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A Family Trip to Iceland

Posted on 24 September 2014

by Mommy Lyna

Iceland had always been my dream destination because I would like to see its midnight sun during summer solstice, where there is no night in Iceland. The sun only dips for a little while, and rises again. I also wanted my children to witness this wonder of the universe. We wanted to discover Iceland’s glory for ourselves and decided that the best way to explore the country was on a road trip.

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Amber Chia’s Little Ashton Is Boyfriend Number 2

Posted on 10 September 2014

by Amber Chia

We went on a holiday to Phuket recently as I have not had a holiday for a year already. I was actually killing two birds with one stone. Ashton will be turning four soon, at the end of this month and it’s time for me to plan for baby number two. I have been trying to conceive for a year and I thought a relaxing holiday may well do the trick. wink

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Outdoor Activities

Posted on 08 July 2014

by MayTM

Ever since the kids were comfortable in the water, it has been part of our family weekly activity – Swimming!

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Dealing with Fussy Eaters

Posted on 24 June 2014

by Mamapumpkin‏

Although I am traveling right now in Switzerland and could easily write about traveling with children, I have chosen to share my story with fussy eaters. I had them for up to 4 years but they slowly evolved so fret not if you have a fussy eater, they will grow out of it. I have also chosen to share about food because as Malaysians, I think we all have very bad food habits as we were naturally brought up with them. Our parents didn’t really know much about nutrition then and it was fine then, just like our Malaysian education system, fine then but not now. Yes, we went through the local education system and we are all fine but it is different now. Similarly with food, the choices we had back then are vastly different from the choices that our children’s generation are facing and as such, they are at high risk of developing diseases such as cancer and such. I kid you not. My mother has cancer and I believe that cancer stems from the wrong choices in food and lifestyle.

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Amber Chia’s Little Ashton Gets Financially Savvy

Posted on 14 May 2014

by Amber Chia

My little Ashton has been quite busy with modelling assignments lately. Nowadays, it is not easy getting him to work with me – he negotiates for “deals”. He will go, “Yes Mommy, I will work with you but will you buy toys for me?” and “How many toys?” He has grown smarter. Sometimes, he will ask, “How many toys can I buy with a few hundred dollars?” In a way, I am glad he is learning to be financially savvy wink

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Swimming – It’s time to learn!

Posted on 23 April 2014

by MayTM

My children were exposed to water play since they were 3 months old. However, it was not consistent and their approach to water is very minimal (despite having a pool in the comfort of our housing area).

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Bitter Sweet

Posted on 05 March 2014

by Caroline Cuinet-Wellings

I am coming to end of my second pregnancy with, as the title states, a little bitter sweet feeling. I have loved being pregnant but this is probably going to be the last time I will be pregnant and that makes me a little sad.

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Gong Xi Fa Cai from Amber Chia and Little Ashton

Posted on 23 January 2014

by Amber Chia

I just changed my hairstyle because I signed up with Guess as their ambassador. I love my new look! It is so easy to care for and saves me a lot of time. Besides, I was bored with long hair as I have had it for over 25 years. The best part is my new hairstyle takes years off my face – I look much younger now. grin I saved my cut hair so that I can donate it to a charitable cause. I am waiting for the right charity campaign to come along. It is more meaningful donating it than making it into a wig for myself. I am not a wig person anyway

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New Year Is Here!

Posted on 02 January 2014

by MayTM

Heading towards a brand new year! For the whole of last year, only Ryan attended kindergarten whilst Alyssa (my younger girl) stayed at home. This year she will be attending a play school, conducted twice weekly. And mummy has to accompany her. I’m feeling really excited for her as so far, her growing up days were usually spent with us, her family and a few of Ryan’s kindergarten friends. Now that she’s older, she can join a play group.

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How to Travel Light With Little Kids

Posted on 18 December 2013

by Mommy Lyna

Our first time travelling to London in 2010, we brought 3 big bags. I couldn’t remember what we put in the bags but it must be lots of ‘just in case things’ especially for the babies (we already had two back then).  This is not forgetting our climate-ignorance -  it was spring then but we brought along our winter coats, several of them!

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Amber Chia’s Little Ashton Can’t Wait For Christmas

Posted on 12 December 2013

by Amber Chia

My little darling Ashton did a lot of shows recently. I never thought he could become the “Supermodel Ashton” but I had clients requesting for his participation. When I asked my boss, Ashton if he would like to do the shows, he replied: “Yes, I WANT!”. So I put him in four shows and he performed amazingly well. I am so proud of him! Everyone was surprised that Ashton, at only 3 years old can perform so well. I believe that my little boy will definitely be in this industry as I can see myself in him when he is on the stage. We enjoy being on the stage so much. smile

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Pushing Children Beyond their Natural Readiness

Posted on 04 December 2013

by Mamapumpkin‏

As first time mothers, we are usually extra vigilant on where our child is compared to their peers, compared to our peers. If your child is not unusually different from the rest of the mass (i.e. he’s not autistic or suffering from any learning disability or impairment), chances are you will be comparing his or her progress to somebody else’s ‘normal’ child. Why do we do this? It is our own insecurities as first time mothers, of course, which is only natural.

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Juggle Juggle!

Posted on 13 November 2013

by MayTM

Being parents is all about juggling our time. Whether you are a working parent or not, having kids really changes our time and freedom.

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Natural Parenting Write-Up

Posted on 06 November 2013

by Mommy Lyna

Hello mummies, it’s been awhile since I wrote in this column. My tight schedule, perhaps, disallow me to spend time to sit back and relax. I am just returning from New Zealand for an expedition.  Let me know if you want me to share the freezing experience, won’t you?

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Amber Chia’s Little Darling Just Turned Three

Posted on 31 October 2013

by Amber Chia

My little darling Ashton loves birthday parties. Every time we go to a birthday bash, he would ask me when his birthday party will be. He has been popping this question for months and months before he turned three on September 28th.

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Enjoying The Special Bond With My Three and a Half Year Old

Posted on 14 August 2013

by MayTM

Ryan enjoys nursery a lot. Although he rarely ‘reports’ to me on his daily activities, I can sometimes catch little new things he learns i.e. from the new song he sings, from the arts & crafts he brings home every now and then, etc.

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Every Little Bit Makes A Difference - The Magic Of True Giving

Posted on 25 July 2013

by Mamapumpkin‏

It has always been my quest to raise kind, happy and well-mannered children who are inspired with life, and within this quest is an area to exercise a charitable heart and to teach them the meaning of true giving.

What is true giving?

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Motherhood Is All About Unconditional Love to Amber Chia

Posted on 17 July 2013

by Amber Chia

Ashton and I have been busy with activities since my last blog entry.

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Alyssa is 1 (& Mummy is so proud to prepare her 1st Birthday cake)!

Posted on 26 June 2013

by MayTM

Time literally flies and it is such a big milestone for my little Honey Bun. She has finally ‘graduated’ from baby-hood, entering toddler-hood smile

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Memory

Posted on 19 June 2013

by Caroline Cuinet-Wellings

My daughter was born in Dubai, I am French, my husband is British and we live in Malaysia. Our family situation is not uncommon, many families are living away from their country of origin, with their children being born “all over the place”. So, my family is in France, my husband’s is in the UK and Australia, our friends are scattered around the world, from the US, to Africa, to the UAE and to Australia. We make it work. The world today has wonderful inventions such as the world wide web and Skype, and all of the other social medias that are available to us and allow us to share our lives with our loved ones (and also to the rest of the world, but that could become another topic of conversation…)

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Travelling With Children: At What Age Is the Best?

Posted on 05 June 2013

by Mommy Lyna

There’s no right or wrong what the best time to start traveling with our children is. However, to ensure the trip is worthwhile and works for everyone, proper planning has to be made. At every age, our children give us different headaches!

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Vacationing with Two Little Ones is FUN

Posted on 23 May 2013

by MayTM

This is something I’ve been looking forward to (and also been dreading), having a holiday with 2 kids. The whole dynamics is totally different from having only 1 child. With 1 child, hubby and I can ‘take turns’ caring for him. Now with the younger baby around, each of us are ‘on duty’ all times!

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Zakry is ONE!

Posted on 12 April 2013

by Sheahnee Iman Lee‏

My dearest Zakry,

A year ago today at this hour, Mummy was feeling the first pangs of labour - an exciting (and a little terrifying) sign that in a few hours I would meet the little man behind those pretty amazing tummy shapes you were able to make with your knees and elbows.

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Amber Chia Has An Equation For The Perfect Life

Posted on 11 April 2013

by Amber Chia

I was at Ashton’s school today for his six monthly progress report. His teacher is pleased with his progress. He has improved in a lot of areas although he is still very active and naughty.

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Preparing Space to Hold Our Children’s Emotions

Posted on 13 March 2013

by Mommy Lyna

We used to sleep in the same room and had their things in our room (we were practising attachment parenting though). But when the boys got bigger, they made me understand that they need their own space.

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My Daughter Swimming Her Way Out Of The Nest

Posted on 06 March 2013

by Caroline Cuinet-Wellings

I was taking photos of my daughter playing and swimming in the water the other day when I started to wonder if she will carry on with swimming as she grows up (as a sport I mean, as it is something she loves so much right now…) Then, I thought about how much you kind of copy your parents and carry on what they did, in your own way… I don’t want to go too deep into this, I just want to talk about lifestyle and sports habits as an example for this post. There is definitely a big part of nurturing when it comes to what your child will play as a sport or instrument. I am sure there are a lot of examples of children who have a talent that didn’t necessarily come straight from their parents or the way they were brought up by them specifically, but there must be connections, somewhere.

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It’s His 3rd Birthday! And Mummy Is Obsessed With His Cake(s) Again!

Posted on 27 February 2013

by MayTM

The beginning of each year has been the most hectic part of my year ever since Ryan arrived. This is mainly because January is his birth month and I would be preparing his birthday cake(s). I have been obsessed with fondant decorated cakes since his first birthday cake and I’d been trying to polish up my skills at home. Since I’ve decided to be a SAHM (stay-at-home Mum), I would like to start a little baking business of my own smile

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Gong Xi Fa Cai From Amber Chia

Posted on 06 February 2013

by Amber Chia

Chinese New Year(CNY) is in the air! I look forward to the pre-CNY mood every year; everyone is decorating their house, buying new clothes, baking cookies, etc.  I really love the atmosphere!

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Our World Is A Playground

Posted on 18 January 2013

by Caroline Cuinet-Wellings

I once watched a very interesting French documentary about the first year in the life of babies, all around the world. It was fascinating to see the babies, progressing in the same exact way (learning to grab things, learning to stand up etc…), but with different surroundings. It was clear, though, that after a few months, depending on what children played with, who they interacted with etc… the little human beings started to develop their own and unique personality.

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I Tell Stories

Posted on 10 January 2013

by Caroline Cuinet-Wellings

In life, there are big moments. These big moments can be exciting, scary, life changing. These big moments are made of little ones, little actions, little gestures that matter all the same. Do you remember the episode of Friends where Chandler is getting married? He is freaking out, and Ross manages to make him go through the day to get ready by telling him to do the little things that are not scary.

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New Year 2013 Greetings From Amber Chia

Posted on 31 December 2012

by Amber Chia

Motherhood gets more rewarding every day! Ashton understands more of what I say and is so much more cooperative these days.  It seems like only yesterday that I had a hard time trying to explain things to him and he would ask questions that I don’t know how to answer. I can remember when he would insist on a Monday that it was Friday and therefore Theme Park day. He would go; “No Mommy, TODAY IS FRIDAY! Why today is not Friday?”

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Fun Time With Phonics

Posted on 12 December 2012

by MayTM

Lately, I’ve been obsessed with phonics. Since I already know how to read, going back to the basics is really not as easy as ABC! For me to teach a child, first I must understand the subject matter. I rather take the extra mile to learn about something before translating it to Ryan. So there I was learning and listening to phonics online (over and over again) for a couple of nights, just getting the sound right and memorizing it. YES, the older brain needs a lot of repetition work! I even prepared flash cards for Ryan so that I don’t have to expose him to any electronic gadget.

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The Challenge of a Work-At-Home Mum

Posted on 05 December 2012

by Mommy Lyna

This is my second month of being a WAHM or work-at-home mum. I am still fumbling to the real success as the challenges of a WAHM are different from what I had as an engineer before. The challenges are also different for everyone.

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Teaching Kids to Give, Share & Be Selfless

Posted on 28 November 2012

by Mamapumpkin‏

I have been a mother for 8 years now and despite being on the computer and phone a great deal, especially now that I’m a full time working mom (I was a Stay At Home Mom for 7 years and got the 7 year itch!), I am still a very hands on mom as I am blessed with a boss who allows me to work from home. Yet, even with giving good quality time to my kids, I still feel that my 8 year old isn’t quite where I want her to be. My standards stem from society today in KL. People in general are increasingly adopting a selfish me-me-me, what’s in it for me, kind of attitude. Nobody cares much for much anymore and our society is flailing with good values. Heck, sometimes I wonder if we have any values at all!

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Finalizing A “Suitable” Kindergarten

Posted on 21 November 2012

by MayTM

Time flies and my eldest is turning 3 next year! As kiasu as it may sound, I actually started kindy/nursery/playschool hunting since he was 1½ years old. Initially it was more like a walk in the park, visiting nearby options; getting a feel of how it is like now (it’s been a LOOOooong time since I last entered a kindergarten premise).

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Being Away From The Kids

Posted on 07 November 2012

by Intan

Being a working mother means that there are days when you have to be away from your kids sometimes. In my case, I get to travel though not very often but I guess it is one of the ways to unwind myself from the kids’ wailing and shouting matches But of course, I still miss them so much!

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KL Breastfeeding Flash Mob 2012, Breastfeeding Rocks!

Posted on 24 October 2012

by Mommy Lyna

It was a very fine Sunday when we, a group of breastfeeding families, mothers, fathers, children and not forgetting grandparents inclusive gathered at KLCC Park for a flash mob.

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Amber Chia’s Little Darling Ashton Goes To Preschool

Posted on 17 October 2012

by Amber Chia

My baby Ashton just celebrated his birthday. He turned two! People always say that this is the terrible two stage but it isn’t that bad really. He is kind of a good boy. And I am enjoying motherhood more and more.

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Fun with Fondant

Posted on 10 October 2012

by MayTM

Having children really enhances my life. I picked up a little hobby; ALL for my son. About four months before he turned one, I stumbled upon a full moon fondant* decorated cake. It was a beautiful baby block cake and the idea hit me, I can ‘try’ making one for Ryan too! I have heard that buying these cakes are costly and to be honest, I am not willing to spend so much on a birthday cake and also, a self-made cake will be much more satisfying.

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Choosing Baby Names Sometimes Can Be A Headache For Parents

Posted on 26 September 2012

by Intan

Heard the phrase “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”? That was from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. But did Shakespeare really know how hard it is to name a baby? Hahah..of course all babies came into this world smelling sweet. In fact I kind of missed the baby sweet smell that my eldest son, Husayn used to have. And I really thought besides giving birth, the other hard part of having a baby is naming the baby itself.

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When Mommy Is Hospitalised…

Posted on 19 September 2012

by Mommy Lyna

I had chronic sinusitis since I was small. The symptom was headache, runny nose, chronic fatigue…  It became more severe since I started working in Kuala Lumpur. I guess this is due to the dust, car exhaust..  all contributing to my frequent sinusitis symptoms.

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My Maid and Food Dilemma

Posted on 12 September 2012

by Mamapumpkin‏

I’m sure many families in Malaysia can relate since so many families here rely on full-time hired help. I am almost ashamed that I actually have a full-time live-in helper now as it goes against the grain of my principles and against my wishes but after trying very hard, I threw in the towel and got myself some help (an Indonesian girl) and boy, am I glad I did. She is a great help and after going through several helpers (and wasting close to RM25,000), she is God send. Just so you know, I am a full-time working Mom with 2 daughters with several external responsibilities out of work. I needed a maid!

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Puasa and Breastfeeding Challenge

Posted on 29 August 2012

by Mommy Lyna

Month of Syawal is here again! All Malaysians celebrate Hari Raya. This is the beauty of being a Malaysian. Malays, Chinese, Indians and all other races celebrate festivals together as 1Malaysia smile

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An Exciting Day At Zoo Negara!

Posted on 15 August 2012

by MayTM

At 2.5 years old, we think that Ryan is ready for the ZOO. A few weeks before, he has been singing the ‘Going to the Zoo’ song repeatedly! Besides, he’s been introduced to a lot of different animal via flash cards and books. So, it’s like a momentum building up towards this trip! He even had his favourite elephant t-shirt on smile

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Disciplining my kids

Posted on 08 August 2012

by Intan

When it comes to disciplining my child, I consider myself to be not too strict. Well, at least not as strict as my mother did to us siblings back when we were kids. I remember being yelled and slapped because yours truly destroyed my father’s plants to its untimely demise. Some of my friends got it worse. They were hit by belts and clothes hangers and chased by their parents all over the village, but one thing for sure, we as kids never retaliated. We never talked back, we just sat and listen when we were yelled at.

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SEX After Kids

Posted on 01 August 2012

by Mamapumpkin‏

Just imagine. You have this incredible image of your hot guy (this could be Robert Downey Jr, Brad Pitt, James Franco, Johnny Depp, Denzel Washington, even your own husband; you know…..THAT hot guy you wouldn’t mind frolicking with for hours on end?) and you are alone with him. He has just spent the hour seducing your mind with his intelligence and wit and has swept you off your feet by looking deeply into your eyes, then whispered into your ears that he needed to make love to you. The tension in the air was so thick that you had to climax to disperse it then he made his first move by making contact with your lips. You started surrendering with wild abandon and reached out for his body………..except that your mind told you that the touch you just felt was more like the little body of your 2.5 year old toddler. You open your eyes in the heat of the moment and really see this little body fast asleep beside you and your husband across the other side from her.

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Family Barbeque

Posted on 25 July 2012

by Mommy Lyna

We, like others, are busy working parents so we have only some precious hours during weekends to spend with our little bundles of joy.

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Juggling Two Kids is no Joke!

Posted on 17 July 2012

by MayTM

Alas, out of my confinement, into a ‘nightmare’ zone! Haha…

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Amber Chia Thinks Winning Little Ashton’s Trust Is Very Important

Posted on 11 July 2012

by Amber Chia

Baby Ashton is already 21 months old. He is adorable, fun to play with and he inspires all kinds of emotions. I enjoy motherhood; he brings me a lot of happiness and bliss. He is very naughty but cute at the same time. I believe all mothers look at their babies as cute!

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I Love Buying Clothes For My Kids..Do You?

Posted on 04 July 2012

by Intan

I love buying clothes for my kids. Like really, really love

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Respecting Your Child with Food

Posted on 20 June 2012

by Mamapumpkin‏

I never thought I’d see this day but finally, my 7 year old daughter has learnt about nutrition and eating healthy and I am one proud mother!

I AM!!!

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Family Backpacking Across Europe

Posted on 13 June 2012

by Mommy Lyna

I have never been on any backpacking trip and neither has my husband. I did not even like travelling either.  I found it tiring.  I would rather stay at home then.

However, when my husband asked me to see Europe as backpackers, I decided to give it a try. I surprised myself as I never had any interest in carrying a big bag on my back, travelling North and South. And to make it more interesting, we decided to bring our baby, Danny along.

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My Experience With Breastfeeding

Posted on 06 June 2012

by Intan

Some say that breastfeeding is the trend in mummy’s world today. I’d say if it is the trend then this is a good trend because breastfeeding is the most humbling experience for moms and the most precious gift a mother can give to her little ones.

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How To Get Your Breast Milk Back

Posted on 30 May 2012

by Mommy Lyna

It was 3 weeks ago when I had a 2-week journey with my husband to the Middle-East and Eastern Europe. We decided to leave our babies in Malaysia for some reasons. And we also decided not to keep any expressed breast milk.  It would be unavoidably “pump and dump”.

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Here Comes Baby Number Two!

Posted on 21 May 2012

by MayTM

I am back with my birth story! Yes, finally the ‘long’ wait for baby’s arrival is over with the birth of our second child, our baby girl on 4th May.

After my week 38 check-up (via internal check), the doctor mentioned that baby will probably arrive in 7-10 days time. This still sounds like a long wait for me. Carrying a huge, heavy tummy is no fun! A week passed, still no contractions, so I spoke to my little one, telling her it is time to come out to meet mummy and daddy. Pregnant mummies should really believe in the power of words with their unborn child.

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Keeping Our Children SAFE In Kuala Lumpur

Posted on 16 May 2012

by Mamapumpkin‏

Keeping our children SAFE in Kuala Lumpur has been on my mind lately because over the last month, albeit mostly unreported, there have been several cases of attempted child abduction in various schools around Kuala Lumpur. This might sound shocking but it is true and the only reason these pieces of news surfaced in pockets is because an International School student, Nayati Moodliar, was abducted on that fateful day of 27th April 2012. He was snatched into a car which sped off whilst walking towards school. The news went viral.

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Does It Ever Get Easier?

Posted on 08 May 2012

by Sheahnee Iman Lee‏


8th May 2012 - Today, our little family’s newest member turns a month old. And what a month it will have been! Anyone who ever said it gets easier the second time round has got to be barking mad. Breastfeeding still killed me the first week and a half – throbbing, engorged (and very sore) boobs, cracked bleeding nipples, blebs (http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/mother/nipplebleb/), yep, the works. You’d think after having breastfed Zara for a year I’d have been able to avoid these potholes, but no one tells you that knowing the correct techniques doesn’t protect your boobs from the shock of a new, very hungry baby. I’m glad though that despite the pain I persevered, because feeding the little man has gotten easier.

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Welcome Zakry!

Posted on 06 May 2012

by Sheahnee Iman Lee‏



On April 8th 2012, we welcomed our son Zakry Aiman Nazrudin into this world. At about 3 in the morning, one day after his due date (just like Zara!), I woke up to little sharp pangs low in my abdomen. Every night for a week up until then I had been experiencing the familiar tightening sensations of Braxton-Hicks contractions, wondering whether they were the ‘real thing’. Was this another false alarm? I lay in bed alone, wondering whether to call the hubby who was downstairs with his mates playing ‘Risk’. Nah, I thought, it didn’t feel like the labour I had with Zara, which were closer to Braxton-Hicks but more severe. So back to sleep I went.

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C-Section vs Normal Birth

Posted on 25 April 2012

by Intan

Have you ever heard of the term: “too posh to push”? According to Urban Dictionary here, it means “Prospective mothers who opt to have an elective caesarean section rather than give birth vaginally. The women who make this choice are usually thought to be of higher class and wealthier. The choice for a c-section is made because it’s thought to be more convenient as well as less painful and distasteful”. And the best examples are Victoria Beckham and Britney Spears. Well, I think most Hollywood celebrities opt for c-section anyway.

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Do I Really Need A Maid???

Posted on 18 April 2012

by Mamapumpkin‏

Apart from flip-flopping about education in Malaysia, our Government is also flip-flopping about maids. This has made it very difficult for parents to employ maids from Indonesia and maids from the Philippines are too costly for most Malaysian households and many of them only want to work for expats anyway. Maids from Cambodia come with language barriers and local maids, well, Malaysians are too high class to be maids! If only our locals would change their perception that being a maid isn’t something to be ashamed off. Heck, even my husband said he wanted to be a maid when he heard that my maid had off days and he had none.

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Little Ashton Calls Mommy Amber Chia “Honey”

Posted on 11 April 2012

by Amber Chia

I realize that I want to spend more time with Ashton. He gets very clingy and misses me a lot these days. Ashton is a real mommy’s boy you know. He wants to follow me around all the time and insists on hugging and kissing me every so often.

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Impatiently Waiting For Baby Number 2

Posted on 09 April 2012

by MayTM

Wow…this is really exciting. I am actually starting to blog!

As this is my VERY FIRST blog, here is a short introduction. I have an adorable toddler who just turned 2 in January 2012. Yes, the terrible 2 stage was already on display a couple of months before. To make things more difficult, I am carrying my 2nd child and taking care of this active one is really a handful! Thankfully, my mother is around to help care for my mischievous little one.

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How To Keep Kids Busy For WAHM

Posted on 04 April 2012

by Mommy Lyna

I am a part-time WAHM (work at home mum). Sometimes, I find it difficult to concentrate on my work when my kids are busy trying to catch my attention.  I think even full-time WAHM faces the same problem. You are in dilemma as to whether you should attend to your customer s or your children.

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Dettol No Touch Hand Wash System

Posted on 19 March 2012

by Intan

Having two active kids who are always eager for any indoor and outdoor activities can be exhausting to parents sometimes.

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Dettol No Touch Hand Wash System

Posted on 13 March 2012

by Mamapumpkin‏

Look guys! Our new bathroom toy!!!

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Dettol Flippy & Hoofy? Oh Soo Easy!

Posted on 06 March 2012

by Mommy Lyna

Hygiene is one of the most important things to be practised in the house especially for the kids who always get their hands dirty.. To show them how important it is to ensure their hands are always clean is easy. After all, there’s a lot of ‘medium’ to persuade them like this Crawford the Cat for example.

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Getting Over The STRESS Of Demanding Children

Posted on 29 February 2012

by Mamapumpkin‏

It is no secret that I have a lot on my plate. I have a full time job to grow a business and a part time job in my blog which earns me an income. I also have other writing assignment commitments that are more spread over the year (manageable) and I get ad-hoc paid blog assignments (increasing now but declining quite a bit too) with deadlines which I must fulfil. There are also my charity obligations to consider. On top of that, I still manage a household (bills, groceries, home maintenance), manage our support help (an Indonesian helper and a British nanny, no Filipinos for me, thank you), exercise regularly with a personal trainer, drive the kids everywhere they need to go (swimming, TaeKwonDo, school – everything else come to our home!), see to their homework needs (thank goodness T1 is really independent!), spend quality family time every week and still have some me time. I also force myself to sleep at least 6 hours per day. How do I do it?

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Coping With Child Tantrums in Public

Posted on 22 February 2012

by Intan

I am a mother and honestly, I dread to deal with my kids’ tantrums in public places. Have you ever gone out of the house with kids in tow and pray that there will be no drama or shouting that you have to endure from your kids while you go out shopping or eat out? Well, I usually do. 

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Little Moment, Big Impact

Posted on 15 February 2012

by Mommy Lyna

When I get too tired and busy, and my children come to me without concrete reasons (like, just to sit on my lap), I tend to say to them , “Please go away, Mommy got work to do”.  Of course, this is said unintentionally and it’s over in like 5 seconds but the impact left in their heart is like forever.

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Amber Chia’s Little Darling Ashton Does The “Gong Xi Fa Cai”

Posted on 08 February 2012

by Amber Chia

This is my second year celebrating Chinese New Year(CNY) with Baby Ashton. We spent the first day of CNY in Kuala Lumpur with my parents-in-law. You know, I am married now – it is the custom for married women to be with their husband’s family during the first two days of CNY. From the third to seventh day, we were with my parents in Tawau.

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Smoking and Children

Posted on 01 February 2012

by Mamapumpkin‏

My mother smokes. For as long as I’ve known her, she has smoked. My brothers smoke and I have also smoked. I’m asthmatic. Is there a co-relation? Who knows? But what I do know is that smoking in front of kids is bad. Almost everybody knows that but what many people don’t know is that if second hand smoke (the inhalation of passive smoke) is bad, then what about third hand smoke? What exactly is third hand smoke?

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Dealing With Husayn’s First Day At The Kindergarten

Posted on 25 January 2012

by Intan

5th of January was a big day for my son, Husayn since it was his first day at the kindergarten!

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What’s Your Parenting Style?

Posted on 18 January 2012

by Mommy Lyna

Have you ever observed your parenting style? Or you just don’t have any ‘style’ at all? Autopilot maybe? grin

Psychologists Maccoby & Martin suggested these 4 parenting styles that we may adapt or practice unconsciously!

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Poo Baby Poo!

Posted on 04 January 2012

by Intan

I have 5 younger siblings, but never once in my life have I ever cleaned their stools. Well, except once when my youngest sister was 3 and I had to clean up her poo as my mother was not at home. Guess what I did? While holding my breath, I took the toilet brush (yes, the one that you use to clean toilet bowls) and as careful as I could I cleaned her using that brush!  Maybe, that’s what being “geli” can do to you and maybe, that’s why my mother never asked me to wash my other siblings’ stools ever again.

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Healthy Birthday Bash! DOs and DON’Ts?

Posted on 28 December 2011

by Mommy Lyna

My boy Hafiy turned 4 in October and we had his small birthday party at the nursery. It is actually our family tradition to have birthday celebrations. It’s a day for family gathering. Each year we’ll go back to my home town to celebrate our grandmother’s birthday and she’s 71 this year.

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Recycling Presents for Christmas

Posted on 21 December 2011

by Mamapumpkin‏

Tis’ the season of merry making and good cheer arriving once again at the speed of light, as mothers all get busy to make Christmas as special as possible for the children, for the needy and for the families……….why is it always the Moms who do most of the work???

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Amber Chia’s Best Birthday Gift Ever From Baby Ashton

Posted on 14 December 2011

by Amber Chia

It has been a great year. I shall certainly remember 2011 as a year of achievements! I am very happy with what I have done this year.  My son, Ashton is healthy and happy. I have never been so busy with modeling and acting engagements. I opened four academies in one year. My business is growing and getting better but the most satisfying part is being able to help my students make their dreams come true.  Of course, I wouldn’t have done all these without the generous support of my sponsors, friends and members of the media.

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Getting Your Child To SLEEP!!!

Posted on 30 November 2011

by Mamapumpkin‏

Another big, BIG problem for parents the world over is getting their children to sleep independently. It is amazing how much time parents waste just trying to get their kids into bed and you really haven’t a clue how a child rocks your world with such an impact till you have a child who refuses to eat, sleep and listen. Sometimes I do ask myself why anyone has kids. I myself have literally just come out of the kids’ bedroom after wasting 1.5 hours lying down in a darkened room with about 58 intermittent threats that if you don’t lie down right now, I will leave the room!

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Shopping With Kids In Tow

Posted on 23 November 2011

by Intan

I love shopping ( at times even window shopping can do wonders to my stressed soul!)  and I usually bring along my two kids if I go to the mall during the weekends.

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What to Do When Your Child is Hospitalized

Posted on 16 November 2011

by Mommy Lyna

I had ‘beautiful’ experiences when my children were hospitalized. It began when Hafiy’s temperature hit 40 degrees Celcius. He was sent to the Emergency Department and admitted immediately.  Then, Fahry was nursed in a hospital incubator for 30 days, followed by another twelve days in Special Care Nursery.

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Oops, I Did It Again! – How to Switch Bag without Forgetting Anything

Posted on 02 November 2011

by Mommy Lyna

I don’t have many handbags but switching my bag from office-bag to diaper-bag, to casual hand-bag, often makes me forget stuff. Don’t be surprised that I lost my house key and parking card when they were actually safely placed inside my other bags.

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Toddlers and Drinking WATER in their Terrible Twos!

Posted on 26 October 2011

by Mamapumpkin‏

A perennial challenge for parents the world over, here’s how we have dealt with kids not wanting to drink anything. It’s OK if your kids will still drink juice or other liquids but it becomes a real problem when they won’t drink ANYTHING, and only drink when extreme thirst strikes them. My 2 girls are like that. It’s completely genetic. Their mother hardly gets thirsty and the same goes for their grandmother. We have to literally set our alarm clocks to remind us to drink. So how do you get a toddler to drink then?

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Why All Moms Should Blog

Posted on 19 October 2011

by Intan

I started my own blog back when my eldest son was 1 year old. Looking back, I wish I had started blogging much more earlier - back before I got married!

Why you may ask?

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Amber Chia’s Little Darling Ashton just turned ONE year old!

Posted on 12 October 2011

by Amber Chia

I just got back from my movie shoot in Sabah. I have been away for about two weeks. I missed Baby Ashton!

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Choose Homemade Baby Food!

Posted on 22 September 2011

by Mommy Lyna

My baby Danny turns 6 months in September, so it’s the right time to introduce him to solid food.  Nowadays, back- to-basic lifestyle becomes so popular that making homemade baby food is a choice for modern parents. Homemade baby food is our choice too!  I homemade food for my babies since then and it is more satisfying than buying it from stores and feeding them from cans.

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Almira’s First Step

Posted on 14 September 2011

by Intan

My daughter, Almira has finally started walking last month at 13 months! To me, it was quite a long wait since family and friends kept saying that baby girl usually takes their first step early. So there I was expecting my daughter to start walking before she turns 1. Well, I thought at least she will start walking earlier than her brother, Husayn but in the end she started walking at the age when her brother took his first step too!

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Paying Attention to Your Children

Posted on 07 September 2011

by Mamapumpkin‏

It is no doubt that raising children WELL forms one of the most difficult tasks one ever has to achieve but do children ever ask to be born? When you decide to have children, you are taking on the huge responsibility to care for them, and that includes ensuring that they are fed, clean, clothed, sheltered and are healthy and well. More importantly, you have to ensure they grow happily, steadily and safely. This means you fulfil their emotional needs and provide lots of affection, attention and supervision. This means you make sure that they are not harmed by anyone, yourself included. As a parent, you take care of your child’s healthy development by not putting him down, blaming him or excessively screaming/shouting at him or shaming him. This means you spend quality time with him.

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Managing your Mother-In-Law

Posted on 24 August 2011

by Mamapumpkin‏

The perennial problem since the beginning of time, 98% of women in Asia don’t want to get on with their daughters-in-laws. No girl is ever good enough for their son. Would you agree? It’s an historical fact of life so rather than fight it, why not do the best with what we’ve got?

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Amber Chia Just Can’t Get Enough Of Baby Ashton Calling Her Mama

Posted on 12 August 2011

by Amber Chia

Baby Ashton just started calling me Mama. Isn’t that wonderful? The first time he looked at me and said: “Mama”, my heart just flipped over - it was the most incredible feeling. I just can’t get enough of hearing him call me Mama. It’s sweet music to my ears. I love hearing it. I don’t know if he gets tired of saying Mama but I am always prompting him to say Mama.

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Taking Small Kids For A Short Vacation

Posted on 10 August 2011

by Mommy Lyna

I talked to my friend about bringing kids on a family vacation. She said it is quite impossible to take the whole family for a vacation while kids are still small. It won’t be a vacation, but chaos.

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The Truth About Scolding Your Kids

Posted on 20 July 2011

by Intan

Back when I was a growing up kid, I always hated listening to my mom giving me her series of ‘lectures’. The scolding was horrible since I even ended up refusing to help her in the kitchen just because she will start telling me off again when something goes wrong. Don’t get me wrong, I love my mother unconditionally, but sometimes her scolding drives me up the wall!

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Breastfeeding For The Travelling Mom

Posted on 13 July 2011

by Mommy Lyna

Many working mothers now choose to breastfeed their babies despite their tight working schedule. Some of them even have to travel on a regular basis.

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Cleansing Fahry’s Prosthesis

Posted on 06 July 2011

by Mommy Lyna

Fahry has been using a foot prosthesis since he was 9 months old. It’s quite good but one thing I can’t stand is the smell… since he uses it almost all the time except when he goes to the bathroom and to bed.  So you can guess how much perspiration there is in the very confined space between his leg and the prosthesis.

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Breast Milk Pumping with Dettol

Posted on 06 July 2011

by Mommy Lyna

As a breastfeeding mother, milk pumping at work is my duty. For milk pumping mothers, hygiene is the main concern. Not only do we have to ensure that the precious milk is always safe for babies’ feed later, we also have to ensure that the residue does not disturb anyone. As you know, breast milk is rich in nutrients that attract bacteria and will smell just like other rotten food. Breast milk as well attracts bacterial growth so it must be kept in a cool environment. In this case, I use a cooler bag with chillers that may last for 10 hours.

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My Little Girl Is An Expert On Hygiene

Posted on 29 June 2011

by Mamapumpkin‏

I grew up with Dettol and now my kids are growing up with Dettol.

Here’s my little superstar showing you the proper way to wash your hands with Dettol Handwash. Give my girls Dettol and water any day and they are happy!

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Growing Up with Dettol

Posted on 29 June 2011

by Mamapumpkin‏

As a child, whenever the name Dettol was heard, we could smell it. We knew it was that brown liquid that was used to sanitise. That’s what hospitals smelt like and that’s what toilets smelt like. Today, Dettol is very different! It still hints wafts of traditional Dettol but there is a lot more perfume added in today’s Dettol. After all, we use Dettol today in almost everything; body soap, liquid soap, wet wipes, hand sanitisers, you name it. Soon they will have Dettol moisturisers!

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Intan Gives The Thumbs Up For Dettol Products

Posted on 23 June 2011

by Intan

Having two kids at home means staying hygienic is super important since kids are more easily exposed to germs. My son, Husayn loves playing outside the house and sometimes to my utter horror, he will simply roll his body all over the place without caring whether the surface is clean or not. As for my 11-month old baby Almira, she is really into crawling all around the house and it got me worried because I’m sure even though it is indoors, the floor surface is not 100% clean.

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Motherhood Affirmations

Posted on 15 June 2011

by Mommy Lyna

Now with 3 kids in the house, it is enough to make me really tired. Tired, tired and tired again, LOL. My eldest son is still breastfeeding (athough I have always wanted to wean him off, he sneaks in to have his dose). My second one just had his new prosthesis and is still adapting to it. So I have to make sure he’s not falling or stumbling on anything. And the baby still needs my full attention especially when his brothers are around!

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Juggling kids and work ALONE

Posted on 08 June 2011

by Mamapumpkin‏

All too often I’ve been known to be the family whinger. I admit, my princess life has not prepared me for real life and although I have enough zeal to get things moving, I MUST moan. It releases my stress and makes me feel better, so shoosh. If you don’t want to listen, close your ears.

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Amber Chia’s Baby Ashton Has Two New Front Teeth

Posted on 01 June 2011

by Amber Chia

Baby Ashton started teething and he now has two small front teeth. It was only yesterday that I saw the teeth. Before that, he had me worried as he was having fever on and off for awhile. I found out later that it was because he was teething. He kept biting his toys and other objects he can grab because his gums were itching. I will be able to teach him to brush his teeth soon!

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