baby no 4 is a….

September 18, 2021

…..BOY !!!!!!!!!

Gender reveal video is up on YouTube.

Cannot believe how blessed we are. The kids prayed A LOT for a baby brother. Literally told me to return the baby if it’s a girl. *laughs nervously*

Daniel is ecstatic to have “gang” in the family. Mariam offered to take care of this baby and change diapers. Sarah… is still collecting the blue confetti. #couldnotcareless

Alhamdulillah for everything. A couple months to go now!


found my stroller

September 11, 2021

So there is a silver lining to all this nausea, headache, heartburn, backpain and skin being stretched to fit a watermelon inside.

Shopping for baby stuff!!!!

It’s undoubtedly my favourite part of pregnancy (besides having the actual baby haha) and I’ve been browsing to my heart’s content while lying down on Fadza’s lap as he concentrates on FIFA. You know, priorities to each his own…

It’s always tricky to time your baby shopping – you don’t want to do it too early in case Nauzubillah anything happens (and also you’ll be looking at the stuff for so long you might get annoyed that the baby’s taking its own sweet time), and you don’t want to do it too late because some items take 4-6 weeks if you have to order them like Stokke cots and Cocoonababy. Trust me, it’s my 4th baby. I know these things.

I’m going to start all my purchases end of this month so now is research time.

I found the perfect stroller.

(Even though we’re not going anywhere…)

Ready?????

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It’s so pretty omggggg. And since this is the last baby (according to Fadza), I thought we could splurge a little bit on a Dior stroller.

When I told Fadza the price, he laughed so hard it hurt my feelings.

“It’s ok, sayang, I will carry the baby in my arms. We don’t need a stroller.”

Le sigh.


writing a book

August 28, 2021

… is harder than childbirth!

When FashionValet turned 10 years old last Nov, I wanted to pen down the lessons I’ve learned after being an entrepreneur for a decade. Not a success story book at all, but rather a WIP story book. Why should I wait till I’m 70 and successful for me to be able to share the lessons I’ve encountered? I might not live that long so #yolowritingabook.

I’m really excited about it, tbh. After researching entrepreneur books, most are from the west and the only Malaysian ones are so few. We need more Malaysian reps in the entrepreneurial world!

So many ups and downs, yays and nays, hopes and dreams that I want to share – but in my usual Proudduck tone. I love writing, you guys know that, so it’s nice that after a decade I come full circle back to writing a book. Super casual, super candid, in my own world where the army of scary netizens on Twitter don’t exist.

Believe it or not, I wrote 8 chapters in just 2-3 months.

And I keep reading and re-reading them, and tweaking and editing. If this were a typewriter situation, I’d have a mountain of scrunched up paper balls in the dustbin next to me. “It’s just not perfect!!!!” I would exclaim to Fadza numerous times. “Who am I kidding?!!!!” another exclamation when the horrible imposter syndrome kicks in.

It needs more personal stories. Now it’s too personal. Ok less personal. More business. Great, now I’m writing to a bunch of men in suits. Ok it needs to be funnier. Wait, but this is a business book – if I make it too funny, people won’t take me seriously. Heck, it’s my book and I have survived a decade of entrepreneurship – I should write however I want to write. Hmm is this too scandalous? Can I actually reveal this? Should I put codenames instead of people’s real names? What if I get sued?

Is basically the conversations my brain cells have with each other.

Then I get stressed and watch Grace and Frankie.

So yeah, current book title: “Hopefully Can Finish” by Vivy Yusof.

Best-seller material, no?


saturdays like these

August 21, 2021

Have I mentioned how much I love this girl?

If you don’t follow me on other social media platforms like Instagram and YouTube, you probably don’t think I love her very much. She’s almost non-existent here in Proudduck haha. Sorry baby, Mommy got lazy to blog – you were (are) a handful I have no time to do so!

In fact, I think I should do a rundown of each of the 3 kids to you sometime soon because well, it’s been a while. Their interests change every week, I can’t keep up!

As for Sarah, she’s turning 3 in October. How time flies, huh?

Had the best morning with her today, just us in the room because Daniel and Mariam were having online class outside. We sang and talked, but mostly we watched her eat a chocolate macaron and smear it all over her face. Gahhhhhh she gives me so much joy. Can’t believe she’s going to be a big sister soon!

Ahhh Saturdays like these.


to go out or not to go out?

August 21, 2021
If shoes could talk, they would be asking “WHERE THE HELL IS THAT GIRL AND WHY HAVEN’T WE SEEN THE SUN FOR OVER A YEAR?!”

So the government has lifted some bans this week and now dine-ins are allowed and malls are opened. Happy with this news because we can open all our stores again, the the retail team can finally have some normalcy back (but bless them, they’ve been volunteering at vaccination centres while stores were closed – I’m a proud boss!).

Normal Vivy: would already be putting on shoes the moment the announcement was made. World, here I come!

Today Vivy: *rubbing pregnant belly unsure of what to do*

There is nothing normal about isolating at home, nothing normal about covid, nothing normal about what is happening in this world right now. On one hand, it’s great news that people can slowly get their life back, but on the other hand, I’m still so worried about contracting covid.

Technically, I’m fully vaccinated and honestly, I’m so sick of staying home all day. The other day, Fadza drove me around KLCC just so I could wave to it. #blessmyhusband And yesterday, Mimak sent me a selfie from KLCC – she went to my favourite piece of heaven on earth – Kinokuniya. How dare she go without me.

Because of the pregnancy, it’s definitely a dilemma. I’m going to take it one day at a time and constantly consult the doctor. It’s just too scary the stories we hear about positive pregnant women (although most of the ones I heard of were unvaccinated), so till the cases go down, I guess baby and I will just have to wave at you from our window till after confinement. #okthatsoundscreepy

To other pregnant moms out there, I feel yaaaa! Sending lots of hugs and imaginary ice cream to you right now.

*looks at shoes* Not today, gang.