Prego Minci, prego…

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Yes. I’m pregnant. On an unnofficial basis. Just based on this urine test. Meaning I haven’t done my antenatal booking and have yet to do my dating scan. It’s just too early. I’ll do them next month.

This is my 3rd pregnancy test after a few irregular cycles and late periods. I did not even want to check when I was late for this month but my body was ‘behaving very weirdly’. It’s like I just want to lie down – everyone is annoying sorta thing. Despite my high spirit nature at work – I felt my body working against me. And gosh.. I am experiencing morning sickness. THIS IS SO NEW TO ME. Which seems to peak at about 8AM and last till noon. I feel better for a while and then my head goes all woozy in the evening till night. Oncall would be challenging this trimester.

Honestly I don’t remember feeling like this in my first pregnancy. I did have obsessions to certain food and smell especially towards potatoes and chip back then. Which explains why I ballooned up from 48KG to 62KG at the time. Then I would wash my hands very often with that ‘scrubbing foam soap’ ever so frequent just because I loved the smell.

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Once I saw the double line on my urine  test – I immediately regretted my visit to the mamak that morning for I fear having Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM). HAHAHA. I bought Obimin from Watsons for my daily supplement. I stocked up on vege (broccoli) mainly. I drank more water until I pee-ed like water too.

Of course Mr Husband got very excited. Alhamdulilah was muttered over and over again. It did got me thinking as to why we are blessed with this now. But like I’ve always put it – there is always a reason for everything.

There must be a reason as to why I was selected to participate in the O&G Life Saving Skills course the other day. Perhaps to meet my future ObsGyn Docs. hehe. Or as to why I get to meet old friends recently. And have new wonderful colleagues in casualty like I have now. I have yet to share the news with them as its still too early. I don’t want them to feel sorry if I get too lembik at work. But yeah.. if I can’t handle it, nak tak nak have to inform lah hohhhh – 

But yeah – fingers crossed everything will go well. I haven’t actually been taking Folic Acid 3 months prior to conceiving. I just hope that its not too late to start and provide a nice home for this child. Will do my dating scan soon. InsyaAllah. And document my journey too.

#preggieMinci

Problems are like washing machines. In the end we come out cleaner and brighter ..

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A glitch happened in our duty roster recently. Our superior decided to you know, arrange the shift until early next month. Which included weekend calls and such. So names were placed inside these slots without consulting the intended person first. I like to believe that it was an innocent mistake as it has happened to another colleague before – I wasn’t expecting to be that person at the receiving end this time. If I’d knew the roster would include the first few days of the following month, I would have submitted my request for that month as well. KAN?!!!

Although the bigger boss did say that request are merely requests and not necessarily fulfilled – at least tanyalah kan… especially when plans have been made way earlier. So there I was in deep shit. Like OMG – how do I wiggle out of this…

My first thought was HOW DO I TELL MY HUSBAND?!!! Especially when he has given me notice and a copy of his ‘attachment letter’ like really early so I could ‘plan things out’. My second naive thought was “I AM SURE PEOPLE CAN SWAP WITH ME IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE”. Because that was how I reacted to a friend who suffered from the roster before – I told her I had nothing planned on that weekend and pooofff.. problem solved in less than 10 minutes the roster was up on the whiteboard.

Well.. well… well.. Minci. You forgot there’s only 1 Minci and even after 2 weeks of ‘lelong-ing’ the call – no one was available (yet!) to take it up. I had to ask myself WHY oh WHY?!!

Maybe;

  1. Its a weekend call and people always have social commitments on that day including myself (if only the boss asked first, right?) #iamstillangrywithmyboss
  2. Everyone is expecting another person to help out
  3. Everyone hates me and hence I should suffer
  4. God is punishing me for something – like eating those leftover cekodok in the pantry. They were seriously LEFTOVERS!!.

Still.. it was interesting to experience how people responded to my plea;

  1. Some apologized face to face and laid out their reasons ( I totally understand – thank you for telling me) while others privately messaged me which was equally nice
  2. Some kept mum – which either means they are still open to be last resort options but looking at who is willing to take up the offer first or they just don’t read their Watsapp messages. HAHAHA.
  3. Some gave crazy ideas which in turn made me more crazy when it comes to brainstorming on self-inflicted harm – like do back to back calls in return for a swap, or get a bus to my supposed vacation destination postcall ALONE and risk suffering the silent treatment from Mr Husband. Now I’m not sure if the intention was to help or if they enjoy seeing me get all cute and e.m.o.t.i.o.n.a.l
  4. wish the worst for the boss. neh – skipped the option.

But this glitch did taught me certain things;

  1. To always take two steps further than your superior. So if boss needs to know your leave request for next month- you give them a heads up 6 MONTHS IN ADVANCE! #iamstillangrywithmyboss
  2. More brains are better than one  – at least you know who is sillier. Its still me.. DARN.
  3. It never hurts to ask the same person twice. Might appear pushy but approach with a different solution rather than the same one. Then you could at least expect a different response.
  4. Some people really don’t read group Watsapp messages. HAHAHA.
  5. I’m not the workaholic that I once was anymore. Well.. to a lesser degree nowadays. I feel the need to show Allah that He can bless me with another child as I intend to care for my family the best that I could. Muekekeke..
  6. The process of solving problems can be quite funny if you’re in the company of similar-minded people. Sometimes I laugh at myself though.

So, lets give a toast to PROBLEMS. To everybody else.

PS : I managed to have someone replace me on that doomed day. That colleague is getting lots of fridge magnets when I come back from my trip.

 

Langkawi 2017 : Langkawi Geopark

The Langkawi Geopark is definitely getting bigger every time we set foot here. first it started out with the cable cars but now you have the Oriental Park, the 3D Artwork museum and so many other attractions. It’s become a place where you really need to spend a day here instead of just a few hours. If you want to try it all!

 

We opted for the Basic Combo.

 

Since we came early – like 10AM sharp, there were ample parking space and the queue for the Cable Cars were still short. Within minutes we were already in one of the ‘gondolas’ and made our first pit stop in the skies. Then things started to get a bit ugly. Because it was not compulsory for visitors to stop at the 1st landing, many and perhaps majority of the more experienced visitors forgo the stop and stayed put in their cable car to go further up.

Which had us at the first stop waiting FOR AGES to get into a gondola. Honestly,they should make everyone leave the cable car, take a stroll and then join in the queue again. Its tolerating enough having to give way for those with Express Lane passes and also VIP carriages.

The Skybridge was already opened to public and Malaysians being tremendous copycats, there was an allocated bridge for your love(pad)locks.

We then went to the SKyDOme. A multidimension thing where we sit in a dome and experience an out of the world experience.. Its basically a roller coaster going into Mars? We were not impressed with it actually. The seats were stationary – only the visuals were swirling. Gave me a headache. I just shut my eyes and enjoyed the cold air conditioning.

In between our rides we stopped by a FREE rabbit petting area. I purchased an RM2 cup of carrots to feed the rabbits and boy, they must be damn hungry because every one of them were like climbing on me like savages – trying to rob the carrots off me. I had to be brave of course in front of my son, Ee.

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The SkyREX ride was exceptionally fun. The ‘story’ is that we were on this safari jurassic ride when suddenly the system malfunctioned and dinosaurs went loose. The ‘truck’ was bouncing, swerving and rocking – it felt like the dinos (visually) were trying to attack us and kill us for fun!. The ride was very short but it was awesome nonetheless. Children under 90cm are however prohibited from entering the ride on top of pregnant women and those at risk of a heart attack.

Finally, our last energy reserves were spent on the 3D Art Langkawi Museum. Said to be the 2nd largest in the world and the largest in Malaysia , it has 9 different themes under one roof. It can be quite tiring to pose and make stunts across all 9 categories. I don’t know how my son gets his energy. He’s like forcing me to keep taking pictures – hahaha.. layan je lah.

You will need to take off your shoes and sandals for this place. So clean, nice smelling socks or pedicured feet please.

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We spent between 3 to 4 hours in the geopark. There are other attractions to your liking which might include Time Travel and the 6D Cinemamotion … our limitation however, was time and money. And we were hungry. Of course there were a lot of wonderful restaurants there, including a subway but neeehhhh.. we want old fashioned cendol and laksa by the roadside.

So pick a day and spend a day there to get the most out of it with your family. There’s plenty of things to do and eat.

 

 

Langkawi 2017 : Food at a glance

We never miss The Laksa. Its thick white rice noodles in spicy-sour fish broth. We did not managed to find our favourite laksa near the school. Perhaps it has relocated elsewhere? We have no idea. So we went to the next best place for laksa – the stalls scattered around the airport.

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I have to highlight that Langkawi’s Cendol is a bit different from the ones available in Malacca. They don’t use shaved ice in Langkawi – instead its literally ‘ais batu’. Initially I thought they had run out of shaved ice. However after a few meals with cendol – we realized thats how it was prepared in Langkawi.

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On days when we were too tired to find laksa – we’d have chicken rice at the shop near the hotel. Not bad for RM5.

 

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So yes, this trip was not much of a culinary adventure to us. Perhaps next time we get to explore more new eateries in Langkawi.