Modern Muse

What is a muse?

No, it’s not to cause someone to laugh. ಠ_ಠ

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A muse is an inspiration to someone (whether for their creativity or otherwise), usually a woman.

Estee Lauder thinks I am an inspiration!!! Okay I’m really not being self-deprecating but not really.  An inspiration would be the expected Mother Theresa.  Princess Diana. A muse, Audrey Hepburn.  Mona Lisa.

In today’s world, the modern muse as defined by Estee Lauder is pretty accurate I think.  I thought about what it means to be the perfect woman today and while there is no such thing as perfect, the expectations of a woman today are, to say the least, contradictory.  Someone with dual sides, which come together and complement each other in one woman, giving her the fortitude and ability to fulfil her role as a woman today.

So my muse would be someone strong, yet gentle towards her loved ones. Someone who goes after her dream but doesn’t lose sight of her values.  Someone warm and affectionate who isn’t afraid to be cool and calm when she has to.  Someone who makes the most out of her life and strives to make a difference, and who can do all that with grace.

I am nowhere near there yet. Lolol. Although I will someday okay! Hahaha.

(Actually I think my muse would be Audrey Hepburn.  Too bad I have nothing in common with her besides our first name. ._.)

Estee Lauder’s Modern Muse is their new fragrance!

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Is this not the most gorgeous photo composition you’ve ever seen? I don’t know much about flowers but I’m hazarding a guess – peonies? The pale pinkness of the peonies complement the dusky pink and navy blue of the perfume bottle beautifully.

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Went for Modern Muse launch with Bobo!

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The top of the bottle is a stylized strong straight bow, a direct inspiration from Estee Lauder’s first fragrance, Youth Dew.

CIMG2485The bottle is made of strong glass with sleek lines, yet it’s also feminine with the bow and curved edges, representing the duality of Modern Muse.

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Being the opposite of a muse. Lolol.  Drinking tea unglamorously.

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My #audfit! Is it in theme or is it in theme? Dusky pink off shoulder top from Twenty3, jeans from Younghungryfree, with my Emoda shoes.

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Bobo waiting for the Estee Lauder representative to tell us more about Modern Muse.

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They explained the dual different yet complementary notes in the perfume.

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Two distinct scents are fused together to make one fragrance.  One is floral – jasmine which smells absolutely divine – feminine, sweet and gentle.  The jasmine is infused with mandarin and honeysuckle to bring a spark of freshness to it.

The other is a woody accord – Madagascar vanilla, amber wood and musk.  I don’t have a lot of experience in fragrances but this woody smell was very unique and quite intoxicating too.

CIMG2493We received wrist ribbons doused in the fragrance, and a gold bow charm with it. ^^

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Received a bottle of my own Modern Muse!  The packaging is sooooo pretty I can’t even.  The design is hand drawn!

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Open the box and nestled inside is the luxurious bottle. ^^

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Ok the truth is I’ve never owned a single bottle of perfume and I’m so glad this is my first! Because of the dual-impression, each woman connects with the fragrance in her own way.  For me the floral scent of jasmine with the fruity undertones are the key focus. ^^

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To me, Modern Muse is fresh and strong without being overpowering.  The main accord is floral and it smells damn feminine but not overly so either. :D

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Psssst, I bring you good news. I have another giveaway from Estee Lauder yay! Anyways, this time I’ll be giving away a bottle of Modern Muse to 5 lucky readers out there!

Mad love how generous Estee Lauder is with giveaways.

Leave a comment below with your name, e-mail and blog link (optional) and tell me why would you like a bottle of Modern Muse. Then proceed to upload a photo on Instagram of or with the Modern Muse with the hashtags #mymodernmuse #FourfeetnineMMM

 

 

 

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Modern Muse

What is a muse?

No, it’s not to cause someone to laugh. ಠ_ಠ

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A muse is an inspiration to someone (whether for their creativity or otherwise), usually a woman.

Estee Lauder thinks I am an inspiration!!! Okay I’m really not being self-deprecating but not really.  An inspiration would be the expected Mother Theresa.  Princess Diana. A muse, Audrey Hepburn.  Mona Lisa.

In today’s world, the modern muse as defined by Estee Lauder is pretty accurate I think.  I thought about what it means to be the perfect woman today and while there is no such thing as perfect, the expectations of a woman today are, to say the least, contradictory.  Someone with dual sides, which come together and complement each other in one woman, giving her the fortitude and ability to fulfil her role as a woman today.

So my muse would be someone strong, yet gentle towards her loved ones. Someone who goes after her dream but doesn’t lose sight of her values.  Someone warm and affectionate who isn’t afraid to be cool and calm when she has to.  Someone who makes the most out of her life and strives to make a difference, and who can do all that with grace.

I am nowhere near there yet. Lolol. Although I will someday okay! Hahaha.

(Actually I think my muse would be Audrey Hepburn.  Too bad I have nothing in common with her besides our first name. ._.)

Estee Lauder’s Modern Muse is their new fragrance!

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Is this not the most gorgeous photo composition you’ve ever seen? I don’t know much about flowers but I’m hazarding a guess – peonies? The pale pinkness of the peonies complement the dusky pink and navy blue of the perfume bottle beautifully.

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Went for Modern Muse launch with Bobo!

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The top of the bottle is a stylized strong straight bow, a direct inspiration from Estee Lauder’s first fragrance, Youth Dew.

CIMG2485The bottle is made of strong glass with sleek lines, yet it’s also feminine with the bow and curved edges, representing the duality of Modern Muse.

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Being the opposite of a muse. Lolol.  Drinking tea unglamorously.

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My #audfit! Is it in theme or is it in theme? Dusky pink off shoulder top from Twenty3, jeans from Younghungryfree, with my Emoda shoes.

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Bobo waiting for the Estee Lauder representative to tell us more about Modern Muse.

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They explained the dual different yet complementary notes in the perfume.

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Two distinct scents are fused together to make one fragrance.  One is floral – jasmine which smells absolutely divine – feminine, sweet and gentle.  The jasmine is infused with mandarin and honeysuckle to bring a spark of freshness to it.

The other is a woody accord – Madagascar vanilla, amber wood and musk.  I don’t have a lot of experience in fragrances but this woody smell was very unique and quite intoxicating too.

CIMG2493We received wrist ribbons doused in the fragrance, and a gold bow charm with it. ^^

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Received a bottle of my own Modern Muse!  The packaging is sooooo pretty I can’t even.  The design is hand drawn!

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Open the box and nestled inside is the luxurious bottle. ^^

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Ok the truth is I’ve never owned a single bottle of perfume and I’m so glad this is my first! Because of the dual-impression, each woman connects with the fragrance in her own way.  For me the floral scent of jasmine with the fruity undertones are the key focus. ^^

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To me, Modern Muse is fresh and strong without being overpowering.  The main accord is floral and it smells damn feminine but not overly so either. :D

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Psssst, I bring you good news. I have another giveaway from Estee Lauder yay! Anyways, this time I’ll be giving away a bottle of Modern Muse to 5 lucky readers out there!

Mad love how generous Estee Lauder is with giveaways.

Leave a comment below with your name, e-mail and blog link (optional) and tell me why would you like a bottle of Modern Muse. Then proceed to upload a photo on Instagram of or with the Modern Muse with the hashtags #mymodernmuse #FourfeetnineMMM

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Mayfair Lady

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Did you know there’s a newly opened Beauty Hall in Pavilion!? My mother’s dream come true hahahaha she really likes facials fyi.

I went through those gilded doors…

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Wow.  This is like Hogwarts.  But for beauty salons.

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Instead of Gryffindor, I went to Mayfair. Lolol.

Mayfair is a beauty salon specializing in beauty, slimming and spa services.  They’ve been around for 29 years!

I was invited to visit to check out their services.  It’s a tough job but someone’s gotta do it. *flexes muscles #jokes

Inside I was ushered into a cosy consulting room.

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And given tea!  Tea makes everything better!  Also pink products and mirrors are a big bonus. Hehehe.

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Since it was a taitai type of thing to do (going to salon) I also dress tai tai la.

The Mayfair ladies asked what my problem areas were.  I wanted to say height but nothing to do about it wtf.  Second biggest problem is the stretch marks I got after pregnancy. T_____T

Actually my whole torso is a problem area after I had Fighter.  Throughout the whole pregnancy, I diligently applied bio oil and the Clarins stretch mark oil on my tummy – I even brought the oil to the hospital – and didn’t get one stretch mark on my stomach.

But what I didn’t bank on was the severe water retention that came with the pre-eclampsia.  Let me show you a diagram.

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Learned my drawing skillz from art class at Moho wtf. Anyway this is a crude drawing of my torso la hahaha. That spot in the middle is my belly button. Dotted lines are where my hips are normally.

The two moneybags on the side were pouches of fluid hanging off my hips literally like a spare tire.  These eventually went away after I delivered Fighter but because of the rapid water gain and loss, I was left with horrible stretch marks all on my sides and back.  Cannot wear bikini ever. T__________T

Besides that, my tummy also has the usual loose skin and sagging pouch that comes with being pregnant and having a C section.  So I told Mayfair about these problems and they recommended some treatments to target these areas.

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My therapist brought me into the room where I’d be doing my treatments.  So luxurious one!

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Like a hotel ah!  Complete with very luxe looking bathtub some more.

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First treatment was Intensive Frequency Treatment.

The therapist explained that the device, applied to the problem area, emits radio waves that penetrate the skin that helps improves blood circulation.

I was also told that it also stimulates the dermal layer to produce more collagen so skin is tightened… and reduce the appearance of stretch marks.

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Like this!

It’s warm and massage-y thus very shiok hahaha.  Nearly dozed off.

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Okay to be honest I was really surprised with the result! I went in with no expectations and didn’t really expect to see any obvious results.

She did my right side (the reddish one) only to show me the difference.  And suddenly I had half a waist!  (As opposed to looking like a tube of toilet paper normally).  See how my waist curves in on my right?

My hips are normally a bit fleshy too but she asked me to feel them and they were suddenly smaller as well!  And… softer.  A bit funny to touch but she explained that the fat inside was zapped away hence the softness and ‘emptiness’.

(Btw I apologize for the stretched out belly button.  That also happens with pregnancy. :X)

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Next, the MediJet  device was applied to my torso that delivered a  painless electrical current. The current would stimulate my core muscles and flex them and tighten them that way. D: It’s like exercise but for lazy people hahaha. The oil that the therapist gently applied would also help with skin tightening and my stretch marks.

The Mayfair staffs were really professional, they even shared the benefits of this treatment which actually helps  boost metabolism and cell regeneration, and rejuvenates the skin. The device also makes the nutrients in the oil absorb faster.

It felt so weird!! Not in a bad way, but the current really stimulated my muscles and… my hips were spasming WTF. Hahahaha.  Like how when you knock your knee, your leg jerks up? It was like that!

Suddenly I was Shakira wtf.  My hips didn’t lie. HAHAHA.

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One side done. Visible difference to my stretchmarks!

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The side that’s not done yet, to show the difference.

Third treatment was Heat Circulation!

First, Detoxification Oil is applied on my skin.  The benefits are detox obviously – eliminating toxins and water retention in the body system.  Together with the heat treatment later, it helps to improve blood circulation and lymphatic drainage.

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After oil is applied, they wrapped me in cling wrap and then placed me a heat blanket on me.

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Hi!!! From my own personal sauna!  I didn’t wrap my upper body and arms cos I don’t feel like I have a lot of fat to lose there hahaha.

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Besides I need my arms free to take more pictures.

It was really warm but bearable.  I could feel myself starting to sweat under the cling wrap, exactly like a sauna but without the suffocation wtf. (I have a slight phobia of saunas; once I went into one and couldn’t breathe and when I tried to exit someone accidentally locked the door from outside T____T)

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And then after the Heat Circulation treatment was done, I took a nice shower and washed off the sweat and residual detox oil. ^^

I was feeling quite guilty about leaving Fighter for a whole afternoon to do pampering but quite glad I did it! The overall experience was very soothing and because of the second treatment I actually felt healthy and like I worked out (doing situps hahaha). Therapist was also careful and very gentle in her work and made sure I felt very comfortable throughout the whole treatment.

And best of all I could see an obvious difference for my love handles and stretch marks, which is really something!

I felt like the treatments Mayfair provided and the overall service were really suited to my needs as a new mother so mommies do it for yourself and your sanity! Hehe.

Mayfair is currently having a promo – just pay RM 29 for any 5 treatments of your choice! You can find out more at their website and Facebook page or contact them for a consultation.

And and! Giveaway for my readers. :D :D Thank you Mayfair!

Please comment (again leaving your email address) and tell me what would you like fixed about yourself physically (Sorry plastic surgery not included) – it could be your skin, your face, body, anything.  What you’d like to change about yourself and why.  You can be as elaborate as you want, and story me how you came to have such condition or what you’ve done to fix it before… anything!  The TEN most interesting answers will win a customized treatment each at Mayfair. ^^

Giveaway ends 27th July 2014. Shortlisted winners will be contacted personally through email!

 

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Why being a mom splits you into two

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So we have been away for 3 days now.

It’s not that I haven’t left before – we did go to Tokyo for a few days and I went to Bangkok for a weekend too.  But nothing this far!!!

Originally we planned on bringing Fighter with us one, hence the two week trip.  But our parents convinced us it’s unwise to bring him (jet lag, having to care for him 24/7 with no family around in a strange environment…) so we shortened our trip a bit and went without him.

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Take this as an illustration as to how clingy I was before we left wtf.

The week before I was vaccilating between looking forward to going on our trip and dread of leaving.

We were so clingy we even brought him with us in the car to the airport wtf. MIL came with us so she could take care of Fighter on the way back.  (Btw not my idea hor, I was a bit worried about Fighter being in the car for nearly two hours but Fatty wanted to.  Even rooted for Fighter to wake up in time so he could come with us.)

When we left him in the car and walked in to the airport I was feeling pretty all right.  But then with no warning… the tears pricked my eyes. Goddammit.

I’ve been away before! Why I cannot do it now!  Calmed myself down.

But then an ang moh family passed by.  The father was pushing a baggage trolley and the mother had with her a stroller with a Maxicosi carrier strapped on it, a small baby inside.

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Wah guilt stabbed me.  How come these two can bring a tiny baby with them and we can’t bring our nine month old?

OKOK think rationally.  Maybe they’re only going to… Singapore.  And small baby sometimes much easier to handle than bigger wrigglier ones.

OKAY FEEL BETTER.

Then we turn the corner and see an Asian family now with two kids and another baby in a pram. T______T

The guilt just keeps on coming wtf.

When the attendant announced that families with infants can board first, I stared at Fatty accusingly (as though it’s his fault wtf).

When I saw them loading folded up strollers on to the plane, my heart lurched wtf.

Even when I watched stupid Noah on the flight there had to be a baby involved!!! Obviously I teared. T_____T

Is this world going through a population boom or something!!! WHY SO MANY SMALL BALD HUMANS AROUND ONE.

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Sien wtf.

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I knew I would miss him but I didn’t realize how much it would color this trip.

Upon seeing kids around us, I alternate between guilt and anger wtf.  It’s like I’ve reverted to my original kid hating self wtf (yea I didn’t like kids before this) and irrationally get mad that people bring their kids out WTF.

I thought it would be a good break for Fatty and me and it has been!  For the first time in a year we haven’t had a little critter around to focus all our attention on, so our attention is now spent on talking and listening to each other and having fun.  I’m able to just relax and be me a year ago.

But every time my mom or Fatty’s sister sends us a picture or a video it hits me.  Looking at a photo or video of Fighter’s latest antics – his backward attempts at crawling, his silly faces and his screams of laughter – makes me feel better that he’s doing just fine.  And worse because he’s doing fine, without me.

This is what motherhood is about isn’t it? It’s about duality.

It’s feeling conflicted all the time.  It’s feeling guilty yet relieved that we didn’t bring him.

It’s wanting to be the one doing everything for him yet watching the clock and wondering when I’ll have some time of my own.

It’s about how you can’t imagine a life without him anymore.  But the next second because you’re so drained you do.

Is this how it’s going to be forever?  Once you become a parent, you never get to stop being one even if your child isn’t with you anymore or is all grown up.  It’s like the curse of parenthood wtf.

If your child acts up and you lose your temper, you end up feeling guilty later and trying to make up for it with extra hugs.

Or maybe you can’t wait to leave the screaming brats at home and go to work.  But at work you’re looking at the clock waiting for the minute you can rush off to daycare and sweep baby up in your arms again.

When he gets his driving license, you’re proud of him yet terrified he’ll crash his car.

You can’t wait for them to grow up so you finally get your life back.  But then the empty nest seems too silent.  And lonely.

So this is what motherhood is about.  Being two people at once.

Nobody wants to admit it because that would make you a bad mom.  Feeling happy about going on holiday without your kids? Bad mom.  Imagining you never had a baby? Terrible mom.  You’re supposed to be 100% selfless if you’re a mother, and strangely the pressure is much less for dads – for men it’s okay to pursue your own career, to have your interests away from family.

But the truth is, being a mom has more conflict and duality than any other life role.  The sooner we realize that, the sooner we accept and support each other in it. And hopefully the easier it gets.

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In the meantime I’m drowning my sorrows in shopping. Baby shopping that is hahahaha.  Miraculously I haven’t bought anything for myself and I don’t even feel like it.  The sun will rise in the west next wtf.

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Until next week, darling. :)

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The guilt of weaning

Wow where do I start?

So… I’ve been thinking of weaning for a month or so now.

When I was pregnant, I was determined to breastfeed exclusively for six months.  I even counted the months from October (Fighter’s due date).  April and I’d be free! No more pumping, storing, washing, sterilizing, direct latching.  I could do everything I wanted to since conceiving but never could – like have a cocktail, eat more crap hahaha, do botox…

Then reality hit.  Fighter was born 9 weeks premature. He was tinier than a kitten and as is common knowledge now, breastfeeding him was the best thing I could do.  So I got to work, pumping and direct latching, then pumping again to boost my supply.

It was tough work but eventually I got used to it. My supply stabilized so instead of pumping and feeding every three hours, my pumps petered off to 3-4 times a day, as did my direct latching, and there was abundant supply for drinking as well as freezing.

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Not very impressed wtf.

I was doing great! Thankfully Fighter took to both bottle and breast so I had the freedom to go out without the baby if I wanted to cos nanny or Fatty could feed him. At the same time, although he never rejected the bottle, he still preferred his milk fresh from the source wtf.  So my favorite time of the day would be early in the morning when everyone else is still asleep and it’s just me and Fighter nursing.

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You can’t tell from this photo wtf but after Fighter has his fill, he pulls off the nipple, looks up and me and gives me the most beaming smile I’ve ever seen.  The smile says, thank you and I’m soooo happy you’re my mommy because really your milk tastes awesome and you make me so happy, did I already say that?

Hahahahah really one.

So when I got to six months after birth I thought, hey he’s two months premature after all.  If I stop at six months, he’s only four months adjusted.  Maybe I should go on until April to make it a full 6 months adjusted age (eight months actual).

But when I got to April I was like, hmmm I got to eight months without any issues.  It doesn’t really bother me anymore.  Why not try for a year?

One other reason I was compelled to keep breastfeeding was that breastfeeding kept us both sane wtf.  Mostly when he wouldn’t go to sleep (breastfeeding was his sedative) or couldn’t calm down from a tantrum (breastfeeding is also a tranquilizer).

So this is where I am now.  Fighter will turn one next month which will make it a full year of breastfeeding.  While I’m not horribly averse to the idea of continuing to nurse, I think it’s time I end our breastfeeding journey.  My body has nourished Fighter sufficiently for the past year but the chapter must end.  Fighter doesn’t seem to care anymore where he gets his milk from (there’s too many other distractions in life!); in fact he doesn’t seem that interested in milk itself anymore.  As for putting him to sleep, it maybe works about 10% of the time now. My supply has also dropped significantly, maybe due to Fighter’s reduced interest, so I’ve had to supplement with formula for a few weeks now anyway.  It’s time to reclaim my life and my boobs.

That said, it hasn’t been an easy decision.  I decided to stop around his first birthday but I still struggle with guilt and hesitance.  There is a lot of breastfeeding awareness in my generation (compared to our mothers) and if not for that, much less babies would have gotten the benefits of breast milk.  But the other extreme is the crazies on certain breastfeeding networks online who insist on bf-ing until… like the end of the world wtf.

Cracked nipples killing you? BREAST MILK IS BEST! KEEP ON NURSING!
Nipples actually bleeding? DRINKING A LITTLE BLOOD WON’T HARM THE BABY!
What formula brand is the best? ARE YOU TRYING TO POISON YOUR CHILD?
Going into depression cos baby not feeding well? SO WHAT IF YOU’RE SUICIDAL YOUR BABY WILL BE GREAT

Yes, these are actual advice I’ve read before and frankly, it’s taking things a little way too far.

I know these are extremes but somehow it still gets into your head.  I still struggle with self doubt and guilt over my decision – I even thought I shouldn’t write this post lest I get people telling me BREASTFEEDING IS THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR BABY (you think I dunno ah so please don’t start ok?).  But there must be a balance for everything.

We are taking a trip without Fighter in two days and I’ll bring my pump and try to keep my supply up.  If I succeed, I’ll have something to bribe Fighter with when I come home wtf and I will probably continue to partially breastfeed.  But if it fails I will not fret.  I will come home and enjoy the rest of my mommy journey with my son.

 

 

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Another friend gets hitched!

Hello! I’m here with lots of preety colorful pictures! Feast your eyes babeh wtf.

Last weekend was one of my closest friends’ Hui Wen’s wedding!  We met I think 6-7 years ago while we were both still in university. Uhhh how we met is… we did NOT meet through blogs wtf.  We did not read each other’s blogs and then when I went to Melbourne to visit my then boyfriend, meet up and tour Melbourne jail together (WTF) and became super good friends from that one trip. Hahahaha.

Anyway we’ve watched each other grow from there and now I’m so touched and honored that I get to be a part of her big day. :D No really, her ROM was super small and she invited like all of ten friends wtf so me and Tim technically made up 20% of her wedding group hahahaha.

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Her ROM was held in Gita Bayu.  So picturesque!!

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Adorable sign leading the way to the wedding. I should have taken more photos of the decor!  But uhh my hands were full.  Of popsicles. :X

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40% of us. Hahahha.  With Fatty, Alison and Suet.

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And Smalls and Jaclyn behind!

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Then wedding ceremony starts!  The adorable flower girls.  The theme was like romantic and rustic with a lot of wildflowers and varying shades of blue and violet.

Hui Wen was going crazy running all over Bangkok looking for flower girls dresses that suited the theme and that were beige/cream.  Not that easy to find apparently!

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One of the bridesmaids, Hui Wen’s sister Ting with the ringbearer Rocky (not in photo). Ting wore a dusky pink jumpsuit for her gown.  Coolest bridesmaid dress ever!?!?

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HERE COMES THE BRIDE!

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The exchange of vows. T______________T  Love the soft drapes on the arch! And the chandelier!  Wedding decor was done by the same planner who did mine, Audrey Chow. :D

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Hui Wen saying her vows. It was here I got all teary eyed. She started it with her emotional voice! Lolol.

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You may kiss the bride!!!!

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I now pronounce you man and wife! Erm emotional moment but this woman is pulling rose petals out of her dress (cos everyone was showering them with it hahahah).

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Super not glam hahahaha. But very in line with her personality. :)

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Bride and us!  We all amazingly came decked in florals although the dress code was meant to be pastel/jewel tones.

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Me and my Fatty. Hehehe.  He came decked out in jewel and pastels though! Pastel yellow shirt and deep blue slacks.

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With Suet!

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Here’s the ringbearer! Rocky – the best dressed member of the party hahahaha.

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Ahhhh I love you Rocky!

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I really love you wtf.

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Ok I know it’s Hui Wen’s wedding but this Rocky is totally stealing her thunder how!

(actually I really like this picture cos my legs look very long here hahahaha.)

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Look at those widdle legs. Any shorter and they won’t be able to reach the ground. HAHAHA.

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*crazed fan

Hahahah at this point he slobbered all over my leg. I’m like okay slobber all you want. ^^

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And then! He can do tricks for food!

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Playing dead. HAHAHAH.

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And then I not satisfied cos I was out of reach before and couldn’t sprinkle petals on the bride. So I insisted she stand still and let me throw flowers at her WTF.

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God I look like I’m a monk blessing her HAHAHAHA.

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And now I’m suddenly kowtowing WTF.

Happy marriage woman! May you and CM have a blessed abundant marriage full of love, health, happiness and… BABIESSS.

Fighter needs more friends.

p/s: If you haven’t noticed, I have Facebook comments now! Imotiv started getting spammy :( And I decided Facebook comments are the best way to purge anonymous trolls if any.  If you want to comment something disagreeable go ahead! But stand by it and don’t hide behind anonymity lo.

 

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Bali in KL

Yay it’s property viewing time again!

Who else loves driving around housing areas and stalking people’s houses?

*cheers*

Who else loves looking at house miniatures and imagining they live there?

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*silence*

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Okay so looking at houses and imagining a life there is a slight obsession of mine. Hahahaha.

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Last week we paid a visit to the office/showroom of KEN Rimba.  KEN Rimba is a township in Shah Alam, the first green township in Malaysia and one that has won multiple awards .  There’s news that the KEN Rimba Condominium is being awarded BCA Green Mark GoldPLUS (Provisional) too. I wrote about their landed properties before here.

In 2014 KEN Rimba will be launching their Green Condominium!

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There are three types of units available – Typical (the normal type), Penthouse (self explanatory) and Pool Villa

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This is a view of the condo.  On the bottom are the pool villas, so named because they’re pool side. The pool is Olympic sized, and comes with kiddy pool too!

On the opposite side are the blocks of high rise condo units.

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Another look at the planned development.  That’s Sam of KEN and Fatty in the back.  The brown square is a pavilion next to the pool. And at the far end, the green covered square is actually a “green cage” – a plant covered roof that protects a badminton court and a kids’ playground underneath.

And underneath this whole pool area are covered car parks for residents, as well as a Sky Bridge connecting the car park and condo blocks.

I love the concept of the condo, especially the pool villas!  It’s like living in a Bali villa, which is about right because the whole concept of KEN Rimba is Bali-inspired.

 

 

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There are three types of units available – Typical (the normal type), Penthouse (self explanatory) and Pool Villa

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Here’s a dissection of the pool villa layout.

It’s pretty cool cos the pool villa is located above the parking garage.  So your car enters the garage and you get to park directly under your unit.  Then you go in the connecting door and go up the stairs to where the living spaces actually are.

There’s a spacious living room, dining area and kitchen, and up the stairs are three good sized rooms. :)

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Front view.  So in the front there’s a little garden and walkway too, right before the pool area starts.

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The back of the pool villas.

Next is the ‘typical’ condo unit.  Show you the showroom!!!! *Jerry Maguire voice wtf

There are three elevators (2 + 1 bomba) so you don’t need to wait super long to go up to your apartment.

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The front door.  There’s a little porch in front where the shoe cabinets are, after the grill door.

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You enter and immediately is a space where you can put your dining furniture.

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To the right (or left, depending on the unit) is the kitchen area.  Kitchen is open concept which I love cos it opens up the space and makes it look that much bigger.

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After the dining area is a cosy living area. I think it’s best to put just one couch in like in this showroom.  Then top up with more chairs if needed.  It makes it more spacious and comfy I feel.  Living room opens up to a balcony too.

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Then you go off from the living area to the hallway to bedrooms.

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Here’s the spare bedroom.  It’s small but I think it works as a guest room or a study.  Or both!  Can easily set up a laptop or desktop on that floating desk.  And I like how the bed is built in to maximize space.  Under the bed is more storage too.

Some great ideas for doing up the place if you ever buy!

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Here’s the master bed room, not crazily big but pretty decent sized.

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What’s huge is the bathroom though!  Big enough to put in a glass enclosed shower area as well as pretty glass shelving for decor items or toiletries.

There’s another bathroom directly opposite the second room too.

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Here’s the kitchen.  Also nice and spacious (bigger than our Mesra Terrace one D:).  It opens out to an ‘outdoor’ area where you can have a wet kitchen or use it as storage.

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My favorite room! Hehe I have a penchant for small rooms (cos my bedroom growing up was tiny).  This is the bedroom I always wanted as a kid!

What other features of the development?

General facilities include a sunken Jacuzzi and sunken lounge in swimming pool with cabanas;  gymn and badminton courts covered by green cage, CCTV with access card.

Green features include a North-south orientation to avoid direct sunlight and heat, adjustable louvered windows, recycling bins and environmentally friendly materials.

There’s also a covered walkway leading from the condo to the KTM station.  There’s also 109 units of Ken Rimba Commercial Center nearby.

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He’s already bought a house in KEN Rimba and I’m considering getting one of the apartments too for investment purposes.

One unit is 1119 or 1183 square feet so it’s perfect for a starter home for a young couple.  Got space for one baby room hahaha.  Prices are pretty reasonable, starting from RM 399K per unit.

Wah look at me!  I’m such an adult! Got baby then now wanna buy house! Hahaha.

The development will be completed in 2018 la so that gives me four years to scrape up the money for it wtf. Okay what hahahah sounds doable.

Here’s the general specs:

KEN RIMBA Condominium 1 (Penthouse unit) – this is basically double the size of a Typical unit.
Price from RM800K
Size from 1,872 , 2,238, 2,367 sqft
Total units : 16
Price per sq ft : RM427

 KEN RIMBA Condominium 1 (Pool villa)

Price from RM800K
Size: 2,615sqft
Total units : 26
Price per sq ft : RM306

 

KEN RIMBA Condominium 1 (Typical unit)

Price from RM399K
Size: 1,119sqft & 1,183sqft
Total units : 637
Price per sq ft : RM357

The sales office and show room are located at Jalan Sungai Rasau, Seksyen 16, 40200 Shah Alam, Selangor, open 9am-6pm. You can also call them at 1300 22 9933 / +603-5511 9233 (Sales Enquiries)

GPS Coordinate 3.058062,101.484261

For more info, this is the KEN Rimba website.

 

 

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To the market I go

Today was a milestone.

Today I went to the wet market.

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Taken with my Sony Xperia Z2

I’m taking my auntieness to the next level yo.  The next time I hear someone shout “Auntie!” Imma turn around wtf.

When I was a kid, I hated following my mom to the wet market.  Not only was it super boring with no interesting toys or books on sale, it was also wet, noisy and smelly.  And my mom took like two years every time she went there.

I spoke to friends (my age, obviously), including #dayremoms #laksamoms who are all married now and managing their own households.  And surprise surprise, nobody really goes to the wet market.

(Digression: I don’t know if there are wet markets overseas, but a wet market sells fresh produce and is literally wet – the ground is always wet from melting ice or water running off the produce.)

Some shop online at Tesco, some at Tesco itself, some even go to Jaya Grocer which is crazy expensive (I’m looking at you Wendy hahaha).  Some say cos can get organic vegetables and antibiotic free chicken at supermarkets.

But Mummy Ooi thinks ABF chickens are just a marketing gimmick and the produce from wet market will be fresher and cheaper.

So okay la I decided to grab the auntiehood by its gold rimmed bifocals and venture out to the market.  In the name of fresh food and cheaper prices!

I used to ask Mummy Ooi to help me buy stuff when she goes to the market but I decided it was high time I became an auntie myself independent and do it on my own.

Truth be told, I was quite scared wtf.  Everybody seems to shout in the market and then how? I have to shout back? Also my Cantonese is terrible so don’t even need to think about bargaining, want to order things also not very sure how.  At times like this I wish I lived in Penang at least can still speak Hokkien.  And can you even bargain at wet markets?

I also have a reasonable fear of middle aged aunties.  Yesterday at Hui Wen’s wedding the aunties took over the buffet line and we Gen Ys could hardly get a foot in.  Smalls said she thinks they utilized their plates as armor to whack people out of the way HAHAHA. T_______T Mad skillz wtf.  I wonder at what age I’ll learn them?

Anyway aunties are a formidable bunch. If we had a zombie apocalypse now guess who would survive? Yep that’s right the aunties.  They’re super good at taking care of themselves and their kin and getting whatever they need.  So I think it’s reasonable for me to be fearful hahaha.  I had visions of myself standing meekly in front of the butcher’s for hours while auntie after auntie cut in front of me and shouted out their orders.

But I overcame pre-eclampsia! And childbirth!  And public speaking!  I need to (wo)man up and face this new challenge.  So I drove out to the nearest wet market this morning.

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Only took one photo so here it is again.

The market was closed. T___________T

I arrived at 5 minutes before 9 and already the shop keepers were sweeping up and packing things away.

Oh dangnabbit.  Aunties and their early bird mentality!  I some more thought 9 am very early already. Lol.

Plus I didn’t realize that less stalls open on Monday because apparently pork sellers don’t do business on Monday? #noob

Live to fight another day!

P/S: Trying again tomorrow.  *sets alarm for ungodly hour

Disclaimer: Not all aunties are like this of course.  Like I don’t think Mummy Ooi or my mom in law are rude or cut line. But in my experience the ones who always cut lines tend to be the middle aged or older. Usually Chinese. T_T

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How to Pamper your baby

When I was preparing for Fighter’s arrival in the world diapers was at the top of my mind.  Because I don’t want Fighter pooing everywhere with wild abandon and nothing to catch it. Hahaha.

I went looking for Pampers in supermarkets because that was the only brand I know! In Malaysia, Pampers is synonymous with ‘diaper’ and I grew up watching Pampers commercials on TV.  Sadly I couldn’t find any so I chose another brand.

But look what Pampers sent me!  Pampers is back finally. :D

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I was very interested to try it cos Pampers, being all I knew prior to having a baby, was almost legendary in its reputation and I didn’t even know it wasn’t available until when we had Fighter.

Anyway, Pampers Baby Dry comes with a 12 hour “overnight dryness benefit” which would be fantastic in order to let baby sleep through the night, and enable the mother to get more rest as well.

I also face this problem! I put on a new diaper for Fighter at 9 pm and change it at 6 am when he wakes up for his morning feed cos I worry about nappy rash.  The problem is, he hates getting his diaper changed when he’s so sleepy so he starts shouting and wakes himself up further. -_-

Even after feeding he ends up not falling asleep and driving me and Fatty nuts as we try to coax him back to sleep.  (We trained him to sleep until 9 am already but maybe he’s older now so he’s less sleepy.)

So Pampers, do you take this challenge? Lol.

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My first impression was, hehe cute printing.  I always appreciate cute details on products. ^^ But my second thought was, it’s so thin!  It was honestly about half the thickness of my regular diaper so I was a little doubtful.  Would this lightweight diaper really keep Fighter dry for the whole night?

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The inside.  Again, very thin.

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Hehe here’s me putting it on Fighter.  Because it’s so thin, it’s also quite comfortable I should think, for a baby.  It’s soft and easy to mould around Fighter’s thighs and butt to secure it.

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I think Fighter agrees. Hahahaha.

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He was super good mood the whole night.  I took tons of photos of him playing around in his cot and refusing to go to sleep.

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Is it that comfy Fighter?

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Okay okay Fighter, we know you’re very good at flipping over now.  No need to show off.

The next morning, I took the chance of not changing him at 6 am.  He slept through till 9!  When he awoke I took him and prepared his bath. I placed him on the changing table to check his diaper.  A bit nervous cos if it was wet I cannot write this post already hahahaah.

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Fighter is also jittery. Lol.

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Took off his pajamas and let him play a bit naked as what he likes.  Hehehe super cheerful.

I could see his diaper was swollen which meant it was full.

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Yup really sodden and heavy with pee.

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I gingerly touched the diaper.  It was dry!  The pee had all absorbed inside the thin diaper!  I touched Fighter’s butt and it was dry as a desert wtf.

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I think Fighter approves. Hehehe.

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So from that night, I’ve always been using Pampers for night time. No more worrying about overflow or nappy rash. ^^

Here’s Fighter playing around before bedtime in his Pampers.  Check out his Donald Duck impersonation yo. Hahahaha.

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Pampers is available at ManjaKu baby store.

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An open letter to the comedian who’s banning soup kitchens

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What idiocy have I just read?

Truth be told I more or less stay away from Malaysian news because… IT FREAKING PISSES ME OFF THAT’S WHY! Our politics are such a joke if one of them ever retire they can always go perform at Comedy Thursdays at Zouk la wtf.

But this one…. THIS ONE. I nearly checked to see if instead of Malaysian Insider, I was on fakemalaysiannews.com wtf.

OMG this is wrong and insane on so many levels I don’t even know where to start.

First of all, Tengku Adnan. Have you no empathy? Have you ever stopped to think of what it’s like to be homeless? To have no home and to live on the streets? To forage and worry about where your next meal is coming from? Or are you too rich that you can’t imagine? Is money covering your eyes that’s why?

I’m really tried to see things his way but… nah. :(

Tengku Adnan maintained that NGOs feeding the homeless left their litter and  creating an image problem in the city.

Oh so litter and ‘image’ is the big issue? So you’d rather deprive another human of a basic right – food – than to have litter and ‘an image problem in the city’? I see.

You think soup kitchens and homeless people are the only people in the country who litter?  Ridiculous.  If you’re so concerned about litter, why don’t you just ban all food takeaways?  No takeaways = no styrofoam boxes, no paper wrappers, etc = no litter!  Also people drop cigarette butts a lot.  Why don’t you ban cigarettes too?

“NGOs providing free food to the homeless must also fix a location to do so and not distribute the food all over the place,” he said.

THEY ALREADY DO THAT. You wouldn’t know, obviously never having gone to a soup kitchen.  Kechara Soup Kitchen only move around the city to distribute food on WEEKENDS because that’s when volunteers are available to help them do that.  On weekdays, the homeless can go to the KSK kitchen itself to get food. I haven’t volunteered at other soup kitchens but I would assume they operate the same way because it’s pretty impossible to get volunteers to do the rounds every single night.

“The image of my city is very bad. If I don’t do this sort of thing, society won’t be disciplined,” he told a news conference here today. 

Oh  it’s YOUR city? Is it called Kuadnan Lumpur? It’s not your damn city. It’s OURS.  And like it or not, it’s also the homeless’s.

Could you explain to me how “society won’t be disciplined”? Will we all go mad with the sheer freedom and run around screaming and tossing garbage in the air just because we can? Society won’t be disciplined?  When did Malaysia turn into a communist state?

Oh and since we’re on the topic of “societal discipline”, could you please let us know what you plan to do about rempits tearing down the roads and endangering the road population?  Or how about all those pesky burglaries, snatch thefts and other petty crime still happening in KL?

Tengku Adnan said the decision was taken after a meeting with Kuala Lumpur City Hall and other relevant agencies recently where hygiene issues and concerns for homeless people were among the matters discussed. 

“We give them jobs but they don’t want as it is easy to get food as these street kitchens are feeding them,” he said.

How is removing soup kitchens showing concern for the homeless? What this buffoon and his crew of equally inept colleagues don’t realize is that doing this, they are sweeping the dirt under the carpet.  Literally.  Oh got homeless people who are an eyesore in KL? Just deprive them of food and they’ll die out. Is that their train of thought because it sure seems like it is.

Homelessness is a complex social issue that arises because of varied reasons.  A lot of the time it’s because a person has fallen on bad times that they are unable to rise up from – illness to the point of losing their jobs, no family to lean on, an accident, irreparable injury.  Sometimes older people are thrown out by their families with nothing to their name.  On one of our soup kitchen rounds, we met a woman who was thrown out by her family for being HIV positive – she contracted it from her husband who was sleeping around.  Sometimes it’s just illiteracy or lack of education.  Or not possessing a birth certificate.  A lot of times it’s drugs.

All these are terrible social issues which have an extending impact on society, one of which is homelessness.  You take away their food and what do you get?  Hunger and desperation and then people resort to crime to stay alive.

On Wednesday, Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor had said that the ministry would impose fines and other penalties on the givers of alms and beggars.

He had said this was necessary to reduce the begging culture that tarnished the image of the city.

Yes, begging can be abused and beggars turned into a criminal syndicate . And yes people worry that money given to beggars will just be spent on gambling/drugs/alcohol.  That is why soup kitchens give FOOD, not money. *rolls eyes* What on earth is he talking about?

Tengku Adnan said Putrajaya had tried to help the homeless by creating jobs for them.

“We give them jobs but they don’t want as it is easy to get food as these street kitchens are feeding them,” he said.

I sincerely would like to know what efforts have been made to help these people.  And what kind of jobs are these?  Not all the homeless people we met were unemployed, but sometimes because there is no minimum wage in Malaysia, they don’t make enough to pay for a roof over their heads.  So if the government is creating jobs, I really would like to know what jobs, how many, how much the wages are, and how many homeless rejected the opportunity.

I cannot believe that a person would rather rely on free food and be homeless than to seize the chance of holding down a good job with prospects to improve their own lives.

Can you imagine what it’s like to be a homeless person?  In the day time, you find somewhere to hide because the police will arrest you.  Even if the police don’t get to you, would you dare to show your face and face the judgment of the public who will look in disgust at your dirty clothes and face?  And what if you see an acquaintance from your previous life?

Then at night you feel safe to venture out and find somewhere to sleep.  Food aside (cos I really don’t know how they’ll get food besides soup kitchens) you probably have all you own in the world inside a plastic bag, or if you’re lucky a backpack.  You may find an empty spot of pavement to sleep but then you can’t even sleep soundly cos your backpack might get stolen. You live in perpetual fear of violence and rape.  Unless you form alliances with other people on the street, you’re on your own.  No friends or family, while even strangers avert their eyes when you pass.

And to top it all off, you have no dignity.  There’s no dignity in begging or being avoided on the street.  Human dignity is what makes someone a person.  It’s no wonder so many on the streets either go mad or turn to drugs/alcohol.

So you have no money, no house, no security, no safety, no friends, no future, and no dignity.  Tengku Adnan, you think it’s worth giving all this up for one free meal a day on the streets?

And he said this during Ramadhan.

Tengku Adnan, somewhere out there is a tree, tirelessly producing oxygen so you can breathe. I think you owe it an apology.

Original news article here.

My blog post on my soup kitchen experience here. Fatty’s here.

 

 

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