Thursday, 18 August 2016

Just Breathe

Inhale. Exhale.

Now, think about what type of air you just breathed in?

Ever wonder how good the air condition is in your home?

Lucky for me, I can now check it with the help of the Dyson Pure Cool Link.

Growing up in Taiping in the 80s and 90s was one of the best because we had clear, good, non polluted air. Trust me, we don’t even need air cond in our home. It was really cooling and sometimes it can get really cool as we live right down the hill and there’s a stream at the back of my house. The breeze in Taiping is just simply amazing, maybe that’s why Taiping people are somehow rather more relaxed. I really miss living in Taiping as I miss waking up to such cool and clean air. I am very sure Mika would love it too.

I mean, KL is a beautiful city, but of course it has it’s downside as well, like our seasonal haze which cause children and adults to fall sick. I was very lucky indeed to be introduced to the Dyson Pure Cool Link and try out their Intelligent Purifying Fan. We can now not worry about the haze as it automatically removes 99.95% of potentially harmful ultrafine particles as small as 0.1 microns.

You might ask, how small is 0.1 microns?

Answer : They are 1000 times smaller than a human hair.

Bet you are touching your hair now right? Lol, cause I know I did

For the Dyson Pure Cool Link, the filter is made of two things

  1. 360° Glass HEPA filter - removes 99.95% of harmful particles
  2. Active Carbon Filter - captures odours and harmful toxins like benzene

Not only does it look stylish by adding this premium look to my home, but it also helps purify my home where Mika and I spend most of our time together.  This machine has benefits to kids who are more sensitive to ultra fine particles. We often shut the windows because of certain air conditions outside, but you must also think…

Do you know that air pollution inside your home can be up to 5 times worse than outside? And we spend 90% of our time indoors! Pollutions can be from pet hair, chemicals from cleaning products, cooking with gas, chemicals from deodorant and many more.

Do you know that modern buildings are built sealed? Which traps ultrafine and harmful indoor air pollutants that are invisible to the naked eye? Maybe you should suggest to your boss on getting one for the office too.

This is why Dyson engineers have combined their expertise in fluid dynamics and filtration systems with software to develop the new Dyson Pure Cool Link.

What really amazed me is that they also developed this new smart app

You can download the Dyson app on your mobile or tablet and it automatically monitors, reacts and removes- then reports to your Dyson Link app.

I installed mine yesterday and now I can control and monitor the air quality of my home with my phone. This also means I can turn on my Dyson Pure Cool Link anywhere and anytime


We can now track our air quality for our homes, how awesome is that?

This will come in handy especially when I am away travelling with my family for some time, I could just 
turn it on  several times to keep the air clean in my house and we can all enjoy clean air when we return 
from our holidays!


Bye bye stuffy home, hello clean air!

What’s more?

It’s really double happiness for me! I get a fan and a purifier in one! No need to buy an extra fan or big & bulky purifiers.

Another amazing feature is the Night-time mode. It will continue to monitor and respond to your air quality while you are asleep with using only the quietest settings. And as the LED display dims, I am sure you will have an uninterrupted sleep.

But as for me, the best feature is that it’s blade-less. This can save me from heart attacks whenever Mika tries to put his fingers inside the fan and risk cutting his fingers.

Our children’s safety is the most important thing to us and with the Dyson Pure Cool Link, I am sure we are far from having any unwanted accidents.

The only let down is that we can’t play the ‘ making fan noises ‘ where in the 90s, my siblings and I would sit in front of the fan and start making weird noises and laughed about it.

BUT, I have a solution for this…

For the millennial kids, they can now scare their friends by putting their hands in the air multiplier hole and pretend to get cuts or what so ever!

Because I DID THE SAME THING! I bought a Dyson air multiplier 4 years ago when I first moved into my new home and boy, I did scare a few people. It was certainly a great conversation starter.

As for maintenance, it’s super easy! The filters are to be replaced swiftly and hygienically after a year of using it for 12 hours a day. Other than that, all you need to do is just wipe it with a cloth. It is also certified asthma and allergy friendly by Allergy Standards Limited.

My family are really into Dyson products, especially my older brother Cavin, who thinks that James Dyson is such a brilliant engineer. We’ve got the air multiplier and also their vacuum cleaner which looks like a machine gun to us.

These are my 5 reasons why you should get the Dyson Pure Cool Link :

  1. Helps purifies the air and works as fan
  2. Bladeless, which means no accident can occur
  3. Looks stylish in my home
  4. Dyson app, where I can monitor the air condition
  5. Super easy to maintain

Oh, not forgetting the magnetic remote control, now we don’t have to spend time looking for it

And more importantly,

You can now breathe peacefully……

To find out more about the product, please click here : DYSON PURE COOL LINK


Tuesday, 16 August 2016

How I Wean Off My Toddler

I've been getting a lot of questions on how I wean off Mika, so here's my story :)

Once he reached his one year old birthday, I told myself and gave myself a pat at the back.

I've done a great job breastfeeding Mika.

Now it's time for me to relax and let formula takes it course. 

Well, that was what I thought. 

Just switch to formula. Easy. Then he would sleep throughout the night ( STTN )

Then came his first birthday, threw him a party and the next day I told myself, MERDEKA MICH! 


He rejects bottle and formula kau kau the very next day, he only tried less than 1 oz and straight away throws the bottle away and hunts for the breast.

At that time, I was shocked! I was NOOOOOOOOOOO there goes my life. But don't get me wrong, all mothers knows that BREASTFEEDING is a LOVE  HATE thing. I honestly feel the same. 

LOVE that you are feeding your hungry child and the bonding is really great

HATE because you are just too tired as sometimes your baby will take such a long time 

So, I seriously thought I was doomed! 

But the key is to be PATIENCE. Sorry, there is no shortcut in motherhood.

It took me about 6 months to successfully wean him off the boobs.

I had to take him to Korea as he rejects bottle in October, but I told myself that I deserve a nice holiday in Europe, so I willl try my best as I have 6 months to go.

So everyday, not giving up... I will make formula for him to try.

Tested a few brands, wasted a lot of money ( IT IS SERIOUSLY EXPENSIVE ) time and effort.

I did not gave up. 

I will always cheer and clap my hands loudly whenever he drinks 1 oz or more. 

I would always encourage him and my family did help me also as they knew it was really hard!

From 1 oz, it went to 3 oz then he will ask for the nipple again. But good progress.

Then my friend Qin introduced me this method which I think works like MAGIC

She told me to apply lemon on my nipple. Mika will surely rejects it.

I was really excited to try it

I walked to Jaya Grocer, got 2 lemons, cut one lemon to half, rub it on my nipple and went to find Mika. 

I created this story :

Hey Mika, MaMa nipple pain pain, ouch ouch! You want to see?

He came close...

Smell it and

YUCKKKKK he said CHAO CHAO ( smelly! SMELLLLYY!!! ) 


It was a success! 

He really hated the smell and insisted he drinks formula. 

PS : Please remember to tell your husband or whoever staying with you that theres a lemon in the fridge which you use to rub your nipple and strictly not to be consumed. 

So that was part one of the story. But you have to be hardworking and fast whenever he ask for the nipple again, run to the fridge and hide rubbing the lemon so that he doesn't know.

From there it slowly increased from 1 oz to at least 5-6 oz.

Then I went to Europe and Mika was already fully on formula.


Ok, now comes part 2.

What happened next?

Now ( Mika is turning 2 soon! need to plan his birthday party ) he is on Formula and MaMa Milk.

Yes, I know... Told you it's a LOVE HATE thing... 

My breastmilk actually came back because Mika kept sucking it even tough it was already nothing left. I let him do it out of comfort and to bond our relationship back since I left him for 2 weeks. 

To my surprise, after 2-4 days of sucking, it actually came back.

He will suck in the morning for a while, then go out for his breakfast which consists of eggs, oats and fruits, followed by lunch then later in the late noon, 4oz for his nap time and suck for less than 5 mins to fall asleep, dinner,  then 8-9 oz of formula to sleep till next morning. But NO, sometimes he still wakes up in the middle of the night. 

So, there you go! That's how I wean Mika off. But now I seriously want him to STTN, any suggestions that works? Would really appreciate some tips! 

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Sunday, 7 August 2016

What's in my diaper bag part 2

I finally found a diaper bag which I love! 
Yeah, so for almost two years I was just using the Zara tote bag which was quite dangerous knowing someone could just steal my wallet and phone  -_- but I do alternate it will our PAPA bag which belongs to Marcus, but now I am a proud owner of a Storksak bag which I gotten from on SALE!

I bought the Storksak Ashley in blue because I think it looks very classy and boyish. There is also one in coral colour, but since my first born in a boy, then BLUE it is. 

Oh Mika! I wonder what you found in the bag?

Your water bottle of course! 

Ps : I stopped using plastic bottle after reading Michelle Lim's book about parenting and followed her to buy glass bottles from LifeFactory.

So, let's see how spacious is this bag?

What's inside my diaper bag this round?

1. Merries diapers
2. A set of clothes
3. Water bottle
4. Books to entertain Mika
5. Toys to entertain Mika
6. Dry cloth to wipe him
7. Wet wipes 
8. MaMa's wallet, phone & lipstick

Not only the bag looks good, but it is also very nice to carry as the strap is wider, so my shoulder is not that painful whenever I am carrying it. I mean all mothers should know that a diaper bag can get really heavy at times! Especially when you are going out the whole day, I will add in Mika's porridge, his cutleries, extra clothes and diapers and now not forgetting his MILK, because I am also feeding him formula and also breastfeeding him at the same time. Those were seriously heavy.

What other fancy stuff do you keep in your diaper bag?


Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Zeb and Kylye

 Finally the day has come! Zebbers has finally gotten married. 

It was a Godly and beautiful ceremony and reception with 75 tables at the Setia City Convention Centre last Sunday. It was full of laughter and tears of joy and I've never seen Zeb cries, being his friend for more than 7-8 years? 

I first met Zeb when I knew Marcus back in those Laundry Bar days. Zeb is Marcus' best friend and they have known each other for 30 years and have been great brothers ever since. This kind of friendship is hard to find nowadays. I remember when I first met Zeb even before Marcus and I started dating. He is such a cool guy to be around. He is wise, intelligent, a natural born leader and a man of his words. 

Hmmm, why I feel like I am writing a wedding speech for you now? 

Hehe... any ways, I just want to wish you and Kylye all the best in your new chapter together. I know she will surely take good care of you with her good heart, cute smile and amazing cooking skills. Thank you Kylye for making Zeb truly happy. 

 Forgot to add this : Zeb is also very handsome... or else later I kena marah

My squad and I had a lot of fun that night! Catching up all together, dancing and Snapchattinggg!
If only Lina and Jas were there, it would be picture perfect for me.

Yup, that's me carrying a Mika's milk bottle

The bride and groom grand entrance

Marcus and Stanley giving their AWESOME speech

Oh wait, did they said something wrong? 

Mika also had his first taste of Whiskey in this wedding.... He dipped his fork into a whisky glass and started licking it and his reaction was priceless 

The couple gave a short and lovely speech, thanking everyone

Woah, where did this came from? Cuci Mata

Michiekins, Sheena Chan, Jillykins and Sukins 

Joseph, VE, Panda Bear, Cat Man, Kevin and Loris.

Friends of Zeb and Kylye

Jolyna, Vicca and VE

Martin, my new tennis kaki
YUP, I recently started playing tennis again! 

Mika and his Mama & Ah peak

Mika and I

Yeah, I know.... so many pictures of us right? We certainly had a difficult time picking the best 

The photographer who captured all this beautiful Black and White photos, thank you Mussadique of

Errrr... the good fellows?

Doesn't Jess look lovely here? OK lah Keith, you also very handsome!


 Boyz || Men

Lady Boss

The Best Man

 I shall end this post with a picture of a car they used to picked the bride and the entourage 

 Yup, the flew from PJ to KLANG

Thank you Zeb and Kylye for the lovely wedding, hope you had fun as much as we do and YEAHHHH!!! Let's see some babies in the few coming months? Hopefully Mika will have a friend soon! Or if you ever get a daughter, we can set them up like what Marcus said that how you both met is like an arranged marriage. 


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