travel tales

san francisco

Dean and I are enjoying ourselves so much that we want to make the US an annual trip for the both of us (kids… what were their names again?). This was meant to be a work trip but we’ve fallen in love with this place, especially the ever lively New York.

We first went to San Francisco to pay a visit to our investors. They were so kind to take us around their hometown and they seemed to know everything; the history of the place, how much real estate in each area costs, which public transport to take, everything! If people came to KL, I’d be like errr yeah KLCC is where people shop… KL tower is where people see the view… Bangsar is where people eat… Mannnnn, note to self: learn about my country history! #sejarahlessonshavegonedownthedrain

San Francisco is a really nice and relaxed place. A lot of low-rise buildings, residential areas, a lot of big fields and parks, people in shorts and t-shirts. Shopping isn’t that great here though, so it might be good for your bank account. :’) (until you get to NY, then you’re screwed.)

Chrissy Field with the view of Golden Gate Bridge

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We went on this cable car and I’d really recommend it just for experience and also to see the town in a glance. It goes in a round, so you can hop on and hop off and still be able to come back to where you started.

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Bi-Rite Creamery ice cream is highly recommended! The line is crazy to go in, but it’s worth it.

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Union Square is the shopping area.


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The curved escalator at Westfield is pretty cool. I was so jakun taking pictures of it.

Tony’s pizza. Award-winning pizza that you have to try. The only downside is it’s also a bar, so I felt really out of place in my scarf there (something I wouldn’t really notice back in uni days!). But still, they made me feel welcomed and everyone is so warm there!


Walking along the Pier was really nice but no heels here! Dean made me walk from Pier 1 which was where Ferry Building (below) is, all the way to Pier 39 which is the touristy side. I was really mad at him because he kept saying “No it’s really near, we’re almost there,” when we really weren’t. Made him massage me that night. But actually looking back, it was a really nice walk on a beautiful day.

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This Boudin bakery is really cool because you can actually watch how they make sourdough bread from scratch. The other side is the bistro where you can eat their famous clam chowder and also shop for lots of kitchen whatnots and San Francisco souvenirs. They’ve got baskets of breads moving on a suspension all over the ceiling, and also cute-shaped bread that you can buy. I loved it!

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We were lucky to have been able to enter the Google office in San Francisco and omggg it’s amazing. Hearing about their work culture (free food, free everything, beanbags, pool table, fun stuff everywhere) has always amazed me so this was very exciting for me. I couldn’t take pics but here’s one to share. This is their view from their office. Like seriously, I asked them, “How do you get any work done with a view like that?!!” Amazing!


I only had a couple days there so I couldn’t do much more in SF. There’s China Town, North Beach and a bunch of places I would’ve loved to visit if not for the time constraint. Maybe you can go and fill me in!

What I appreciated most about SF is how relaxed it made Dean and I feel. We were like teenagers walking around at night because it was so safe there, and just enjoying each other. Love was in the air for sure!


We went to Palo Alto where the tech billionaires live and also visited the main Google and Facebook offices. So much to share about that, hopefully in next blogpost!

fashion and shopping pd daily

bomber jacket

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Gahhhh I’ve missed my blog so much! I’ve been meaning to write loads on this US trip but I’ve been having full days out and by the time we get back to the hotel, I’m sprawled on the bed like a dead octopus. San Francisco was nice and I can’t wait to blog about my experience here.

But for now, leaving you with a quick outfit post.

Wearing dUCk scarf, bomber jacket from Dude & The Duchess, Kenzie culottes from FV BASICS (available in 3 colours from sizes XS to XXL) and bracelets from Bowerhaus, a local accessories brand coming soon to FashionValet!

being a mom

mommy and mariam

Last week was the first time I took Mariam out, just me, her and her digestive biscuits. Usually, it’s with Dean or with her nanny and almost always with Daniel. But now that Daniel’s in school in the morning, my mornings are all about my little girl now.

Took her for brunch with a girlfriend, and gotta admit, it was a little bit difficult because she wouldn’t sit in the baby chair, and digestive biscuits could only distract so much. So I had to carry her the whole time while trying to finish my mushroom puff, and in the end she fell asleep in my arms.

In the car, I just admired her while she’s all snuggled up to me. Her lips are so pouty, and her skin is just so soft, and she’s just so perfect. She is trying to stand on her own now at 8 months and I love how she babbles and how she crawls to me when I come home. And then Daddy comes and ruins my day (Daddy is her ultimate favourite person, she’s such a Daddy’s girl). Excuse me while I gush over her, but it’s very rare that I get time with just her without brother Daniel trying to steal the limelight. Haha. It really sucks to be the second child!! So I’m going to always be there for her and when we’re at home, I want to always hug her tight and kiss her cheeks. And more of these mommy-daughter dates for sure! No boys allowed. Us girls gotta stick together yeah, Mariam?

I was putting her to sleep and when I fed her bottled milk, I can’t help but miss those times I breastfed her. I wrote about my journey here. It was a short period of time during the confinement and it was pretty tough, but I now understand why breastfeeding is so encouraged because it really brings a special bond between mother and child. It’s like how I was with Daniel; you really have no choice. The only person they want is you so it’s not like the nanny can give them the bottle or your husband can wake up at night while you sleep. It’s always you so your child is so much more attached to you. Gotta admit, best feeling in the world. If you’re breastfeeding your child, hold on to it! Cos once you stop, you can’t go back to it.

To make up for it, I want to make sure I’m always the one giving her the bottled milk. I tend to get lazy if I’m occupied with my phone or laptop, but no more of that. From now on, when I’m with her, it must always be Mommy feeding her. Want to appreciate every moment I have with her. #clingymom


gadgets and gizmos travel tales

inflight wifi

First, they make you go through so many steps to create your online Visa application. Then you have to go for an interview and wait hours without any outside connection to the world… or Instagram. Then you have to pay loadssss of money for a flight ticket where you literally spend 25 hours. Which requires 1 or more transit points. Then you have the crazy jetlag and the massive time difference.

And we still want to go to the US.

*scratch head*

Ok la, let’s call it #determined.

I’m sitting here on the decade-long flight (butt is completely numb), which btw has Wi-Fi! I’m so tempted to click on that big yellow “Get Your Inflight Connection” button dang it.


1 Hour for 12 dollars… 12 times 4ish… about 50 ringgit for internet. I could do a lot in one hour, it’s totally worth it right? *bites lip*

Oh in case you were wondering, I’m drafting this post on Word first sans Internet. I do that for most of my blog posts.

I look around me. Dean is sleeping nicely on his flatbed… man, he’s so handsome. Wonder if people will judge me if I cuddle with him in his seat, I mean we are married, it’s ok, in fact it’s pahala! But wait, focus. Ok, so other people are sleeping too, some watching the inflight entertainment, but no one seems interested in this inflight WiFi. What’s wrong with you people?! Aren’t you curious to know what’s happened in the outside world while we’re thousands of feet up in the air? Gosh… what if there was a world phenomenon that just started? Or a new hipster café that opened? I need to know all these things!

Buy now, think later.

*press yellow button*


growing up loved ones

bye kak ana

So she’s really leaving.

I asked her 10 times if she was kidding.

She answered “No” 11 times.



She’s even wearing that vintage T-shirt since FV’s .net days!!


She cried.

I cried.

We both cried.

It’s the end of an era.

growing up loved ones

don’t leave

So my mom’s maid of 18 years is leaving for good. I knew this day was going to come, I know people don’t get any younger, but I’m not ready for this.

This was the woman who took care of me, cooked for me, prepared me in the morning for school, carried me into the toilet and forced me to shower, the woman who cried the day I got engaged, the woman who never complained and always saw the good in me. She took care of the whole family, putting our needs before hers always. She’s, without a doubt, family. Oh, may God bless this selfless woman who have done so much for my family, and grant her heaven.

It all happened because her daughter is now grown up and wants her to return so that she can take care of her own mom. In my heart, I’m screaming I’ll take care of her, please let us take care of her!! but I know that’s just the selfish in me talking. No matter how long you put a mother away from her children, her heart always belongs to them. Sometimes we forget our maids and helpers have their own families that we may or may not even have asked them about. If you have maids too, treat them with kindness always. They travel away from their family to take care of your family and watch your family unite in happiness while she stays in the back room, only God knows how that must feel.

I am the closest to her so I think I’ll be taking this the hardest. I was thinking to give her a farewell gift, but what on earth do you give someone who devoted her life for you and your family? Umm hi, thanks for the 18 years, would you like a spa voucher?! -___-” Money? Gold jewellery? A photo frame of the two of you? What?!

Then I realised I have the perfect gift.

A one-way ticket back to Kuala Lumpur.




breastfeeding journey

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I was throwing out some old items in my home and came across my breastpump parts. I used it from Daniel’s time and it continued to my time with Mariam too. Ahhh, how I’ve missed my time with my babies and I really never thought I’d say this but oh what the heck. I miss breastfeeding.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had my fair share of frustrations with it, I’m not just going to lie and say it was a breeze. The babies wanting to breastfeed in the car, waking up several times a night just because boobs were comfort tools (I mean seriously, they make teddy bears for a reason sheesh), having wet patches during a meeting because I was lactating and forgot to bring my pump (so so embarrassing guys, thank GOD I wear tudung so I could cover it quickly), and also not being able to travel as much because the kids (Daniel especially) were so attached to me. Remember my cabbage patch story? Oh and not to mention the cracked nips and the tubs of nipple cream to moisturize. I was in a lot of pain, especially with Mariam.

But even through all these, the upside outweighed everything. Nothing beats the look in their eyes as they gaze up at their mother’s face. The bond between mom and baby through all this (trust me I used to find this phrase corny too) is real and cannot be replaced by feeding through the bottle.

Let me share with you my experience with the two (this will be TMI for sure, but it’s ok, you’ve seen me grow up since my uni days, what’s a few more nipple stories…)

Daniel – breastfed for a year, had to stop due to Doc’s advice when I got pregnant with Mariam. He was addicted to breastfeeding and sometimes admittedly I’d do it just to shut him up or put him to sleep. Boobs are power, guys. I was the go to person all the time, made me feel so so loved. I also had a flat tummy back in no time, without exercise. But boobs the size of watermelons.

Mariam – breastfed for only two months. She bites really hard and my nips bled so much even pumping milk was impossible because I was crying while pumping and my milk was pink. It was not fun. I made a decision to stop after 2 months but I was so so sad about it. Mariam loves me (I’M SURE SHE DOES!) but the bond is not nearly as close as Daniel’s because she is not very attached to me. I also am dealing with my post-baby pooch that refuses to go away.

So coming from a mom who has had two different sets of experience, I can advise you that breastfeeding is always the better choice. For both your baby, and for you too. Did some research and here are the benefits:

For your baby – nutrition that no formula can give, easier to digest, the nutrients change according to baby’s needs, protects them from viruses and allergies, not polluted, contains enzymes, the best comfort food and feels a sense of security from his/her mom.

For you – breastfeeding can delay your menses so it can prevent further pregnancy (I swear this was the first benefit on the leaflet I read. ROFL.), burns extra calories, helps the uterus to get back to its original size, reduces risk of breast cancer, no need to wake up to heat water and make milk – can just lift up shirt and go back to sleep. (Hehe ok fine I added the last one)

I’ll be storing away the breastpump since there’s no more need for it now. My boobs have graduated from their service, but gotta say, I feel proud knowing that they’ve done a good deed. No one can lie to you and say breastfeeding is a walk in the park, but the amount of pahala we moms get from breastfeeding… fuhhh, I sure hope to get a penthouse in heaven! Hehe, but in all seriousness, I would advise all moms to give it a shot. Good luck, mommies!