Welcome 1st July

And yes finally my new blog! OMG im soooo excited! *Heeeee* <- (This is a big grin on my face and usually it is not that cute)

I need to buy some flowers to decorate my blog, oh and some pretty painting i saw the other day. Maybe upgrade some of my photos to hang on my blog wall as well? I am still so excited!

 

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Hope my little Surindi will let me do some of my decoration soon. She loves ‘helping out’ whenever she saw me with my laptop.

Ok for now, let me find my brush and think what to paint first 😀

Rambling

My journey becoming a mom is not as easy as i think it might be. I am so blessed, to have  my beautiful,cheeky EmmaJane Surindi, and yet the motherhood life totally change my life.

My husband who works at KL, can only go back once every two months. Since i don’t trust other people to take care of my daughter, i send her to my mom’s place at Ranau. And here i am, at KK.

3 different cities for the three of us.

It is hard. Knowing that i won’t be able to see her cheeky smiles next to me everyday. But that’s the best solution for now.

Travelling 260KM every week is my life now. Weekend means EJ’s time. It’s really exhausting, yet give me so much satisfaction.  Just to hug kiss and sleep next to me little girl.

I wish life will be better soon. And i know, wishing alone will not make things happen. Yes, i am working soooo hard for the better life I am wishing for 🙂 .

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Cloth Diaper stater kit

So you are new parent and don’t know how to start with Cloth Diaper (CD) . Yes, i was in your shoes before, totally have no idea on what CD is.

Here in Sabah ( Malaysia,Borneo), buying CD is quite expensive, especially the branded one.  So if you are not sure whether you like cloth diapering or not, you can try these tips:

1. Buy 4 sets of CD first.
Most parents fail with  this one. They tend to buy dozens of CDs and end up not using them. For a starter, you can actually use 4 sets of CDs, so you can decide if it’s your thing or not. Of course you will have to wash it daily with just 4 sets, but it will really train you on using CD rite 🙂

2. Do not buy all the accessories – just yet.
When you are still in decision phase, just use the basic. No need all accessories like they put it on ads. Yes, they helps a lot, but only when you are fully on CD. Remember to just go with the basic.

3. For new born, please use the right size.
Right size for your baby is crucial. Most parents will hate cloth diapering because the size. Yes, size does matter. Use NB size for newborn, or else the urine will end up on your baby mattress, and you will hate Cloth Diaper forever :D.

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In Sabah, there a few stores you can visit to buy your starter kit. You can try www.facebook.com/babypeeka . They are located at Kota Kinabalu Sabah, and selling baby stuffs including Cloth Diaper.

I share the costs of my CDs i bought here.

Detox Drinks

Last night i manage to make myself detox drinks, consist of:

1. Lemon
2. Lime
3. Cucumber

 Easy peasy rite? Slice all, and put in a jar, add in water and refrigerate one night.
I drink one glass early in the morning, and take the rest to the office. The taste is so refreshing.

Will update more on this. Lets try first.

My journey on Cloth diapering :)

It’s quite tough (when it comes to money) to raise a child nowdays. From their diaper, nusery to formula milk it can cost almost RM1K per month. yea no joke.

I am a working mom, and i am blessed to have my mom to willingly take care my little Surindi. She’s too fragile to be sent to nursery. And ya, reading all those horror experience from other mom on sending their baby to nursery, it making me so afraid to let non-family to take care of her.
So ya, talking about cloth diaper, i decided to use cloth diaper for little Surindi. For starting, i bought 6 sets from http://www.lovelyworld.com.my/ which costs me RM440. And adding 3 pcs overnight inserts which costs RM90. So total for her first set is RM530. 
Ya it quite expensive to start cloth diapering. But for long term? RM530 for 24 months is about RM22 per month. The disposable diaper is RM40/pack for 60pcs. 1 month will need about 2 packs which cost RM80.
There it goes. RM80 x 24 is RM1920. Which i can save RM1390 or at least around RM800 to consider the water and detergent used to wash. 
This  is my first experience, so i can’t describe much hehe.. but yea, i’ll update on it from time to time.

The sweet valentine

I am soooo lazy to do any post now..even with so many free time i had recently.

I am now officially a mother of a beautiful baby girl EmmaJane Surindi! Ha ha..wow so much to share but i’ll post slowly ya. haha.

Love of my life

Plan for the meal again :)

Today is Friday and it’s mean that my grocery stock have to be topped up tomorrow. I haven’t do any meal plan for next week yet, i really have no idea. 

Hubby is coming home by Monday (yeyyyy!) so meal planning have to include him as well. I am not so keen eating outside, since i can cook better (yameh :p) meal myself. Thinking of some authentic Sabah food for the whole next week, and i need to do some healthy juice for hubby, so that he can do it himself later on.
Okey listing down my grocery shopping now! 😀

Lemon-Grilled Chicken Breasts Recipe

Sunday ah, time to lazying at home and do all house chores.. usually i’m not in the mood going out on Sunday, except if i missed the Saturday Sunset Mass then i’ll go out on Sunday just for church.

And today after doing all the house chores, with my ‘ah-poh’ hair and so lazy to get dressed, i decided to make my lunch at home instead of going out. So here’s my lunch for today tadaaa! 😀

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons extravirgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
7 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves $
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preparation:
1. Prepare grill to medium-high heat.

2. Combine first 4 ingredients in a large zip-top plastic bag; seal. Marinate in refrigerator 30 minutes, turning occasionally. Remove chicken from bag; discard marinade. Sprinkle chicken evenly with salt and pepper.

3. Place chicken on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 6 minutes on each side or until done.

There you go..Easy! 🙂

Budgeting is one hard thing to implement 🙂

Me and my husband decided to really work with our budget since we are expecting our baby by end of september, and there must be lots of things needed to be spend on baby.

We are actually planning to change the car, but think about it again, it will be another never ending debt. We decided to hang on with our car, and pray that she won’t give us another heartache for being 8 years old car :).

There so much to budget..our baby, our new house, our car,husband moving back to Sabah for good..etc. So maybe do it one at a time. And one best practice is, to pay all the debt first..car loan, housing loan, education loan, and all the loans you have. Then only you will live happily ever after 😀 .

My Budget Menu Plan for 1 week

So i went to WongKok Wet Market ( it’s now located at Cybercity ya) yesterday and bought myself a whole bunch of veggies, fruits, chicken and fish hehe.. I haven’t really plan my menu yet, but since i already bought them, so i have to plan my 1 week menu based on the items.

So here is my list:

1. Pakis ( Pucuk paku) – RM2
2. Carrot – RM2
3. Tomato – RM3
4. Chicken Thigh – RM4.50
5. Ikan kembung (7)- RM 7
6. Watermelon – RM7  *Current price RM2/kg*
7. Papaya – Rm1.8 *Current Pricce RM1.8/kg*
8. Fresh Chilli – RM1 *Current price RM2.5/kg*
9. Onion, Garlic, Daun limau Purut – RM 2
10. Lime – RM2
11. Bread – RM3

Total : RM 35.30 

So that’s basically gonna be my menu this week hehe.

Now, how should i ‘compose’ my menu :D… Yesterday’s lunch i already cook the pucuk paku and ikan kembung. The menu was  ‘ Pucuk Paku masak pedas’ and ‘Ikan kembung goreng’. Delicious lunch i must say hahaha…

The pucuk paku can be eaten for 2 times, so right after i cook, i put half into container, let it coll for a while and keep it in the freezer. And i happily finish out the 1 ikan kembung goreng :D.

For tomorrow’s lunch box to office, i’m gonna cook ‘Ayam paprik’. The ingredients are simple :  Chicken, carrot, long bean ( i still have it since last week ), chilli, tomato&chilli; sauce, garlic.

I’ll post the recipe later :D.

Till then, happy Sunday!