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 ๐Ÿ˜). 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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Friday, 25 December 2020

My (Short) Breastfeeding Journey

Assalamualaikum,

I was contemplating whether I should share my breastfeeding journey but I had a feeling it would be helpful to other struggling mothers out there so here I am. 

I was struggling for nearly 3 months but I'm lucky because I was not stressed. Ya get what I mean? I was frustrated, yes. Tired, yes but my mental health was not affected, thank God.

If you read my pregnancy post, you'll know that I was looking forward to breastfeeding my baby. I went and join a couple of classes and I'm ready! I understood the demand-supply concept, I made notes and I research some more. Bought all the nursing supplies (LOTS OF THEM).

So when the baby came, I had the opportunity to give her colostrum (the thick super nutritious breast milk). At the hospital, the nurses fed her formula milk and that's okay with me. I'm not #TeamAgainstFM. I thought that's okay, I'll exclusively breastfeed her at home. On several occasion that I tried to direct feed her, she cried, I was a little awkward, and it hurts to hold her for a long time since I had back problem. Then I resorted to being an EP Mom (Exclusive pumping mom - where you express your milk and feed the baby via bottle). Once in a while, I still direct feed her while lying down but she tends to sleep halfway through ๐Ÿ˜‚

Before deciding to buy a breast pump, I rent them from Fabulous Mom to have a go at it. My yield was very little, so we supplemented with formula milk. The confinement lady made many lactation inducing dishes using radish, mustard green (sawi) etc. I also had lactation massages every day. Then I went to buy the Spectra 9+ breast pump thinking, my struggle will be temporary. 

I started to pump every 2-3 hours to create demand (demand-supply concept) and power pump every night. Normally, this should work. Two months in, no changes! In between that, I've taken numerous lactation cookies, even made some on my own! Whatever tips I came across, I tried; Shaklee ESP, kurma, sunflower lecithin, red dates tea etc

I know something was not right. Because I have done everything by the book. So I went to HBM Breastfeeding Centre in Shah Alam for counselling. I tried to direct feed again but the yield was still too low. It was super tiring to pump every now and then only to see super low yield! I met with another lactation consultant (Kak Nad) and she suggested for me to meet a doctor and do some tests. 

Lo and behold, the test showed that I had hormone (prolactin) deficiencies. The prolactin level for 3 months postpartum ladies should be at least 100. Guess what's mine? 8! No matter what I did, it will be impossible for me to breastfeed. 

I was so relieved! Finally, an answer!

However, there is still a way for hormone-deficient ladies to breastfeed. The doctor offered to prescribe a medication, DomPeridon which usually was given to adopting mother who wanted to breastfeed their child without first being pregnant. But the meds could have side effects to the heart, you need to do ECG bla bla bla. So N and I decided, that's it. I already did my best in the first 3 months and my baby is growing just fine with formula milk. 

I had a sense of freedom when I stopped pumping. No more pumping every other hour. I sold some of the nursing supplies, some I gave away. And ultimately, everyone is happier.

It doesn't make sense to be sad over this as I am so thankful for the baby. 
A well-fed baby is better than none. 
Alhamdulillah ๐Ÿ˜
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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 ๐Ÿ˜‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜‘
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 ๐Ÿ˜. 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 ๐Ÿ˜…

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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Wednesday, 7 October 2020

Aqiqah with AqiqahCentre.com

Knowing me and N, we prefer simple things. So for our baby's Aqiqah, we don't want the fuss of actually organizing a whole shenanigan, inviting people, thinking about the venue, caterer etc. So we decided to do only what's needed. 

We engaged with Aqiqahcentre.com for the following reasons;

  • It's 100% online
  • The aqiqah is carried out in Mecca
  • Video evidence of the aqiqah
  • Affordable price - RM499
After I gave birth, I immediately asked N to complete the registration form online here
You'll need to key in details of one of the parents, address, the baby's name and the date preferred for the Aqiqah (The best is when the baby turned 7 days old). Then you'll be directed to the payment page and you've officially registered!

Hassle-free!









After the baby was born, we immediately registered on the website and chose the preferred date for the aqiqah which was 7 days later. 

A couple of days after our anointed preferred date, we had received a Whatsapp video of the aqiqah, with our baby's name clearly mentioned. We also received the commemorative plaque a couple of weeks later. So, so easy and it was carried out smoothly. Would definitely recommend their service!


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Sunday, 4 October 2020

My Labour Experience at Andorra Hospital

I delivered my baby girl via Caesarian operation in September, a few days before my birthday. 

We went to the Emergency Department close to midnight, paid RM500 deposit (with GL from the insurance company) and got admitted. We chose the single room so that N could stay with me the whole time. Upon admission, my blood pressure and baby's heartbeat were monitored. Fast forward a few hours later, a nurse hooked me up with an IV drip and I was wheeled into the OT, with N beside me ๐Ÿ’“

The nurse, my doctor (Dr Rusina) and N all recited duรก before going into the OT. The anaesthetist, Dr Azilah arrived and injected me with the epidural. She was very warm and motherly. Told her that I had a history of prolapsed disc so she administered the injection a little bit higher on my spine. Soon after, I was numb waist-down. The injection itself, not as bad as I had imagined it. The urinary catheter was hooked up after I was numb, so I didn't feel a thing. Good call!

The OT was cold but I had a warm blower under my gown so I was comfortable the whole time. With Caesarian, you'll not feel any pain but you can still feel the tugging and whatnot. Not long after, I heard the baby's cry. Alhamdulillah. The anaesthetist helped recorded the birth video and took pictures of us. N was given the opportunity to clamp the cord, helped clean the baby, recite azan and tahnik the baby. They sewed me up and I was wheeled back into the ward. It all happened so fast. I think I was in the OT for less than an hour. 

Immediately after the operation, I had to abstain from eating for 6 hours but I could drink plain water. The side effects from epidural - itchiness (my face and nose especially were itchy for 2 straight days; the doctor gave me some meds for that) and vomiting (I vomited 3 times in the first 6 hours after surgery). The nurses and doctor came every 2 hours to check on my bleeding and changed my maternity pad (I was in and out of sleep due to the painkillers) besides giving me more meds.

After 6 hours, I had my first meal and believe me, the food they served were very good! A server will come with the menu set for you to choose from and for the 3 days I were there, I love every single meal! 

Western breakfast



Japanese Meal Set (my favorite!!)

The nurses will care for the baby at the nursery. Should you want to breastfeed or meet your baby, you can always call them to bring the baby to your room. This way, the parents will get ample sleep and the mother will have the opportunity to focus on her recovery. 


I was more awake on my second day post-op. The pain? It only hurts a little bit when I try to sleep on my side. The nurse came to take away the urinary catheter as I had a session with the physiotherapist later. We walked a bit, around the maternity floor and I was taught the exercise to strengthen my muscle. The lactation counsellor also did frequent visits to my room. 

The third day, Dr Rusina gave me the green light to be discharged. I had a nurse that bathed me (she insisted) and a personal masseuse, too.

Frankly speaking, I had a wonderful labour experience. It was not painful or traumatic ๐Ÿ˜† I could walk on my own, no issue. Alhamdulillah! Everyone was surprised by how well I was coping, as this is only my first baby. It may be due to the meds, or the Dr's skills in stitching me up. But I had always pray for my labour experience to be easy, with minimal pain ๐Ÿ˜

So about the hospital itself; Quran recitation was played throughout the night, there's Netflix in the single room, the husband / a visitor can sleep on the makeshift bed beside you and the staffs were very courteous. There's also a restaurant just beside the hospital and many stalls selling food (for your husband / visitor). I just had a small issue with billing as they're trying to charge us an extra day of stay since we came to register at the Emergency Department at around 11.40pm. So for the 20 minutes we're registering, the system charged us an extra day. No way! Haha Plus I only got into the ward past midnight. Other than that little snafu, everything was great! I've also gotten a diaper bag full of freebies and a flower from the hospital. 

My final verdict: I will definitely want to deliver here again InsyaAllah, kalau ada rezeki.


The total hospital bill: Approximately RM13,300 (Mom's charges - RM11,500 & baby's charges - RM1,800) including baby's circumcision, phototherapy (for jaundice), meds and consultation.

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Sunday, 20 September 2020

#Pregnancy : 3rd Trimester Experience

Third Trimester: 10 July 2020 - September 2020

The early part of my third trimester, I'm still a bit apprehensive because my belly is not as big as I thought it would be but in a way, I'm thankful because I did not gain any significant weight. 

Case 1 : I went for a prenatal massage. When I was about to pay, the lady at the cashier thought I'm 7 weeks pregnant when I'm actually 7 months pregnant ๐Ÿ˜…

Case 2 : We were looking for a stroller at a baby shop and the salesgirl asked me how old is my baby. Well, maybe she thought I had a post-partum belly. Hahaha. 

Anyhow, as the doctor said the baby is fine and normal, all is well I guess. After some reading, I found out that tall first-time moms will take a while to 'show' as the baby had more room to manoeuvre before the belly starts to stretch out.  

BUT, going into my 8th month of pregnancy, suddenly my belly grew exponentially. Hahaha

So how's my third trimester? 
  • At night and while I was sleeping, I often had heartburn (Thank God for Gaviscon). 
  • My lower back started to ache more. I guess my slipped disc is finally catching up with me. So my remedy - hot shower, hot pack, Accustop patch (some gynaecologist said it's okay to use it), and maternity belt binder
  • My skin had improved significantly compared to the first trimester. 
  • Was also able to travel to a few places before the baby pops.
  • (Severe) mood swings
  • Pees a lot (especially in the 9th month of pregnancy)
  • During the final weeks, I can feel my ribs hurt (as if someone is pushing it in from the outside- don't know how to describe)
Supplement for the third trimester: Obimin, Obical, Glyprin, Metformin and Neurogain.

At the end of the pregnancy, I've gained a total of 7.7kg.

In the third trimester, it is also required to count the baby's movement. It should reach 10 kicks by 9pm. Oh so exciting! Thank God I had an office job as I tend to not notice the kicks when I'm on the go. Hahaha

Pejam celik, it has been 9 months! Really didn't felt like it. Mostly because I didn't have any major complications and I sailed through pregnancy smoothly. Alhamdulillah. 

Can't wait to meet #LittleRizq!
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Saturday, 19 September 2020

#MakanReview : Gerai Ah Kow, Medan Selera Kampung Bharu

This is definitely the best chicken rice I've had in my life. No doubt!

Gerai Ah Kow is a simple stall, located in a food court behind HKL.


They basically only sell 2 things; chicken rice and curry mee.




The rice itself is fluffy, fragrant and delicious. The fried chicken; big, crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. Perfect combo. I can find no fault.. At all!


The curry mee, I felt is at par with Hoi Yin's (Telok Cempedak, Kuantan). But of course, it's the Chinese version. May not be up to us Malay's liking. But for me, it's good enough.


They don't offer these two menus everyday, though. 

Chicken Rice - Monday to Thursday.
Curry Mee - Friday to Saturday.

Definitely, definitely a must try!
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Friday, 18 September 2020

#MBAJourney : 4th Semester Result

My #MBAJourney is now complete!!!

Alhamdulillah, Alhamdulillah.  


I managed to score all A's again and that means, I'm graduating with a 4.0 GPA plus, the Excellent Candidate Award!!! ๐Ÿ’ฃ 

Never actually thought I could do it when I first set the goal but Alhamdulillah. The past 2 years has been nothing short of an amazing (and interesting) phase of my life. Thank you N, who has been very very supportive and understanding throughout the journey. 

Guess I'm taking a little break from academia at the moment to focus on our baby. Will be back soon, insyaAllah. 
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Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Prenatal Checkup : Andorra Women & Children Hospital, Seri Kembangan

This is my hospital of choice and I've been eyeing this place since they first open for business ๐Ÿ˜‚. Alhamdulillah, ada rezeki to get my prenatal care at this hospital. 

My personal reasons for choosing Andorra are as follows;
  • Aurat - The hospital has an all-female medical staff. So you will not need to worry about aurat.
  • Husband is allowed to be in the labour room for both normal and C-section delivery
  • Location - Close proximity to my house (around 20 minutes).
  • 'Affordable' package - This is very subjective but the packages fall under the limit of our corporate maternity coverage.
  • Fairly new hospital
  • Food - All in-ward fine dining food is prepared by Chef Zubir ๐Ÿ˜
  • Comfort - They provide personal masseuse, lactation consultant, lady butler and physiotherapists 
  • Glowing review - 99% of the reviews online praises the hospital and its staff.


However, it may be difficult to get an initial appointment. My experience during the MCO, it was so hard for them to pick up the phone. After the 3rd day only someone answered my call and it has been smooth sailing ever since. Fair warning, the parking at the hospital may be a tad limited so you'll have to park at the roadside. 

When you called for an appointment, you'll have the option to choose your gynaecologist and the crowd favourite is Dr Khamsiah. But since she is so popular, it will take a while to meet her during EVERY appointment. I don't want to waste my time so I opted for another doctor, Dr Rusinahayati. Felt like I hit the jackpot. She's so nice and objective. A perfect fit for me. 

The clinic opens at 9.15am (Except for appointment with sonographers; as early as 8.30am) and I often went during the weekend. It can be a bit full but usually, I don't have to wait for too long unless Dr Rusina has to attend to emergency cases. Once registered at the counter, the nurse will bring you up to the first floor. The basic medical check will be carried out; urine test, blood pressure and weight monitoring. Then you just have to wait for your turn to meet the doctor. 


Below is the itemised bill for my antenatal checkup at Andorra. 

1st Visit - 18 April (16th week of pregnancy) : RM332.25
  • First visit consultation - RM180
  • Registration fee - RM20
  • Medical supplies - RM2.24 
  • Urine test - RM15
  • Nursing procedure - RM35
  • Ultrasound - RM80

2nd Visit - 30 May (22nd week of pregnancy) : RM564.60
  • Follow up consultation - RM105 
  • Radiographer procedure - RM35
  • Medical supplies - RM0.68 
  • Urine test - RM15
  • Nursing procedure - RM35
  • Pharmacy (Neurogain, Obical) - RM123.90
  • Detailed Ultrasound + 4D - RM250

3rd Visit - 27 June (26th week of pregnancy) : RM378.80
  • Follow up consultation - RM105 
  • Medical supplies - RM0.68 
  • Urine test - RM15
  • Nursing procedure - RM35
  • Pharmacy (Glyprin, Metformin, Neurogain, Obical) - RM143.10
  • Ultrasound - RM80

4th Visit - 25 July (30th week of pregnancy) : RM275.75
  • Follow up consultation - RM105 
  • Medical supplies - RM0.68 
  • Urine test - RM15
  • Nursing procedure - RM35
  • Pharmacy (Glyprin, Metformin) - RM40.05
  • Ultrasound - RM80
PS - I started to buy Neurogain and Obical online as it was cheaper ๐Ÿ˜‚


5th Visit - 15 August (33rd week of pregnancy) : RM 314.90
  • Follow up consultation - RM105 
  • Medical supplies - RM8.52
  • Urine test - RM15
  • Nursing procedure - RM35
  • Pharmacy - RM71.40
  • Ultrasound - RM80

6th Visit - 21 August (34th week of pregnancy) : RM269.30
  • Follow up consultation - RM105 
  • Medical supplies - RM34.28
  • Urine test - RM15
  • Nursing procedure - RM35
  • Ultrasound - RM80

7th Visit - 5 September (36th week of pregnancy) : RM235.70
  • Follow up consultation - RM105 
  • Medical supplies - RM0.68
  • Urine test - RM15
  • Nursing procedure - RM35
  • Ultrasound - RM80

8th Visit - 15 September (38th week of pregnancy) : RM615.70
  • Follow up consultation - RM105 
  • Medical supplies - RM0.68
  • Urine test - RM15
  • Nursing procedure - RM35
  • Ultrasound - RM80
  • COVID Test - RM380 
In preparation for labour, all patients have to undergo the COVID test (a few months back, even the husband has to be tested in order to be in the labour room). So I did the COVID test at Andorra itself.

In total for prenatal checkups, we've spent RM2,607 at Andorra excluding the COVID Test. 

Initially, the appointment frequency was once a month, but going into the 30th week of pregnancy, it was set to every 2 weeks. Bear in mind though, as you've entered your 35th weeks, the appointment will be made every week and it's difficult to get a date on weekends (as it's already full with patients who set the date weeks prior); so most likely you'll have to set your appointment on weekdays. 

To be eligible for the delivery package, the patients have to go for at least 2 antenatal checkups at Andorra after 28th weeks of pregnancy (ie in the third trimester) and pay a deposit of RM1,000.

So that's my brief experience with them throughout my pregnancy. 
The labour story will be in another post. 

I am very satisfied with their service throughout my prenatal checkup and insyaAllah kalau ada rezeki, I would want to return here for my second pregnancy #eh. Hahaha
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Tuesday, 8 September 2020

#MakanReview : Marc Et Farid, Telok Panglima Garang

Though the location is bad (quite far, smacked in the middle of nowhere), the area itself and the interior design of the place is beautiful. It has a charming Parisian vibe to it, from decor to the music. But, they do have very limited indoor and outdoor seatings. So bear that in mind. Best to come here during weekdays I would think. 

That being said, we love their desserts and savoury dishes.

They offered a limited quantity of their desserts and menu tend to differ every day. 


The selection of desserts are on display at their counter


These were what we ordered in-store; lemon tart (3.5/5), pannacotta with fresh fruit (3.5/5), strawberry tart (5/5)!


The strawberry tart was amazing with a hint of pistachio. Love it!!
When we were there, many of its best sellers were sold out. 

We also tapau'd their quiche (5/5) and nasi lemak (5/5).
The nasi lemak is very simple but taste good!!


Will definitely return to try their best sellers!

PS - they're open every Tuesday to Sunday from 12pm to 6pm. 

Update : They are now available on Beep. Placed an order today despite the RM30 delivery fee. LOL. Worth every penny!!!


From left; Paris Brest Hazelnut (4.5/5), Strawberry Tart (4/5) - [it tasted different from the one we had at the store] and Blueberry Tart (3/5).


Caneles. So unassuming but soooooo so good. If there's only 1 thing you could buy from here, I would totally recommend this. Easy 5/5!!


Was not a chocolate dessert kinda person but this totally converts me. Chocolate Praline Tart (5/5).

Urghhh still thinking of these desserts!! ๐Ÿ’“
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Sunday, 6 September 2020

#MakanReview : Two Sons Bistro, The Starling Mall

The 3 branches of Two Sons Bistro are located in KLCC, the Starling Mall and Publika. We went to Starling's on a Saturday night, having to wait around 20 minutes for our seats. This was our first-time visit to the restaurant and was so clueless on what to order.

So they are well-known for their mussels and clam.


Based on Tripadvisor and Google review, we ordered the Chilli Cream clams (starter size) with mini mantao buns, spicy prawn linguine and berry pavlova.


We asked for the pavlova right away since it's gonna take a while for other food to arrive. The pavlova was a big mistake, guys. It was so bad. The meringue was too sour. The texture for both the meringue and heavy cream was off. I'll rate this 1/5. Just stay away from it. 


The starter size clams (450g) was just nice for 2 persons. N loved the sauce so much. For me, it lacks something, but still okay nonetheless. Would be better if it's a little bit more spicy/creamy. It comes with 4 very small mantao buns. We end up ordering 2 more portions of garlic bread to eat with the clams.

The pasta was very good and the 2 prawns were as big as my palm! It has the wok hei smell on it. Taste good! Highly recommended.

The next time I'm there, will definitely try another type of sauce for the clam and maybe ordered the pasta again. Haha

Here's the menu for your reference.


















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