Saturday, December 31, 2011

:: breaking the silence ::

Heyya peeps. After two weeks of silence I am now back into the blogging world on the very last day of 2011. I was itching to write since few days ago but too many things were happening around me. Like right now, I am blogging through phone at Sime Darby Medical Centre, Subang because my baby is admitted here since late Thursday night.

I went to fetch Ady at the nursery after work and surprised to be informed about red rashes on his chest. Previously Ady was allergic to antibiotics so ever since that his skin has developed into mild eczema around the chest and cheeks but this time it was diferent. They were lots of big red rashes all around his chest and scattered at few other parts of the body. We were really worried so we brought Ady to SDMC. Doctor couldn't detect what they exactly are because Ady was active like usual, not having fever, not itchy but since they looked serious, Ady was straight away admitted. I broke into tears while watching the doctor securing needle inside my baby's hand for drips. I felt really sorry for him because he had to go through such pain at a very early age. Pic below was how it looked like yesterday but it looks worst when the rashes have dried out.

After daily antibiotics and cream, most of the rashes have dried but there are still new ones popping out here and there. This pic below was taken this morning after cream was applied. Good thing Ady is still active like usual.

As for now doctor concluded they are eczema with infection but what really caused the major breakout is still unanswered. Ady was fine in the afternoon and according to babysitters the breakouts started in the evening before they bathed him. We suspect they are caused by moisture, sweat and heat but that is only our assumption. Doctor won't release him until his condition is stable so for the time being, this is our home. This is Ady's first new year celebration but too bad he is celebrating it in hospital.

2011 will passed by with a lot of memories but may the new year brings more prosperity, happiness and better health for all us. HAPPY NEW YEAR 2012!

p/s: thank you to our family members and friends for visiting, and also for the thoughts and wishes. Please continue praying for his speedy recovery ya.

posted from Bloggeroid

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

:: wordless wednesday - family potrait ::


Monday, December 19, 2011

:: not-so-early morning innovation ::

We went back to hubby's hometown in Sik, Kedah for his cousin's wedding over the weekend. Started journey at 5 something on Saturday, arrived Sik near 10 pm, then started our journey back to KL at 9 pm yesterday and arrived home at 2 in the morning earlier today. Only one night in the North with 10 hours spent on the road, I have to say it is a bit tiring.

I was late to work so I decided to wear a top that requires less ironing or in worst situation, can still be worn without ironing and it was my printed satin Naf Naf shirt. That shirt needs to be worn with cufflinks and I was very confident that I have kept my cufflinks at its place but when I checked the casing, they were not there. Checked the dressing table's drawer and it was still the same - nada. I didn't have time to change to another shirt because I was already in complete attire. While looking inside the drawer I found something that saved me. Out of nowhere a 'lightbulb' popped out of my mind. Inserted the item through the slits and happy to find it worked well as a replacement to my lost cufflinks. Not only that, I also like how they suit my shirt.

Here, let me introduce you my not-so-early morning innovation.....

.....faux diamond baju melayu buttons as cufflinks.

A small little thing that saved the day ;-)

posted from Bloggeroid

Saturday, December 17, 2011

:: half year ::

Ady Rifqi is 6 months old today! Yesterday he managed crawling backwards and today we will give him his first solid food. Hooray.
posted from Bloggeroid

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

:: papa's secret weapon ::

Papa's Secret Weapon:made by papa himself it is used to put Ady to sleep in the morning when mama is already at work, before papa sends Ady to nursery.

Engineer always finds solution to a problem ;-)

posted from Bloggeroid

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

:: apple of my eye ::

Ady was attacked by fever last week, his third so far. I have started feeling worried because he had fever every month since I started working, which also means since he started going to nursery. People around me said it is normal for babies to get fever. They called it 'growing fever' or fever due to transition of month (demam membesar / beralih bulan) and also maybe due to teething. I'm not very sure whether Ady is teething, but yeah maybe he is because he keeps playing his tongue and lips with his gum but I still could not see or feel any tooth yet. This is his worst fever so far because it came in combo with running nose and cough, which made him uncomfortable and cranky.

Watching my baby suffering with fever, blocked nose and cough broke my heart into tiny pieces. During its peak, I was so worried about his condition and wish I could absorb all those germs so he could be healthy again. Thank God, after 4 days he recovered from fever but is still left with light flu until today. I went through my office emailbox last Friday and found an email sent from an ex-colleague on how to reduce cough effectively. The email which also came with testimonials said rub Vicks on the feet then cover them with socks before going to sleep. I tried it on Ady since that night but got frustrated at first because he was still coughing. However on Sunday night I noticed he only coughed two times during sleep and tonight he is sleeping next to me safe and sound. Does that means it really worked or is it a coincidence? For those who are coughing, please try it then share whether it also worked on you because the email said it can be applied to babies, children and adults too. Hopefully it really works so all of us can benefit from the simple tips as it is a healthier choice if compared to taking drugs.

Anyway, Selangor was on public holiday yesterday in conjunction with Sultan's birthday so Ady's nursery was closed. I could not take leave because I was very busy in the office since last week processing December's salary. Please note that December's salary is always earlier than usual due to Christmas and for us in TM, pay day is on the 20th while for government servants, it falls on the 19th. I bet most government servants knew that because they anticipatedly waiting for their year end bonus and oh, congrats for the increment too (with a jealous tone). Ah let's forget about all those money talks. So since Ady's nursery was closed and I could not take leave, hubby then decided to stay with him at home. Only later in the evening hubby brought Ady to his shop, so he joined the big guys until I came and brought him home. Little that I knew, Ady had a good time at Papa's shop before I arrived. I saw these photos on hubby's FB page when I reached home and they made me happy because I knew our baby is healthy again. Alhamdulillah.

Ady Rifqi is definitely the apple of my eye.

Friday, December 9, 2011

:: shoe tips #01 ::

Oh my, this is such a busy week. I'm busy in the office and also busy at home because Ady Rifqi is having fever. A number of urgent and important tasks are waiting to be done (note: deadline today) so this is going to be a very short post.

A week ago when I was walking to the office from 'the Riverside' stalls, I met a colleague who used to be in the same division with me. We just said hello as she was walking with her friend and while climbing up the stairs I saw something that inspires me to write this quickie post. 

Question, what is the first thing you do to a pair of newly bought shoes?

a. Nothing - just leave 'em in the box until I want to wear 'em
b. Wear and test them again and again in front of the mirror
c. Bite the sides to avoid blisters
d. Check the soles and remove any price stickers

...and the answer should be D.

I remember reading about this in a fashion magazine many years ago and it has been my guidance ever since. Just for your knowledge, it is a fashion faux pas and a big no-no to have price stickers remaining on the sole of your shoes especially heels because people can see them when you are walking...well, unless you really want to show the world how expensive your shoes are.

Nevermind if you never bother about it before because the famous Kristen Stewart who plays Bella in Twilight also made the same mistake here...

T-G-I-F. Happy Weekends Peeps!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

:: iphone 4s officially in malaysia ::

Apple fans might anticipatedly waiting for the official arrival of iPhone 4s in Malaysia.
Good news because it will be here in 8 days so mark your calendar for 16 December 2011.

iPhone 4s Celcom

iPhone 4s Digi

iPhone 4s Maxis

*keywords: iphone 4s malaysia release date

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

:: hijacked ::

Hubby gave me an iPad as a birthday gift early this year. I'm not a gadget freak but I can never thank my hubby enough for that lovely, practical prezzie. My pinky iPad has been my loyal companion, day and night. You see, I'm such a lone ranger. I have my breakfast alone almost every time either at the indoor foodcourt or row of stalls we called 'the Riverside'. It sounds pathetic but that is the truth.

Previously I felt a bit awkward especially when tables around me were full with people who came in groups so I usually grabbed a copy of the Sun as reading material. There were also moments when I purposely played with my mobile phone to avoid stare from others who were sitting opposite me. Yeah, I don't mind eating alone in public area but it did feel awkward sometimes and I don't want to be misinterpreted as a looser for not having any friend. Apart from not having many friends (yes that part is still true) I personally like being alone in the morning while enjoying my meal rather than listening to gossips or disturbing news. Don't get me wrong friends, I don't want to be avoided but there are times when I want to be alone and times when I'm in the mood to socialising, especially in the morning.

When I'm alone these days, I'm not entirely alone actually because my iPad is always with me as a companion. Not only in the office and also while driving, it also accompanies me at home especially when I'm nursing Ady. I love my iPad. It is solely mine but not until last Saturday night because my iPad was hijacked!

*jeng jeng jeng*

...and the hijacker is no other than my lil munchkin o_O

Since few months ago I noticed Ady staring at the iPad screen ocassionally when I was reading or scrolling the browser but he never interested to touch it until last Saturday night. I was nursing him on the bed as usual and reading something on the iPad which was placed behind him so he was not distracted of the light when he suddenly stopped, turned, looked at the screen and then touching and moving his hand on the screen. I thought he just did it accidentally but I put the screen off and placed him back to the usual position so he could continue drinking milk. After few minutes I opened the iPad back to continue my activity but Ady also stopped and did the same thing as before. Whoa. That time I knew he was interested to play so I opened an app that I have installed for him just-in-case-but-now-useful Piano for Babies and he started moving his hands on the screen. He was excited and kept moving his hands because he must have realised that the movements created sounds. He continued playing, returned to me, played again and it went on for few times until he decided to stop and sleep.

That night I knew my iPad was no longer mine alone but I'm more than glad to share it with my own lil baby bambam. Playing iPad at 5 months old. Ahhh kids these days!

* You're such a cutie and a clever boy Ady Rifqi. Mama and Papa are proud of you. We love you more than everything in this world. Mwahhhh! *

posted from Bloggeroid

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

:: prosperity burger is back! ::

 McDonald's Beef Prosperity Burger  is back yaw!

I know many of you are cheering about this. Perhaps you couldn't even wait to set your feet to the nearest McD or even easier, make a call to 1300-13-1300 for McDelivery because prosperity burger is seasonal and only released during Chinese New Year. 

As usual, the mouthwatering burger is available in ala carte or in set that comes with Twister Fries and The Prosperity McFizz. 

Eventually the price is a tad expensive if compared to 2010 (have to expect that though because everything has increased these days) but for better deal, we can buy the Prosperity Meal during lunch time for RM10.95 from normal price of RM13.88. 

I still remember the excitement when I knew about its release last year and now it's back, means a year has passed by faster than I could imagine -_- What ever it is, a visit to McD for that hot scrumptious beefy thang is a must and I like the taste of that twister fries too. Now.....should we get it for our dinner tonight? Slrrrpppp...!

*keywords: prosperity burger 2011, prosperity burger price, prosperity burger 2011 price

Saturday, December 3, 2011

:: johor premium outlets now open ::

hear ye, hear ye

calling all shopaholics

 this is one good news for you 


a new shopping haven

the Johor Premium Outlets is NOW OPEN!!!

Few years ago there were news about having brand factory outlets in Malaysia, similar to what they are having in the US, Europe, Japan and few other countries in the world where famous branded goods are sold at fraction of its retail price. We might have forgotten about it for awhile but the first Premium Outlet Centre in South East Asia is already here peeps!

The grand opening ceremony to be officiated by the Prime Minister of Malaysia will be held on 11 December 2011 but the sneak preview / soft launch has started since yesterday.

Johor Premium Outlets offers a collection of 80 designer and name brand outlet stores featuring saving of 25% to 65% every day. 

Open from 10 am - 10 pm
Monday - Sunday

Available brands are listed below:

Suite Store
902 Adidas
436 Armani Exchange
334 Armani Outlet
220 Brook Brothers Factory Store (Opening Soon)
700 Burberry
328 Canali
434 CK Calvin Klein
508 Cotton On
432 DKNY
422 Esprit
516 Flow
416 G2000 Outlet
528 Gap Outlet
532 Guess
426 La Senza Lingerie
430 Lacoste Outlet
524 Levi's Outlet Store
1000 Nike Factory Store
100 Padini Outlet Store
212 Pink Jambu
604 Polo Ralph Lauren (Opening Soon)
418 Poney Outlet
404 Puma
518 Quicksilver
222 Raoul (Opening Soon)
414 Rip Curl
520 Roxy
330 Salvatore Ferragamo Company Store
234 Shanghai Tang
420 Timberland
216 Tommy Hilfiger (Opening Soon)
308 Universal Traveller
224 Versace (Opening Soon)
606 Zegna Outlet Store

Suite Store
512 Charles & Keith Reductions
400 Clarks
316 Geox
304 Pedro Outlet
402 Skechers
300 Vincci

Suite Store
412 City Chain
214 Evita Peroni
324 Swiss Watch Gallery
306 Tomei (Opening Soon)
320 Wear + When (Opening Soon)

Suite Store
312 Bonia
408 Carlo Rino
228 Coach
230 Coach Men's
428 Fossil
232 Michael Kors
314 Oroton Factory
310 Samsonite Factory Outlet
322 Tumi

Suite Store
302 Cosmetics & Designer Fragrances
206 Fidani Chocolate
602 Maybank
318 Royal Selangor
522 The Body Shop Outlet
210 The Cosmetics Company Store (Opening Soon)

Suite Store
410 Akemi

Suite Store
1002 Absolute Thai
502 Baskin-Robbins
401 Crispy Crepe
204 George & Dragon Café
504 Kampachi Japanese Restaurant
200 Starbucks Coffee
500 The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
Johor Premium Outlets is located at the intersection of the North-South Expressway and the Second Link Expressway. It is highly accessible to all traffic going to and from Johor and Singapore, which is a short distance drive from Senai International Airport, about 3 hours' drive from Kuala Lumpur and about an hour's drive from the city of Singapore.


Visit Johor Premium Outlets official site for more info

*Credits: Image - / JohorPremiumOutlets 

Friday, December 2, 2011

:: pink overload ::

I have organised a briefing and demo session on new feature in our claim system for all company's secretaries in Klang Valley and it is happening today. Best part of it, the speaker of the session is no other than myself. I usually plan what I am going to wear to office on the next day the night earlier especially when I am having something important like meeting, get together, townhall session or any kind of event, but last night I was too tired so I felt asleep before I could decide what to be worn. Too bad, I didn't wake up as early as expected.

It was already 6 something. After taking shower and preparing Ady's stuff, I was left with only few minutes to decide and prepare myself because I had to rush to get a parking spot inside the building. Thank God it is Friday. At least I could turn to something that doesn't require much ironing so I just grabbed my favourite grey skinny pants and paired it with cardie, basic tee, striped shawl and heels. I was in a rush. I picked whatever crossed my mind so when I was driving and already calmed I just realised that I was overloaded in pink.

Pink shawl, pink cardie, pink tee, pink heels; not forgetting pink ipad casing and pink lanyard tag too. Although they are in different shades, they are still in the pink family. If being asked "what is my favourite colour?" people would not hesitate to answer it because the answer lies here:

Shawl: Bought in Mecca | Cropped cardie: ButtonMyButtons | Basic tee: Dorothy Perkins | Skinny pants: Giordano | Heels: Jaya Jusco

If you are allergic to pink, I have to say sorry for hurting you. Although as Steven Tyler sang 'pink is my obsession' I still thought it is a bit too much at first but I'm kind of like it now. Perhaps this can be considered as a tribute to my favourite colour. No? 

Well well well, on another note the morning demo session was a success. Almost 60 people came and few others will come later in the afternoon session. I haven't talk to a group of people for quite some time already. The last time was earlier this year when Rabby invited me as a guest speaker, talking about event management in front of her students. Frankly speaking, I have passion in teaching, presenting or giving talk about topics that I really like and good at. I like the idea of being a guest speaker or part time lecturer but not interested in being a full time teacher or trainer though. Anyway I used to be a master of ceremony or emcee for many events within and outside the company and actually like the role a lot but I have decided to slow down on that because of personal reasons. Hmph.

Before leaving, below are pics taken during the demo session just now.

One of my colleague said she could listen clearly to what I said although her cubicle is few metres away from the briefing area. Yes, I have a loud voice and thank you for the compliment.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

:: black thursday ::

Black + A garden of flowers.
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