Friday, July 22, 2016

Postal Order (Pos Malaysia)

Assalam / Greetings,

Today I would like to share about claiming Postal Money from the Post Office (Pos Malaysia). It was my first time, too, so I suppose sharing this might help many other who does not know what is the procedure like. This is the example of the postal money/order.

back view

front view
These are the steps:-

  1. Go to nearby post office (Pos Malaysia).
  2. Obtain this form (picture 3).
  3. Fill up the sender / recipient details.
  4. Sign the form at the bottom left section.
  5. Get your number for your turn at the counters
  6. Hand over the postal order and the form.
  7. The Pos Malaysia staff will return the copy of the form to you, a receipt and your cash.

example of form from this page

You are all done now. Hope it helps :)



    Friday, July 15, 2016

    Jom Minta Resit GST Part 2

    Assalam / Greetings



    from here


    Remember my post about this contest?

    Well, I won something! Alhamdulillah.

    They notified me by phone and I had to go to the customs office nearest to my registered address on the contest form to claim the gift.

    So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and join this contest! The deadline is November 30th 2016.

    Friday, April 29, 2016

    Wisdom Tooth (Third Molar) Removal Part 2

    Assalam / Greetings.

    Remember what happened on 18th April? Well, you can read it here.

    After less than an hour, the local anesthesia's effect began to fade, leaving me in PAIN. I was so hungry but I cannot eat! I could barely open my jaw!

    Anyway I searched for some information, so basically this is how I looked after myself after the procedure:-

    1. Avoid hot/warm food/drinks for a couple of days to promote blood clotting. Iced drinks were the BEST!
    2. Take soft, liquid diet like soup, porridge, milk to avoid moving the jaw so much.
    3. NO GARGLING AT ALL for the first 24 hours. Which means, no toothbrush too! This is important to promote blood clot, which will ensure good healing and prevent infection.
    4. Avoid heavy/strenuous activities for at least a couple of days. (I rested for the whole week!)
    5. Apply ice packs over the cheek to reduce swelling and pain. (This is so helpful!)
    6. Take the pain medications as prescribed (I did not, because I'm still breastfeeding so I would prefer to avoid medications unless REALLY necessary)
    7. If bleeding occurs, put the gauze as supplied by the doctor and bite on it over the affected area for at least 20 minutes to ensure blood clot is formed nicely.
    So why did I say my choice was awful?

    Because, having a baby means having to breastfeed him, carry him, having him wanting to hold you, cuddle you and punching your swollen cheek! 

    BIG OUCH!

    The swelling started a few hours after surgery. and really, I just wanted to sleeeeeeeep afterwards. But, having a baby (with husband not around) means, not being able to simply sleep. I was counting the days and telling myself, it will get better. 

    It WILL and it DID.

    So, cheer up mommas. We have got to do what we have got to do, right?

    Finally, the appointment to remove my stitches was one week later. So, after the removal, the lady dentist said I can totally do anything I want. LOL. What a relief. It took me at least another week to exercise my jaw to function normally again due to stiffness after resting for the whole week. Phew.

    I'm done. I hope I don't need any more of this surgery. Aamiin!

    Moral of the story : Go and get yourself checked before you became pregnant!


    Friday, April 22, 2016

    Wisdom Tooth (Third Molar) Removal Part 1

    "Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that most people get in their late teens or early twenties. Sometimes these teeth can be a valuable asset to the mouth when healthy and properly aligned, but more often, they are misaligned and require removal"
    source :  www.webmd.com/oral-health/wisdom-teeth

    On the 18th of April 2016 I got to experience something new. Truthfully, I regretted waiting until I have a child to finally get it over and done with.

    From here

    My first third molar erupted sometimes in 2011 if I'm not mistaken. The process was slow, and I noticed earlier on that I would definitely need to remove it because of its awkward position. Cleaning it was difficult, and every now and then the tooth would bite into my cheek and cause pain and swelling. Prior to getting married, I have already planned to visit a dentist to remove it, but as usual, I procrastinated.

    Bad choice!

    Finally after my son turned 10 months old, I went to a dentist and was referred to the specialist clinic after they took an x-ray of the tooth. On the day of the 'mini operation', I had breakfast and went there with my sisters and son. The dentist was really nice. He asked me what was my problem, listened to my answers and explained every procedure to me simply but with enough information to make me feel confident despite the tremor in my fingers.

    So this is what happened:-


    1. Signing consent form once explanation given - I get to ask questions and my wuestions was answered nicely.
    2. Cleaning the mouth.
    3. Giving of local anethesia.
    4. Waiting for anesthesia to work.
    5. Cutting open the gum.
    6. Drilling to cut off the bony parts (according to the dentist)
    7. Removal of tooth.
    8. Stitching.
    9. Gargling one last time. After that I was not allowed to gargle for the next 24 hours.
    10. Biting into gauze to promote blood clot for at least 1 hour.

    Everything was settled within 1 hour. I was then discharged with paracetamol as painkiller and a bottle of mouth gargle to be used three times daily after the first 24 hours.

    So, why did I say my choice was an awful one?



    to be continued...

    Friday, April 1, 2016

    Jom Minta Resit GST

    Assalam / Greetings.

    Do you know that the Customs Department of Malaysia is currently holding a 'JOM MINTA RESIT GST' Campaign?

    Yep, you can win so many prizes!

    Please spread the word!


    Do visit this link to participate. 

    HURRY!

    They have extended the dateline...

    Contest ends November 30th 2016!

    Friday, February 19, 2016

    Our First Cloth Diaper Experience

    Assalam

    Let me start with an important statement. I AM A FREAK. I am not going to ask any of you who happen to read this to agree with me. I’m just sharing our experience and hopefully to inspire other mommies and / or mommies-to-be to consider this option.
    Before that, maybe you could spend your time to read this :-

    I forgot where I found this. 
    Please contact me if it is yours so I can properly quote you. 
    Thank You.


    Anyway, my mother used cloth diaper for all six of us back then though the youngest she mostly used disposables for some reasons. I can remember helping to fold the newly cleaned diapers for my younger siblings. It was such a sweet memory. So, the moment I found out I was pregnant, I decided to give cloth diaper a try. Initially I wanted to use the flat diaper, like how my mom used to do. However, when I googled for info, I came across modern cloth diapers, which sounded so interesting because they are easier to clean, stain-resistant and beautiful, too. After comparing and considering my options, I ended up buying a stash of 20 diapers, as recommended by many experienced moms.

    With my boy, I started using modern cloth diaper (CD) since he was approximately 7 days old. Why 7 days? Because he was jaundiced and we had to be in and out of hospital for a few days. The moment I started, I have never had to use disposables anymore. At all. Alhamdulillah to the support that I’m getting from my husband despite many unhelpful comments from others around me. And, although I never had to use one before, the mushrooming of self-service laundry is making it easy to manage CD while travelling. On top of that, Malaysia is a hot country. It is sufficient to dry the CD by air-drying/line-drying under the sun.

    Since I didn’t buy the newborn-sized CD because it won’t be long for my son to outgrow it, initially I had some ‘incidents’ with leaking. The most important thing is to not freak out and be prepared with mattress cover/extra cloth for both baby and carer when leaving the house for chores or anything. Once I got the hang of it and my boy’s legs fill the diaper better, there’s been no issue with leaking at all.

    I am using CD with the intention of reducing waste and lowering chance of exposure to harmful chemicals to my son. Therefore, I purchased CD’s that are still quit economical, and of which I believe I’m able to use successfully. There are so many types of CD’s out there. You can google them and compare and contrast. There are also different materials, different ways of care and so many things to learn about it before you decide to use it. You have about 9 months before your baby is born. Please spend some time to READ and add to your pool of knowledge. As for me, I am using pocket CD with simple designs so that they’ll be relevant to both boys and girls.

    So far, I have been using the CD for about 8 months and I’m fine with it. Alhamdulillah. In sha ALLAH, I plan to continue until my son is potty trained, and also for our future children.

    Here are some links that might be helpful for mommies / mommies-to-be who would like to know more:-

    1. http://www.whattoexpect.com/diaperi... (english)
    2. http://www.kellyscloset.com/Cloth-D... (english)
    3. http://aisyahrozi.com/blog/a-pretty... (bahasa melayu)
    4. http://soleh.net/2014/03/08/cloth-d... (bahasa melayu)
    5. http://iluvsuperstore.com/ordercd/ (english/bahasa melayu)
    6. http://happy-clothdiapering.blogspot.my/... (bahasa melayu)
    7. http://azcutiekidsshoppe.blogspot.my/... (bahasa melayu)

    Until next time :) Thank You for reading.



    Friday, December 18, 2015

    Exclusive Breastfeeding Journey Part 2

    I can’t remember how many time I have cried in pain and frustration at seeing my son getting more yellow by the minute, with his dark green stool (normal adequately breastfed babies should have mustard-coloured stool) and refusal to drink. I felt like a failure, as though as a mother, I was unable to help my son through one of his most crucial stage of his life. Needless to say, comments from others did not help, too.

    “...the baby is crying every night as though he doesn’t get enough milk...”
    “...why don’t you give him formula milk...”
    “...the baby sleeps too much, why don’t you wake him up...”

    and so on. Thank goodness my husband had been there a lot. The one week of leave that he was with me was so precious, because otherwise, I felt so alone and down. He’ll prepare my daily bath water and snacks with hot drinks whenever I need it. I can remember panicking when he had to leave to settle our son’s birth certificate and other paperwork, and the rush of absolute relief when he returned. And the help I get from my in-laws with the baby and my meals was priceless.
    As crazy as it was during that time, the thing that kept me going was knowing that the moment will pass. I am a mother now, I told myself. I must be strong for my son! No matter how painful breastfeeding and the stitched wounds down there before they heal were, or how tired I was, or how unstable my emotions were, I must keep going for my son! This tiny, breathing human being needs me. I must be strong!
    Although I managed to pump out a lot of milk at that time, I did not freeze any due to storage reason. We did not have extra fridge space. So I would recommend to parents-to-be who intend to continue breastfeeding their children even after going back to work to save up for a freezer to store the milk supply. I didn’t, mainly because my husband and I have decided that for the time being I would not have to go back to work. So I only kept some milk as much as our refrigerator can accommodate.
    Day after day, our struggle during feeding time became less and less. At one month post delivery, I had my routine post natal check up and was given a clean bill of health by the doctor. The trick was, I kept taking the pregnancy vitamins (iron, folic acid, vitamin b-complex) as well as the milk that I drink during pregnancy (Frisomum) to replace the loss during delivery and breastfeeding (blood loss, nutrients, etc.) A few weeks down the road and my son no longer needs to be checked for his jaundice. His weight is gaining accordingly. He is healthy.
    During the first few months, I had some issues with cracked nipple due to poor sucking technique by my son. After all, both of us were still learning. The only required remedy for me was to apply my own milk around the sore area and leave it to air-dry. A couple of hours later it will feel much better. It was the method I learnt in nursing school, so I’m sharing it with all of you.
    After that, I realised that both of us were becoming better at feeding. Initially, my son, who is quite easily excited would be looking for the nipple frantically - a lot like a hungry bird pecking to get food. If he didn’t find it in a couple of seconds, he would cry and cry angrily. Naturally, the baby is unable to see yet, so he was easily anxious. I had to move as quick as I can to offer him the nipple. After a few months, though, he can find it himself, and to my profound surprise, the initial pain during let-down reflex was then replaced by a kind of relaxing and pleasant sensation that I do not know how to describe. It feels so good that I frequently fall asleep while my son is feeding! :)
    Honestly, I did not take any so-called milk booster product, as I am quite a skeptic when it comes to those products. I only made sure I drink enough plain water and also take milk myself to replenish the nutrients needed as well as to maintain a variety of diet. So far so good.
    At five months plus of age, my son suddenly had his first fever. His temperature was as high as 38.6 degree Celsius. I was in a dillema. I did not want my son’s first food to be medicine, although I kept the Paracetamol supply given by the clinic with me. I decided to try conventional method first, which is to wipe my son down frequently and to put him on thin clothing to promote heat loss. Thank goodness he was quite cooperative, as he accepted me wiping him down and leaving a wet towel on his body without much complaints. He was still feeding as usual and wanting to play despite becoming tired after only a few minutes, so my worries became less. I checked his temperature hourly and wiped him down about every half and hour, even at night during bedtime. We huddled together a lot, as I noticed my son to be more clingy and whiny during the time. Alhamdulillah, after 24 hours, his temperature remained below 37 degree Celsius.
    Finally, this month (December) we both have passed the 6 month exclusive period. We are now working towards weaning my son with solids and to continue until he is two years old as mentioned in the Quran. Alhamdulillah for the opportunity! I’m thankful that we are blessed with enough milk and patience. The most important thing is, LILLAHITA’ALA. In sha Allah, help would arrive.

    All the best to other moms out there!