Pantang practices, Massage & Confinement Meal reviews

My pantang is officially over! Padahal we were not even strict about it. Living on your own during confinement has its perks jugak lah eh. No parents under the same roof to nag at me and impose all the macam-macam pantang rules hehe.

On the day after I was discharged from the hospital, I started my pantang proper by commencing my urut and confinement meal. My urut was by Ummi Shasha and confinement meals was by none other than Sizzling Dyyana!

For my urut, Ummi’s package was for 10 sessions and her price is very reasonable. It was the cheapest that I found actually. I heard about her service from bf’s friend who posted about how fast her tummy shrunk after giving birth, apparently because Ummi uses the traditional bengkung instead of just the modern velcro corset/waist trainer. And true enough, I could see a difference after just one session. By the 3rd/4th session, my tummy was already a lot flatter. Her package comes with the traditional bengkung, a velcro corset to be worn over the bengkung, pilis and tapel. The massage itself felt okay. It helped to clear more blood clots. It was the bengkung+corset combo that was the killer. I was advised to keep it on overnight, after she put them on for me in the morning. Most of the time, I ended up taking off the corset before I go to sleep at night and kept the bengkung on. At the end of the 10 sessions, she took back her bengkung but let me keep the corset. She asked me to keep wearing the corset every day until I return to work. I guess we really need to follow her advice for the slimming to be effective. I’ve been wearing the corset almost every day, along with a tapel which I bought in a jamu set from Al-Barakah shop and I’m still gradually losing weight now, although it is slowing down. Overall, her service is good and I would recommend her.

For Sizzling Dyyana’s confinement meals, I took up the 30 days package. Meals are delivered between 9.30am to 11am every Monday to Saturday, excluding PH. Every meal comes with rice, a meat dish, a vegetable dish and either 2 baked items or 1 baked item+longan red date drink on alternate days. Each meal is for lunch and dinner. For a small eater like me, I could share every meal with bf everyday. The portion is generous and the dishes are very healthy. They taste quite good for healthy food too. The meat dishes are mostly fish and chicken. There are meatballs and salmon once in awhile, and I even had unagi once. The mock dishes like mock green curry and mock lemak without santan are quite sedap too. She has quite a good variety of dishes, but even though it’s not very repetitive, I still get quite jelak of eating rice every day. I miss my noodles, pasta, spicy food and other seafoods like sotong and shell fish. Every one loves the baked items the most, obviously. It’s mostly lactation cookies, brownies, cheesecakes and buns. There was also churros once. Because it’s so sedap, they make your tastebuds feel less deprived. Service wise, it’s great that Kak Dyy sends out texts to inform us the menu of the day, together with the very descriptive nutritional information of each dish. I think my postpartum recovery and breastfeeding journey has been going on well partly thanks to her nutritious food. Would definitely recommend her and will engage her service again in future insyaAllah kalau ada rezeki.

I mentioned that I bought this jamu set from Al-Barakah. It comes with 2 bottles of jamu pills, pilis, tapel, param and a velcro corset. I’ve been consuming the jamu ever since my son’s jaundice is cleared. I don’t see much effect from it, but maybe it’s helping with my internal recovery which I don’t feel much lol. The pilis feels more berangin that Ummi’s pilis. But I don’t have much headache to begin with, so I only put it on a few times and stopped. I have no idea how to use the param properly. It’s basically just like a lotion with very slight heaty effect. I think it is supposed to relief muscle aches or something. But I don’t really like leaving lotions or creamy residues on my body especially now that I have a baby and need to maintain cleanliness and good hygiene standards. So I don’t use it. The tapel is the only one I’ve been using on my tummy consistently till now. Although it doesn’t feel as heaty as fresh tapel, some effect is better than nothing. Makes me feel like it’s burning my fats, so I always put it on underneath the velcro corset, although I will remove it after only half a day when the heaty sensation wears off. As for other pantang practices, some I still follow but some I don’t. I don’t wear socks at home much because the weather is too hot and I have sweaty feet. I dilligently avoided cold drinks and caffeine. I ate spicy food maybe once or twice and indulged in a couple of sweet treats once in awhile.

Right now, I have been doing tangas, which is a herbal steam spa as an alternative to ganggang, courtesy of my mum. She helped to source for the ingredients and I just have to boil them in water on mornings when bf is around to take care of baby, which is mostly weekends. I loveeee the aroma and the fat-burning sensation, so I shall continue doing it for probably a few more weekends.

Now that pantang is over and my confinement meals catering has ended, I feel a little lost at trying to maintain a healthy diet for the sake of breastfeeding. Some days, my mum sends food over. But I still need to cook or get my own food most of the time. Cooking is going to be challenging especially since I am taking care of my baby alone on weekdays. So far, I’ve had KFC and Macs breakfast once. Such an epic fail. Will probably be struggling in this department for awhile, but I hope no matter what, my milk supply is maintained. I think I am almost ready to start working out and do physical activities too. Not particularly excited about working out, but I got at least 5kg more to lose to pre-pregnancy weight. Sucks that my weight has also started to plateau.. I read somewhere that breastfeeding burns about 300 calories per day. But I guess if I don’t watch my diet, it could be 300 calories out and 500 calories in.

Meeting Dr C for post-delivery appointment tomorrow!

New Treadmill Woohoo!

H and I just passed the 8th month mark of marriage and while reflecting on our journey so far, I suddenly had an inspiration to write like “10 things I love in a marriage” or “5 lessons after x months of marriage” kind of post. Ala ala lifestyle/family blogger giteww. But I think that’s more suited for a one year anniversary post, maybe. Lol.

So anyway, we just bought a new treadmill! Continue reading “New Treadmill Woohoo!”

Quarter Life Crisis

So H has been working for almost over a year now and I think he is facing a little bit of quarter life crisis. I remember feeling this way when I first started working a few years ago.

Completed my education, got my degree, got a job, settled my loans, 5-year plan on track, got married, now what’s next? I think the mundane routine of going to work and coming home from work every day without anything concrete to look forward to, makes us feel a little bored and we start to wonder what is the purpose of life. Why do we go to work when we hate our jobs? Just for money? For what, other than to survive? To give back to parents? So mainstream. To give back to the community? So cliche. To travel? To start a family? To buy a half a million dollar HDB flat which will never truly be mine because technically we are just renting it for 99 years? What’s the whole purpose of getting up, shower, work, go home, eat, sleep, lepak, berak, do laundry, dry clothes, fold clothes, repeat?

It feels like there is this void in your life, like there’s not enough meaning or fulfilment. And then H said to me, “Shall we have a baby?” Erm……no. It’s not that I don’t want kids lah, but this is obviously not the solution to a quarter life crisis lol.

I was just telling H what I did when I was in his shoes a few years back. I guess it was kinda worse for me back then because while I had already started working, H still had 3 more years to go before graduation. So I had to wait for him. My life felt quite stagnant. Like someone pressed the pause button. So I searched for things to do to occupy my time. Having more financial freedom meant that I had more power to do the things I’ve always wanted to do, as well as things that are out of my comfort zone. So I started signing up for things and classes. I went for zumba. I tried yoga and piloxing. I even signed up for a swimming class and this is probably my proudest recent achievement ever. I never knew how to swim before this, but now I can do the breast stroke even though I’m still a horrible swimmer. I used to have one or two tutions to occupy my time back then too. I also used to attend a class at Darul Arqam religiously (pun intended LOL) for awhile. Basically, I pondered about what would I regret not trying in my life when it is too late. I went for this and that sharing sessions, met new people, made more friends. And life started to feel better and not so mundane after all. But there are still some things I kinda regret not doing, like signing up for that kickboxing class at the ladies gym. I haven’t been to those kind of courses/classes for awhile now because wedding preparations made me busier. But I guess it’s time to start again now, while guiding H on his own personal self-discovery process at the same time lol. Marriage life sometimes kept us occupied with ourselves too much. Like we focus a lot on serving our spouse and continue to shower attention to our parents and families consistently that we may forget about our own personal growth.

Anyway, we’ve been married for 7+ months now, and alhamdulillah we’ve been consistently doing all the things we want to do after the wedding, in terms of kickstarting our new life together. Treated both our families to a nice meal right after our honeymoon. Got a solid health insurance plan for both of us which comes with a rider. Settled reviewing our parents health insurance and make sure they are sufficiently covered so that we don’t have to worry so much since we are both the first child. Researched house designs, hunted for an ID and signed the contract! Now just waiting for our keys in December insyaAllah. Get our own place to stay while waiting for our BTO keys. Had our post-wedding photoshoot at our alma mater, TPJC.  Plans to register for hajj are underway. Started to look up umrah packages too. Still thinking about adopting a cat or two. And last but not least, I have FINALLY started driving lessons! YESSAAA!!

SOS: Health Insurance

Recently a few of our elders have been falling ill. Some are minor illnesses, some are quite major and terminal. It makes me worried and wonder if I have sufficient coverage in case I fall ill myself. Health is priceless. It is a rezeki that many of us take for granted. We often only realize how valuable it is when we lose it.

But at the same time we must usaha and be prepared. Investing in a health insurance is a small sum compared to what you need to fork out if it strikes even once in your life.

Recently H and I have been thinking and discussing about this a lot but we are not sure where to start. We are very wary because it is easy to fall into the trap of an insurance seller whose niat is just to make you buy the package and not really advice the best for you. It is not that easy to tell who is credible and who you can trust with this.

We have been asking around a bit, but we are cautious, probably because it is our first time also. We are trying to avoid going up to insurance salesmen at roadshows and their branches because some of them can be quite pushy and might do hard-selling. Some of our friends gave their contacts and recommendations, which we appreciate, but I guess we are still asking around and finding out more.

So if you girls would like to share how you got your insurance plans with your other halves or are planning to get, that would be really helpful. It would be great if we could also have a financial planner who can advice about investments and other forms of policies related to starting a family like planning for children’s future and education.