Monday, April 21, 2014

很想吃 salmon belly...

星期六傍晚,上完 antenatal class 之后,到 Gurney Paragon 的乐膳日式餐馆享用晚餐。
其实,想吃日本餐的是老公,至于我本身不是很想吃晚餐,想回家吃水果 + yogurt 草草了事。
老公点了一个寿司套餐,我点了个绿茶饮料。

隔壁座已经坐着一对父子,儿子的年龄大概是大学一年级,长得还蛮帅的。
不知道为了什么事,父亲从食物还没到就在那边教训儿子,直到食物上桌为止。
父亲用英语斥责孩子的声量不小,旁人听了也尴尬,孩子更是抬不起头来。
他们的食物上桌了,是两大盘的 salmon belly sashimi, wasabi, 还有两大碗白饭。
父亲也暂停斥责,儿子静静地扒饭吃,但是看他的样子好像食之无味,虽然那盘 salmon belly sashimi 看起来十分诱人。

我的肚子开始作响,奇怪,之前不是真的很没有胃口吗。
现在搞到我超想吃 salmon belly sashimi 还有两大碗白饭。(孕妇不宜吃未煮熟的食物)
我折腾了大约10分钟,终于忍不住叫了一个 pan-fried salmon 还有一碗饭。
哎~ 好过没有。

其实这个 post 一点 point 都没有。
只是,我在想,那位父亲为什么要选择在一个不便宜的日式餐馆里面,大庭广众之下,责骂孩子?
他有没有顾及过孩子的感受?
无论他点了怎么样的山珍海味,双方都因为尴尬的气氛而吃不下味道,真浪费。

虽然这么想,但是究竟不知道他家发生什么事,导致这样的场面出现。
不久之后将为人父母,虽然很不想以上的情况发生在我们和孩子身上,但是毕竟无法预料以后会发生的事,到底这么做是不是真有其因。

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Souvenirs from Japan

Finally, hubby is back from his Osaka-Kyoto-Nagoya trip~~

He bought me a "have a safe pregnancy" good luck charm from Kinkakuji Temple, which means a lot to me! Also got me thinking, where did I misplace my charm that I bought from Fukuoka Dazaifu in 2009? 

Charm from Kinkakuji Temple
Our princess also got a souvenir from daddy... a pink flowery yukata! Can bring her around wearing this during Bon Odori next year d... she'll look so cute in it! :-D

Baby's yukata
Of course, there are other souvenirs too... such as some nice printed cloth, crackers and chocolate!~
 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Week 22, 2nd Trimester

'Fluttering'?

One of the most common questions I get from my friends and family during the 2nd trimester is: "Can you feel your baby kicking yet?" 

I have been waiting eagerly for this moment since my doctor asked me during my monthly check-up on Week 20. It depends on pregnancy, some people are able to feel baby's movements as early as Week 20, some around Week 24.

Some say the initial movement feels like an electric jolt, like a buzzing. During my first ante-natal class the doctor said it should feel like a fish flapping around inside a plastic bag. I thought it should be a big fish. A friend I met during the ante-natal class told me the trick to feeling it is to lie very still and just wait for it. 

On Sunday, I drove myself to church since hubby was not around. After the worship service and pastor started saying grace... I suddenly felt it! A little fluttering inside my stomach... words cannot even begin to describe the feeling... I sat there in awe and joy, feeling the little taps coming at certain intervals throughout the service... and feeling even more sure than ever that I am not alone, I have my baby inside my tummy accompanying me.

Then I went home and ate chicken rice until very full and lay on the bed and touched my tummy. This time I'm quite sure it's fluttering because the movement is happening at the right place (lower abdomen) and not just my normal stomach rumbling cos of digestive motion.

And today at work the fluttering comes more frequent... like somebody gently tapping their fingers from inside my belly... and actually more like a small fish inside the plastic bag rather than a big fish flapping around.

*the feeling is just so beautiful*

Monday, April 07, 2014

Week 20, 2nd Trimester


March 29, 2014

Again, it's time for me to give an update about the *little bun that's baking in my oven*! 

After months of eager excitement... the gender of our baby is revealed...

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*Ta-da* We're having a little baby girl!

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Our little Miss Malaysia

As we looked at the ultrasound, baby was continuously waving her right hand at us, as if to tell us: "Papa Mama, look! I'm here! Hello! Weee...!" Waving, waving, just like a little Miss Malaysia. :-)

Her Papa's heart melted so much that he straightaway went shopping the next day to buy her a little baju and cleared a little space in the wardrobe for his little princess.

Names for our baby girl

We decided to give our precious baby girl a cheerful-sounding English name, a name which we had already decided upon a long time ago. As for her Chinese name, I'm going to name her something meaning "a gift of joy from God", as she is truly our little bundle of joy. :-)

Baby stuff

Now we already know the baby's gender, next up, is shopping for baby items! Hubby already bought an Avent double electric breast pump from the USA for me, in preparation for me to become a milk cow for our daughter soon~ so excited about this... I also attended an MMPS meeting about breastfeeding, and gained a lot of valuable information from the group!

Also, thanks to the wonderful couple that gifted us the book "What to Expect - The First Year". It is as thick as a Bible... lol... and now I'm on the breastfeeding pages. 

Can't wait to clear my house and make space for more pink princessy items for my little one... Mommy and Daddy loves you very much ♥


New York Cheesecake

New York Cheesecake

Bought a new baking recipe book from the Big Bad Wolf sale for RM12 and thought I'd try out the easiest recipe in the book ~ New York Cheesecake!

Btw checked out a newly opened cakeshop at The One area and darn... a whole NY cheesecake is selling for RM99 there. Better make a bigger one myself for half the price!

NY cheesecake is surprisingly easy to make, I'd say easier to make than no-bake cheesecake cos I didn't need to heat the gelatine. This time I remembered to cover my springform pan with baking paper so that the cheese mixture would not seep out from the sides...

So, as always, calamity sure will happen whenever I'm baking. This time my electric mixer suddenly stopped working at 10pm on a Sunday night. Poor hubby had to go to Tesco to help me get a new hand mixer... but luckily before he was about to buy it, my mixer suddenly came back to life! Guess there's some auto-stop mechanism inside the machine to prevent it from over-heating...

I baked the crust first, then poured in the cheese mixture and baked it at 200 degrees Celcius for 15 minutes, then switched it to 100 degrees Celcius and continued baking for another 30 minutes. Then let it cool in the oven for 2 hours and popped it in the fridge to let it cool and set overnight.

After it had baked in the oven, I was checking to see whether the insides of the cake were well-cooked by sticking in a chopstick and seeing whether it came out clean. But after a few tries, the chopstick still came out wet, I guess this is the characteristic of the NY cheesecake after I searched online. I should just need to check whether the top is wobby but firm to prevent over-baking.

In the morning, when I checked, the cake had pulled away from the sides and was ready to serve for breakfast. :D

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Melbourne, A City Built of Gold - Part 2

September 1, 2013 
Melbourne CBD

Back to blogging about my Australian trip. :P

The Victorian Gold Rush between 1851 and the late 1860s transformed Melbourne into a major boomtown. The gold wealth caused a great many lavish architectures to be built around the city center, transforming Melbourne into a world-class city.

Before I stepped foot in Melbourne, I simply imagined it to be a plain city with many modern glass and stream-lined buildings, nothing more. So it is fair to say that I was simply awed by the many elegant and luxurious heritage buildings in the city center. As I walked around, I was dazzled by the gold buildings, their color reminiscent of their wealthy origins. 

Flinders Street Station

Flinders Street Railway Station at the corner of Flinders and Swanston Streets is the oldest station in Australia. The main station building, completed in 1909, is a cultural icon of Melbourne, with its prominent dome, arched entrance, tower and clocks one of the city's most recognisable landmarks. The Melburnian idiom "I'll meet you under the clocks", refers to the row of clocks above the main entrance.

St. Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul's Cathedral is diagonally opposite Flinders Street Station. The location for St Paul's Cathedral marks the location of the first Christian service held in Melbourne in 1835.A distinguished English architect, William Butterfield, designed the cathedral, in the architectural style of Gothic transitional. The foundation stone was laid in 1880 and, on 22 January 1891, the cathedral was consecrated.

Princess Theater


The Princess Theatre is a 1488-seat theater. It was first erected in 1854 by actor-manager George Coppin, who would create Melbourne's theatre land. Many world-famous shows have opened there, including Les Misérables and The Phantom of the Opera.

Hotel Windsor

The Hotel Windsor is a luxury hotel in Melbourne. The Windsor is notable for being Australia's only surviving grand 19th century city hotel and only official "grand" 5-star Victorian-era hotel. The Windsor is situated on Bourke Hill in the Parliament Precinct on Spring Street.

Now this is another elegant building which I don't know, but it is situated near the Stanford Fountain. Most of the heritage buildings are pretty well-preserved, maybe partly due to the favourable weather. There are also many statues of famous people and early pioneers erected around the city center.

The horse carriages also add a touch of old-world charm to this beautiful city.
 

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Week 16, 2nd Trimester


Boy or girl?

We had been waiting eagerly for this day to arrive cos there would be a good chance of us seeing the baby's gender on the fourth ultrasound scan. But baby was being playful again... despite facing forward each time during the previous ultrasounds, this time it decided to be mysterious and faced downwards! So doctor's conclusion... might be a boy because she saw a faint hint of something... but don't go shopping yet because she's still not too sure...

Argh now we have to wait one more month to know!

On the bright side, everything seems to be developing well for baby. I tend to get a little bit worried cos till now I still can't feel anything growing/kicking inside of me, so I'm always looking forward to the scans to get a glimpse of how baby's growing inside my womb. Since baby was facing downwards, we got to look at its very nice backbone (which reminds me of those dinosaur skeleton inside the museum), its thigh bone which gave us an indication of how heavy is the baby (half the weight of a Philadelphia cream cheese now!), and its little finger bones (open-shut-open-shut)!

Cute baby, be good next scan and Mommy will buy you more books from the Big Bad Wolf Sale!

Morning sickness

The weird thing is my morning sickness has only begun to reveal itself during my second trimester. My first bout of vomiting started near the end of my first trimester, and yesterday I threw up everything of my home-cooked lunch (4th time). There is a joke between me and my hubby that baby is acting up (causing mummy to vomit) whenever daddy is not around.

Anyway, I don't really know what triggers it since I am able to eat almost everything... perhaps I shouldn't eat too big of a portion during my meals. It also might be due to acid reflux as the uterus is pressing on my digestive tract. And I am yet to try out the pills that doctor gave me to relieve the acid reflux. 

I am also yet to have any real food cravings... just that most of the time I am susceptible to food pics people post on Facebook. Hmm I think I shall have my hubby make me that egg salad sandwich tomorrow morning...

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

All you need is love ♥

All you need is love
*ba ba ba ba ba*
All you need is love
*ba ba ba ba ba*
All you need is love
*love*
Love is all you need ♥

I was looking back through my years of February blog posts, and I realized that I haven't been blogging about any Valentine's day celebrations! *gasp* Well, that could only mean one thing - not that we're the Scrooge of Valentine's day and haven't been celebrating it - it means that we've stuck to the yearly routine of celebrating it post-ceremoniously at home...


This year we celebrated it the day after, which was a Saturday night. He cooked our favourite butter rice and oven-grilled lamb chops. Fixed up a non-alcoholic cocktail of pomegranate + lime + lemon bitter for me and a alcoholic one for himself. Finished it with a double scoop of Haagen-Daz mixed summer berries ice cream. Yummmmmm................


On Monday night I made a blueberry chilled cheese cake. Ohhhhh I miss Philadelphia cream cheese... Leo went to four hypermarts and they were all out-of-stock... gahh just doesn't taste the same without it.

By the way, if you haven't heard the good news already, this Valentine's Day is extra special for the both of us, cos we have a little bun baking inside my oven.... yesss that's right, I'm preggers!!! Gosh, figure we're not going to eat out next year during Valentine's Day again.............! ♥

P/S: I'm already more than 3 months pregnant so here comes the deluge of baby posts!~

Week 12, 1st Trimester



January 29, 2014

Today we had our third ultrasound scan for baby + first trimester screening to screen out the risk of baby having Down Syndrome. 

First trimester screening:
The doctor will use ultrasound to measure nuchal translucency, which is a collection of fluid under the skin at the back of baby's neck. The screen must be done between the 11th week to 13th week of pregnancy. Research has shown that babies with Down Syndrome have an increased amount of fluid (>2mm thickness is considered high risk). After measuring, doctor said that our baby is low risk so I did not need to go through the blood test which costs RM750 (hurrah!)!

Something funny that happened... because the doctor had to measure the fluid underneath the baby's neck, it could only be done from a certain angle, so we had to wait for baby to shift its position to face the side. Dunno is it because papa is always telling baby to face us and smile for the camera and to show little birdy (if yes), our baby is always facing us directly each time we do an ultrasound! So after 15 minutes of baby not nudging and always looking at us and waving his hands and feet around despite us coaxing for it to turn around, doctor asked us to go out and wait while she served other patients first. =_=||| The second time we went in, baby looked like it had fallen asleep, but still in the forward-facing position! So doctor asked us to go out and wait again. Until the third time I climbed on the bed (tired...), all three of us (papa, me and doctor) were practically pleading with the baby to please turn around so that doctor could scan the back of its neck! Papa said: "look up baby! got cicak!" =_=||| And our doctor was like: "oi... faster, i wanna go home lah..." In the end I did some breathing and abs exercise and doctor scanned again and voila! This time she got it. Phew~~~~~

Our appointment lasted from 2.30pm to 4.30pm, which almost made us get stuck in the CNY home-bound traffic from Penang to Ipoh... luckily still not too bad.

When I reached home I told my mom about the experience and she concluded that baby is stubborn, just like me~~~~~ T.T||| 

Oh ya, this time the hospital gave us a nice paper frame to hold our baby ultrasound picture. And we stuck it on the fridge. So baby is now looking at me whenever I reach into the fridge to grab some milk. :P