Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Happy Monster Family???

Have you came across or familiar with Happy Monster Band?

Well, if you have a child who loves to watch cartoon on Disney Junior channel (or perhaps yourself? :D), I am sure you are familiar with this cartoon.

I've been introduced to this cartoon by Faaz, of course...who else conquering the cartoon channels in Astro if not him :P. Unlike the scary looking monsters, these monsters are happy monsters who loves to sing and play musical instruments!

This cartoon is not among his favourite (at least that's what I thought...), since Faaz only watch them by chances...if it happens to show during his watching cartoon time. It is not a type of cartoon that he's looking forward to watch that he knows what time it will be shown on TV.

Recently, Faaz loves to draw. Usually he draws with pencil & paper or whiteboard or using the magnetic whiteboard. One night, while we were all watching a movie at home, Faaz came to me and said,

"Mommy, Faaz want to draw you..."

I smiled, and nodded.

"Ok, Faaz draw. Mommy want to see, is Faaz's drawing nice?" "Of course!" He answered confidently while bringing his magnetic whiteboard closer to me. With full concentration he drew....

After 1 minute......

"Ok, done! This is mommy!"

Faaz pointed to me the drawing proudly. Want to see how I look like? Brace yourself everyone....


(haip! sila jangan gelak dulu :P)

yeah, that's yours truly...sila nangis Nadine T_T

Fadzil laugh so hard when he saw the drawing while Faaz grinning so-very-cheekily! Grrrr...geramness! But thinking of his effort, plus it was considered a complete face drawing with eyes, nose and mouth (smiling summore :P), I complimented his art. Tersipu-sipu si kecik tu :D

Unsatisfied, I asked Faaz to draw Fadzil too. Hihi, can't wait to see how his Daddy look like in his imagination....

So, after another minute......


(ok, yang ini sila gelak kuat-kuat yer! :P)

That is Fadzil...LOL!
p.s: dagu belah tuuuuuu :P

The best part was, when he showed the drawing, Faaz explained that on the left of the face was Fadzil's hand, holding his iPhone. Hahaha, nampak sangat kat Daddy Faaz ni kejanya membelek phone je sampai anak pun notice :P

After laughing and made fun with each other's drawing, Fadzil said to me,

"Eh yang, you remember tak one cartoon yang Faaz tengok. Yang monster tu...?" "Erm, yang mana satu ni??"

I asked back..

"The one that loves to sing, a band or something."

Suddenly I remembered.

"Right! He was inspired from that cartoon ke...hahaha!"

Together we both laugh again. Why? Didn't know that Faaz was inspired to draw our faces based on the Happy Monster Band cartoon...

If you compared between this cartoon character and Faaz's drawing, there are similarities, aren't they? Haha! Sabar je la...

Faaz innocently said...peace mommy! peaceeee! :)

Faaz darling...If that is Happy Monster Band, your drawing tu Happy Monster family kah?

Gulp! :P

Friday, October 21, 2011

The Day My Twins Were Born

I know its been a while since my babies were born, and only today I managed to blog about it...ish, ish! Well, the first two months were really hectic with countless sleepless night and so was the first month of started working (blamed it to the new project I'm in). Lucky I had made the draft of it from the first week of delivery thus no 'crackin-my-head' to recall this historical day of mine is needed :)

Just like my first delivery in 2009, I had to undergo Cesarean section (c-sec) delivery for the second time as well. Due to my size and the weight I was carrying, Dato' Dr. Siti (my gynea) decided that it's the best for me to deliver the babies as soon as they reached their full terms; from week 36 onwards. After discussing with my other half whom at that moment was on a business trip to the Scandinavian land, we decided to wait till week 37. It was Fadzil that decided on the date...

The special day that will remains in Fadzil's & my memory was on Thursday 07-07-2011...

Dr. Siti had booked the OT for the 1.30pm slot a month ahead and we had pre-booked the single room on the very same day. However, a day before delivery an SDMC personnel called to inform us that there was no available single room thus I will be staying in a two-bedded room until the single room is available. I told her that I really need a single room as soon as possible as I will deliver a pair of babies. For your information, Sime Darby Medical Centre (SDMC) only allows visitor to spend a night with the patience who stays in single room. Can you imagine me, with the pain that I have to go through after the operation and stays alone in the room with two babies?! scary isn't it?? T_T

Previously, I can't sleep the night before the delivery cause I was too scared of the whole operation thingy. This time I was more calm and relax as I know what to expect. But still, it was hard to close the eyes that night, it was a bit melancholy thinking that the time has come that Faaz will no more be my only baby. How will he react? Can he cope with the divided attention after 2 years of unconditional love only for him? What about me...? Can I successfully breastfeeding the twins? Am I ready to be a mother of 3? Too many unanswered questions lingers on my mind until I fell asleep as I hugged my son tightly that night...zzzZZ

~9.30am, 7.7.2011~

Checked in at SDMC with Fadzil, Faaz and mama. I was fasting since 8 am prior to the delivery. Had Nasi Lemak cooked by mama and dates for breakfast. Drank plenty of water, hoping to have enough colostrum to feed the twins later on..

The two bedded room I was staying at first..

~10.00am, 7.7.2011~

First thing first, the nurse came to tag me. I wore a single tag but with two MRN numbers ( my guess: to differentiate the babies?). Then the short 'interview' for the record purpose started. Some of the question asked includes my last day of period? (of which I have no idea :P), how many weeks I was at that moment? do I have allergy with certain medication? I only highlighted to them that I have a history of severe gastric. Then, she briefed me on the room facilities, the buttons, the switches, etc...

the last photo of my super-duper huge tummy..
can't believe that I actually capable of carrying it! :D

me and my soon-to-be Abang Faaz.
Spot my sore eyes? sayu ok... :P

~10.30am, 7.7.2011~

Another nurse came to measure my blood pressure and my body temperature; this procedure was done for every hour. She then handed me my "uniform" :P. I was shaved *blushed* and then asked me to shower with a chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) shower gel to reduce the skin flora and to prevent from infection. As soon as I was all dressed up, they changed my tag...this time I had to wear two sets of tags; one for each baby..

My hospital's bracelets..ehehe

~11.00am, 7.7.2011~

Dr. Siti came to visit me. She done a thorough checkup of the babies for the very last time before the operation. Alhamdulillah, all was well...everything was in a good condition :) An hour later, the anesthesiologist came in to confirm with me what type of epidural I opt for, the benefit and the risks. Of course I opt for the Combined Spinal-Epidural (CSE) or known as the "Walking Epidural" as I want to breastfeed my babies after the surgery. Actually, I was hoping for Dato' Dr. Radha. He was my previous anesthesiologist, in fact the most famous anesthesiologist in SDMC. Was satisfied with his service the last time but no luck for me this time. Tapi tak kisahla, the Malay Dr. seems nice too (sorry doc I forgot your name..huhu).

~12.00pm, 7.7.2011~

It was already noon, and people had started to came and visited me. Papa took a half day leave and came straight from the office and aunty Faridah came from Sunway. Nothing much, we just chat and watched the tv while killing the time...

thank you for entertaining me while I was waiting! :)

~1.00pm, 7.7.2011~

My mother came as I was about to leave the room...just nice to bid me all the best for the delivery. All of them followed me as I was lying on the trolley, heading towards the operation theater. My heart beat faster, I was in mixed feeling, but calm. However, tears started to came out the minute I was about to go in the the OT room. Faaz looked at me with a sad eyes and full of worriness (seriously, I never seen him like that before) until Fadzil had to hug him and told him that "mommy is gonna be alright". Sayu sangat sangat... :( Both mothers kissed my forehead, followed by Fadzil and Faaz. I was then transported to the waiting bay inside the OT.

~1.30pm, 7.7.2011~

Sharped at 1.30pm, the nurses strolled me inside the Operation Theater room 2 together with my gynecologist and the anesthesiologist. As usual, Dr. Siti greeted me with a cheerful voice, "Hello Nor, are you ready to see your twins?", she asked with a warm smile...sejuk hati :) I had to sit up and bend down by holding a pillow and helped by nurses for the Epidural procedure. At first, I was so worried that I can't bend down due to my big stomach, alih-alih macam senang pulak. Pelik ok! Dr. pun puji. As expected, the Epidural shot was not that painful..it's only as if you were being pinch. Only a bit bellow as you feel the fluid coming in from the spinal towards your right and left legs.

As soon as the procedure ends, they placed me on the OT bed and prepared me. It was a bit chaos, the team was twice as before for the twins delivery. Everyone was so focused on their own task. I looked to my left side and saw two babies trolleys and warmers were already in placed, "Yes, Nadine..it's not a dream. Two babies are finally coming out of your womb..." I told myself. They finally put a curtain really closed on my face and put an oxygen mask (really need it as it was hard to breath when I had to lie down with extra weight on top of me). "So this is it...!" took a long deep breath and I was ready...I thot I was :P Didn't expect that this time the midwife was so nice that she had to update me what were they doing to my stomach..agak detail ok. Haduihla, terbayang2 acik...ngeri ok. :P

~1.59pm, 7.7.2011~

The announcement from Dr. Siti that I've waited finally came. She told me that they were about to push my tummy for the baby to come out. Oh my, I was so anxious! As before, I felt my body was shaken and with it came the sound I was waiting for...a cry of a baby. Subhanallah, the cry that I missed to hear, the cry that I was longing to hear. I followed the sound and to my left, I saw the precious twin # 1 was being cleaned and they sucked the mucus out of her lungs. She cried.

~2.00pm, 7.7.2011~

Within a split second, Dr. Siti told me to be prepared again. This time, she said that they will push harder for the second baby to come out and asked me to bear a bit of pain. I closed my eyes and took a deep breath again. The previous experience of giving birth was not that bad so I expected more or less, it will be the same...The thing was, just before I enter the OT room a nurse came to me and asked me to drink a gastric medicine. I told her was that necessary since I was supposed to be fasting. She said yes so I drank it.

The minute they pushed my stomach, I feel the deep pain. Instead of the stomach area, this time they had to pushed even higher (close to the chest). Of course the epidural only covers from the stomach downwards je kan.. T_T. When they pushed it higher, it triggers nausea and instantly I felt like vomitting. I tried to endure it as much as I can till I hear another baby cries. I cried as well. I am thankful...twin # 2 has safely arrived. I felt like vomitting but I was wearing the oxygen mask. Tried my best to make the nurse notice me until my blood pressure suddenly drop. That was when she took out the mask and asked if I was ok and I just shouted, "I want to vomit!". Instantly they placed the necessary apparatus and I let out the fluid. It was the gastric medicine that I took (thank God it was a sweet syrup :P). Thought that was it but then I felt choking pulak. I ended up coughing. It was the worst experience ever! Can you imagine that I had to vomit and cough while my stomach being sewn?! T_T

I was surprised to see their weight.
Was expecting 2kg the most but alhamdulillah, they are much healthier than I expected.
The midwife said to me that my twins were among the biggest in size as the usual weight are between 1.8kg -2kg.


But the pain immediately stopped the minute the midwives brought my children towards me to announce their gender and for me to kiss them. The first touched was miracle, tears of happiness came out. I finally met my twins...praise to Allah SWT. They were then being transported out of the room, to meet their daddy and the rest of the family for Azan and Tahnik while I was still lying there, waiting for them to finish sewing my body...how sad :P

~Around 2.30pm, 7.7.2011~

Relatives has surrounded the waiting area, eager to see the twins live for the very first time. Among them includes Fadzil's sister, aunties and cousins. Thanks to them, I managed to witness the moment Fadzil meet the lil ones, did the inspection, perform the azan and tahnik as well as the first reaction of Faaz upon seeing the babies via photos and videos. Priceless! :)

midwives and the babies..ready for inspection ;)

The proud Daddy did his inspection :)

so did the proud grandparents... :)

About to start the Adzan..

Mak was ready with dates for tahnik :)

Here's a short clip of the inspection and the Adzan by darling hubby...take a look at Faaz's expression upon seeing his two lil sisters :)

According to family members, Faaz was amazed with the presence of two babies but he was afraid to go closer as they were crying and were not properly cleaned yet. He was worried of me too. Constantly he asked of my where about. The face was constantly frowning. I was touched...he stays the way he is, my little boyfriend :)

Faaz and Falisya :)

~2.30pm, 7.7.2011~

The operation was a total success and I was strolled to the recovery bay inside the OT where they started to monitor me. As expected, my body shivered badly as a side effect of the epidural. However, it was controllable the minute they wrapped me with few blankets and put a host from the warmer inside the blanket. When you deliver a twins, the danger that you face as a mother was the risk of having Postpartum Hemorrhage; which is defined as the loss of blood in the postpartum period of more than 500ml. What I mean here is uterine atony, meaning that the uterus is not contracting enough to control the bleeding at the placental site. Do bear in mind, the placenta is bigger than the normal pregnancy, thus it took a while before the uterus can finally seared. Hence, the risk of loss of blood is much higher. In order to ensure that the placenta worked well, few times the nurse came to to push my stomach slowly to see the blood flow. It was painful each time..tsk!

~3.00pm, 7.7.2011~

If based on my previous experience, I had to stay here for an hour before being released to the ward. However, according to the nurse there (whom obviously saw how restless I was lying there, looking at the clock :P), half an hour is actually sufficient. It did cheer me up to hear that. However, till the clock almost passed 3.30pm, there was no sign that they will release me. I was so restless...dahla sakit each time they tekan my tummy..huk huk.

~3.30pm, 7.7.2011~

An hour had passed but there was no sign of them to release me. Each time the nurse came to check me I will asked the same question over and over again, "When will I be released?".
and each time, the nurse will call the post delivery department to send a personnel to pick me up. Apparently they were "too busy" busy as they have many cases at the ward itself...grrr! sabar je tau! :(

~4.00pm, 7.7.2011~

Finally I was released after 11/2hours waiting in the recovery bay. Itupun lepas the Dr. bising2 why the patience (me) was still there *sigh*. As I was strolled out, none of the family member was there waiting for me. Apparently Fadzil went to pick up all our stuff and moved it to a new room. Yay! we finally got a single bedded room ;)

The new room :)

As I was about to be strolled out of the lift, I met with Fadzil's parents and Faaz. Apparently, they were just about to went home, pitying Faaz who didn't sleep the whole day, waiting for me at the hospital. According to mama, Faaz refused to go home at first as he firmly saying that he wanted to see me first. When we accidentally met, they were just managed to convince him to go home. Memang rezeki Faaz nak jumpa Mommy. Faaz was frowning when he saw me, it showed how much concern he has towards me. When I told him I was ok, and I smiled, he begun to smile and show his excitement, telling me that he has met his two 'adik' (lil sisters). They followed me to the room and went back after I was safely transferred to my bed.

~4.30pm, 7.7.2011~

Finally the babies arrived to the room. It was overwhelming to see both of them, tiny and adorable. Subhanallah... hey both reminded us of Faaz Naqi at this age. Quite similar! :) Me and Fadzil can't stop smiling each time we looked at them until I almost forgot of the pain that I felt. (FYI, at that time I already starting to feel the pain and move my legs). However, the pain getting more and more visible so I had to take the painkillers when the nurse offered me.

Me (hidden) and my little miracles :)

The first question I asked Fadzil upon seeing them was, "Which name shall we give to which baby?" Haha! :D It was Fadzil who decided that that Twin # 1 will be Faiqa Nayra and Twin #2 will be Falisya Nayla. So far, both name suits them well...alhamdulillah :)

Twin # 2 (left) and Twin # 1 (right)

sama tapi tak serupa ;)

The best and profound moment with the twins was the first time I breastfeed them. The lactation consultant and a nurse came to the room to assist me on this and I glad they did. With their assistance, the 'american football' position became a lot more comfortable (since I can't move that much). The first step was of course to wake both babies up...

Faiqa marah kena kacau tengah sedap tido..hihi

Tears running out as I fed them and non-stop I prayed in my heart that may The Almighty granted my wish to exclusive breastfeed them as long as I can. And I still pray, praying hard until today. Falisya stayed with us after the feeding session while Faiqa was taken back to the nursery for monitoring purpose. Apparently her temperature did not fully normalized and she can't stop shivering after the delivery. Even after being given the colostrum, she still have low sugar in her blood that they had to formula fed her once. And because of that, for the first time in my life I experienced the 'bengkak susu', on the first night of the delivery. I had to pump out the milk and gave it to the nurse to the nursery. Lucky miss Medela was there with me. I cried, not because of the pain, but I cried that I finally experience it. During Faaz time, never once I felt my B's really full let alone experiencing this 'bengkak susu' thingy. Thank you, Allah. I guess the supplements that I've been taking since I was preggy did help a lot.

burping after feeding, something that Fadzil is good at.. :P

The family came to visit us again after Maghrib until the visiting hours ended at 9.30pm. Faiqa too, joned us when her sugar level has normalized. It was hard to bid goodbye to Faaz, but relieved to see how excited and loving he was (and still is!) towards the twins. Syukur! That night, for the first time, the four of us spent the night together.. :)

The twins with Fadzil's family...

The excited 'Abam' Faaz :)

We stayed at the hospital for 4 days 3 night as the babies were detected with jaundice on the 3rd day. Alhamdulillah, after 1 day having the phototherapy, the reading reduced significantly. The best thing in SDMCSJ, the babies will be sent to the room during feeding time during the phototheraphy session. So, tak payah susah-susah nak pump susu... ;)

Before bidding goodbye to Room 362, we managed to snap few photos as token of memory of our stay here. Managed to snap few photos with my beloved Dr. Siti as well during her last visit. She did compliment how fast I started walking after the surgery and how I can endure the pain without the painkillers. FYI, I stopped taking the painkillers from day 2 onwards. Even Fadzil said that I was tougher and braver compared to the last experience. I guess, having to undergo the same experience twice was an advantage to me. But mainly, I become stronger because of the twins. They made me a fighter...

the babies, face-to-face for the very first time :)

me and my twins :)

us, with the lovely Dato' Dr. Siti Zaliha :)

filling up the forms (letih ok 2 sets terus) the babies being released from the nursery..

The experience of expecting and gave labour to a pair of twins will always be remembered for the rest of my life. I am so thankful to Allah SWT for this golden opportunity. Not sure will I have this chance again in the future...and not sure whether we will be having more child in the future. It all depends on fate. If it is a 'NO', I will miss this wonderful experience of being pregnant and having newborns very very dearly...


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wordless Wednesday


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Makeup Tips

If you know me really well, I am sure you'll be skeptical towards me once you read this post's title. If not, I bet u'll wonder am I capable to share makeup tips due to my limited knowledge in this department...isn't it? :P

Hihi, don't worry, I am not gonna give you lesson / tips on makeup but I will share with you some knowledge that I got from attending a makeup demo here. It does benefited me, a person who always failed to follow makeup instructions via reading or via looking at the photos so I hope it will benefited you as well :). To me, the up, close and personal makeup demo is the only way for me to learn the proper ways of makeup (especially eyes makeup) but I did not have the desire to enroll myself for a makeup/makeover workshop.

Why did I said that? Ain't cosmetics, makeup and ladies can't be separated? Owh, don't get me wrong, I DO love cosmetics and makeup :). In fact, I do wears makeup. It's just that I don't have high passion towards it. For me, makeup means applying foundation/compress powder, mascara and lipgloss/lipstick. That is sufficient enough for me. I only wear the full makeup when I have events to attend or during special occasion, of which I hired the pro's to give their magical touch. Yours truly? Failed ye..haha! In the same boat as me, hubby too prefers me with light makeup except for attending events...skali skala bawak 'trophy wife' out, of course la kena menyerlah sket kan..hihi.

These two photos were taken during the first two years of working (with Maxis). These were the first time I went to professional makeup artist for makeup. I requested for light, night makeup on the first photo and my MUA went for a Krisdayanti eyes effect makeup (that what she claimed :P) in the second photo. Apparently I'm suitable for that since I have big eyes :P

2006 - KL Convention Centre

2007- KL Convention Centre

When I entered the three zero phase recently, the interest to wear proper makeup (read: not heavy makeup) increases suddenly. And when I got the chance to see live demo from Victoria Jackson Cosmetics on proper ways to apply on makeup, I was thrilled..umpama pucuk dicita ulam mendatang, they said ;)

As I have shared in my previous post, this is the proper way of applying foundation.

They keyword:

Apply foundation from Top, Press and Pull down direction! ;)

As for the cheek, the technique of applying blusher depends on the shape of your face:

For Oval face:
Use your fingertips to locate the most prominent part of your cheekbone to apply blush and blend towards your temples to highlight your cheekbones.

For Oblong face:
Apply your blush from the apples of the cheeks and out towards your ears in a horizontal manner. This creates the illusion of a wider face.

For Round face:
Apply blush to the area above the apples of your cheeks and blend slightly forward to thin the round face. Avoid getting the blush too close to your nose; this highlights the roundness of your cheeks.

For Square face:
Beginning at the center of the eyes apply your blush on the cheekbones. Blend toward your temples and apply a dab to your forehead and chin to soften the square angle of the face.


For better understanding, let us see the demo done by the VJ's makeup artist below...

How do you find it? It is a lot more easier to imagine via visualization rather than reading instructions isn't it? I have applied the techniques that I learnt from the VJ demos the day after and I find it not that hard actually. The only thing that I still failed of is applying eyes makeup. Been seeing few clips and seen live demo but somehow it didn't work well when I applied it myself *sigh*...I guess a lot of practice needed. Will try to find time someday, if not the VJ's "Exotic Eyes" palette that I got recently will be a waste!

And since we are talking about makeup and cosmetics ni, has anyone visited the Sephora store yet? Mesti best kan?! I've always wanted to visit them ever since they opened in April this year but haven't got the chance to do it till today :( I can imagine my eyes will be sparkling bing bing as I entered the store..hehehe, so much of daydreaming, Nadine! :))

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Create Memories With Mum Getaway

Recently, I was invited by Nuffnang Malaysia to join the 'Create Memories with Mum' Workshop and it was held at Aman Rimba Estate, Janda Baik. The one day workshop was organized and supported by Her World Magazine while the MMA (Malaysian Medical Association) HPV Vaccination Program for Teen is supported by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Pharmaceuticals. The workshop aims to educate both mothers and daughters on the risk of cervical cancer and how it can be prevented.

The invitation :)

I was so excited to receive the invitation at first since it was my very first Nuffnang event. However, deep inside I felt guilty to leave my children especially the twins at home with their daddy on weekend. Being someone who is supportive and understanding, my other half managed to convince me to join this workshop and I am glad I did :) Not only I had fun involved in the activities and meeting new blogger friends (whom obviously are famous!), I am now aware of cervical cancer and its prevention. Really, really useful for someone who has daughters like me!

Us, while waiting for the bus to arrive.
From left: KakInaKL, Madammondoq, MommyNadia and yours truly :)

Nadine & Nadia all ready to take off...Janda Baik here we come!!

We gathered at Blu Inc. Media office in PJ by 8a.m and from there we were transported to Janda Baik via express bus. The journey to Aman Rimba Estate took about 1 hr 30 min. As the road was pretty narrow as it goes further inside, our bus had to stop halfway in Janda Baik and we had to walk further to Aman Rimba. It was pretty tiring as the sun already shines brightly but as soon as we saw the tranquil scenary especially the river and the wooden bungalows, we became excited and anxious at the same time!

Walking in style...ehehe :P

The river with clear see-through water...made it so tempting. Feels like jumping inside on the spot! Hihi.

As expected, Aman Rimba is a beautiful place! The lush greenery surrounding and the Balinese concept deco gave a warmed welcome. Without hesitant, me and mommaholicsuri quickly took a photo in front of the main entrance. We love every bits of it! ;)

The first thing we did upon reaching here of course was filling our empty stomach with scrumptious breakfast. Nasi Lemak, Lontong and nyummylicious traditional dessert were among the menu.

My nasi lemak ayam goreng...nyummeh!

As the Malay saying, "Gendang gendut tali kecapi, kenyang perut senang hati", all the participants were focused when the briefing was given by Her World representative afterwards. The first activity The first activity of the workshop was the treasure hunt. Before the game started, all the participants were grouped up into 5 teams; YELLOW, BLUE, ORANGE, SILVER & PINK. Coincidentally, I got the pink ribbon which means I was in the PINK theme, matching with my top! Hihi…

The briefing session

Mommy bloggers in different groups.

Spot my hand! :P

There were 9 main task plus 1 bonus task to be completed within an hour. Among the tasks that we have to perform includes taking photos of listed exotic plants around the estate, solving riddles, paper cutting activity and searching for hidden items.

I was the only mommy blogger in my team, the rest are pairs of mother-daughter. It was nice to see the bonding between mothers and daughters in solving the problem and finishing a task. Seriously, I wished the twinnies will grow fast cause I’m so looking forward to have my mother-daughter session with them ;)

Justify Full

Mother-daughter bonding session...a memory has been created! :)

After lunch, we proceed with the second activity, the most important activity of the day: a talk on cervical cancer. The talk entitled “Protecting against Cervical Cancer Together” and it was given by Dr. Yap Moy Juan, the Consultant Obstetrician & Gynecologist of The Fetal Medicine & Gynecology Center Petaling Jaya.

First of all, we were educated on HPV and cervical cancer and here are some important facts that I would like to share with you dear readers:

  • Cervical cancer begins in the cervix – part of the uterus that opens to the vagina.
  • Cervical cancer is caused by persistent infection with an extreme common and contagious virus: the human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • How it is transmitted?
  • Who are at high risk?
  • What are the prevention levels?

Did you know that globally, cervical cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer death among women, killing one woman every two minutes? Scary isn’t it? :( In Malaysia itself, cervical cancer is the 3rd most common cancer among Malaysian females after breast and colorectal cancer. It is even scarier to know that in 1998, 7.9% of all cancer admissions in government hospitals were due to cervical cancers, of which 10.5% died from the disease :(

As a way of prevention and giving awareness among Malaysian women, the Ministry of Health undertake a HPV National Immunisation Program (NIP) to protect 13 year old/Form 1 girls against the most common strains of cancer-causing HPV since 2010 and earlier this year, the MMA HPV Vaccination Programme for Teens was launched by the Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) with the support from GSK Pharmaceutical.

“What is the MMA HPV Vaccination Programme for Teens is all about?” one might ask.

Well, this program aims to give cervical cancer vaccination to teenage girls from 14 to 19 years of age where they will received two of the three doses of vaccination at an access price while the third dose will be provided FREE of charge. MMA believes that all teens (girls) should be protected among this disease and given fair access to the vaccination.

It is a 9-months programme, which started from 1st March 2011 till 31st December 2011 for Wilayah Persekutuan and from 1st June 2011 till 31st December 2011 extended nationwide.

In order to sign up for this programme, the parent/guardian signature is needed in the first place. Then, go to any participating clinics closest to where you live to get the vaccination. For the list of participating clinics, kindly dial the hotline number: 1800 22 8688 (Monday-Friday between 10:00 a.m and 6:00 p.m excluding public holiday). Payment will be made in two equal installments of RM233 upon the administration of the 1st and 2nd dose of the vaccine. The doses will be given in a six months period where the 2nd dose is a month apart from the 1st dose and the final dose will be given six months later.

For more information on this program, you can log on their Facebook page here. Ladies, do check it out ya! :)

Mrs. Victoria Victor and daughter Pamela Victor, are one of the mother-daughter pair who participates in this workshop. Pamela has successfully completed her full course of HPV vaccination. According to her, everyone should be protected against cervical cancer and take the necessary prevention action.

Pamela and her mother being interviewed..

I totally agree with Pamela and what her mom did for her is the right thing – PROTECTING her daughter. InsyaAllah, I will do the same too when the twins reached 14 years old. Mommies, we want the best for our children, don’t we? ;)

What about us, mommies? What type of prevention that we have?
The answer is, do pap smear once a year as prevention :)

A mother and daughter bonds well on things related to either beauty, fashion or cooking. Therefore, after the talk it was the time for demo and trial sessions by Origins and Victoria Jackson Cosmetics. Everyone was excited, not to forget including yours truly…hihi.

Me with Nuurill & ladynoe, both has flawless skin. Jeles ok :)

We had the privilege to attend the exclusive preview of Origin’s Plantscription range and anti-aging eye treatment, together with a pampering skincare session.

The Plantscription range: the anti-wrinkle solution

Before the skin-pampering sessions started, we were given a set of questionnaire to find out how old is our skin *gulp!* Being someone who has neverending skin problem, I already guessed that my skin must be older than my biological age. True enough, my skin are 6 years older than me…huwaaaa! :(

The questionnaire..

Next, we were taught on the technique of Plantscription Firming and Lifting Massage via demo as well as through the presentation slide…

Massage Demo..

Steps to do firming and lifting massage

Victoria Jackson Cosmetic on the other hand provided us with make up demo as well as sharing the tips on how to allure natural looks with their makeup range which is suitable with their tagline, The “No Makeup” Makeup :)

The demo showed us on how to apply makeup during the day, as well as function makeup. Being someone who is not a maestro in makeup, I find the tips given by their makeup artist were very useful to me. Here’s one of the tutorials that I managed to record:

“What Is The Right Technique to Apply Foundation?”

Finally, it was our turn to pamper our skin and try out the Victoria Jackson’ range…weeee! :D

The VJ range, waiting for us to try…

Us, after the makeover in natural makeup. Victoria Jackson model wannabe :P

Tea was served before the prize giving ceremony for the treasure hunt that we had earlier. The 1st prize goes to YELLOW team, who won VJ range cosmetics worth RM150. 2nd place goes to team ORANGE, who won Origins product worth RM140. My team won the 3rd place and we took home Her World Limited Edition Stamp Collection….jadila :)

Her World limited edition stamp

The winners! :)

We had a quick photography session with all the participants of this workshop before we bid goodbye to Aman Rimba. We were also given goodie bag courtesy of Her World Magazine. Mucho gracias!! :)

The mommy bloggers with Yuen of Nuffnang :)

From left: Sheila Shower, Ceeramoon, Nadine, Yuen, MommyNadia, Mommaholicsuri, KakInaKL. In front from left: LadyNoe, Viruspadu, FoxyFarah :)

The whole team of "Create Memories with Mum" event

my goodie bag...best!! :)

Thank you Nuffnang, GSK Pharmaceutical & Her World Magazine for the invitation!

Overall, it was a fun and educating outdoor gateway. Besides new friendship (and of course the goodie bag..hihi), I brought back home 4 important messages:

Stay healthy,

Fight Cervical Cancer,

Provide protection to your daughter through HPV vaccination,


Protect yourself via pap smear


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