Tuesday, January 3, 2017

My journey to have better and healthy skin

Ladies, who does not want to have better and healthy skin ? For 20 years plus, I had issues with my skin problem, whether pimples covered my skin, or too oily, or sometimes became reddish due to sun exposure without any cover. sigh

My early 20s was a bit sad. What more when I furthered my studies in Labuan and Penang.  Due to lack of sleeps and lots of assignments and hoo haa things, i feel sorry to my skin.

Last November, something knocked on my head when I saw my skin condition on the mirror. Eventho pimples were gone, but the scars remain. Pigment slightly shown , and my pores are visible enough eventho covered by makeup. ( another sigh..)

To cut the story short, after many reviews, browsing and research, I made my mind to give it a try to Mary Kay Products.

I was introduced with Botanical Effect Oily Range Set by MK beautician Georgie Jaulah. We never met before, we just had conversations though FB Messenger. She explained and answered me patiencely, and within 24 hours, I made myself clear that I want to be part in Mary Kay world.

When my parcels arrived the next few days, I was so excited to see samples given FOC by Mary Kay. I just love free stuff! That very same day, I started my skin care regime with Mary Kay.

To be honest, the next three weeks, I was so anxious to see the progress.  Every time I see myself on the mirror, I would stand up close to the mirror to 'count' the pores. Ha!

You can see those large pores shrinking within a month. I would say slow progress, but I know to have such healthy skin won't happened in a blink of an eye. So, patience and consistentency are the keys.

These are my babies for now, and I am planning to change to Timewise range . If you have any questions , you may leave your contact number and i will get  to you as soon as possible.

I just don't want to sell the products, but I want to help people with skin problems, as what I experienced before.

I share because I care.. I sell because I experienced..

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Post Birth Story

Every mother has their own birth story to tell. Both of my children were born a little delay from their due date. My first son was 2 days late, while my second daughter was 4 days late. I was worried and scared at the same time, because upon hearing those overdue stories, but I believe when a baby is ready to face the world, then labor will start (by nature) ^.^  .

My EDD given by doctor was 24th of September 2015. Don't  tell me to go for walk, or be active while waiting for the labor day. I did. I did yoga, I went for walk, I planted flowers...But, like I said, baby was not ready yet.

I had to 'surrender' myself every single day to the nearest clinic if there is still no progression. The nurse who attended me said that baby was okay, the heart beat was normal, and I need to continue monitor the kicking as well.

24th September 2015
It's due day! But I was still at home, mingling with my son. Mr.D accompanied me to visit daily-checkup at the clinic, and went for breakfast. I was hoping there will be any sign/spot etc..but none.
The rest of the day, eat sleep and resting mode.

25th September 2015
1st day overdue . Went to the clinic for another check up. Everything was okay, and Mr.D brought us to kai-kai on top of Manis-Manis Resort. I couldn't catch up my own breathe to walk and play with my son, but yeah..like the rest of the day, sign/spot was not there yet. So, I went back home..and continue my eat-sleep-rest mode.

26th September 2015
2nd day overdue. Eat-sleep-rest mode, plus ICE CREAM treat!

27th September 2015
3rd day overdue. Spotted blood stain upon waking up. Okay..I guess this is it. But there was no sign of contraction or what so ever. The rest of the day, stain keep on coming. I could feel light contraction during my night sleep, so I just continue my eat-sleep-rest mode.

28th September 2015
I was awaken by mild ( but i still could handle ) contraction around 3 a.m. I paused and tried to count the gap of each contraction. I waited for like half an hour, then only felt another contraction. I keep on asking myself weather wanted to go to the hospital like now, or later. I chose to hold till 4a.m. Contraction was suddenly stop after the second one, but I could feel blood, and more blood came out.

Mr.D accompanied me to the hospital nearby, and I was then proceed to the procedure room around 5a.m for CTG. Baby's heart beat not so okay, and her movement was so weak. I guess she was asleep. A nurse check my opening,and it was only 1 cm ..sigh, another hours to wait till 10 cm !

After one hour, the nurse came and told me the doctor asked her to run another CTG on me. She was unhappy with the first result. Okay..I laid there for another hour. I glimpsed to the clock and it showed 6 a.m .

7a.m Change of working shift.

Another doctor attended me and asked me to run another CTG as she didn't satisfied with the result. A nurse came and told me that I need to put in water drip as I did not take any breakfast that morning, and it may caused that 'unsatisfied-heart beat' result. So, another hour to lay down waiting the one full bag of water to be flow inside my body, and continue another CTG. Sigh..

Between 6 a.m to 7.45 a.m, I could feel mild contractions came and become stronger. But, nah..nurse said maybe later that evening or night I will be in labor. So, they release me to go home..

8a.m  I was home. Mr.D went to buy me breakfast. Mom was a bit shocked to see me was sent home. I just told her I was only 1 cm . Another days to wait I guess.

9a.m Contractions came stronger. Mr.D accompanied me and tried to hold me, but yeah.. -.- I was a bit reluctant to go the hospital that early, since I know I was only 1 cm.

10a.m I went to take bath. Only God knows how long I took time to take my bath in between contractions.. sigh

10.40a.m Okay..I guess i couldn't hold much, I asked Mr.D to send me back to the hospital

10.50a.m Reached, and checked. The nurse was suprised to see me back to the hospital with so much pain. And when she V.E-ed me, I was 6c.m. All I could hear her shouting 'to the labor..to the labor..'. Another nurse attended me and put a needle on my hand. I then walked slowly in between contraction the the appointed room as I refused to be seat on wheel chair.

11.00a.m Another nurse V.E me and told me, baby was on her way to come out ! Oh my... Everything seems so fast, and within that 4 critical minutes, my princess was born with eyes wide.


12.30p.m My baby and I were sent to the normal ward before discharged. I need to wait 6 hours before doctor could release me because they need to monitor both mother and baby within that 6 hours. 

Fast forward, by 7.30 p.m my baby was home for the first time.. And my journey as a mother of two started on that day itself :))

Say hello to Sarah Ann

Monday, September 5, 2016

Post Graduate and Me

This might be a long delay post from 2014..

First of all, congratulations for the achievement to enroll post graduate studies. Just have fun during the studies and don't stress too much ^.^

The decision to enroll post graduate studies was in May 2011, but I had to pass since I was heavily pregnant during that time. I thought my weekend will be well spend with school and study stuffs ever since my husband was still working in KL.

In 2012, 4 months after I gave birth to my eldest, UMS offered me (again) to continue my post graduate studies in Ms.Education in Science. I was reluctant at first, but after hundreds of discussion with my husband ( oh, by that time, husband transferred to hometown ), mums and sister, I went to register myself...and the excitement of upside down started..

The journey from my hometown, Keningau to UMS is about 2.5 hours. Classes will be on weekend basis, every fortnight. So, after school in Friday, my mum, baby and me will started our journey to KK. This happened fortnightly for two years! I was tired..mum was too..even my sister as the co-nanny too. Them two sacrificed a lot in their time and money just to ensure I will go to class sigh..Blessed to have them in my life.

The greatest experiences were we had to stop in the middle of the road to calm down my baby , or just to breast fed him. Not to say when he was down with fever, cough or any other sickness. What more with the never ending assignments, discussions and presentations that we need to settle down within certain times. Man..I was tired..And until today, I still couldn't believe I DID all those! I just don't have any idea where was my energy and strength from. I cried..I screamed..

Another memory was when I had to attend one-day seminar at the UMS. Baby was with my mum and husband at home. I started my journey in the early morning, and when I had to drive back later that evening, the rain poured heavily that some road cannot be used as the water were suddenly overflowed from the drain nearby. I started to cry thinking that my poor baby might be crying asking for me.. sigh..

As I mentioned early, there were lots of upside downs during these two years. But, when I handed out my final hard copy of dissertation, I was mixed-feeling.. When I checked my result from the web, and the invitation to the convocation, I was crying..heavily..only God knows..

P.H.D? Maybe, one fine day...

Yoga and Me

I started Yoga somewhere in July 2013 because it like a 'hit' during that time. To see most of my Ig's friends posted their poses and progress in Yoga practice was totally hit me to give it a try. I was in my 15 months post-partum that time with 54 kg.

I still remember during my first few months practicing the yoga was mainly about to get the 'perfect-pose' to be uploaded ..sigh..I didn't took serious with the sun salutation, I just warmed up with whatever compound exercise I could think of. -.-

This happened for couple of months, until one day I joint my fellow friends to have Yoga Outdoor. They asked me about Sun Salutation A and B, and I was like..what? duhh? again, what? @.@ Days after that, I browsed the proper Sun Salutation A and B from the Youtube, and tried to follow the flow. I was dying. Ahaaaa..My whole body was sore. And I couldn't imagine if I joint a class..sigh

(The above picture was taken somewhere in 2014)

In middle 2014,  the feeling to practice to get the 'perfect-pose' was become lessen, but I still joint yoga challenges , hosted by Yogis around the world from the Ig. There are times I push my body up to its limit, but all I get were muscle sores and bruises especially at the legs and forearms. sigh.. 

In 2015, I slow down my Yoga practice as soon as I knew I was carrying baby number two. I didn't do any inversions (headstand, forearm..)  as I guess I was not ready and scared that I might fall down ..

At 3 months post-partum, I started my yoga practice again. This second pregnancy made my weight shoot up to 25 kgs more ! And I just lost 6 kgs after delivery. When I started my light practices, clean and healthy eating, I was in my heaviest I guess, 67kg mannnnn -.- I just couldn't see myself long enough in front of the mirror, I just can't..sigh..

Up until today, I am still learning to deepen my flow with the help from Youtube. And at 12 months post-partum, I could smile again to see the scale slowing down to 56kg ..

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Si Kuning Jaundice

I just need to blog about jaundice as both my children had it during their early days of life. My son lasted two weeks, but my daughter was diagnosed as prolong jaundice baby. Sigh..

They said that if the mother has an 'O' blood-type, the chances to get jaundice is higher than the other blood type. They also said, expectant moms need to take care their food and drink intake, but maybe I just don't give those things a damn. I just stuffed everything...( another sigh...) End up, my weight shoot up to 74kg ( last check before I went to labor room . That was 10kg more than my previous pregnancy!

So, back to the actual topic. Jaundice.

Second day of my baby life, my mom and confinement lady (CL) brought my baby to the nearest clinic for her 24-hours-life check up. I still remember the moment when my mom called me to come over to the hospital as soon as possible. She just mentioned that baby had jaundice.

As soon as I reached at the hospital, the doctor told me that the reading was slightly higher for 24-hours-life newborn and informed me that baby had to go under photo therapy at Neonatal. I was in shocked. Mata suda berkaca-kaca...

Welcome to Neonatal.
Yup, but what more I can expect, right. This Unit is for the baby, not for the mother. I went to get bed sheet cover as many as i can. At least, comfier than nothing. Oh by the way, the hospital provide these things:

1. Hot and cold water
2. Foods ( Breakfast, Lunch, Tea-Time, Dinner, Snack)
3. Bed sheets
4. Baby napkins
5. Small towels

So, just in case mommies out there 'have to stay' here, you just need to bring :

1. Own clothes, undies, towels, toiletries etc
2. Own fork, spoon, plates, flask, glass, bottle

3. Pillow and Blanket
4. Jacket ( 24-hours Air-conditioned )
5. Breast-Pump ( keep on reading, you will know why )

During the stays, the routine was like " breastfed-clean up the pees and poos-bathed the baby-eat-sleep" for 36 hours. Oh, by the way, my supply was not 'came' till the third day of my deliver. But once that 'long-awaited-golden-milk came, breast-pump is the next thing you need. Both my boobs were so sore , I thought those would exploded in any time. Mr.D came to the rescue, and send over in the middle of the night.

Oh, talking about visitor. Only the husband is allowed to visit ya. No granny, no grandpa, no uncle or aunty, CL..whatever you name it la.

I thought we would only spent a night at NeoNat, but her reading showed higher the next morning and doctor informed me that I need to stay another night .. ni mimang nangis sampai tetidur suda la.

love...i see love...

Finally, after two nights, doctor informed us that we could discharged that afternoon. Yeay!

One final view while waiting mr.D for clearance.

The next morning, I brought my daughter to the hospital to get her new reading. My heart was so pain to see those scars at her little hand. At her 15 days of life, the medical assistant asked me to send my baby's urine sample the next day. @.@ Punyalah payah part 'menunggu' dan 'menadah' tu air kencing ! But, I managed to get enough sample to be send. Sigh..

The trips to the hospital continued until her 35 days of life, and at the end of my confinement days, the nurse discharged us ( meaning, no need to go for jaundice check up suda ). 

Did I use any 'traditional' way to cure this jaundice?
Yes, but i only permitted to use externally. No makan, no minum..whatsoever. My CL insisted to get this drinks but nah..

My two cents :
1. Keep on breastfed the baby
2. Don't give up with breastfeeding
3. Please, don't give drinks or foods to the baby at their early days..
4. Observe your own food intake..limit those gingers if possible

As long the baby is fine,then, you are doing good.

That's all for now..

Much love,
1330 | 21072016

Hello to Hey Yo!

Holaaa everyone!

Welcome to my new 'space' or should i say the long-hiatus-blog-but-i-just-made-new-one !  I am just so excited to have this feeling to write again. What more when mr.D gave me some words of encouragement . Ah, yes..he has been one of my loyal reader for so long :)

So, to answer some questions that might be arise..ha ..

* So, what happened to the old blog?
I just made my decision to delete it, but this blogspot made it to be keep hiddenly for 90 days more.

* Why I just did not continue what I started?
Hurmmm...I just want new ambiance . Well, you know the feeling when you own a new thing? That's it.

*  How am I?
Well..I got married in 2011, had a son in 2012, and another new addition, a daughter in 2015. I am still teaching at the same school, and still living under the same roof with my parents.

* So, anything new?
YES..I will blog about those one by one..

I guess that's all for now. I just need to familiarize with this new template thing this couple of days.

Thanks for reading, you.

Much love,
1727 | 20072016