Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Mum Health Progress

Assalamualaikum wbt..

Mum completed her 1st week of medication like a champ! As we anticipated it brought back many familiar and unfriendly memories for her. Instead of being negative about more medication I started calling it her 'vitamin' as a more positive spin. We're trying to take it day-by-day and week-by-week. It almost a month now since she falls sick!

So far she's doing great considering the usual side effects. She cannot eat. She can't control her bladder. If you've had the same problems, you know that it may take days or weeks after your last infusion to feel even the slightest bit of normal again. By her 2nd week she was feeling the pep back in her step. 

After spending over 2 weeks in HKL it is now time for us to go home. Friday we will be discharged and will return home. We have been blessed to been able to spend the time here with talented and dedicated doctors, therapist and nurses. Its not that I don't missed them, just hoping my mum won't have to come back here again. 

Mum medical issues with her fever, digestive system and blood cells seem to be doing okay. She is becoming more and more alert and talkative (not all understood) and can communicate pretty very well through yes, no and head nods. I asked her if she was ready to go home and she said yes. While coming home brings it own set of concern, I feel good that this is what is best for my mum :) :) :)

Hoping you'll getting better and better mum. Love you!
xoxo ShemaAulia'

Monday, January 28, 2013

Looking forward to...

CNY long holiday!!   :) :) 

Assalamualaikum wbt..

I'm looking forward to CNY holiday coz we get a long break from Friday-Wednesday. Been cracking my head as to where to go..Last year, we took a road trip to Taiping with hubby and SIL and found out the hard way about travelling during festive season. Left on the first day of CNY to MIL house in Ipoh and what a mistake it was. Took us, not 4, not 5, not 6 but 7 hours to get there. Left there at 11am sharp and got there at 6pm, unbelievable. It's like the whole of Malaysia decided to head north at the very same time. This year I expect and foresee the same fiasco.
Another year wiser I've decided to perhaps fly down somewhere but question is, where??
Some of the places we've considered:

Hyatt Regency @ Kuantan -would be a perfect place to go but no more voucher bookings allowed anymore so darn it!

PD- too crowded and HOT

Parkland Apartment @ Cameron Highlands- Nice deal 3D2N stay at 3-bedroom service apartment for RM268 but blackout day starts from 8-17 Feb 2013, so darn it!

Gold Coast Morib Resort- Water theme park overlooking calm seas in Morib at the price of RM168 for 2D1N, still blackout dates start from 10-17 Feb,2013.

The Legend  Resort Cherating Beach, Pahang- The complimentary usage of jacuzzi, sauna, swimming pool and gym seems so tempting at the price of RM158 but stay period starts from Feb 16 onward. Heck  :(

Jakarta- flight tickets way too expensive and will be crowded with Malaysians

Hatyai- flight tickets to alor setar over-priced, driving down isn't an option and hotel rooms are most likely booked.

Hubby suggested Resort World Sentosa Singapore-but I'm dreading the thought of driving...All the flights on  Airasia are really expensive in CNY. Only festive seasons that they are not exactly the budget airlines it should be. I love airasia on a non-peak season. Manage to got a ticket to Kuching on September for only RM58!

Nice view aight??mmm..will consider it..
plus my cousin offer a stay at their place in Woodland so it won't hassle us to find a hotel which I optimistically they'd fully booked especially on this festive season.

Maybe we'll just stay at home. Malls and roads here would be empty. We'll probably throw one or two house CNY parties, check into a spa and enjoy the tranquillity that KL can never offer on a normal day.

Smile smile:) I already smell the LONG long holiday :) :)
xoxo ShemaAulia'

Friday, January 25, 2013

Someone need to ease his mind...

so we went to Fraser Hill on a day trip cuz I was hesitant to stay in the jungle, and plus my mum is still in the hospital and I have to go back there to check on her..

Hubby said he wanted to have a getaway since we have a LONG weekend around and he wanted to ease his mind due to his massive workload. So for hub's sake, we left home in the late morning and took Karak Highway to Bentong.
From Bentong town, it took us slightly more than hour to reach Fraser Hill's. Hubby was driving at snail's pace because the roads were very winding, narrow and steep, and he wanted to show me another next-list-to-visit along the way to Fraser Hill which is Casabrina Villa-Raub's little Bali.

Along the way we passed by many fruit orchards and saw hundreds of durian trees with fruits hanging on them. This was indeed a rare sight for city kids like Aulia'..lol!!

Finally there..
It was a nice change of weather of course- all 24 degrees of it..
Definitely not as crowded as Cameron Highland and Genting Highland.
The hills is beautiful surrounded by colonial buildings.
The clock tower-the most prominent landmark of Fraser Hill.

Aulia' walking and wondering what we're doing here. 
My little girl at ease with her green surroundings. 
While we were checking out other interesting spot, this little one was keen on exploring her new environment.

I don't know where she picked it up but my little pinky girl was literally belting out a Gangnam Style while strolling. It was sooo hilarious that the guy and myself started laughing our heads off. 

Little miss clingy.

Basically there wasn't much to see or do here..perfect for boring people like us who love to unwind and walk around aimlessly doing nothing,hehe!!
 Pretty blossom adorn this charming little garden. It was a good weather, very bright and sunny but we didn't feel the heat at all :)

Next stop, the public park of Fraser Hill, the main attractions here include a mini bike track, miniature golf and children's playground..There's a food court here too.
You can see how this little girl love to swings that she refuse to get out from that thing! Kids!
Our plans for horse-riding at the Paddock and boat riding at Allen Water have to be put on hold due to limited time that we have cuz the gate at the foothill of FH will be closed soon at 6.30 pm.
Soon after leaving the playground, it almost rain and we headed to Ye Olde Smokehouse..before headed back to KL..

cold and misty..

We did not returned with empty hands, hubby wanted to bought a baby-T for Aulia' and I bought souvenir for my friends :)

Although is was a short getaway but we had fun tho :)
xoxo ShemaAulia'

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Mummy's in Hospital

Assalamualaikum wbt..

Mum got hospitalised :(

She had severe abdominal pain and convulsion overnight and the next day, and we all chalked it up to food poisoning, so didn't take her to the hospital right away.. It wouldn't go away,so she went to the doctor and got an injection and was diagnosed with "stomach flu". But then she was hit with fever constantly every night and the pain came back with a vengeance and so she ended up in Emergency in the hospital, and turns out she either has intestinal infection or low white blood cell counts. Both are not great things to have, as you can imagine!! But they are treating her for the former first, with strong doses of antibiotics. If the pain subsides, then that's fine and she can leave hospital. If the pain is still there/ comes back, then it could be adhesion and that means surgery :( We are praying that it doesn't come to that!

So she has been resting in the hospital for the past 3 nights..which also means our monthly family dinner is now cancelled since she's in no state to eat whatsoever. 

What a scare for all of us. A timely reminder to never take good health for granted.

Cuddle up in the hospital's foyer. The wonders a grand daughter cheeky grin can do when you're feeling poorly :P
Get well soon mummy. We missed you!

xoxo ShemaAulia'

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Baby Eat Right

Assalamualaikum w.b.t..

Aulia' has been running bad flu and cough this week so I decided to stay home a lil. Coz sick baby = one cranky fussy pot. She was literally like a walking bomb-throwing tantrums, crying and heck, even a simple instruction to pick up her toys would send her into a foul frenzy. I am worried that it was the start of her Terrible TERRIBLE Twos. But her pead said it's expected of sick kids who are on meds- they get easily irritable. OKIE- then how come the parent is getting irritated too??! But am happy to report she's back to her normal self,which include being EXTRA clingy!

So today I decided to cook something healthy for her to uplift her immunization level after a bad flu recovery.
Errr but still no idea on what to cook. sheeshh!!

Someone once said cooking is like science..you need to put in the right stuff in order to yield the right end results otherwise you risk ruining your experiment. Hehe! I know its such a sh** thing to compare the likes of cooking to freaking science and if you're a scientist who spent years cracking your skull doing experiments and studying oh so hard to be called one-you would hate the sentence with a vengeance, haha!

Anyhos, since I have a fully stocked up fridge, I turned my experiment into a delicious food for Aulia'..yumss.
Checked these out:

Chop half onions and 2 clove garlic with some half chopped carrots, potatoes, chicken meatball, dried touchu and broccoli. I wanted to invent new stuff on my cooking so I added in the San Remo's spirals spaghetti together with all the other ingredients. 
In a pot, I fried the onions and garlic with my favorite 'sup punjut' -Puteri, using a lil olive oil, add in half tablespoon salt and fry again. Add in some chopped potatoes and carrots and fry until brown. Then pour some water into the pot, add in the remaining ingredients. Stir until soup are coated with the spices and ingredient's aroma..  :) :) 

Definitely not more than 30 minutes- Aulia's lunch is ready! A very comforting plate of hot rice and lace with yummy vege soup. 
Easy peasy lunch, just when I thought Aulia' would run the opposite direction, she sat down and ate it all. No fuss. No trying to convince her to eat it. Meanwhile I am impressed how I've used practically everything in the fridge into a weekend's cooking :) :)
Just before she ate her lunch, I insist her to eat the seedless grapes-great source of Vitamin C, even there may be no solid evidence it can cure the cold, but its antioxidant properties can't hurt. And to your knowledge, I washed the fruits and the veges for her soup with Pigeon's liquid cleanser..it safely cleans your baby toy, fruits and vegetables and it made from 100% food grade (edible) ingredients:) No worries, its gentle on skin. Smile smile:) :)

And now with another long weekend around, you bet I'll be cooking even more:)

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Women Ministry

Assalamualaikum wbt..

Last night we had a mother/ daughter dinner. It was a lovely evening...
I wanted a middle western food but was almost broke..hehehe! And you can't beat RM 29 for two pax for a 5 course meal. It's equivalent to the price of 3 large meals at a hawker centre, except everything is middle-eastern!
And of course, it's a StreetDeal voucher..eating in KL can be so damn expensive, so why not grab this yaw..Plus I love how we're usually spoilt our eating choices too!
We had Hummus which were at the left hand side in the picture. One should always order hummus when eating in a middle-eastern restaurant. It's something that's quite different and unique to middle eastern cuisine. Sam Hadramawt's hummus had an overpowering olive/sesame oil taste which I didn't quite like, but was still good nonetheless when eating with nan bread.
We would have gladly traded in the watery concoction of Salad and Mixed Vegetables for more Hummus. I think both vegetable dishes were made from the same ingredients, except that one was put into a blender!
 I dig Sam Hadramawt's rice without any sides just to savour the fragrant spices in each spoonful of rice. Lightly coloured, soft and fluffy, middle eastern rice is awesome as usual. Why do we eat plain unflavoured white rice when there are much better alternatives out there, like nasi briyani, saffron rice, middle-eastern rice, nasi lemak and chicken rice? Oh dang! I know I know..(Smack my own forehead)..

I would like to have my chicken on a skewer, ala Kebab style that is boneless and easier to eat compared to a winged drumstick, but the waiter skipped the Kebab option from the Main Course choices. 

In my opinion, if a StreetDeal says you have a choice of lamb meat in Kebab, Haneeth or Mandy style, then you should be asked if you want lamb or chicken in Kebab, Haneeth or Mandy style. We ended up with only 2 chicken, which I'm still not sure prepared in what way. However all is forgiven since were given a RM 10 voucher afterwards. 
Overall verdict: If you can afford it, I'd recommend that you pay full price to have a proper main course meal and the hummus, then skip the rest. Your tummy will be full by the time you're halfway through eating the main course anyway, especially with middle-eastern serving portions.  But if you're almost broke like I was (and still am), don't pass up the opportunity to eat a meal with this much variety at such a price. Despite my nitpicks it was a steal. 

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Our Sunday Activities

Assalamualaikum wbt..

Another relaxing Sunday was had in our little household today. We started off with an early breakfast, watching cartoons, playing, colouring and of course our favourite part is screaming and star jumping!

"Morning papa! I missed you!"

 My munchkins' is totally a morning person. She will crawl to me, hugging, sniffing to her favourite milk source and this little one seems to be getting naughtier by the day! NO and gimme gimme are her favourite words. Whether she understand them or not, that's a different story. Sometimes she tries the coy sly way of planting a kiss to my lips before asking for nen nen. Mmm..I'm wondering why she's extra clingy thesedays. 

And then last night, for the first time ever she thought it was be 'cool' to bite and leave her teeth mark on the boob.!!! Why baby girl, whyyy??!
In case you're wondering, YES toddlers have bloody strong teeth like a brick, how I know? Coz one fine night out of boredom I thought it would be funny to put my finger in her mouth and that kid bit the back out of my fingers leaving her fang prints on it. She thought it was funny and proceeded to laugh her head off. 

Bath time is also almost impossible; she hates water on her hair. God knows what she's hiding under that mop at the rate she's so protective over it!
 "Don't kacau me okay..I'm watching Pocoyo!"

Mess aside, it's always so much fun watching her feed herself. For every spoon that successfully goes into her mouth, half a spoon of her food would have fall off onto the floor. Of course my lil Muncie is not complaining because she gets to polish off some of the food. Generous much? Or just trying to avoid food that she doesn't like? heh.
 Afternoon nap after had her favorite ever milk...
 Ibu I'm tired from all that shots. Poserism ain't an easy task..okay lemme bite my toe.. I want adik.
Or is it now, Okay one last pose for Ibu..coz I'm a poser and I know ittt...
Aulia' is what I'd like to call in a Parrot stage where she likes to mimic or say whatever you're saying/doing.  She was watching her favourite cartoon Pocoyo and learn how to pronounce "Balloon". Instead of pronounce Balloon as a balloon, she pronounce it as a "Balon!". Too cute!
Scribble scribble..Imma little artist. So much intensity over her art work.
Despite telling her to hold the YELLOW crayon to colour the rabbit, she kept going for various colours.  After a while I gave up and thought why not? Why must a rabbit be yellow? Is rabbit yellow?hehe. Lets have our imaginations run wild shall we..and not conform to what the world perceives as right for just a littleeee while.
Lucky I gave her the non-toxic crayons. She has put the crayons in her mouth a couple times but I'm always right there and so she's never eaten any wax. She always want me to colour with her and she never leaves the colouring book with the crayon so for her she was and is totally ready for learning. And she will kiss me every time she scribble on the wall as if to make up what she did..hehe!

*tear of joy* I tell you, I must have done some really good things in my past to get such a thoughtful baby. Naughty but a thoughtful one!
So this is how we spend our weekend together:)

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Savings for Aulia'

Assalamualaikum w.b.t..

Someone told me this.."I want my children to have all the things I couldn't afford. Then I want to move in with them"..

Fine. So the last sentence was probably there as a punch line. But the first line spoke to me. Why yes I want nothing but the best for Aulia'. I want her to have all the things Ibu can't afford. I want her to have all the things Ibu could only wish, sniff, dream, touch and hope for. I want her to have it all. 

Coz naturally I want her to have a better life than mine. 
Afterall dare you to point out a parent who doesn't want the best for their kids?. Thought so!

So step one for wanting the best for her was opening up a saving account for the brat which I got to do recently. Plus it helped that my mum was consistently nagging us to do. Afterall my mom and dad as well as my parents-in-law were the first folks to present Aulia' her very FIRST big fat cash on her birthday and Raya festive and they were eager for us to bank it in to her:) Imagine a one year old receiving a big amount of cash, lol, the world is crazzzzy sometimes!

Then, husband and I manage to get an insurance policy Prudential Saving + Education + Medical Plan for Aulia'. We decided the second we realize that education  and medical cost would be much higher than ours last time. 
Anyway all of a sudden I’m just itching for her to save and hopefully by the time she reaches 18, she would have a decent amount of money for herself. Going forward whatever cash received during birthdays, angpows, just-because, prize-money (heh maybe getting a lil carried away here) will go straightttt into her bank account! No going to Toys R Us or ice cream parlours to splurge on! And the hubby and I will be contributing some cash into her account every month too. Like what they say – sikit sikit, lama lama jadi bukit!
I have to say though that service in Maybank is S*** – I still had to wait around to be served even though we were one of the first ones. But nothing like a loud ‘THIS IS STUPID, IF I DONT GET SERVED IN THE NEXT 5 MINUTES, I”M GOING OVER TO XXX BANK”
And just a quick info for parents who want to open an account for their bub, believe it or not, only ONE parent can be guardian and have access to the account. Obviously I think the mother should be the one in charge, ahem. Just bring along baby’s MyKID, Birth Cert and your IC too. Sign here, sign there X 3 times and you’re done! It still took us approx 1 hour to get everything sorted. I opted to get online banking so we can transfer money in and monitor the balance.

mmm. . . I have a what account now?

Hehehehe..always laughing!
But the icing on the cake was when the officer asked if we wanted to activate the TAC number so transfers can be made.
Told her I highly doubt my 17 month old would be doing any online transactions anytime soon.
Truth be told, I was afraid Aulia' might have my online shopping addiction like the ibu, hence the no TAC request, haha.
But yea I will  continuously do my best at nagging that baby toddler of the importance of saving. Money doesn’t grow on tree kid! For everything else you have your papa.
P.s: Anyone else who wants to contribute to Aulia’s account is also more than welcome, heeeh. Just had to try :) :)

xoxo ShemaAulia'
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