01 October 2019

10D9N Perth, Australia.

with the husband and our firstborn son.
on 19-28 April 2019.

So, this is a very back-dated post (duh) and there is really just one reason why.

Two actually.

First, I became lazy when I think about all the things that I need to input here and second, when I was there, my morning sickness was at the worse please (about 6-weeks pregnant then) and even when I think about it now, I can still feel a bit of the nausea and maybe I still a bit traumatized with it heh.

But anyways, procrastinate no more because here I am, trying to squeeze whatever memory I have on Perth and will try my best to include all here.

Let's start with how it started.

It was a day when one of our friends suggested that we should all go on a holiday (outside of Malaysia) together and Perth was suggested because we have another friend who owns a house there and it would be nice to go crash his place heh.

Long story short, we went to look at the flight prices and lo and behold, Yuh Ting managed to find really good deal on Airasia from KL to Perth.

We paid about RM1,800 for the 3 of us (Adrian, myself and an 11mo baby). I thought that was a pretty good deal and the moment we agreed, there was no turning back because Yuh Ting immediately helped us book the tickets (all the way from Singapore!). Hah.

Then, she bought her tickets and Jo-Wyee did too! The rest could not make it but that's okay because there's always next time ya. *hints Jack and Carmen*

And then the countdown begins.

I was not (yet) pregnant when we plan for this trip so I was super looking forward to it but when we found out about the pregnancy and when morning sickness came, all excitement turned into fear - because if the morning sickness does not go away, I knew that I won't be able to enjoy the holiday as much. Of course this was true.

Anyways, it was also our first time travelling so far with Alex on an overnight flight and we had no idea what to expect - we prepared snacks and all but since it was a night flight, it would probably be easier since it's sleeping time. Also, we didn't get the bassinet because with Airasia, you have to pay for it and even if we pay for it, only 1-parent can accompany the baby with the bassinet (unless we pay more I think). So no thanks.

I have always disliked flying with Airasia but since it is way cheaper than other carriers, I have got no choice ya. FYI - Airasia's planes fly on a lower altitude compared to other big players so some of you who are sensitive or like have motion sickness and all, will feel it wan.

KL-Perth via Airasia

One of the best gift we have ever received is definitely the Babyzen Yoyo Stroller! So thankful that I didn't successfully sold it off that time. Market price for this stroller is about RM2,500 and no we did not spend that money on a stroller please. 

Anyways, since this stroller is not suitable for newborn, we decided to get the Babyzen Car Seat with adapters so we could just attach it on the stroller. 

So, we know that Australia is very strict on their road safety policy and every child must be attached to a car seat when in the car. We almost rented 1 car seat from one of Perth's car rental company until we realized (very near to travel date) that our car seat is a car seat and it's super travel friendly and we can carry both the car seat and stroller right up to the boarding gate! 

Saved us some OZ dollars man. 

Super convenient for travelling - serious no joke. 

Arrival at Perth

I did not sleep well on the plane because it was already uncomfortable to be strapped to a baby (didn't dare to move a lot) and having constant backaches and nausea. So the moment Kelvin picked us up and we went to get McDonalds, both Alex and myself KO-ed on the bed and the boys went out somewhere.

One of the best sleep ever please.

We refreshed and re-grouped with the rest and went to the famous Fremantle Markets and its surroundings (honestly cannot remember names of some of the places we visited! - pregnancy memory loss is a real thing) and became all touristy and stuff.

Load of photos ahead.

And then we had home-cooked dinner by Chef Kelvin and rested early for another exciting full day the next day! It was also the same night when I discovered that I had forgotten to bring a pile of clothes that I have put aside to bring to Perth! I thought I was going to have a mental breakdown! Hah. Serious - it was so sad okay. I looked at my side of the suitcase and realized I will not have enough clothes to last so many days!

Usually I pack for myself still okay kan. Now I have to pack for Alex (and have to double check everything) until my own things I totally kaput at it. Anyways, I was too tired to sulk in it so I went to sleep and not think about it. Worse case scenario (I told Adrian) is that I would have to go get more clothes for myself in Perth - to which I didn't because expensive. Heh.

We washed our clothes at Kel's house so yay.

Busselton Jetty - Margaret River (2-nights stay)

Rise and shine this morning as we walloped home-cooked breakfast by Chef Kel again and then pack up our bags and head over to Margaret River for a night's stay but before that, we stopped at Busselton Jetty first.

Weather was cooling - but throughout our stay in Perth, every day is like very unexpected one - sometimes we wake up and it's hot and on some days, we have to wear like 3-layers first before leaving the house. Good thing we brought winter jacket with us - if not sure confirm cry.

The drive was about an-hour from Busselton Jetty to Margaret River. We rented a very cosy house for 7-adults and 1-baby.

Dinner was steamboat at home by Chef Kelvin (such a good cook this man I tell you). Both Alex and myself KO-ed earlier than the rest because I was just having a few really bad sessions of morning sickness throughout the day so a bed was all I needed by the time we got to the Airbnb.

One of the comfiest mattress we ever slept on - Adrian will totally agree with me on this.

Yahava KoffeeWorks - Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse - Hamelin Bay - a few winery places

Full day of doing must-dos at Margaret River. Photos up ahead! My favorite place for that day was Hamelin Bay for sure - where giant stingrays come up for you to pet them. Yes, wild stingrays that lives in the ocean. And not only like 1 or 2 okay - it's like at least 5-6 of them by the shore.

Everyone was trying their best to pet them. It was a very nice experience to see.

We had barbeque on our last night at Margaret River and yes of course steaks and beers and wine were all involved. I had one TINY bit of the steak on the side where there is no redness at all - Adrian was very strict. Heh.

We sat outside at the patio and froze our butts off - but great night with great food with great people.

The White Elephant Beach Cafe - Mammoth Cave - Cottage Cafe at Berry Farm 
- Voyager Winery - Sugarloaf Rock (sunset viewing)

We checked out from the Airbnb and went to one of the nicest cafe at Margaret River - not too pricey too to my surprise. It was really cold that morning and there were mat sallehs (and their children) swimming in the sea. Mad people. Heh.

We ended our trip at Margaret River at the Sugarloaf Rock and watched the sunset. I think it was slightly out of the way back to Perth city but super worth it. It was super beautiful. Sunset lovers, you will love this place and you will love every moment of it.

Swan River - Hakata Gensuke Ramen - Kings Park & Botanic Garden

Kelvin and Adrian wanted to go jogging along the Swan River and since Alex and I were already waking up, we thought it was a good idea to join them - and because the weather was so cold that morning, both Alex and myself put on a jacket over our PJs and left the house like that.

We (Alex and me) strolled along the river while the 2 boys ran and trying to burn off all the food. Heh. It was a nice stroll. Alex fell asleep almost immediately and I just walked and watched people.

It was nice.

I love - love Kings Park! The next time I go Perth, I'll be sure to pack along picnic mats and get ready some finger food items and just spend hours there. Its a huge place with the nicest green grass everywhere (clean and proper) and it overlooks the city. It's insanely beautiful.

And the cooling weather - really plus point.

We put Alex to sleep early and had a quiet simple dinner at home - because the next day is going to be another long day - with the quokkas! Yass.

Rottnest Island

Rise and shine as we make our way to the Fremantle Port and board the ferry to Rottnest Island. It's a full-day thing so we made sure we got everything we needed - extra diapers, Ergobaby, food, snacks, extra clothing for the baby etc.

It was one of the places that we wanted to visit because of the smiling animal - quokkas. To be honest, they are like giant rats running freely on the island and no one is running away from them. In fact, people run to them - trying to get the best selfie.

You have to take your selfie from the low angle (below their head) to get that smiling selfie. They are not actually like smiling smiling at your camera okay. It's all about the angle.

We rented bicycles because that is the best way to explore Rottnest Island. Cannot imagine walking around the island under the sun. I did not cycle much (especially if it's a slope (uphill) because didn't want to risk anything at such an early stage of the pregnancy. So I would push the bike and walk for a bit.

It was pretty nice though tiring.

Adrian's bicycle has a baby seat attached to it so Alex got to sit on it on non-slope-y-areas. We didn't want to risk him falling off the bike or getting injured (somehow) because he was a bit too small for the baby seat) and his helmet was too big for him. Most of the time, Adrian would ergobaby him and ride the bike - and he would fall asleep. Cutest thing ever.

There are a few spots on the island where you can picnic and swim and all. The boys went for a quick swim at one of the stops and the girls (and the baby) - fell asleep. No idea why but we were feeling way too sleepy that day.

Hyde Park - Dim Sum - Good Fortune Roast Duck House - The Brown Spoon 

Slow and steady day today it shall be. We went out for a while, ate, rested and ate some more at night. Chill days are the best when morning sickness hits like a tsunami inside you. 

Watertown Brand Outlet Centre (shopping day!)

Few days left and of course we had to go shopping at the city centre where the brand outlets are isn't it. We did not get anything branded also actually. After all the conversion in our head, we're like, "It's already so nice to be able to have a week-long holiday in Perth, we do not need to spend more money on items!"

That stayed on until we walked into Chemist Warehouse and then it's really shopping time. Hah. We got fish oils, moisturizer cream (apparently Malaysia don't have ya) and baby food items because so cheap la please and a lot of other things. 

We took the train home that night. Actually not really home home la. We took the train to the nearest station to Kel's house and from there he picked us up. 

Loved taking public transports when we travel because it's just so localized - and even with a baby and stroller and all the shopping things. Even though it was tiring, but the feeling best la. 

Got home - put the baby to bed - showered and had maggi mee by Chef Kel! So blessed la please! Thanks Kelvin and Cecelia for being so nice to us. So sorry you both had to endure the endless crying and screaming by Alex during the car rides! 

Alex was being extra cranky during the trip. We suspected that it could be the change in the weather and he was finding it hard to adapt to it and also he was teething so not very chun timing I guess. 

Chill day + last minute shopping at Chemist Warehouse (again)

We went to one of the Farmers' Market (I think that's what it is called) for breakfast and chilled a while with the rest of the people. It was quite an experience to see and hear the happenings at the market - so dog friendly please.

Perth - KL - Penang

We got to the Perth Airport at 4AM (thanks Kel for waking up so early to drop us!) and we had a lot of time to kill before boarding the plane and Alex wouldn't sleep - which turns out was a good thing because he slept throughout the entire flight journey. 

We got to KL and drove for another 4-hours to Penang - maybe not a very good idea after an international flight. Macam not worth save that portion of money (PEN-KUL-PEN) heh. 

Not to mention that after we arrived at Penang, we passed Alex to my parents (Alex had a sleepover at grandparents') and we went back home to rest - but Adrian Koay got freshened up and drove again to Balik Pulau for a floorball competition - after 17-hours of travelling mind you. This man is insane.


The first thing I had to eat was hokkien mee and hokkien mee is what I got alright - at Australia's price. NOT MY MORNING PLEASE. 

I literally stopped the car at the side for less than 7-minutes. I went down and tapau 1-packet nia okay! 

Oh wells. 

Welcome back gift from Penang. 

I did not pen down all our spending there because I was either occupied with keeping my food in my belly or making sure Alex is okay. So, here are just some estimated costs that we have spent okay. I think it is more than the number shown. I may have missed out a few things here and there. 

TOTAL MONEY SPENT (for 2 adults and 1 baby)
For 10 days and 9 nights at Perth, Australia

KUL-PER-KUL airfares via Airasia : RM1800
AIG travel insurance (family plan) : RM200
Food: RM600
Busselton Jetty: RM24
Mammoth Cave: RM140
Car Rental + Petrol: RM400
2-nights stay at Airbnb at Margaret River: RM570
Shopping: RM500

TOTAL SPENT: +-RM4,500 for 2 adults and 1 baby 

23 September 2019

A Little Update on Baby #2.

We enter third trimester as of this week.

Looking back at how we are sure that we want to get pregnant THIS fast after the first one, we are still sure now but to be honest, I have had episodes where I asked myself if it is a wise thing to do - to my body especially. 

I don't feel like I am stronger physically after the first birth and sometimes I feel like I should have taken a longer break/rest before getting my body go through major changes again - not to mention the hormonal part of it. 

But I really want our kids to be close in age gap. 

For now, I feel great (physically) - most of the time la actually. 

Some days are not good days where every part of my body hurts and I feel like it has been a long day even though I just got up from my bed in the morning. It's like my body didn't even really sleep at night. There are rough days (a lot of which I think will be coming in this third trimester), but there are also a lot of good days when she would wake up at random hours and kick and move so much it's as though she is trying to find her way out - but I know inside for sure more comfortable since she's all cuddled up and warm and all. 

Few days back, I started having acid reflux and heartburn - something that I have not gotten when pregnant with Alex. So it was something totally strange and new to me. Didn't know how to react to it to be honest other than getting angry easily (at Koay most of the time) because it was just so frustrating. 

Googled for some relief methods and what seemed to work were taking Gaviscon and apple cider vinegar after meals - but I was reluctant because I didn't want to rely on those 2. The other way was eating small portions but have it more frequent and eat/drink slowly. 

I was having trouble getting used to it because I got hungry and when I got hungry, I just want to finish a full meal without having to break them up into few sessions (if you know what I mean). 

Like one night during dinner, I could only have a small bowl of mushroom soup for dinner because I just could not swallow without feeling like its going to come up again. So, that was what I had for dinner - mushroom soup and a few pieces of cut grilled chicken. I went to bed hungry and got up the next morning had light breakfast and then 2 hours later, I was looking for snacks again - not healthy kind of snacks some more. 

Not to mention that when these episodes were here, I was sleeping in a sitting position on my bed - next to a sleeping adult and a baby. I was furious inside. Heh. 

I was hungry and tired. 

So, those are the rough days where I secretly wished that baby is already here and my body doesn't have to endure such torture. 

Now, I am thankful that I no longer have acid reflux or heartburn (for now I believe) and I can finally finish a bowl of koay teow th'ng during lunch. 

Backaches are expected so I don't have much to complain about it since I already have them during the first time - however when I lie down, the lower part of my body hurts so bad I always have to "grr" when I switch sides. 

There was one day when I had finally found the perfect position where the back does not hurt, the lower part is not hurting also and baby girl is not kicking on that side and then, my alarm sounded. MY ALARM CAME ON AND IT WAS TIME TO WAKE UP. 

You don't want to imagine my face at that time! 

Well, other than all of that - baby girl has been great. Growing well and according to her number of weeks inside me. The latest doctor's visit - I managed to see all her fingers and toes, details of her brain, heart and her valves and all that stuff, her private (confirm she's a girl ya - no surprises on day of delivery please), her kidneys even, her spine, her belly and the placenta and all. 

Saw everything except her face. 

Can you believe it?

She was covering them the entire time. She was moving a lot during the scan so Dr Soon sort of just waited for her to move her hands so that we could get a photo of her face, but nope. When her right hand is down, her left is up and it went on for a good 3-minutes until we gave up. Hah. 

That was one expensive scan - RM293 maybe because it was a detailed scan so that's why more pricey. Usually it will be around RM150 or so. 

Anyways, it was good to see her on the screen after so many weeks. 

3 more months till we get to hold this one and have sleepless nights again (boo to this part ya) but we are really looking forward to becoming a family of four - don't know what it's going to be like but well, we're ready (I think) so let's do this, 2019. 

Let's get crazy and messy before 2019 ends. 

2020 is another story altogether. 

Till next time, bye now. 

19 September 2019

Gender Reveal Party for Baby #2!

We never did a gender reveal party with Alex and I have never thought of doing one with this one - until Andrew mentioned it and I was like, "Ons!"

With Alex, we did a monthly photo bump update and none with our number two - sudah lazy I guess. Heh. So we thought it would be nice to have a gender reveal party for our second baby.

We told Dr Soon to write the gender on a piece of paper and he did. Initially, we were doubtful if he could confirm confirm see the gender at chun-chun 5-months mark, but he was quite sure - which then led Adrian to believe that our second baby is a boy. Because nothing is as sure as if he sees a penis right?

So, Adrian managed to somehow convinced me that we are going to have another boy although I felt so strongly that this baby gonna be a girl.

We passed the paper to them organizers (heh) and they went ahead and planned for a pot-bless party at Andrew's crib. I was super excited - I really just needed to know.

We ate, talked, played some games and then they blindfolded us and sat us down.

We had no clue how it was going to be revealed to us so the suspense was definitely there.

When we were asked to open our blindfolds, there Alex was - sitting on the floor, holding a pink balloon, and changed into all pink-clothes.

That moment.

That moment, my heart stopped. Our hearts stopped. We held back some tears.

Even though deep inside I knew we were going to have a girl, it was still a moment of disbelief - that this is our reality. That we are going to have a little girl! Somehow it was just so precious.

And I believe that's partly because we get to find out the gender alongside with our family and closest friends who are like family themselves. So, it was really nice and warm.


Now, let's just try to let that sink in a while! We still take a moment on some nights before we sleep to let it sink that we gonna have a girl - very surreal.

I remembered when we were driving home that night, we listened to our wedding song, "Beautiful in White" and when a part of the song that says, "And if our daughter's what our future holds, I'll walk her down the aisle, she'll look so beautiful in white".. Adrian started tearing up (again).

He was still trying to wrap his head on the fact that he is going to have a little girl in his arms in few months' time! It was insane.

Thank you guys for making this a really special moment for Adrian and myself - it was a party we never knew we needed until we got one. Looks like our baby #3 and #4 also will have a gender reveal party yeah? :)

And yes, we have decided on her name (not the chinese name yet tho - this part very tricky) and we will share soon for sure.

For now, we are just counting down till we get to see this little girl's face and hold her in our arms and welcome her to the world. Will she be as loud as Alex the moment she comes out? Guess we will have to wait and see.

As of today, when we ask Alex, where is baby S, he would move to my belly and pat it and then kiss it. It's really nice.

Till next time, bye now.