Monday, November 16, 2015

Fatty Fishy

As usual there comes a point where I'd be stumped on what to blog about. Given the hustle and bustle of returning to work and looking after a 6-months old once I reach home, having some time to sit down and type away is what I would consider a luxury at times. As of right now, the little one is happily playing on his own in his cot while I sit on my bed with my Macbook in front of me. 

The hubs and I checked out a friend's new place in Mont Kiara over the weekend. I was having mad cravings for sashimi and since I've been salivating over my friend's posts on Facebook of the food served at her place, we decided to try our luck after Ayden's class on Saturday. It's usually packed so it's best to call and make reservations beforehand. We were lucky that some patrons were just leaving when we arrived. 

The deli-cafe concept reminds me of Kailis Bros in Leederville, Perth. I used to head over there on Saturday mornings after pole dance training to get myself some fresh salmon sashimi from the fish market and my grandparents and I would frequent the cafe for dinners. The Fat Fish is located in the Mont Kiara shoplex (beside The Coffee Bean). 
Okay, you can stop salivating now. I feel that in terms of pricing, they're pretty reasonable and a lot more value for money in comparison to many Japanese restaurants. I am already thinking about my next visit!

Quality-wise, the food did not disappoint! They were fresh and juicy I could still taste them while typing this right now. For a sashimi lover, this is my idea of heaven. Also they have the best selection of tuna belly so far. The hubs and I stumbled across the beauty of tuna belly on our Honeymoon/Babymoon in Japan. Ever since then, we have yet to find a Japanese restaurant in KL that served anything as close to that. Well...till now.

The Fat Fish
Mont Kiara Shoplex, Jalan Kiara, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 013-261-3777

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Breastfeeding 101

Warning: This post may be a little TMI.

When my pregnancy journey started over a year ago, I remember making a pledge to commit to breastfeeding my son for at least a year before weaning him off. What's so difficult anyway right? It's natural and I was pretty sure I'd get the hang of it in no time.


My breastfeeding journey started out as uncomfortable, painful and frustrating. Who knew so much "art" went into breastfeeding? It was all about getting the position right and making sure he latches on properly (meaning he takes in the whole areola). I had lactation consultants and nurses coming in to assist me here and there and even then it took me weeks (months even) to get it right. I remember breaking down out of frustration after unsuccessfully feeding Ayden properly during one of his feeds. He was crying non-stop and I felt so helpless. I remember the countless times I silently apologized to him while I watched him sleep and feeling hopeless at being a mother.

I was blatantly avoiding formula at all cost but finally gave in when Ayden started losing weight. At the end of the day, the priority is to make sure he doesn't starve. Coming to terms with my decision to mix breastfeeding with formula feeding was not the easiest given that I had been so set on exclusively breastfeeding him. But it's the fact that we should always put the baby's needs first and adjust accordingly given the situation we're facing. In my case, I was having trouble feeding him and he was losing an excessive amount of weight. I would definitely admit that without the support of my husband, my family and some really good friends, I would have spiralled into a bad case of postpartum depression. I went through it all; sore, cracked and bleeding nipples. The horror of seeing ones nipples bleed for the first time and the excruciating pain that came with it each time Ayden attempts to latch on. I almost gave up on breastfeeding altogether.

6 months on and I am still breastfeeding Ayden. I would have to say it took blood, sweat and tears (literally all three!) to get to where we are today. We've finally settled and gotten used to one another and it has been a pleasant journey...probably until his teeth grows. 

I do hope I will be able to breastfeed him up to a year at minimum. For now I am going to enjoy the mother-son bond we have each time I feed him. It's definitely an amazing feeling.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

version 2.0

And the blog is back after a long, involuntary hiatus. Mainly because I was super caught up with life as a new mother as well as getting back into the swing of things at work. It got me to thinking about the blog and how far I've come since the day I first started blogging back in 2002. I went through each and every blogpost from 2002 up until April 2015. So many bittersweet memories.

From surviving college, to living abroad and experiencing university life, to landing my first job whilst teaching pole dancing as a part-time job...of course let's not forget the ins and outs of bad relationships and past mistakes, finding Mr. Right, getting married and now becoming a mother of a little baby boy.

During my 6-months long hiatus, I did get some e-mails from some of my readers/followers asking me if everything was okay, or if I was planning on coming back to the blogging world. I was really touched by some of the e-mails I received and the fact that I even have some readers who have "grown" with me through the years.

I guess "time" was always a factor. Either I was too busy with stuff at work or I would be super preoccupied with Ayden when I'm home. So getting some "me time" to sit down and write a blogpost would be quite a tall order. But rest assured, this blog is making a comeback. With life as a new mother added into the mix.

A big thank you to my readers who have been there through it all and thank you for the encouraging e-mails. I will definitely try to keep nAssycism v2.0 alive!