Friday, 1 January 2021

2021 Resolutions

Assalamualaikum,

I'm keeping it simple this year with only 5 resolutions. I think these are so realistic and attainable, just a matter of consistencies and willpower 💖

1. Read and comprehend at least 2 books a month
2. Fit into my blue wedding dress
3. Have an additional of 100g in my gold account
4. Take care of my prayer (solat awal waktu + solat sunat)
5. Khatam Quran

Trying to be a better Muslim, wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. 
Be better physically, emotionally and spiritually.

A better person. 
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Wednesday, 30 December 2020

#MakanReview : Shin Nihon, Hartamas

Assalamualaikum,

We went to Shin Nihon recently to celebrate our anniversary, just the two of us (though we ended up video calling Leia 😍). The reservation was made by Whatsapp, super convenient! They had tweaked their operation hours during MCO, and we came as soon as they were open; at 4.30pm. 

The parking was a nightmare but they had free valet parking on-site, so just leave your car keys at the counter. 

We were told to go to the second floor where the small private dining rooms were located. It could fit 2 adults comfortably. As it was our first time, we ordered the famous item on the menu.

Top - Special salted beef tongue with scallions and onion (RM40)
Bottom - Kale salad (RM28)

Top - Japanese Wagyu 400g (RM360)
Bottom - Sliced wagyu rice bowl (RM40)

Bottom : Australian Wagyu 100g (RM70)

Matcha Tiramisu (RM15)

Did we love the food? Yes, some more than others!.
Will we come again? Definitely! But not for the wagyu slices. Hahaha

Our favourites; salted beef tongue, wagyu rice bowl and the matcha tiramisu. Will try other menus the next time we went there!

And oh, it's halal. Obviously!

Overall rating : 4.8/5
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Wednesday, 16 December 2020

#Product Review - Mamaway Nano Bamboo Postnatal Recovery & Support Belly Band

Having slipped disc is a double whammy for moms. During pregnancy it hurts because of the extra weight you're carrying and after delivery, there's the sagging belly (for the first few weeks). You'll need support for both your back and your belly especially to stabilise wound and help with abdominal separation. 

So I bought Mamaway's Nano Bamboo Postnatal Recovery & Support Belly Band during my third trimester after reading rave reviews on the internet. I ordered from their official website and got the package a few days after (it was very quick).

The band comes in 2 sizes; S-M (waist size 20-36 inches) and L-XL (waist size 30-50 inches) which I think is great as it allows a wide range of mothers to use it. [I got myself the L-XL size]

What's interesting and important to note is that the belly band can be used both by mothers who had vaginal birth and C-section. This is the reason why I bought it in advance since I will definitely be able to use it (some belly band are not suitable to be used by mothers who had C-section). 



I've packed the belly band in my hospital bag and used it on the third-day post C-section operation. It helped me tremendously in stabilizing the belly and avoiding the wound to move as much. At first, I was worried about the material as it seems hard and scratchy but OMG it's super soft and so comfortable. So much so that I wore it to sleep 😂

I like the fact that it's easily adjustable. On days that I wanted more compression, I simply pull it a little tighter. Unlike traditional belly band, I could wear and adjust this on my own. Currently, I'm in my 3rd months post-partum and I am still wearing the band sometimes (I wore it religiously during the confinement period). 



It may seem a bit pricey at RM330, but it is so worth it! Will I recommend this to other moms? Definitely!!! This will be one of my top recommendations for expecting mothers!

You can get the belly band at this link here.  Mamaway has also been gracious enough to offer a discount to those using this code 'MAMABLOG-EVA' (You'll get RM15 off for purchase over RM150). 

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Tuesday, 1 December 2020

My Hospital Bag for Delivery at Andorra Hospital

Hi! I'm going to share the list of things I've prepared in my hospital bag versus the things that I actually need (for future reference). But bear in mind, these are tailored to my experience in Andorra Hospital. You may need some other items should you gave birth at other hospitals. 

What I brought; 1 cabin bag, 1 gym bag and 1 nursing pillow. [Hint : It's too much]


Essentials

  • Identification Card
  • Medical Record (Buku Merah) + Appointment Card
  • Credit Card / ATM Card / Guarantee Letter

Food (Not only for me, for N to munch as well)

  • Chocolate - KitKat, Snickers
  • Biscuits - Oat Biscuits, Belvita
  • Sunsweet Prune
  • Horlicks 3 in 1
  • Straw set (in case C-Sec and can't bend down to drink water)

Hygiene and Beauty

  • Toothbrush + Toothpaste
  • Face wash
  • Face towel
  • Deodorant
  • Makeup (if you feel like it)

My Clothes

  • A spare t shirt
  • Kain batik
  • Telekung
  • 3 pair of thick socks
  • 3 tudung sarung
  • Disposable panties (I bought from Lunavie and Shapee)
  • Going back clothes - skirt, long blouse
  • Sweater

Baby's Items

  • Barut
  • Handkerchief
  • Blanket
  • Bedung
  • Baby lotion + Baby oil
  • 2 Diaper Newborn (just in case)
  • Wet wipes (just in case)
  • 2 long sleeve zip bodysuit
  • Socks + Mittens + Hat

Breastfeeding (Planning to pump and bottle-fed after 3 weeks)

  • Nursing pillow
  • Haakaa breast milk collector
  • Nipple cream
  • Breast pad
  • Nursing bra
  • Breast milk cup + syringe 

Miscellaneous

  • A flip flop
  • Maternity pad + overnight pad
  • Hot pack
  • N's change of clothes
  • Belly binder / Bengkung
  • Charger + Power bank

Quite a lot, right? But in reality, if you're giving birth at Andorra these are all you need;


Food-wise, you're gonna be fed well. Don't worry! Haha Plus there's a cafe on the ground floor, you can also order food from Chef Zubir's restaurant and during the day, there are a lot of food trucks nearby. A pack of Sebamed toiletries and a thick towel (you can bring these home!) are provided.

For the baby, the only things needed are the going-back-clothes plus blanket and handkerchief. While she's still at the hospital, everything is taken care of. 

Hope this helps!
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Monday, 12 October 2020

#Confinement : Fazrina Postnatal Care Review

I knew from the get-go that I wanted a Confinement Lady (CL) to take care of me during confinement. Since I'm living in an apartment (and because I value my privacy) I chose daily visit package instead of having the CL to stay in my house. 

Among the CL services I shortlisted was;

  • Fazrina Postanatal Care
  • Inai Confinement 
  • Natalis Mother Care and Beauty (only stay in packages are available)
  • Lavender Confinement  Care (only stay in packages are available)
  • Elvira Postnatal Care (only stay in packages are available)
In the end, I chose Fazrina Postnatal Care because some of my friends spoke very highly of them.
I've also visited their Spa in Bangi during my 6th and 9th month of pregnancy for the prenatal massage and it was great. 

They basically offered 4 packages for daily visit.



The first 2 packages; 'A' Full Day and 'A' Half Day.

The full-day package is from 9am to 4.30pm (7.5 hours) while for half-day you can choose either from 9am to 12.30pm or 1pm to 4.30pm (3.5 hours).

Since the most important treatment for me is the daily body massage, package A doesn't meet my needs. So I chose Package B instead. 



In the end, I chose Package B Full Day. And the package already included transportation charges depending on where you live. Some other providers charged as much as RM40 daily for transportation. 

One thing for sure, please liaise with them early as their slots may be full. I contacted them when I was 6 months pregnant and I was lucky there were a few slots left. To book, just Whatsapp their number and make a RM500 deposit payment. And do tell them when you're going to the hospital to deliver as they have to manage their logistics as well.

So, my review.

My CL was Kak Atikah, from Bandung. [Apparently, the company has near to 160 CLs, all Indonesian]. After 8 days, we felt like we've had enough and asked the owner if we could change to another CL. Oh by the way, N was working from home during the entire duration of the CL's service. So the issues we had includes;
  • Communication issue - the CL could barely understand BM so it was difficult for us to communicate
  • Headstrong - She was quite old and will not follow 'our' way of doing things (despite being told repeatedly)
  • Poor time management - did not do everything that she's supposed to do even though there were a lot of spare time
  • Did not even informed us when she destroyed our stuff (broken hanger / burnt Tupperware / candle stain on carpets) 
  • On the phone / video call while on the job
  • Took my baby's picture without asking for consent 😑
Upon informing the owner, she graciously apologized and sent a new CL the following day. Alhamdulillah. The second CL I got, Kak Mala was wayyy better. 


So the CL's routine is as follows;
  • She'll come in at 9ish (sometimes earlier / later depending on the traffic) and boiled the herbal concoction for baby's and my bath
  • She'll bath, massage and use the warm compress (tuam) on the baby
  • Apply body scrub on me (twice weekly)
  • Set up the sauna (three times weekly)
  • I'll take my bath
  • Full traditional body massage and hot stone therapy (bertungku)
  • Belly binding (bengkung) 
  • CL will prepare lunch/dinner for me and hubs
  • Do the laundry
  • Bath the baby again at around 4
  • Prepare herbal bath for me before heading back at 4.30
Here are some of the #pantangfood prepared by the CL. 







I may opt for the half-day daily visit package the next time though insyaAllah as I felt that the CL has too many free time (2 hours plus) in the evening. Hahaha

Would I recommend Fazrina Postnatal Care?
Yes (if you really want a traditional confinement experience)
I couldn't care less about the so-called pantang diet; no eggs, no chicken 😏. I ate them all as long as they're healthy food (source of protein) and I had no allergies. But to each their own. 
The CL could be a bit controlling and will enforce their beliefs and what-not. 
Just turn a blind eye on that 😅

PS - I personally felt the body massage and hot stone therapy helps a lot in my recovery. Such a pity that my time with the CL was cut short due to the MCO. Will share my experience with another post-natal masseuse in the next post!

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