Tuesday, January 19, 2016

I'm pregnant!

It's time for some updates and an announcement to make.

I'm pregnant again. After the last miscarriage, I took longer to announce this time. I became a little superstitious. Only family and a few close friends know about my pregnancy.

Gosh! This pregnancy is the TOUGHEST. I'm not having morning sickness. I'm having ALL-DAY sickness. I constantly feel like puking and I puked a few times a day. I have no appetite for anything. I can even feel like puking by going through food blogs looking at their supposedly delicious-looking food pictures. On weekends, I gagged myself through cooking Adele's meals that I wish the husband can actually do the cooking instead. I'm fortunate enough to have my mummy to help me during these tough times with Adele and her meals. 

Now I truly understand what pregnancy blues are all about. It feels really lonely because no one really understand.

My belly is actually showing already. It's very much sooner as compared to my first pregnancy. Probably because the muscles are loosen now.

My doctor told me not to take any Chinese herbs especially ginseng but he said chicken essence is fine. So, my mummy had been boiling chicken essence for me. This really help my fatigue and I noticed that I'm not so pale anymore.

I actually had bleeding in between week 6 and week 7. When I saw the blood, I thought I was going to miscarry again. I was so emotional that morning. I rushed myself to the hospital but I couldn't really rush because it was a Monday morning and I got stuck in the usual morning traffic. I prayed and cried so much in the car on my way there. Thank God, the baby's alright. Beating heart and growing on par. I was ordered to bed rest for a week. The doctor wanted to give me another week off but I told him I had to go to work. Lol!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Bad News

It started during dinner last night. I felt something flowing out and I thought is was just some discharge. When I went to use the toilet, I see blood on my liner. I knew I had to get it checked.

So we rushed back from Seremban to Pantai Bangsar's emergency. The medical officer did some initial q&a and asked me a few questions. Then he called my gynae and my gynae advised him to give me a jab and if I am still bleeding I should go back again. My gynae's clinic will be open on Monday and I was asked to visit him on Monday for a scan. 

I was so happy. I thought everything would be okay after the jab. I was wrong. I woke up this morning and found that I'm bleeding even more. Some slight cramp as well. I panicked. Called my mum and told her that I will be sending Adele over.

After we dropped Adele at my mum's, we went to the emergency again. So disappointed that my gynae didn't bother to come to check. He told the medical officer to give me Duphaston (some hormone pill) and to come back tomorrow for a scan. I decided to go to any women specialist clinic out there and I found one that is open on Sunday in Bandar Puteri Puchong.

After 2 hours of waiting anxiously, we finally got to see the doctor for a scan. And that was when he told me the bad news. There is no heartbeat and the embryo is supposed to be bigger based on the date given to him. Looks like it stopped growing for 2 weeks already. It's a miscarriage. 

I have 2 options now. 

1) To wait and have it out naturally
2) Suction currettage

Just did some reading and I thought I should paste the link here for reference:

How am I feeling? I was sad of course. I cried. That was it. It happens. I'm alright now. :)

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Hope it's not too late

Happy new year! Lol!

It's Saturday and the daughter is taking her afternoon nap. Since I have some time for myself now until she wakes up, I'm gonna update my blog a little.

You know, once you have a kid, you'll eventually push aside your own needs and your baby will be given first priority to everything. I seriously do not have the luxury to sit down in front of my computer at home and surf aimlessly or blog or watch TV. Nevertheless, I'm still lucky enough that I have a lot of help at home and so, I do get to go out and chill with my friends every now and then or even go for a round of golf on weekends. 

I didn't have the time to do my yearly review last year. All I can say is 2014 was awesome! I hope 2015 will be even better. 

My little sunshine

Monday, November 17, 2014

Europe Trip Day 4 - Brugge

Day 4
We took the train from Antwerpen Centraal Station to Brugge. Michael and Anne drove 5 hours from Germany to join us in Brugge for the weekend. So, we met at Brugge station and started our day from there.

Brugge is the largest city of the West Flanders in Belgium. It's beautiful like a fantasy world. Something like Disney. Lol. I love its medieval streets, winding canals and green ramparts.

We actually walked from Station Brugge all the way to Grote Markt

I had Flemish Beef Stew which was really good. I shall learn how to make this. Ryan went to one of the many chocolate shop and bought us some Belgian chocolate. I must admit that they are really good. As for the waffles, it wasn't the best I had. In fact, the best waffle I had was in Tokyo. We probably went to the wrong shop for waffle.

Flemish Beef Stew and a glass of Duvel

Michael then drove us to the beach-y side of Brugge. On the way, we dropped by Carrefour to get some bottles of mineral water and as usual, the supermarket was a happy place for me. I always love angmoh supermarket. Lol.

After the beach, we drove back to Antwerp and we had a nice dinner and drinks with Michael and Anne at a nice restaurant and bar.

Europe Trip Day 3 - Antwerp

Day 3
We departed Amsterdam for Antwerp via Thalys. We stayed in Antwerp for 2 nights at Antwerp Central Youth Hostel. The hostel was pretty nice but there were mosquitoes in our room. Same feedback from Michael as well who stayed in the same hostel on our 2nd night.

What we did in Antwerp:
- We went to Groenplaats, Cathedral of Our Lady, Grote Markt and Hetsteen
- Drank lots of Belgium beer
- Had the best mussels and fries
- Walked a lot
- Took the subway to Chinatown at night which was a mistake because that area was pretty dodgy

Cathedral of Our Lady - Built between 1352 and 1521 as one of the world's tallest building

Grote Markt - The main square in Antwerp and is a popular tourist destination

In the centre of Grote Markt (in front of the town hall), there is a statue of Brabo who cut off the hand of the giant Antigoon and threw it into the river. Antigoon lived near the Schelde River and used to charge a toll for people wanting to cross the river. For people that couldn't pay the toll, their hands would be cut off and thrown into the River. This is a famous folklore tale in Antwerp and that is how Antwerp got its name from. The name Antwerpen means 'Hand Throw'.

Hetsteen (The Stone)
Often referred to as The Castle but was originally one of the old city's fortified gates

One of the many beers we had, best mussels and best fries

Credits to Ryan Chew for the photos.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Europe Trip Day 1 & 2 - Amsterdam on September 2014

We were supposed to spend 3 nights in Amsterdam but because of the 25 hours flight delay, we only had 2 nights.

We arrived at Schipol Airport early in the morning. Took the train from the airport to Central Station. From there, we walked about 10 minutes to the apartment near Dam Square where we stayed for 2 nights.

Central Station

We rented an apartment in Dam Square for 100 EUR per night. Lovely apartment with original very steep Dutch staircase. The owner (if I'm not mistaken), Kevin, was very kind to help us carry our luggage up.

The original very steep Dutch staircase
Day 1 Itinerary
Anne Frank's House was just a 5-minutes walk from our apartment. So glad that I did my research and bought tickets online. With that, we didn't have to join the crazy long queue at the entrance. There was a special entrance at the side of the house for pre-bought tickets.

Just look at that queue to Anne Frank's House behind me
Our route for the day

After Anne Frank's House, we took a bus to Blue Boat Company. We had our brunch around there and then we went on the City Canal Cruise.

After the canal cruise, we then head to Van Gogh Museum via P.C. Hooftstraat (a street full of designer boutiques and fancy lunchroom). The street was pretty empty though. Van Gogh Museum was great. I love his art work.

We then walked towards Rijksmuseum again for this picture below.

Albert Cuypmarket is open every day of the week except Sundays. We tried the typical dutch snack here, a herring.

I love it
Heineken Experience was fun. Tickets were inclusive of 2 free drinks and a Heineken glass. I wasn't sure if I was jet-lagged or the beer was really good (fresh!) because I was really tipsy after 2 glasses which was unusual for me.

This is our last attraction for the day and we still had time to kill, so we took the tram back to Dam Square. Since Red Light District was nearby, we went but it was still early (around 5-6pm) so there wasn't much to see.

Day 2 Itinerary
I bought a Countryside Bike Tour by Mike's Bike Tour. On this bike tour, we cycled to the south of Amsterdam where most time were spent riding along the Amstel River. We went to one of the few remaining authentic windmills and then visited an entertaining and funny farmer at his cheese farm and clog factory. The bike tour was really fun.

We went back to Red Light District after sunset this time and it was so crowded with tourists. This time, ooooh so much to see. Sorry, no pictures as it was not allowed. Didn't even try. I was informed that there were bouncers everywhere and they will damage your camera if you were caught taking pictures.

We went somewhere near Leidseplein for some food and drinks on our last night.

Tips: If you know you will be taking the tram or bus a lot on that day, buy a day pass for 4 EUR and you'll get unlimited rides for the day.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Our 12 days 11 nights holiday in Europe

Video from ryanchew.net on Vimeo.

4 countries, 5 cities.

We went to Amsterdam for 2 nights and then we took Thalys to Antwerp where we based there for 2 nights and a day trip to Brugge. Then, we took Thalys again to Paris for 2 nights and then we flew to Palma de Mallorca for 3 nights and back to Paris for another 2 nights and then head home.

Overall, our 12 days 11 nights holiday in Europe was great however...

We didn't have a good start on our vacation to Europe and neither we have a good ending. All thanks to KLM and Air France. What a horrible experience. On the day we were supposed to depart Kuala Lumpur to Amsterdam, they announced that the flight had to be delayed for 25 hours due to technical problem. It was 11pm. We were told to collect our luggage and call customer service to rebook our flights but their customer service was unreachable. It was way passed midnight by the time we got our luggage and we were tired and cranky. They offered accommodation for passengers who needed one. We decided to take a cab home. What pissed me off is that we weren't informed that they rebooked us on Qatar Airways which will be departing at 10AM. I only found out at 9AM when I logged in to KLM website to check on my flight status. We couldn't make it for this flight and why no one called us to inform? I got panicked and was wondering if I miss this one, which flight are we on then? So, we went all the way to KLM Office at KLIA airport to clarify. We were told that we will still be able to board this delayed flight. Gosh, the hassle and the anxiety seriously ruined our holiday mood.

We were supposed to fly home from Paris with Air France. Unfortunately, there was a strike and we were only notified that our flight was cancelled on our last night in Paris. We made lots of phone call again trying to get the unreachable KLM customer service. We called Air France in the US instead and got help. All flights were full and we only got the next available flight (MAS Airline) which will depart a day later. So, we had to find accommodation for the next night because we couldn't extend one more night at the current hotel we were staying (because it was fully booked). The stranded feeling wasn't good at all. We almost didn't get a seat on MAS Airline when we checked in. We were told it was overbooked but they still have seats. We just didn't get to sit next to each other.

We submitted our request for compensation on KLM website but no word from them so far. It's been 2 weeks now. KLM sucks.

I will try to blog my itinerary in detail for each city but if you're really interested and couldn't wait, please drop me an email.

In summary:

Amsterdam - I love the Countryside Bike Tour. Cheese and coffee is really good. I mean the real coffee. Not Amsterdam's "Coffee". Lol.

Antwerp - The old town is pretty and the mussels are delicious! Not forgetting all the Belgium beers as well. It's the same price as Coke. Lol!

Brugge - Michael and Anne drove 5 hours from Germany to join us in Brugge. I love the medieval city and cobblestoned streets. Oooh, not forgeting Belgium chocolates and Flemish Beef Stew. Sooooo yummy!

Paris - Celebrated Ryan's birthday on Bateaux Mouches cruise dinner along Seine river. Very romantic. I also love the Best of Paris Bike Tour from Blue Bike Tour.

Mallorca - Seafood overload on this island. We had seafood every single day here. Love the ride on the old wooden train to Soller and then we visited a pretty village called Fornalutx. We also rented a vespa for a day which was fun too.

With Anne and Mike in Brugge

Friday, July 18, 2014

I love putting my daughter to bed at night and then I'll lay down next to her and watch her sleep until I fall asleep.  :)


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