Thursday, July 25, 2013

Attending Invasive Meningococcal Disease (IMD) Talk in Kuala Lumpur

A while ago I was invited to attend the Invasive Meningococcal Disease (IMD) Talk in Kuala Lumpur. This event was initiated by Sanofi Pasteur and since the talk's topic was relevant to me, I decided to join it.

Last Sunday afternoon, I asked my Mother-in-Law to baby sit Naomi for few hours so that my husband and I could attend this event in Kuala Lumpur. It was actually my first time being separated from my baby for more than 3 hours and the moment we hit the Seremban - Kuala Lumpur highway, I already missed my dear baby. However, seemingly my baby didn't miss her Mom at all and was busy playing at her grandparents' home.

Anyway, about an hour after we left Seremban, my husband and I finally reached the Setia City Convention Center where the talk was held.

Welcome to Setia City Convention Centre!

The room set up in the Ballroom for the talk reminded me of my old conferencing days where I used to greet speakers and delegates, make sure the microphone in the podium worked fine, set the power point presentation and all. Ah, those days... Anyhow, it's always a good feeling to be one of the delegates instead of the organizer.

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen!

Back to the main topic - At about 3pm, shortly after the organizer formally opened the event, Dr. Yong Junina Fadzil began her thorough presentation about Invasive Meningococcal Disease (IMD).

Here are some findings about IMD that I learnt from the health talk last Sunday. I find that this topic is quite interesting and important; thus, I think you should know a little about this disease too.

What is IMD?

IMD is a global illness that comes from bacterial infection and may cause meningococcaemia and meningitis. Never heard of these before? Diseases' names mentioned above are rather hard to spell, aren't they? Let me try to explain them in simple words then. The first disease basically attacks the blood vessels and eventually blood leakage will cause severe (and really ugly) rashes in the body. Meanwhile, the second disease is more commonly known as inflammation in the brain. Both diseases are very dangerous and may cause death.

Based on statistics, incidences of IMD over the years mostly happen in UK, Ireland, Sub-Saharan Africa (aka. Meningitis belt) and Australia; however this doesn't mean that IMD never or won't happen in Malaysia. It did, in fact many times, I believe. It's just that the records of the incidences in this country are still vague.

What are the symptoms of IMD?

Early IMD symptoms are very hard to distinguish from common flu symptoms. However, if it's not treated timely, it may cause death within 24 hours. The following are some IMD symptoms that we should not neglect:

First 4-8 hours:
Fever, irritability, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, poor appetite, sore throat, general aches

Next 12-15 hours:
Haemorrhagic rash, neck pain, photophobia (sensitivity to light)

Last 15-24 hours:
Confusion or delirium, seizure, unconsciousness and possible death

Some people survive this deadly bacteria infection, nevertheless the survivors usually become handicapped after battling this disease. The survivors of IMD may suffer from memory loss, speech damage, internal organ damage, amputation, etc. It's just heart-breaking to learn the after-effects of this disease.

How IMD spreads?

International travellers (especially those who travel to Sub-Saharan meningitis belt area) present the opportunities for meningococcal disease exposure and spread. Since meningococcal disease is caused by anaerobic bacteria that lives in human's nose, people who carry these bacteria inside their nose may spread the disease to others through aerosolized droplets (i.e. sneezing) or direct contact (like kissing). The meningococcal carriers may not suffer from the disease themselves but may infect other people around them who are weaker or have under-developed immune systems, such as children.

How to prevent IMD?

Luckily modern technology can prevent the spread of IMD. One way of preventing IMD from getting to us or our children is by getting IMD immunization. It's advisable to get vaccinated before travelling to the Sub-Saharan meningitis belt area where cases of IMD are found very high (for example before doing Hajj pilgrimage) or get your kids vaccinated once you hear that there is an IMD outbreak. Alternatively, it's best to stay away from people who just came back from visiting Sub-Saharan meningitis belt area (including Saudi Arabia) for at least a week or so just to make sure that the IMD bacteria which may reside on those persons are gone.

I understand that I am sharing pretty heavy topic here but it's no harm being aware of this particular subject matter so you can take extra precaution, if necessary.

Last but not least, here's a group photo of the speaker and some of the event's attendees last Sunday.

Dr. Yong Junina Fadzil (left) and us.

I found Dr. Yong Junina Fadzil's Facebook page. Perhaps for further clarifications or inquiries about this disease, it's best to contact her directly.

Meanwhile, stay healthy, people!

Happy Mom n Bub Photo Project: Week 7

It's Thursday again and I am so happy to present you the Happy Mom n Bub Photo Project: Week #7.

This week's Mom and Bub who become the centre of attention are:

Mommy Jasbir and Baby Sadhanaa from Selangor, Malaysia.

Mommy Jasbir is a proud Mom of three gorgeous children. She owns a blog where she writes her motherhood thoughts and parenting tips at A Cuppa for My Thoughts.

Wish to be the next Mom and Bub featured here? Read here to find out how. It's on first come, first serve basis, so don't delay - send me your pretty picture now!

P/S: Dear Moms, please send me a clear and bright photo of you and your little one if you want to be part of this project, okay! Due to aesthetic concern, I am afraid that blur or too dark photo with too low resolution will not be published. Apologies!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

First Birthday Party: Yes or No?

Naomi’s 1st birthday is coming in less than two months’ time and I am in a serious contemplating mode - trying to decide whether I should celebrate her 1st birthday with a birthday bash (i.e. inviting family and close friends for a few hours’ birthday party in a nice restaurant) or just do a humble birthday cake cutting ceremony at home (i.e. sing the birthday song in English and Mandarin, make a wish which I'd voluntarily do on behalf of Naomi, blow a candle on her birthday cake, cut the cake and eat it with core family members then take some pictures too).

Our soon-to-be birthday girl.

I may have the budget to celebrate her birthday with a birthday party but then again, I am still not entirely sure if making a big production out of her 1st birthday is that necessary at all.

Anyway, below are some reasons that I have collected in the past few weeks on whether I should celebrate my child's 1st birthday or not.

Why a birthday party is a must?
  • 1st birthday is every child’s huge milestone and it’s a once in a lifetime experience. Priceless moment. Not to be missed event indeed.
  • It’s just awesome to celebrate baby’s 1st birthday with a somewhat large crowd comprising family members and close friends. Memorable occasion and lots of fun.
  • Planning a birthday party for my first kid will be fun. Getting busy thinking and preparing the party’s tiny details must be exciting, provided if it's not a last minute one.
  • There will be tons of nice photos of 1st birthday celebration for her to remember when she grows up.
  • I may regret (big time!) letting this special day pass without any special celebration, especially since my husband and I did not do any special celebration for Naomi's Full Moon either.

Is 1st birthday party a waste of money, hence better to skip this?
  • Naomi is obviously too young to understand the whole birthday celebration idea and she will not remember it. My Mom once said that it is better to celebrate Naomi’s birthday when she reaches kindergarten’s age. It will be more fun, enjoyable and memorable for her to celebrate birthday with her friends.
  • 1st birthday party is generally a celebration intended more for adults (re: us, the parents and the guests); rather than for Naomi herself. Again, Naomi is too young to comprehend and appreciate what is going on.
  • Naomi may be overwhelmed with the crowd and not enjoy the party at all during her big day. Worse, the photos taken that day potentially won’t look so nice because she is not happy? Remember her studio photo results the other day?
  • It's wiser to save the money for the party and spend it for something else more useful. For instance, use the money to buy a set of brand new matching sofa for our living room perhaps?
  • Capturing the birthday celebration at home on camera will do the same justice in preserving memory of Naomi's special day.

It’s 5 versus 5 now.

What do you think? Any thoughts?  

Monday, July 22, 2013

Thinking About Getting A Job? Think of Joblogy!

Just graduated and currently doing some job hunting? Or thinking of a career change? It's not easy, is it? Been there, done that.

I remember when I was a fresh graduate about six years ago, finding my first ever full-time job was so much pain! Well, not as painful as giving birth to a child without medication, but overall it was not a pleasant experience. Back then, as a fresh graduate, I had double degree from Indonesia and the Netherlands, cum laude honour and overseas internship experience under my belt - but still, searching my first job was very frustrating. Why? Because I had no full-time working experience and most companies wanted previous work experience(s).

Moving on, I finally got my first job and some few years' later I was thinking of changing a job. Again, the usual drill of finding the right job was not as simple as A B C. The whole process of a career change was not as easy as I thought.

Anyway, recently I came across a relatively new online job portal called Joblogy where you can easily find various full-time jobs, part-time jobs and even internship opportunities in Malaysia. This employment website is actually developed by the same creator of tutor website that I blogged a while ago.


Welcome to Joblogy!

Joblogy lists job vacancies in various positions such as Sales and Marketing, IT, Admin, Accounting, Programming jobs and many more. 


Search your job here.

You can search the job of your dream by typing out the field of job that suits your academic background and expertise and then, perhaps you can search a job based the preferred work location before you send your resume away. Easy right?


Find your friends in Joblogy.

Additionally, Joblogy has a cool feature that I find quite interesting. If you click the Friends+Jobs button in the top bar, you can find your Facebook friends who are working or worked in some of the companies stated in Joblogy's job list. To enable this function, all you have to do is login to Joblogy with your Facebook account.

Having said that, if you are seeking for a job - turn your computer on now and start browsing the jobs available at Joblogy. Don't forget to sign up to upload your resume and apply for a job!

In my opinion, somehow, job hunting is a "numbers game". The more you let potential companies aware that you are looking for a job, the more chances for you to get called for interview. However, in order to make this effort successful, you have to do this "numbers game" really smartly. Aim well and ensure that there is a job fit for you before you send your resume to the hiring managers. This way, hopefully you'd land to the first round of interviews with your prospective employer(s) and eventually, sign your employment contract.

By the way, home tuition teachers are still wanted in Singapore. If you are keen to earn some extra cash through private tutoring in Singapore, don't forget to check out the home tuition website.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Making Indonesian Style Chicken Risoles

Risoles is a famous savory snack in Indonesia. It looks similar to spring rolls but the inside is filled with chicken or beef ragout. Risoles is always my all-time favourite snack back home but sadly, I never find this snack overseas.

Since I had a craving of warm risoles in the past few days; earlier today I realized my inner domestic goddess intuition and started making risoles from scratch. This snack is relatively easy to make but there are many steps involved and take quite a bit of time of preparing it as lots of chopping work is needed.

To make my risoles today, I followed the risoles recipe from here. You can always substitute chicken with beef, if you want.

Next, here is the recipe that I used today.

My first home-made risoles.

Indonesian Style Risoles

Ingredients:

  • 5 tsp Margarine
  • 450gr Minced chicken
  • 8 cloves Garlic, finely chopped
  • 8 cloves Shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 Medium carrot, cut into small cubes
  • Some leaf celery, finely chopped
  • 120 gr Flour
  • 400 ml Liquid milk
  • Salt, to taste
  • Sugar, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 1.5 to 2 cubes Chicken bouillon
  • 15 Large ready-made spring roll wrappers, at room temperature
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • Some bread crumbs, to coat
  • Some cooking oil, to deep fry

Tutorials:

  1. To make the chicken ragout: Heat the margarine in a large wok. Sauté garlic and shallots until fragrant.
  2. Add the minced chicken to the wok and cook until the chicken is cooked and not watery.
  3. Add in the carrots cubes and chopped celery. Mix well.
  4. Pour the flour into the wok and quickly stir evenly.
  5. Pour the liquid milk and stir well until the mixture is thickened.
  6. Add all the seasoning: Salt, sugar, pepper and chicken bouillon as needed. The chicken ragout should not taste too salty nor too sweet, but not too bland either.
  7. To assemble: Take one spring roll wrapper and add two table spoons of chicken ragout slightly near the bottom. Tuck the filling with the bottom part of the wrapper and fold it until the filling is not visible. Once the side of the rolls are covered, roll the wrapper. If the last corner of the wrapper won't stick, paint a bit of egg wash or a mixture of water and flour to it. Learn how to fold a spring roll here.
  8. Repeat this process until all the chicken ragout is finished.
  9. Once done, dip the risoles into the beaten egg and coat it with bread crumbs. Do the same for all the risoles.
  10. Chill the risoles in the fridge for 30 mins to 1 hour before deep frying.
  11. Deep fry the rissoles in a small fire until golden brown.
  12. Serve the risoles warm with fresh green bird's eye chillies.

Actually, I also made the tauco sauce which usually accompanies risoles. However, I was not happy with the sauce result; hence, I decide not to share the sauce recipe here for the time being. Anyhow, the risoles I made today tasted just perfect when eaten with my husband's home-grown green bird's eye chillies.

My Mom-in-Law liked the savory risoles that I experimented today. Moreover, she said she ate two at one go!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Two Babies' Studio Photos

Still remember Naomi's first studio photo experience taken about three months ago in my home town in Indonesia?

We had a studio photo shoot together with my best friend and her baby who is about a month older than Naomi. My best friend and I, who are now physically a thousand miles away, always think that our babies are also best friends forever (BFF) like us. We always program our brain cells to think that our babies are already and meant to be BFFs even when they were still inside our tummies. There were times when we did FaceTime together so Baby Naomi could meet Baby Darlene live. On top of that, I often show Darlene's pictures to Naomi.

Like what BFFs normally do, Baby Naomi and Baby Darlene were supposed to take photos together.

Truth is, Naomi and Darlene were practically total strangers. They did not know each other and had never interacted with each other. When they first met in person, both had not really developed their social butterfly skills well and Naomi, being a baby in a completely new place surrounded with lots of new people she just met, back then was a bit sensitive in meeting people she was not familiar with.

In short, my best friend and I forced our babies take studio photo together, side by side. Both of us were hoping to capture the sweet, heart-melting and cute moments of these two little darlings shared together. We expected to see them smiling, lovingly bonding or happily playing with each other in pictures. Nevertheless, we figured that those were really just empty hopes. In reality, when Naomi and Darlene were sat next to each other, these two girls seemed to be very confused and gave each other weird look as if they were saying "Who on earth are chu?" "Whatchu doin' here?" "I dunno ya.." 

They just didn't pose nicely together.

Moving on, to give you a clear depiction of the above situation, let the below pictures speak for themselves. Darlene's Mom just got the photos from the photographer a couple weeks ago.

One is looking at something on her left, one is looking at the ceiling.

And the following is probably the most proper shot we had from the photo studio.

The only photo when both babies look at the camera.

Erm.. Wait.. I guess, in view of the ongoing Ramadhan period, I shall not tell lies here. 

Honestly, the latter photo was heavily edited. The photographer cut Darlene's photo from another picture and pasted it next to Naomi's so both of them would seem as if they're focusing to the camera. Initially, the photographer was reluctant to show, let alone sell our babies' photo results to us because none of them was considerably good. No single picture had the two babies looking at the camera and being in a pretty awkward situation, both Naomi and Darlene didn't bother to smile at all. Anyway, my best friend somehow managed to get the photographer creatively produced at least one nice photo of Naomi and Darlene and the above picture's the grand final result.

With that, I think I have no tips to share when it comes to successfully taking studio photos of two or more babies. At least for now.

Happy Mom n Bub Photo Project: Week 6

It's one more day to Friday and I am delighted to present you with Happy Mom n Bub Photo Project: Week #6

This week's Mom n Bub who steal the show are:

Mommy Agnes and Baby Olyv from Melbourne, Australia.

Want to be the next Mom and Bub featured here? Read here to find out how. It's on first come, first serve basis... so hurry up, Moms! Send me a picture of you and your little bub, wherever you are!

By the way, thank you a million for your kind support for this project thus far!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Checking Out Farm in the City, Seri Kembangan

The first time I learnt about the existence of Farm in the City was from Popular's monthly magazine that is exclusively distributed to its members. I have been wanting to visit this place for months because I think I have not gone for sightseeing for ages and this place is just perfect for a short break, distance wise. Long story short, finally the three of us had a chance to drop by Farm in the City this afternoon.

Farm in the City is Malaysian village-themed petting zoo that hosts more than 100 species of exotic animals and more than 40 types of tropical fruits. It was first opened about a year ago. Visitors will get a quiet village environment and farm 'smell' once they enter this premise but from afar, we can still hear the buzzing cars' sound surrounding this place. I mean this place is technically located in a busy city anyway so yes, if you listen or look carefully, you can see some tall buildings and the busy highway sounds surrounding this Farm.

It's relatively easy to find this place but if you are not from nor familiar with the area, best is to get GPS assistance. This place is not crowded so finding a car park is no sweat. But hang on, before I continue, let me tell you a mini accident I had after my husband parked his car. Before we left the car, I thought of feeding Naomi first so I prepared Naomi's milk. However, I accidentally spilled the hot water inside her thermos onto my upper thighs. Seconds later, I found myself screaming in pain and my scream actually woke my baby, who was napping in her car seat next to me, up. My husband quickly opened the car door by my side and dragged me out of the car because my seat was spilled with hot water too. Not long, I found myself doing a dance similar to a rain-making ritual I saw on TV because my thighs felt so incredibly burnt and painful! Luckily, it was not serious and didn't affect my skin much.

Once I got slightly better, the three of us moved on and bought the entrance tickets.

Welcome to Farm in the City!

What did we do once we got our entrance tickets? Eating lunch of course.

The restaurant inside this Farm in the City was kind of pathetic because there was only one table filled with customers during lunch hours and that table was ours. I ordered a chicken chop and my husband asked for kampong fried rice. Honestly, my chicken chop turned out to be not fantastic and it was not really worth the price.

RM 15 Chicken Chop in Black Pepper Sauce.

However, surprisingly, my husband's fried rice was exquisitely tasty but super fiery. It was one of the best kampong fried rice I've ever tasted in Malaysia by far.

RM 8 Kampong Fried Rice.

As usual, I get the better food at the end of the day. My husband agreed to swap our food. I ate his fried rice and he ate my chicken chop.

Once we're full, we checked out the Turtle and Tortoise Farm. I guess the exciting and special part of visiting Farm in the City is that visitors are allowed to interact and feed some the animals and in fact, encouraged to do so.

Feeding a 30 y/o giant tortoise.

Personally, I think all turtles and tortoises in this world look pretty much similar. The only pretty different kinds of turtle I've ever seen were Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (but too bad they are just cartoon characters) and this Dinosaur Turtle below.

Somehow this turtle was not wiped out when the other Dinosaur fellows went to extinction.

I found Alligator Snapping Turtles (re: above picture) quite unique in a sense that they are pretty aggressive sort of turtle and able to bite human's arms off. They love to lying motionless at the bottom of murky water and let their jaws hang open revealing their small pink worm-like tongue to lure the prey. From now on, don't think that every turtle is gentle as a lamb.

The next section we checked out was the Walk-Tru Bird Aviary. In the beginning, my husband and I hesitated entering this airy enclosure where birds have free-flight because we've been to the one at Jurong Bird's Park, Singapore. As we passed by this place, we bumped into one of the Farm's staff at this aviary and he 'forced' us to have a look at the aviary because he said he just cleaned it. Moments later, we were inside the aviary and quite amazed with some pretty birds collection inside.

Come, birdie, birdie....!

Then, the staff offered us to feed the parakeets. Again, I politely declined his kind invitation but after I saw the fun that my husband enjoyed when he fed the birds, eventually I wanted to do the same. Feeding birds in a free-flight aviary was super fun! I was really happy like a kid when lots of birds landed on my hand palm to eat the food.

After we had enough fun at the aviary, we went to see some deer (and fed one), a giant goat just like the gigantic version of Djali, turkeys, white crow and some world's smallest kangaroos.

Big goat or what?

Moving on, Naomi had her very first encounter with lots of rabbits and guinea pigs at the Rabbits Farm. They all were so cute and a large group of them came surrounding us when we offered them some leafy veggies.

Look at these cute furry little animals!

Next, we were offered to feed some fish and ducks by the Mood's Lake. Naomi showed her happiest smile of the day when I took her feeding the fish. I guess I was too frenzied when throwing the fish feed into the lake because my husband kept on reminding me "Hey, remember not to throw the baby into the lake, OK! Throw the fish feed, not the baby!" 

Happy Mom and happy baby.

Done with feeding the fish, we visited the Exhibition Hall where some snakes, skunk, iguana, praire dogs and some other animals were displayed.

Just outside this Exhibition Hall, we encountered some parrots and Macaw birds. My husband was particularly interested with a big blue and yellow Macaw and kept on mentioning "Rio! Rio is here!" This blue bird really came from Brazil so I reckon, there is huge possibility that he is Blu's long lost brother or distant relative.

Rio! 

My husband thought of watching some animal performance scheduled to be held at 3.30pm. Sadly, as there was not enough audience, the staff postponed the performance. We waited for about 30 minutes but the performance had yet to be started. We decided to leave the Farm instead as the sky turned pretty cloudy, signalling the arrival of heavy pour. Was my accidental rain dance that effective?

Anyway, before we left, we briefly checked out the Horse Stable where the Farm keeps two cute ponies that the brochure claims smaller than a dog. In reality, these ponies are bigger than a normal dog but probably slightly smaller than one big Siberian Husky. I saw the ads at the ticket counter mentions that whenever a kid (below 12 y/o) buys a pony riding ticket, he/she'd get a bottle of Vitagen. I already asked some money from my husband to buy the pony riding ticket so I could get a Vitagen but then I realized that I am 17 years off from the allowed age to ride the pony. Duh!

The cutest pony in the Farm.

That's all. The pony concluded our visit at Farm in the City.

We had a lovely Saturday today!

I recommend you to have some fun with your family at Farm in the City. And oh, did I mention that all of the staff are very friendly too?

Farm in The City 
Lot 40187-40188, Jln. Prima Tropika Barat, Bandar Putra Permai
43300 Seri Kembangan, Selangor Dahrul Ehsan, Malaysia
Phone: +60 3 8941 2099/3099
Operating Hours: 10am - 6pm, closed every Tuesday
Tickets: RM 40/pax (UP), RM 28/pax for Popular member card holders (promotion valid until 31st December 2013, maximum for 6 pax)

Friday, July 12, 2013

Featured in BabyTalk Malaysia Magazine's July 2013 Issue

Little surprises always make my day.

I bought the latest issue of BabyTalk Malaysia Magazine this morning from a nearby stall next to my favorite laksa restaurant. Whilst waiting for my laksa bowl to be served, I flipped through the magazine and smelled it at the same time. Don't you think brand new book or magazine smells nice?

And then, I saw my pregnant picture I sent a while ago when I was having a short holiday in Indonesia got featured in this month's issue.

Glam Bumps, page 18.

What a nice surprise.

Thanks, BabyTalk Editor, for complimenting my pregnant figure as sleek and glam! *beams*

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Making Baby Food: Rice Porridge with French Beans, Potato, Carrots and Beef

It's been a while since I posted baby food recipes; but this morning, I made a new baby food menu for Baby Naomi and I thought of sharing it here.

Since I understand that it is better to introduce potatoes to babies when they are about 8-10 months old, I have never introduced potato into Naomi's diet until today. She will be 10 months old in less than 10 days so I thought it's a good time for her to taste some potatoes in her food.

I stirred in the variety of vegetables that we Indonesians usually use for making clear vegetable soup to Naomi's soft porridge today and Naomi loved it. She ate 3/4 big bowl soft porridge in just about 5 minutes' time.

By the way, in the past week, I have actually stopped running Naomi's rice porridge in a strainer to soften everything because I think Naomi now is big enough to rice porridge in normal texture/consistency. I still, however, make the vegetables ingredients in her porridge softer by using a strainer. What I normally do is scooping some spoons of her rice porridge into a bowl and then, separate the vegetables pieces from her porridge pan and run them in a strainer. After that, I will mix the soft veggies together with her rice porridge in her bowl. This way, I think it's easier for Naomi to swallow her vegetable bits and she can digest her food better.

Yummy porridge for baby.

Rice Porridge with Potato, French Beans, Carrot and Beef
Suitable for babies aged 9 months old ++

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of (organic) rice, well rinsed
  • 1 small (organic) potato, peeled, cleanly washed and cubed
  • 5-6 strings (organic) French beans, washed
  • A slice of (organic) carrot, washed and diced thinly
  • 5-6 small chunks of (organic) beef/diced beef, cleanly washed and minced
  • Water

Methods:

  1. Snap the tips of French beans and chop them into smaller pieces (not too small as we'd pick them again from the porridge and run them in a strainer before serving).
  2. In a pan, pour rice, carrot bits, potato cubes and minced beef together. Add lots of water into the pan and cook the porridge in small-medium fire for about 15 minutes. Occasionally stir the porridge and add more water. 
  3. Add French beans slices into the porridge. Keep cooking this porridge for another 20-30 minutes until congee's consistency is achieved (rice turns soft and breaks down) and all the vegetables become softer.
  4. Before serving this porridge to baby, take few spoons of the congee (rice and carrot bits) in a bowl. Scoop some French beans and potato cubes from the pan and run them in a strainer. 
  5. Mixed the strained vegetables into the rice porridge in a bowl and feed the cereal-like rice porridge to baby when it's not too hot.
Need more nutritional information and recipes in using green beans for baby food? Read more about it here.

Happy Mom n Bub Photo Project: Week 5

I am thrilled to present you Happy Mom n Bub Photo Project: Week #5.

This week's participating Mom and Bub are:

Mommy Diana and her Little Princess Renee from Singapore.

Mommy Diana writes at Chubby Anecdotes where she shares her daily life as a Mom of three. And oh, happy belated birthday to Princess Renee too!

Keen to be the next Mom and Bub featured here? Click here to find out how. It's on first come, first serve basis, so hurry up!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Invitation to Attend Invasive Meningococcal Disease (IMD) Talk in Kuala Lumpur

Have you ever heard of meningitis before? If you had, you must be biting your tongue as you think about the dangers that this disease can cause to you or your loved ones.

Meningococcal meningitis, a form of meningococcal disease, is a serious bacterial infection that can lead to severe brain damage or potentially kill an otherwise healthy young person within just one day after the first symptoms appear. The high-risk age groups affected are mainly infants and young children because they cannot easily fight the infection due to underdeveloped immune system.

IMD Symptomps.

From what I understand, meningococcal disease is hard to recognize, especially in its early stages, because the symptomps are quite similar to common viral illnesses. Thus, as parents who need to put our children's health as top priority, we need to be equipped with the right information about Invasive Meningococcal Disease (IMD) as unlike more common illnesses this particular disease can progress really quickly and may cause death or disability in just a single day!

Now that you know a little bit about IMD and the potential dangers it carries, why not you find out in details about this disease and how to prevent it from a reliable source? 

Paeditrician Dr. Yong Junina Fadzil will be discussing the impact of IMD, how it spreads and what can be done to prevent this disease in a thorough manner at the 24 Hours Can Change Your Life: A Discussion about IMD talk in Kuala Lumpur in a couple of weeks' time.

Here are more information about the talk's venue and time for your attendance:


Date: Sunday, July 21st 2013
Time: 3-5pm
Place: Setia Convention Centre, Ballroom 8, Kuala Lumpur

If you wish to attend the event, RSVP your seat now by sending email to joyce.lin@havaswwsiren.com or rachel.malaguit@havaswwsiren.com! You may bring your family members and friends to attend this talk. Hurry up, as seats are filling fast!

I have saved my seat at this talk and will tag my husband along! If you happen to see me there, please do say hi, okay! 

Anyway, stay tuned for more information about IMD as I will be sharing more about this subject after I attend the talk on 21st July!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Mom n Bub Photo Project: Week 4

I am happy to present you the Happy Mom n Bub Photo Project: Week #4.

This weeks's Mommy and Baby in the limelight are:

Mommy Sylvia and Baby Avery from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Mommy Sylvia shares her world in her Instagram account here. So, follow her Instagram to find out more about her and Baby Avery.

Interested to be the next Mom and Bub featured here? Click here to find out how. It's on first come, first serve basis, so hurry up!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Naomi: 9 Months and 10 Days

In less than 3 months from today, my little lady is going to blow the candle on her first birthday cake - and obviously, I am more enthusiastic than my baby when it comes to celebrating her upcoming birthday (although I have no concrete plan about her birthday celebration just yet!). My husband bought Naomi her early birthday present yesterday but we will keep it in the store room first until September comes. Also, I really hope my parents and siblings could come to Malaysia and celebrate Naomi's first birthday with us in September since we may not be able to fly to Indonesia that month.

Anyway, here are some updates on Naomi's developmental milestones at 9 months old plus.

The little adventurer.

Baby Naomi is now learning to walk on her own. A couple weeks ago, we saw her walked her first two steps on one late night. It didn't happen again until the next few days, but recently she's been training her feet to walk one or two small steps independently.

She is able to pull a stand on her own.

She loves cruising around the room very much and can do this very fast like seriously, I can't catch up with her speed.

She's one expert crawler and loves crawling on the floor. Everyday she wants us to put her on the floor so she can enjoy her crawling frenzy moments on the floor for few minutes. If we don't let her play with her fours on the floor, she'd make those "Ung.. Ung.. Ung.." annoying bumble bee noises over and over again.

Her love towards remote control is still going strong and Baby Naomi now can imitate me changing the TV's channels when she's holding the remote control. However, later on she'd put the thing into her mouth and when it happens, I'd have to take the remote control away from her and quickly hide it somewhere.

She loves clapping her hands. When I sing "If You're Happy and You Know It" and clap my hands, she'd imitate me doing the hand clapping too.

Baby Naomi is so obsessed with anything with moving parts that open and close such as knobs, levers, doors and drawers.

Baby Naomi is one temperamental baby (who are her parents?) and can get really angry if she doesn't get what she wants.

My husband taught her how to get off the bed on her own last week so she won't hit her head on the floor. He slowly taught her that she would need to position her body correctly then put her legs down first to get off the bed safely. And most of the times, she can practice this very well now. She fell down from our bed once and since then, she's automatically more careful in moving around when she reaches the bed's edges.

These days, her ugly biting behaviour is back again and she loves biting her parents' hands and arms like a lion eating an antelope or something. When we tried to avoid it, she thinks it's a fun game and keeps on hunting our hands, fingers and arms for her to bite hard and laugh at.

One more thing, she still loves granting broad smiles to everyone she meets. Just now, we had lunch outside and we sat her in the restaurant's high chair. She kept on gazing at an old uncle opposite us until that uncle noticed her and then she smiled at him long enough until the old uncle smiled back and waved at her. Was she confused that old uncle with her Grandpa?

So that's it. Three-quarters of the way through Naomi's first year are officially gone and there's no trace of that tiny bundle of joy I brought home from the hospital some nine months ago. We've got a very mobile little adventurer at home now and soon enough we won't call her baby any more.