Jom Kurus sama-sama

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Our Sunday hillwalking at Bukit Padang with Enchek Kedek.

Many months ago, i read an article on how to lose weight while breastfeeding and one of the point in the article was, NOT TO GET YOUR HUSBAND TO BE YOUR PERSONAL TRAINER.

And it was indeed, very true.

All the way up the hill, asal ada peluang untuk bercakap, dia akan bercakap.

‘Jangan terlampau slow sayang’
‘Bernafas pakai hidung sayang, jangan pakai mulut nanti penat’
‘Sikit lagi mau sampai ni sayang’ (padahal masih jauh.
‘Must lose weight. Must lose weight’
‘Sampai bawah nanti kitak jangan minum dulu k’

Seriously, I dont remember hiring him to be my personal trainer pun.

So yes. Thats how Enchek Kedek is. Bikin panas.

Nevertherless, we managed to finish the short trail. It was fun, except the bikin panas part but I still love you most.

So, Enchek Kedek has always been my motivator cum banker. He motivates me sambil kasi keluar duit so that I do all the excercises..

So for the record, from 87kg to 85kg this week with puasa (twice a week), gym (2-3 a week) and no dinner. 20kgs more to buang..

Back to KK

We, Kedek’s family are now back to KK for good. I was transferred to KK after last November re-organization. Feels good to be back home although I did feel heavy hearted to leave Miri after 9+ years.

Looking on the bright side, we are now closer to home. Closer to my family.

However, Enchek Kedek is still located in Johor. One more month left i think. He was there since Sofea was born.

Currently we are staying at my father’s house. Managed to get a rental house. Our stuffs from Miri arrived 3 weeks ago and I spent my weekend unpacking the 204 boxes, to get the house ready by mid May, when my MIL expected to come and stay with us. Few more boxes to go. Hopefully I have the energy to settle all the bixes this weekend.

Handmade Baby Shoes

I have a friend who made beautiful handmade baby shoes. She is very talented and located in Miri, Sarawak.

As of now, she have 3 designs which are Soft sole, Mary Jane and Toms Inspired.

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Soft sole

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Mary Jane

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Toms Inspired

Haaa.. Imagine your cute baby wearing these cute shoes.. Cute kan? Cute kan? Mau nangis kan? Mau picit-picit ja rasa kan?

Head over to her Instagram acc blue_eyedmonkey and be prepared with overloaded cuteness of baby shoes.

Short trip to KL

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Cuti sekolah yang lepas, my mom came all the way from KK to jaga the cucus while my mom-in-law went back to Sibu. Me, on the other hand, haruslah bekerja kan. Kerja shift tidak mengira Public Holiday.

Then, I planned to go to Johor untuk melawat kawasan but ngam-ngam Enchek Kedek ada course di KL. So off we go to KL. Empat hari ja. Cukup pendek.

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This was Sofea’s 3rd trip to KL. 2 hours flight to kira panjang lah for a baby. I choose the noon flight. Ngam-ngam Sofea’s nap time so yeay, she slept for about 1 hour plus lah. The remaining minutes was spent on Hi-5. Alhamdulillah they have Hi-5 up in the air. (insert emoticon ketawa sambil menangis).

Kali ni saya mau share pasal hotel tempat kami tinggal. Good one. Sesuai amat untuk yang berkeluarga.

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Aloft Hotel, KL Sentral.

Paling saya minat ialah the location. Kl Sentral. Senang dari airport either pakai cab atau KLIA express. Mau balik pun senang. Mas check in counter ada di KL Sentral. Lepas check in barang, masih boleh shopping-shopping dalam Nu Sentral. Bila masa sudah tiba, naik KLIA express to KLIA. Senang kan? Senang kan? Senang lah untuk orang jenis saya yang tidak biasa dengan jalan-jalan di sana.

Nu Sentral, shopping mall yang agak baru. Bangunan connected to the hotel. Haaaaaa.. Best kan sebab dekat. X payah naik monorail pegi Pavillion. H&M pun ada dalam Nu Sentral. Pegi Pavillion pun bukannya dapat beli barang sebab mim alif ha alif lam. (insert lagi 3 emoticon ketawa sambil menangis). So automatically, kalau sudah dekat dengan shopping mall, makan pun senang cari. Ada mee kari sedap di food court nya. Mangkuk besar RM5 sebab kami sama-sama orang Sabah. Saya rasalah dia kasi murah sebab kami speaking Sabah. hehe

Bagaimana pula dengan hotel? Bilang tadi sesuai untuk family.
Ok. Kami ambil 2 bilik. King size bed & the other room, double bed for my mom & Ariana. Sofea tidur di mana? Sofea tidur di sini.. muahahaha..

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Kejam nya mommy, tapi comel lah bed tu. Actually, this blow-up mattress comes with…

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So mommy is not kejam afterall. Saya pernah servay hotel yang sesuai for family di KL and i found a review from a well known blogger (which saya sebenarnya tidak kenal tapi dia banyak review hotel and selalu kena invite untuk tinggal di hotel supaya boleh di review..fuh..). So, this khemah and tilam are upon request and no extra charges.. Siok lah Sofea main tapuk-tapuk dalam tu time mau kena kasi makan. Nanti mommy pura-pura x nampak, dia jugak menangis ‘mamaaammm mamaaammm..’.

What about Kakak Mai?
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Kegembiraan Kakak Mai di hotel ini ialah, selepas bersarapan dengan utensils yang memang khas untuk toddlers, boleh bermain dengan blocks yang memang di sediakan untuk toddlers yang ‘I dont want to eat. Im not hungry. Lets go to other place’ kind of kids, so that the parents can enjoy the breakfast buffet dengan temahak tapi bersopan santun.

Sebenarnya, ini ialah kali kedua kami menginap di hotel ni. but this short trip, saya tidak ambik banyak gambar. haha. Yang first dulu banyak.

Other things yang menarik about this hotel :
1. Food station at the lobby in case lapar tengah malam. Ada fruit, salad, cakes,snacks and Maggie..

2. Lobby bukan lobby biasa. Ada station for you to charge your phone. Ada wii. Wii games tu. Wii kah namanya tu? Games pakai sensor. Ahh x kisah lah. Yang penting ada dan everybody can use it.

3. Free and refillable drinks and snacks mini bar inside the room. Sebelum keluar shopping, saya tapau dulu snacks2 tu dalam bag. So kalau ter-lapar time shopping tu, ada makanan sudah. hehe.

4. Infinity pool!

During our first stay here, I was a bit disappointed lah with the service. Saya tumpang untuk simpan my expressed breast milk (ebm) in their freezer and kept reminding them to put it in the freezer everytime I passed it to them. On the day we were going to check out, I requested for my ‘frozen’ EBM only to found out that they actually placed it in the chiller. EBM rules, chiller for 4 days, then mesti masuk frozen. So all my EBM wasted lah. Sedih lah for a low supply mommy like me. BUT, this 2nd time stay, ada improvement. I managed to bring back my FROZEn EBM safely to Miri (insert smiley emoticon banyak banyak). So yes, its a BF Friendly Hotel in Kl. (<- sengaja ayat macam tu supaya orang senang google dan jumpa post ni :P) So, sekian review hotel ala kampung-kampung dari saya.

Happy Birthday Sofea

Pada 18 June yang lepas, bersamaan dengan 1 Ramadhan, hari di mana umat Islam mula berpuasa merupakan hari jadi budak kecik ni..

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Simple celebration. Celebrated by us only selepas Solat Tarawikh. Celebration bermula dengan mommy mengeluarkan cake dari kotak, Sofea nampak dan mula berpusing mengelilingi meja mengejar kek dengan pisau kek nya.

Kakak Mai mainkan piano lagu ‘Happy Birthday’, kami menyanyi bersama dengan keadaan Sofea yang masih cuba mencapai kek dengan pisau kek nya.

Sudah potong kek, baru Sofea tenang..

Nasib sempat ambik gambar cantek-cantek.

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Dear Sofea..

Mommy doakan supaya Sofea membesar menjadi anak yang berakhlak baik. Semoga semua yang manis-manis ada untuk Sofea.

Mommy.

Review : Lacte Duet Breast Pump

I still breastfed my Sofea and I need a new pump.

My Spectra M1 still performs good, but its just that I need a new pump. No specific reason though. I just need a new pump. It’s like people who collects watch, handbags, stamps. You always have the urge to get a new one just because you want it kan? Yes? No? oh well.. Maybe it was just me..

Actually, I told Enchek Kedek that I was a bit frustated with my M1 performance and I need to send it for repair but I do not have spare pump. Enchek Kedek gave me the green light to buy a new one. While this Lacte was on its way to me, I saja-saja tried the Medela valve onto my M1 and… Lets just keep this between us k. My M1 works just fine..

Moving forward…

It was a Lacte Duet Breast Pump.

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Bought it from Pump on the Go. Tip top service. Payment made before 1 pm and received this item the next day. Poslaju sungguh laju.

Price : RM469.90 (with free gifts)
Power source : Direct current or power bank (power bank sangat jimat!)
Settings : 30 mins per session.

What I like about this pump:
1. It has 2 motors for double pumping. Heavy duty. Motors can be swithched off during single pumping.
2. Quieter than my M1.
3. Suction is soft and mimics baby’s suction. Level of suction up to 9 levels.
4. Can be use with freemie using M1’s antibackflow.
5. The tube looks nice.
6. Its white and pink.

What I dont really like but still toleratable:
1. Its heavier than M1.
2. The size of the pump is bigger than M1.

Overall, this is the ONE!

The feeling of having a new toy.. eh.. pump.. :)

Selamat Hari Gawai!

Selamat Hari Gawai!

As usual.. Ariana’s kindy will have one day dedicated to learn, see and experience the Gawai celebration. Parents are encouraged to dress up their child with Dayak costume or Gawai themed outfit. Ibu-ibu haruslah excited kann.. hehe

Me and the other mommies went to RonReng, to buy stuffs needed. Me as usual, wanted to mengasah kembali teknik menjahit, bought 4 metres of Batik Sarawak to make a dress for Ariana. 4 metres because takut tersalah jahit.

Dress pattern cut-outs. I bought the pattern from etsy, which I have forgotten the seller. Ok I lied. Malas mau bukak balik Etsy to track. But if you really need to know, just PM me :)

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This is the most leceh thing to do. But because I really need to sew this dress, ku gagahkan jua. But, once it done, I can re-use this pattern for Ariana’s Raya dress.. Christmas dress.. Birthday dress.. 😛

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Siap jugak akhirnya. It was not hard lah actually. But it took me few days to finish it because I have small baby at home, who crawls very fast and really interested with sharp things in mommy’s sewing studio. Jahit sikit, tengok Sofea sudah pegang gunting. Jahit sikit, tengok Sofea sudah pegang jarum. Jahit sikit.. ahhh.. Sudahlah.. Nanti sambung jahit..

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They made a cute mini ‘terabai’. There was a video of Ariana’s class ‘mengajat’and I saw how lembut Ariana’s movement was. Kalau mommy, jadi tarian robot sudah tu. So millenium of me ;P

May was filled with a lot of school activities. Visiting Petroleum Muzium, Gua Long House and Sports Day. Mau cerita lain-lain entry tu, when mommy is rajin lah k..

Pinanonanonano ~

I enrolled Ariana to a piano class last February. She has shown her interest in piano since she was 4 years old (that was when we bought her a toy piano).

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The picture I used to pancing Enchek Kedek to give green light to buy a piano for Ariana. Thats the toy piano that we bought duluu..

The plan was to enroll her first and see how was her progression. Suprisingly, she always received good comment from her piano teacher (ketara jarang bukak report book due to penggunaan ‘surprisingly’ di dalam ayat). Her piano teacher even asked me whether we have a piano at home because Ariana played and memorized very well.

Then the we-should-get-a-piano episode started..

Both me and Enchek Kedek do not have any knowledge on piano so we started asking our friends who played one and we came into one conclusion, i.e. to buy her a digital piano. The price was okay and we were ready to buy one when her teacher told us that soon, when Ariana got her Grade 5 in piano, she needs to change into an upright piano. Gulp. Then we went home to have another series of discussion. So we think hard and we think long, ok lah.. Sampai bila mau berfikir. So last Tuesday, we bought one for her.

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As an appreciation for reading this entry sampai habis, Ariana belanja satu lagu.. But unfortunately, after few attemps to upload the video here, nda dapat pulak.. jadi belanja satu gambar ja lah.. hehe

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Fairy tales and Folks Tales Character Day

Tadika Ariana ni best. A lot of activities. Minda berkembang. Parents pun turut serta. Ikut aktivity held by the tadika.

So last month, ada fairy and folk tales character day. Since that Ariana sudah boleh membaca, I wanted her to be the character of the book that she can read. Went to the book store and mula memilih buku yang costume nya mommy dapat jahit sendiri.. Hehe..

Setelah berungkus lumus dengan kerja last minute mommy pegi membeli kain awal pagi (jam 8 okaaayyy.. Nasib kedai sudah bukak), menghantar MIL pegi airport balik Sibu dan menjadi very full time house wife, akhirnya siap jugak costume ni jam 11 malam. Eleh.. Ingatkan sampai jam 3 pagi menjahit.

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Tadaaaaaa… Oh patutlah sampai jam 11 ja menjahit. Very simple design. Asal memenuhi syarat emas-emas tu. So her character was King Midas. But she wanted me to call her Queen Midas. Baiklah.

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Reading to her classmates.

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Ariana with her Marissa and Mikhail.

Ok lah. Mommy puas hati walaupun baju tu ada besar sikit for Ariana. As long as shes happy. Oh ya.. I made the crown my self as requested by the queen, she wanted colourfull hearts on it.

Sewing project.. Bring it on!

After 9+ months + 10 months, I am finally back to my sewing studio. Did some (some?) cleaning and ready to start sewing.

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The Bryn Romper by My Little Plum Cake from Etsy.

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And this is the most proper picture that i have. Sofea refused to be photographed with her new romper because she was busy watching Hi-5.

I can feel the sewing mojo kicking back in after this simple project and also after endless jealousy of Kak Nin’s sewing project for her girl.

My next project in line are :
1. Ariana’s Gawai themed dress. Bought batik Sarawak from Ronreng. Many designs to choose and cheap!
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RM14 for 2 metres. I love the batik-ish ikat-ish design.

2. Hubby’s boxers. Last time I sow for him was 2 years ago and I glad I did because shop-bought boxers could only last him for 2-3 months while Binikedek’s Sewn with Love boxers lasted for 2 years! which reminds me of my final touch for my label. Biasalah si Binikedek ni. Apa-apa yang di jahit semua mau ada label. Im designing one specially for my hubby’s boxer so that he knows mana depan, mana belakang.. hehe..