Tuesday, August 10, 2010

When pig flies...it's swine flu




Just coughing and low grade fever..who would have thought it can be the deadly flu. Yes, that was how it started for us.

The H1N1 symptoms I read on the net :
  • fever, which is usually high, but unlike seasonal flu, is sometimes absent
  • cough
  • runny nose or stuffy nose
  • sore throat
  • body aches
  • headache
  • chills
  • fatigue or tiredness, which can be extreme
  • diarrhea and vomiting, sometimes, but more commonly seen than with seasonal flu
The above H1N1 symptoms are based on 2009 pandemic. We are lucky what we got was a milder H1N1. Is there such a thing as milder one? Yes. According to my dr, there are people who doesn't even have fever or any of the symptoms but they have H1N1. So to be safe, when you get sick and the antibiotic doesn't make you feel any better, don't wait. Go get your blood test done ASAP because you just don't know if you have it.

What we had was :
  • Coughing for 2 days followed by fever 37.8 and below.
  • Chills due to fever but it goes away once the fever subsides.
  • Difficulty in breathing (only me)


Some random pics during the H1N1

Blood test on my youngest son. Each test is RM250 at Damansara Specialist (DSH). Fluhalt(antiviral) RM98 excluding consultation, etc.
In total, for my family we have spend about 2K. But vaccine is just RM60
So go for the vaccine today..don't procrastinate! Prevention is better than cure.
Get it at a private hospital.


my eldest son and I

We are lucky...throughout, there wasn't any complications. Syukur, Alhamdulillah :)



Monday, July 12, 2010

How to perform wuduk for kids :D



I'm teaching my eldest son (8 yr old) to take wuduk before praying and before using the electronic Quran.
I also told him to take wuduk when he's in a bad mood or feeling angry. LOL! It helps to cool him down anyways :)

He performs wuduk by following what I wrote on a piece of paper which I pasted in the toilet next to the sink. Last night that paper got wet, so I decided to take it down. I googled but couldn't find a kid-friendly one. So I decided to make a nice step by step chart with cartoon pictures on it. I got these pictures when I 'print screen' from a video on youtube and do the rest in Ai. Since I've printed one for my sons, I thought I'd share this with other Muslim parents as well. :)

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Monday, June 7, 2010

Trip to Penang!

DSC00038.jpg picture by Alefa
My childhood idol MJ :)


We were in Penang recently but we didn't actually explore Penang. We didn't try the famous Nasi Kandar line clear, rojak pasembor, etc. Hehehe! I guess we're not that adventurous... *hangs head in shame* Both hubby and I don't eat kuih-kuih (except karipap and buah melaka). Heard that the best part about Penang is their food. LOL!

We stayed in Hard Rock Hotel (HRH). Hmm..food could have been better, front office could have been more organized and housekeeping should have been more thorough :) Overall, I think HRH is just a-okay. No big deal! I wonder what's the big deal and hype about Hard Rock Penang (??)...did I miss anything? Oh yes, we didn't stay in Hard Rock Cafe after 10.30pm because kids aren't allowed after that time.

Hard Rock Cafe's food was better than HRH's food. Breakfast buffet in HRH was just okay.

poppy seed bun wasn't as soft as I expected it to be

My boys enjoyed the pool. The pool was fun..it has 3 slides and water spraying thingy which unfortunately wasn't working when we were there :{
I kinda like the drop-your-kids-off concept. There's a place called Lil' Rock for kids from 4 to 12yrs old. You can leave your kids there from 10.30am to 9pm. Kids will have their own activities there. Kids will be under their care and parents can have a "whoohoo". Sorry, I mean parents can do adults stuff together. *wink*

Oh! The Ship restaurant was good! *thumbs up* Service and food presentation. It's tasty too!

We didn't do much on the first day. My eldest son was constantly coughing when he arrived Penang. He's asthmatic. What worries me was that he was still coughing even after using his inhaler. So we took him to Adventist Hospital and met Dr Pong. He was Dr Azizi's student. Dr Azizi is my sons' pediatrician. He's really good. Anyway, I was relieved when he told me that Dr.Azizi was his professor. :) True enough, my son got a lot better and I allowed him to swim and boy we enjoyed our trip! :)


DSC00405.jpg picture by Alefa
Honeymooners...NOT!


DSC00042.jpg picture by Alefa
My lil' rock stars.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Shrek 4!!

Ooooh la la! I can't wait to watch Shrek Forever After! I won't be watching it this week because I'm busy preparing my eldest son for his PKSR exam starting this Friday and then Monday to Wednesday. After that, I'm free like a bird :D Hoorraaah!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

bitter meds

a pic I stole from the net


My youngest son was down with cough and cold recently and then he had a throat infection. His Dr gave him liquid granules antibiotic (Klacid). My 4yr old boy never actually had any issue with eating his meds but this one made him gag and throw up. So he refuse to eat it. I got tired of coaxing him into eating his med. As I was looking for something in the fridge, had an idea.

nasty antibiotic + 1/2 tsp of strawberry jam = yummy medicine

Yes, that's what I did. I mix his antibiotic with some strawberry jam and he ate it all without much fuss :D Yeeaaay!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah


My trip to Sabah was awesome! I've never been to Sabah. If you're in KK, you must visit the islands. The islands are amazing :) The best part is that it isn't far. Boat ride from Jesselton jetty takes you about 15mins. I think another jetty (near Sutera Harbour) is a tad closer. There are so many islands in Sabah. The closes to KK are Manukan, Mamutik and Sapi. The seawater is so clear.
Swimming with the fishes was such an amazing experience. The seawater was so salty...I didn't have to paddle much, I just float. It's the best place to snorkel because you don't have to keep swimming to stay afloat. The sea was pretty calm with light waves lapping the golden sandy beach. I could just swim around and when I stop I'd just hover above the fishes. But if you can't swim, please wear a life-jacket. It was awesome to be snorkeling and watching the fishes below me, scooping sand and spitting it out, fishes swimming around their anemone home, beautiful corals, etc. It's like I was transported into a different world. *grin*
I can only describe it in one word..AMAZING!




Fyi, if you're going to the islands off KK :-
  • Get your tickets at the jetty counter. Do not buy from anyone who approaches you.
  • If you have extra to spend, charter your own boat. It's better when you have a private boat that drops you off as early at 7.30am and fetches you when you're done. But you need a mobile phone to call them when you're done because they aren't allowed to wait at the jetty. We charter our own boat because it was more convenient. We got a good price RM200 for 2 islands, 2 snorkeling gears and 2 pairs of flippers (didn't use the flippers). It's cheaper to go in groups, BUT you have to go with their drop-off and pick-up time. If you want to leave earlier you'll have to pay RM50.
  • The fishes loves bread. It's cheaper to bring bread from KK. If you buy bread from the islands, it's RM3 for a small bottle of stale bread crumbs (stale or not the fishes ate it anyway). But the point is, with RM3 you can get a whole loaf of bread. (Shh! I wanted to sneak some bread from the buffet table but Al told me not to)
  • Go to the islands early in the morning because it's not crowded. It gets a lil crowded by 11am. Some groups who took the lunch package will stay at the islands until after lunch.
As for shopping, there isn't anything much to shop in KK. Unless you like pearls, carved wooden stuff, beads, etc.
I didn't get to see Mount Kinabalu. Next time perhaps :)

Thursday, January 28, 2010

It's about ME ME ME!

2005


I miss my babies but I guess I'm done with waking up in the middle of the night, nappy changing, feeding, pushing stroller, attending to a wailing baby, etc. As much as I miss my boys when they were babies I think a small chunk of it..I miss myself. Yes..myself. I quit my job when I was 2 months pregnant to my first. I turned into a baby making machine (well..not actually..just 2). I have spend the last 8 years attending to my off-spring/s. Not that I don't like it...I LOVE being a mom and I love raising my boys. But for the past 8 years..I have been a mommy 24/7 and everything else without maid. If only kids comes with an OFF and ON button. LOL! When they are asleep they sort of 'shutdown' for a couple of hours before getting back into perpetual motion.

When Eddy was a baby up to 2 years old..we were staying with my parents in law. They did have a maid who look after Eddy whenever she's free (in between cooking and cleaning up the house) but I'm always around. I have left Eddy and sometimes both my boys with my mil (mother in law) whenever I needed to buy something...but every time I do that, I feel guilty...I feel that it's my obligation as a mother to mind my children. I could never go out with a clear mind.
At the same time, I don't wish to have a maid either. Well, it's my choice...I don't believe in having a maid.

Anyway, Eddy will be 8 and Rayn will be 5. Rayn just started schooling this year. Alhamdulilah he loves his school and teacher..yeeeaaayyy!!
Both my boys goes to school together in the morning. After dropping them off I'm FREE until noon.*grin* Thee hee hee! You know what...it feels great!! That few hours of ME time every weekday is awesome. I think every sahm (stay-at-home mom) should have some time away from their kids. I don't feel guilty leaving them at school because school is a place they learn, make friends and have some fun.

So it's a win-win scenario...




Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Rayn can write :D



I'm very happy that Rayn can write now (after 2 weeks of school). He's 4 years old. Thanks to his teachers :). You know, I have tried teaching him to write, but he never could actually write. He would doodle circles, X and lines. But now he's able to write his name. *grin*


To make learning alphabets interesting, I let him explore writing alphabets with crayons, colour pencils, pen, markers, paint brushes as well as making alphabets with clay.
Rayn made alphabets with powder clay. Not bad :) The best part is that when it hardens we are able to paint it.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Rambling of the day...





I DID IT!!

I went up the hill and down the hill and round the lake.

After sending my boys off to school, I went to a park nearby. It's a really beautiful park..so serene, clean and refreshing. It has a huge man-made lake in the middle of the park with fountain in the middle of the lake. We went there a couple of years ago to release my son's soft shelled tortoise (can't remember it's breed/kind it was).

I hope I can make it a routine. I plan to run/power walk everyday. I love the clean air and people are not bothered to stare or even look at each other. I did my power walk with mp3 blasting in my ears. It's kinda funny looking at some people at the park. I saw a lady doing something like sun salutation in yoga only she was really fast. As I walked a lil further, I passed by an elderly couple doing their 'speed walking' but I overtook them effortlessly. I saw a tall man running towards me on the opposite direction. I moved a side to make way, as he passed I could smell his strong perfume..I think he smothered himself with it. After that I saw a lady near the lake..she was hitting her body all over with her fist (??) Don't be mean to yourself. Try kicking yourself in the butt instead. LOL! Just kidding. Next time, maybe I should stop and ask her if she needs any help. Keh keh keh!

Anyway, today I went up the hill. I remembered going up that same hill with my sister while pushing my youngest son's stroller. I couldn't go up. I went up half way and I was extremely exhausted...I thought my knee caps were coming off. I'm not joking. I also had to stop and use my inhaler. But today, I did it!! I DID IT!! *jumping up and down+grinning* As I was walking down the hill towards my car, I could feel my heart thumping so hard but I had a smile of victory on my face. I feel that I can do almost anything. As I was running (slowly) I look up at the sky, the lake and the people around me...Alhamdulilah! Feels great to be alive :D

When I was little, my pediatrician told me that I should avoid getting into vigorous activities because it'll trigger my asthma. My parents was afraid that I might get an attack therefore I wasn't allowed to be active. And also due to my asthmatic background, have been in and out of the hospital with IV lines and oxygen mask/tube, sometimes a few times in a single year, since I was 6. I'm sick and tired of being weak. I remembered going up the steps in Batu Caves, I wheezed and turned blue. Today, I'm a mother of 2 and healthy (again..syukur alhamdulilah) and I feel free. Well, I still have asthma but I'm not gonna let it get me. If I die today..at least I know I CAN do it...I have done it and I will do it again. So Yeeeaayy to a healthier life :D!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

ONLINE BOUTIQUE!

Now that both my boys are at school, I have a few hours of free time everyday. I decided that having an online boutique would be the best option. I spend most of my time online anyways. Thee hee hee!

My boutique is called MILF. Do you know what it stands for? No...its not what you're thinking. Hahaha! It's Mother In Line of Fashion. MILF is an auction boutique.
Each week there will be new items that will be out for bid. Starts every Monday and ends on Friday.
If you like and you wish to buy right away, you can buy it at the 'buy now' price...or else just bid and wait. The price might be more or it might be less.

So check it out!
http://milf-bid.blogspot.com/

Join MILF Facebook Group..it'll be easier for us to update you :D
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=240912636192

Thank You!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

It's 2010!!

Happy New Year!!

First of all I'd like to say...HAPPY NEW YEAAAAR!! I can't believe that it's 2010 already. Time really flies. You know, I thought by 2010 I'd be seeing flying cars, hover boards, hologram projector as a communication tool in every house. LOL! Well, I have seen changes in the technology but we're not THAT advanced yet. But we have mobile phones, digital camera, cordless video games like wii, 3G technology, cordless computers (laptop), internet, solar cars, cable/satellite tv, etc.
I can't imagine living the way it was, years ago without mobile phone, internet and satellite tv.

Do you remember using those big bulky dial-up phones? It took ages to call a person because each time you dial a number that thingy will have to go around that thingy and it would take a few seconds each dial. hehehe
I still remember buying my first mobile phone. Bough it with my own hard earned money. It was a Motorola and I bought it at RM199. I thought it was slim...it WAS slim for a mobile phone back in those days. LOL! It's about the size of our Astro remote. Don't laugh!!

Let's fast forward...when I was in college, photography was my minor subject. I had an SLR film camera. I hated photography. I spend so much money processing the film and I was disappointed with the results. It was really hard. Shortly after I graduated, digital camera was out in the market. and boy, do I LOVE photography... LOL!
When I was working (back in 2001), I tested Fuji 101. It was an affordable digital camera. They were targeting school and college kids. I designed a full page poster for newpaper print.

I plan to go on a holiday and do nothing but appreciate the basic things in life. No mobile phone, no surfing, no video games, etc. Maybe..I'll survive a day or 2. LOL!