Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Seoul Trip: Our Accommodation

Percaya tak aku menulis ni dalam flight dari Incheon, South Korea to KL? Haha semangat kan? The boys are sleeping and i'm not feeling sleepy. Might as well start blogging about our trip. Tapi post harini sebabnya takda wifi dalam kapal terbang. Haha.

We planned and booked our flight tickets and accommodation around 2 weeks before departure. Pretty last minute. That is one of the perks of being an airline staff (thanks to Hubster). 

So mana nak stay kat Seoul? Masa buat research nak cari tempat tinggal ni, i have a few criteria:

1) yang boleh muat all 5 of us (Hubster, the kids, my SIL and myself) in one space. Our options are family rooms in hotels or apartments. Guest house tak sesuai sebab kebanyakan guest house bunk bed. Camno nak tido ngan anak2 yg suke berpelok ni ha.
2) Less than 10 minutes walk from subway station which is our main transportation in Seoul
3) dekat dengan tempat makan halal because we know South Korea does not have abundant Halal restaurants 
4) Bonus point kalau ada kitchen so boleh masak. Jimat sket.

Selepas mengambil kira dan buat research ala kadar, we decided to stay at Itaewon area because of point number 3. Memula nak book family room kat Hamilton Hotel yg bebetul depan subway tapi sbb penuh, we booked a 2-bedroom homestay (apartment) through Airbnb. The apartment is around 10 minutes walking time from Itaewon station, ada dapur siap. So all criteria 1,2,3, 4 sudah dipenuhi. Yezzaaa!

As a first time user, i find that booking through Airbnb is easy. Our host, Jang-Soon is very accommodating. Sebelum smpai Seoul, a few times gak aku message dia tanya itu ini and request iron. Semua dia jawab dengan professional. Siap kasi guidebook untuk memudahkan kitorang cari rumah tu bila sampai. 

First time nak mencari rumah ni mencabar la jugak walaupun diberi guide book. Sebabnya perumahan kat sini cam tak teratur. Banyak lorong kecik. Tapi staff tuan rumah ni datang jumpa kitorang tengah jalan selepas diberitahu through Whatsapp yg kitorang sesat. Lepas tu okay je tak salah jalan dah. Rumah sangat bersih, walaupun kecik sket than expected. Ada kuali, periuk, pinggan mangkuk bagai. Sabun pinggan, sabun mandi n shampoo, even minyak masak pun dia sediakan. Home away from home gitu. 

Total price for 5 days 4 nights is RM1900 for 5 people. Ni dah termasuk service and cleaning charges. Harga sebenarnya in Korean Won so kalau masa book tu Won tengah rendah, lagi murah la dapat.

Enjoy the pictures:


This is how the apartment is listed in Airbnb

Bedroom #1
*baby not included*

Bedroom 2

Kitchen
*baby not included*


Toilet

Main area
No couch or sofa. Just a small space with dining table and tv. 

All in all, we're satisfied with our accommodation. Tapi nak warning sket jalan kat Itaewon ni berbukit-bukit. Mengah la jugak aku jalan sambil baby carry Dhani and tolak Afif dalam stroller. Terbukti betapa tak fitnya aku. Haha.  Yang bestnya location sangat strategik. Dekat train, kedai runcit, bakery, kedai makan halal berlambak within 5-15 minutes walk. 

Next post i'll tell you more about my Seoul trip. Bye.
 

Saturday, April 30, 2016

A Post from Seoul

Anyeong haseyo!

I'm blogging on my rented apartment bed all the way from Seoul, guys!

Kitorang sampai haritu hari Rabu, 8.30am. So far we have covered Namsangol hanok village, N Seoul Tower, Nami Island, Myeong Dong street and Namdaemun Market. Makan pon dah pelbagai makanan aku telan. 

Hari ni nak bawak anak-anak bersuka-ria di Pororo Theme park plak.

Speaking of which, traveling with 2 toddlers is sooo different than the traveling we used to do when we were childless. Tiring, challenging, menguji kesabaran adalah antara perkataan yg menggambarkan pengalaman ini. I don't think i'll even attempt to travel abroad when i have 3 kids. 

Will blog about our trip in the next posts. Till then, #muahciked


Seoul

Monday, March 14, 2016

Breastfeeding Dhani

I'm typing this while expressing milk at work. 

*insert bunyi pam Medela. Trett trett trett*

Dhani is lucky i was on leave until he was 8 month old. Dah depan mata, mmg drp lahir smpai la 8 bulan tu fully breastfed and direct feed je la. Bergayutttt je keje dier. Tu yang semangat je badan. Manja terlebih. How i love being there all the time to breastfeed him.

Sejak aku masuk keje January hari tu, kene la pam kat office untuk bekalan dia. Jadi ibu bekerja ni memang nak fully breastfeed adalah cabaran. Memula tu lebat production. First mornung session boleh dpt 8-10oz. In total sehari boleh la dapat dlm 18-20oz mengikut tahap kerajinan mengepam. Lagi2 the first few weeks tu aku tak byk keje. Sehari at least 3 kali aku bertapa kat mother's room.

Makin lama makin busy kat office. Sehari 2 kali je sempat pam. Tapi ok la lagi. Stok makin lama makin habis smpai aku pam harini cukup-cukup untuk esok. Kiranya takde frozen stok dah la. Salah sendiri la jugak malas buat stok banyak-banyak time maternity/unpaid leave.

Tapi skarang sedihnyeee lahai production. The past one week memang merudum dengan ketaranya sebab aku period. Paling nak nanges kalau pam satu ounce pon tak sampai. 

Setengah orang memang naturally big producer. Aku pulak tergolong dalam kategori work hard for it. Pernah try Shaklee kononnya milk booster but that didn't work for me. Jaga makan, regular pumping baru la banyak hasil. Based on my 3 years plus of breastfeeding my boys (Afif breastfeed sampai umur 2 tahun 3 bulan, Dhani almost 11 months dah umur dia..and counting) meh aku share sedikit sebanyak tips.

Tips Menyusu Badan Tanpa Makan Supplement Pelik-pelik

1) Makan Mesti Cukup
Tak wujud istilah diet in my years as being a mom. Asal lapar, makan. Nasik wajib 2 kali sehari at least. My meals have to have all food group; carbs, protein and fiber. Takde maknenye lah aku nak skip nasik bagai. Snacks in between meal pon wajib.

Tapi jangan lah mentekedarah terlebih dgn alasan breastfeeding. Quality is as important as quantity. I limit sugary, oily and junk food. Sehari sekali je aku benarkan diri ini minom benda manis. Kalau pagi dah minom latte memang the rest of the day air masak je lah. Snacks pon pilih yang berkhasiat ye. Fruits, biskut tawar, roti with peanut butter tu ok laa. Certain days to aku mentakedarah jugak snacks brownies by A'ai bagai haha.

Alhamdulillah berat aku maintain je la. Masih lebih berat drp zaman studi tapi dah dapat la pre-pregnancy weight tu. 

Fact: Breastfeeding burns 450-500 calories per day.

2) Air Mesti Lebih
Part ni aku selalu kantoi. Alasannya sebab busy keje lupa minom air. Haha. Hari yang aku beringat, memang bergelen minom PLAIN WATER insyaAllah lebat la production. Kalau tak, sendu je ler. How much is enough you ask? Aku pon taktau secara saintifiknya. Tapi kalau aku habiskan sebotol besar mineral water time kat opis tu, lebat la production.

i'm an avid coffee drinker. Myth has it that kalau minom kopi, susu tak banyak. i can say that it's just a myth, guys. Aku minom kopi, insyaAllah susu still ada DENGAN SYARAT banyakkan minom air masak. Kopi bersifat diuretik (menyebabkan kita lebih kerap kencing) maka kalau minom kopi, top up banyak-banyak dengan air untuk mengelakkan dehydrated & banyakkan susu.

3) Know Your Milkbooster
Milkbooster ni subjective untuk setiap orang. Among the milkboosters i heard are milk, dates, habbatussauda, pegaga, etc. In reality not all milkboosters work on all breastfeeding mama.

Contohnya aku tak berubah pon production susu kalau makan pegaga, susu, alfalfa, kacang gajus. Tapi kalau aku makan sayur pucuk manis masak lemak, lobak putih, dan air rendaman halba, baru banyak susu. Maka rajin-rajin la observe makanan/air apa yg membantu banyakkan susu uols.

4) Regular Pumping/Direct Feed
Ni memang tak dinafikan. i'm sure you have read in the gazillions of breastfeeding articles; in order to have SUPPLY, you have to have DEMAND. Kalau kat rumah tu selalulah breastfeed anak. i have no problem in this area because both my boys adalah penyonyot tegar. 

Untuk ibu-ibu bekerja, nak tak nak kene luangkan masa mengepam. i know it could be hard to find time. Dengan dateline projek, meeting, outstation, kursus bagai.. It's a sacrifice you have to make. i know moms who expresses milk even in class when attending a course and in meeting rooms. And i personally have had an experience of pumping in a bus during a 1-week geological fieldtrip. Pernah jugak pam dalam tandas masa gi workshop sebab tak jumpa surau/mother's room. Yes it is tedious but the satisfaction of knowing your baby gets the goodness of a mother's milk makes it worth it.

5) Jangan Stress

i find the more you're stressed out about not producing enough for your child, the less your body makes milk. Maka jangan stress. Cuba yang terbaik. Amalkan segala yang boleh untuk banyakkan susu. Kalau takde/tak cukup susu ibu, there's always ibu susuqn option. Or else, there's always formula milk.


Dulu masa dengan Afif aku selalu stress kalau susu tak cukup. Sejak dah anak 2 ni, i've lightened up a bit. Dhani pon masa umur dia 9 bulan camtu aku dah bagi je susu formula sebab tak cukup stok ebm dah kat rumah. He needs 15-20oz per day. So sehari dalam 3-6oz kene minom formula lah sebab skang ni aku mampu bekalkan max 15oz je per day. But that's okay. i can rest and not make a big deal out of it because i know i've done my best.

Breastfeeding is not just about providing milk for your baby. It's much more than that. It's the way you bond during those feeding sessions; the way your eyes lock on one another, the way your baby smiles cheekily-as if saying "thank you mama, for that yummy milk", the way he/she searches for you at night with eyes close but can still find his/her way to the milk-source, the cuddles during and after every feed, the way he/she NEEDS you and the fact that no other person can fulfill that need but you.

InsyaAllah, i'll breastfeed him as long as he wants me to.

Hah tu je la sedikit sebanyak experience sharing. Dah nak habis mengepam dah pon ha.



Hasil pagi ni.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Makan-Makan: Sweetree Korean Restaurant

My sister-in-law is a huge HUGE K-Pop fan. When we asked where she wants us to treat her for her birthday, Korean food is the natural answer.

This time, we went to Sweetree.

Sweetree is the only JAKIM-certified halal Korean restaurant in Malaysia. It's located in Ampang (i call the area 'Little Korea') so it's very convenient for us to get there from Wangsa Maju. 

The shop is 2-storey and the interior is very quirky, giving a cute-Korean ambiance. We were greeted in Korean by the friendly staff, i feel like i'm in Seoul already. There were not that many people when we arrived but at around 8.15pm, the place is packed with people, mostly Muslims. Wow Korean food really is the in thing right now eh? Even with the restaurant almost full, service was fast. We only had to wait 5-10 minutes for our drinks and foods to arrive.

We were served with a bowl of plain porridge with a little bit of what I assumed as kimchi sauce and various condiments. The porridge is rather plain and bland (which is suitable for babies and kids) but eating it with condiments were yums!

Farah's Jjangmyun was not my cup of tea. It tastes a bit like mee hailam with teochew. I love the Dolsot Bi Bimbap but be careful when adding in the spicy sauce. Pedas! Nasib baik tuang sikit-sikit. I ordered Gal Bi Jim which is short ribs braised in soy sauce (basically rusuk masak kicap versi kering la ni). The ribs are soft and tender. I just wish it's a bit soupy. Takde la kering je makan ngan nasik. The Korean pancake is marvelous, I'd recommend!

If you're not a fan of Korean food, there are also Malaysian dishes in the menu. We ordered Mihoon Goreng for Wan and Mihoon Tomyam for Makngah.


Complimentary Appetizer: plain porridge with condiments

Condiments for the porridge

 Farah's Jjajangmyun
Noodles in black bean sauce with minced chicken and cucumber.
Mangkok tu legend. Besar macam pasu bunga!

 Birthday girl!

 Spring onion pancake with prawn and squid


My Gal Bi Jim
Beef short ribs braised in soy sauce gravy served with rice



Mr. Chenta's Dolsot Bibimbap
Warm rice topped with cooked veges, beef, eggs and served in hot stone bowl. It stays hot til the dish is all finished.

  
 One of the many decoration on the first floor.

Posing with the pretty noona!

All in all, I'd recommend Sweetree if you're looking for an authentic Halal Korean food. Friendly staff, prompt service, delicious food all checked! If only they have a small children play area i'd be ever so happy.. 
#parentsproblem

Nah ni details Sweetree Restaurant:



Friday, February 26, 2016

Happy International Cochlear Implant Day!

Yesterday was the International Cochlear Implant day.

At first it seems silly to have a cochlear implant day. 

But a cochlear implant is not just that. It's much MORE than that.
 
To Afif, his cochlear implant is his ear.
 
Though his hearing aid helps, the quality and quantity of words that he speaks increased dramatically since the switching on of his implant.
 
Did I tell you that he speaks to himself now with words that I actually understand? I walked in on him talking to himself "Ane Daddy? Daddy cejeee.." (Mana Daddy? Daddy kerja..). Before this it was always mishmash of jargons and some weird German-Swedish language.
 
He discovers more sound that as much as I hate to admit it, we take for granted.
 
There was this one afternoon, we were outside. Tetiba berkumandang lah azan Asar. It was faint but loud enough. Upon hearing that, Afif's face lit up and said "Ha!" and pointed to his ear. "Allahuakbar!" he said excitedly and ran inside to watch the tv for azan (he loves watching and listening to Azan on TV) only to find that the tv is actually turned off. He looked puzzled. So I explained to him that azan is actually coming from outside, from the surau nearby. I don't think he understand. He probably thinks that Azan mysteriously comes from the sky or something.
 
Mental note: MUST bring him to surau/masjid to show him where Azan comes from and the best place to pray.
 
He can even hear while showering now. His hearing aid is not waterproof so we didn't let him take showers in it. Which is a waste because Afif loves water and there's so many opportunity to teach him through water play. Now with cochlear implant, we're more confident to let him shower and splash around. He wears it during shower, washing car with daddy, and even swimming.. But there was this 2 times his implant didn't work after berendam lama sangat so we were advised not to wear it without the Aqua cover kalau nak berendam.
 
We owe it to the people who invented cochlear implant.
 
So today (and everyday) I would like to wish Happy International Cochlear Implant Day!
 
May the implant continues to let him hear better, speak better and live better!




Friday, February 19, 2016

My Eczema

I have this bad eczema. Very bad eczema.
 
It's on the palm of my right hand.

I can't pinpoint exactly when it started but I guess some time after Dhani was born. At first it was very mild. Tu yang tak perasan. i had this red patch in right my middle finger. Maybe it was because a particular gold ring that i wore is quite thick so residue of water and soap were trapped underneath.

Over time i notice the skin in my palm gets dried quite easily. Pakai losyen ok lah dia. Lama-lama it turns red and gets very itchy. This happened on off.. So I didn't think too much about it. I just stopped wearing that particular ring.

But even ring-less, it gotten worse in October-November. Red, itchy skin with dots of tiny blister-like 'bubbles' underneath my skin filled with clear fluid or sometimes, pus.

October 2015
Sikit je dekat jari hantu. Gatal, kulit kering but after 4-5 days okay balik.

 
Starting in middle October, it gets worse and worse. Aku tak bother pon nak jumnpa doctor sebab ingatkan biasa lah ni. Aku cuti dah 6 bulan time tu, so being a SAHM, kerja memang tak habis lah. Basuh baju, basuh pinggan, botol anak, toilet.. Macam-macam detergent kene kulit so sebab tu la kot. Pelik la jugak sebab takde pon tukar sabun ke ape. segala sabun kat rumah memang brand yang biasa pakai bertahun lama. Maybe pas bersalin Dhani hormone aku dah jadi haywire so wujud alergi baru? I don't know.

November 2015
I think this is the second time my palm got red and itchy. Note that it has spread to my ring index finger.

January 31, 2016
The eczema has spred widely to my ring, middle and index finger and my palm. Red skin, itchy dan sangat pedih. Note the tiny red dots of 'bubbles' filled with clear fluid and sometimes pus.
 
 
Bila tangan aku dah jadi gini, baru lah aku sedar diri and stop all water-related chores. Botol anak, alat breastpump sume Mr. Chenta uruskan. Cuci pinggan aku minimumkan.. Kalo terpaksa basuh, aku pakai glove. Cuma kalo memasak tu harung je la tp minimize usage of hand soap/dish soap.
 
Aku tukar sabun mandi aku. Pakai Moogoo Milk Bath. Kalo aku mandikan bebudak tu pon aku pakaikan Moogo. Ointments jangan citer la. Banyak dah aku cuba. Memula pakai krim Beprosil tapi yang ni ada steroid. Bila tau dia ada steroid terus aku stop pakai. Try jugak VCO, Moogoo Skin Balm, and ade lg satu ape ntah brand skin spray ni. Makan pon aku pantang. I stopped eating seafood.

Sakit, gatal pedih dia toksah nak cerita. Bila nak start flare up tu, rasa denyut-denyut tangan. Gatal. Pastu jari-jari aku ni bengkak. Timbul bintik-bintik ada air tu. After 2-4 days like this, dia start kering. Pastu mengelupas. Kering sekering-keringnya. Pedih. Kadang berdarah. Kasar sangat kulit. I can't do anything.
 
It sucks big time sebab kat TAPAK TANGAN KANAN. Tangan yang buat segala benda. It hurts to write, to hold stuff, to hold my baby, mandikan diorang pon sakit, nak bukak botol/jar (sebab kene genggam and pulas penutup kan?), apatah lagi nak drive.

Tak dapat baying perasaan baby yang penuh eczema kat badan atau muka.

2 February 2016. Siang.
Bila dah kering, kulit mengelupas camni. Rasa sangat kering, pedih and tegang.


2 February 2016. Malam.
Horror kan?


17 February 2016.
It got better tapi certain area kulit rasa nipis sgt and pedih. Certain area kulit kering. Pedih jugak.

Today.


Tapi entah la hoi. Dah tukar sabun, stop buat chores pon same je eczema aku. Tak makan seafood, makan ikan pon flare up jugak eczema. On off. I miss my old skin. As kata dulu tangan aku la paling lembut. Skang toksah la cakap. Kalau tak dry up pon, dia nipis and rasa kering bagaikan tak pernah jmpe losyen.
 
Alhamdulillah semalam and harini rasa ok sket tangan aku. But I know it will flare up again.
 
Maybe I have to try those gluten-free, MSG-free diet. Maybe I have to really jot down what I eat to identify what food triggers. Maybe I have to spend more on ointments. But in between working and minding my children, I can't afford to really be picky of what I eat. Kat rumah Wan & Mak Ngah memang masak everyday. Tak sampai hati aku nak order makan itu ini or tak makan ape yg dah tersedia. Hati orang tua kan.. Kene jaga.
 
Sesapa ada experience in managing eczema tolong la share eh?

Friday, February 12, 2016

Potty Training Afif

We didn't really have a plan for the last 4-day weekend. Mr. Chenta has to work which sucks big time, so i thought i might as well do something useful with the boys at home.

And what could be more useful than potty training Afif? 

He is 3 years 4 months already, he would tell us that he's peeing and pooping when he's in the middle of doing those and he seems to know that toilet is for pooping, peeing and showering.

So he's ready right?

Or so I thought.

Preparation

Portable potty - checked!
Brief/training pants - checked! (I got him the ones with Lightning McQueen on it)
Endless energy for me - Somewhat checked
Patience. Lots of it - Err..

Day 1

We began by me explaining to him that he's gonna wear this Lightning McQueen 'spender', so he needs to tell me when he feels like shishi-ing or pooping.

"Afif tak pakai pampers tau, pampers takde.." I continued to say.

He looked at me, then at his pack of diaper by the bed, and slowly smiled "Tuu.. pa-pesh!" and pointing at his diapers. The kid is too smart for me. "Tu pampers adik.. Afif pakai spender je okay.." He just cheerfully nod like whatever, mama.

Every 15 minutes, I'd ask him if he wants to pee. He would excitedly say "shishi!" and off we go to the loo. Kene tunggu dalam 5-10 minit baru la shishi. Ada kadang tu tak shishi langsung. Lelama aku increase interval to every 20 minutes.

On that first day, 2 kali terbabas sebab aku ignore bunyi timer kat phone sebab leka buat something. Tapi terbabas dia tak la full blown pee. Dia cam dah terkucil sket, pastu dia kata, "shishi!" followed by me madly carrying him and running off to the toilet pastu dia dengan leganya kencing habis. Haha.

Lepas mandi petang aku pakaikan dia pampers. Tak larat dah nak bawak dia every 20 minutes.

Day 2

He got better in the morning. No accident whatsoever sebab every 20 minutes bawak gi toilet. I thought ok la he got the hang of it already. So aku pon tak la duduk je ngan dia. Confident tinggalkan dia and gi masak kat dapur.

Tengah masak tu tengok dia sembunyi tepi dinding sengih-sengih. Aku ingat dia ajak main hide and seek so layan la sambil masak tu. Pastu after 10 minutes tengok dia kat tepi dinding lagi. Aku dah pelik. Tetiba dia kata "Amaa... O'ok!" Tengok-tengok dia dah terberak kat situ ade poopoo dua ketul atas lantai. Haahaha. Kau tak rasa aku menjerit?

Jerit pastu gelak sebab tak sampai hati marah dia. I just emphasize again and again "Afif, nak o'ok shishi bagitau mama.. Kene pegi toilet. Kesian mama penattttt mop lantai"

In total 2 accidents on second day.

Malam aku pakaikan je pampers. Too tired to care.

Taken just before a shishi incident

Day 3

I'm proud to say that he stayed dry the whole day today yay! I still have to bring him to the toilet every 30 minutes. He still needs a few minutes to properly rasa nak kencing. We found out that singing and dancing while waiting to shishi (lagu If You're Happy and You Know it) helps to speed up the process. so bayangkan la everytime gi toilet kitorg nyanyi joget baru dia cepat kencing. haha.

Untuk mengelakkan accident, aku set timer every 30 minutes. So bila dia dengar bunyi phone, automatic dia kata shishi! dan bukak seluar gi toilet.

Malam pakai pampers jugak.

Day 4

I decided I've had enough these past 3 days potty training Afif sorang. Penat kot!! Tunggu next weekend la Mr. Chenta ade boleh la gilir-gilir bawak gi toilet.

Aku pakaikan je dia pampers dari pagi. He looks confused la jugak. Even with diaper on, dia akan announce shishi and ajak gi toilet tapi aku ckp takpe shishi je dalam pampers. The moment I knew I sorta nailed it when he said o'ok and refuse to poo with the diaper on. Mr. Chenta bawak dia gi potty, berak dalam tu.

Like jyeah!

So there you have it. My not-so-successful potty training experience. Nasib baik bila start haritu aku memang didn't have any expectation. Aku tak harap pon after 4 days dia terus pandai gi jamban sendiri takde accident bagai. So aku tak la hampa or stress ke ape. In fact aku rasa dia nak guna potty utk berak tu pon cukup bagus. So will continue this coming weekend dengan harapan aku bertenaga lah nak layan. Haha.

We'll go slow.

 

Sunday, January 31, 2016

SAHM No More


Hope it's not too late to wish you happy new year!

i have two posts labeled as draft that i didn't have the time and strength to finish.

Prior to my last post, there's a huge blogging hiatus for me.

i thought i could blog more when i become a stay at home mom. i had all these things happening in my life that made me go "i need to blog about this!" But haha!

Skang dah masuk keje dah haa.. i no longer wear the Stay at Home Mom crown.

Seriously, being a SAHM is far more time-occupying than being at work. i didn't even read Whatsapp on the spot. Could only reply to messages 1-2 hours (if not days) after receiving them.

Among the 'happening' things in the last 4-5 months:

- It's been 4 5 months since Afif's CI is switched on. Afif can talk now. Okay, takde la talk sangat. Still mainly jargon. His language development is equal to kids age 1-2 year old. But he can say stuff like shushu when he wants milk, kacot, aket, jatoh, and so on.. He'll say 2-word sentences when he is bossing Dhani around. "Adik, no no no!" "Adik, jatuh!" "Adik, sini!" His word count is now somewhere at 200 words so i'm so happy with his progress. Terbaru dia suka repeat ape orang tanye. Haha.

- We celebrated Afif's third birthday in October. Just an intimate celebration setakat potong kek dan makan mihun and lasagna but he was so happy! He played all day with his little uncles and aunties, happily nyanyi lagu birthday, tiup lilin bagai. Everytime i watch the video, it brings me so much happiness. The only thing missing was his daddy who were in Jeddah at that time. A few days later, the spech students and Dr. Basha gave a surprise birthday celebration for Afif and Aisya (she's like 10 years old, wears CI, talking and learning like normal kids already. So insipirational!).

 Afif enjoying his birthday cake

 
Afif and Kak Aisya, surprised at iHears, UKM.

- Dhani si tembam dah start makan solid food. Umur 5.5 bulan aritu aku start bagi. Despite being tembam, he doesn't really eat much until recently. He loves sweet food like apple+cinnamon puree, pumpkin+date puree, banana+avocado mash.. Salmon and fish porridge kekadang je licin mangkok.

- He is 9.5 mont already! He started crawling at 7+ month and now he's busy climbing up and meniti kat kerusi, dinding, etc. Kekadang dia lepas tangan cam nak berdiri dah. Tapi 2-3 saat je tahan pastu terduduk. Haha. Memang takleh tinggal sensorang dah budak ni.

- He tries to imitate sounds and words already. Like mama, bababa, tata.. He also loves doing hand gestures like bye-bye, flying kiss, and tepuk tangan bila org cakap "pok amai-amai" or "pandaiiii!"



- The fact that how  different Afif and Dhani are totally amazes me. I thought they're both boys. How different in personality could they be right? Wrong! Afif didn't crawl, and because of his hearing loss, he didn't talk or say much in his first few months. Dhani crawls all over the place, is noisy (especially when he joins in when Afif buat bising) and so cheeky.

- i survived almost 2 months of LDR! Mr. Chenta got home from Jeddah in early November, safe and sound alhamdulillah. 

i can't thank God enough for the invention of Facetime. Tetiap hari sepanjang Mr. Chenta di Jeddah, ni la keje aku #clingywife

- brought the kids for their first ever visit to the zoo! Tapi cam menyesal sebab Zoo Negara tengah under renovation so banyak attraction tutup. Animal show pon takde. Humpf.

Afif met Mr. Giraffe yang takmo datang dekat pon (-___-)

- Dhani's first airplane ride at 7+ months. Masa flight KL-Kuching, Mr. Chenta tak ikut sebab keje. Aku balik dulu ngan SIL and Wan. Ade teman pon, cuak weh bawak 2 kids.i mainly worried if Afif wants to run around or Dhani screams his head off. Alhamdulillah, both were good boys. Afif dah besar, so dia macam dah paham bila explain kita tengah tunggu kapal terbang, beratur nak boarding, duduk, pakai seat belt, kapar terbang nak take off, etc.. Dhani pon behave.

 Dhani's first airplane ride!
And even though this is Afif's umpteenth airplane ride, it's the first time that he really understands that we're flying. From queuing to get into airplane, putting the seat belt on, no standing/walking/messing around, sampai la landing, he understands and really listened.

Landed in Kuching!
There's Farah, my SIL, Afif, and Wan.

Our flight from Kuching to KL. Ni anak beranak obsess ngan kapal terbang.

Airplane wefie katanya.

- We had Dhani's aqiqah at PIL's place in Kuching. Takde la pelamin, buaian berendoi bagai. A simple ceremony berzanji, baca doa and makan-makan afterwards. It's so good to see Babah's side of the family.

Marhaban & berzanji. Afif excited lebih.


Cukur jambul

 Cukur jambul

 Bercukur dengan nenek-nenek pulak.

 Haji Dhani too happy

 Haji Dhani dah ngantok

- my best friend Shaf got married!

 During Shaf's bachelorette party.



- My SIL is back for good from UK. So rasa seronok la macam ada kawan and helping hands with the kids at home.

- In the last few months of unpaid leave, i sort of have a small business selling choc chip cookies. Alhamdulillah every week ade je tempahan. Setakat kawan n sedara mara order. Ade kedai bakery supply ni soh aku buat doorgift tp tak brani amek. Nak siapkan order tak banyak ni pon rase semputtt sangat apatah lagi nak buat doorgift kawen. Takpe lah. Belom ke situ rezeki aku. Tak ready lagi.

- in December, my SIL and i registered our very first company. For now we're focusing on selling plus size clothes. We started small, modal pon tak besar. Alhamdulillah the response for our first batch is good. Almost all the clothes were sold out. Alhamdulillah. Ni kitorang baru launch second batch. Tapi second batch ni slow sikit. It's okay, we learn along the way.

 Some of our plus size collection.
Do visit us at Facebook Just Stuff or our Instagram @juststuff_my if you're looking for plus size clothing!

- i got an iPhone 6S from Mr. Chenta and a Coach handbag from my MIL for my birthday! Rezeki sangat. Any woman would be happy with these pressies kannn..

 
Birthday date and pressie from him

Birthday dinner with my girls.

- Sepanjang cuti jugak attend 3 workshop berkaitan hearing and speech development. The first one was a 2-day workshop by Cochlear and HUKM. Gigih angkut Dhani tapi second day aku ponteng haha. Pastu workshop by Cochlear with guest audiologist and SLP, the great Prof. Dr. jane Madell, and the last one workshop by Hear Me and Dr. Basha. i learn a lot from these 3 workshops on how to better help Afif on his speech and language progress.


 Afif dan kawan-kawan sekasut

Mama Afif dan kawan-kawan sekasut.

- went for a picnic at Ulu Yam with my Ucu and her family. Seronok la Afif mandi sungai. Dhani meragam je sebab takmo orang pastu cam rimas agaknya berkhemah tengah panas. Pastu paling takleh lupa, tengah hari tetiba hujan lebat. hahaha. Kelam kabut weh dengan anak kecik bagai. 

 Budak berlengas picnic tengah panas. Haha

 Afif tengah berendam, kami bergambar. Haha

Ni plak masa celebrate Wan's 94th birthday!

- we went to Flip Out, a trampoline park at Sg. Buluh (dekat ngan Uptown Mutiara Damansara je sebenarnya). Afif la paling sakan melompat. Aku pon sama. laki aku jaga Dhani dok tepi. Haha. Serious best weh lompat melompat. Rasa carefree. Plus i heard the instructor said 10 minutes of trampoline-jumping equals to 30 minutes of jogging. Sakan la kan.



Aksi-aksi kami di Flip Out

- Afif started playschool like i blogged before. Still can't believe my boy's in school. This morning i sent him to school and stayed a bit to watch him from the teacher's office's huge window. Teacher dok ajak berjoget beramai-ramai, dia pi buat hal dia main slide *emoticon smiley nanges di sini*. Teacher said he has a best friend named Isyraf. asyik berkepit je depa. haha. Ko paham takkk tetiba my baby dah ada best friend?

- i am now back to work. It feels a bit bizarre. From waking up with my babies at 10am to rushing to get ready and to get Afif ready by 8am. From milk-stained tank tops to work clothes. From the sound of screaming/laughing toddler and baby to the tapping of keyboards and meetings.

- ...and not to mention that i now am no longer Petronas Holding staff. i'm a Petronas Carigali staff. Yea, they're like sisters company but hello new office, new bosses, new colleagues, new environment, new role!

- you have probably read in Facebook yang orang kecoh-kecoh pasal harga minyak jatuh, that oil & gas industry is in trouble, that Petronas is in bigger trouble.. It's true that oil price is dangerously low, the economy is badly affected. But rumors about Petronas maintains just rumors. Truthfully, aku risau la jugak kan. Dah la baru nak merasa balik gaji hasil titik peluh sendiri pastu dengar pasal buang keje la, potong gaji la VSS la.. and worse thing is these rumors are from people/news OUTSIDE of Petronas. Kelakar kan? i'm gonna put my faith in Allah and my employer. i believe Petronas takkan naya staff dia dan negara.

Phewwww..

Hamek ko. Sekali berbelog berjela tulis ha.

Til next post.

Muahz!