September 28, 2015

doll-up sesh

Daisy stayed over for a couple of days last week so i pestered her to teach me how to use makeup. i seemed to have accumulated so many types of cosmetics over the years; some of them half-finished, some of them barely used (because i decided that the color wasn't meant for me), some of them gotten free. and being the true hoarder that i am, i so sayang want to throw them out, even though i think most of them have already reached/exceeded its expiry date. hee~

due to limited storage space, i categorized my makeup into three categories in separate pouches: face, eyes and lips. so the first thing Daisy did was to go through all my makeup: to separate the ones that were old and expired. my eyes were round like saucers as she tossed the to-throw items into a separate pile - dried-out liners, old lip balms and lip colors, makeup packaging ("JANGAN SAYANG-SAYANG", she says. "MAKEUP IS MEANT TO BE USED", she says. LOL). i did sneak a couple of them back into my collection afterwards (eep), a few i gave the maid, and a little i threw away.

next thing was to show her my measly brush collection; the ones by Artistry i received as a wedding present, the rest were randomly bought along the way (Elianto - cheapest option at the time :P).

Elianto & Artistry. the Stila is new.

appalled with my stash, she took me brush-shopping at Pyramid. there was a shop at one wing of the mall that sold quite reasonably-priced no-brand brushes (as opposed to the crazily-priced branded ones). she even helped me label them as well (HAHAHAHA). i was pretty sure that Daisy got A in art class during high school; i was right.

so... my current brush collection! good luck to me in using them, bahahahhahaha. i'm currently loving the powder brush, it's so big and fluffy! goodbye, lousy sponge! kah kah.

my brother says i'm preparing to go fossil hunting T___T

pouch by Artistry

there's too many steps in makeup, i actually had to take notes. her first experiment was on my maid, who was so ecstatic with her dolled-up look that she did not wash her face until hours later, HAHAHAHAHAHAH (i actually did that too after my first lesson, which ended in me having a zit currently brewing at my chin, CHIS).

then Daisy taught me how to create a look based on whatever makeup i had in my collection. so much hard work, i tell you. triangles and trees and lines. this shade and that shade, heck i tried swabbing three different foundations on my face and i could barely see the difference. and do you know how hard it is to create the ultimate eyebrow??? summore got two eyebrows, so kene la be identically drawn kan? =P~~~ i almost wished we could just stencil eyebrows instead.

first attempt under Sifu Daisy's tunjuk ajar

because of her i have a bunch of items on my 'wants' wishlist =D. but i do need a good concealer, i have horrible dark circles that i desperately need to hide. she complained that most of the colors of foundation and concealer that i had in my collection were all too dark for me. i tak puas hati when she said that the husband was fairer than me, chis. he used to be dark-skinned until he 'expanded'. i have this theory that people grow fairer as their skin expand. hahahahahah true or not?? =P~~~~

oh i bought a makeup case to keep everything in! the husband said i could, yay! not the professional kind, that would be too extreme. we went into Inglot and found a box costing rm500+, and i was like T______T. i finally bought the case at the same shop i bought my brushes, they were having a sale and it was only RM95. ok la, i could fit all my stuff into it, and it wasn't too heavy so i could lug it around the house if i had to. aaaaaand it was PINK!

you know how excited the husband gets whenever he brings home a new gadget? well that was the same thing with Daisy and me (well, Daisy mainly hahahha) when we reached home - semangat nak unbox and terus simpan all the makeup inside. LOL

awesome bag to house all my junk

i finally got my Sephora Black card too. guess what i splurged on?

to justify, i was eligible for a 10% discount and Daisy told me that the Naked On The Run palette was suitable for lazy people like me, hahahhahaha ("untuk orang yang malas mekap", in her words T_T). the only downside to it is that it came with no brushes, phooey. i also bought two lippies - awesome Urban Decay Matte Stark Naked which i mix with a bit of Too Faced Melted Velvet for a bit extra color. i actually asked some random woman in the store what lippie color was she wearing on her lips ok -____- haha. that clear Stila tube in the photo is lip primer (i wanted the Too Faced brand but they were sold out).

can you believe Daisy has only two lipsticks for her personal use? T___T. i have wayyy to many to count!

btw, follow my favorite friend Daisy Dee on instagram @weddingfavour_dee; she does makeup, hairdos, and even personal classes. i'm always amazed at her hair masterpieces =D.

ok sekian kisah mekap untuk hari ni. now if only someone could recommend me a skincare product that can make my skin look brighter and more radiant =P

September 11, 2015

lagi-lagi cat story

one fine morning, while kakak was cleaning out the kitteh's cages, one of the kittehs went missing. so she thought fine sooner or later it'll get hungry and come back right?


no visual, no peep out of that little fella.

so in the evening we find the bibiks unfolding the industrial ladder to climb up the side of the roof to see for any signs of that darned cat. she even called the security guard to come help them.

he didn't manage to see any lost kittehs up there... but he did help uproot a stray tree growing through the cracks in the wall on the roof. LOL.

he was like sooner or later it'll get lonely and start meowing for company... so no need to worry lah.

i half contemplated that it might have been swooped away and eaten by some random eagle bahahahahahaha. i even checked the pool, you know, just in case it fell in. kittehs don't randomly disappear without a trace.

well, remember the last time when those kittehs got lost down a drain pipe? it wasn't random, they just got unlucky, those ones.

anyway. come nightfall, no kitteh.

come 2am, the husband got hungry. so i went downstairs in search of food. and heard a lonely kitteh meow outside.

T_T. i should've just let that stupid kitteh be.

so i went out and went to investigate and saw it sitting by itself on the porch by the side of the house. i guess she probably fell off the roof. it ran and hid when it saw me. since it was dark i couldn't see a thing so i went back inside to get a flashlight.

she was wedged in between a cardboard box and the wall, trying her hardest to blend into the wall paint. she looked as if she thought she had invisibility super power, i seriously wanted to laugh at the sight.

but that idea completely left my mind moments later. why? that saiko cat went all kungfu on me lah. i tried to umpan her out with cat food, you know, since she might be hungry and all, but noOoOoOOoO when i tried to grab her by the scruff of her neck, all claws appeared and the slashing began. OMG!!! *(&#$*(#%*(#&$(*!

and i dunno how it happened but she managed to sink her teeth into my index finger. and clamped down HARD. as in OMG A NEEDLE IS PENETRATING INTO THE FLESH OF MY FINGERRRRRRRR oh how about MY FINGER IS STARTING TO FEEL NUMB ITS ABOUT TO FALL OFF and she absolutely refused to letgo even after shaking her hard. WTHHHHHHHH

all i could think and feel was PAIN PAIN PAIN PAIN shooting up my finger. i miraculously managed to free my finger and returned her back into the cage (more like throw her in) with her siblings. all the while cursing the little devil. grrrrr grrrrr.

my finger, meanwhile was beginning to swell like a balloon. the bite was really deep but didn't break the skin, so i gugled up kitten bites and came back with alot of articles that can make you paranoid - cat scratch fever of the sorts T_T; that it can lead to an infection; and you need an injection from the doctor if you want to live. wait whaaaaaaaat? O_o

my poor swollen finger T_T

after reading all that, i immediately slathered my wounds with anitseptic cream. kakak suruh rendam my finger in boiling hot water + garam to get the bisa out. pastu dia picit-picit to get the circulation going OMG OMG hell that hurt too. but my finger felt slightly better afterwards. it took THREE freaking days for the swelling to go down ok. the cuts are still itching, and i think my once lovely hand will be scarred for life. no thank you, stupid kitteh.

these kittehs need more love, i guess that's why they're too hostile hahahaha

bil has happily named her Autumn Dr. Evil, while the other siblings are christened Snowball, Snowflakes and Summer (the prettiest of the three, only because she has markings on her nose).



Snowflakes and Snowball are up for adoption, any takers? i think they're roughly about 2 months old dy.

Snowball & Snowflake, which is which i have no idea

if you wanna know if that person is a cat lover / owns a cat, check their hands for telltale signs of scratches. unless they're a victim like me hahahahhahaha

Summer! cute kan? i think she was supposed to be black but her color bled. bahahahhaha

September 7, 2015

stewie and uppy in memory

two of my wraps left home recently. they were destined for greater love. i was happy to have been able to own them, even if it was only for awhile.

Stewed Rhubarb Handmade left to live with a diso mama in the US. this one was special to me because it came from the weaver's collection. i waited forever to this unicorn to come along. it has weft changes on one tail, making it unique in its own way. it still is my unicorn :) maybe one day it'll come back to me, who knows. i know the new owner is loving it to pieces :) (and i hope she remembers dibs :D)

SRH Ukee, Fuschia Weft

Uppymama Shooting Star has been another one of my iso since 2014 when uppys were highly coveted (now not much so due to another slightly overrated brand) but i've always loved this one, mainly because it's pastel and i love the color combination - cream weft makes the warp colors pop. i'm reminded of that Rainbow Revolutions Pamir that i've always wanted but has always been out of my reach. the only drawback is that it's a size 6 and i don't really do size 6s that well. anyway, it's already in the States as well now, also being equally loved :) also happy that i'm able to have once owned this before.

Uppymama Shooting Star, Cream Weft

so here's what i'm left with, more or less. pretty much different from the previous years eh? LOL. the four that i can't bring myself to let go. yet.

stash shot, Septermber 2015

August 17, 2015

fuego sky dining

it was Significant Other's birthday (yet again), and i thought i'd bring him to someplace different this year. usually celebration would be with friends, or with family. lina asked me if i had anything romantic planned.

after four kids i'm like, romantic, whaaat??
lol kidding. (he'd better not be reading this!)

but seriously i didn't know where to go. it was always Serai, Coliseum, Chilli's, or some other so-so restaurant. i didn't want to go to the same ol' normal place; i didn't want to burst my purse either. not to mention, this husband of mine is very picky when it comes to eating (bila food depan mata takmo makan, pastu balik rumah complain lapar, chis).

well anyway, i asked lina (a fellow Leo), for ideas. she suggested Fuego, where her husband took her for her birthday. being the girl in the cave, i have no idea what Fuego was. but i trust lina's taste (and also, i was out of ideas - no scratch that, i didn't have a clue on where to go haha) so i decided to look them up. i noticed Leos seem to share more or less abit of the same traits, hahaha.

look up Fuego at Troika Sky Dining, an open air fine dining experience. it boasts an awesome view of the city, for those who enjoy breathtaking views. you can also catch the sunset if you book an early time slot here.

mind you, posh restaurants such as these must surely be reserved in advance. can reserve online ok, don't play play. my reservation ended up on their waiting list; it was expected anyway. his birthday fell on a Friday (i can imagine horrible deadlocks all around KL during rush hour) and since it's situated in the heart of KL i decided to choose the 9pm time-slot just in case we were running late.

on the day itself, the restaurant called me up, asking me if i still wanted the reservation. i asked Significant Other if he wanted to try a new place for dinner. banyak soal pulak makhluk tu:

with who?
why KL?
kids pergi tak?
food apa?
famous for?

ish. next time tanya banyak duwan to go anywhere lah.

but he agreed to go. then it was my turn to ask lina:

food apa bes situ?
kat mana eh Fuego?
mahal tak?
kene bayar parking tak?
parking mahal tak?

hahahhahahhahahaha. egad.

on the eve of his birthday his flight landed around 10pm-ish but i had to wait for him in the car until 1am (*ahem* some idiot drove the wrong car to work that day which did not have the season parking card T_T) because his debrief took way longer than expected. Significant Other asked me why i didn't take leave on his birthday T_T. i totally forgot to since it was my first week back to work after such a nice loong holiday (and also his roster was ever changing to actually plan in advance).

it's been too long since we last drove into KL, the whole surrounding area looks totally different! we were literally like jakuns with our jaws on the floor =P.  i was so entranced by that huge layered parking lot that i got lost looking for the parking entrance into Troika lol.

Troika Sky Dining consists of four different restaurants on the 24th floor (or 23A for the superstitious) for you to chose from for fine dining with a view. although i think Significant Other has had quite enough of views (clouds) to last a lifetime? lol.

fuego - south american
strato - italian cuisine
cantaloupe - er most sophisticated fine dining ever?
claret - wine bar

all i could say is, it was a unique experience indeed. you should dine here one day. the food was really nice!

i kinda wanted to laugh when they asked me whether i wanted flavored water or sparkling water. i preferred neither. we ended up ordering watermelon juice and some honey and mint iced tea. hahaha sungguh tak adventurous ok.

South American cuisine
view of the city
seated by the wine bar
wine! wine! wine!
chefs hard at work
lol ignore my face

we didn't know what to order since the menu didn't have any fancy photos, so we were busy peering at other people's tables to see what they ordered, haha. and i kept asking the waiter, 'hey what the heck did they order over at that table??' lol.

lina mentioned that she had guacamole. i was like apa tu??? at first (foie gras comes to mind), until i remembered that it was a kind of avocado-based dip. ok lah, i like avocado. next!
one day if i ever find out how to make guacamole for myself, i serve you in a lesung batu, ok? =D

The Fuego Guacamole
Freshly Diced Avocado, Green Chili, Tomato, Cilantro, Garlic, Lime

the spicy-eating monster haaaad to order Jalapenos.i asked him if it was spicy, he said no.
anyway, it's his birthday, so birthday boy gets to order whatever he wishes.

Deep fried, Parmesan Breaded, Almond Cream Cheese Stuffing

we ordered one main dish (which was big enough to share between 2-3 people) and one side dish. the beef was awesome i cannot begin to tell you how nice it is. next time if i ever have the opportunity to come here again i'm gonna be abit more adventurous and order one of those weird-sounding dishes in the menu, ok?

the Pressed Potato was abit overloaded with olives, if you ask me. but nice all the same.

Pressed Potato
Baked Desiree Potatoes Flattened by Hand, Black Olive Tapenade
Australian Grass Fed
(±350 gr)
Cambodian Kampot Pepper Rub, Red Wine & Grelot Onions Sauce
so of course since we're here, we might as well order dessert right?? i told Significant Other that churros reminded me of his favorite chakoi. bahahahhahaha. nice lah this churros, it has a hint of cinnamon, which i happen to like (shame on you Coffee Bean for discontinuing your Ice Blended cinnamon =P~~~).
Fuego Churros
Cinnamon Dust Churros, Dulcey Cremeux, Salted Caramel Espuma

it's a must to take at least on souvenir photo with the skyline (because it's not everyday you can afford to dine here), lol.

happy birthday boo

happy birthday Dear! may you have many wonderful days ahead. lesser frowns and more smiles!

June 25, 2015

movie flicks

here's a few movies i've watched within the past month that's worth mentioning.

San Andreas

... not long after that, a series of earthquakes erupted.
or was it the other way round? hmmmmm.
the only movie i don't like the Rock in was GI Joe. that movie sucked.
Significant Other thinks Alexandra Daddario is hot.
when in doubt, always keep a plane or heli at bay somewhere. 

Mad Max: Fury Road

i would recommend that you not view the trailer before watching this, like i did.
i dreaded watching the movie, until i was dragged by Significant Other to watch it with him.
however my opinion turned 360 degrees after that, haha.
it is not your typical movie.
i didn't even watch the previous Mad Max movies (previously played by Mel Gibson, now played by Tom Hardy).
but i seriously enjoyed the movie. hahahahaha.
just watch lah. see what i mean.
Nicholas Hoult has a role in the movie (think the Beast, Warm Bodies). lol.

Jurassic World

who thinks CHRIS PRATT is HOT???
*raise of uncountable hands*

who thinks RAPTORS are hot???
*cricket noise from the ladies*

lol just kidding.
i can still remember watching the first ever Jurassic Park movie, and am definitely not gonna miss the latest installment.
who doesn't remember that toilet scene??? haha. morbid memory.
the movie's score has always been epic, and always will be.
funny how nobody reprised their roles from the first movie (no, that Asian guy doesn't count).
the first movie to have the dinosaur park fully functional.
gosh, i so want to ride in a gyrosphere.
oh and i want Claire's car - the Mercedes GLE Coupe.


bring the kids along.
Sophia, being the 2-year old that she is, was simply enthralled by the Dinosaur, Scarlet Overkill, then halfway throughout the movie got bored and decided that sitting in my lap and feeding me popcorn was much more interesting.
anyhow, the movie's not as boombastic as i thought it could be, but it's still very worth the watch.
Scarlet Overkill's character could be more evil, but hey, they call it the Minion movie for a reason.
oh, Bob knows abit of Malay. did you know? haha.
stick around until the end credits for music sung by the cast, if you're into that sort of thing.

ok the baby's awake. jya ne~

June 5, 2015

my favorite kinda lush

it's 4 in the morning and as usual whenever Significant Other has an early morning flight, i'm his secondary alarm clock.

my random rant/rave of the day is how much i like the effect of Lush's Jason & the Argan Oil bar shampoo on my hair: insta-awesome i tell you. i've only just finished my Godiva bar which i bought in September 2013 (yep, that's how long it lasted me) and i officiated the new bar two days ago.

meet Jason, my hair's latest squeeze
On a quest for stronger, shinier, softer hair? Try this argan oil-packed, Rose Jam-scented bar. Argan oil is combined with glycerine to give your hair touchable softness and lustrous shine. From this solid foundation restorative rose absolute and oil balances the scalp making this bar particularly perfect for setting fair hair ablaze with brightness and strength.

new shampoo bars!

they haven't released the new shampoo bars when i was in Prague so i tumpang my friend's order from the UK when they were released in mid-December last year. Jason smells exactly like Rose Jam, and during that time i was so into roses and was specially tempted by its argan oil content. usually i'd have to wait a couple of days for my hair's natural oils to kick back in (i hate the feel of squeaky clean hair) but my hair felt super soft immediately after using Jason. seriously, tak tipu. hair conditioner below included, of course.

usual hair regime (old photo): bar shampoo + conditioner

unfortunately now i get a headache whenever i leave the shampoo bar container open; the scent of Rose Jam can be overwhelming haha.

the other shampoo bar i was tempted to try was Honey I Washed My Hair, mainly because it's toffee-scented very similar to Honey I Washed the Kids shower gel. but since i was pregnant at the time i wasn't too fond of its caramel-ish scent. i wasn't too fond of Snow Fairy either (and yet friends were telling me how awesome it was lol). i noticed pregnancy can really affect your olfactory preferences, before and after. maybe i should try HIWMH next once my Jason finishes (which might probably be one year from now at the rate my shampoo bar shrinks =P~) now that my nose is back to normal.

Ro's Argan Body Conditioner also smells of Rose Jam. did i ever tell you that i absolutely love this skin conditioner? it substitutes moisturizing after showering, only that you rinse it off afterwards, leaving your skin feeling moisturized. however i wouldn't recommend this if you're the type of person that prefers to come out of the bathroom feeling squeaky clean. Significant Other once commented that my skin felt different (as in 'not as dry as before' *cough*) so i guess the product is making a bit of a difference on me, eh? *mode sedikit perasan*

This is chock-a-block with delicious butters and oils to leave your skin looking plumped up, gorgeous, and smelling of roses. Take this into the shower or bath, massage over wet skin and rinse off just as you would a hair conditioner. We've used deeply nourishing argan oil, which is thought to have anti-ageing properties as it's rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids, and added brazil nut and almond oils as well as cocoa, shea and cupuaçu butters to leave your skin supple and radiant.

Ro's Argan BC, another favorite of mine

two other Lush body products i got to try are Dreamwash shower smoothie and Rub Rub Rub shower scrub.

shower cream and shower scrub

everyone's familiar with Dreamwash, right?

A soft and gentle shower wash that’s packed with the best ingredients to soothe and cool sore or sensitive skin. Scoop this out with your hand and use as you would a shower gel. Its soft blend of soap, soothing aloe vera gel and calamine gel will leave you feeling cool, calm, and perfected. Tea tree oil is antiseptic and antibacterial, while rose absolute calms redness.

i was sold on the 'to soothe and cool sore or sensitive skin', especially since i have very bad bouts of eczema. the nice scent was an added bonus. the texture reminds me of clay, which washes off easily and leaves your body surprisingly squeaky clean (which i normally relate with bubbles, of which this product has none). you can pair this product with Dream Cream but i'm not much of a fan of cream products (hence me using Ro's Argan BC with hopes of eliminating cream/lotion from my daily routine! =P).

Rose Jam was a limited edition shower gel so naturally i had to get one for myself =P. i ended up getting a bunch more for friends and family. i would've bought more Snow Fairy as well, but they were out of the smallest size bottle =(. the following two products were my first purchase at the Lush Store in Prague. haha! i felt like a little kid in a Toy Store. semua mau. 

Dream Cream and Rose Jam

and here's Rub Rub Rub. a girl's gotta exfoliate too, right?

An exfoliating shower scrub that can also be used to wash, volumise and add shine to hair. Packed with mineral-rich sea salt, Rub Rub Rub can be used as a gentle scrub on wet skin, or on dry skin for a really good buff before you get in the shower. Sea salt, a natural antiseptic as well as exfoliant, is combined with lots of lemon juice to leave your skin feeling rejuvenated and it also adds shine and volume to hair.

i use this scrub directly onto dry skin because i like the feel/idea of buffering off all the dirt and dead skin cells from my skin (sort of like sandpapering myself haha!). i've never tried it on my hair before, since i've got my shampoo bar for that. or is the description talking about body hair? bahahahahahahah. anyway, the scent reminds me of clothes detergent, i'm not sure why. to me this product is so-so, once this finishes i'm gonna see if Lush has any other body scrubs i could try.

what's in Rub Rub Rub

on facial cleansers, i've always been an Olay user and wouldn't look anywhere else, but when one of my friends ordered Angels on Bare Skin, i just haaaaad to kepochi as well T__T. lol. i think this was the only facial cleanser that's suitable with my skin (if there are any others, please don't let me know, i don't wanna know). i like its lavender smell!

Inspired by a medieval recipe and topped off with lavender flowers, this contains kaolin to absorb grease and dirt, leaving skin clean and nourished. Lavender oil and rose absolute calm the skin. As you mix your solid cleanser with water to form a paste, the ground almonds create almond milk which helps to tone and brighten the skin. This can be used all over your body as well as your face.

unfortunately for me, they were out of the smallest tub, so they recommended me Buche De Noel, a Christmas limited edition almost similar to AOBS, minus the lavender smell. instead it has its own smell that reminds me of Christmas and nuts. HAHA. note that these two make good cleansers, but not as makeup removers.

AOBS on the left, Buche De Noel on the right

got a bathtub at home? The Comforter has got to be my most favorite bubble bar ever. i love this even more than bath bombs. to me, bath bombs provide the oils, bubble bar provides - what else - bubbles! the bubble bar is so big you can use it up to four times if you're Miss Kemut like me. it smells nice too! and it's pink.

The Comforter

due to Lush products being freshly made, i really recommend that you finish all  Lush products within the specific time period as mentioned on the packaging, unless they're self preserving. else you should store your products in a fridge to extend their shelf life if you don't want your unused/half-used product to spoil, like how my Buche De Noel cleanser did =(. i was only halfway done with that tub when it went all moldy on me. oh well. my AOBS is now safely stored away in my fridge, lol.

May 17, 2015

ramblings post-delivery

with the fourth kid (and especially after receiving yet another girl 4 times lucky lol), you tend to just recycle whatever you have assuming you've kept everything intact. everything poor Emma has worn are all hand-me-downs from her three older sisters. being born the biggest of the four, she outgrew the tiny sizes pretty quickly, probably due to the fact that she was born the longest length, but just as skinny as the rest. Emma's currently enjoying the life i secretly envy: sleeps most of the day (and turns owl at night -_-), demands milk whenever she pleases, release gas and spit ups so unladylike, and has a royal butler to pamper she soft butt every single day.

the Daddy secretly wants this job too haha.

well anyway, i'm up right now at 2am because i fell asleep earlier after waiting for Sophia to sleep first turned futile and woke up with a numb arm. the Daddy has to get up super early today to report for duty at 7am and apparently i'm his secondary alarm clock *sweat*.

i did get a few new things for the baby (and me) at the last minute, only after my gynae saikoed me that i could deliver anytime and asked was my hospital bag packed? i've forgotten how much interesting stuff you could find at a physical Fabulous Mom store (your online web is lousy btw) plus they're having a sale this month so how could i resist??!

for Emma:
i bought a baby binder, one that i kind of quite like because it actually fits my baby and it doesn't ride up like some other cokia brands i've bought before (that being said, i never binded my earlier three babies due to that factor). i bought a couple of mittens and booties for Emma which i find quite useless because irregardless of being old or new they still fly off Emma's hands (the old ones because the elastics were loose, and  the new ones were simply too big).

oh i got Emma new muslin cloths - printed ones! ladybugs and duckies! because the white ones are overrated... haha. and also because some of my old ones have been used to wipe goodness knows what so i'm using tha excuse to get new ones for the baby. new toiletries are a must, as well as diapers - i stuck to Drypers as what the other three have worn / are wearing (only because Tesco discontinued my favorite inhouse diaper). DEMC uses Huggies Ultra, which i also find to be ohsem but might ultimately burn a hole in my pocket in the long run.

lady bugs!!! with the proud older sister

it's not like Emma cares what i buy her, as long as she gets to demand and live like a boss, then she's a happy clam.

for me:
i needed more breast pads only because my old Avent ones were all yellowy and did i even want to reuse them even after failing to get them to look like new? O_o. i'm a fan of washable breast pads compared to disposable ones because i'd end up too sayang to dispose of them right away (as what i used to do with my contact lens last time; one-month? what one-month???) (don't follow me, my eyes were never made for contacts). i wanted to look for the Avent ones but i'm glad i couldn't find them; i find Tolly Jolly the most comfiest ones so far - they don't soak through like my Avent ones did, and the pads didn't stick to your nips either. i also bought two pairs of Fabulous Mom's branded pads but they tended to soak through too, also they were a tad bigger in size compared to the Avent and Tolly Jolly ones.

L-R: Tolly Jolly, Avent, Fabulous Mom

i bought myself a couple of cheap nursing tops from My Lovely Closet, the only nursingwear brand that i'm comfortable with. i also found this awesome air dry bag for my breast pump spare parts. this definitely beats storing them in a container while still wet and damp! aaaaand i can chuck in my bottles as well.

another new useful thing i got for myself that wasn't planned but i'm happy that i did was this awesome bengkung that homecare convinced me to buy during her visit to the house (which imo is ingenious, selling stuff to us innocent women who just gave birth and highly likely will end up buying it because we don't want to end up having flabby tummies hahahahhaha). in my defense, my current bengkung was falling apart anyway and was doing nothing to flatten my tummy fast enough. you know those 4-panel modern bengkung you can purchase online that uses velcro? yeah that was mine. while being a bit easier to wear than the traditional ikat2 one, it was quite a hassle to get a snug fit, because it was just one long stretch of elastic which you had to struggle to wrap around yourself. i had to pad it with a piece of cloth if not my tummy will end up all itchy due to the elastic.

the bengkung that homecare sold to me was also the velcro type, except that the back part was made out of soft material that was stitched to follow your body shape, one side consisted of three strips of velcro (this is what makes you to be able to get a snug fit) and the other side was made out of soft material for the velcro to stick. oooh i was instantly sold hahahahah what a sucker i am you thinks. but really, i like my new bengkung a lot, and i've worn it more religiously than i ever did with my old bengkung. it really feels like it's holding all my internal organs in place; what with all the horror stories people keep telling me about people's peranakan falling out and all -_- it's easy to wear too. price? rm80. i have no idea what brand is it though, it doesn't have a label.

i malas want to invest in nursing bras, simply because the good branded ones don't carry my size. i decided to try those cheapskate ones made in China instead. i bought a couple of buttoned ones during the last baby fair at mv for cheap; how i wish i had gotten a couple more, because the one with no underwire is super ohsem and comfortable to wear. but i don't even know what brand they are because there's no label, it's that cokia cheap hahahahaha. ish and i don't even remember the name of the booth i got it from T_T. next time booths should hand out their business cards to every purchaser so that nyanyuk buyers like me know where to go back to if they like what they've purchased. hee.

the last item i wanted to bebel about is the set bersalin that i'm using this time round. previously mil bought me the Set Bersalin Afiat three times in a row (three kan? ke two ek? dah lupa). i didn't really like it because i only ended up using less than half of the box's contents. i think i only enjoyed the Serai Wangi bath gel the most. and probably the Minyak Afiat because my mom uses it on bumps and bruises. so i ended up googling to see what set was worth getting, mildly out of curiosity because i've never bothered to do research before this. mil got me the Dherbs Set Bersalin this time (which i've never heard of before but apparently others have, even my mom who's not a social junkie lol), which i find wayyyy useful because i actually use most of the products in the set.

their pati herba taste really nice (like a sweet version of asam jawa),

Pati Herba

the krim panas is really panas (i actually rubbed my nostrils after lathering it onto my tummy that i ended up with burning nostrils lol),

Krim Panas

their feminine wash leaves you with a cooling sensation under there (though i wish it smells of serai =P),

just to name some of the items that i've utilized. i'm not sure what's the effect of wearing the bedak sejuk (previously known as param n pilis) apart from it smelling really nice. i'm on the fence on the mandian herba though, i tried throwing one sachet into a bucket of hut water as per instructions and don't quite see the effect on me. perhaps boiling it instead would make a difference? the only item i don't see myself using is the 'tungku' they provided, i heard it doesn't serve its purpose well. i think i benefited more with this brand than if i had gotten the Tanamera set because that one's mostly spa based and i'm not much of a DIY fan. 

so that's confinement day 14 for you. many many many days to go. i've been dreaming of chocolate cream chip and caramel frapp and fajitas and sushi and carl's junior and A&W rootbeer and that super ohsem nasi ayam bakar that Mashi has been taking us to... ish someone - anybody! - come visit me already before the crazy post syndrome starts kicking in!

until i find something else to ramble about... toodles!