Short Getaway : Langkawi

Hi all!!

Hope all of you are doing great! Since next week is a long holiday, Chinese New Year, school break and all.. We decided to go for a quick holiday prior to the long holiday. Less people, less crowded. Haha… We chose Langkawi this time. We wanted to bring the girls to the beach. We have been to PD quite often and since mommy has a long leave (and that is 4 precious days!! Yup, 4 days is long for me!) So we decided to go somewhere a bit far from home.. Langkawi sounds like a good option.

Took the flight (arrived safely alhamdullilah!) and we stayed at Westin Hotel over the weekend. First, when we arrived, we found this in our room..

There were many more size bites chocolate. Tasha ate all! Hahahaha.. Only this one left for photography! And that is Bella’s finger, trying to steal more chocolate before mommy can snap photo! Behind the marzipan (the  white thing is called marzipan, right?) is a super delicious, rich and moist chocolate cake that kept us digging for more. Perfect cake, Westin!! I’m bringing back extra kilos on my thigh because of this cake!!

After cake, what did we do?

Yup, can’t wait for the sun to set. We are already at the beach..

This girl.. just didn’t care about the sun.. as long as she gets to play..

We rented a car from the hotel..

Super cute convertible Mini Cooper to enjoy Langkawi sea breeze! B and T loves it, but of course, there’s a reason it’s called Mini.. because it’s mini in size! Here’s my girls.. lying down in the car…

Legs up, folded! Hahahha..

Since we have very limited time in Langkawi, we chose to go only to two places that we thought the kids might enjoy.. And of course, it has to involve animals! My girls will go gaga when they see animals. First place that we went the next day is the Underwater World.

Bella and Tasha were super excited! They went berserk.. hahaha.. Running here and there, throwing tantrum when we wanted to leave the penguin aquarium. I think they secretly want to live with the penguins..

S is a certified diver. He used to dive a lot and he knows so much about sea creatures. All types of sharks, anemone and all these funny funny looking fish, he knows. Hopefully B and T will follow him, rather than mommy (who goes to the beach, lie down but avoiding the sun while sipping my pina colada, hahaha..)

The next place we went was the Wildlife Park.. Awesome place to bring the kids.

Bella trying to feed the crocodile with daddy’s help.. See, see.. B is pushing the chicken tied to the rope to feed that crocodile (with daddy’s help, of course!)

And that is her again… pretending to be brave to feed the hornbill. OK, she didn’t feed the hornbill. Daddy did it. Hahaha.. 

This one. the girls did it themselves. Vege buffet for the rabbits!

Check this out…

The normal peacock and the albino peacock!! Subhanallah, they are beautiful! Guess what, these two breeds mate.. (not exactly these two, these are male peacock. Just in case you didn’t know, in animal kingdom, always the male one is more attractive to lure the female) and they produce this..

OK, this is a female mix breed of those two above. Check out the colour!! The royal blue.. I’m so inspire for my baju raya this year!! Yup, inspired by a mixed breed peacock!! Hahahaha..

Hah!! There you go… I was probably a peacock in my previous life! Hahaha.. (the previous life part, is just a joke, just in case you want to argue with me! :p)

There goes our one whole day, spending times with animals. B and T had fun. If you get the chance, bring your children to visit these places. I’m sure they will love it and there’s a lot to learn even for us, adults!

Till then, happy holiday and Happy Chinese New Year to all celebrating.

XO

New SSWK Products!!

Hi all!

Here is just a quick, short and sweet update on new product I’ve been using for the past one month! As some of you might find out from my Instagram (@drhalina), Zofea Beauty came out with more beauty products under their wings. Last month, they came out with collagen boosting serum and miracle water!I just love the packaging. It is so modern yet still looks artistic. Forgive me for the squashed box because that is my last one, and I’m running out of better looking box. Need to stock up ;)

According to the company, the function of both products are the same. It helps to improve dry, uneven skin tone and give brighter and more luminous skin. I’m sold!!

After trying both products for about a month, I would say my preference is the brightening serum compared to the miracle water.

Here’s why…

1) Its gel-like gives you oh-so-smooth feelings upon application.

2) Gives skin cool-minty feeling, makes your skin feels energize! (Or maybe its just me!)

3) It absorbs very fast into the skin. It’s like you skin food!! Yum! Yum!

The serum is less to my liking because.. probably I’ve used too much serum in my life. Now I want gel! Hahah..

What it did to my skin.. I noticed my skin is less oily than usual. I worked in air-condition area (Operation Theatre is always 18-22’C) for 8 hours straight everyday. Air conditioner will dry out your skin. When you skin feels dry, our sebum gland (or you call it oil-gland) will produced more oil. Which makes your skin feels oily. Do you get me?

So, when you have oily skin, it doesn’t mean that your skin is dry. It could be due to normal responds from your skin to produce more oil, making sure our skin is not getting any dryer. (Please read this statement again until you get what I mean! Haha.. It’s confusing, I know!)

After using this serum and miracle water, my skin is less oily… Which means, my oil-gland is producing less oil because my skin is not dry! Hahaha.. Confused?

Anyway, all and all, I’m happy with these new additions to my skincare regime. But I wish, it comes in bigger container. That is the problem with the gel, it feels so good I tend to scoop more. Face, then neck, then chest.. Hahaha..

Anyway, do you notice the new packaging for SSWK oral supplement?

It’s so kawaii!!

The Kawaii Collagen White Maxx Extra is like the booster for the original supplement. It is to be taken together with its sister product. I just started on the new one myself..

Just for your info, I am not the dealer of this product. So, please don’t ask me some funny funny questions like “Can I come to your house to pick up the product?” Hehe.. Get yours from Zofea Beauty’s original distributor!

XO

Barely Supermommy Update!!

Hi all!! OMG January 2015 is almost over! Believe it or not!! And Hi again.. I’m back! After two exams in December and last week. I’m back here. Writing. Missing all of you!! I hope 2015 is treating you well.
After almost 3 months of disappearing, I have a lot to tell. OK, maybe not all.. Only the important once ;)
First, we start with Little Big Sister, Bella.. She’s 3 and a half now. And she just started Kumon. Haha.. Yes, we are that kiasu. Our plan is to grab as much opportunity as we can in her first seven years of life because the brain develops the most during these first seven years. These years are crucial. So, we send her Kumon and Mandarin class after school. Alhamdullilah, she loves it! She loves it so much wanting to go to class everyday, last week, she cried wanting to go to Kumon class. OMG! Haha..
*P/S : we have no share with Kumon company!
You know how Kumon gives worksheet to do everyday at home. I get the concept. Learning is a continuous process. So, me and husband both taking turns to teach her. The worksheet is fun and functional, it has pictures and puzzles and dot-to-dot games. Bella thinks its a game. Haha.. But no more outing at night for us unless B finishes her worksheet :p
She’s also back to swimming, getting better with her kicking. Don’t get me started on Tasha, always trying to jump in the pool. Occasionally gives mommy mini heart attack. Alhamdulillah she is so active!!
Tasha just celebrated her second birthday on January 19. She is two! MasyaAllah how times flies. I still remember how small she was, born underweight, stayed in NICU for two weeks. Look at her now! Climbing and jumping everywhere!! Her personality really reflects her name “Natasha” which means strong. I’m so grateful to Allah for blessing her with good health. She started schooling as well. She goes to same school with Bella.
Check out Tasha’s eyes in the photo above! So funny and big!! Hahah..
Her first day at school, her daddy sent both of them. At the gate, she ran into the school and did not turn back!! Not even a hand wave. I’m quite sure she has been eyeing Bella’s school for quite sometimes… Hahaha..
I’m not sure whether her daddy feel sad or proud at that time :D
Remember my husband put up on his FB about B and T wanting kittens? We wanted to rent kittens for them, just for the school holiday! Hahahha.. The response was amazing. But we decided to start with baby chics first!! So we bought three baby chics for pasar in Jalan Pudu and brought them home. B and T went crazy about the baby chics! The moment they woke up, first question was..”Where’s my baby chics?”
The baby chics lasted for 5 days in our house, then we gave them away because they poo poo too much :D
Me, aka mommy, was super busy with exams. My kind-hearted husband brought the girls away to PD for half a week just to give me time alone at home to study. Yes, I studied, that lasted for 3 days, then I drove to PD to stay with them. Haha.. I’m such a clingy mommy!
S, aka my husband, was so supportive, he took care of the girls.. and bake cake for me for my birthday. He made it with my two girls. Well… I admit it wasn’t the best cake ever but the effort is priceless. Made with love! Even I think my job as his assistant is more tiring than him baking the cake :D He will go.. “Can you get me the spatula”, “Where’s the butter”, “Alamak bowl pecah”, “Can you heat the oven”, “Kacau kan ni buleh?” and at the same time I have to make sure my girls doesn’t dip their hand into the mixer.
Haha..
Few weeks ago, he had photoshoot with the girls for S26 (the milk, just in case if you didn’t know :p) Mommy wasn’t allowed to come because I’m such a distractor!! Hahahha… The girls will go “Mommy, look at me! Look at me!” all the time and they are not gonna finish the photoshoot session. Haha..
Then S, sent me this…
OMG I freaked out!! Why are they touching my girls face!! But knowing Bella who loves to play with my make up, she would have enjoyed that. Hahaha…
Have you seen the S26’s video of FB. Check it out here. When I look at Bella in this video, I feel like she is so small, like little kid and now.. Can you just pls stop growing girls…
XO

Curves Setia Alam

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I have a good news to share with you ladies out there.. Especially the ladies of Setia Alam!!! Pfffttt..

Do you know there’s a new club in your area? I’m talking about a fitness club here.. called Curves. What caught my attention about this place is that it’s a ladies-only-fitness-club!! How lucky!! It’s a no man land!! Literally speaking.. They promised no mans allowed, from the receptionist, to the trainer and even the janitor. All ladies.. aurat checked!

Of course, we are the generations who wants to have to all.. career, family, leisure time, hot bods!! Hahaha… So, here is the solution to your hot bods for 2015!!

Curves fitness centre uses hydraulic technology to help you to lose weight, shape up and tone up your body. All you need is only a 30 minutes total body workout where you can burn up to 500 calories!!

(Provided you don’t cheat!! *wink, wink*)

Do you know how much is 500 calories, that is probably about a plate of nasi lemak with sambal, ikan bilis, peanuts and half an egg!! (Nope, no ayam goreng!!) Usually you gotta run on the treadmill for almost an hour at 7km/hr rate to burn that much! Trust me it’s hard! But with this technology, you can do this with variety of exercises within 30 minutes.

And what’s better? They have this thing called CurvesSmart technology, where this little computer a.k.a you trainer is incorporated into your 30-minute circuit workout. One circuit consist of 12 machines with recovery board in between.

 I have this feeling that the recovery board will be my favourite station!! Hehe..

Since it’s a circuit workout, every piece of equipment is programmed with your body’s information to give you live feedback. Smart eh! At the end of your workout, it will produce detailed progress reports that shows your muscle strength, total calories burned and how close you are to reaching your goals. I like that idea!!

If you asked me about the opening hours, it is actually quite flexible. On weekdays it starts at 0700H until 2030H. SAHM (stay-at-home-mom) can go right after dropping their children at school early in the morning!! That is just perfect way to start your day!

Curves are opening in Setia Alam on January 19, 2015.                                                                                                       [No 7-1, Jalan Setia Dagang U13/AK, Sunsuria Seventh Avenue, 40170 Setia Alam, Selangor]

Webpage: www.curves.com.my

FB: facebook.com/curvessetiaalam

IG: @curves_setiaalam

Twitter: @curvessetiaalam

Before that, they are gonna have road shows.. Check them out at various places…

14 – 16 Nov @ Tesco Setia Alam     

17 – 20 Nov @ Masjid Tengku Ampuan Jemaah, Bukit Jelutong                                                                                      

21 – 22 Nov @ Giant Shah Alam                                                                                                                                                

29 – 30 Nov @ MY Milennium Youth Bazaar, Terminal Setia Alam                                                                                      

29 – 30 Nov @ Riuh @Ruang Bazaar, SS18 Subang

First 100 members is entitled for exciting early bird discount. Did I mentioned the membership comes with personal trainer??

You can reach them at 03-33582507 OR Coach Ain at +60132018913.

So, hot bods with Curves, anyone??

X

Kantoi!!

I rarely follow my hubsy whenever he has a talk or event but I’ve seen the videos and I know the the story by heart. Last week, was the UKM in Space event held where 3 other astronauts from Japan, Germany and Russia came down to join the event. It was a success, alhamdullilah.

UKM put up the video of the opening event on Youtube. I was excited to watch it.. but.. guess what I found…

Hahaha..

“but don’t tell my wife that..”

Sorry baby.. caught red handed this time!!

Now I know!!

Hahahhaha…

It’s a long video, if you have the time, go see a short video presentation recorded from ISS slotted during my hubby’s speech. It’s just breath taking. I cried first time I saw the video. I wanna go to space too!!!

Check out the UKM link here

XO

Answering Your SSWK Questions

Dear readers..

I received many emails regarding to this Secret Skin White Kawaii Collagen drink product. Here’s the answer to most of the questions. I’m answering this from my knowledge and experience. Hope this will answer your questions..

1) Is it safe for pregnancy?

From my professional opinion, try to avoid any extra supplement / medications during first trimester of pregnancy. This is because first trimester of pregnancy is where the organogenesis (development of the organ) of the embryo will be form. No strong study to support this supplement is safe to be consume. Please don’t take the risk. After completion of first trimester, it is fairly safe to consume because embryo’s organ formation is complete. InsyaAllah.

2) Is it safe for breastfeeding?

Yes.

3) Should I not taking caffeine while consuming this product?

As of any anti-oxidant supplement, it is not advisable to take caffeine. Caffeine is a diuretics. Diuretics mean it makes you pee a lot more. Peeing a lot can cause your body to be dehydrated. When body is dehydrated, so does the skin!! Dehydrated skin will hasten your aging process.

On the other hands, you are drinking anti-oxidant and collagen at the same time to slow down your aging process.

In other words, you are actually contradicting the effect of anti-oxidant and collagen. Do you get what I mean? No point of taking supplements and counter act the action at the same time.

I’m a caffeine addict. Well, no so bad but I need my daily dose of caffeine. And I drink my caffeine in the morning to get me going. On top of my coffee, I drink a lot of water to make sure I stay hydrated. I don’t think I can function without caffeine. Hahaha.. So, to all coffee lovers, we still have hope ok!!

4) When is the best time to take the anti-oxidant / collagen supplement?

As far as I know, the best time to consume any anti-oxidant / collagen-containing product is at night. This is because the skin renewal activity is happening while we sleep. Just take it before you go to bed and leave it to your body to do the job. I don’t think to is wise to take it first thing in the morning for me because I’m taking my coffee during daytime and I want to make sure my body is well-hydrated while I’m on my mission to beautify myself. Haha.. So, before bed works for me!!

5) Is it halal?

Yes. It’s enclosed with the product leaflet when you buy it.

Have you seen the latest packaging.. It still comes in small sachets inside this jar. That makes this SSWK product better than others. The quality of the anti-oxidant content is guaranteed because the content will not be oxidised every time we open the jar. Previous, I wrote about why we need anti-oxidant in our daily life..

I hope I have answered all your questions.

Remember all coffee addicts, drink a lot of water. We still have hopes!! Hahaha..

XO

Deepavali 2010

Deepavali 2010 is special to me.. That was about one month plus after we got married.. It was somewhere in early November..
In my lifetime, I never had any headache before. Trust me.. Never! But a week before Deepavali.. I started to have headache.. morning, day and night.. and crazy mood swing (How can a newly wed has mood swing?? I was supposed to be in honeymoon phase!!)

Then I started to think.. what could possibly when wrong.. like some brain pathology, or some viral infection.. some hormonal imbalance.. I already made a checklist to rule out my illness, until my colleague told me to do Urine Pregnancy Test..

I gulped! Is that possible? It has only been a month?? So, I went to the pharmacy, and I bought like 5 different brand of UPT!! Hahahha.. I just wanna make sure there’s no false positive happening here!! 5!! For Godsake!! Hahahha… And no, I didn’t tell my new husband yet.. I was scared!!

Deepavali morning, I was on call..

(Come to think about it, I’m always on call on Deepavali!! Today pun on call!!)

Woke up early, according to my gynaecology knowledge, urine for pregnancy test has to be done early in the morning.. First urine in the morning because that is when the beta HCG hormone is at its highest level in the urine.. I drank glasses of water to get the system running ;) Hehe..

So, to the toilet I go… First time peeing on the stick!! Woohooo… Of course I didn’t manage to complete all 5 sticks!! Hahahah.. Only 1. Geezzzzz..

I closed my eyes, no actually I peeped with one eye.. it took a while for the blue line to come out.. First line is out. Then there was a faint second line. I fainted for 3 seconds! Two lines.. two lines.. two lines.. Breathe Halina breathe… This is huge. I better breathe.. It was surreal. Then I get ready to work.. I was on call remember. Hubsy was already awake. He was in front of the computer reading news. I told him… “I think I’m pregnant” and showed him the stick that I peed on. (Haha.. cleaned of course!!) I think his jaw literally dropped… and the rest is history..

Here we are.. 4 years later..

Blessed..Photo credit to Rashidee Azman 

Alhamdullilah..

Happy Deepavali to all who celebrating.. Wishing you a wealthy, prosperous and delightful Deepavali. Happy holiday to the rest!!

XO