Category Archives: opinion

Electric Mosquito Repellants

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was checking online to see what harm it does from these devices, and i stumbled upon this site that says:

The Secretary-General of the International Association for food packaging Dong, incense, kill mosquito spray, allethrin, prallethrin which types of commonly used repellent products, from its tianranxing and the degree of influence on the human body, should turn to prallethrin and allethrin impact was relatively small, incense, kill mosquito spray most times.

Because of the killing mosquito spray insecticide ingredients harmful, exhaled after a stroll in the air, in contact with human skin or oral cavity, respiratory and human intake, so try to spray after a while and then into the room; and burning incense by the mosquito volatility components to smoke, the frequency of the nervous system, its concentration is high and sustained release and combustion will produce other substances, it cannot be too close to humans, should not have been discharging during sleep; allethrin or prallethrin’s active ingredient is “deltamethrin”, direct heating, light rays, toxicity and concentration are relatively small, the main role in the mosquito’s oral system.

For the average family, some plant insect repellent method also worth trying, as horseradish, Mugwort, a drop at the gate, or placed in sachet or cloth after the package is placed in the room, is a very good natural mosquito repellent.

(Edit: Justin Lin, internships)

what the heck!? what does it even mean? LOL!

this fails ‘majorly’ ahhahaha…. 🙂

Bottle Feeding ~ Breast Feeding

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Now that I have tried both, here’s my 2cents.

When I first had Arielle, my firstborn, my ideal plan to breastfeed her was shattered. Not only because she was admitted immediately after birth to NICU due to her having congenital pneumonia, I had a traumatic birth experience and my wounds were too painful for me to make frequent visits to the hospital. We got the wrong kind of breastpump (the one that looks like an old horn; Don’t Ever Get That!!) and the nurses in the hospital fed her with the bottle. When she got back home to us after 10days, she has gotten used to the bottle and didn’t want to latch on no matter how we tried. And believe me, how we really tried; just thinking about it now makes me wanna crack up with laughter!! (even though it was really serious matter then).

So, what to do… formula it is then for my dear firstborn and formula till she was 2 years old. We didn’t have much money then, and if you’re a parent, you will know that formulas can cost a FORTUNE! So we bought Dumex brand (they have a few in range) and we got the one closest to our monthly budget. I’m not sure if it’s due to the milk or the weather or because she has a history of pneumonia, but our dear girl got sick nearly every month. I don’t mean just the common flu; most times she’s on antibiotics and a few times she has to go on the ‘gas’ to clear her lungs.

With Bottle Feeding (BoF), we had to have hot water AND boiled water everywhere we went. Thus, we carried a big bag that contained one thermos flask of hot water, a Tupperware bottle for the boiled water, 2 empty milk bottles and a cannister for the formula with the exact measurement. This we lug to the malls, the playground, the church, etc EVERYWHERE and it prolly weighed like a tonne what with all the water we have to carry.

The biggest problem ever we faced for BoF, was when we travel. I’m not talking about travelling within Malaysia itself, because most sundry shops/hypermarkets/supermarkets carry all types of formula milk. Think further…

What happens if you run out of formula milk when you’re in an 18hr flight?

What happens when the milk you used to give your baby, is not sold at the place of destination that you travel to?

What happens if the water in the hot water flask has turned cold? How are you going to make the milk?

These are some of the things we had to consider every time we go out of the house. And because I was careless, we ran out of milk once – not in a flight but when we went travelling once (by car); it was a public holiday and everything was closed! We had to hunt for the only shop that was open in a totally strange and new place to get formula milk, it was strenuous and crazy. don’t even mention to me about GPS; it was one of the reasons we got crazy as well.

So, when Ashton came along 10months ago (btw, I’m still BrF him, woohoo!), I tried again to BrF and let me tell you… it wasn’t without a lot of tears and self-doubt and frustration. those 4weeks after his birth was one of the biggest trials in my life! At first it was a matter of latching on correctly so that he gets the right amount of milk and I don’t get sore, then it was trying to gauge how often he wants to feed and for how long. And then there was also the ultimate Question of all: Do I have milk??

He was crying and frustrated and so was I. Because I was new with BrF, I don’t know when it is time for him to feed after the last one, but when I waited till he got hungry, he was so impatient that he’s forgotten how to latch on. And because he’s not getting milk, he’d cry and cry and I would fumble and get distressed. This cycle went on for what seems like an eternity! One of the random ways I did to help him latch on was to make some formula milk in a cup and spoon him the milk, which I converted to using a syringe later on. This at least helps to calm him down because he’s drinking something. I could take the easy way and just shove the bottle in his mouth, but I didn’t want to risk him getting nipple confused. The other thing was not to wait until he was hungry, so I timed his feedings 2 hourly.

I’d say the biggest inconvenience of BrF would be nursing in public. But now that I have the nursing poncho, I do it everywhere I go whenever the need arises. 🙂 I got mine from here.

nursing poncho with Ashton inside

Compared to BoF, I only had to be mindful to bring the poncho in my bag whenever I go out. Of course there are also the diapers and wet wipes, but at least they’re not as heavy and bulky.

I relate BrF to the 3 P’s.

Patience – because it takes a longer time to feed the baby as compared to BoF.

Perseverance – when it gets tough like the first few weeks after birth, it’s easy to give in to BoF.

Pain – now that Ashton’s got teeth, it’s OUCH!! but most times, it’s my arms. 🙂

So which do I prefer? Needless to say, it’s Breastfeeding!! I’ve witnessed myself the benefits of it. How now can I not advocate it? For those of you mothers-to-be or a new mother… let me just encourage you. BrF is the best for baby and for you!

Nursing necessities

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ok, so it’s 4 months plus already and i’m still nursing ashton. being back here in brats makes it more convenient for me as i don’t have to hide in the room anymore each time i need to feed him coz there’s no one else at home here with us unlike in kuching; where the whole house is filled with ‘boys’, the only girls are my MIL and i.

so what has been my companion in nursing ever since, things i can’t live without?

1. Nursing Poncho – helped me to nurse in private, though right now ash’s getting bigger and more curious and sometimes he’ll try to open the poncho up. i used it so often it became sort of a comfort zone for him.
ash recognizes new places and it becomes quite difficult for him to adjust since i move around a lot, so using the poncho helped to calm him down.

2. Ring Sling – now that i’ve 2, the sling has really helped to free my hands so that i can do a few things with/for arielle. i’ve not tried Bfeeding with it cos it really takes time and skill to do it. i managed to take the flight to penang alone thanks to the sling.
one great thing about the sling is it’s a super effective comforting tool. just put the baby in and they stop crying, but not for too long la cos your back might break.

with Arielle (2half years) and Ashton (4months)

3. Medela breast pump – i was advised to get an electric pump by most breastfeeding moms but i thought to myself since i’m a stay home mom, i won’t need to pump as often as those working. so i got myself a manual one from Medela, a bit costly but no regrets. i’ve tried Avent from a friend’s but it wasn’t so compatible, so i got Medela instead since i’ve heard so many good things about the brand. very easy to use and wash and very effective – so very happy with the purchase esp when i’m bloated 😛

4. Nursing initimates – after buying them online (not cheap with delivery costs as well), i went to penang and found them sold in Tesco!!!!! and at half the price!!!! what the heck!!!

so i’ve tried bottle-feeding and breast-feeding. leona asked me which one i prefer… i’d quote from a good guy-friend ‘breast is best’!! no heavy water bottles/thermos, no worries of where to get milk powder when it runs out, no worries if baby is drinking enough water… the best thing is, baby doesn’t get sick so easily and mommy gets a quick slim-down!

indeed, BREAST IS BEST!! 🙂

Myth Busting

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ever since we got to Kuching i’ve been trying to find ways of eliminating mozzies – Arielle’s been bitten crazy by them. she’s got bite marks all over her pretty legs, making me think twice before letting her wear skirts/dresses.

anyway, there was a ‘natural’ alternative that was being passed around in the email. it says to put a certain brand of liquid detergent specifically in lemon fragrance on a white porcelain plate and mozzies will be attracted to it and then die later. i’m not sure how many ppl have actually tried it and claimed to be effective coz i tried it but nothing happened; not even one single mozzy flock near it, maybe the mozzies here prefer mango instead? 😛

but what really really worked was this bottle of citronella oil* i was given by my aunt when i was in Penang. just put a bit of the oil on a piece of gauze/facial cotton and place it on a table in the room. the room will be filled with the smell of the oil which is pleasant to the nose and miraculously, no mozzy-bites at all!! AMAZING!!

this method works better in an AC room coz the smell is stronger.

now this is what’s natural, cheap, and effective!

*Double Swords brand, bought from Tan Pharmacy for only RM5.50, 56ml

Cloth Diaper

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thanks to Leona, i’ve also started using pocket diapers and much to my surprise, it’s easier than i thought! i was quite skeptical and was even intimidated to try it coz i’ve used the traditional cloth diaper before during baby’s 1st/2nd month and after only a few days i gave up coz there was just too much hassle. this however, is easy to wash and easy to put on for baby… it’s just a matter of getting used to it as i’ll need to change the diaper more frequent as compared to disposable nappies. the pocket diaper is made out of water proof material on the outside and a soft fiber cloth on the inside that keeps baby’s tush dry.

every time i change her, i’ll soak the microfiber terry cloth insert with water first; and then i’ll wash everything by hand at night. will put the pants and inserts into a laundry net and into the washing machine under spin mode. after 9mins, i’ll hang it in my room overnight and the next day,  it’s already dry. after the spin cycle, the pocket pants are already 80% dry anyway. it’s so easy to clean, no need scrubbing or brushing even though she sometimes soil it.

should have started using this long long time ago if i’d known; saves so much money from buying disposable diapers – gives me a good feeling too as i’m contributing to a better/GREEN environment!! 😀

i bought mine from kasihkusayangku; a package of 3 diapers which comes with 2 inserts each and 3 more inserts to try it out first. since it’s worked so well for me, i think i’ll be buying 3 more.

super absorbent insert

super absorbent insert

one size pocket diaper - adjustable & fits from newborn till baby grows too big for it

one size pocket diaper - adjustable & fits from newborn till baby grows too big for it

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folded up

to all mommies & daddies out there… TRY IT!

Spring Cleaning

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i now fully understand the term ‘Spring Cleaning’. it was always known to me only as the time before our family celebrates CNY (Chinese New Year) that we would clean the whole house and get rid of broken or unwanted things; every year around that time of the year. why the ‘spring’ before the ‘cleaning’ – i never knew.

i’ve come to loathe that word ‘spring cleaning’ because there was always so much to clean, the season was super hot especially at that time of year, and to make things worse, my nose is super-sensitive to dust. i got into sneezing frenzies and i sweat buckets! 

back then in our old house, we didn’t have closed kitchen cabinets, only open shelves and things would be stacked high up near the ceiling. my grandmother had kept and kept and kept those ‘nice and expensive’ pots and pans in plastic bags and had rarely taken them down to use because they were ‘precious’, only to be used for some special occasion that never came; and they would collect dust for the whole year till we clean it during ‘spring cleaning’ before CNY. oh the tediousness!! and did i mention no use of vacuum cleaners and the luxury of having an air-con too! 

being here in a 4-season country, i’m getting the meaning why it’s called SPRING cleaning. i found out that living in snow is a hassle, but i just got to find out that it can also be costly in terms of premise/road maintenance. after all the snow had melted, we saw potholes EVERYWHERE on the roads. it sure wasn’t there before winter when we got here, and it’s not only where the busses or trucks frequent. it’s a good thing the council here took quick action on those potholes, they were getting bigger and bigger by the day, so unlike in Kajang. :P! 

on our balcony, the tiles where the snow had stayed the longest is chipping. now that it’s warmer i can go outside, so i cleaned the windows and the balconies (we got 3 balconies, 2 more to be done; phew!) and there was so much dirt! the pail of water turned ‘brak-brak’ even before i was halfway though. plus, the whole apartment outside is mostly painted in white!! A.GO.NY!

from the playground downstairs, i observed some units having renovation work, people shifting and cleaning houses, waste paper baskets are installed around the park area, pots with flowers are put on the balconies (should have one of those but scared later all die under my hands!)… etc. 

 

BEFORE; one month ago

BEFORE; nearly more than one month ago

 

 

chipped tiles

AFTER; chipped tiles, wonder how much it would be it maintain this; not that we're paying for it though

 

little helper

little helper

 

finally i can show off my hot legs

'finally i can show off my hot legs'

now that things are cleaned, there’s a sense of fulfillment and a kind of peace. the home is clean again, and this little girl can run free and easy.