Friday, June 29, 2007

Home-Baked Pizza

When I was in Singapore, my 12-year old cousin baked a simple pizza. It's as simple as putting salami, ham and cheese on a ready-made dough spread with tomato paste.


Then, it is put to bake in the oven for about 10 to 15 minutes.


And then, it is ready to be eaten.


Munch... munch...


Munch... munch... munch... munch... munch....


Hmm... Yummy...

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

My Most Favourite


Kinder Bueno is my most favourite chocolate. It is so tasty that I drool thinking of it. Kinder Bueno is sold mostly in KL supermarkets, KLIA, Langkawi and Labuan. Most other shops in KL do sometimes have it also. Unfortunately, after searching high and low in Kuching, I have failed to find any shops selling Kinder Bueno here. Even the Kuching International Airport chocolate shop do not have Kinder Bueno. So what happens if a pregnant woman in Kuching is craving for Kinder Bueno? No la, I'm not pregnant. I'm just wondering, how will the husband find Kinder Bueno for her.

So, when I saw Kinder Bueno sold at a supermarket in Singapore, I quickly bought some to eat. I did not buy alot, only 2 packs consisting of 6 packets, as it was a hassle to carry them around since we still had to bring our baby to therapy that time. My husband and I confidently thought that we can buy more at Changi International Airport when we catch our flight back. But alas... it was not meant to be. I was so disappointed to find that there weren't any Kinder Bueno being sold at Changi. I was brooding all the way in the plane. Next time, I am not taking any chances. When I see Kinder Bueno, I am going to buy one whole box and eat to my heart's content! Then I probably can spare some for some pregnant women in Kuching who craves for it.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Medical and Therapy Summary

We just came back from Singapore. Our trip this time was more well scheduled in terms of the medical appointment and the therapy sessions.

The visit to the Professor at the National University Hospital helped us to clear some of our doubts.

For one thing, the MRI scan is much better than the CT scan. MRI scan does not have radiation while CT scan has got radiation. One drawback of the MRI scan is that it requires our baby to be sedated for a longer period of time. As parents, we were naturally very worried about this and a thousand other things. According to the Professor, the sedation process requires our baby's heartbeat to be constantly monitored, to check that it does not slow down. (Whoa... my heart skipped a beat listening to this.) The MRI scan will approximately take 30 minutes and our baby has to keep absolutely still. Even the slightest movement will require the scan to be repeated and thus, prolonging the sedated condition. After that, when our baby awakens, she will be monitored to see if there are any side effects and to see if she is feeding and sleeping well. This is the whole procedure if we decide to let our baby undergo an MRI scan in Singapore. I am not sure what the procedure is like over here in Kuching. According to the Professor, the MRI scan will be able to show our baby's brain structure. She will then be able to tell what is causing our baby's Nystagmus, if any. Otherwise, she will declare our baby's Nystagmus as "cause unknown" and that our baby is simply born with it.

My husband and I decided that we would postpone the MRI scan, as even the Professor said that our baby's vitals and development seems fine apart from the Nystagmus. Thus, she is unlikely to have any neurological problems. Neurological problems will usually show in developmental delays.

At the Osteopathic Centre, our baby had 4 sessions of Cranial Osteopathy. The therapist found that there was a bit of tension at the base of our baby's skull. He tried to release the tension but our baby kept on crying and struggling so it was not easy. He did not want to force it on her too much and so he did the best he could and left her to calm down.

At the Healing Gardens, our baby also had 4 sessions of Cranial Sacral Therapy. The therapist also said that the base of our baby's skull is a bit tense. She tried to release the tension there. Again, our baby will cry and struggle. One thing I noticed was that both therapists were using almost the same techniques during the therapy sessions. One technique involved working on the optic nerves and it was always during this time our baby will start crying. I supposed she must had felt some pain or discomfort during the application of that particular technique. She seems fine during the other times apart from the fact that she dislikes lying down. The therapist taught me a home therapy technique to release tension on our baby's spine. I am now diligently performing therapy on our baby every morning and night.

We hope to be able to see some improvements soon.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Lazy Parents


Lazy Mummy. Lazy Papa.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Big Foot

New shoes...but will not be able to fit our baby's foot in a week or two.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Arrived

We arrived at Changi International Airport at 10.10pm last night.


The flight was uneventful. After making a little noise, our baby settled down to sleep until the plane landed. We came by Silk Air and the air stewardess gave this toy to our baby.


A Hawaiian hula girl. Hehe...

Friday, June 15, 2007

Fruit with Animal Skin

Today, I saw a fruit that I have never seen before in my life. As I was walking past the stall, it caught my attention as its skin is somewhat similar to that of an animal. I was very fascinated with it and so I bought some back.



The flesh inside is a bit light yellowish. It does not have a strong taste, just some light fruity taste. My friend said that it tastes like "Sugus" sweets but sour. But to me, it does not taste even a bit sour.


The stall owner had a sign there saying that this is "buah salad". Direct translation would mean that it is salad fruit. But I think a more suitable name would be pangolin fruit.

* Picture taken from http://www.wildlifesafari.info/images/pangolin.jpg

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Singapore Again


My husband and I are bringing our baby to Singapore again tomorrow for some more therapies. Our baby will go through another week of Cranial Sacral Therapy and Cranial Osteopathy. Besides that, we made an appointment to see a Paediatric Neurology Professor in National University Hospital to assess our baby's condition. We hope that this time round, we can get some answers.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

"Aunty"

"Aunty" is a term given to a female
- who is of age
- who is in her 20s going on to 30s
- who recently gave birth and looked older because of that
- who gather in groups in the market and gossip
- who nags and nags non-stop to a few kids tagging along

Other names for "Aunty" include "Makcik", "Si lai" and "Ah Sam". Here are excerpts of conversations I had with a few people.

My husband...

Me: Tell me honestly...I look like "aunty" or not after giving birth?
Husband: No la.
Me: Really or not? Or just saying that coz you're scared I scold you?
Husband: Really la. Don't look like "aunty" YET. Maybe in a few years time. Haha..
Me: @#$%!

My sister-in-law who is younger than me...

Me: I look like "aunty" or not after giving birth?
Sis-in-law: Hahahaha...no la, who say you look like "aunty"?
Me: No la, I'm just asking.
Sis-in-law: I look more like "aunty" la.
Me: No la, if you look like "aunty", I look like grandma lor...
Sis-in-law: Hahahahaha...no la, you're so small size, don't look old.
Me: Our grandma also small size leh...

My coconut lover friend...

Me: I look like "aunty" or not after giving birth?
Friend: No la. You look like small kid.
Me: Ah? What small kid? Hahahahaha...

Another friend...

Me: I look like "aunty" or not after giving birth?
Friend: No la. Who said that? Don't worry la.
Me: (Feel relief)
Friend: XXX look more like "aunty". Hahahaha, I'm so bad. No la...not look like "aunty" la but look abit older.

* XXX - (name removed to protect identity)

Now I understand why some older people experience mid-life crisis. I'm beginning to experience the "Aunty-Look Crisis" now.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

CT Scan

Yesterday, our baby went to see an eye specialist at the General Hospital. The eye specialist went through her medical history and see that all her other vital stats are okay. So, the eye specialist prescribed a CT scan for her brain. What the heck??! CT scan has got radiation. How can the specialist prescribe a scan with radiation for a 6-month old baby? I certainly do not know much about medical stuff but I do not want my baby to have a CT scan and expose her to radiation.

What am I to do? @#$%! Damn So frustrated!

Monday, June 11, 2007

Hair Loss

People told me that hair loss is one of the post-natal signs. When your baby's hair starts to drop, your hair will start to drop too. My baby's hair started to drop when she was about 4 months old. My hair started to drop about 2 weeks after that and has been dropping daily since then. My hair drops everywhere; on the floor, on the bed, on the table, in my car, in my office.

Now, my baby's hair has started to grow back. I wonder when will my hair loss stop. Despite my hair loss, I went to have a hair cut two days ago.


There goes my hair...

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

A Dedication

This entry is dedicated to my husband for all that he had done for me.

First of all, thank you for being there for me all the time.

Thank you for cheering me up when I'm down.

Thank you for being patient when I'm impatient.

Thank you for listening to my rantings when I'm in a bad mood.

Thank you for accompanying me everywhere and keeping me safe.

Thank you for washing my car when it's dirty.

Thank you for giving me the moral support all the way up to Mount KK when I was vomitting badly from food poisoning.

Thank you for running all the way to KFC to get my life saver's meal when I felt like dying from the food poisoning after we descended from Mount KK and reached our hotel.

Thank you for bringing me to the snorkelling and island hopping trip in Terengganu even though you don't know how to swim. I want to go again, can?

Thank you for a memorable wedding day.

Thank you for a wonderful trip to Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Thank you for doing all the chores when I was pregnant and vomitting my guts out.

Thank you for never leaving my side during the whole delivery process.

Thank you for not sleeping for 72 hours after I gave birth.

Thank you for being such a good father to our baby.

Thank you for bearing with the cold room temperature every night. Honestly, it's not that cold. You're too thin. Maybe that's why you feel cold. You should eat more.

Thank you for being there for me to disturb whenever I'm bored.

Thank you for bearing with my freaking need for symmetry, cleanliness and neatness. Really la, things that are symmetry looks nicer and neater.

Thank you for sacrificing your birthday celebration so that I could study for my induction exams.

Thank you for everything else that my deteriorating memory cannot remember.

I love you, darling!

I hereby present you with the "Husband of the Year Award".


P/S: I know that is one of your bowling trophies. Thank you for lending it to me unknowingly for this blog entry. Hehe...

Friday, June 1, 2007

First Cereal Attempt

This morning, our baby had her first attempt at eating cereal. It was a success. She finished the whole thing within minutes. Ahh...


Tastes so yummy...