Thursday, July 29, 2010
1) How do I know when to discard bottle sterilizer? I have been using Avent Electric Steam Sterilizer everyday for the past 1.7 year and the inside (the bottom part) has turned yellowish, which is kind of gross. The yellowish thing won't go away no matter how hard I scrubbed it off (yea I know you should just descale it but it didn't really work). It still sterilizes just fine tho. Should I continue using it or should I get a new one for my new baby?
2) Is it necessary to get My Brest Friend breastfeeding pillow? I never used one before (I just use normal pillow) and didn't seem to have much problem with my breastfeeding position except during the early days, so I'm not sure if I should get one this time. I heard/read a lot of great reviews about it so I'm intrigued. How long can you use it before the baby outgrows it?
3) What's the best cream/ointment for cracked or sore nipples? I used Natural Nipple Butter before and it was fine. I mean, my cracked nipples healed after 2 days of using it. Is that good or is there better ones out there that heals faster?
4) What sort of jamu did you take when you're in confinement? Does it affect your breastfed baby? When I was in confinement, my confinement nanny made the jamu herself using lengkuas, manjakani, something called "kunci" ke apa entah, and other herbs and ingredients which I've forgotten. It tasted quite nice - pedas-pedas manis. She also made me drink air kapur + garam + limau nipis and OMG it was SO awful! It was the most horrible thing I've ever tasted!
I'm not sure which one of those drinks affected my baby tho - Ayra had diarrhea and according to my other confinement nanny who was also my midwife (I had 3 confinement nannies btw), jamu tu panas causing Ayra to have diarrhea. I stopped after a week and took DCL Bidadari as recommended by my midwife and Alhamdulillah, it didn't affect my baby. Now I don't know if I should try those set bersalin like Nona Roguy, etc or just take DCL Bidadari like before. What's your take on this?
Forgot what else to ask already. Will add more if I could remember.
Labels: Mommyhood and Baby
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Please just say my hand looks more "pregnant" than old. ;p
But to be honest, the only skin I've been taking care of is my facial skin. The rest - hands, body, feet - is often neglected. It never occurred to me that facial skin is only a tiny percent from the overall skin that covers our body, yet a lot of women (especially me) seemed to care less about the "bigger" part of the skin. I guess the number one reason would be MALAS, kan? I mean, it's easier to take care of the face since it's only a small part of the skin. The only thing I put on my body is body wash. Of course it's not enough. That's like cleansing your face and not bothering to put on a moisturizer.
I'm glad I was invited to attend Vaseline Amazing Skin event at Villa Manja a few weeks ago because ever since that day, I've been religiously slathering Vaseline lotions (notice the plural) all over my body at least once a day. I want to make it a daily routine, just like my facial skincare. Somebody once told me that if you want to make something a habit, you have to do it everyday for 21 days straight. Lepas tu Insyaallah jadi habit.
Anyways, the event started out with a healthy brunch. They even served drinks that represent each of Vaseline lotions!
So there's yogurt drink which represent the Healthy White lotion, oat + fruit + soy = Total Moisture lotion, apple with aloe and cucumber as the Aloe Cool & Fresh lotion and err I guess the mineral water represent the Intensive Rescue lotion as it has no scent? Heh. Pandai-pandai jer.
(She ain't taller than me by the way. Dia jengkit! ;p)
Then came the most interesting part of the event which was the panel discussion on "Your Skin, Your Story, Your Life". Three panelists from different walks of life were brought together to discuss about the topic.
From their discussion, I realized how important it is to start caring for our skin as early as possible because we can't turn back time. As we get older, our skin changes and needs more moisturising to retain its elasticity. All you need is a good moisturiser that provides adequate hydration all day long.
Vaseline, a brand that is famous for its petroleum jelly, has been around for over a century. And now they have amazing skin care range designed to meet different skin care needs:
Total Moisture - Ensures ten times more moisturization and protection that is customed for dry skin. This moisturizing lotion is equipped with Vitamin E, soy and oats to infuse sufficient moisture across all layers of skin.
Healthy White - Contains yogurt serum and Vitamin B3 with triple sunscreen protection to replenish skin with a sheer burst of hydration, bringing out the healthy fairness and natural radiance of skin.
Intensive Rescue - Contains Glycerin which instantly triples moisture and Occlusives, which helps to lock moisture in all day. This advanced formula specifically designed to provide prescription strength moisturisation to help heal dry skin.
Aloe Cool & Fresh - Enriched with aloe vera and cucumber extract to deliver refreshing hydration. Its light formula ensures skin is smooth and silky while staying nourished. This is perfect for hot sunny days!
Of all 4 lotions, I noticed I would always reach out for either the Total Moisture or Intensive Rescue. Must be the extra moisturisation thing. I even apply the lotion on my belly because unlike my previous pregnancy, I am now so malas to buy specific oil/lotion for stretchmarks. Sometimes when the weather is too hot, I would apply the Aloe Cool & Fresh lotion. Love the scent!
The event ended with a little pampering session - 15 minutes neck and shoulder massage. Just what I needed!
Monday, July 26, 2010
I am truly very sorry for not replying your sweet and kind emails. It's not that I don't want to; I just couldn't find the time to reply to each and every email that I received. I did "mark as unread" all the emails that I haven't replied yet and there are 22 emails altogether. I don't know when can I reply to all of those, given my current situation (being heavily pregnant with a toddler and a house to take care of among other things) but I will try my best to find some time to sit down and reply to all of you. I hope you guys understand.
Please know that I love receiving your emails because they really made my day and I appreciate the time you've spent to drop me an email.
The Pink Stilettos.
Labels: Random Stuff
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Yes sometimes she drives me nuts; throwing tantrums, having meltdowns, turning the house upside down - I just wanted to be left alone! But when she's not around, I miss her terribly.
I spent the entire night looking at her pictures and watching videos of her, from the moment she was born until now. Among all of the videos, this is one of my favorites. It was during the early times when I introduced solid food and I just LOVE seeing baby's facial expression when given sour food!
I think that was pureed pear and apple. I remembered she didn't like it at all!
God, I miss her.
Labels: Mommyhood and Baby
Saturday, July 24, 2010
It's actually Baked Orange Custard but I don't have orange juice (nor the fruit), so I substituted it with mango juice instead and changed the name to Peach-Mango Baked Custard. Why peach? You'll see...
1/4 cup caster sugar
1/4 cup mango juice
400g Nestle Set Yogurt
2 1/2 tbsp plain flour
Beat eggs and sugar until thick. Whisk in mango juice, Nestle Set Yogurt and plain flour.
Then transfer the mixture into a pie dish (or you can use ramekins).
Bake for about an hour at 150 degrees Celsius. You know it's ready when you insert a knife at the edge of the custard and it comes out clean.
The baked custard didn't look that appealing tho. It was so plain and looks more like a pizza base than a dessert so I decided to give it a little "makeover".
I spread some whipped cream on top...
Or is it supposed to be like that?
Labels: Food and Recipes
Thursday, July 22, 2010
If you're interested to shop with me, do drop me an email at email@example.com with necessary info (please refer to this entry). I will use a different shipping address this time, hoping to avoid getting taxed and whatnot.
I'm not gonna take as many orders as previously so once it has reached my limit, I will close the order right away (will update anything here). Thanks!
***ORDER IS NOW CLOSED***
Labels: Sales and Shopping
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Saw this at Cotton On Pavilion while queuing up at the cashier and couldn't help myself from smiling.
Monday, July 19, 2010
We chatted and laughed, and soon our food arrived. We dug in our plates like hungry piranhas - or at least I did. My friend makan dengan penuh sopan-santun!
Halfway through our meals, I saw my friend "digging" something out of the mussel...
and she took out a baby crab! I was like, whoa!! How did it get in there?
It was almost like the mussel was pregnant with a baby crab - which of course didn't make any sense. I was jakun for a minute. I have never seen a crab that small! And especially one that came out of a mussel!
At first I thought the mussel must have eaten the crab, which is why it was found in its stomach (or whatever it is called). The poor baby crab! But it turned out that the crab actually "lives" inside the mussel and gets food, oxygen, "shelter" and everything from the mussel. It's a parasite! (I googled that). And no, it's not a baby crab. It's called a 'Pea Crab' because of the obvious reason: it's just the size of a pea.
So maybe that explains why some mussels taste a bit weird and slightly crunchy.
Must be the pea crabs! Eww.
Labels: Food and Recipes
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Labels: Sales and Shopping
Thursday, July 15, 2010
"The Persian is a relaxed observer. She quietly takes in the details of her surroundings and is happiest in her role as a spectator. The Persian will gladly accept affection, but does not often seek it out. Her loving and patient nature makes her an ideal housemate while her stress-free nature will allow her to make friends with whoever stops by. The Persian's greatest pastime is grooming her thick, tangle-prone fur, but it's worth the effort, because she always looks fabulous".
(ok except for the last part because I don't always look fabulous).
My husband is a cat-lover. He used to have a cat named Abby. She died almost a decade ago. Every now and then my husband would talk about Abby - Abby itu, Abby ini... It's almost like Abby was his girlfriend. It's a good thing I like cats too (and used to have cats). And I like guys who like cats. I read in a magazine; it says guys who like cats are romantic/penyayang. Betul kot (but hey, what about girls who like cats ha?).
Earlier today, we dropped by Ijai's house to visit his new feline babies. Ok, a little bit intro about Ijai. Ijai adalah kekasih gelap suamiku yang sangat obses dengan kucing. He has like, I don't know... 20 cats maybe? (We went to support him and his cats at the International Cat Show 2 years ago, and also just recently). Oh, and he blogs. If you have never read his blog, go read. His blog is like the funniest blog I've ever read (hoh lepas ni Ijai makin femes. Sila bagi royalty ;p). If my husband suddenly bursts into laughter in the middle of the night, I know he's reading his blog.
Anyways, these are his new kittens. And they are Persians!
Comel sangat tolongggg...
But let's call him Jacob Black, shall we? ;D
(I so want a pet wolf!)
I used to really want a cat of my own. But that changes after having babies.
Now I want a wolf as a pet. Boleh tak? Comel lagi gagah perkasa (eh eh I'm not talking about Jacob Twilight ok).
Labels: Random Stuff
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Hubby will always let me choose which hotel to stay in sebab dia tak mahu bertanggungjawab kalau hotel yg dipilih turned out tak best. Dia tukang reserve dan bayar. I'm not really fussy when it comes to choosing hotel tho. I mean, it doesn't need to be a lavish 5-star hotel (although that would be really nice). I just want a nice hotel with nice deco and interior (modern contemporary would be a bonus) and a tub. And preferably a king-sized bed since the three of us are bedmates now. You know, somewhere nicer than my own room.
Ok so maybe I am a little bit fussy when it comes to that. Are you?
Anyways, we stayed at Thistle Hotel (formerly Hyatt Regency Hotel). It's a fully refurbished hotel with nice interior and everything...
But they don't have WiFi! There is high-speed internet access but you have to pay for it.
The first thing we did when we reached JB was... finding a place to have lunch! I asked for suggestions on twitter and most of my followers suggested Restoran Singgah Selalu, so we decided to give it a try (gotta love Twitter!).
sayur apa entah (but I love it) and sambal belacan.
Hubby went for his meeting after lunch, leaving the both of us at the hotel and I was thinking of resting and taking a nap since I didn't get enough sleep the night before. But Ayra was too busy exploring the hotel room; lari sana sini, masuk keluar bathroom, checking out the closet, tong sampah and drawers, testing out the phone, main langsir, bed runner, etc. Ahh kids!
And I didn't get enough sleep, remember? ;p
Back at the hotel, Ayra had bubble bath with me
(and she had a taste of the bubbles!)
But now she knows how to pronounce it right: Babel.
So while Ayra was happily playing, we had our dinner in peace. We opted for the 3-4 persons meal set because I wanted sotong goreng and sayur kailan. I was too hungry to choose the lauk from the long list of menus. Amik set terus senang. Hee.
is replaced with Tom Yam.
Labels: Going Places