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What Are These Marks?

March 28, 2015 at 2:14 pm

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Day 1 – 21 Mar 2015

I blogged about the red marks/rashes on Amelie here. I thought I’d go a little more in detail about it today. Last Saturday, we discovered these marks on her arms and body. While the marks on her body looked more like a birth mark without any swelling or bumps whatsoever, the marks on the arms looked abit more …. how shall I say it….scary? There are  about 3-4 spots along the red line that you see above, it looked as though she was bitten by an insect or something. I’ve googled types of bites marks and non of them looked like this.  It looked  like more of a scratch. However, she didn’t seem to be in pain or anything. She was her good old self. I dabbed abit of IZUMIO water on it but when I showed my mum the marks over Facetime, she immediately told me to apply a gel which she gave me  some time ago which has aloe vera in it.

Day 2

Day 2 – 22 Mar 2015

On the second day, they were less red but turned brown. The marks on her body seem to be smaller.

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Day 3 – 23 Mar 2015

While the marks on her body began to fade, the ones on the arm still bothered me like hell. There were scabs on some parts of the mark. I’ve also applied Lucas Paw Paw ointment as well – anything that would help to avoid any permanent scars!

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Day 6 – 26 Mar 2015

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Day 7 – 27 Mar 2015

This is how it looks today. Do any of you have any idea what it could be? My paed doesn’t seem to have a clue. It obviously looks like she has been bitten by something but why the red long line??? Anybody? This is bugging

IZUMIO & Super Lutein for Eczema

March 27, 2015 at 5:19 pm

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Remember when I blogged about Suraya and how her eczema was healed by consuming IZUMIO and Super Lutein? Well I never got a chance to update this by in January this yeara, her mom, Hana Harun updated us in our closed A-Team (yup that’s what we call ourselves) business group in Facebook that Suraya was doing just fine.

This is the latest photo we have of her taken on 27 Jan 2015 with her favorite kitten.  Her blood test done at Pantai Medical Center showed that she is highly allergic to CATS!

 

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I wouldn’t say this if I didn’t believe it myself. I have seen Suraya before when Hana came over to my house to pick Ashley up for a camp by Radiant Retreats  2 years ago. I have seen her before she started on the products and I felt really really really sorry for her.  But today, she is A-OK. The products are not MAGIC. Don’t expect to be cured after 1 month of consumption of the products. However, do note that with the dosage that she took (3 caps of SL and 1 pkt IZUMIO twice a day), she already showed remarkable improvements after just 2 weeks. Consistent consumption and the right dosage is key. We have a wealth of experience in our Izumio & Super Lutein Resource Center which is a closed group whereby membership is only by recommendation of existing members who are consumers where you will be able to get first hand experience, sharing and advice from close to 200 members –  which by the way also includes a panel of doctors.

If you’d like to find out more, please contact me at mom2ashleyaidan(at)gmail(dot).com or do check out our Facebook page.

Throwback : Siblings at 5 months

March 27, 2015 at 7:37 am

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aidan at 5 months

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 Photo taken on 6 Mar 2015 (AK at 5 months)

It’s fun doing comparisons of the 3 kiddos when they were at the same age. Here’s a comparison of them when they were 5 months old. Alot of people commented that AK looks like Aidan but personally, I think AK looks more like Ashley at 5 months old. When Ashley saw her own photo when she was 5mo,  she was pleased that AK looked like her. She exclaimed proudly in front of Aidan that AK will grow up looking like her now :)

What do you think?

Rushing for Pre-GST Prices

March 27, 2015 at 6:57 am

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As you can see, I’ve been busy because customers wanted to lock in their pre-GST prices before the deadline which is today (27 March 2015) for Naturally Plus.  It has been a hectic week but it has been worth it and very rewarding. See, I knew our MPV would come in handy besides ferrying the extra member of our family :)

If you’re interested to know more about what IZUMIO and Super Lutein is about, check out the FAQ page which I have put up in my blog.

High Baby Chair

March 26, 2015 at 11:26 pm

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Photo taken on 26 March 2015 (AK at 24 weeks)

My little bub has been promoted to a high baby chair and oh! what a view she has from sitting high up there. As of today, we started to have her seated at the dining table together with us during  dinner. No, she hasn’t started on solids yet but she will  – very soon. Hopefully this habit of sitting next to us during mealtimes will ensure that she stays seated when actually starts eating solids.  I’m sure she will.  She’s so happy-go-lucky. Always a happy baby, Very fuss free. Maybe it’s also due to the fact that we are very laid back when it comes to AK being 3rd time parents and all.  Am cherishing the last few weeks of non-solids diet before we got to start preparing her meals but I fear not because I have a German maid with me  and this was one of the reasons why I invested in one. And can you believe it? I just paid my 12th and last interest free installment for this thing!

Working from Home in Malaysia

March 26, 2015 at 3:20 pm

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Photo taken on 19 March 2015 (Amelie at 5 mths 2 wks)

I have been working with a company for 18 years and for the past 7 years, I have been working full time from home. I switched from a consulting job to a desk-bound program support job which enabled me to work from home full time and support the Asia Pacific region. Cool eh? I think so! My kids were 3yo and 1yo then and I knew I wanted to spend those precious growing years with them and not having to depend on anyone else to care for them. So when I got this job, I thanked God and my colleague, Agnes because she was the one who roped me into her team.

Here are some tips if you’re considering to work from home.

Discipline.

Working from home does not mean that you can sit at home, shake your legs and catch the latest Korean drama  :) Yes – unfortunately for some.  If you’re in the IT line like me, make sure that you start work on time and I know some may say that this is ridiculous but it’s also important to know when to stop working as well.  When I work from home, I am very productive because  I already safe time to get ready for work and to commute to and from work and there have been many times that I work through lunch as well. When  I am engrossed in work, I don’t usually like to stop until I’m done and there have also been many a times where I log off work way past office hours. Hence that is why we got  to be discipline about our working hours. My main intention was for me to spend some quality time with the kids as well. Hence I make it a point to finish work by 6:00 – 6:30pm so that I can give my domestic  helper a break and bring the kids out to play.

DO NOT DISTURB sign. 

This is very useful especially when you have kids in the house. I get very stressed up when my kids bug me when I’m hosting a call. Teach them to not enter the room or be quiet when the sign is up.

 Hire a domestic helper.

If you can afford it, hire a domestic helper. I couldn’t do without one because it was tough having to cook in between work and school runs and now that we have AK, we need a domestic helper to take care of AK’s needs.

Invest in a good headset – wireless if possible.

This is important because if you’re going to be in conference calls for at least 30 mins, the last thing you want it to be holding the handset to your head. Therefore, it’s important that you invest in a good headset with the ability to mute your line. This way you are still able to multi-task e.g. type or help your little one tie her ponytail, or wipe the dirt of your kid’s face…or if you have a wireless headset – well..the possibilities are endless right? Just remember to mute that line when you are not supposed to be talking!

Block out time in your calendar.

In between work, I need to step to for my school run and this timing is fixed and has been shared with my manager and peers. I also block off my time in Microsoft Outlook for school runs so that my colleagues will know that I will be out of office at specific times of the day.

Ensure that your workspace is ergonomic.

If you’re going to be spending 8-10 hours of your day sitting in front of a computer, make sure your workspace is ergonomic. We are all given a notebook to work from but since I am a teleworker, I am able to order additional accessories for my notebook  which include a docking station, monitor stand and a 24 inch monitor so that I can comfortably work in front of the computer (like a geek).

Mini Breaks.

Remember to take mini breaks and stretch or go for a little walk to get that blood circulating. Give your kids a hug, spend some time with them during your break. It’s important that they are not neglected as well because the whole idea to work from home is so that you can spend quality time with the kids right?

Working from home is great because :

1. I don’t dread going to work the night before. Sundays don’t feel as crappy as before with impending work the next day.

2. I don’t need to wake up extra early to get ready for work.

3. I don’t need to commute to work and brave the traffic jams!

4. I get to eat home cooked food for breakfast and lunch everyday and that saves money too.

5. And of course I get to see my kids as and when I want too.

*feeling blessed*

Morning Reflections

March 26, 2015 at 8:03 am

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I am not a morning person. If I can have my way, I’d sleep in until 9.30am – 10:00 am. BUT I don’t get that kind of luxury because I have 3 kids! And needless to say, many people also don’t get that kind of luxury with just 1 kid (at least below the age of 3). But when life happens and kids need to go to school before the sun rises, well, you got to do what you got to do right? On most school day mornings, I am able to wake up at 8:00am to my alarm clock a.k.a AK’s hungry cries and roll out of bed to start work – like literally (because I work from home). This morning however, I had to be the one to wake up at 6:00am. I accompanied her while she had her breakfast and saw her off to our neighbor’s house with whom we car pool with. And when she left, the sun hadn’t even risen yet. It’s a struggle to wake up at 6:00am but once up, it’s nice being awake while everyone else is still asleep (including dear AK). It’s as though  everything around me is paused for a brief moment so that I can catch my breath before the day kicks in. I enjoy moments like that.  I was tempted to go back into bed and join the rest of the gang in dreamland but I decided against it this morning do do some morning reflection. The best time to do some reflections is early in the morning when noone is awake – agree?

 There’s going to be a lot of changes in the next one year and I am not sure if we are going to get where we are supposed to be. Plans are so fluid at the moment – both personally and work wise. Work wise, although I am so ever grateful for being able to work from home and be with my kids, I feel that I am in a lull. I feel stunted. I need a change. I need a new challenge because I know I can damn well do more than what I am doing now. While the lull was  in my favor last year, this year, I crave something more to keep me going.  I pray that God will lead the way for us and I pray that amidst all the hustle and bustle and the noise, we are able to hear God’s words.

On a side note, I just got to know that a friend’s friend who was admitted to the hospital for dengue fever had just passed away on Monday. His platelet level was 13. Another friend’s husband is also at the hospital now and his platelet level got so low he had to have a blood transfusion. They also intubated him because he had respiratory problems! Life is so fragile. This effing aedes mosquitoes are everywhere in this city and everyday, people are getting dengue fever and it’s also not uncommon for people to die from it as well. This is infuriating because this can be preventable if EVERY SINGLE ONE in Malaysia take the responsibility to clean up and prevent aedes breeding grounds.

Life is short. Live to the fullest. Count your blessings. Happiness starts with ourselves!

Peace out!

xoxo

Challenges of a Banana Mum

March 25, 2015 at 6:20 pm

Ashley – Std 4

I must say though that Ashley seems to be doing well in a Chinese school. She doesn’t love the language but she is coping. As least she’s coping much better than Aidan. Over the years, I’ve drummed into her to be independent and to be resourceful. Her tutors also ensure that she doesn’t slack when it comes to being resourceful. If she doesn’t know the meaning of a word, she has to bloody whip out the dictionary to find out the meaning. We all had to do that right? It’s part of a learning process.

Aidan – Std 2

Throughout Std 1, I was pretty hands off with Aidan when it came to his school work. I left it all to his tutor to handle it. Whenever he came back from school, he’s usually done with his homework so I never really had to check his work unless he came back with a ZERO for his ting xie (Mandarin spelling) of which I then need to put my signature on his book to acknowledge that he had a ZERO. He didn’t get zero very often so I wasn’t worried about it. I’d usually advise him to prepare for his spelling before spelling day. However when I looked at this final year exam paper, I got worried. He was clueless when it came to Mandarin and Bahasa Malaysia. I changed his tutor and started sitting down with him every evening so that he can do his homework properly. His new tutor also gives him a fair bit of homework to do because (in her words),

He’s very very weak in Mandarin and Bahasa Malaysia. I’m worried for him.”

On the 2nd day of tuition, his tutor already suggested that we look at other options for him i.e.  private school (but what’s the point? it still follows the government syllabus), international school of which we cannot afford or homeschool. (That’s the effing problem with the education system in Malaysia isn’t it? Government school-going kids are like guinea pigs because the syllabus changes all the time and the poor kids are victims of ignorant leaders who lack in foresight.) Anyway….on the 3rd day of tuition, his tutor asked me,

So? Have you considered other options yet?”

Was she giving up on Aidan already??? Anyway, I’ve been looking around for learning centers and I did find one which follows the ACE syllabus. We confirmed a date for him to sit for the diagnostic test but after much thought, we decided to KIV the learning center option and see how Aidan will cope until the end of the year. Hubs feels that I am being too soft with Aidan. Ai yo……..when he suffers, I suffer lah! I hate homework time especially if I can’t even help if they are in Mandarin. Anyhow, we’ll see how it goes then. He needs to put more effort in his work as well.  Exams start next week. I guess we will find out very soon if he’s coping better or not. *fingers crossed*

I hate that feeling where I want to help but can’t help with the Mandarin subjects.  The only way that I can offer my help is to whip out my Samsung Galaxy Note phone and stylus and check out the meaning of the Mandarin words in LINE dictionary! Other than that, I leave it to his tutor to handle him.

The other option which I have in mind is to send him to a daily daycare cum tuition center where the kids complete their homework and get tutored before / after school. We’ll see…..

Amelie is 24 weeks old

March 24, 2015 at 5:44 pm

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My cutie pie is 24 weeks old. Always so cherry. Always so roly poly. Last Saturday, we had a shock of our lives because we saw a big red mark on her arms and body. We asked the doctor what it was and he too couldn’t determine what they were. He asked us to monitor it for 3 days and to go back to him if it gets worse.

The marks on her body are red but they don’t appear to have bumps. It looks as though it’s a birth mark. There were no insect bite marks on it.

The marks on her arm had insect-like bite marks on 3 spots along the big red line. I’m still wondering what could have caused this.

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 My helper was shocked as well when we discovered this on Amelie. Her face was pale as though she had seen a ghost .

Hoping that it’s nothing serious.

Pooooor Amelie.

Grab Your Products Today Before GST

March 24, 2015 at 2:50 pm

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Those of you who are sitting on the fence with IZUMIO and Super Lutein or are still contemplating about it, don’t think so long. I can assure you that these products are excellent products at least for general well-being. It’s all about science. Ok so here’s a heads up for all of you. Hear ye! Hear ye! Naturally Plus will impose 6% GST on products and membership fee with effective 1 April 2015. Therefore if you want to still enjoy the the pre-GST prices, you’ll need to sign up by Thursday because Friday is the last day we can submit new registrations and the NP office in KL will be like a fish market.

So if you want to sign up, sign up  with me ASAP by Thursday, 26 Mar 2015.

Here’s the deal.

If you sign up as a member (1-yr package) with me, this is what you will get.

1. 15 products – and you can choose a combination between IZUMIO and Super Lutein. According to the company policy, if you sign up for the 1 year package, you only get to choose 12 products (either  all IZUMIO or all Super Lutein) + 2 (IZUMIO/Super Lutein) + 1 (product depending on the promo). See the difference there?

2. You will also get to join our Izumio and Super Lutein Resource Centre Facebook group which you will be able to get first hand sharing of other consumers of these products which includes doctors as well. Membership of this group is only by recommendation of existing members and you’d have to be a consumer to be able to qualify for this group.

3. If you are interested to do the business, you have 9 different levels of bonuses to earn from. Sponsor 2 persons under you and you get back RM 2k – which decreases your costs of your own products. We also have a Facebook group to help  drive your business forward.

How much is it pre-GST?

1.  1 yr package cost = RM 4920 (12 products + 3 free products) + RM 115 (membership fee) = RM 5035.  You can choose to pay by 12 months installment with 0% interest if you pay with these participating banks – Citibank, Standard Chartered, RHB, Public Bank, Hong Leong Bank and Alliance Bank. Registration is easy. Just send me a photo of your IC and credit card and we will get the products delivered to your doorsteps. You don’t need to go through the hassle of going to the NP office to sign up.

w.e.f. 1 April 2015,

1. The 1 yr package will cost = RM 5035 x 6 % = RM 5337.10. Hence if you average it out by 15 products, the average cost for each product is RM 356.

2. Retail price per product (1 bottle of Super Lutein / 1 box of IZUMIO) = RM 435 (inlcuding 6% GST)

And this is a headsup, very soon, there will be no more 12+3 products for a 1 yr package but will be replaced by 12+2 products. This means that instead of getting 15 products for a 1yr package like how it is today, you will get 14 products only. And again, if you join our group, you get to choose your combination of products.

If you have any questions, please feel free to drop me an email at mom2ashleyaidan(at)gmail(dot)com.

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