I haven’t updated Things Fighter says in a while and now I can include Penny cos she’s also starting to talk a little bit!
These are all things that Fighter has said in recent months, and if you read carefully the sequence, you’ll notice that his speech and grammar continue to improve. ^^
Fighter at 2 years 11 months
Penny and Fighter were climbing the stairs in our house and I was worried.
Me: Penny, be careful.
Fighter: Jude, be careful (cos he was also climbing lolol)
Me (while driving past the Malaysian Bar Council): Oh look, the Bar Council got a facelift.
Fighter: What’s Bum Castle?
Fighter (after throwing a tantrum): Jude naughty.
Fighter (asking for Pierre and Lay See): Where Uncle Pew and Auntie Zee Zee?
Fighter (before he was potty trained): Mommy, Jude pangsai.
Me: You want to change your diaper?
Fighter: Not yet.
Fighter (singing): Dingle bell, dingle bell… away! Ah what fun is a rat… Hey!
Fighter: Mommy, Jude naughty. Jude play mommy lipstick. Jude hand all red. No!
Fighter was running around after dinner.
Me: Jude, don’t run after eating.
Fighter (stopping): Jude tummy pain pain.
Me: Yea, that’s why you cannot run.
Fighter starts running around again.
Me: Don’t run or else tummy pain!
Fighter: No lah.
First recorded use of lah by Fighter hahahaha.
Fighter: What is Jude doing? Jude is sitting car seat.
Fighter (trying to get a glimpse of daddy): Jude connaught see daddy.
Fighter: Gosh I’m tired.
I am trying to get him to wear his Woody from Toy Story outfit for a costume day at school. Fighter doesn’t want to. Fighter: Woody outfit don’t need. House clothes not don’t need.
Fighter’s favorite tshirt is a black one with a Christmas tree picture on it. He wears it too much so I normally hide it away. But he suddenly spies it in his drawer.
Fighter: Oh my god forgot!
Fighter: Mommy, you look so beautiful today.
For some reason he says this every day. Even when I’m wearing pajamas with no makeup and bed hair.
Fighter (wielding his toy phone): I’ll call grandpa grandma. Hello grandpa grandma yea yea can you come to my house? Ok bye.
The morning after Fatty returns from a business trip.
Fighter: Mommy, I think I feel happy.
Me: Why? Fighter: Because my mommy and daddy are here.
Fighter: Mommy, I’m very sad.
Me: Why are you sad?
Fighter: Because my grandma and grandpa not here.
Penny is having a tantrum for god knows what reason. Normally after a few seconds she finishes and gets up and acts like nothing happened wtf. But when she’s melting down, I worry she’ll hurt yourself so usually I try to hold her. She flails about and accidentally smacks me lightly on the shoulder. Fighter is watching nearby and suddenly his face changes – his mouth turns downwards and he comes to me with his hand outstretched.
Fighter (lip trembling): Mommy pain pain.
Me (thinking he wants some attention and made up an injury so I can sayang him): Where pain? Your finger? Come, mommy sayang.
Fighter (sadly): Baby hit mommy, mommy pain pain. I rub for you. (puts hand on my shoulder and rubs me)
Penny at 16 months
The kids have a chair of their own for eating breakfast and watching TV. One morning, Fatty sat on Penny’s chair.
Penny (rushing up to daddy, waving index fighter in the air): Nuh nuh! Nuh! Nuh!
The service men have just collected our massage chair for servicing so there’s an empty spot in the living room. Penny walks up to where the chair used to be.
Penny (pointing): Huh? Mo moar? (no more?)
Penny (pointing at a flower): Fawa!
Penny (pointing at a tree): Fawa!
Penny (pointing at a picture of koi fish swimming together): Fawa!
Me (rubbing Penny’s belly): What’s this Penny?
Day 3 of Istria! We went yachting!!!
I have to say the itinerary was amazingly planned by the guys at Tourism Istria. They basically got to know us via our social media channels (not as creepy as it sounds please hahaha), guessed at our personalities and preferences, and came up with this kick butt holiday itinerary for us which is basically everything we like – beautiful places, great food, a lot of opportunities to take pics wtf and a lot of relaxed fun, and even some shopping.
This was the yacht we had. It set sail off the marina in Pula and tours the archipelago around the coast.
I REALLY DROVE (? steered? flew? maneuvered? what’s the word for it?) the boat! Wendy was very unnerved though and kept nagging me to hand the wheel back to the captain hahahaha.
We were greeted with snacks and wine (but of course)
Overexposed but still beautiful.
Overexposed but still beautiful. Lolol. With Marko, Goran and Oliver, the wine guy.
Leo, where are you!?
Learning about wine from Oliver wtf. Sadly my brain is a sieve and I only remember there were three types of wine there – sparkling, red and rose lol.
With Pear. Her every outfit also on point one!
Me and Wendy erm being very mature lol.
The water was insane – so clear omg! Pear’s camera captured schools of fish ok! And we also threw bread crusts into the ocean which the fish gobbled up. (see more in my vlog!)
Somebody trying to be mermaid lolol. But the rock very sharp hahahahaha. I was so scared she’d lose her float and have to swim back to the boat by herself!
Back on land we went for lunch! We were on the coast so it only made sense we ordered seafood – which is all crazy fresh! This was sardine and octopus appetizer.
OMG this looks like mee tai mak or what hahahahha. Incidentally, I love mee tai mak hahahaha. This was fresh homemade pasta with seafood in a cream tomato sauce.
This was the second course. Croatians are so good at chilling I tell you.
The main course! All sorts of seafood goodness in one platter – more sardines and octopus, plus shrimp and roasted potatoes and a very yummy garlicky spinach.
Back at our hotel, catching the sunset (which was at 8.30 pm wtf)
Trying out Snow app hahaha.
Oooh outfit details before I forget.
Denim jacket – Topshop
Bralette – H&M
Tutu skirt – Nasty Gal
Vlog up ahead!
To my darling baby girl Penelope,
Today you are 16 months old. You can walk and even run after your Koko now. You’re doing a pretty amazing job at feeding yourself, and you’re even trying to talk! You can say so many words like “Ta Ku” (thank you), “Ma meh” (mommy), “Haaaayo”, (hello), “Yaaaaaa ngh” (yam seng), “hawa” (flower), “cuckoo” (clock) and you communicate non verbally beautifully.
You are a joy to be around and an absolute princess. Speaking of princesses, you are already half in love with Sofia the First from Disney Junior and I fully expect you to be completely immersed in the world of Disney Princesses in a year or two. That’s fine; mommy was a huge Belle fan herself.
But here’s what I want you to remember.
You are always mommy and daddy’s princess
Mommy was Grandma and Grandpa’s princess and you are our little princess. Nothing will change that. Know that we love you to the moon and with us you will always be safe. Princesses need to go out and explore the world too but if you’re ever tired or just need to come home, I will be waiting for you with open arms.
Act like a princess
We went to the Astro Circle Disney Princess Dream Big party the other day and I could see how awed you were when Cinderella and her pretty dress waltzed into the room. Princesses are beautiful, aren’t they? So are you.
They’re not just pretty on the outside, they’re beautiful on the inside too.
There may be mean girls at school who won’t ‘friend’ you and give you a hard time. There may be mean girls around even when you’re all grown up too! In fact, you may face all sorts of unpleasant experiences and people in your life. That doesn’t mean you have to act the same. Don’t stoop to their level. Act like a princess. Repay meanness with kindness, stupidity with intelligence. Carry yourself with grace and laughter.
Above all, I will help you to develop your conscience and principles. If you stick to them, your heart will always be strong and at peace.
What is a princess? A princess is not just a beautiful lady who lives in her castle waiting for her prince. A princess is much more! A princess means being whoever you want to be. It’s not waiting for a boy to come save the world – it’s saving the world yourself! Or with him, whatever.
I can’t stress this enough. As a girl, you may face in life subtle discrimination. That maybe you’re not good enough or smart enough because you’re a girl. You may receive average lower pay or have your opinion discounted because you don’t have XY chromosomes. You may feel pressured to play down your intelligence to fit in at school. You may get passed over for promotion because you had to take maternity leave.
You will definitely feel pressured to do it all as a woman – to have a kickass career, loving husband, perfect kids, and a Pinterest worthy home. And to look flawless while doing it all.
This is part and parcel of being a woman although I have high hopes of change in your lifetime. But you must never take these as an obstacle to what you want to do. Figure out who you are and go for it. Wanna be a fashion designer? Or social worker? Or firefighter or astronaut? Can!!!
(Although obviously I’d be quite worried for safety la if she does anything dangerous hahaha).
But the point is I will support you in whatever you choose to be. I only ask that what you do has to be beneficial, and that you do it the best you can.
I have so many dreams for you, even more so than for your brother, if I’ll be honest.
And the reason is it’s because you’re a girl. You will face unique challenges, sure but because of where we live and what we will hopefully provide you, you will also have many wonderful opportunities and chances at happiness.
Dream big, little one. Be a princess who can do anything she sets her mind to. I will be behind you all the way.
This post was inspired by the Astro Circle Disney Princess Dream Big event we attended a month back.
I’m a lifelong fan of Disney and increasingly, I like how Disney has been producing stronger, more diverse princesses of late – who don’t need a man to rescue them – Merida, Elsa, and Anna, etc. Especially when I have my own little girl who will look up to princesses as role models now!
That’s what I want for my daughter! To know that she’s worth more than her pretty face, housekeeping skills or… hand in marriage. That intelligence, kindness, bravery and loyalty matter more than wealth, status or a prince lolol.
Anyway if your kids are big Disney fans, do check out the Disney Kids Club under Astro Circle, Astro’s loyalty program. Register as a member and you’ll receive privileges such as:
- Access to movie screening events for new Disney feature presentations such as Disney/Pixar’s Finding Dory, The BFG and Pete’s Dragon
- Special themed experiences and events exclusively for Disney Kids Club members
- Priority access to exclusive meet-and-greet sessions with Disney characters
- Exclusive membership goodies, including birthday treats in the form of Disney giveaways
Penny’s a fan hahahaha.
This post was written in collaboration with Astro Circle.
So a few days ago, the kids were playing in our living room and Penny was pushing around this stroller.
Just when I glanced away, Fighter snatched the stroller from her. -_-
Thus ensued a full blown tantrum from Penny of course. I quickly made Fighter hand over the stroller but too late, Penny was deep in the throes of a meltdown. And when Penny is in a meltdown, nothing can calm her. Give her twenty seconds or so, she’ll let everything out of her system and then she’ll be fine, as though nothing happened wtf.
So I just held her tight, waiting for her tantrum to blow over. She flings herself around during a tantrum (-_-) so I didn’t want her to hurt herself. So she was flailing about and in her anger, her little palms smacked me on my shoulder.
Tantrums I can accept, but hitting I cannot abide. So I said sharply, “Penny, no hitting.”
Suddenly, Fighter’s – who was watching the proceedings with interest – face changed. His head drooped, a frown creased his face and his mouth turned into an upside down U wtf. Inside my head, I rolled my eyes wtf. Great, Fighter (who can be super sensitive) probably thinks I’m scolding him too and now I get another toddler to console.
Fighter advanced towards me, who was still sitting on the floor holding a struggling Penny. He held out his hand.
“Mommy, pain pain.”
“Did Penny accidentally hit you, Fighter? Where pain pain?” I reached for his finger and pretended to rub the pain away.
In a weepy sort of voice, he said, “Here.” And he put his hand on my shoulder.
I watched in surprise as he said again, very worriedly, “Mommy pain pain here. I rub for you.” And using his index finger, he rubbed my shoulder where Penny had struck.
I thought he was putting on an act to get attention from me while I was tending to Penny. In actual fact, he was troubled when Penny hit me and he was trying to rub away the pain, like how I attend to him when he has a fall or hurts himself.
My almost three year old has so much empathy, much more than I gave him credit for.
With my free hand, I took his little toddler fingers in mine, smiled at him, and told him, “Thank you darling. Mommy no more pain.”
In other news, here. A vlog hahaha. Haven’t done a daily vlog in a while and the kids have actually developed so much since the last one! Watch and you’ll see how Fighter is speaking now and how much Penny is interacting with us (without words wtf)!!!!
So I’ve been asked this question a few times now — what apps do we have on our iPad?
Sorry, from a purely parenting point of view ah hahaha.
I know I know. Experts say that no screen time is good time for babies and children. I have friends who have a strict no iPad policy for their kids and I am super in awe of their ability to enforce that hahaha. Honestly, we haven’t been able to and we’re not trying very hard wtf.
My philosophy to everything is “moderation is key” after all (except maybe my addiction to Candy Crush FML oh god just typing this makes me want to open the damn game already wtf) so I believe we’re all right as long as we enforce time limits and rules for screen time.
That said, I think certain apps have actually been very beneficial to the kids. In fact, Fighter learned his alphabet and numbers from the iPad! I never used flash cards with him but he astounded me one day by narrating every single upper case letter correctly when I so happened to open a box of ABC cards. D:
And Penny recently showed off her newfound knowledge of barnyard animal names too hahahaha. And it’s really all from the apps we’ve been using. :X
So here are my favorite apps for the kids.
Best Storytime: 30 Stories & Songs
Category: Fairytales & Nursery Rhymes
Category: Pink Fong/SmartStudy
When I downloaded it, the developer used to be called Pink Fong but now in the App Store it’s SmartStudy. But this app is super worth it cos we’ve been using it for two years and Fighter still loves it. It’s all fairytales told in a very simplified manner, for babies and toddlers to understand. Each tale starts with a little song about the story, usually sung with a familiar melody and using very simple words.
I bought the entire 30 stories which cost me USD 25 or something. Pretty expensive but very value for money since they love it until now. It’s Penny’s current favorite app.
Best Kids Songs
Category: Fairytales & Nursery Rhymes
Category: Pink Fong/SmartStudy
This app is the songs version. I bought the whole set and combined with free songs that pop up for download now and then, we have 45 songs right now.
These two apps are the best for entertaining the kids when we’re out. :X
Peppa Pig 2
Category: Fairytales & Nursery Rhymes
Category: Pink Fong/SmartStudy
(I was on a downloading kick from this app developer wtf).
I got this because duh, Peppa Pig. Fighter’s one true love wtf. The only thing I’m confused about is that it’s called Peppa Pig 2 but I can’t find Peppa Pig 1 anymore! I don’t know if they discontinued it to be honest, cos the episodes even start from 27 onwards. I have episodes 27-52 though and this is also a value purchase for us!
After some research though, this Peppa Pig 2 is actually episodes from Season 1. There’s a separate app called Peppa Pig Season 2 (also by SmartStudy) which contains Season 2 episodes obviously which I am downloading as we speakwtf.
I like Peppa Pig actually! I think it’s quite funny hahaha and I like their proper accents and pronunciation. Peppa herself is a bit silly but she does impart some pretty good lessons.
Developer: Toca Boca.
This app does nothing but make music. There’s a main stage with empty circle stages on it and at the bottom of the screen are different characters that make different sort of noises – repetitive melodies, percussion, and so forth.
It’s baby’s job to select the characters to create a unique song each time. I quite like playing with it myself and the kids are really good at coming up with “concerts” on Toca Band. I see this as an introduction to music. ^^
App developer: Night & Day Studios Inc.
This is another favorite of Penny’s. Fighter has outgrown this cos it’s really very simple — more suited for babies aged 1 to 2 I think.
Basically, baby taps the screen and the barn door opens, featuring a new animal each time. The animal makes its expected noise, and a child’s voice narrates the animal name.
And that’s how this girl learned her farm animals. Lolol.
I think it’s great cos the graphics are colorful and clear, and it’s super easy to understand. Plus babies seem to love the cause and effect of tapping and having the door open. The only thing is, this app costs money. If you’re not sure, there’s a Peekaboo Barn Lite that you can download first to check it out.
Category: Letters & Numbers
App developer: Duck Duck Moose, Inc.
This is the app that taught Fighter his ABCs! The fish swim out in various choreography, making letters, numbers, and shapes, and colors. Each different configuration is followed by a voice narrating the letter, number or shape.
There are also simple games – identifying different fish, finding matching fish and so forth.
It’s also pretty interactive and engaging – touching different things will create a different reaction from the fish.
App developer: treebetty LLC
This is similar to Peekaboo Barn except that it’s zoo themed so the animals are from the wild. I got the Lite version which has four animals. The full version apparently has 15, and animal names are spoken in 5 languages – English, French, Spanish, German and Italian.
The kids seem pretty entertained by the sounds the animals make but I don’t know why I never found the urge to download the full version. Lite version enough already hahaha *kiam.
Baby’s Musical Hands
App developer : Streaming Colour Studios
This is basically a rainbow musical instrument wtf. Each row is one instrument: red for drums, yellow for piano, blue for guitar. And each square is a different sound for the instrument.
So baby can go wild and rock on wtf. Hahaha. To be honest both kids have outgrown this but it’s still a nice app to have and I think it will really entertain younger babies or those who have just gotten exposed to the iPad.
That’s about all our favorites!
I try to keep our apps educational obviously, yet fun with enough music, colors and cute characters. ^^ If you have any favorite apps, please leave a comment! (So I can download too wtf)
Croatia was heaven in a week. I had a fantastic time, with great food and company and I felt recharged and ready to come home and resume mommy duties.
But the minute I got home, poop hit the fan.
Fatty had brought the kids to Penang while I was away so we all arrived home on Saturday.
To our surprise, we received a warm welcome! From guess who?
That’s right. Fleas. Waving their teeny little legs at us and baring their bloodsucking fangs. >:((((((
Right before I left for my trip, we’d noticed sounds in the ceiling above the nursery – scrabbling and running footsteps, and what sounded like chirping.
Well, it sounded like chirping to me so I thought it was birds wtf. But when my mom came over, she told me it sounded like rats and the chirping was the baby rats WTF.
When I called our condo maintenance, the maintenance guy confidently told us it was ‘musang’ or ferrets/civets WTF.
How did it get from birds to weasels in our attic!?
So I got a little agitated, knowing that there were creatures in our attic, directly living above the kids. And they were loud! What if they ran around until the plaster ceiling gave way and they fell through on top of the kids. O_O
The condo maintenance helpfully set up a trap for the musang but none were caught FOL.
So Fatty suddenly realized he had a friend who owns a company called Ridpest that specializes in pest control. We called them in and they set up musang traps. However, nothing came out of those as well, and Fatty departed for Penang.
So on Saturday when we returned, it was evening and we hustled the kids up to the room to wash up. And that was when I saw tiny dots on the surface of our white wooden changing table. Curious, I reached out to tap one with my finger. It jumped.
I freaked out! I knew exactly what they were and where they had come from. The room had round ceiling lights which were embedded into the plaster ceiling. The musang made the most noise from right above the light shining on the changing table so we presumed their nest was right there. And the fleas had slipped through the hole, around the sides of the light to drop into the room. T__________T
Said light. So first thing I had to do was containment! I knew the fleas were dropping from the light so I filled a basin with water and added detergent. The detergent would kill them cos they don’t die in water those bastards wtf. They just swim around for a while and then climb the sides.
THIS IS HOW MANY OF THOSE BLOOD SUCKERS WE CAUGHT.
Every night it was literally hundreds of them. The basin is huge and still others managed to escape. They bounced off the changing table, and swarmed the room.
I went berserk wtf. I couldn’t stand the thought of living side by side these wretched bugs wtf. Fatty saw my slow spiral into insanity wtf and quickly made another appointment with Ridsect.
In the meantime, I obsessively checked my homemade traps.
Fleas are nocturnal and attracted to lights so I set up a desk lamp on the floor and placed a dish of detergent water in the spotlight. The fleas jump towards the spotlight, fall into the soapy water and drown. *grim*
This was the second night I set the trap.
Every time I went in to check, I’d see dozens of tiny dots jumping on the floor – it was so disgusting omg. Couldn’t stand it so I went on my hands and knees, slowly plucked fleas off the floor and dropped them into my soapy dish. :X
And this is how I ended up with….I think a conservative estimate would be 60-80 flea bites on my body. :X
The only place they didn’t get is my face thank Buddha wtf. They got my legs…
My torso… (sorry ah stretch marks hahahaha)
Feet had it the worst. I counted 20 on my right foot, 18 on my left. My toenail polish also chipped off in sad solidarity wtf.
Back. Means they were jumping into my shirt WTF HOW GROSS IS THAT
Fighter and Penny were not exempt. Fighter got bitten on his legs…
Penny got bitten all over her face. T______T
I even sprinkled salt all over the room in hopes that it would dry up the flea eggs.
Didn’t work. I continued to get bitten.
For a week I had trouble sleeping cos I was so itchy all over I’d just wake up to scratch. Out of the whole household I got attacked the most FML. Fatty said they probably knew I’m queen bee hahahaha but the truth is it was cos everyone else mostly avoided the areas but I was the one who kept going in to check (and kill fleas). Until I’d see fleas swarming my feet and the bottoms of my pajama pants FML.
This worked though. Since the fleas were coming from the lights, I asked our helpers to fill plastic bags with more soap water and tape the bags around the lights.
Removing the bags and looking at all the drowned fleas inside was the highlight of my week wtf.
Finally Stephen from Ridpest came as scheduled! He checked out the situation…. then turned to me and said gravely,
Wow, this is quite bad.
I know hahaha T________T But for a pest expert to say this, it’s really jialat! He estimated there were thousands of fleas, larva and eggs in our house already and the source most likely was whatever animal was in our attic. Our house was so completely infested we had no choice but to do a complete extermination. This is what we did to prepare for it.
- Called our contractor to come and make a manhole into the attic since we actually didn’t have one
- Bag all the kids stuffed animals into trash bags and send to the laundry
- Remove all bedding to wash at the highest temperature
- Air mattresses
The next day the Fleabusters arrived hahaha. Nobody is supposed to stay in the house while they do their job so I packed up the kids and helpers and drove to my parents’ house for the day. Fatty stayed behind to handle the Ridpest team before leaving later too.
First they went up to through the ceiling but they couldn’t find the animals anymore. They sprayed the whole attic anyway and then threw in mothballs to keep animals away. A few days later, our contractor would go up and seal a gap between the roof and the wall with wire fencing, which was how animals were getting into our ceiling.
Spraying the ceiling and the light holes.
After that they misted the whole house too – a complete extermination!
We thank you for your service. ^^
We had to evacuate the house for six hours after the spraying and misting was done, in order for the poison to really set in and kill all those buggers wtf. Misting was done at 1 pm so at 7 pm we returned home. Stephen gave us explicit instructions how to handle the situation:
- Cover your mouth with a wet cloth and open the front door wide. Wait for ten minutes outside
- Go in and open all windows and doors, and turn on all the fans. Then go back out and wait for another ten minutes.
Only after that is it safe(r) to enter the house. We had to start by mopping all the floors, and wiping surfaces like tables, chairs, cabinet tops etc. To be safe, we also took out all the children’s clothes and threw them into the washer. And we changed all the bedding in the house.
Stephen told us to wait another hour before bringing the kids in so the helpers had to go do the airing and cleaning while we waited downstairs with the kids. :X
I told them to open the door then come out to the stairwell and wave at me or else I’d think they died WTF hahahahaha #badjokes
And while the helpers were cleaning doggedly, we were just stuck downstairs. Our condo doesn’t really have any nice places to sit and wait so we just walked around and let the kids play. And when they got sleepy, we took them to the swimming pool bathroom and washed them up, brushed their teeth and changed them into pajamas.
And camped out in our van like hobos hahahaha.
When an hour was up, we all trooped in… and saw tons of cockroaches and other bugs on the floor. :X The misting worked not just for fleas but other household pests! Super shiok seeing all the dead bugs hahahaha cos it means our house is CLEAN yo.
Stephen told us to keep our homemade traps to see how many more we would be able to catch.
The first night after, we caught 25. But when I entered the room, I saw fleas still dropping down from the hole in the ceiling, which meant the fuckers were still around!
We reported it to Ridsect who obligingly came the next day and sprayed the ceiling again.
And this was the trap result the following day.
Fleas are a notoriously difficult pest to rid of, and even if you kill the adults, the eggs and larva cannot be totally eradicated the first time, and a house may need a few cycles before they’re truly gone.
After a few days of no more flea bites, we concluded we’ve won the war. 😀 And here’s the contractor patching up the hole. We moved back in to our rooms (from downstairs) the next day. :))))
This whole flea saga has been immense. I’d just come back from a great trip and the fleas were a horrible welcome home. I was bitten all over, worried about my family, and due to the exertion of trying to catch them, my knee started hurting again when in Croatia, it was fine.
I couldn’t even sleep due to the stress and itching, and I remember thinking if this continued, I really might go mad wtf.
Calling Ridpest is something I’m so thankful to Fatty for. Can’t say enough about Stephen and his team! The team were friendly, helpful and professional. Service was excellent — like they came back to make sure their job was done satisfactorily!
And best of all, we won World War Flea.
Thank you Stephen and Ridpest so much!
Ridpest not only does fleas, but other household pests like rodents, ants, termites and bugs as well. I already signed up for a monthly extermination package with them; and cos we have kids, they have a special eco-friendly formula that’s gentler for children.
This is not an ad but we told Stephen we wanted to blog about our experience. And Stephen said he’d give our readers a discount. Just go to this page to get a quote and submit the code “Tim-10%” for a discount
I hope this blog post gives anyone who’s looking at extermination services a clearer idea of what goes on! And if you have a bug problem, get it fixed ASAP before it gets too bad to handle.
And we lived happily ever after wtf.
Continuing my Croatia travel posts!
So on Day 2 we went truffle hunting! To be honest when I saw it in the schedule I was a bit like uhhh. I don’t know why la but the word ‘hunting’ evoked images of dogs and horses and rifles WTF HAHAHAHAHA
So I was like erm I don’t know if I want to be so violent WTF even though I don’t know what picking mushrooms has to do with violence hahahaha.
When we got there though, my ideas completely changed! It is super super nice and completely doable for a couch potato like me!
Let the vlog do the talking!
And because I spammed my camera, here’s more photos for you to be jelly at hahahaahha.
This was taken at Prodan Tartufi, the truffle …farm? Orchard? Hunting ground? I will actually never know what it’s called. OMG see the view also forget to breathe already.
Where we were greeted by these babies! The smell nearly killed me hahahaah it was sooo good! And it’s my first time seeing truffles in their original form – sorry ah very sua ku I can only identify them by their scent hahaha.
And this little fella! His name is Pico and he’s a hunting dog (in training)! Our host Visnja told us that among some of the restrictions placed on truffle hunting (to preserve its continuity I guess) is that a hunter must go with maximum two dogs – and one needs to be in training.
But see this little fella! So cute and playful we have doubts over whether he can really do his job hahahahaha looks like his talent is being cute only LOL.
Wanted a photo with him but he kept licking my face!
This is Visnja, our pretty host! Prodan Tartufi is a family run business and from what I understand, besides holding truffle hunts (and a truffle feast!) for guests, they also bottle and make all sorts of truffle products!
So our hunt was super chill wtf. I still had my leg brace on and I could keep up. It was basically a walk in the woods with our hunting dog, Hermes (HAHA) while waiting for him to sniff out truffles.
And he did! Here’s Pear with win 1.
And me with win 2.
Truffles are found underground so you have to brush them clean with water.
And this is how they look like!
Appetizer was bread with different kinds of truffle related food! Truffle cheese spread, truffle olives, truffle cheese slices, and truffle salami. OMG this was good enough I would have died happy here.
But then next dish was truffle scrambled eggs! I helped to cook them *proud (refer to video wtf)
The eggs were heavenly! Prodan also rear chickens so their eggs are farm fresh. They were also made with truffle olive oil I believe. And then on top, we poured more shaved truffles !
Here’s me shaving truffles. Our guide Alen and Visnja kept shouting at me cos they damn scared I shave my fingers off WTF. Hahahaha but when Pear did it nobody shouted FML.
The end product.
I was in absolute bliss.
Just when I thought I could take no more, dessert was served.
Cream cheese with truffle honey drizzled on it, and a truffle shaving on top.
Place is so beautiful I just had to take a photo. But Pear photobombed me AHAHAHHA. She run like Olympic sprinter ok! To the car to get her bag hahahahaha.
Then Pico came and photobombed me again!
After truffle hunting, we visited Hum, which is supposed to be the smallest town in the world.
It dates back like 1000 years :O
And here’s the prettiest house ever. I don’t think anyone could live here and not be contented.
I didn’t know it was a house though and nearly barged in until I saw a woman cooking in the kitchen ahahahahah.
Then next stop was for lunch (which was at 4 pm wtf) and it was another truffle themed restaurant! *wipes saliva
Sorry I’m a terrible food blogger but I don’t remember what this dish was hahaha. Truffle mousse…something?
Main was truffle pasta OMGGGG. After this we so fell in love with truffle pasta that we ordered it as often as we could hahaha.
Truffle ice cream. Their sweet combos sound damn off but in reality they’re all delicious!
And it just got bigger and bigger until we could see the whole thing! Another first in my life :))))
And that was Day 2.
More coming up! #shareistria #nuffnangxistria
Penny is fifteen months old and not to sound braggy or anything but she’s been a fully breastfed baby.
Really nothing to hao lian about! I’ve always been lucky with milk production and I didn’t have to work very hard to maintain my supply. Also for selfish reasons, I persevered in breastfeeding cos it burns calories lolol.
So really, it’s a matter of me and Penny’s interests being aligned. ^^ But no la I am really glad we made it this far.
When I went to Croatia though I thought it might be a good time to wean. I mean she’s already fifteen months which is three months past what Fighter had, and my milk supply was finally dwindling (cos I suddenly started getting one cracked nip so I stopped feeding from there and it just plummeted wtf). I also didn’t really want to bring a pump to Croatia with me, and I didn’t want her to get too used to feeding cos it’d be harder to wean later; now whenever she sits on my lap she tries to pull up my shirt wtf.
So I didn’t bring my pump to Croatia. My supply was already pretty low so it took me two days to get engorged! I couldn’t take it though, and hand expressed much to the amazement of Wendy who was my roommate hahahaha.
And every few days I would hand express all throughout the trip. Just to get rid of the annoying full feeling.
When I came home, I realized I still had milk!
So when she stirred at midnight, I eagerly picked her up to nurse. Even though I planned to wean her, I couldn’t resist hugging her and feeding her… just a while more hehehe. Breastfeeding may be a pain – pumping, waking up every 2-3 hours, cracked nips, but a little pain makes everything else seem sweeter wtf. I don’t actually know what I like la – the bonding? Or the satisfied feeling I get when my boobs get drained wtf.
But we don’t plan on more kids at the moment and I knew I would miss this. So I wanted to prolong it a little longer.
I picked her up and held her to my chest. Instead of nuzzling and honing in on my boobs, she just lazily stretched wtf.
I directed her gently to her target. She opened her mouth, then she closed it again wtf. I pushed my nip to her again. She opened her mouth, then turned away with her eyes shut.
OMG SHE HAS FORGOTTEN HOW TO NURSE. IN JUST A WEEK.
Wah lau this bottle can really spoil market lo wtf.
So there ends my breastfeeding journey. T_________T
I know I know I planned to wean already so this is really my objective achieved. But I am still feeling a little grief. That an era is over.
That I would never have the means to nourish her again. That she won’t wake up in the middle of the night with her arms up for me, and melt into my hug like I’m the best shizzle ever. That it won’t just be me and her snuggling in a quiet room. That now I have to buy milk powder HAHAHA.
Thank you boobs for bringing me and Mochi this far. Maybe next time I’ll give you a lift job. HAHAHAHA.
When Zwitsal first approached me to collaborate, I felt a strong sense of deja vu!
I was like what brand is that? Why do I not remember seeing it around but yet it sounds so familiar!?
Did a quick Google and found this image on their website.
ZOMG I have seen this before! In my grandparents’ house in Penang! Like 27 years ago or something believe it or not.
I remember this packaging very clearly from when I was a little kid, growing up in Penang. Our grandparents took care of Ooib and me and I actually remember seeing this baby powder lying around the house lolol. It’s a brand my grandparents used on me as a baby! Which is why I was on board for this hahaha.
To be honest, I don’t remember seeing Zwitsal on shelves recently so I was happy to find out more.
Zwitsal sent me their full range! The baby shampoo, baby bath, baby lotion, and in the travel kit, more baby bath and baby shampoo, as well as floral scented baby powder, baby oil and a rubber duck!
Busy bee helping me arrange wtf.
Zwitsal products are made out of natural ingredients, pH balanced, hypo-allergenic, and are an extra soft formulation, making it safe and gentle on sensitive baby skin.
So I ran a bath for Penny to try out the products.
Baby shampoo on. (Erm Penny is holding tight on to her favorite thing in the pack)
I love the smell of the products actually! You know how you can tell if artificial scent has been added to hygiene products? Hint: They smell too perfect. Like lavender smells super flowery and sweet, orange smells very fruity and tangy that kind wtf.
The Zwitsal products smelled… complex. Like layers of subtle scents combined evoked a natural not unpleasant scent. Made me think that artificial fragrance wasn’t added. Turns out they contain celery, candlenut and aloe vera!
Baby bath was a watery milk which lathered up softly. Penny’s skin is super sensitive and prone to eczema and it didn’t seem overly dry afterward either which is another plus point.
This though, is my favorite of the bunch. The baby lotion.
Because it comes formulated with citronella oil! Which means I KEEL YOU MOSQUITOS. No la not kill la hahahaah but citronella is a natural mosquito repellent and comes in most natural mozzie creams and sprays.
It also contains chamomile extract which is supposed to help with itching.
Penny being very interested in the lotion hahaha.
We haz a winner!!
I really like it that the baby lotion contains citronella. We have a tough time with mosquitos near our house but I would like the kids to have outdoor time daily for fresh air and sunlight (also so they tire out and sleep faster WTF) so this lotion is really handy!
It smells like fresh yummy citronella too so I just slap it on them and let them roam.
With no worries! Hakuna matata!
Us and the two beautiful lights of our lives 😀
This post was written in collaboration with Zwitsal.
Yup, I am in the beautiful region of Istria in Croatia!!!! On a tour of Istria by #shareistria with Xiaxue, Peary Pie and Rachel Wong right now….
Ohai wtf. While I miss the kids, they seem perfectly fine without me wtf.
Hahaha terrible Fighter is laughing with his mouth full. I’m trying to do a daily vlog of each day in Croatia because I wanna save and remember everything that happened. The tour schedule is very well thought out too and I think the vlogs will be a great guideline for what Istria has to offer for anyone who’s thinking of going!
So here! Day 1 is here.
Proper blog post with photos probably when I’m back!