Second baby shower for Bump

So…. this happened on Monday. 2015-02-23 10.13.53 2*hearts in eyes wtf

 

The second baby shower for Bump!  Fighter didn’t even have one hahaha.

My friends were always talking about throwing one for me and Bump since we didn’t get to do it with Fighter.  But since the past few weeks I kept getting scares and we also dunno when Bump would make her appearance, we decided no need la. Instead we were just going to have a baking session at my place (which was what Bobo and Hui Wen had been talking about forever) to make use of my Kitchenaid mixer (birthday present from Fatty hehe).

Or so that’s what I thought wtf.

So the day came and Bobo and Suet arrived first!  We planned a whole tea menu so I was gonna make my usual butter cookies, Suet was making scones and Bobo would make sandwiches. IMG-20150223-WA0042   The prettiest mixer in the world!  Mixing the dough for the cookies.  And yea my apron is Totoro wtf Fatty got it for me together with a whole other bunch of miscellaneous baking/cooking stuff too. Some of the Nuffies (Adrian, Melissa, Denise) got me a very canggih looking cookie cutter for my birthday so I was also dying to use it!  The box proclaimed it ‘the last cookie cutter you’ll ever need’. IMG-20150223-WA0041   WTF is this shit LOLOL. I was like either this is not the last cookie cutter I’ll ever need or I’m the last person who should be using this cookie cutter hahahaha. Turns out it’s the latter FML.  Used it wrongly and my third batch of cookies are uglier than ever. Suet and Bobo went ahead with the scones… IMG-20150223-WA0043 The recipe called for sifted flour.  Here they’re using my tiny sieve from Daiso – think they hated me cos it took forever to sift the flour hahahaha.

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This was after lunch so I was still munching on my Mcds fries and ‘supervising’ wtf. They said I damn annoying cos I was just eating and offering un-useful advice – “Put less sugar! I like more butter!”

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Ally brushing on egg wash on the scones.

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Raisin scones done!  Turned out pretty good for a first attempt!

And then the doorbell rang.  And Hui Wen clattered in with armfuls of flowers and balloons and other random props. D:

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Voila the final set up!

I was so surprised cos I really expected a baking session with shorts (I was still wearing pajama shorts wtf) but the girls really outdid themselves. T_________T

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Look at this gorgeous set up!  They even had a poster with ‘baby shower’ written on it and borrowed an Ikea frame from me to put it in wtf.  Pink deer figurine is from Hui Wen’s house hahahaha.2015-02-23 10.14.00 1

And tons of fresh flowers and other pretty decor.

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Apple crumble made by Ally! 2015-02-23 10.14.01 1

Scones made by Suet and Bobo!  Savory pastries underneath were brought by Hui Wen.

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Tuna sandwiches by Bobo!

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Macarons bought by Sherlyn!  My fugly butter cookies underneath not even bothering to take a close up shot of them wtf.

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Hui Wen even brought the white tea pot WTF. Pink tea cups were given to me by her and Bobo for my birthday hehehe.

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Thank you girls for putting in so much effort and making me and Bump feel so loved. T_____________T Bump better be a girl WTF.  Cos my baby bump is very sharp and neat la I kept asking my doctor “confirm still a girl ah?” wtf.

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Cheesie came with Junya later too!

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With Hui Wen <3

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And Ally. <3

Meant to take individual photos with everyone but got too caught up with eating. :X

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Got one with BB Junya though who looked very stoned fml.2015-02-23 10.13.55 1

The babies meet!  When I see Junya I remember how Fighter used to be!  Like still a bit floppy and sweet and not as strong willed.  Fighter is a sturdy toddler now and very adamant in his likes and dislikes sigh.  2015-02-23 10.13.58 1

Anyway Fighter noticed Junya fiddling with his animal puzzle and I think he was trying to show off as a big brother – he very quickly pulled all the animal pieces out from the puzzle as though trying to show Junya how to do it lolol very show off.

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Then the puzzle got music one!  Music started playing and immediately Fighter dropped the puzzle and started clapping hahahaha automatic reflex. -_-2015-02-23 10.14.08 2Playing with Junya ok.  But if I or nanny carry Junya, all hell breaks loose. T_______T  Can’t see properly in this picture but Fighter is actually shouting and staring angrily at a stunned Junya. T____T

His jealousy is so horrible! It’s actually getting worse the older he gets.  Nobody can carry any other baby except him wtf.  Nobody can even leave the room without him getting antsy wtf.  It’s like all of us must be around him at all times. -_-

Worried for Bump now fml.

Oh well Fighter is just going to have to suck it up.  And all of us will just have to close our ears when he screams wtf.

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Anyway it was a fabulous day, thank you guys. T________T I have the most awesome friends yo. We don’t get together often anymore cos of all our hectic schedules, especially not in such big groups so it’s even more fun when we have a reason to!  Makes me feel like a carefree student again when we can hang out for hours on end doing nothing.

(Only got to do it this time cos at home and all baby necessities are there wtf)

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Momazing milestones

A few weeks back I wrote about Scott’s Momazing TVC.

I challenge you to watch see you got cry or not!

(also Fighter has the same bedsheet as the little boy hahaha.)

I mentioned before but Momazing is about celebrating those moments where you feel amazing to be a mom and that we should rest assured we’re all doing the best we know how for our kids.

Since CNY has just passed I scrolled back to see Fighter’s first CNY (this year is his second)

Are you ready for it? Jeng jeng jeng….

So fat and bald and round!

Hahaha such a baby back then!  He was about four or five months old that time (2-3 months adjusted age).  I still think he’s a baby but he’s really not!

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And this is us and Fighter today! I don’t have a baby anymore – he’s a little boy now omg.

He’s eighteen months old now (16 months adjusted) and lately it seems like he’s hit some sort of super IQ milestone or something cos he’s picking up new things almost every day!

OMG sorry this become avenue to brag about Fighter. :X Actually not bragging la cos I think a lot of his development is delayed if you compare with his baby peers.  But I don’t keep track or worry about his development being on par because he’s a preemie anyway.  As long as happy and healthy can already.

Anyway now he can:

1. Point out his nose and mouth when you ask.  He still forgets where his ears and eyes are lol.  And he smiles sheepishly when I remind him.

2. Has a funny baby sense of humor now!  Laughs at jokes but of course his jokes are baby level.  Like I put something weird on my head like a pot cover and he laughs. Lolol.

3. Can say certain words like “Deh-dee” (daddy), “Deh” (there, when we ask him where he wants to go), “Pwee” (please, for times when he really wants something – usually ice cream)

4. Not into full on verbal communication yet but pretty good at non-verbal.  When he means no, he swings his head violently to the other side and shakes his shoulders. Hahaha.  Points with his index finger where he wants to go.

5. Getting pretty good at self feeding!

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Gorging himself on snacks during bai nian lolol.  He’s been able to pick up food pieces by himself since he was less than a year old but for some reason he doesn’t like using utensils. :X

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Gave him a plate of rice and a spoon and he prefers to use his hands to pick up grain by grain. ¬_¬ I still take it as a success that his fine motor skills are good enough to pick up grains. ^^

6. Started on the potty!

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I bought the potty on my last Ikea trip but had no idea how to start potty training cos I don’t manage to detect Fighter before he poos every time.

We’ve managed to catch him about twice so far since last week and he’s been quite comfortable with it thank Buddha.  Although I don’t know if he thinks it’s a game hahaha.  Cos I cannot catch his pooing all the time I foresee it’s going to be a long potty training journey. :X  But at least we’ve taken the first step yo!

7. Understands simple instructions and more words than we expect.

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(also very good at pretending to talk on the phone lolol)

When we tell him to remove his pacifier, he knows how to.  He definitely understands the word ‘No’ hahaha cos he’ll shout every time we say it. He knows us all by name cos when we refer to a person, he turns and looks at them.  Understands simple instructions like ‘brush your teeth’ and ‘dig nose’ and ‘give this to mommy/daddy’ and a whole lot more.  This was one of the biggest revelations for us – that he’s no longer a helpless little baby but a real little person who responds and communicates with us. :D

8. Fighter is super affectionate now!

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Every morning Fatty brings him into our room when I’m still sleeping and he crawls up to me and gives me a kiss. :D

And when he feels like it – usually when he’s in a good mood or I’ve been playing with him – he’ll randomly kiss me on my shoulder or arm repeatedly hahaha.  But his kiss is still open mouthed and sometimes he’ll bite a bit lol. ¬_¬

9. He’s started walking on his own!

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Officially started on February 16 (eighteen months, 16 months adjusted age) and he’s getting slowly more confident each day!  I was so excited over this cos this was one of the milestones I was really looking forward to.  For the longest time he was walking around holding on to furniture but he never dared to let go.

Like I’ve said before, I still can’t help worrying about every little thing when it comes to him (now I know how my parents feel hehehe) so it makes me so happy that he’s achieving his milestones cos… it means I’m on the right track as a mom hehe.

Scott’s has a long heritage since it began its partnership with mothers out there to ensure their child has the foundation to grow and develop healthily (I used to take itdutifully when I was a kid too hehe) so it understands that feeling moms get right after their child took the first steps in achieving their milestones…

Which is why Scott’s #Momazing campaign aims to celebrate and honour mothers by recognizing those special moments in their busy and hectic lives as a caregiver for their children through their Momazing Moments contest.

Contest ends this 28th February so capture the best Momazing moment of your own and join the search for the ‘Malaysia’s Best Momazing Moments’.

For more info, please visit the Scott’s Momazing website and Facebook page.

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Bump at 33 weeks

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Taken with my Sony Xperia Z3

#audfit – Azorias A-line qipao

Happy Chinese New Year everyone!

Best wishes and happiness for you and your families this 2015. ^^

This year we’re spending Chinese New Year in KL.  Normally we go back to Penang every year but this year we decided to stay in KL.  Fighter was born at 31 weeks and today I’ve just hit 33 weeks (woohoo Bump you go girl!) so we thought it’s best to stay here near to our hospital and ob-gyn. (Ob-gyn also staying put for CNY but she insists she’s looking forward to the peace and quiet).

IMG-20150219-WA0019Quieter CNY but we’re not really alone!  My parents are only going back to Penang tomorrow so we still got to see them for reunion lunch and on the first day.  And Fatty’s uncles and grandma are in KL too so we’ve also been seeing them for dinner.

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Anyway, thought I’d do a Bump update since Fighter is napping and Fatty is cycling wtf.

(picture is me eating ice cream wtf this stupid Bump!! Typical girl or what, I really really don’t like sweet food and dessert at all but she’s making me eat ice cream all the time!!! My favorite is hazelnut wtf so if anyone wants to buy me a present…. I crave it every day omg and doesn’t help that ice cream really makes my heartburn feel better.  I swear Bump is the one making me bake too just so I can eat the fruits of my labor wtf.)

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On the first day of CNY, I’m 33 weeks exactly!

But on to a serious issue.

My friend Jolene recently told me she lost her baby at 26 weeks gestation. T_________T

I was one of the first few people she confided in about her pregnancy cos we were pregnant at the same time – she was a few weeks behind me only.  I was so happy for her and was having fun watching her go through all the new mommy experiences – reading up about pregnancies and babies and going baby shopping.

And then she messaged me two weeks ago and told me her baby had died.  She’s a wonderful writer and wrote about her experience here.

I cried when she told me and cried more when I read her article.  She’s one of Ooib’s closest girl friends and I’ve known her since primary school!  And she’s the sweetest nicest girl ever – I felt so angry that it happened to her.  Like why her when there are so many other worse people out there.

I cannot imagine what she went through and my utmost admiration for her cos I think she’s been so strong and handling it so well.  I don’t know how I would handle it myself if that happened to me.

But I do think about it all the time.

At my last ob-gyn check, we found that Bump hasn’t been increasing in weight since two weeks ago.  At 33 weeks she’s still 1.5 kg which is 5th percentile.

We’re going to keep close monitoring of her but it’s probably that the placenta isn’t working well again which is why she’s not receiving enough nutrients to grow.

And she was doing so well all this while!  Always in the 50th percentile before this. :(

Even though my blood pressure is still within the normal range and I don’t really have protein in my urine, the fact that Bump isn’t growing well indicates my placenta maybe not working well, the same reason that is thought to have caused the preeclampsia with Fighter. T_______________T  So we might very well see her within the next few weeks.

On the bright side, it solves the issue of whether to try for a natural vaginal birth or to do C section again.  Doctor told me if this was confirm confirm my last baby, to just do a C section since my uterus, being a virgin in terms of labour, would probably be inexperienced and take a long time to give birth.  Also there’s always the tiny risk of scar rupture.

But if I wanted the option of having another one later, trying for a natural birth this time would be better for future babies.

Honestly I couldn’t decide cos both also sound horrible to me wtf ya I know right it’s not even my first baby. -_- But last time I think I was just ignorant of everything and thus had no fear.  Now I know what happens already and both child birth options scare the baby out of me hahahaha.

So the silver lining is the choice is taken out of my hands. :X

The downside is….. Bump may be a small baby cos of the restricted growth and may be premature too.

Frustrating because…. why my body got so many problems sustaining healthy babies full term. T________T What’s wrong with the placentas I make!!!!

Guilt because the least I can do is give my kids the best start in life – to let them begin life healthy and with the least amount of risk in developing health issues.  And I’m struggling to even do that.

Which is why I don’t feel like having any more children.  Why have them when I bring them into this world with a a potential physical disadvantage…. Doesn’t it seem like an irresponsible thing to do?

Anyway I’m monitoring her movements very very closely.  The good thing is she’s a very kuai baby and moves all the time hehehe.  So I’m always reassured cos she moves around so damn much.  Even at times when I think she’s not moving, I poke my stomach and within a few seconds she’ll move again. ^^

So Imma just pray everything goes okay for the last stretch and that we’ll soon see Bump healthy and well. <3

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Being Momazing

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Remember this?

It’s still sitting in our house and Fatty still takes a spoonful every day without fail.  I take it when I’m not too full from dinner hahahaha.

I used to take it religiously when I was a kid!  My mom would buy two bottles – white for me and orange for my brother.  And she’d make us take a spoon each every day for general health.  My brother didn’t like the taste of the white but I quite liked it!  So I’d take the white one and feel superior to my brother for being able to swallow it hahahaha.

I bet everyone has strong childhood memories associated with Scott’s Emulsion!

It’s been a part of my consciousness for as long as I can remember… always somewhere in the background and so much a part of daily life that I don’t even consciously think about it anymore.

So when Scott’s invited me to their launch last week I was like “Kaching! We drink it at home!” Hahahaha.

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With Scotty! I swear the cutest brand mascot ever look at his dazed smile hahahaha too much.

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Come back Scotty! I’m not done with you!

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Ok Scotty beamed us up. #pun

The launch was held at Kidzania.  My first time there because I am not a kid (although I may look like one) and don’t have a kid of an age who can enjoy it yet.  But it’s so cool! Miniature everything.

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Miniature bank!  So realistic I went in to use the ATM lolol.  I tried to insert my ATM card and the staff there had to tell me “uhhh it’s only for play.” -_-

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The launch is for the Momazing campaign!  Moms are the ones who do all sorts of things for us – things we may not realize until we become parents ourselves – and their efforts are usually rewarded not by their kids saying thanks or giving presents, but by their kids achievements and growing milestones.

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I never thought of it but ya it’s true.  Every time Fighter learns something new or demonstrates a new understanding it makes my day!  As a new mom (actually new or old parent also the same), I’m always doubting my own judgment and abilities.  Some more get advice thrown at me left and right, and in today’s interconnected world, articles all around chock full of parenting do’s and don’ts. :(

But at least his growth and milestones let me know that whatever it is, I must be doing something right.  Even if his milestones are a bit delayed la being a preemie.  But it’s not about when he achieves them, but when he does. ^^

Right now, the milestone we’re currently working on is getting him to walk independently.  He knows how to walk I think, but isn’t confident in doing it by himself! So every day I lead him around the house holding his hand, and trying to let go little by little so he’ll hopefully realize he doesn’t need me holding him to walk.  Hahaha a bit frustrating cos I’ve been doing it for weeks but no dice.  But when it does happen, it will all be worth it.

Anyway Momazing is about celebrating those moments where you feel amazing to be a mom and that we should rest assured we’re all doing the best we know how for our kids!

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Also talked about Scott’s Emulsion naturally.  Long heritage yep.  Cos I think my grandparents also made us drink it, so it came from their time too. :O

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And what are the top concerns for parents?

True ah true! I’m always worrying whether Fighter got enough to eat, enough nutrition, what’s his weight, his height, praying he doesn’t catch any germs… oh god it never ends.

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Then some info on nutritional needs.  Kids need DHA and Omega-3 for brain and visual development, but these nutrients are lacking in our local diet.

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Other lacking nutrients are Vitamin D and calcium which are crucial for good growth (oh god is that why I’m so short)

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Which is what Scott’s Emulsion packs in that bottle.  #nowyouknow.  Actually I just dutifully took it when Mummy Ooi told us to and never wondered what exactly it’s for – only that it’s ‘good for health’ lol.

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They also showed their latest TVC which made me weepy a bit.  Stupid preggers hormones!

It was all about the kids achieving their respective milestones la, and their mothers’ proud gazes.  Made me feel like even Fighter as a little one year old baby is growing up way too fast and soon his milestones won’t be walking and talking, they’ll be getting his first job and married and leaving me. *bawls

Okok enough.

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Ended with an endearing ballet performance.  Bump is so going to learn ballet.DSC_0333The return of Scotty!

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Mommies! (and Daddies!) What’s your latest Momazing moment?  Capture that moment either on video or photo, and to take part in the ‘National Search for the ‘Best Momazing Moments’ contest!

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Submit a photo of your momazing moment with the hashtag #Momazing and #ScottsMY and a short caption describing the Momazing moment via Facebook comments, Twitter OR Instagram.
  2. Confirm your contest entry by dropping Scott’s Malaysia Facebook a ‘Direct Message’ stating your :

 

-         Full Name

-         FB/Twitter/Instagram profile name

-         Direct URL of the post

-         Email address

-         Contact number

-         Relationship to child

-         Last 4 digits of child’s birth certificate

 

The first 100 submissions will receive a Scott’s Hamper and will stand a chance to win the grand prize.
Grand Prize
‘Malaysia’s Best Momazing Moment’ award plaque
4 X LEGOLAND tickets
Scott’s hamper

For more information and terms and conditions, go to www.facebook.com/scottsmalaysia or www.scottsmomazingmy.com !!!

 

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It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to

Last post so emo nemo about stomach flu.  And then in real life I was also emo nemo about my blood pressure (maybe another post on this later) so this post is all about happy things!

Last Thursday I was supposed to meet some of the #laksamoms for lunch.  But since Fighter hadn’t fully recovered from his stomach foo (still diarrhea-ing), I told them I probably can’t make it and asked them to go ahead without me.

Then suddenly this Omamee messaged me privately and said “you sure you cannot come? Cos uhhh it’s actually a surprise baby shower for you.” :O

Never had a baby shower and always wanted one!!! Actually last time with Fighter my friends planned for me but I kena hospitalized FTS.  They wanted to bring the shower to my hospital room but it wasn’t allowed so end up they just delivered the cupcakes to me there wtf.

Mummy Ooi was staying at our house and she told me to just go and that she had Fighter covered.  So I went!

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Very very simple but soooo pretty! I nearly melted hahahaha.  I totally didn’t expect this and I was so touched that everyone put so much effort into it. T_______T

Balloons were by Notaitailife…

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The collage photo frame behind is by Omamee.  She customized the picture designs in the frames so well I’m not even gonna bother putting photos la just hanging up straight so pretty already!

Also got a special card for me and Bump. <3

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And cupcakes by Twentylittletoes why she so superwoman. T_______T I at first thought they were store bought but she stayed up until 1 am making them and they look so perfectly made lo please.  Since I started baking I really think it’s damn hard making baking goods look so pretty but she did it.

And Jigglypuff decorated them with all the little signs and flags. :D

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And the diaper cake!!!! Everyone contributed to it and Chileng was the one who made it.  These people can start a business already!

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Thank you so much guys!!! From next to me clockwise: Yuetchitan, Omamee, Jigglypuff, Notaitailife, Kimcun, Twentylittletoes. (Wendy and Chileng who were also part of it couldn’t make it :( )

Super loved it but hor…. that was the day I developed stomach foo myself FML.  So the minute I arrived at the restaurant I rushed to the toilet to puke WTF.  Then simmered in cold sweat the entire time before puking again and going home FML.  And then hospitalized that night double FML.

So I didn’t get to properly enjoy it.or everyone’s company ;( But it’s the thought that counts and a very countable thought it is too. Hahaha.

2015-02-12 10.55.34 1Came back after my stomach foo ordeal and happily opened presents hahaha.  Clothes for Bump, bibs, blankets, towels, diapers, bottle and pacifier, a teddy, a photo album for documenting baby days… Even Fighter got a present!  And I also got…in the shape of baking tools yay hahaha.  <3

And then on Tuesday it was my birthday!

Normally I just go for dinner for my birthday but since it’s my 30th Fatty organized a whole proper birthday party for me.

And then fifteen minutes before we were due to leave for it……….. he vomited.  Twice.

And then he diarrhea-ed twice.

FHL.

And that’s how I ended up going to my birthday party without my husband wtf.

I thought of canceling it already cos how to go when husband + organizer is sick!? T____T But it was fifteen minutes before the party, guests were already there and the restaurant (which was actually closed on that day had opened up specially for us).

Fatty insisted I go while he stayed at home and nursed his stomach foo.  And there I was in the car on the verge of tears and in totally no mood to have fun.  And feeding Fighter his porridge at the same time cos he hungry wtf.

In the end, I did have fun.  From his messages Fatty sounded like he was a bit better and it was so nice seeing friends new and old all in the same place. ^^  Normally I don’t like having parties cos I always scared different groups of friends cannot mingle but… I think KL is a very small place and everyone sort of knows everyone else.  Either that or my friends are all very sociable and can get along with anyone hahahaha.

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Did the party at Myburgerlab in OUG!  Fatty’s choice really cos we both like their food, plus the venue was spacious enough to accomodate everyone and family friendly too.

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Hui Yuan and a very distracted by necklace Fighter.

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Mummy Ooi and a distracted by cup Fighter.  >_> I am sensing a pattern wtf.IMG_0485-Watermark

Me and a distracted by flash Fighter WTF.

BTW Fighter’s OOTD is super cute can.  Je’taime tshirt from Baby Style Icon, skinny jeans from Osh Kosh and sneakers from Melissa.

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Then suddenly Fat Her appeared with a cake! I knew Fatty had ordered a cake and was very surprised why is it Fat Her bringing it in.

I asked him how come you know got cake! He smiled smugly and said, “Ahhhhh….”. >_>

Obviously Fatty called him la hahaha.

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Me and a doubtful Fighter and the very beautiful cake!

Let me show you how beautiful it was.

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Gorgeous or what!

On top is the three of us underneath a banner with my blog header printed on it. ^^ Not sure if Bump is there under my dress…

And then the cake itself is a timeline of my life!

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Fatty’s mole very accurate but why Fighter’s nipples so high up HAHAHAHA.  Also I am taller than in real life.  :D Good job, bakers!

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From birth… to school.

I swear I wasn’t this cute as a school girl so again, good job bakers!

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Started blogging in 2004 and also went to Mount Holyoke.  Love the MHC emblem!

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Married in 2012, and 2013 (aiya no picture) Fighter came into the picture!  There’s a super cute photo of him printed out but not visible here.

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Me looking like a single mom with the critter.  We missed you Fatty!

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Taken with my Sony Xperia Z3

Singing birthday song!

Super cute, when everyone started singing, Fighter started clapping his hands.  With a very serious expression on his face lolol. Then when people laughed cos at him, he stopped and looked even more serious.

Babies know how to be embarrassed one meh haahahaha.

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Asking suspicious baby if he wants to blow out the candles.IMG_0503-Watermark

Nope, so okay I blow them out myself!

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Haha Fighter super happy with Aunty Joanne.  Industry friends – Joanne, Brenda, Janice, Fayth.IMG_0529-Watermark

With Jojo! My boss’s wife nyehehe.IMG_0544-Watermark

Hey girlfriend *head toss wtf.  With Tze, Bobo, Lay See and Hui Wen.IMG_0551-Watermark

Mummy and Fat Her Ooi!

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Playing with Rina’s baby.

Fat Her carried Rina’s baby and Fighter got jealous and shrieked. O_O I fear for Bump.

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And Tze!

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Taken with my Sony Xperia Z3

Suet. <3

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Taken with my Sony Xperia Z3

And Carol who helped me take all the DSLR photos. <3

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Taken with my Sony Xperia Z3

And the Nuffies, thank you for coming!  Adele, Rachel, Rina + family, Lilian, Angie, and Tim 2.
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With my aunt, uncle, and his brother who came down for Chinese New Year.

Didn’t manage to take pics with a lot of others. :( But thank you everyone for coming and for making my birthday so memorable.

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And thank you to the best husband ever for putting together the party (even though you couldn’t even enjoy it) and for always being there.

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Hehe presents!!!

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Aftermath of ripping them open like a dinosaur.

I don’t think there’s one present that I didn’t love!?!?  I loved how everyone put in so much thought into getting me things that I’d actually like/use.

From lots of baking supplies and tools to cookbooks, to fabulously girly tea sets, to a set of Roald Dahl books omg, to skincare suited for pregnant ladies and stuff for confinement, to matching outfits for me and Bump.

Super emo and touched cos…. everyone knows me so well and I cannot believe they all love me enough to figure out what I’d like hahahaha.

Didn’t take photos of all but here’s some random ones.

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OMG adorable Disney macarons from Lils, Rina and Angie HAHAHA too cute to eat laaaa2015-02-12 11.03.26 1And part of the tea set from Bobo, Hui Wen and Jo!  And dunno who is that porcelain spoon measuring set from but too cute to use. :D

Thasss all folkssss

 

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Not so yummy in our tummies

edit: written a few nights ago

Last night Fighter had a vomiting fit. T________T

The entire day he seemed his normal cheerful self.  We brought him to a baby gym even where he was ecstatic and played like he was going nuts wtf.

After the gym we went for dinner and I ordered siu yuk rice to share with Fighter.  It came with salted vege and pork soup too which I wet his rice with.  Normally he loves siu yuk but after a few bites he didn’t want anymore.  I thought maybe he didn’t like that the soup was a bit sour so I tried feeding him roast potatoes and bacon instead.  He didn’t want the potatoes but chewed on the bacon then spit it out WTF.  Repeatedly. -_-

Anyway worrying that he didn’t have enough dinner, we rushed home to feed him home cooked food.  He again stopped eating after a few spoons and I figured maybe it was late so he wasn’t hungry anymore.

So I started getting ready his things to wash him up and put him to sleep.  Left him to play in our room with Fatty and all of a sudden, he vomited.  All over Fatty’s night stand FHL.

Didn’t think too much of it cos babies sometimes puke don’t they?  We were going to wash him up anyway so I just picked him up and cleaned him off, changed him into his PJs and fed him milk.  I prepared 7 oz instead of his usual 6 thinking he might be hungry.

He drank 2-3 oz and tossed the bottle aside wtf.  Then he stood up in his crib and asked to be carried.  I usually make him soothe himself to sleep in the crib but I felt sorry for him having vomited, so I picked him up and cuddled him to sleep.

He fell asleep so I put him back in his crib.  He stirred, and took his pacifier out of his mouth with his eyes closed.  I was thinking, oh man I have to pick him up again wtf when suddenly…. he unleashed a torrent of milk from his mouth to his mattress.

Then he started crying. T_________T

Picked him up, comforted him while he continued to vomit on my shoulder and cry.  Cleaned him up again, changed his pajamas and gave him a drink of water.  He fell back asleep against my chest…. and then ten minutes later, he threw up the water.

At this point, Fatty and I were like OMG GO TO THE DOCTOR NOWNOWNOW

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My poor poor baby. :(  At the A&E of the nearest hospital (also where he was born).

He was obviously tired from all that vomiting and the late hour.  He was also so thirsty – he kept signaling for his bottle or trying to fish his bottle out of the bag himself.  The nurse told us to not give him food or drink though to avoid him vomiting more so we tried to hold back.

Dunno which is worse – trying to comfort a crying baby who’s been puking, or trying to comfort a crying baby who wants to drink water. T_______T

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Singing to him to try to distract him from his water bottle. T_T

I ended up giving him little sips of water though.  Which he promptly threw up over me (and Bump). Twice.

Finally got in to see the doctor…

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Where Fighter visibly brightened up.  Because the doctor was a very pretty lady. >___>

Usually he doesn’t like the stethoscope on him but this time he willingly let her… cos he was distracted and playing with the pretty doctor’s bracelets. >___>

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Then doctor wanted to feel his tummy.  Again, usually he doesn’t like being laid down and will shout or try to flip over and crawl away.

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Here he’s like, “How you doin’?” >____>

Sei hamsup baby!

We debated admitting him into hospital but the doctor said the only difference would be they’d put him on a drip there.  And luckily, he didn’t look too dehydrated at that point.

Since we also found out there were no single rooms in the pediatrics wards and only 4 bed-rooms, I thought better bring him home where he could rest in his own bed rather than place him with three other squalling sick babies.

So we took him home, he fell asleep in the car in my arms, and slept the night through on the bed.

He did wake up for water though and drank a whole bottle of water mixed with rehydration salts!  I was pretty impressed cos he knew how to signal for water (super cute) by crawling over my face to reach the bottle on my night stand (not so cute).

Anyway he’s much better now although in the course of that one night he did vomit over me countless times, and then one more time the next night after milk.  He also leaked diarrhea water over me in the morning. -_-

Which resulted in me contracting the same damn stomach virus!

And how I landed in the hospital due to severe dehydration. FML.  I’m back home now (discharged this afternoon) but still feeling a little bit queasy at times and definitely a lot more tired.  Details are all on my Dayre so not gonna type twice.

Ok go sleep to recuperate.  Nai!

 

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Room makeover with Nippon Momento

Okay so a couple of months ago if you read my Dayre, you’d have seen I updated about a room makeover (if you didn’t read I judge you wtf) for me and Fatty’s room, and Fighter’s nursery.

Fatty’s brother used to live in our apartment and when we got married and moved in, my mother in law told me I could do whatever I wanted to spruce up the place to my liking.  But I thought it seemed fine and didn’t want to rack up additional costs.

I did consider doing our bedroom though but too much hassle!  We’d have to move out for a few days and wait for the paint fumes to dissipate.  Have to also deal with the removal of wallpaper which is another big mafan.  So I never got around to it.

But Nippon approached me to do a makeover and I figured best time to do it is now!  Our room condition was actually getting worse, and I was a little unhappy with Fighter’s nursery as well.

Here are the Before photos!

Before

Our bedroom:

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Our room original scheme is shades of beige.  Off white carpeting, beige walls and dark wood furnishings.

This is the view from the bedroom door.  Bed on the right and the wooden shutters actually lead to the bathroom.

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Erm excuse the mess. ._. Fighter has this irritating habit of pulling things onto the floor and leaving them there. >_>

The TV and our white dresser face opposite the bed.

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Above the white dresser is surface cracks in the wall. :(

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Bed! Windows are to the right of it.

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Wall above the bed also got huge crack. :(

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To the right of the dresser is our closet and dressing area.  The walls here are actually wallpapered, not painted.  Ya sorry ah damn messy cos I was in the midst of packing and cleaning out the room before the painters arrived hahaha.

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The wallpaper is peeling and looks quite gross. :( Wallpaper looks nice definitely but very high maintenance lo. If it starts peeling you can’t just fix that one portion, you have to redo the whole thing and is just a nightmare, not to mention expensive on the pocket too.

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Wallpaper texture.

Fighter’s room:

Last year I painted Fighter’s room a mint green.  I didn’t consult any designers but just asked a contractor to do it.  So the green I picked ended up looking very dark. D:

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It ended up making the room look smaller than it is and a bit gloomy looking. :(

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In photos with natural light looks better but the green on all four walls in real life is very overpowering.

(that’s Fighter getting changed after his bath hahaha)

The Process:

First, the Nippon consultant came over and had a look at our place.  She looked at our rooms, pulled out her color charts and recommended shades that she thought would look good. 

Pretty colors!

I told her beige is a little too old school for me and that I liked fresh, clean colors like white, blues or greys.  So we decided to work on those!

As for Fighter’s room, I thought it should remain a gender neutral color since Fighter and Bump are gonna share a room.  So cannot be pink or blue.  I asked about yellow and she said can, if the yellow is a very pale shade.  Bright yellows apparently creates a stressful environment so unsuitable for a nursery lol.

We also decided on the paint and shades for feature walls in both rooms!

The process

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First, the painters had to strip my walls of wallpaper. D: They said they’d need to spray water on the walls to wash also which made me fear for my carpet wtf but their water means they wipe it with damp clothes only hahaha scare me.

There was a team of about 5-7 people so they actually managed to complete the whole thing in a day!!!

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Then base coats on!

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Star of the day jeng jeng jeng.

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Actually no, star of the day is Nippon Momento, the two small buckets.  Nippon Momento is a special effects paint and is a totally different product from the normal solid colors that paints come in.

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We used two kinds of Nippon Momento.  White one is Snow Frost 01, which is from the Enhancer series, used for Fighter’s room. The silvery grey one is Monument MS 146, from Textured Paint Enhancer Series used for our room. Both result in totally different effects which you will see later. :D

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Here are the painters repainting three walls in Fighter’s room a lighter mint to open the room up.

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For the last wall which would be the feature wall, the painter applied Snow Frost 01 on top of the existing wall color.

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It actually takes a special technical skill to apply this paint cos of the special effect it produces.  So not all painters know how to do it and they need to learn specifically. :O

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A closer look.  3D effect!  When it fully dries though, the 3D effect sort of flattens out.

As for our room, the Textured Paint series worked in an entirely different way!

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The painter brushed on the paint in a sort of criss cross way, resulting in a…

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Stone-like effect!

Are you ready to see the After photos?

After

Our room:

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Voila!  Wall behind the TV, opposite our bed was done in a solid shade called Pewter 4231P.  I love this shade of grey it looks so peaceful and elegant without being fussy!

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Close up of our white dresser.  I love how the white contrasts with the grey behind it. :D  All my cosmetics and accessories look so pretty against the grey too hahaha.2014-12-23 04.25.35 1

As for the window wall, we painted it a very pale violet, practically white.  It’s called Violet Whisper OW361P.

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The wall facing it is in the same color.  I was worried it’d clash with our carpet which is still beige but they still go well together!

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Dressing area was also stripped of wallpaper and painted the same violet shade.

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The feature wall is behind our bed.  Here’s what the criss cross stone pattern looks like from afar. :D

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Up close.

Sooooo happy with the effect!  When I saw the paint I was worried cos it looked quite dark but it looks great on the wall. :) Fatty was very happy with how it turned out too phew luckily hahaha cos I made all the decisions without him. :X

Fighter’s room:

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Again I am loving it!  It’s so bright and cheery now, totally befitting of a baby room. :)

The wall behind his crib is where the Momento Snow Frost was used.

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It’s super subtle but up close you can see! The 3D blobs have calmed down into a streaky cloud effect that looks like wallpaper. :D

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All the other walls have been done in a mild mint color, Mint Scent owOW171P.

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Windows and other side of the room~~

Oh sorry the mattress is for me to sleep when Fatty was sick hahaha.

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Nice? :D

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Fighter agrees!  (actually when I was taking these photos he thought I was taking his picture and was very happy hahahaha.)

Our rooms are so gorgeous now! We spend most of our time in bedrooms so I think it’s important they be as nice as possible.  Also glad we got rid of the yucky high maintenance wallpaper in favor of the Nippon Momento paint which gives cool wallpaper type effects without the high cost and maintenance.

I also liked that there was no lingering paint smell at all!  We spent a night in the guestroom to be safe, but by the next morning we moved right back in to the room.  Nippon Momento Special Effect Paint is formulated with low VOC and it’s also free from formaldehyde, creating a healthier environment for families.  And not just walls ceilings and plaster, it can be used for wood, laminate and tile surfaces too.

Big big thanks Nippon Paint!!!!

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Paramount Studios, Universal Studios, and a little bit of Vegas

Wow I just realized I never finished blogging about our LA/Vegas trip last July. D:

Fasterly post pictures first! Although I’m very sure I forgot most of what happened already. ;( So therefore I can guarantee you this will be the most informative post ever wtf.

Angela and Frank joined us in LA for a couples trip (last post here) so we did some touristy stuff!  Paramount Studios tour was one of the ones all of us hadn’t been on yet so Paramount it was.

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Hello!

Wearing: Evris two piece set, denim shirt from Angela (I’d only brought one blazer and it was getting smelly wtf so Angela brought a shirt for me to wear hahaha) and Melissa flats.

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Here’s Fatty standing in front of the Hollywood sign!  Uhhh you can’t see the sign because I’m an awesome photographer.CIMG2642

 

Erm I thiiiink this was some set WTF.

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Ok this I remember!  Lucille Ball (of I Love Lucy fame) had her office here (blue door).CIMG2641

 

And this patch of grass was called Lucy Park because she was that big of a deal.  Apparently she also set up a nursery here for her kids while she worked.  I like that sorta thinking!

Next we explored Paramount’s New York City set…

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See the hole in the ground? Depending on the scene required (modern day, period drama, whatever) they’d stick in the corresponding streetlight, and just plug it in to the wires all fixed underground.

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Same goes for the doorknobs.  Depending on what the production needs, an appropriate doorknob would be fixed to the doors.CIMG2649

 

I think this is where Minority Report was filmed.  Or some Tom Cruise movie la wtf.  Each storey on the glass building is a different height, to give the false perspective that the building is really taller than it is when filmed.

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Another false perspective trick!  See the two doors?  They’re both of different heights so they can manipulate how tall an actor looks.  Like if Tom Cruise needed to look tall next to Nicole Kidman, they’d film him standing in front of the smaller door, and Nicole with the bigger door. If you can see, Fatty looks nearly the same height as me in relation to his door!

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Abbey Road-ing in New York City in Hollywood hahaha.

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Normal picture of us.

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I thiiink this was one of the apartments the Glee people were living in in NYC?

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Where Spidey and Mary Jane had that upside down kiss!

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And this was something significant to me and Angela wtf. -_-

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Ok this!  Some scenes in Glee involved these metal stairs (I think one was the scene where Kurt has some issues with the bully…?)CIMG2670

 

Water set where they filmed lake/sea scenes.  When needed I think they put a green screen to extend the horizon.

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When not in use it’s a parking lot wtf.

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oh nothing.  Just my Oscar collection.

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I think this was one of the original, earlier built parts of Paramount.

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So beautiful!

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My momma always said, “Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

Hehehe the original Forrest Gump bench.

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Just me and my Angela!

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Then we adjourned to Melrose to have brunch at this famous brunch place. No pictures because… they’re all in my old phone. :( I recently upgraded to the Sony Xperia Z3 yo!

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One more because I’m skinny and pretty here (as opposed to being 8 months pregnant wtf)

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Next day was spent at Universal Studios!

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Got my minion on.  Bought both the cap and minion glasses ahahah.

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<3

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My two favorite people in the world.

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And some sharks wtf.

And Whoville! (From the Grinch)

Universal Studios is by far the largest studio/theme park so their studio tour was extensive.  Very commercialized and less personal compared to Paramount but it was fun to see all the big, flashy sets. :)

I think this was a scene from World War Z.  So realistic, the props looked like all real stuff just thrown about.

Guess whose house from Desperate Housewives?

Vehicle from one of The Mummy movies hehehe.

Thass all folks! (Other people here are Angela’s friends from LA, not photobombers wtf)

Then it was on to Vegas!  Stayed at the Bellagio this time.

Truth be told, not many photos of Vegas cos by this time we were missing Fighter like crazy and were even contemplating canceling the Vegas leg of our trip.  But couldn’t find a satisfactory flight back and also would have to pay quite a bit to change flights.

So we stayed but like… a bit no mood to do anything (especially since we were in Vegas just two years ago).

Also it was too damn hot to keep whipping out the camera wtf.

We did weirdly bump into Adam C and his friend who were also at the Bellagio so we just hung out and ate a lot together hahaha.

Food in Vegas is always good!  Dinner above was at a Wolfgang Puck restaurant.

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At the hotel pool.  Grumpy face cos really damn hot!!!CIMG2741

 

Fatty and Adam are somewhere in there cooling off.

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Our last dinner!  Somewhere on the Strip, we just Yelped everything.

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Omg escargots I love.

Bonus photo from Venice Beach/Santa Monica.

Vroom vroom!  Me on a Segwat.

It’s so easy I was thinking omg I am so good at this. Cos normally I’m not good at anything physical wtf.

But then Fatty reminded me I crashed into him.  I did an about turn without realizing he’s behind and banged into him.

And then I also hit a homeless man from the back WTF. Poor fellow was so nice, said no worries it’s his fault.

I told Angela and she asked me how was it his fault. I was like errr he walked too slowly…

And then I remembered I got off the Segway at one point and for some reason the Segway kept moving! It’s not supposed to. Supposed to automatically stop when you get off.

The Segway ended up rolling over my own foot.

Literally watched it in slow motion (cos it moved slowly) as it rolled over my foot and I couldn’t do anything about it.

So okay fine I am not the best Segway rider.

But great fun! Fatty wants to buy a Segway in Malaysia now. Drive down Pudu and scare the illegal workers HAHAHA.

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30 weeks!

Guess who’s at 30 weeks now!

This pregnancy actually zipped by in a flash!  I guess this is what happens with second pregnancies – you’re too busy with the kid that’s around that you don’t notice time zooming by.

Cannot believe I have max ten more weeks to go only! Fatty thinks it’s still a long way (think he’d rather see Bump tomorrow if not for the complications) but it’s not.

I’m so chill this pregnancy that we haven’t actually bought anything much yet.  So far, I got bath towels, a three piece pack of pajamas from Mothercare, some pink sheets for the crib… and that’s all WTF. Oh wait I also bought some newborn diapers cos they were on sale hahaha.

Sorry Bump!!!

In my defense, we mostly have everything ready for you already because of your koko.  But I’ve already created a shopping list for you ok don’t worry *hastily

Preparation

Things to get:

Milk bottles – last time I bought Avent cos it was the most famous brand.  And Fighter actually took to the bottle first before the breast so I don’t think there was nipple confusion.  But this time I’m worried about it and I’ve seen people recommending Medela Calma teats so I’m waiting to get those!

Baby pillow and blanket – because Fighter is still using his

A new canopy for the Bugaboo Bee – in baby pink, no less.  Going for a Bugaboo event next week so quite excited to check them out!

….Shit what else does a newborn baby need?  Why my memory so bad wtf.

Oh I guess stock up on toiletries as well – body wash, a new tub of diaper cream cos I don’t think it’s hygienic for them to share, new face cloths…

DSC_0224Also got Fighter a big boy bed!  His crib is obviously going to Bump so I bought the toddler bed for him to level up wtf.

I read somewhere that we should introduce the big bed to kids before the baby comes so they don’t associate getting kicked out of their comfy crib on account of the baby.

Last night we let him fall asleep in his crib, then moved him over to the bed.  He woke up three hours later panicking cos it was a new place hahaha.  Pat him back to sleep with minimal issue though and he slept well after that.  Hope every night is as good as this!

And how’s Bump?

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This is her at 29 weeks!  At 29 weeks, she already weighs in at 1.2 kg!  In comparison, Fighter at 31 weeks was 1.07 kg. T_______T Damn you preeclampsia.

On the bright side, the fact that Bump is gaining well means there’s no problem with my placenta so far and nutrients are passing through to her just fine. ^^

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And this is me at 29 weeks!  Wah so geli, bloated max still wanna act cute and put up one leg hahaha. (actually wanted to show my shoe la)

Let’s see.  At 30 weeks my bump feels hugeeee.  By this time last time I was already in the hospital so I was obviously quite inactive.  Now I’m still up and about and hefting Fighter around occasionally so I do feel the strain much more.  My muscles especially in the legs feel more ‘sui’ (sour wtf) and I generally feel heavy and whale-like. I’ve also gained 10 kg at this point.

My heartburn is damn bad also. It’s like 24/7 now omfg T___________T The pain is so bad my entire throat is sore and even my ears hurt wtf.  Last time my heartburn was easily neutralized with a cup of fresh milk but now even milk doesn’t help!  I hate the taste of Gaviscon so I just tahan the pain la. ._.

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The only thing I can eat without getting heartburn (or at least minimal burn) is brunch type food!  Had this for lunch today and I think Imma eat it every day for the next ten weeks.

What else ah?

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Oh yea goodbye ankle bones, hello cankles.

Removed my wedding ring this morning too because my finger was getting cinched in already and I scared it cannot come off in labor and they cut it off wtf.

Swelling has begun!  A bit scared cos this was a very distinct symptom of my preeclampsia but so far BP is still good.  But definitely started bloating la my knees and calves are fatter, my feet bones are missing wtf.  Jawline also rounded already.

Argh can’t wait to deliver honestly.  The pregnancy sped by but now that I’m at 30 weeks and counting every day my BP is normal, time is barely inching by. D:

Also tired of just being pregnant in general la wtf.

Can’t wait to fit back into my old clothes – it’s even uncomfortable wearing leggings now cos of how huge Bump is.  So I keep sticking to shift dresses and not to say I got a lot of them wtf.

Tired of battling the acid burn every night and tired of feeling tired when I play hide and seek with Fighter. :(

Time please pass faster!!!

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Making Oreo muffins

Okay! After that last rabbit turd peanut butter cups disaster, Fatty incredibly requested I make more muffins.  Either this guy has a stomach of steel, is a masochist, or he’s The One wtf.

He asked for Oreo muffins specifically.  And recipe looked pretty damn do-able! So here goes.

Recipe taken from Kraft Foods.

1-3/4 cups  flour
1/4 cup  sugar
1 Tbsp.  Baking Powder
1/2 tsp.  salt
1/3 cup  cold margarine or butter
1  egg
1 cup  milk
16  OREO Cookies, coarsely chopped (about 2 cups)

PREHEAT oven to 400°F. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in medium bowl. Cut in margarine with pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

BEAT egg and milk with wire whisk until well blended. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened. Gently stir in chopped cookies. Spoon evenly into 12 greased or paper-lined medium muffin cups.

BAKE 15 to 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Remove from pan; cool slightly on wire rack. Serve warm.

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Here’s where I poured out the milk and broke an egg into it.  I chose the biggest egg I could find in the fridge cos I’m kiasu like that.

To my surprise the egg yolk dropped out in a solid orange ball. Huh don’t tell me this is a rotten egg!? DAMN TESCO SOLD ME A BAD EGG!

Asked my helper what’s up with the egg.  She glanced at it and said “that’s a salted duck egg” WTF.

Then in the spirit of waste not, want not, she drank the milk to see if still can salvage WTF.  Obviously cannot cos the milk turned salty right away hahaha.  And so I wasted a perfectly good salted egg and a cup of milk. T_T

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Batter nearly done!

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Added the chopped cookies.  Accidentally bought chocolate Oreos instead of the normal ones but I think they just make it more chocolate-y. ^^

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Batter was quite watery compared to the banana muffins!  Spilled a lot fml. >_>

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Done! I was quite horrified by how they turned out – why all lopsided and ugly one!? They looked like charred chunks of cancer-ridden flesh wtf.

Tentatively, I gave some to the guys to try.

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Left is before taking a bite, right is after.

Okay that look of bliss means approved hahahaha.  Damn stupid his blissful face.  It helped that the muffins were still warm from the oven.

PhotoGrid_1421895298854The little one.

Left photo is eating while people are watching. Right photo is eating when he thinks nobody is watching LOLOL.

He realized he likes them and was trying to cram the whole thing in HAHAHAHAHA.

Verdict: The Tiah men love it!

This recipe is actually very easy!  I halved the sugar because I prefer less sweet foods and it was just perfect I think.

Less moist but that could be because there were no bananas in it wtf but good and Oreo-y. Hahaha.

Going to try it next time with regular Oreos!

 

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