Saturday, 30 April 2016

La Vie En Bleu

After a super hectic week, I finally had the time to relax and enjoy my weekend. My parents had been touring eastern Europe and I was taking over the task of managing both of her business', it was crazy to say the least. 

Over the weekend I attended a friend's daughter's aqiqah. Thought of wearing something sweet so I picked this beautiful dress from Zolace.. I'm usually very picky with prints, but the color and print for this dress suited me really well. Speaking of Zolace, this was my first experience shopping at Zolace and I was surprised to see all the awesome stuff they had on their website! 

One thing I love about this site is that they include a short video of the model wearing each piece so you can  really see the details of the product and chances of getting disappointed or not fitting the garment is really low. The material used are of good quality and the workmanship of the garment is neat.

I got a lot of compliments on this dress thanks to ZOLACE !

Enjoy the weekend people!


Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Light It Blue

In support of Autism Awareness Month, wear blue like me! I'm wearing the brand new pants from LTDSS16 collection, available at Fashion Valet. The pants are designed at the top part to be like a skirt but it's not! Perfect to cover the you-know-what and still be able to wear crop tops. Love!

Top : Mia Mikhail from
Pants : Love To Dress
Bag : Tasbijoux (ig)

Just Like You

April is Autism Awareness month and this campaign is very close to my heart because I can relate and understand the difficulties these children go through because of my son, Juhd. Although Juhd has not been diagnosed yet(specialist told us to wait until he turns 3 years old to get a precise diagnosis) he has sensory issues, repetitive behavior, communication problems, social interaction difficulties and is currently going through occupational therapy.

Autism is a spectrum of closely related disorders with a shared core of symptoms. ASD can appear in infancy and early childhood, causing delays in many basic areas of development, such as learning to talk, play, and interact with others
About 1 in 68 children are identified to have ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). The earlier parents can recognize the symptoms of ASD, the better. This is because earlier intervention(such as occupational therapy/speech therapy) can help children with autism cope better with this disorder and able to lessen the severity of symptoms.

Like me, after having my first child, I was pretty much clueless of the symptoms which were red flags for autism. It can be hard to differentiate between autism and speech delay. Juhd is now 2 years and 8 months and he still can't say any meaningful words. People tell me not to worry because more often than not, speech delay happens to a lot of children, especially boys. However, children with speech delay will usually only have problems in language. If you're worried that your child is not reaching his/her milestones on time, this might help.

Here are some important points to look out for in your child(in the case of autism):

Verbal Communication Skills

-Your child may have no true words and only babble or make noises or odd sounds
-Your child may have some words, but repeat the same words or phrases over and over (echolalia) and not imitate new words or not use the words he has spontaneously in order to request or get wants/needs met
-Your child may say a word once and you never hear it again, or your child may have used a few words for a bit and then lost the words and does not use them anymore
-Your child may use unusual voice tones, such as a sing-song voice, robot-like voice or growling voice

Receptive Language Skills

–Your child may not follow simple commands or directions such as “give me the ball” or “go get your shoes”
-Your child may not respond to his name or seem like he can’t hear you or is ignoring you

Nonverbal Communication Skills

-Your child does not point to objects, pictures or people
-Your child does not use gestures or eye gaze to get wants/needs met
-Your child may use you as a “Means to and End,” such as pulling you towards an object he/she wants in order to get the object
-Your child may not be able to recognize facial expressions or imitate gestures or facial expressions
-Your child may not have shared joint attention. For example, he sees an airplane and without saying a word, he looks to the sky and then looks to you and then back at the airplane as if to say “hey, did you see that?”
-Your child may not understand body language, gestures or facial expressions

Eye Contact

-Your child may not make eye contact or have very limited eye contact
-Your child may always be looking at what he is doing instead of you when you speak to him

Play Skills

-Your child may have narrowly focused interests or obsessive interests
-Your child may play with toys in odd ways (lining up cars or blocks instead of driving or stacking, spinning toys or repeatedly dropping/throwing toys)
-Your child may engage in repetitive movements, such as tip toe walking, hand flapping/waving, rocking, spinning in circles
-Your child does not engage in turn taking or play in a back and forth manner with you
-Your child may have an unusual attachment to certain objects (needing to carry a toy in each hand at all times, preoccupation with one certain item such as a hair clip or rubber band)
-Your child may be very rigid in play and routines (a need for “sameness,” getting upset if a toy is moved out of line or if the daily schedule or routine changes)
-Your child may prefer to play alone or play alone for long time periods for his age (for example an 18 month old who plays alone for an hour without engaging an adult in his play)
-Your child may not engage in pretend play with toys (pretending to feed a baby doll or fighting with action figures)
-Your child may be interested in only the parts of a toy instead of the whole toy as it was meant to be played with (such as the wheels on the car, or the underside of the pop-up-box, or the valve where the air goes into the ball)
-Your child may line toys up instead of playing with them

Sensory Skills

–Your child may be undersensitive or oversensitive to touch, sight, sound, movement, smell, etc.
–Your child may become overwhelmed or have a melt-down in noisy and/or crowded environments
–Your child may cover his ears in response to some sounds

Feeding Skills

–Your child may be described as a “picky” eater
–Your child has a very limited diet or a few select foods
–Your child is unwilling to try new foods
–Your child has difficulty with textures of foods
–Your child needs foods presented the same way (on the same color plate or in the same box the cookies were in the first time he had them)

Social Skills

–Your child may be oblivious when new people visit the house
–Your child may have difficulty regulating his emotions and laugh, cry or yell at inappropriate times
–Your child may be unaware of common dangers inside and outside the home
–Your child does not participate in or seem to show understanding of social games such as Peek-a-boo, So-Big or Pat-a-cake.
–Your child may not know how to engage you or another child in his play and prefer to play alone
–Your child may seem to shun social interaction and not call attention to himself or anything he is doing (such as showing you a tower of blocks he built or a picture he colored)
–Your child may be difficult to comfort when he gets upset or seem to get upset for “no reason
–Your child may have difficulty interpreting your facial expressions, feelings and body language

Motor Skills

–Your child may be clumsy or appear uncoordinated
–Your child may toe walk
–Your child may have an atypical gait pattern

The signs and symptoms of autism vary widely, as do its effects. That's why some people might look at an autistic child and think that he looks totally normal, or worse, think that the child is misbehaving(due to sensory overload for instance) Some autistic children have only mild impairments, while others have more obstacles to overcome. 

So how can we help autistic children and make the world a better place for them? Learn and spread awareness. When we have the knowledge, we can understand them better, and when we understand, we will accept them in spite of their differences.

This video I found via @y.n.a.osman on instagram(she's a mother of an autistic child) perfectly explains what autism is and how the symptoms vary from one autistic child to the other. I cry every time I watch this because I think of Juhd and how he struggles with everyday life routines that we sometimes take for granted. Also I think of the times when I lost my patience handling his meltdowns when I didn't even understand what he was going through. 

If this video has affected you in anyway, please do share and help raise awareness to the public. In support of Autism Awareness Month, you can also wear blue! Let's educate the public and embrace autistic children like every other child deserves to be embraced.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Short City Getaway

After you have kids, you can't spontaneously be like, 'Hey honey, let's go on a vacation to xxx tonight!" Everything needs planning and strategy. Sometimes even shopping can be a difficult task when you don't prepare. So once in a while, it's definitely nice to plan a short getaway, even if it's just in the city about 40 minutes from home! Staying in a different atmosphere is relaxing and helps you get recharged(parenting can be tiring! Not that i'm complaining though...)

So we stayed at KIP hotel Kuala Lumpur. It's this new hip and modern hotel located in the heart of Sri Utara, Kuala Lumpur. If you're not familiar with the area, nearest landmark would be Batu Caves.

We arrived at about almost 12 noon. Easy parking space so we parked right in front of the hotel's main entrance. Upon entering, I couldn't help but notice the beautiful timber finish textures in the lobby. We were greeted by the warm friendly staff at the reception and had lunch before going up to our suite!

The beautiful timber panel details in the lobby.

Hubby tried the Nasik Lemak special and I went with Char Kuey Tiaw. Both dishes were delicious! The waiters were very attentive and friendly. High chair for babies also provided.

We took the lift up to the 12th floor to get to our room. It would be almost impossible to ignore the bold interior details along the way up. Every detail was designed to suit it's purpose and added that extra touch to the hotel design.

We stayed in the executive suite. In the living area you can see there is a cozy lounge area, pantry and dining table. The space is decorated with bright eye-catching colours paired with mostly neutral tone furniture. The living room also features a gorgeous view overlooking Wahyu lake. If you look close enough, you can even see the famous Murugan statue of Batu Caves from the hotel point of you.(silly me i forgot to take a photo of that view!)

The bathroom was super spacious, which included two art basins, shower booth, one toilet and of course complete with toiletries as well as a hairdryer.

View towards the lake

We didn't really feel like going out so we called room service. Hubby ordered Salmon Ala Crust and I ordered good 'ol fish and chips. The portion was reasonable and both dishes were good!

After having breakfast the next morning, we walked around the hotel with the kids. On the sixth floor there is a lounge area called @atSix. It's a laid-back lounge area with colourful bean bags and blocks to play with/relax and have a chat. The kids had fun moving the blocks and jumping from one bean bag to the other(me and hubby got carried away too!;P) You can simply head down to the infinity swimming pool just a floor below via the staircase on the right side of the lounge area.

The infinity pool was really tempting but the kids weren't in the best of health to jump in so we decided to just enjoy the view instead. Will definitely dive in the next time we stay there! 

The Gym.

Amboi..tidur ke tu bang?:P

We had a splendid time at Kip hotel. Thank you for the hospitality and great service! Till then, xoxo!

No.77, Jalan Seri Utara 1
Sri Utara Off Jalan Ipoh
68100, Kuala Lumpur 

Waze Coordinates :
3.226886, 101.671216