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Why driving safe is not enough.

Now that I am a parent, driving safety is no longer just a fleeting idea. My husband and I, live and breathe it.

We have proper baby car seats installed in both our cars, rear-facing of course and we always strap our son in it, no matter how short the journey is. Even a 5 minute drive to the neighbourhood shop, we would strap him in. No negotiations.

I have been a driver for a total of 13 years and in that period, I have been involved in 4 car accidents and I’m hoping to keep it that way.

While my first 3 accidents were completely attributed to my youthful idiocy, my forth and hopefully last motor accident happened during a traffic crawl on LDP.

I was then already in my late 20s. I was no longer an inexperienced driver and I had always kept a distance of at least 2 vehicles. I always used my indicators, I’d always checked my mirrors and yet…..the driver of a 4WD lost focus and accidentally rear-ended my car while we were all only moving about 15kmh. The sheer force propelled my poor Suzy (that’s my then car’s name) straight into the back of another car in front of me.

The back of my beloved Suzy.

This incident had taught me that no matter how careful I am, I am still exposed to many risks because I can’t control what other people do on the road!

In hindsight, I am thankful that when all these accidents happened, I was alone. That I had no friends or loved ones with me. I certainly do not ever want to be involved in any motor accident no matter how minor if my son were with me!

But you and I know that no matter how careful we are, we are all still at risks. And that’s why it’s so important to have insurance. While the public at large will spend on motor insurance because it is one of the requirements for your motor vehicle to be on the road, but it is very common that people neglect the fact that basic motor insurance does not protect the passengers who are riding in their car.

Hence recently, I purchased this brand new insurance in town called Tune Drive Care from the folks at Tune Protect.

Not everyone will go that further step in upgrading their basic motor insurance so that it covers their passengers too, but with Tune Drive Care, anyone riding in your car is essentially protected by your Tune Drive Care policy.

This is a very unusual insurance policy in that it takes care of medical bills and other care expenses accumulated by the driver and passengers in a motor accident.

That’s why I got it, because it costs only a nominal amount annually (RM60 for the plan I chose) and I can now have peace of mind every time I ferry someone dear to me in my car.

For RM60 a year, everyone in my car is insured up to RM20,000. You can pay more too for coverage of up to RM30,000.

Purchasing Tune Drive Care was also very easy. I just had to log in to the website at and follow the instructions. Honestly, it’s easier than shopping for clothes online haha.

There’s no need to name your car’s passengers in the policy. As long as your passenger at the time of incident is between 3 to 70 years old, he or she is eligible to be covered under your policy.

I got my policy number and certificate via email in matter of seconds after payment, which can be done with either a credit or debit card.

Thank you Tune Protect for this great product that addresses the risks that many drivers in Malaysia are facing.

They have several other great products too that you can check out like its Travel Insurance, Life Insurance (which I am very likely getting; paying only RM109 per year for RM50,000 coverage is pretty dang good!) and also insurance for theft.

Drive safe, everybuddy!

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My breastfeeding photoshoot

My breastfeeding journey is certainly one of the experiences that I will always look back with fondness (and some trepidation hehehehe) and I am so glad that I have these photos to remember the experience by.

You can can read about my experience here.

Thank you to my husband for taking these pictures. I hope my sharing about breastfeeding will help other new mommies in their breastfeeding journeys.

Breastfeeding is not an easy one to embark on and it’s incredibly important to set one’s expectations properly, stay positive, strong and patience.

Of course, external support is incredibly important too. I surf parenting forums quite a bit and it’s quite sad whenever I stumbled upon posts by mommies who are going through a hard time as their husbands or nannies or mothers or mother-in-laws are not educated about breastfeeding. If you’re thinking about breastfeeding your baby, please do discuss and educate your loved ones about breastfeeding before the arrival of your bundle of joy.

While I feel strongly about the benefits of breastfeeding, I also believe that it’s important for kids to have a healthy and happy mommy…so if it’s not for you, it’s really, really okay too. We are all mommies who are just trying to best versions of ourselves for our babies, right? :)

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Chronicles of my time with U Mobile

I must have done something really wonderful as the Universe recently rewarded me with the use of a brand new iPhone6 complete with a sim card from U Mobile.

I don’t know what I was more thrilled with, the brand new phone or the brand new Telco.

Remember I was quite excited about the data plan called P70 (unlimited data for RM70 a month) that they come out with recently? So it must be serendipity that I get to try out U Mobile. I would really love to verify its claim of strong coverage before actually making the switch myself.

You know what, I’m not the most technical person in the world. So I’m only going to tell you my experience with U Mobile from the perspective of a “mommy-who-has-multiple-active-chatgroups-that-she-yaks-in-24/7-and-who-takes-takes-a-lot-of pictures-of-food-and-baby-to-be-shared-to-multiple-social-networks”.

I also blog and surf the internet a lot, during downtime while nursing the bub, walking the dog or waiting for food to cook in the oven.

Phew, what a mouthful. You get me, ya? ;)

1. Dinner at Desa Sri Hartamas

Heading from home to Desa Sri Hartamas for dinner. I was excited to use my new phone and the new telco for the first time. Husband drove pretty fast on Penchala Highway. Have to say that the network seemed a little sluggish but we were going about 140kmh afterall.

# – Picture with bub at dinner. The picture quality of the iPhone6 was superb! Of course, I shared it to Dayre. Thank you U Mobile!

When we have reached the restaurant though, it was a completely different story. Mobile internet was fast and it was only 3G? I was very impressed. I was chatting and sharing photos on Whatsapp as well as updating Dayre as usual with no issues. Also browsed the internet for useless facts to annoy the husband with no problems.

# – As confirmed by the app OpenSignal, coverage and speed was brilliant.

2. Relaxing at home in Bandar Sri Damansara

I was cooking meehoonkueh and also making my own chilli dipping sauce okay! So I needed to find two different online recipes. WIFI around my kitchen is pretty weak so I had to rely on mobile data. U Mobile did not disappoint on this respect. Loading of webpages with the recipes was quick and easy.

# – Thank you U Mobile again for making my life easier in the kitchen. I dedicate this deliciousness to you. Did not have to go to my computer to print out recipe or anything…just used the phone straight /thumbs up

It was a little hazy so hubs went out to distribute some N95 masks to our neighbourhood security guards. I took some paparazzi pictures.

# – This iPhone6 pictures quality is making me weak on the knees…I was standing so far and this is so clear!?

Took too many pictures of my bub with the iPhone6, again.

# – Thank universe he is a beautiful cryer otherwise would give me constant mental breakdowns lol

And also tested the U Mobile coverage for fun…

# – Coverage of U Mobile in Bandar Sri Damansara is more than decent.

# – Check out the telco’s reliability too! #datastrongnetwork

At this point I am beginning to dread the day that I have to part with U Mobile and the iPhone6. *sniffs*

3. Mummy gathering at Damansara Heights.

One of the most awesome things about being a mummy is that I can hang out with other mummies! We ditched the husbands and hung out at a restaurant in Damansara Heights.

Many of us ditched the babies too, hehehehehhee.

# – The best mommies in KL are in this picture ;)

Was wondering how was U Mobile performing in Damansara Heights, so I checked with OpenSignal again.

# – Only 3G but still the force is strong in Damansara Heights.

So there…

I absolutely enjoyed my time with U Mobile. The coverage was simply impressive and I have never had issues with it. I was pleasantly surprised by how reliable the data coverage since U Mobile is the youngest player of the market. I had expected the data to be intermittent at best! But it really held up very well, in fact comparable if not better than my current telco.

Pictures and updates were instantly uploaded to Facebook, Instagram and Dayre. My Whatsapp chats have never been disrupted. Browsing websites was a breeze.

Of course the hardware had a lot to do with it too…the iPhone6 was simply divine used along with U Mobile.

There’s just no reason not to switch to U Mobile. I am completely sold!

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