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March 31, 2017

teefasays [dot] com

Hello y'all!

Just a quick update: i've gotten my own domain name.

Instead of looking for this blog by the old http://www.princessofbabbles.blogspot.com, my blog website is now www.teefasays.com.

If you're already following me, please change the address n your reading list.

i mean, teefasays sounds a lot more cooler that princessofbabbles right?

Bahaha.

Okay that's all for now.

p/s: my Beijing trip blogpost is rusting in the draft folder. Promise i will publish it ASAP.

p/s lagi: meanwhile, i still write at https://zcoop.zalora.com.my/. Check it out!
March 21, 2017

March 2017 is the Month for Afif

i officially dedicate the month of March 2017 to my eldest son, Afif Haiqal.


It's a big month for him as on 7th of March, he underwent his second cochlear implantation surgery. This time, in his left ear. 

If you're my friend or my existing blog reader, you would know that Afif is deaf from birth. He has cochlear implant (CI) on his right ear and hearing aid on his left ear to help him hear and speak. Alhamdulillah, he now can speak in 3-4 word sentences but his speech pronouncation is not as clear as kids his age. He is still pelat and his speech development is equivalent to 3 year old kids. So much catching up to do!

Last year, through series of tests, we found out that his hearing in the left ear had worsen and hearing aid can not help him to hear well. Thus, the ENT specialist and speech therapist suggested him to get CI on his left ear as well.

Alhamdulillah, the expenses of the surgery and its external device (almost RM90k) was funded by my employer. i am forever grateful for that and will stay loyal to this company forever #darahhijau

Alhamdulillah the surgery went well and the implant will be switched on this Thrusday. i can't wait for Afif's new ear!

i will tell you more about the experience of his first and second CI surgery in the next post.


My strong boy.
In the operation theater, just before his surgery.
 
A day after surgery.
Can smile, can play already.

Aside from that, for the first time ever i was invited as a forum panelist representing parents of deaf kids at UKM. The forum is about rehabilitation in community for disabled people and was held to help UKM students in various courses to better understand the needs of OKU children. 

It was an honor to be invited among the experts; Dr. Sazlina from Permata Kurnia, Miss Angie from KIWANIS, and Cikgu Ros from Sekolah Pendidikan Kiu. i learnt a lot from the forum.

During the forum.

March is ending soon. Time flies so fast isn't it?


February 24, 2017

Lunch at Nobu KL


If you're into Hollywood celebrity gossip, you would've known that Nobu is a restaurant that they frequently dine at. Nobu opened in KL, specifically at Tower 3 KLCC, sometime in late 2014. With 33 restaurants all over the world, KL's foodies were excited for the opening and so many blogs reviewed on their food.  

Naturally, being a celebrity foodie kepochi that i am, i've been wanting to go and try their signature dishes since day one. But of course, as a mere rakyat marhaen i always wondered "Mampu ke nak makan kat Nobu?" i ain't no Marion Caunter, you know.

At last, bertemankan Amal (seorang kawan yang juga Hollywood kepochi), i got to dine at Nobu today at lunch. Amal made a reservation yesterday (Nobu is so cool that you have to book ONLINE), and at 12pm sharp, we're in the (dedicated) lift, making our way up to the restaurant which is located on level 56, Tower 3, KLCC.

For appetizer, we ordered two of Chef  Matsuhisa's signature dishes, which were claimed as the dishes that changed his career as a chef; New-Style Salmon Sashimi and Rock Shrimp Tempura. And they didn't disappoint. The salmon sashimi is made of fresh salmon sashimi that is poured on with a sizzling hot sauce of what taste like sesame oil mixed with soy sauce, some ginger and garlic.The Rock Shrimp Tempura is basically shrimp tempura coated with a creamy sauce that taste like mayo-chili sauce.




New Style Salmon Sashimi, RM65

Rock Shrimp Tempura with Creamy Sauce, RM60

For main course, we decided to order Bento 56, to share. This bento consists of Salmon Sashimi Salad, Spicy Tuna Cut Roll, Assorted Tempura with Ponzu Sauce, and Beef Kushiyaki with Teriyaki Sauce. After our delicious appetizers, we're a bit disappointed with this bento. No doubt, ingredients taste fresher than your average casual Japanese restaurants but taste-wise, there's nothing to shout about. The bento is served with miso soup which came after we've finished all our food and ready for bill and it taste no better than the miso soup i always make at home with miso paste bought at Isetan.

Bento 56, RM125

We also ordered a tuna dished called Toro something. We asked the waitress because we're unsure of the exact name but we did mention a Toro in small bowl. We were served with this instead:

Chu Toro, RM70
Basically a tuna belly cut. Not what we expected because the picture we saw online is different. Again, the fish tasted fresher than the ones i always have at Sushi Zanmai but at the end of the day, it's still just freshly cut tuna.


Overall, we had a good time at Nobu. If you know what to order, you'll end up with explosion of taste in your mouth, like we had with the sashimi and shrimp tempura. Our two other dishes were rather plain. Still, no regret whatsoever. The prices are a bit steep but it is expected at a fine-dining restaurant. i'd go again, tho not too soon (probably in a year time).


i look fat here but i swear i'm not actually that fat.
*memang ayat in denial*


February 22, 2017

Lazy Girl's Guide to Lose Weight

Ladies, let’s admit it: You are obsessed with your weight. Well, if you are not, you belong in the 5% of women who don’t really think much about their weight and i can't relate with you. 

Everyday we are bombarded with images of perfect, thin-but-with-lush-bossoms-and-bottom women in TV, Instagram and YouTube that makes us think “Why can’t I look that hot?”

The truth is, you can!

You can if you work for that dream body. Looking good doesn’t come easily (except for those lucky few who are blessed with good DNA). Those beautiful models, celebrities and Insta-famous people you see work really hard to look good.

However, let’s admit it. Not all of us have the time and willpower to religiously work out for 2 hours a day and be on a diet. i know i am not that determined. 

Through most of my adult life, i make sure i weigh no more than 55kg. But once i stopped pumping breastmilk at work last October, i weight has gradually increased. Now i'm 57kg! It feels like the end of the world.

Tapi masih malas nak workout dan diet. For me, dieting doesn't do the body good because i know i won't be able to switch to Atkins/go vegan/carb-free for good.

So what can a lazy girl like me do? A subtle change of lifestyle. Here are 10 everyday realistic things you can do to help you lose those kgs: 

1. Load Up on Protein
As Malaysians, we tend to have a bigger portion of carbohydrate (rice and noodles) on our plate. Change this! Instead of rice, load up your plate with protein. Instead of having one piece of chicken with a bowl of rice, try to have two pieces of chicken with half a bowl of rice. This simple switch will keep you full longer that you eat up to 441 fewer calories per day according to a few studies including this one. Meanwhile, according to one study from University of Missouri, high protein diet reduces obsessive thoughts about food by 60%, while cutting the desire for late night snacking in half.

Eating a high protein diet has been shown to boost metabolism by 80 to 100 calories per day, thus helps you feel full longer.

2. Drink More Water
Drinking loads of water immediately before meals tricks your body into thinking that you are full faster because water fills the space in your tummy.
Not only before meals, drinking lots of water throughout the day helps reduce water retention (that adds extra inches on your arms and waistline).

3. Less White Carbohydrate Intake

We all know this: white carbs means calories, and lots of them.
Studies show that refined carbs like sugar which exists in cakes, cookies, chocolate bars and fruit juices, and also rice and pastas can spike blood sugar rapidly, which leads to hunger, cravings and increased food intake a few hours later.

For healthier choice, replace sugar with honey and brown sugar (in limited quantity, of course) and take brown rice instead of your usual white rice.

 4. Tea, Tea, Tea
It’s no secret that green tea helps weight loss and fat burning, thanks to the powerful antioxidants called catechins that is found in green tea.

Aside from green tea, black Chinese tea called Pu-Erh Tea also helps to aid weight loss. i learnt this during my trip to Beijing last December. Our tour guide told us that they (especially young girls) drink Pu-erh tea to lose weight and maintain the ideal weight. The best time to drink a cup of Pu-erh tea for weight loss goals is one hour after a meal so that the Pu-erh tea can remove excess grease and help your body eliminate unwanted and leftover, hard-to-digest fats.

i've never been a fan of tea (i'm more of a coffee person) but i guess i have to start now.

5. Smaller Plates for Smaller Portion
This might seems like a no-brainer but using smaller plates at meal times will lead you to eat less. This, researches has found, is caused by a simple trick of the eyes (you can read about it here). At meal time, we tend to fill our plate and do not stop eating until the plate is clean. The bigger the plate, the more fill it with food hence the more we eat. By using smaller tableware, people will put less food on their plate in the first place. A research by Cambridge academics found that simply by switching to smaller bowl or plate, we reduce food intake by 9%.

6. Spice Up Your Life

News flash: spicy foods help in weight loss! There are many ways spicy food can help you to shed those extra pounds. Firstly, spicy stuff like chilli and cayenne contain a substance called Capsaicin which boost metabolism. High metabolism enable the body to burn more calories. Secondly, Capsaicin also reduces your appetite.

This is good news for us Malaysians because we love our spicy sambals and asam pedas!

7. Stairs Instead of Lifts
This is the ultimate shortcut to working out if you are a lazy girl. Take the stairs! Your apartment is on the 6th floor? No problem. Take the stairs instead of lift and you got your 5 minutes of exercise without even trying.



8. Avoid Stocking Up Your Kitchen With Unhealthy Snacks
This includes those so-called healthy biscuits and energy bars, ice creams, cookies and white bread. Instead, stock up on fruits like banana, apples and raisins, nuts, wholemeal breads and yogurt. These are healthier options especially when you’re on the go.

9. Break Up With Your Yoga Pants
For real, ditch the yoga pants and any pants or any clothing made from jersey or stretchable materials. Yes they are so, so comfortable when you’re pregnant, when you’re bloated during your period or bloated with the all-you-can-eat buffet. But it’s easy to lose yourself in those.

Firstly, they don’t really look good (unless you have a lean, cellulite-free backside). Secondly, its stretchy material means it will still fit you comfortably even when you put on extra inches without realizing it. Your slim fit jeans, on the other hands, will never lie. When you have accidentally gained an inch, it will let you know “Nope, you can’t fit in here. Try again when you’ve lost the extra inch.”

10. Try the 7-Minutes Exercise
As lazy as we may be, in order to slim down and stay slim, you have to incorporate some exercise in your routine (that’s why this point is the last on the list). If you’re not a fitness junkie at all, try to go for a 10-minute walk around the block or the mall, at least twice a week. Over time, increase the duration and pace. Many have sworn by this 7-Minutes Exercise. Come on, 7 minutes out of 1440 minutes a day is not that much, isn’t it?

There you go. 10 simple things you can do daily to slim down. Remember, getting slim and fit won’t happen overnight or even a week. It takes a change in lifestyle.

Pray that i can adhere by these too so that i can lose these evil extra kgs.

*this article originally was written for ZCOOP My. i republish it here with some changes.
 
January 12, 2017

Writer for Zalora Online Magazine

Yup.. You're reading her blog right now!

Hehe.

Alhamdulillah. After my sponsored-by-Zalora post last December (you can read it here), they invited me to be one of the writers for ZCOOP. i guess they like what they read! 

What is ZCOOP MY?
Basically ZCOOP MY is an online community (or online magazine) by Zalora Malaysia. They have a panel of editors and a bunch of writers who contribute articles for the online magazine. There are many topics - not just fashion- including beauty, lifestyle, and entertainment. Zcoop My is hosted at Medium.


That's my article right there! 
And my writer's profile on the right!


Honestly, i think not many people have heard of Medium or Zcoop. Nevertheless, i am thrilled to be part of their team. i take this as a platform for me to brush my writing skill and learn from others. Who knows one day i can be editor for Cosmopolitan magazine right? Bahaha. A girl can always dream.

Wish me luck, guys!


January 3, 2017

My 2016

Hope it's not too late to wish ya'll a very Happy New Year!

Alhamdulillah, my 2016 has been smooth-sailing and great. Just to recap:

1) i got back to work in January 2016 after 8 months of being a stay-at-home mom (2 months maternity leave, 6 months unpaid leave). Feel so good to be back in the office (a new office, new boss, new colleagues..) and to finally receive my own paycheck at the end of the month!

2) Afif started school. It's just playschool but he adapted beautifully. He loves going to school and making friends. At first he's in the mainstream class but in August, after much deliberation and feedback from his teachers, we moved him into Behavorial Modification Program (BMP) because we feel he would benefit in the class. Speech, occupational and water therapies are included in the program and he seemed to be happier. Except for water therapy class. He hates it.

3) Mr. Chenta advanced in his career woohoo!

4) i advanced in my career. Woohoo!

5) We get to traveled to 2 foreign lands which the main languages are not English; Seoul and Beijing. But we survived! What with language barrier and traveling with kids. The experience are priceless. 

6) i gained 3 kgs in 2016. Bahahahaha.. Dear God, help me shed these kgs off, please! Before this, i swore i'd rather die than let my weight touch 55kg. Now i have to find a way to lose those excess weight. Anyone wants to fund my liposuction? Anyone?

7) Alhamdulillah for my healthy family. We're blessed with good health, both parents and kids did not encounter major health issues and not hospitalized. This is the biggest blessing.

8) We celebrated our 10th year of being together and 5th year of marriage! Alhamdulillah. 

9) But on a sad note, my sister-in-law (my brother's wife) was diagnosed with stage 4 kanser pangkal hidung. We got this news in Ramadhan. She had undergone rounds of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. She is truly a strong and beautiful human being. Please pray that she would recover soon and be cancer-free.

i think that's all the major events in my 2016.

i wish and pray that 2017 will be better; Better health, blessed with endless rezeqi, more happiness and more contentment in life. 

Dear 2017, please be good to us.

December 29, 2016

Hello from Beijing!

*This post is written and uploaded on 27th December but i just realized it was not fully loaded. Maybe it's the unstable internet connection i had at that time. So anggap je la ni post from Beijing ye. haha*


A short post from the back of a bus in Beijing.

I'm currently here on a 1-week vacay with the in-laws. I gotta admit that Beijing has never been on my bucket list but i am glad i came here. It has been an amazing (and tiring) experience. We went to visit Tiananmen Square, tea house, silk factory, jade factory, the Great Wall, and for the first time in my life, i get to see the snow and went skiing!

I'm not even gonna promise to write about this trip. Trip Seoul bulan 5 lepas pon aku tak cerita lagi. So many things to tell, so little time to write.



 Family photo at Tiananmen Square eventhough anak-anak tak bekerjasama 

Kasi lompat melompat di Beijing Zoo

My first time merasa main salji and our first time skiing!
Masa ni laju-laju tinggalkan Afif and Dhani kat in-laws and gi ski. Feel like teenagers again buat mende-mende extreme ni haha.


Family photo at The Great Wall.

 












December 12, 2016

10 Years On

Today is me & Mr. Chenta's tenth anniversary of being together.

TEN freaking YEARS!

Today, 10 years ago, was the first time he told me he loves me. Haha it was funny, really. i've always known that he had a thing for me by the way he acted and the things he said. But men being men, he did not confess.

Sampai la that fateful day..

*Happy sigh*

i've been having feeling for him for years too. So naturally, i said 'i love you, too' without hesitation. Tak reti jual mahal langsung haha

Thinking about it still gives me goosebumps til this day.

It's really true what they say, time flies when you're having fun. Alhamdulillah our 10 years together seemed to went by in a blink because we really do have fun together. Tipu lah kalau takde masa-masa sedih, tak gaduh, tak sentap, takde ugutan nak breakup. Tipu lah kalau semuanya smooth.

But you know what? Alhamdulillah we made it through.

Through study years.
Through early working years.
Through jealousy and orang-nak-ngorat-gf/bf-aku phase.
We got MARRIED!
We became PARENTS!
Through the grief of Afif's deafness.
Through the kilograms that we gain together.
Through financial ups and downs.

Our journey is a beautiful one. i know i can get through anything as long as i have you.





Baby, the last ten years are the best 10 years of my life. Everyday i thank the Almighty for you. Trials and tests are always gonna be there but i always pray that we'll stay in love and we'll stay happy together til we take our last breath and insyaAllah, enter His paradise together.

To many more years of adventure together, insyaAllah.







November 22, 2016

Fashion Styles for 2017

Guys..

2016 is ending, guys. Did you notice? It's almost December already!

So many things (mostly good things) happened to me in 2016, Alhamdulillah. We'll have time to talk about that later.

Now i have more pressing issue to talk about: F.A.S.H.I.O.N!

As i flipped in the pages of magazines, scroll through Instagram and the Internet, i couldn't help but notice the variety and the ever-changing world of fashion. Beautiful people of various skin colors and body shapes wearing beautiful clothing.  Medleys and variety of colors, style, materials and look took place. Silih berganti dari awal tahun hingga lah sekarang.

Kalau perasan, pakaian Muslimah or modest clothing took more of pastel shades this year. Early in the year, chunky beads on blouses and tops were the rage and now, bell sleeves are so in. Bukan aje pastel, trend monochrome pon memang trending dalam tahun 2016.

Untuk stail non-Muslimah, i really love the flowy, off-the-shoulder tops. Stail kembang-kembang sikit tu. Marion Caunter really pull those off with her banging body.

In terms of bottoms, skinny jeans (or pretty much skinny anything) are so last year, dahling! The boyfriend jeans dengan stail 'rugged' terkoyak sikit berjaya menambat hati muda-mudi tahun ni. People also lean towards a more relaxed fit bottoms like palazzo and cullottes. These cuts are more modest for a Muslimah like me.

Hah.. Korang jangan tak tau. Even though i'm a mother of two, i still care about fashion, okay? Terkejut tak? Impressed kan? Haha..

Top and skants are from Zalora.


#teefatalksfashion

*flip shawl*

With all these happening in 2016, one couldn't help but wonder, what is in the book for 2017?

Thanks to Zalora, i got a crystal ball to see what's up and coming for next year!

Zalora understands the need for GOOD fashion and they will not deprive you of options.


Memahami bahawa trend fesyen sentiasa berubah setiap tahun, Zalora telah bersedia untuk memberikan yang terbaik kepada kita semua yang tertunggu-tunggu apakah trend fashion terkini 2017 yang akan muncul.

For women's collection, 2017 might see more of the bling bling style with variety of cuts and looks made out of shiny materials for us to dazzle in. They are so THE look for bold women who knows what she wants and out to get it.
 

 Bling bling looks fresh from the runways





i personally love this skirt from Rico Rinaldi x Tomita Flowers.

Not exactly bling bling but just as festive.
Available on Zalora MY.



Isn't this sequin mesh dress from Zalia gorgeous?


Sequin clutch by Miss Selfridge, available at Zalora MY
For men, fret not! Zalora keeps you covered with endless choices that they offer. A fresher, street style look are gonna be in. Practical and suitable for the urban man in you who prefers comfort without neglecting style.






Apa pun pilihan anda, keep yourself updated dengan perkembangan trend fesyen terkini untuk tahun 2017!

Dah, gi bukak website Zalora skang. Jangan kata sis tak payunggg!

November 10, 2016

A Crazy 12-Hour Singapore Trip

So last three weekends Linda and i did something crazy.

We went to a 12-hour makan trip to Singapore.

It all started one day when Linda said she misses the cakes at Fluff Bakery. And i was like "Aku rindu makan sup tulang merah Singapore!" Last-last lepas pikir-pikir, kitorang beli je tiket walaupon tiket maha. RM373 return ticket. Gila tak gila kan?

Beli tiket hari Khamis. Hari Sabtu terbang ke Singapura!

We took the 7.40am flight to Singapore and our return flight is at 8.50pm. With limited time, we REALLY have to plan where to go and how to get there. Roughly, this is our plan:

Our rough plan

Hello Singapore!

Sampai Changi Airport terus cari makan sebab kebuloq!

Our first destination was Orchard Road. We didn't have anything to buy. We just thought it'd be nice to walk ain and out of designer's boutique that we don't have in Malaysia. We went to Laduree for the macarons, got shoe crazy at Manolo and Christian Louboutin (i went crazy, Linda was cool) and Chiara Ferragni at Takasimaya.. We fell in love with the Flirting shoes. Memang masing-masing nak beli sangat dah but we got into our senses right away dan tak beli. Selamat duit aku. We even went to FashionValet Singapore. It's funny coz i never been to FV KL. Bahaha..

First destination: Orchard Road.

Manolo!
Ni kat Takasimaya Department Store. Aku cam gila gak la. Tapi tak try pon sebab tengok harga pon dah nangis apatah lagi nak beli haha

Laduree!
Pasni tayah gi Paris dah setakat nak makan macaron Laduree kan

Aku paling lamaaaa kat kedai Chiara Ferragni ni. Fell in love with the Flirt in Multicolor shoes.
i was so SO close to buying this tapi cepat-cepat kembali ke alam realiti. Next trip, konfem aku beli.

Si gila berdua


Around 2pm perut berkeroncong. We made our way to Arab Street area for foooood. Singgah Zam Zam dulu beli murtabak famous. Ingatkan nak makan masa pekena sup tulang merah kat MA Deen tapi pakcik kat Ma Deen kata no outside food. Haih. Last-last bawak balik je murtabak tu. Food at MA Deen ok je la nothing to shout about. After lunch we went to Fluff Bakery and tapau cupcakes and cakes.

Nasi biryani ayam kat MA Deen.
Biase je nothing special.

Sup tulang merah idaman.

Sopan je makan kan? Korang tak tengok aku sedut-sedut guna straw. Hahaha.




Fluff Bakery!

Muka serius membeli dan menjual cupcakes.

 Selesai borong cake, kami terus ke MRT station to go to Merlion Park. Nasib baik la cuaca tak panas sangat. Tu pon berpeluh ketiak dah berjalan. Nak bergambar nyer pasal, gigih wehhh..

At Melion Park overlooking the Marina Bay


Kononnya pas gi Merlion nak picnic plak kat garden kat Marina Bay. Tapi memasing dah penat gila menapak seharian. At 4.30pm we decided we had enough dan terus balik ke Changi Airport and lepak kat surau je sementara tunggu flight balik. Haha.

Crazy sisters from another mother.

It was a fun and worry-free day for me. Lama dah aku tak keluar ngan girlfriend sehari suntuk tanpa risau memikirkan nak balik cepat sebab anak kat rumah.

i'm glad we took this trip.

  Total steps that day. Slalu aku average per day 9000 steps je.
Sumpah penat cramp kaki.
But it was worth it :')