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Thursday, 5 November 2015

Pregnancy Problem: Is it happen to you too….??

Many people said pregnancy is the most joyful moment in their life.
I have two side of opinion

One side 
More than miracle that I have a chance to have a child of my own. Something I've been dreaming for many-many-many years, till I reach the point that I might never able to have a kid on my own.

Other side 
Not much thing I can enjoy. Here I describe myself during my whole 6 months so far.

1. I turn from smart to dumb
I can feel my brain having less connection to my body, esp during work or conversation. I noticed that I work slower (not my movement) but how my brain catch the work.
At this point I often hate myself, its kinda sad and depressing while I keep heard one or two colleague make comparison of their pregnancy condition with mine.

2. Breathing problem
Many people said, at the middle to last trimester of your pregnancy you will start snoring and farting without control.
Rather than feel embarrassed, I feel more suffer cos it wasn't a snore, what happen to me more suffocating during my sleep. I have breathing difficulty since my 5th Month of pregnancy. Often in the middle of the night, Mr. have to stay alert just to change my head or pillow position so I can breath well.

3. Sloppy
When your mind and your body dis-coordinate and work at their own without control. Hundred times I spilled from drink, porridge, rice, sauce, ketchup on my shirts, floor, pants. Drop my dinner or lunch on the floor, Leave me as the messiest girl at the office.

Yes, basically I turn into toddler. I can't control my body movement. I often close door before my body leave, end up with I  hit myself (many times), and uncounted of dropping keys, phone, book, anything I hold.

4. The dis-function of my palate
 Whenever I cook, most of the food turn into disaster. Either I couldn't figure out what I was cooking, or forgot in the middle of the way, or throw too much salt, etc.

5. Exhausted from doing small things
Many people keep said to me to "Please take a lot of rest"
"Please don't work too hard"
"Please don't carry to much thing"

Where the rest just said it on their mouth, in fact they still load me with (normal thing)

My energy level drop up to 75%, so yes.. Most of the time I can only cope with 25% from my daily routine.

And I will just sleep or lie down for the rest of the day. 


I just hope that people around me will understand my situation and stop compare me with them, their wife, their neighbor, the article they read, etc.



Tuesday, 27 October 2015

PREGNANCY CHRONICLE: SECOND TRIMESTER



2nd Trimester, Alhamdulillah.
Thank You God for your trust to us to be a parent :)

Everything seems getting easier right now.
I can start enjoy my life back like normal. 
I can eat lasagna, bolognese and all of those Italian food with sharp seasoning.
I can mop the floor (before, I can't even pull or push anything too hard. I will end up with having bad stomach cramp)

1. I will start joining run again.
RUN…? yes, slow run or brisk walk is allowable by doctor as long as the mother know how to keep the body heat stable (not too hot). I will run and carry a bottle of iced water to splash on my back whenever I feel it was too hot.

2. I can start shopping for maternity clothes, pants and its equipment :P
(Preggy fashionista…?) LOL
Yeah, I bought couple pieces maternity top, but according to my mom they were ugly.
Too lazy to hear long complaint, I just leave some money so she can dress me as she wish

3. Back to swimming activities
I need swim to relax my muscles. Swimming (Gaya Katak) good to give my hip a chance to expand.

4. I actually Need to Start Diet
I need to watch the food I eat to avoid being giant mama with giant baby. I just can't imagine to have my tummy slashed cos the baby can't deliver normal. Or having "already fat-me" getting even fatter after having kid.

I also need to choose the right food to make sure both of us life healthy without any malnutrition.



Nothing really change but I feel my nose swollen


Getting pregnant far away from my mom is quite difficult for me. 

After several visit to different clinic, I didn't feel satisfy at all.
My first visit was no proper equipment and they charged me MYR 50.
my 2nd clinic had proper equipment, but the doctor was having no interest to take care of me.
The total visit was less than 10 min : sit - ultrasound- pay.

The only thing came out from his mouth was: yes you are pregnant, you want to keep it or cancel it.
Me: Of course I want to keep it
He: Fine, OK.. Done. Comeback here next two months for ultrasound.

He wasn't answer my question about what should I do on my early pregnancy, can I still joining my running event, can I still hiking, what should I do if I can't bear my back pain, will my baby going to have malnutrition caused I can't swallow any food. 
I paid MYR 80 for nothing.


I was clueless and frustrated, til one of my good friend Marina suggest me to go to KKIA (klinik kesihatan ibu anak) , a government clinic specialized to taking care women, infant and kids.


Buku Pink / Pink Book
mom's long life record during pregnancy and delivery


Many people think that Govt-KKIA is only for poor citizen while the middle and upper class would prefer private clinic. Well, its about preference. For me, anywhere I don't mind as long as I got my questions answered clearly and I get a good advise from the expert.


While it free for citizen, it is quite costly for me.
My first screening was RM 250++ and took me half day to finish all the screening test include dental, urine, blood, ultrasound, and long advise.

The price is worth because they give complete screening to me 
(In Taman Desa Medical Centre, I can easily charged RM 450++)
Global Doctor Hospital was RM 230++ just for scan, not include doctor consultancy and other test.

Yes, I can afford. But daripada meng-kayakan orang yang dah kaya (hospital owner) lagi baik spend that money to charity. They will appreciate more… :)





Inside of my pink book there are plenty pages need to fill by the nurse and doctor to record my health history during pregnancy and labour.

KKIA convinced me that I will still be fine to fast during Ramadhan, and the nice nurse wrote down tips and trick to fast during pregnancy such:
- Food I need to eat to prevent me from starving
- Amount of liquid, and what kind of liquid
- When I should ignore the hunger, and when I should stop fast while I feel I want to eat something.


Basically I am quite happy to stop visiting those private clinic and switch to KKIA Segambut.
Many people said Govt hospital and clinic quite rude and careless, I guess not all true.
Everything seems depend on how we present and brought ourselves to the place.

I can understand when they start yelling to people who laugh or talk loud on the phone in waiting area, fighting with their babies, some of them arrived without bath still wear last night pajamas, and the babies clearly having super dirty diapers.


On my 2nd trimester I can start smiling and having less grumpy face HO HO HO



Mama



baby :)



Semoga baby dan mama sehat selalu sampan hari lahir, Amin :)

Monday, 26 October 2015

Short Trip to Indonesia

2015 is the most un-careered year for me.


I had to jump from one job to another job,
When I found a perfect office to work, 
I thought I will be stable and will stay to my current place till… FOREVER
But my destiny told me different thing.

After long-bland-boring years,
I have too many color on my 2015
I got pregnant, and this is super new for me (clueless dumb-ass old girl)
And because of this I have to ran around between Jakarta - Solo - Kuala Lumpur non-stop

Aug-Sept- Oct, at least once a month I have to donated my saving to Air Asia
to have a trip to Indonesia.

Beginning of October we have another trip to Indonesia, p 






I think I really have enough of KLIA2 and its food.
Our early lunch was dry curry mee- from Papa Rich which is quite expensive
RM 43++ for 2 dry curry mee and drink.   




We arrive a bit early so I have almost two hours to finish up my assignment I need to submit soon. Working while you travel is not easy at all, you will distracted by many kids ran around and of course keep checking your time every five minutes.






2 hours flight from Kuala Lumpur to Jakarta, 
and another 2 1/2 hours taking Damri Bus from the Airport to Jakarta City.
I was quite happy cos I can fulfill all my food craving, but I can see Mr. is quite stress (LOL)

Jakarta is too crowded for him.



Our taxi from Gambir Train station (where the Airport Bus stop) to our hotel.
Blue Bird Taxi Rate is quite expensive compared to another brand, but the similar experience with Ho Chi Minh City.

DON'T EVER TRUST WITH SOMETHING CHEAPER.
I got cheated once by cheap taxi, and never trust them anymore.

Better to take from the brand you know, and minimize the damage.



We stay one night here, before continue to another trip.
Mansion House is quite wise choice for people who go to Jakarta for business.
Its located in Kuningan Area, where all the embassy and offices there.

Fast wifi, and bit quiet (except my room)
which next to surau with super loud prayer call and their activities.




kind of "dry" breakfast for me.
Mr refuse to eat cos Indonesian food doesn't really match his tongue.



 us in our stressful trip 





 Once we finish our business in embassy,
We went to Plaza Indonesia for lunch.

Went run-around-and around, with no idea what to eat for lunch.
But finally he agreed to my Indonesian food desire :P

After Lunch, another taxi trip continue.
We went to train station to go to my hometown.
(No afternoon flight from Jakarta - Solo) we need to sit on couch for 7 hours for train journey.

Not bad, just pain on my back and ass.





 We had to buy this donut to get the air-condition.
Jakarta is super HOT and dusty.




No, not a good donut.
J-Co taste better.




 Our train arrived on-time,
and we continue our journey.




 BYE Jakarta… I love you but I hate you :-*

We arrived home at 12 midnight, and Mr. have to catch his early flight again within couple hours cos he need to go back to the office.

(no day off for him)

While I spend my last 10 hours sleeping



meet my niece and nephew
House with too many kiddos
OMG stress me out.

They live nearby,
so whenever they free they spend their day at my parent's house.



While the sun not so biting, we start look for some local food.



lapis legit = layer cake
and
rissoles (kind of spring roll, but the filing is chicken in white sauce)





 soto ayam 


bubur candil / jenang grundul
a sweet food made from rice flour cook in coconut milk and palm sugar.
served with another coconut milk


This is most of our daily lunch.
Bit of rice, green clear soup, something fried (fish, tempeh, tofu, etc)
I count i might 200-300 Kcal/meal,
which you could never get fat by having this.


On Sunday we have some event,
My 2nd brother engagement party,


long journey in a super hot and dry city,
The only way to reduce the heat is by stop talk about it and try to ignore.
So, we seldom to whine about the heat and it actually work.

The more you whine, the more you suffer



My niece growing into pretty girl :)




couple snap of family picture 



The engagement picture with some of the family member







I stayed another night in My hometown before back to Malaysia,
this time I join my sister and her son to visit doctor





if you can see his face is always serious and stress out.
My nephew quite scared with me cos we seldom meet.
He doest like to mix around with stranger 
AT ALL 





we bought bakso (meat ball-noodle soup) 
just because I feel like to eat it




mee ayam (chicken noodle)




We adopt one kitten a while a go and one my nephew love it so much


With super sucks weather, I am so exhausted and can't do anything in my hometown.
My most day was hiding in the house and tried to cool my ass off.

I can't even meet my old friend, or shopping somewhere just because of one reason: 
I COULDN'T TAKE THE HEAT




Leaving Solo to go back to Kuala Lumpur.
To send my resignation letter so I can have proper rest at home.

I Gonna have another trip on November with my stuffy belly
(tired).



Saturday, 26 September 2015

Mongolian Beef

Another made up menu I found in internet :P


Mongolian beef or chicken is quite common food in Chinese take-away menu.
The recipe quite easy, not so many ingredient and fast cooking.

We tried to copy the recipe for our weeknight dinner.
Well.... since we don't have enough meet in the fridge, I throw in blanched cauliflower, carrot and yellow onion to make it look more on the plate. 






Ingredients:
200 gram beef, slices nicely. Dust with corn flour, set aside.
1 cup cauliflower cut and blanched for 30 second
1 carrot, peel and sliced
1/2 yellow, cut in big slices

2 cloves garlic, 1 cm ginger => slices all
3 dried chili
1 tbs cooking oil

1 tbs oyster sauces
1 tbs dark soy sauces
1 tbs light soy sauces
1 tsp sugar
*mix all with 1/2 cup water
*If you are indonesian, you can change the dark-light soy sauce with just kecap manis. And remove sugar from the recipe.

1 tsp corn flour, mix with bit of water (I use about 1/4 cup)

Heat up wok, add in cooking oil. 
Stir in garlic,ginger and dried chili, cook for 30 second.
Add in beef. Cook until beef start browning.

Add in the sauce mix, and vegetable. Cook for about 1 minutes until carrot start soft.
Add in corn flour mix and onion, stir until the sauce thicken.
Taste to your preference, Mongolian beef should be a bit sweet, spicy and tasty :)


Served with hot steamed rice.
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Thursday, 24 September 2015

Sop Ceker aka Chicken Feet Soup


Some people might frown when I mentioned about eating chicken feet. 
But for Asian, chicken feet is common food to enjoy.

Chicken feet is non-meaty part of chicken, more to bone-y and lot of collagen make it jelly-ish when we boil it for long hours.

Chicken feet always good to make anything with gravy, or just simply stir fried, or deep fried.

I like chicken feet to make soup broth since it has no fat content, makes my soup less greasy yet still taste very nice.

This soup is very simple and quite low fat-low calories, you can eat as much as you like :)

Seger untuk teman makan siang terutama di hari yang panas terik, dimakan dengan nasi dan kuah yang banyak untuk dihirup.





Ingredients:
6 chicken feet, cleaned up, cut the nails. Blanch with boiling water for 1-2 minutes, discharged the water.
1 carrot, peel and slices diagonally
1 corn, cut into 5-6 pcs
2-3 leaves of cabbage, cut but not too small

- 1/4 tsp fenugreek
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
- 2 liter water
- salt, pepper to taste



Add fenugreek, corn, garlic and blanched chicken feet into 2 liters of boiling water.
Cook until chicken feet soft.

Add in Carrot, leave for 1 minutes till carrot half cook.
Add in cabbage, cook for another 1 minutes.
Add in salt and pepper to taste.

Sprinkle with minced chinese parsley and spring onion for better aroma.
Served immediately :)





Dare to try?

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Ayam Kecap



Ayam Kecap / Ayam Kicap / Braised Chicken in Soy Sauce


Another simple yet very satisfying dinner for easy weeknight meal.
I choose chicken breast to cut of cooking time instead of yummy drumstick.




Simple Ingredients


2 Chicken breast, cut into 4
Mushroom, potato, tofu puff (all optional)

5 Cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp ginger, minced
lot lot lot of chili (as per your spiciness level)

1/2 cup water
3 tbs light soy sauce
1 tbs dark soy sauce (kicap manis)
1 tbs palm sugar
salt, pepper

1/2 yellow onion, sliced
1 star anise


       


Pan Fried 2 chicken breast (i cut each breast into 4)
=> I like to pan fried chicken before cook to another dishes just to lock the taste.
also to prevent the meat from falling apart.


1. Heat up 1 table spoon cooking oil, add in onion and ginger. Cook till fragrant
2. Add in water, soy sauce, star anise.
3. Add in chicken and stir a bit make sure the chicken well covered.
4. Cook in low simmering fire. 
5. You may add mushroom, tofu, potato anything you like



Couple minutes before finish, add in onion.





Enjoy Chicken with some salad and steam rice.

I have my steamed vegetable with peanut sauce :)





Thursday, 10 September 2015

Easy Potato Cabbage Soup


Sup Kentang dan Sayuran


Basically I've been the one who take over the home kitchen. Leave Mr no choice but eat
on whatever I desired to cook. Luckily he is not a fussy eater.For him, as long is the food is not too weird, It should be fine.

Usually the conversation about dinner will start at 4:00pm, where I got myself kinda weird food menu I found on internet. Like usual he just YES-ing on whatever i type on whatsaapp.


This soup is kind of effortless cooking yet giving enough nutrition to keep us alive without any excess fat or oil. Chinese and Indonesian love this soup so much for their lunch, dinner and midnight snacks.




Ingredients:
1 Cup Napa Cabbage (cabbage to make kimchi) cut
1 Young carrot, peel and slice diagonal
1 Potato, peel, cut cube
1 spring onion

2 tbs minced chicken (to replace MSG)
2 cloves garlic
Salt + white pepper
1 tbs cooking oil

2 cup water

How to:
Heat up 1 tbs cooking oil, fried minced chicken.
Add in water and  potato,  boil till the potato soft.
Add in carrot, leave for 3 minutes till carrot half cook.
Add in garlic, cabbage, salt and pepper.

Taste to your likeness.
Sprinkle with spring onion and served with chili-soy sauce.



Since potato already full of carb.
We don't cook rice tonight.



Tuesday, 8 September 2015

PREGNANCY CHRONICLE : FIRST TRIMESTER



Enjoying the pregnancy…? TIPU LUAR DALAM ATAS BAWAH KIRI KANAN
I couldn't find the part where I could enjoy my pregnancy so far...


Beginning of the pregnancy is the worst experience in my life.
Before I knew that I was pregnant, I got like one whole weeks back pain and all joint pain.
(Rasa macam orang lepas kena langgar Yamaha EX-5) I couldn't sleep or enjoy my day. 

I thought I had rheumatism or going to have very bad flue cos the joint pain was unbearable. I couldn't sleep at all for like a week. When I went to the nearest hospital to (plan to get pain killer jab) there I came to know that my back pain was the result of pregnancy.

We could't any medicine but bunch of vitamin instead. I can't go to normal massage centre too… No reflexology either.

Mr became my private masseur at time being to rub my neck and shoulder. I had to give myself extra gua-sha massage (scrap myself with coin and hot oil). It was relieving, but the pain back again on the next day. Most of my night were shower in extra hot water, and rub myself with either minyak angin  or counter-pain.

After a while the joint and back pain reduce, but theeeenn………. I have another issue:

1. Sleepy
I am struggle in keeping myself awake. I almost fall asleep at the office, Often I skip lunch just to have some nap during lunch hour. I had another nap soonest I reach home from work while waiting Mr. back from afternoon run.

Dinner have to served early like 7:00pm, or else someone have to eat alone cos I already ran to bedroom. I guess at least I had 10 hours night sleep, 1 hour lunch nap, and another hour after-work nap.

2. Muak on certain food, smells, person
The most struggle thing I almost couldn't face.
I used to be fine with soy sauce, nowadays whenever I smell food with soy sauce I feel yucky.
(Ayam masak kicap yang sedap tu boleh muntah mak tengok… huhuh)

Smoke.. from BBQ, Satay, fried onion, all make me want to pingsan.
paling benci kalau Mr. masak… hrgggghhhh….. satu rumah bau asap.
Rasa nak tercekik vampire.
tapau tak boleh ke bang?
so yes, most of the time I always make excuse  so we don't have to light the stove, instead we tapau (take-away) or have sandwich for dinner LOL.

There were some food (Random) i can't even describe which one.
Whenever I saw it, I want to vomit.

I hate cheese all of the sudden, I hate red meat (I hate all animal-made food), I hate buying food served by male-foreign-worker (macam itu pun ada), I couldn't stand looking at food cooked in coconut milk, it makes me faint.

The only food really appetite me is kind of taste-less food like
- steamed ubi kayu
- steamed sweet potato
- bread, bun
-anything mixed with lime juice and chili smells good to me.

3. I Crave Certain Food
There are plenty days, time and hours I think about specific food I want to eat and I can't get rid of them from my mind.

- Mee siput + sambal tumis: ooohhh…mak…aiiii….. I can imagine rangupnya kerupuk mee siput, pedas manis nya sambal…krap-krup-krap….. fyyuuuuhhhh…. makan tu je dengan nasi putih pun dah serasa surga dunia. Terimakasih kepada kak MIAW, she is happily to bring it from Muar sekali dengan sambal tumis yang sedap.

- Nasi Jagung + Urap: Nasi jagung yang tasteless, kasar dan pera macam pasir… ditambah dengan urap daun pepaya dan sambal kelapa yg pedas, rempeyek kedelai atau keripik tempe…..HOMAIGAWD…… kat mana kucari makanan itu!!!!!

- Buntil Daun Pepaya:  its a humble food made from dried anchovies and grated coconut tidily wrapped in bitter papaya leaves, and simmered in light gravy. Buntil is nasi jagung best friend.


4. Badly Miss Coffee So So So So Much
I felt part of my life is missing without coffee. Many article said pregnant women shouldn't touch coffee, cos it caused miscarriage for beginning of pregnancy, and make the baby malnutrition.

Other said, when the mother took coffee, the baby get the same effect. When they arrive in the world, they will awake more often, couldn't sleep, and cry all night long.
BABY COULDN'T SLEEP...? AMACAM...? BIG PROBLEM....!!!!
Ibu ngantuk, tak boleh tidur pasal anak tak tidur... aiyaaaaaa

so yes, I didn't touch coffee.
Menderita ke kak...? Ho Iya... menderita sekali...!!!
Last last, dah tak boleh tahan... buat juga di kantor.

Kali ini buat yg sangat encer, 1/4 cawan.
Selepas dibuat, bukan terus diminum, tapi letak di tepi meja.
Hirup-hirup je bau kopi panas tu.... (tak minum)

kalau sudah sejuk, cawan dimasukkan dalam microwave biar kopi hangat semula...
hidu-hidu bau kopi... letak tepi...

sejuk, microwave balik...hidu.. microwave...hidu..microwave..hidu...

kalau dah tak tahan sangat, ambil teaspoon, cedok kopi pakai teaspoon,
enjoy satu dua sudu...

DAH MACAM HAMPEH...
sometimes I talk to myself..... what I did eh.... kenapa la I feel stewpit panaskan-hidu-panaskan kopi dah macam orang bodo.... hahahha

Tapi mahu macam mana... sudah menjadi part of the process,
sabar je la...
Lebih baik tahan kopi, daripada nanti anak keluar tukang menangis tak mau tidur kan...

KORANG KAN especially lelaki,kalau tak sayang dan kesiyan kat ibu, perempuan, istri, hidup memang tak barokah...huhu

Banyak perngorbanan untuk menghasilkan satu insan manusia ke dunia ni.... belum lagi dapat 3 bulan dalam perut je dah macam-macam cobaan dan dugaan yang mak rasa.


Marcella at 10 weeks in my tummy


Minta maaf la nak,
Ibumu ini memang langsung tiada pengalaman dan degil.