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My 2015 in a nutshell

This is such a long post it took me almost 3 weeks to write. I wanted to publish this on 1st of January lols.

Most of the pictures and recollections are from my Dayre account, which I updated every single day for the whole of 2015. This is also why I hardly blogged here hehe.

I guess it’s a really quiet 2015 as I am no longer working full-time. Just picking up temp jobs here and there (stuff that I could do at home) and blogging of course. I did lunch catering and supplying yummy pork cracklings to a watering hole for a few months due to my sudden existential crisis brought on by full-time motherhood. I really enjoyed it but I have since stopped due to cost factors (GST and rise in tolls are real!!!). So anyway, if you have any writing jobs etc please show them my way, thank you very much!

Sorry I digressed. 2015 was nice year, I really enjoyed watching Liam hit all his milestones and becoming the cutest toddler in the world hehe as you will about to see too.

Again I remind you, this is a lonngggggggggggggggggggggg post so please empty your bladder before reading (I assume all 3 of you are interested in my life!).

January 2015
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It’s been more than half a year after Liam was born. We finally got to have a proper family outing after many months of house arrest due to Liam’s prematurity (his doctor advised us to stay indoors for a whole year but we could only manage 8 months). So what did we do for our first outing? We chose to have tea at Carcosa Sri Negara. It was really nice to dress up a little and hang out with my fambam :)

January is also a month where Liam got a mysterious insect bite under his eye. He looked terrifying lol. I was surprised by how calm we were about it, I guess after going through those weeks in NICU, a little swelling under the eye felt like a breeze haha. We did read up a bit and it’s probably just his young baby skin’s reacting to an ordinary mossie bite as he still had not developed antibodies towards them.

And it’s the month he started to get very amused by ME! :)

February 2015
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A lot of firsts for Liam in this month. I know this post should be mostly about me but really, who are we kidding? His life is my life now hahaha.

February was the month Liam celebrated his first Chinese New Year! Doesn’t he look like a proper chinese person? Heheheh.

Had CNY dinner with the girls and it’s the first time Liam was properly introduced to them. He was very charming and well-behaved :)

Liam’s first exposure to banana leaf rice! He was such a darling, charming all the waiting staff as usual.

He also took his first shopping trolley ride and loved it.

And I have to include a picture of him having fallen asleep while touching his toe. Too adorable!!!!

March 2015
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In March, I wrote a blog post on the reasons my son cries. Please read it cause it’s funny!

Liam experienced his first baby spa with his buddies. He absolutely enjoyed it, the massage and the swim.

Look at how happy he is getting a butt rub hahaha

His first tooth started to sprout around this time too.

This is also the month where he started “talking”.

He also started to pull himself up to a standing position.

March is also hubs’ birthday month so I took him to a French restaurant to celebrate. Liam was very well-bahaved, I was so proud of him!

We had a family photoshoot with the talented Samantha Yong.

April 2015
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Liam chilling by himself while me and hubs went to play some stupid game at Tesco.

He got very friendly with his own reflection :)

April is also the month we had to lower down his cot cause of this….

One of the hardest things I had to do was throwing away all these frozen milk that I produced. Was too lazy to thaw them for bath etc and I needed space pronto so in the bin they went :(

Someone also started to develop a temper with arching back and all.

Liam finally learnt how to crawl.

And he also knew how to use the walker with some assistance.

But not that great at it….hehehe.

May 2015
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In May, I went for a 2 hour foot massage with a baby strapped to my chest. I was nuts and I will never ever do it again lols

And then got further value with a foot spa at home. Thank you Charlie’s poop.

I celebrated my first Mother’s Day. Hubs took me to Mei by Fat Spoon for a nice lunch.

Hubs also took us to Cherating for a Mother’s Day treat. It’s Liam’s first beach experience :)

We took Liam to swim at a friend’s condo. He got submerged for the first time.

We even got his WTF expression underwater lols.

We brought him to Daddy’s barber. He’s been many times since, hope he gets familiarised and won’t throw a tantrum when the time comes for his first haircut (which is a long time away at this rate hahaha).

June 2015
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I started SnapChat and I still love it now. You can follow me at kimberly.low you will find lotsa videos of me and Liam haha

Baked my first red velvet cake and gave it all to my lunch catering customers.

Certainly a special month as we celebrated Gareth’s first father’s day :) I took him to a nice seafood restaurant and we had a proper feast!

Bub took his first mall ride and loved it!

Liam was beginning to show a good sense of humour. Here he laughs at his own yawn hehe.

Liam started to become more exploratory, which means….more getting stuck lols

Here’s one..

Another one…

And another one…

July 2015
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My favourite month because it’s my birthday month! And also Liam’s. And also my best friend Jayna’s :)

First we celebrated Jayna’s birthday. Jayna is Liam’s godma.

Liam ate strawberry for the first time. He hated it.

We did waterplay at home. I am obviously posting this picture because I will never get to keep these boobs forever.

Got my son his first passport.

Liam learnt to get down from a sofa, finally!

He also ate crackers for the first time.

And he has the perfect tongue dance hahaha.

Hubs got me an Anova precision immersion circulator for my birthday….which means I can sous vide food at home now!!!!

And then he treated me to a fabulous dinner at Dewakan. 13 courses with a baby, we were pretty damn brave and crazy.

Liam also celebrated his first birthday! Here, he’s holding his birthday card from granny Susan.

August 2015
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First we had a party at home to celebrate Liam’s first birthday. His adjusted age was only 10 months but who’s counting? Haha.

Then we flew to Europe for a 3 week holiday! I blogged about Liam’s inaugural flight.

Liam met Aunt Jean for the first time.

Had a picnic with granny Susan by River Severn.

Liam finally learnt how to clap his hands to “If you’re happy and you know it” song.

Of course, there’s no shortage of Liam getting himself stuck…. this time on top of a suitcase lols.

Besides England, we drove to France (Dunkerque), Belgium (Brussels, Westvleteren, Ieper and Antwerp), Holland (Rotterdam and Amsterdam), Germany (Villingen-Schwenningen) and Switzerland (Schaffhausen). We did a lot of driving and Liam was, for most of the journey pretty good.

Here, he moved to the music we were listening to in the car.

And also visited LooLoo, my best friend and maid of honour who now lives in Germany.

Looloo took us to Rhine Falls in Switzerland, what a magnificent sight!

I also joined the Bersih 4.0 in London while babywearing Liam and we took a picture with Clare Rewcastle Brown. Hope 2016 is a better year for our country :(

And we had a family tongue dance in London’s Primark haha.

September 2015
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Liam ate his first chicken nugget OMG!!! It took all my mental strength to not freak out and remove it from his hand haha.

In this month I baked my very first cinnamon rolls. So delicious and easy I should make them often as it’s so much easier with a breadmaker to do all the hard work of kneading and proofing. But I have yet to make more hahah #lazy

Liam got stuck, what’s new?

He’s also taken to giving me heart attacks every now and then. Here he’s climbing up the sofa like a monkey.

And this lucky boy also got to meet the celebrities in the form of Hi-5. He doesn’t know it yet but he will probably be very thrilled with this picture one day :)

October 2015
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This is our wedding anniversary month. We didn’t do much but I felt much loved as the husband bought me the holy trinity of nasi lemak for anniversary breakfast…paru, sotong and seeham :)

Liam also got stuck on top of the footstool. Sometimes he forgets that he knows how to get down.

Doesn’t stop him from getting onto the footstool all the time though….

And boy has he developed a character. He learnt how to say no at mealtime grrrrr

And that’s why he deserved to be bullied by his father hehehehe

November 2015
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November started with Liam getting stuck. Yeap.

I even have a video hahaha. Great parenting eh?

Hubs took me to eat at In-N-Out popup restaurant. We found out about it quite late and made it in the nick of time. In fact we were the last customers before they closed up! Worth the drive.

I sewed a pair of shorts for Liam….it was horrendous. He was horrified as you can see.

This is also the month that Liam had fevers for a few days and eventually admitted to hospital for a night as there was a dengue scare.

Fortunately it wasn’t dengue and he probably was just having a particularly bad teething phase.

We found out that he was suffering from diet related anaemia though as I hadn’t fed him much meat except for fish…I felt quite shitty for being so stupid. Now he gets meat everyday!

Had a babycino after getting better. Not his first but he’s too cute in this picture!

And finally, Liam walked properly for the first time!

December 2015
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Before we knew it, it was December.

I attempted to make pulut panggang. Too much work, haha I will stick to buying them in the future!

Liam went to his first book fair. He had a ball pushing the plastic trolleys all over the hall.

He also pooped on the throne for the first time, yipeeee!

I made mince pies for the first time. The mince was storebought though #cheatbake

Liam and I dressed up as flapper girl and newspaperboy for a prohibition era party :D

Had our annual Xmas party and it was wonderful :)

Liam ate lemon for the first time and he was unperturbed by it haha

He also learnt how to get down from out extra tall bed. It’s quite scary to watch but he does it like a pro now.

Hubs took us for a staycation in KL to usher in new year. We didn’t get to see fireworks though cause they closed the rooftop a few hours before midnight -__- but we had a nice time swimming when it reopened the next day. Don’t ask me where this hotel is cause I will not recommend it haha. I am sure you can find it yourself if you’re resourceful enough.

Me and Liam eating traditional local desserts from a stall in KL. We had so much fun playing tourists in our own city :)

So there…my review of 2015 done. Did you read everything? I think 3 weeks really isn’t so bad for a post this long haha. As promised, it’s really more about Liam than me haha but that’s alright because he is my life <3

I don’t really have resolutions for 2016, I just wish to be a better person, better mother, better friend and a better wife. And sew some stuff my family and I can wear out in public.


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To read about my highlights in previous years, click:


2008
2009
2010
2011 (this one was a cheat, honestly was too broke saving for the house until no activities hahaha)
2012
2013
2014

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Get your CNY bonus shopping money by shopping on Rakuten!

Believe it or not, it’s incredibly time-consuming caring for a toddler and these days I simply have no time to go out to shop leisurely. So just like what I did for Christmas, I am going to do all my shopping for Chinese New Year online.

# – I bought all my Xmas presents online!

It used to be just clothes and perhaps an obscure brand of whatever product you’re looking for but nowadays, you can pretty much get anything over the Internet. From clothes to phones to diapers to groceries, the brands and choices are unlimited. The Malaysian online shopping scene has certainly come a long way!

I can’t wait to buy CNY decorations, baking supplies, presents and hampers from my favourite online stores, especially Rakuten. I could shop on its mobile app while getting the baby to nap or I could do it on my personal computer when the baby is already napping :)

Why do I like Rakuten? Well, aside from its incredible range of products, we’re talking over 210,000 products from 900 merchants, they have an incredible point reward system. Basically, as a member of Rakuten (it’s free to sign up by the way), I get to accumulate “Rakuten Super Points“, essentially a currency on Rakuten which can be used just like money to buy or offset future purchase. Kind of like store credit too, if you think about it.

And from now until January 31, they are having a 5X Rakuten Super Points give away, meaning you will get straight-up 5% equivalent of your purchase value back in Rakuten Super Points (RSP) instead of the usual 1% RSP for every RM100 spent.

So lets say, you bought an item that costs RM100, normally you will get 1% RSP which is equivalent to RM1. But during this 5X campaign, you get to accumulate 5% RSP, that’s RM5 equivalent of points. The more you buy during this period, the more points you get to accumulate = the more shopping you can use the RSPs to pay for.

I’ve already got my strategy in place…and I am starting with Chinese New Year hampers! The hampers on Rakuten are lovely and are priced competitively compared to the ones outside (yes, I’ve done my survey) so it just makes more sense to buy from Rakuten cause I get to earn RSPs which I can later use for buying other items.

Check out these lovely CNY hampers:

Wow this one has a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon, birds nests and various chinese delicacies. What a steal at RM380! And I get to earn 19.90 Rakuten Super Points which is equivalent to RM19.90 worth of bonus shopping money!

I like that this one has a good mix of healthy stuff like premium oolong tea and dried mushrooms as well as goodies like tarts and almond cakes. How many RSPs can I earn from buying this hamper? A grand total of RM13.40 worth.

It’s really so easy to accumulate RSPs shopping on Rakuten, right?

Love the packaging for this one! Everything is housed in a hand-woven Volsa basket and it has fine products like imported teas, coffees, juices and teatime treats. A wonderful gift for loveds ones with discerning palates. From buying this hamper alone I will earn 20.40 RSPs, that’s RM20.40 more to my bonus shopping fund!

Basically, by purchasing all these hampers, I would net myself 56.60 Rakuten Super Points, which are exactly RM56.60 of bonus money that I could spend on other stuff! You see how fun shopping on Rakuten is for me?

There are many things I could get with RM56.60 worth of RSP on Rakuten.

Am already eyeing a packet of diapers for Liam that I could redeem outright with my Rakuten Super Points accumulated from just buying CNY hampers :)

And you know what’s the crazy bit? I will still be getting more Rakuten Super Points redeeming stuff with my existing points! This is how shopping should be everywhere!

Even after I used my RSPs on the diapers, I can still earn 2.35 points or RM2.35 in store credit…it’s never going to finish haha. How amazing!

Or perhaps I could use the points to redeem 3 cartons of Coke Light for my CNY open house? 0.85 points times three that’s an additional RM2.55 worth of RSPs.

So many choices!

And another thing I love about Rakuten is that the merchants all offer very good delivery options at nominal pricing. Most give free delivery when you shop more than a certain amount. By always buying enough to get free delivery really helps me save a lot!!

So if you’re shopping on Rakuten too, do collate your purchases at one go. You may get free delivery and also get more Rakuten Super Points for more shoppping. Moreeeeeee moreee moreeeee.

That’s not all, Rakuten also gives out a coupon on every weekend for deals and discounts, so remember to check the website often. Especially on Saturdays and Sundays! You never know what kind of deals you might just be fortunate to encounter.

Also, if you’re a Mastercard holders, remember to set in your Calendar to shop on Wednesdays cause you get to enjoy an additional 5% discount!

What are you waiting for? Hop on to Rakuten now.

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7 Reasons why I love Sharp’s Mite Catcher

Today I am going to talk about one of my favourite electrical appliances – the Mite Catcher from Sharp.

Yes, it’s a vacuum cleaner that not only sucks up dusts and dirts but also kills bed mites!

Do you know that mites thrive in our tropical environment? They feed on dead skin cells and can live up to 2 months. 80% – 90% of mites live in beddings….so yeah, many of us are sleeping with these disgusting creatures every night!

Here are my 8 reasons why I love the Mite Catcher.

1. Long cable.

The first thing I noticed about the Mite Catcher is its long cable. This provides a lot of manoeuvrability as I could just plug it into any wallpoint and use it without having to think about cord extension.

2. Powerful suction.

Absolutely incredible. Because of its technology, it never loses suction power unlike conventional vacuum cleaners. It could suck up dusts and mites even if there’s another layer of fabric in the way. As you can see in the picture, I didn’t even know where those dusts come from, I simply ran it across my bed and it’s managed to suck up so much dirt. Ewwwww!

3. Ergonomic and light.

The handle is ergonomic and even after vacuum-ing two beds, I didn’t feel much strain on my hands. Weighing at only 2.7kg, the Mite Catcher is also light enough to be used on hanging curtains!

4. Sleek and beautiful design.

Safe to say that it’s the only vacuum cleaner that I have no problem displaying in full view. It’s such a beautiful design, almost a work of art. It also comes with a matching stand.

5. Easy to clean.

It’s really fool proof to dispose the dusts. Everything is clearly labelled and even without reading the instruction manual, I did not have problem figuring it out!

6. It really KILLS bed mites.

The Mite Catcher has a feature called Heat Cyclone which heats air up to 40-60 degrees celcius and blows it onto beddings to dislodge mites. Following, the centrifugal airflow sucks them out, killing 99.99% of mites! It also equipped with Plasmacluster technology which helps to remove unpleasant odour and bacterial in the bed.

It’s really the first of its kind!

7. Great for the family health

Since we got the Mite Catcher, I feel like our quality of life has improved tremendously. For one we don’t seem to sneeze so much anymore while in bed. I credit it to the amazing Mite Catcher.

Thanks to the Mite Catcher, now I have peace of mind everytime I go to sleep knowing my bed is free from nasty creatures.

If you’re interested in this product, they are a few roadshows that you might wanna visit:
Roadshow: Perfect Lifestyle
Date: 1st to 3rd Jan 2016
Venue: Mid Valley Exhibition Hall 2 Booth No. 2103
Dealer: Total Image Marketing

Roadshow: M Barter Fair
Date: 5th to 6th Jan 2016
Venue: Sunway Convention Centre
Dealer: Total Image Marketing

Let’s say goodbye to allergies and icky creepy crawlies now!

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