2nd Wedding Anniversary

Two years ago, Gareth and I celebrated our wedding at with friends and family.

Last year, we celebrated our 1st wedding anniversary at the beautiful Malihom.

This year, we will celebrate our 2nd anniversary with our lil tyke, Liam :)

Before Liam was born, the husband and I made a pact – to always prioritise each other over our children. I suppose some people may find this weird or even unacceptable. How could your spouse come before your children?

We’ve likened it to an emergency situation on an airplane. Despite parental intuition to first help a child put on the oxygen mask, the instruction is that one must put on the oxygen mask first BEFORE helping to put it on a child. The reason is simple really; a conscious adult is more capable of taking care of a child than the conscious child alone.

Basically, we are each other’s oxygen mask. If we don’t help each other first, we won’t be able to help our children. If we neglected each other’s needs, our child’s needs will not be fully fulfilled. We have to first keep each other happy in order to keep our kids happy.

Make sense?

So, despite a sneaky intention to forgo any celebration of our 2nd wedding anniversary due to still being rather overwhelmed by the demands of our infant son, I say NO to this nonsense. NO to not celebrating because you do it once, you do it always.

I am his oxygen mask and he is mine and together we’re going to make today as special as possible.

Gareth, I love you so much. Thank you for being such a wonderful husband to me.

Thank you for being my rock, especially this year when Liam arrived too early and had to be admitted to NICU. While I only had to care about Liam, you had to care about me, Liam, work AND also the mountain of medical bills. Not once you faltered under stress.

Thank you for being a positive anchor in my life, for always reminding me that there’s no other way of living other than to constantly improve as a person. My speed is slow but you remain patient and ever willing to nudge me further. You are my inspiration, my life mentor.

Because of you, I have the confidence to be a good mother to Liam and his future siblings. And thank you for being so smart. Actually I have to thank my mom-in-law, Susan for that hehe. Thanks Mom!

Happy 2nd Wedding Anniversary boobr! Here’s to at least 70 more to celebrate together.

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Johnson’s Baby – Are You Caring For His Skin The Right Way?

I suffer from atopic eczema so since Liam was born, I’ve always wanted to learn more about caring for his gentle, baby skin. It seems that the universe heard me, as I got the chance to attend Johnson’s Baby event called “Are You Caring For His Skin The Right Way?”.

# – Are You Caring For His Skin The Right Way?

A collaboration between Johnson’s Baby and Doktorbudak (a volunteer-based online collaboration among children’s health specialists to answer questions on children’s health), “Are You Caring For His Skin The Right Way?” was an interactive workshop organised to share practical tips and expert advice with moms on how to care for baby’s delicate skin during the Urban Mom 2014 road-show.

The workshop featured two paediatricians, Dr Aileen Wee and Dr Yap Hsiao Ling, who gave all the mothers in attendance, myself included tips and advice ranging from healthy skin development for babies to age-appropriate skincare.

# – Dr Aileen Wee, Dr Yap Hsiao Ling and Johnson’s Baby brand ambassador Dynas Mokhtar sharing knowledge regarding baby’s skincare.

Did you know that baby skin is 30% thinner than adult skin, and loses water more quickly during the first 12 months of his life? No, I didn’t!

There are so many products out there in the market these days claiming benefits for your baby but rather than relying on a label that says ‘natural’ or ‘organic’, we should review the product from the perspective of mildness and safety as well as scientific evidence. Based on a Johnson’s Baby research, babies cleansed with Johnson’s Baby Top to Toe Wash showed no difference in several key indicators when compared to those who had been cleansed only with water, which indicates that Johnson’s® Baby Top to Toe Wash is as mild on skin as water!

To be frank, am not surprised because I still wash my hair with Johnson’s baby shampoo these days when I feel like my mane needs a break from harsh products, hehe.

# – Johnson’s Baby products.

All in all, I’ve learnt that choosing the right skincare for your baby, especially in the first months after birth can help prevent irreversible skin damage such as redness and itching, dryness, scaling and roughness and tightness after washing.

The products should be safe with all its ingredients serving a purpose that is supported by scientific evidence, tested with rigorous standards that meet or exceed accepted levels for safety. This includes the packaging and even the inks used for printing!

Of course, the products must also be mild and effective, proven with the help of independent experts to assess the product’s potential – from the cleansing agents to the fragrance and even its bubbles – to ensure products do not cause redness, stinging and irritation on baby’s skin, hair and eyes while effectively clean baby’s skin.

I learnt so much! The highlight of the workshop was a baby massage demonstration led by Dr Yap!

# – My favourite part – the baby massage demo.

Baby massage is supposed to reduce colic, encourage better growth and improve sleep. I am not sure about the first two, but Liam has definitely slept better since I applied the massage techniques I learnt from the demo.

# – I pretended it was Liam lol.

On behalf of Liam, I’d like to say he loveeeees Johnson’s Baby Bedtime range, with Natural Calm essence. This product range is supposed to soothe and promote a more restful sleep for babies.

For real? Just check out Liam’s syiok face.

# – So syiok.

My choice for my precious Liam is none other than Johnson’s Baby.

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Malaysian school-going children are doomed!!!!

I was browsing Facebook and then I stumbled upon a post. So much rage coursed through my veins after looking at the pictures posted. SO. MUCH. RAGE.

How could something like this get published and sold to our school-going children?

I shudder to imagine what kind of adults they will become.


First things first, please remember this book cover and avoid it like the plague:

Fortunately, the parents who bought the book in the Facebook post are educated enough to know that the proverbs have been lost in translation but what about parents who are not so educated?

What’s the point of getting educated if the quality of education is horrifically subpar? How can these children improve and be better than the previous generations??

This is appalling!

To show how bad the translations are, I’ve taken to re-translate the malay translations myself and put in the correct ones too.

I had so much anger while doing this, so if you spotted any mistake please let me know in the comments below, thank you!

Last but not least, this is the publisher of said abomination…BOYCOTT!

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