Hi, my name is Aisyah Rozi. This is my personal blog where I share my life experience, thoughts, ideas and occasionally, my projects. Recently, however, I share a lot about being a young mother. I'm also a YouTuber, so do checkout my channel! <3
May 15 2017

Ipoh adventure + Lost World of Tambun

Living in the crowded city of Kuala Lumpur, we sometimes find it difficult to set some time to go on a vacation. The reality is, we can’t a afford to set aside 1-2 weeks of vacation every 2-3 months HAHA. So, what do we do?

Staycation.

1-2 (or 3) nights anywhere in Malaysia. In fact, we have even simply stayed within Kuala Lumpur and simply enjoyed the nearby attractions. Last December we went to Avani Resort Sepang.

Recently however, we went to Lost World of Tambun, Ipoh, Perak. It was my previous company’s event, and a great opportunity to bring the kids out for some fun. We stalked the website, and our initial expectation was that there were many different parks there.

Ipoh is the capital city of Perak. It’s not as big and as busy as KL but it’s still vibrant with activities and culture. This would be our first time having these kind of staycation as opposed to our usual beach destinations. It’s always either beach or big cities for us.

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They had several parks such as water park, petting zoo, amusement park, adventure park and few others.

However, once we got there, it turns out that all of these parks are integrated into one, including the hot springs and spa. I thought it’s such a wonderful idea, because that means, there’s always something for everyone!

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Sara riding a donkey at the Petting Zoo.

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Unfortunately, due to bad weather, the tiger show was postponed to an hour later, but we couldn’t wait anymore. Sara just couldn’t wait to swim.

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The hot spring was very nice, especially since it was raining that evening and it was pretty cold.

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I really love the idea of the integrated theme parks. Everybody is in their swimming suits/trunks walking around the petting zoo. One minute we could be enjoying an amusement ride and the next, dipping into the water with the kids.

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Although our tickets was until night for the Hot Spring Night Spa, we didn’t stay, as we figured the kids would exhausted. They even fell asleep in the stroller on our way out to the car!

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Ipoh is no stranger for good food and cafes. Hence, we went out for a hunt for some late-night eateries. Ipoh nightlife is not as vibrant as the city, but that only means it was easier to find cafes that were open till late. We found Plan B cafe which turn out to be popular there. The food was great if not amazing. and we were not even hungry because we already had our dinner. hahahaha. Unfortunately our adventure had to stop there as the kids were really fussing – they were really tired.

As usual, our ritual on check out days – swimming! After breakfast we brought the kids swimming.

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Swimming works wonders for the kids. They get so tired, it’s becomes easy to put them for nap/sleep later which is otherwise a battle.muahaha!

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Checked out, and off we go!

As always, every time we pass Perak or anywhere near Ipoh, we try to make it a point to visit one of our favourite place to eat – Tasik Raban. We only ever come here for lunch – and we have to get here early. They serve fresh fish, and our favourite dish is their grilled fish a.k.a ikan bakar. Their marinade is simply delish!

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However, on the day we went there, the fish was slightly overcooked and it was a bit dry. It could just the one we picked. Hopefully their standard have not changed. However, the marinade was still fantastic, and would definitely come back again.

So that’s it, our adventure in Ipoh. I would say there is still many things to discover in Ipoh. The food, the culture. In Malaysia, the vibrant food itself can be the main attraction of the place, so it’s no wonder people would take long hours of journey just for food.

Overall, it was a good staycation. It was quick, journey was not too much, no annoying sand trail to follow us home. The kids had fun, the hotel stay was good, good food, great company. What more can you ask for?

For full review of our adventure, check out this Vlog!

P.s, This post is an entry for Traveloka (https://www.traveloka.com/en-my) #TravelokaMY #MYTravelAdventure.

Apr 22 2017

Happyganics Products Review – laundry detergent & bottle cleanser

Happyganics is a plant-based brand and the products are made in USA. I think they just started selling in Malaysia because I’ve never heard of them before. If you know me, I’m a huge natural products fan. I’m all for natural skincare and (natural food!). We have been using all-natural laundry detergents and bottle cleanser of different brands before, so it’s definitely not new to me.

Not only it’s better for us, but it’s better for the planet too. The chemicals from the detergent that are being dumped to the drainage system can be harmful for the earth.

Anyway, it’s been a little over a month since I’ve been using these products and I have to say I love them!

First of all, let’s talk about the packaging. I mean, tin container? And that cute graphic – I totally love them! They look so cute on the counter and I love looking at the packaging. I don’t know if it’s a designer thing, but does anyone else cares about product packaging? haha.

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BABY ALL-NATURAL LAUNDRY DETERGENT

I got two variations of the products. Both are fragrance-free but the other one has Lavender scent. When it says Lavender, it doesn’t actually have fragrance, they are actually using Lavender essential oil. Fragrance is whole another chemical that you might want to avoid especially if your baby (or you) have sensitive skin. For me, fragrance in skincare is complete NO-NO. If you are using cloth diapers, some people actually prefer using unscented because that way, you can really tell whether the diapers come out clean. Sometimes detergent can mask the actual smell in case the laundry is still not clean. Unscented is also an option for those with very sensitive skin condition like eczema.

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For me, both of them perform more or less the same in terms of performance. My laundry comes out soft and fresh-smelling.

I prefer lavender scent, it’s leaves a nice, gentle lavender smell on the clothes once dried. Unlike the chemical-ridden commercial detergents, the smell sometimes can be too strong or smells artificial.  I prefer to keep the unscented ones in the bathroom for soaking soiled clothes. For staining, I use one scoop in a bucket water and soak them for atleast 15-30mins or sometimes even for hours depending on how lazy I am.  I have successfully removed blood and organic stains. For now, I have to say, compared to Rockin’ Green detergent, Happyganics works better in terms of stain remover. I find that I have to work harder to get stains out using Rockin’ Green.

However, in my opinion,  the real test in stain remover is removing MILO stains. So, I made a video to test the efficiency of stain removing power!

Anyway, if you don’t bother to watch the video, the verdict for Milo: excellent! You have no idea just how many clothes I have thrown away because of milo stains. No milo, you say? Tell that to my daughter.

Now, let’s talk about the bottle cleanser.

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The bottle cleanser comes with lemon-lime scent from the essential oil. My first impression is that the lemon scent is very strong from what I’m used to in other bottle cleanser. However, I learned that I only need very little amount of detergent to clean the bottle. Also, I think it’s very efficient in removing the milk fat. With other bottle cleanser I sometimes find that I have to repeat the process to get it really clean, but with this, I probably never had to. Also, it also performs really well with overnight bottle (that is, bottle with milk that has been left for very long time, overnight or even 24hours with sour milk that has turned into sour pudding LOL- super gross!).

Also, with outings, I find that I can even skip the bottle brush and just shake the bottle vigorously with water and detergent for like 60 sec. It comes out pretty clean! Provided I clean it as soon as possible, that is. With other detergents, that hasn’t really been the case.

Overall, I am very happy with the products and would totally recommend it. For more information on Happyganics, go to https://happyganics.my/.

P.s, proper blog entry coming soon. My life updates – especially why I’ve been too busy to update my blog!

Disclaimer: The products were sent to me for review. However, all opinions are totally my own.

Feb 10 2017

Before I was a Mother

Before I was a mother,
I slept late every night, and wake up anytime I wanted,
A cup of raspberry tea for relaxation,
Never woken up by anyone who needs attention

Before I was a mother,
The morning breeze is rejuvenating,
A cup of coffee is a bliss,
Never have to instantly wake up to mothering,
Going to work is only as bad as the traffic is,
No morning is rushed to the nursery.

Before I was a mother,
Carefree, never knew about worry,
Worrying about so many,
The staircase, the daily mess, choking hazard,
Allergies and rashes and a sick day.

Before I was a mother,
I was brave,  always exploring,
Never have to battle frivolous conflict,
..with a small kid,
Now, even a simple task seems daunting.

Before I was a mother,

Time is mine,
I work, read, showered and rest at my own time,

My body is mine,
Never have to surrender nursing in the night,

My mind is mine,
No cries to hear, my sanity stays undefiled.

Before I was a mother,
I never felt so much pain,
Hurts as I cry in agony,
Greater than labour, in despair,
out of love, sometimes of misery.

Before I was a mother,
I never knew how big my heart can be,
Loving them as tough as they can be,
For they are as sweet as honey,

Blessings, indeed,
I must convince.

Amira (baby) and Sara

Feb 06 2017

Weaning off Amira. 

Breastfeeding is an emotional journey. Your body is not yours and clothing choices are limited to ones with nursing access. Your baby is your timer.

Although my milk supply is low, Amira still won’t accept any type of formula milk from the bottle. After 7 months I stopped expressing milk at work as it was too challenging. I was hoping my milk supply would deminish due to lack of demand, but 5 months later I still find Amira attached to my breasts with no signs of weaning off. *sigh*

To me, it’s unbearable, I so desperately want to wean her off. I’ve tried many things to wean her but all were unsuccessful attempts. If anything, it made her even more upset and it feels like it gets harder every time.

I am so frustrated because while I was pregnant I told her to be the kind of baby who doesn’t care what kind of milk to eat. But noooo she did not turn up that way. Now I’m convinced all those pregnancy talk is a bunch of bullshit people tell you to make you feel better and get through pregnancy. One of many, many parenting scams. Aha!

Anyway.. As I was convinced I am in a deep shit hole (lol), I can see a little bit of hope.

On Saturday night, she woke up at around 2am. And she took a bottle of formula milk, with no fight! OMG I was so so happy. Although.. the next day, she was back to seeing the bottle as her nemesis. but yeah, I just want to cling on to the fact that she CAN but she just won’t.

Alsoo.. in addition,

A kind mother has offered to donate her extra breastmilk. Oh, I am ever so thankful!! Amira was fine taking breast milk in the bottle so I hope that she can accept it. I mean, it has been months since she took a bottle. So yesterday we met the family and they are such such wonderful people. They also have an older son which is turning 5 and Sara and him just hit it off.

I know that Amira will eventually wean off. It’s just that I feel this immense feeling of torture breastfeeding her. However, getting the donated breastmilk somehow gives me hope. Maybe I can use this to slowly transition her to accept milk in a bottle and eventually whole/formula milk.

Here’s hoping to a better (happy) future.

p.s, I’m sorry if this post seems very negative. I am in no way condemning breastfeeding as I know it is best for baby. but hey, this is a personal outlet to express my feelings. I’m pretty sure my husband had heard enough of just how much I desperately need to stop breastfeeding. So..

ok bye.

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