Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Day We Joined A Fashion Show

When I was about 8 months pregnant with babypie, I entered a 'Fashion Show' with babycakes. The fashion show was organized by Isetan KLCC. I was informed of the event by a friend so I thought, let's give it a try. It was actually a fashion show for kids but mothers are welcomed to join too and can walk the runway with their kid. The theme was polka dots but babycakes doesn't really have a polka dot shirt or dress except for this denim dress with floral and polka dots all over, which was given by my colleague.

 When we reached Isetan, we registered ourselves and babycakes were given a number.

Here the kids were given some coaching by a staff but babycakes was more interested in the playground. There is also an area where the kids were getting their makeup done but since babycakes was too busy playing and the queue for the make up was quite long, I decided to pass. After all, why spoil an innocent kid's natural beauty and cuteness with makeup, right?

For mothers who registered, we were given a shirt to wear, sponsored by Mum's Club. I decided to go with something simple and I chose this button down navy blue shirt to match with babycakes' dress. There were some light refreshments as well.

It was quite difficult to get babycakes to sit still while waiting for our turn. We were number 15 so it took quite a while to wait. Soon when it comes to our turn, we walked and rocked the runway. Babycakes was sporting and was so comfortable that she smiled all the way and also waved to the audience.

I believe my presence helped boost her confidence as I am pretty sure she won't walk the runway on her own. At the end of the show, there were no winners but each participant were given a goodies bag consisting of a Frozen notebook and some stationary. Each participant were made to pick a hairband or hairclip and also a pair of pyjamas. It is a good way to boost a child's confidence and to make her comfortable being in a crowd. Kudos to us, babycakes! It was a fun experience for both of us.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Bear With Me

I have so many stories to share but either I have no time to write them or when I do, I'd be too lazy or would have forgotten what to write. Therefore, I shall list down the things I intend to share, in no particular order:
  • Our trip to Perth in May 2014
  • Babycakes' Frozen themed birthday party
  • The birth story of Mohamad Isaac Rizal a.k.a Babypie
  • Our family holiday to Melbourne and Sydney on New Year's Eve
  • How my life changed now that I have an infant and a toddler
  • The day Babycakes and I joined a pageant competition at Isetan KLCC
  • The day I took Babycakes for a casting at a modelling agency
  • Some of the baked goods that I made
 These are some of the things that I remember as of now. I will slowly write them, Insyaallah. Stay tuned!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Zucchini Cupcakes

It is not easy to get a small child to eat vegetables on its own. If your child loves his vegetables, I envy you. My babycakes isn't a fan of vegetables, except for carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, some mushrooms. She's very choosy when it comes to vegetables. One day she may love cabbages, the next day she would totally despise them. One day it feels so easy to feed her leafy greens, but the next day she would spit them out. Oh the joy of parenting! 
So when I found a cupcake recipe with zucchini, I became eager to try. What better way to sneak in some vegetable goodness in my little one, right? Who doesn't love cupcakes anyway? Show me a child who doesn't love cupcakes. I bought a small zucchini just for this purpose. They are not cheap, but whatever it takes to get some greens into my babycakes' tummy!

The recipes yields quite a lot of cupcakes, but of course it depends on the size of your cupcake casings.

I made one batch in mini pink cupcake casings and added some colourful sprinkles to make it more appealing to babycakes.

This is the end product. The cupcakes tasted like normal cupcakes. You won't even know there's zucchini in them, unless I told you. The zucchinis were grated finely so they blend so well with the batter.

This batch is for babycakes. I also packed some for her to bring to her school the next day. At least I managed to get her to eat some greens.

Here is the recipe, if you wanted to give it a try. I honestly forgot which website I took it from but this is from the screenshot of my phone. FYI, I didn't use any lemon rind and ground nutmeg because I didn't have them in my pantry. However I substituted the ground nutmeg with ground cinnamon and they tasted just fine.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

3 NIKE Look Ideas

Those who know me knows very well that I am not an outdoor-sy or sporty kinda girl. I mean, if I were, I won't be this flabulous, right? Yes, you read that right. It is FLABULOUS and it is not a typo. So of course I don't have a proper sports shoes. I mean, why would I buy it if I know I won't be wearing them? I am however in search of a good and comfortable shoes that can be worn with basically anything. I am going on a holiday at the end of the month and since I have an infant to carry and a 3 year old to chase around, I need good shoes. The first criteria of the shoes that I'm looking for is it has to be flat. No way I'm wearing high heels or platforms for travel. The second criteria is casual. It has to be able to match my outfits. The third criteria is the comfort factor while the fourth criteria is the price, which has to be affordable. Oh the shoes must be tahan lasak as well.

You see, women may have a lot of ideas on how to style footwear such as high heels, flip flops and flats with their outfits but sport shoes will probably make women pause for a while to think. One of the famous sport shoe brand for women to perk up their wardrobe is NIKE. Nike is a fashion brand known around the world that produces stylish sportswear and sport shoes based on the latest trends. Women who want to bring a new aura into their personal style should definitely opt for a complete look from head-to-toe from Nike sports collection. There are 3 various ways a woman can mix match their Nike sports attire or shoes. 

The first Nike look ideas for women to try out are to match are perfect for the ladies who want to work out in style. Whether at the gym, a jog around the park or even doing yoga at home, wear Nike yoga pants, sports bra and a plain basic tee for a stylish yet comfortable workout session. 
OK I am not really working out but I believe a lot of walking, pushing the stroller, chasing after a 3 year old and carrying an infant plus breastfeeding amounts to a good workout and I can burn a lot of calories. I can totally see myself dressing up like the above picture but instead of working out, I will be lounging on my couch with a bar of chocolates. 

The second look is to wear a pair of Nike sport shoes with a tank top and hoodie sweater. This look is perfect for women who aim to portray a boyish and edgy appearance on a casual day out. Impress the guys with your remarkable taste in fashion and stand out from the rest as you walk down the streets. ‘Just Do It’ (like Nike’s slogan) with attitude and walk in confidence everywhere you go.

I am not a boyish kinda of girl nor am I edgy. I am more of a simple and practical kinda woman. This is what having kids do to you. You sacrifice your style for comfort. Yes, comfort and practicality comes first especially when you are breastfeeding.

The third look is suitable for the ladies who want to maintain their feminine look while having a sporty side. Match a nice pair of Nike sports shoe with an A-flare dress to a lunch date or a weekend with your girlfriends. Mix up your look and accessorize it with bangles or a cap for an improved trendy fashion appearance. 
OK I think I can pull off this look. I never thought that you can wear sports shoes with casual clothes yet still look pretty. I always opted for normal flats or ballerina pumps but some of them don't provide proper support and by midday, I will end up with sore and tired feet. When you go on holiday, you will be doing a lot of walking and will only retire at the end of the day so you will be on your feet all day long. So a good pair of shoes is utmost important.

Interested ladies who cannot wait to spice up their wardrobe with a more trendy choice of apparels and shoes can check out ZALORA Nike online for women collection. I know where I'm gonna click now. ;)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Pregnancy Massage

I have always wanted to go for a pregnancy massage and after doing a quick search online, I found one near to my office. I told hubby to belanja me the pregnancy massage. I told him " Well, we wouldn't have to pay for it if you would give me a nice back rub and massage every now and then and when I do ask, you would do it properly and not simply." He agreed. I mean, when else do I get to be pampered, right? Since he doesn't want to pamper me in such a way, I shall seek pampering outside. :P 
It turns out that there's Urban Retreat Spa at One Mont Kiara, which is near to my office and home.  I've been to the one in The Curve with my bestie Sara a long time ago but since I have one near my office and home, I might as well go here. I booked a slot at 6.45p.m on 29 August, the Friday before Merdeka. It was a nice treat prior to a long weekend.
This is the price list for the services available. At first I wanted to go only for 60 minutes but then I thought, might as well do for 90 minutes. You can also check their website for other services and prices.
 I was lead to a room and was asked to change into a top, which I can't even button fully due to my huge tummy  and a pair of pants. i was informed that they won't be using any oil because the oils that they have may not be suitable for pregnancy. So I was fully clothed during the whole session. I lied down on my side and was made comfortable with the pillows wedged under my belly and in between my legs. Before I begin the massage, they asked if I wanted to go to the toilet but I already went beforehand. The masseuse is an old Thai lady who can barely speak English but she was gentle and kind. She asked me if the air condition is too cold, she asked if I was comfortable, she asked if I was feeling OK every now and then. 
I felt fine but at that time I was still coughing and having runny and blocked nose due to my fever earlier so I kept on coughing which made me uncomfortable. She even offered me to drink a glass of warm water, which helped soothe my throat. The massage was nice and gentle and it really hit the right spots especially down my back and spine. It felt so good!
But after a while, I felt the urge to pee so I told her I needed to pee. To my horror, the spa itself doesn't have a freaking toilet. Yes, you read right. They have a bathroom with a bath tub, shower and sink but no toilet bowl. If I wanted to go to the toilet, I will have to go to the toilet outside, which is the mall's toilet. I find this ridiculous because there's no way I'm going to the toilet outside in the attire that they gave me, especially that I can't button the top fully. She gave me a robe but the robe was too small either and there is no way I am wearing a robe to the toilet outside! Even though One Mont Kiara is not packed and there were barely any people walking around, one would be crazy to go to the toilet in such condition. If I were to change into my own clothes, that would take time and I have about 20 minutes left of the massage. Imagine the time wasted if I were to change, go to the toilet, change again and by the time I'm back on the mattress, time would be up. So I had to hold on to my pee. So the last 20 minutes of the massage wasn't very pleasant due to a full and compressed bladder.
After the massage, they gave me a glass of warm tea which I only drank a bit because my bladder is already full and compressed. I quickly made my payment and literally ran to the loo to pee.
This was taken after the massage. I felt really good all over and especially after peeing. If you are pregnant and looking for a place to do a pregnancy massage, you might wanna try Urban Retreat Spa. The price is reasonable, in my opinion but make sure you empty your bladder beforehand!

Monday, September 8, 2014

I Almost, Almost Won A Mini Cooper!!

I was thisclose to winning one of my dream cars, the Mini Cooper on 14 August 2014 BUT Lady Luck wasn't smiling at me. It all started a few months back when Watsons held a contest named Watsons Mini Giveaway. All you had to do was to spend a minimum RM80 in a single receipt including some of the participating brands. You have to be a Watsons club member to be eligible for the contest. So sometime before we went on our holiday to Perth, we bought the essentials at Watsons KLCC and our receipt was more than RM80. There were no slogans required. Basically once you swiped your Watsons member card, you are automatically entered into the contest.
Time pass by and I honestly had forgotten about the contest. But one day I received this Whatsapp message.
I was ecstatic! I mean, being the lucky 50 finalists to be in the running to win a Mini Cooper?? You gotta be kidding me, right? Suddenly it felt deja vu. Memories from 2003 came back where I received a letter from Rexona to say that I was one of the 88 contestants for the Rexona No Sweat Challenge and the grand prize of a Perodua Kancil could be mine. I immediately RSVP but I didn't receive any reply from them that I called them the next day just to be sure that they got my RSVP sms. Hey, I have to be sure OK? Hello, it's a Mini Cooper we're talking about here! They said they will check and then will call me. During raya they called me to confirm my attendance and they sent me an email of the details of the event.
The days leading to the event, I got so excited and what are the odds that I kept seeing so many Mini Coopers on the road? Was my mind playing tricks on me? It's not that often I see Mini Coopers on the road but as the days get closer, I see more than one Mini Cooper on the road, every day. Thinking positive thoughts, I told myself, it's a sign! And when I pass by a parked Mini Cooper, I'd say in my heart "soon you will be mine". That was how 'crazy' and excited I was. I even asked my boss for permission to leave early on the 14 August so that I can be at Ingress Auto, Bangsar on time.

On the day itself, I left office with my colleagues wishing me good luck and my spirits high I picked Babycakes from the nursery, went home and we all freshened up. It rained that evening and traffic was slightly congested but we reached Bangsar Village and parked our car there and even managed to grab a cup of coffee at Nutmeg before heading to Ingress Auto. When we arrived, I registered my attendance by showing my Watsons VIP card. They then gave me my 'lucky number' which was 25. I thought, hey, I'm split half in the middle. This could be a good sign. Who knows, right?

While waiting for the event to start, they served us some light snacks and drinks. People were mingling around, music was playing. We even took pics with the coveted prize. Just look at those beaming, shiny red car. Drool!!! We even told Babycakes to pray for me, we said to her "kita nak menang kereta ni!". Positivity is the key here, ok?
The event finally started after Maghrib prayers. Here's how it works:
There are 50 finalists that day, each with their own 'lucky number'. After some talks and introduction by Watsons and Mini Cooper's representatives, one of the Watsons' rep picked out 10 numbers from a box. It was nerve-wrecking. I was praying "please pick 25! please pick 25" a million times. They called a few numbers and when they announced "there's a 5 in this number", my heart skipped a beat. Unfortunately it wasn't number 25. Until the 10th number, my 'lucky number' wasn't so lucky after all. Bummer. I would be lying if I say I was not disappointed, sad, devastated. But oh well, guess it was not my rezeki. So the 10 finalists lined up on the stage and each one of them gets to pick a key from a box. They were also asked a very simple question on Watsons. When they got the key, they head over to the car and will have to try to ignite the car. Whoever's key can ignite the car is the winner. 

 Aaaaannd this lucky guy picked the right key. Lucky lucky lucky!! Rezeki you lah pakcik...

He won the car. The brand new Mini Cooper worth almost RM200k. The wife must be so happy. Duuh. Do I envy him? YES, of course!! Who wouldn't??

As for the rest of us, we got a small goodies bag from Watsons which contains some products. Not thrilled but what to do? Lady Luck wasn't on my side that day. There goes my dream to drive a Mini Cooper. There goes the song "kereta kecil warna merah....boleh ku bawa ke sekolah...pon pon ponx9...kereta kecil ku berbunyi...marilah adik mari naik...boleh ku bawa jumpa nenek". Hubby kept on singing this song before the event lol.
Hubby pacified me by saying positive things. He also encouraged me to enter more contests, keep on entering and never give up. I may not win this time but Insyaallah I will win something bigger in the future. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Patience Running Thin

I find myself easily irritated, easily annoyed and easily angered these days. I know it's unhealthy for me and the people around me but sometimes I cannot help it. Perhaps it's the soreness and tiredness of being heavily pregnant at this stage, not having enough and proper comfortable sleep and also having to deal with certain people who managed to push my annoying button by the simplest things. 
Things at home weren't all sweet and rosy either. Babycakes have been testing my patience. She has been so whiny, clingy and super duper difficult. People keep telling me that the nearer the new baby is due, the more clingy she will be because she knows she will no longer be the only one so she's probably milking out our attention more than ever. She is also turning three in a month's time and they say three year olds are worst than terrible twos. Hoo boy. I hope it's just a myth because I sure hope she will be much more pleasant when the new baby is here. I can't imagine having to deal with post-partum, a newborn and also a three year old. Dear Allah please give me the patience and the strength.
Getting sick while heavily pregnant is also not a good thing when your patience is running thin. I was sick during the fasting month and now I am sick again. Getting sick twice in a span of one month is no joke. Every time I cough, my tummy hurts because of the pressure. And I would also feel the urge to pee, if I had not accidentally peed already. -_- Sorry, tmi but we are all adults here, aren't we? I was advised by the doctor to drink plenty of fluids but you know when you have a little person literally squishing and squeezing your bladder, you will feel the urge to pee every few minutes or so.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Our blessed Ramadhan

It seems like it is becoming a trend to begin my post with an apology of some sort for abandoning/not posting anything because it is obvious that I haven't been writing much and the periods between posts are getting longer and longer. 
Before I write about raya, I shall write a bit about Ramadhan. It was a blessed Ramadhan indeed. Alhamdulillah I managed to fast without much problems but I missed 2 days of fasting because I was down with fever, flu and cold. I was also on sick leave for a day. I guess it must have caused by the very hot and dry weather. Babycakes was also down with fever during puasa and I had to take an emergency leave to take care of her. It was challenging but we pulled through. 
I hardly visited the bazaar Ramadhan this year because first, the bazaar near my house isn't that interesting because most stalls have moved to a different location, which I didn't bother to go due to its bad traffic. Secondly, there wasn't anything much that I feel like eating or buying at the bazaar. Thirdly, I have a fear that the foods cooked and sold were not clean and unhygienic that it will cause tummy ache or diarrhea and being in my condition, it is not something I am willing to risk. I cook most of the days but I cooked very simple meals. Hubby isn't a fussy eater so I can cook simple dishes without worrying whether he will be satisfied or not. During Ramadhan, we were allowed to go back at 430pm so by 450pm, I already reached Babycakes' nursery. I would pick her up and I usually managed to nap for at least 45 minutes before I start going into the kitchen to prepared foods. I would tell Babycakes that I wanted to rest or sleep. Alhamdulillah she understood me and she would just play by my side or mind her own business until I woke up. 
We also went for break fast at Masjid Saidina Umar Al-Khattab, Bukit Damansara on one fine evening. Hubby suggested the idea so why not? It's a new experience for us. Babycakes was excited when we told her we are going to the masjid.
 Daddy's girl

 The hall where we had our feast. For starters we had some kuih and then proceeded for Maghrib prayers. After prayers, we went down again and had rice with some dishes. May Allah bless those who contributed to the feast that evening.
Here's a pic of me and my Babycakes, wearing her yellow telekung. The mosque was fitted with air conditioning so it was very comfortable and nice. 
We also went for break fast outside several times and I tried to be all matchy-matchy with Babycakes. I mean, when else can I wear colour coordinated clothing with my girl, right?
 This picture was taken at Kelab Darul Ehsan where we had break fast organized by Hubby's office.

 This was at TGIF, The Curve on one Saturday evening. Don't we look alike in this pose? Hehe.

This picture was taken at Eastin Hotel where we had break fast organized by my office. The next day, Babycakes went down with fever.

This picture was taken at Kota Damansara where we joined some orphanages for break fast, organized by Hubby's friend's company.
We also went for break fast at several other places with my family including Royal Lake Club, Country Kitchen TTDI, Dewan Perdana Felda, sil's house and also at my brother's house. We also did some raya shopping here and there and only bought Hubby's baju melayu two days before raya.
It was indeed a blessed Ramadhan and let us all pray that our deeds are accepted by Allah swt and may we all meet again next year, Insyaallah.

Monday, July 14, 2014

3rd Week Already

Before we know it, we are already in the 3rd week of Ramadan. How fast time flies, huh? How have your Ramadan been so far? I hope Allah blesses our deeds in this holy month. I've succeeded to fast thus far, alhamdulillah. There are a few days where I feel so tired but I persevered and managed to pull through. There was one day where I had a continued trial in Shah Alam Sessions Court and I could barely keep my eyes open during cross examination. Oh my God hearings and trials during puasa is a big no-no I tell you. Even on non-puasa days with the help of water and sweets I always feel sleepy during trial, what more now, right?
When I went for my checkup 2 weeks ago, my gynae gave me the green light to fast. She said "only you know your body, how your body feels and as long as you feel fine, I don't see why you shouldn't fast." Alhamdulillah Allah hasn't made it a burden for me. Apart from the super duper sleepiness and the occasional hunger pangs, I feel OK. 
Anyway check out the following traditional desserts I made. *proud*

On the first day of puasa, I made this Thai pumpkin custard. I saw the videos on Youtube and I felt like eating it. The sweetness and softness of the pumpkin married with the sweet coconut milk custard is just too good. I bought a small pumpkin at a vegetarian cafe near my office. Unfortunately the custard didn't set even though I cooled the pumpkin in the fridge after steaming it. It poured out like a molten lava when I cut it. However, the taste was good. Maybe next time I shall try steaming it much longer.

This kuih is called badak berendam. I made it during the second weekend of puasa. It took a bit of an effort to make it because you have to make the dough, turn them into balls, boil them and make the gravy. Luckily my mum already has some inti kelapa (coconut cooked with palm sugar) which she made earlier so it saved me one step of the process. It's hard to find this kuih selling anywhere that is why I made it. Even though I like baking cakes, it is also nice to learn how to make traditional kuih so that they will never be forgotten.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Which is worst?

Contractions or leg cramps?

Both are terrible but for now my answer is the latter. Last night was the first time I had a leg cramp for this pregnancy and boy oh boy oh boy oh boy it hurts like motherf***er!! Sorry for the foul language in this holy month but if there's one word to describe the pain, that would be it.
It happened at 4am. Babycakes was stirring in her sleep so I tried to calm her down. Then I turned to check my phone for the time and when I turned back, BAM! It struck my right calf  without warning. It was so.damn.painful I woke hubby up. He helped push the sole of my feet towards me. It helped a bit but the pain was excruciating. My leg was bent and I couldn't even move it because a slight movement will intensify the pain. It lasted for a few minutes but it felt like an eternity. It was so painful I even cried complete with tears rolling down my cheeks. I just couldn't bear the pain. I asked hubby to spray  the Mothercare It's Your Body Leg And Foot Cooling Spritz which I had by the bedside table. It didn't help at all. I massaged my calf a bit and it eventually ease. Phew.
I can still feel a slight pain on my calf and I foresee more cramps in the future. God please have mercy on me. I know it is common and all especially in the 2nd trimester but it was just too much to bear. What if it happens when I'm driving or when I am walking in Court? Ughhh.
Now I wonder, how am I gonna bear the pain of contractions later on? >.<
I shall not think of scary thoughts. So my mind wanders off and started thinking about food. And now I am craving for some kuih badak berendam and kuih puteri mandi. I searched on youtube and it intensified the cravings even more. Damn it.