dangler on each bag. So cute!) :
The only drawback of the Lexington bag is the flap closure. It's only in the middle, so it's quite open on both sides. Bag closure is one of my most important features to consider when buying bags, even handbags. I don't like the contents of my bag to be visible (and easily accessible) to others. It makes me feel bare and insecure. But even if it has full-flap or zipper closure, I won't be able to get it bcoz they only ship within the US, and the nearest Reese Li store from Malaysia is not even in Asia. It's in... Norway. I don't have any friends/family in Norway.
So I had to look for other brands...
...and came across this Grey Dot Messenger bag from OiOi! It's perfect; just what I was looking for. It's chic alright, and my husband wouldn't mind carrying it bcoz the exterior is not too pink and girly. The interior, trim and accessories are pink in color btw.
This bag also comes in blue and green lining.
I managed to get the bag with the help of my friend who is currently in Singapore. She's a total life saver! I don't mind if my baby turns out to be a boy, I can use it for myself! It can be used as a gym bag, too. Well, I am planning to take up a gym (yoga) class with my sister. Isn't that right, Wani? I'm just not sure when. And where. But that's not the case here ;p
Monday, July 28, 2008
Some of you say, it might be a girl. Some say it's a boy. Here's some clearer info that might just help with the prediction:
1) During the 1st trimester, I craved for spicy food. Like reaaally spicy - cili padi spicy.
2) Now in my 2nd trimester, most of my cravings are of seafood - shrimps, crabs and scallops especially.
3) I love lemonade/lime juice. And watermelon juice.
4) I'm starting to have lotsss of pimples on my face. It's the worst ever! I look (and feel) horrible.
5) Currently, my favorite ice-cream flavor is Strawberry. Before pregnant it was Chocolate.
6) I love veggies!
7) I love chicken too. I used to be a fussy chicken-eater (breasts only), tapi skarang semua saya tibai! Kulit, lemak, etc etc. Especially if it's fried chicken.
8) I don't like burgers.
9) I don't really crave for chocolates. The only chocolate I crave for is the M&S Digestive Biscuits.
10) I don't have mood swings. Not even during the early days.
11) I'm so lazy to dress up, do my make-up and even shampoo my hair. Semua dilakukan secara paksa-rela.
12) I had morning sickness during early pregnancy (at week 8 until about week 14), but it wasn't really severe.
13) Now I don't have morning sickness anymore, but I have headaches (pounding head, more like). Like every day, especially masa baru bangun tido.
I think that's about it. I know predicting baby's sex by food cravings and whatnot might be an old wives' tale, but who knows.
Should I just get the color that I like (pink, of course)? After all, I am the one who's gonna wear the bag; not the baby!
What do you think?
14) I love eggs!
Anyway, I found some articles on how to predict the sex of your baby on iVillage.com! Let's see.. (this is gonna be a loooooong entry!)
It's a boy if:
- You didn't experience morning sickness in early pregnancy. (no, I did)
- Your baby's heart rate is less than 140 beats per minute. (not sure)
- You are carrying the extra weight out front. (no)
- Your belly looks like a basketball. (not sure. What do u think?)
- Your areolas have darkened considerably. (hmm...not that much)
- You are carrying low (not sure)
- You are craving salty or sour foods. (umm... I guess)
- You are craving protein
--meats and cheese. (yes. But not beef/lamb)
- Your feet are colder than they were before pregnancy. (not sure coz I wear slippers)
- The hair on your legs has grown faster during pregnancy. (no)
- Your hands are very dry. (they're normal)
- Your pillow faces north when you sleep. (I don't know)
- Dad-to-be is gaining weight, right along with you. (he kind of look the same to me)
- Pregnancy has you looking better than ever. (hell no!)
- Your urine is bright yellow in color. (it's yellow-er than usual, but I'm not sure if it's bright or dull)
- Your nose is spreading. (no)
- You hang your wedding ring over your belly and it moves in circles. (haven't tried that)
- You are having headaches. (yes)
- You add your age at the time of conception and the number for the month you conceived and the sum is an even number. (yes)
It's a girl if:
- You had morning
sicknessearly in pregnancy. (not severe, but yes)
- Your baby's heart rate is at least 140 beats per minute. (not sure)
- You are carrying the weight in your hips and rear (not really, I think. Or maybe not yet?)
- Your left breast is larger than your right breast (yes)
- Your hair develops red highlights (no)
- You are carrying high (don't know)
- Your belly looks like a watermelon (don't know)
- You are craving sweets (sometimes, especially in the 2nd trimester)
- You are craving fruit (not really the fruit itself. But juices and fruity-flavored ice-creams. Does that count?)
- You crave orange juice (sometimes. But I crave watermelon and lime juice more)
- You don't look quite as good as normal during pregnancy (YES!)
- You are moodier than usual during pregnancy (no)
- Your face breaks out more than usual (YESSSS!)
- You refuse to eat the heel of a loaf of bread (yes)
- Your breasts have really blossomed! (yes, and I like that ;p)
- Your pillow faces south when you sleep (not sure. What does it means south? East/West more like)
- Your urine is a dull yellow color (again, not sure about the brightness of my urine)
- You hang your wedding ring over your belly and it moves from side to side (haven't tried that)
- You add your age at the time of conception and the number for the month you conceived and the sum is an odd number (no)
And here's a Chinese Gender Chart. I don't know how accurate it is, but it doesn't hurt to try, does it?
Simply find the age of the mother at the time of conception on the chart below and then follow across to the month the baby was conceived to find the predicted gender. Although this chart is said to have a success rate of over 90 percent, keep in mind that this is solely for entertainment purposes. Enjoy!
IF according to that chart, I'm having a baby GIRL (age 25, conception in March)!
A friend of mine is also pregnant (she's about a week earlier than me). She had her ultrasound scan and her doc said she's having a boy. The chart also tells she's having a boy.
Can you mommies tell me whether the chart bole dipercayai ke tak? I mean, just according to the age you conceived and in what month (not according to ultrasound scan results). You have your babies already...
My decision of getting that pink diaper bag will be based on the accuracy of the chart! ;)
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Since it was our first time dining there, we asked the waiter to recommend apa yang best.
So here's what we had (I forgot the names tho):
Pizza with all of my favorite toppings! There's a section of pepperoni, salmon, mushroom and chunks of chicken ham (it tasted more like calamari to me). I wish there's a section of shrimps as well. But it was nonetheless yummy!
Labels: Food and Recipes
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Heidi Klum. Angelina Jolie. Jessica Alba.
These mommies have bodies and bellies to die for!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
There's my wallet, MNG makeup case, Chanel lippies, some letters, a plastic bag (just in case I get nausea and vomit), Kwan Loong ointment, contact lens case, Ammeltz Yoko Yoko (my back and shoulders hurt if I walk/sit for too long now), tissue papers, mints, coins, receipts, business/name cards, crumples of tissues... what else do I have in there?
It's no wonder it took me ages to find stuff inside, especially lipbalm and mints.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
And bcoz of that, I'm a little bit conscious about my current appearance, and I would always ask my husband the very same question every time we go out:
"Do you think people know that I'm pregnant, or they think I'm just buncit and fat?".
And he will always smile and say that I'm not fat, I'm just pregnant... but I'm not satisfied with his answer. Men would always say the things that you wanna hear, wouldn't they? And he jokingly suggests that I wear a t-shirt with "I'm pregnant" splashed at the front. Perhaps something like this:
Actually, that's not a bad idea.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Oh no, I don't mean that...
I mean, this!
I wasn't really keen on LBD books before (I'm not sure why tho) but since there were not so many choices of Chick Lit books, I decided to give it a try. Plus, TPC members can get 20% discount on all books. So after skimming all the titles, I finally chose Falling Out Of Fashion and She'll Take It. I have a feeling that the latter one would be more interesting.
I'm just curious tho, what makes you decide to purchase or read a book? Besides books that are being recommended or best-sellers.
As for me, I would first skim the titles, then the illustrations on the book cover (or vice-versa). Then I read the very first paragraph of the first chapter. This is most important to me, and the whole buy/read decision is based on that bcoz it's a way to tell if I can click with the book. Synopsis doesn't help that much.
But let's see if those apply to the two books as well.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Labels: Food and Recipes
Sunday, July 20, 2008
It was months after that and all of us had forgotten about the contest, but suddenly I received a letter earlier this month saying we're one of the Consolation winners! Woo-hoo! I know it's not grand prize or something but hey, at least we won something! ;)
And guess what? Nadia and his bro won the 2nd place! Jeles aku... but they sure deserved it (altho my sis and I think they should've won the 1st place). Just look at their photo...
Labels: Random Stuff
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Now the kicks and movements are a little more definite and more regular than before, and it's truly an amazing and magical experience! Hubby was the most excited one. There was one night when I felt the strongest kicks while we were lying on bed talking, so I took his hand and put it on my belly and he waited anxiously. It was quite a funny and cute experience for both of us that I couldn't help myself from giggling (plus, I'm a ticklish person) so it took quite sometime for him to feel the kicks. But at last the kicks came, a few times. Hubby asked if that was it. I said yes, and then he turned to my belly and said in a cute voice, "Hi in there! I love you!", and kissed my belly. I can sense that the baby feel loved, bcoz the mommy does! :)
I also noticed that my little one is the most active in the morning and at night. Especially when I'm lying down. The kicking and moving doesn't feel like butterflies fluttering, or popcorn popping, or a goldfish swimming around, like what I've read. Mine feels like... something (or rather, someone) is poking and probing around. It can get a bit ticklish sometimes.
Anyway, here's a video of baby movement I found on YouTube. It's amazing! I wonder if that's the baby's head or the leg....
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Herbalife Chocolate Peanut Protein Bar and Mars Bar.
I want something chocolatey and... and... something biscuity.
I'm actually craving for this!
Now I have to wait for another 2 days until I can finally satisfy my cravings (bcoz we usually go out on weekends only). Lamanya nak tunggu!
p/s: Can somebody explain to MZ that a pregnant women's craving is not the same as normal cravings? He doesn't seem to get it. Or maybe.... it's out of his willpower bcoz I was madly craving for those M&S biscuits at 12am last night. Grrr.... I wish M&S opens 24-7!
Labels: Food and Recipes
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Here's my top 2 designer phones, which I can only dream for at the moment:
1) Chanel Choco phone
(Click here for more info)
2) Dior phone
There's also a crystal-studded version of this phone and before I show you the pic, lemme tell you the price. Get this, it's $26,000!! *faints*
Ok, so here it is...
I was hoping Louis Vuitton would come up with its own signature phone too, and wondered how it would look like, but nope. So far not yet. LV has, however, its own USB memory stick. My first reaction to this was "pulak dahh.." ;p Click here for more info.
What else could they come up with? Designer cars? Perhaps Gucci by BMW. Now that would be ridiculous. Ridiculous, but... interesting.
Friday, July 11, 2008
I have no idea what to wear for the reception. But I kinda like this creation by Rizman Ruzaini...
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Anyways, there's a good news and a bad news.
The good news is, my uterus is now at the same level as my navel (the doc checked it by pressing my abdomen to "feel" it). Which explains why my lower tummy looks kinda buncit! All this while I thought it was just fat bcoz I eat a LOT. And I whined about it like 8 times a day. My sweet hubby keeps on telling me that I'm not fat, I'm just pregnant. I refused to believe that bcoz... okay, I know I'm pregnant. But I have always thought that the baby is still very teeny and at only 4+ months, it's not supposed to make any difference to my appearance just yet, especially my tummy. Well, I guess I was wrong. That buncit-ness is actually my little one + the placenta + amniotic fluid + uterus + whatever "equipments" that's got to do with pregnancy. So I'm actually quite relieved.
However, the bad news is... I can't fit in my size 25 Levi's jeans anymore. In fact, most of my pants/jeans too. It got stuck at my waist - it just won't zip. And I personally think that of all the stages in pregnancy, now is the most challenging stage in terms of finding what to wear. You look more buncit and plumper than you're pregnant. So it's really hard to find clothes, especially pants/jeans that fits perfectly (please don't suggest maternity clothes just yet). Currently I'm able to wear size 27 jeans and it fits my butt and thighs nicely, but not my waist. I wish the waist is an inch or two bigger. If I button it up, it'll be a bit tight and uncomfy. If I go 1 size bigger, which is size 28, it'll be too loose, even at the waist. Not fab.
But anyway, I managed to overcome that stuck-at-waist problem with the help of this genius invention! It's Bellybelt Combo Kit for pregnant women who still wanna wear their regular clothes, which I got from Mothercare for RM89.
It's cool, isn't it? I can still wear my old pants/jeans! Woohoo!
As for tops... well, I don't have much problems with that. I can still wear most of my clothes, except those with buttons at the front. I can only button the first one. I don't think I need to tell you why ;p
Friday, July 04, 2008
So anyways, I've promised to treat my dear little sister (who happens to have a blog too) a lunch at Italiannies like eons ago bcoz she had never been there before. So yesterday we went to The Gardens to fulfill my promise but well, I changed the venue at the last minute. It wasn't my fault, really. Bcoz what happened was, I was waiting for my sis to pick me up at my PIL's house so while waiting for her Majesty, Princess Wani to get ready, I watched my favorite channel and the program at that time was License to Grill. One of the menus that Rob (the Chef) cooked was grilled tandoori shrimp. Oh my my myyy... I was drooling in front of the tv, what with my growling stomach and everything! And I said to myself (or it could be my little one): Must. Have. Shrimp.
So instead of Italiannies, I asked my sis if it's okay to have lunch at Tony Roma's and she's fine with it (well of course, I'm the one who's paying and pregnant ;p). We both had shrimps - Wani had Shrimp Scampi Pasta (loadsss of shrimps in there, like 20 of 'em), and yours truly had what she wanted - grilled shrimp!
Here's a close-up pic of the shrimps btw. (Adakah saya berjaya membuat anda terliur? Please do! ;p)
By the way, I'm going for my next check-up this weekend, and hopefully we can see the sex of our little one! I can't wait! So, do you think it's gonna be Iza Jr. or MZ Jr.? ;)
Labels: Food and Recipes
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
I also don't bother with makeups anymore. Now it's just loose powder + eyeliner. I do want to make extra effort to beautify myself, but I'm just too queasy to do so. Sometimes I feel like teaching my husband how to do my makeup so that I don't have to do it myself. I am that lazy! I don't know what's happening to me. Must be the hormonal change or something.
So when my dear little sister asked me if I want to have a beauty treatment at Clarins Institute as my belated birthday present (she's a Clarins Club Beaute member btw), I said yes straight away! It's what I need. It's what I want.
After my facial, I decided to have Express Makeup (we're heading to Pavilion after that) bcoz... well, I feel all sleepy after being pampered for an hour so I don't feel like doing my own makeup, plus the treatment that my sister offered me was more expensive than the one I chose, so why not, ey? It's only RM60. The end result was a fresh-looking me (I didn't bring my digicam along, so no pichas were taken). It's amazing how a simple touch of color can make a difference. And I realized something; just bcoz I'm pregnant doesn't mean I have to abandon myself and not feel fabulous! I think this beauty treatment has somewhat brought me back to my old-self. Not fully 100% yet, but it's getting there. Thank you, sister.
I hope I'll get back to my old beauty conscious-self soon bcoz my pregnancy sickness is finally gone.
p/s: I bought the Bio-Oil that some of you have been raving about, and I love the scent!