Friday, 7 December 2012

Krocies Crocodile Shop @ Old Klang Road, KL

Few weeks back Oliver and I were revisiting his college area at the Pearl Point Shopping Center (not sure what its called now). 

Well, we came across a store selling white meat. Now White meat to me is Chicken. To my surprise the shop was selling Crocodile Meat. Krocies Crocodile Shop. Can you believe it? I mean Crocodile Meat in Malaysia? I wouldn't be surprised to find such stores in Thailand, Cambodia or Vietnam, but Malaysia? Well what do we know.

Apparently, Krocies import their "materials" from crocodile farms in East Malaysia. They sell crocodile meat which is healthy - low in fat and high in protein. Other then crocodile meat they even sell other crocodile related products such as balms, oils, a real stuffed crocodile and souvenirs. 




Do check out their website for more info.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Gigantic BookXmas Tree



Well, while we were at the Popular Mega Sale at Straits Quay few days ago. We bumped into this.

Have you ever seen a Gigantic Christmas Tree?? A Christmas tree made of books? Really? Well here it is. It's a Christmas tree made of readable books. Isn't it cool1?

A wonderful way to promote books and be green. I personally loved the tree and the deco. Sweet and simple.

If you happen to be around do check it out.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

An Interesting Evening

What am I doing here at this hour? Oh well, I had coffee and now I can't sleep.
Anyways, since I can't sleep I thought of hoping here to share this post. Baby Lukas hasn't been out of the house for almost 2 days. So today we decided to go Straits Quay and stroll with him. When we were ready to go he fell a sleep. We decided to wake him up - I got him dressed up and we were about to leave when he poo-ed.  This went on until the sun was down - good bye strolling...sigh!!

Now that the sun was down and walking around in dark wouldn't be so fun we still decided to go. When we came to Straits Quay what do we see?


The evening got interesting as we stepped towards the SQCC at 6th floor.

Hubby and I love books, so we spent the evening here.




While for baby Lukas - he was tied up in the stroller and had to tag along mom and dad. Not very interesting evening for him but his eyes brighten up as we walked around admiring the Christmas tree and the lights.




Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Just Because Cards

Cards I made for my sister. She graduated from The School of ACTS on the 11th November 2012. And she asked me to make few cards to give her friends. So here is what I came up in the short time and the little material I had here in KL. I would also like to congratulate her on her Graduation.

CONGRATS BINNY...!!




Friday, 9 November 2012

POPULAR IS NEW IN TOWN


I was drawn to the crafting world by my mentors and friends. It's interesting to know how the art of making simple cards and sending greetings across has now become a huge industry. It's not just about the message or the greeting anymore. Now this field has a new set of vocabulary like patterned papers, embellishments, blings, glitters, various inks, Washi tapes, big shot, Cricut and so on and has taken the world of scrapbooking into a different dimension (of course for GOOD!!)

Well, it is so easy to find these materials in USA, England and Australia at affordable prices with a wide variety to choose from while the crafters here in Malaysia face the scarcity of such perks. They either look for materials in local stationery stores or order stuff online which could be expensive.

While digging for some stuff I found many Malaysian bloggers with same interest and also links to where I can get these things so, I have decided to check out these few craft stores in and around KL. Apart from these craft supplies/scrapbooking stores, the hot cake seller is our beloved POPULAR BOOK STORE. I go there rather frequent - only because I love stationery, books and magazines. But lately I noticed they have ventured into the "art/craft" market. If you happen to be there don't forget to check out their Art and Craft Section. They have a lot to offer at affordable prices.


Craft Supplies at Popular Book Stores
Craft Supplies at Popular Book Stores

So, will you be making your own handmade cards this season?

Optimus On The Go


Recently we took a weekend trip to Penang. On the way back we halted at the R&R at Tapah, Perak. The one on the North-South Expressway. Well while looking around for some coffee in such a huge place - LOOK WHAT WE FOUND...!!!



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Thursday, 8 November 2012

Baby Lukas' Full Month / Full Moon Celebration in KL

I can't say "recently", as this was last month. But yeah we celebrated Baby Lukas' Full Moon. It was on the 6th of October. However, friends and family got together to celebrate on 7th as it was a Sunday. 


Full Moon (Man Yue) is a Chinese custom that celebrates the baby's first month. Lukas' Poh-Poh (grandma), Gung-Gung (grandpa), Gu-Gu (aunt), Gu Fu (uncle) and Jie Jie (cus Sis) flew all the way from Sibu and his cus aunt flew from Kuching to celebrate God's goodness and faithfulness with us. We had a table booked at Tai Thong: Imperial City Restaurant in Cheras for a family dinner on the 6th. We were a bit late due to traffic jam and were so hungry that we actually forgot to take pictures of the food served. 

Family picture at Tai Thong Restaurant



Since my mom's house in KL can't accommodate many people at the same time so hubby and I decided to have an "open-house" on Sunday. I guess it was a good idea since we got to meet and catch up with friends and church members at a deeper level. The only drawback was that it was tiring. 

The night before the full moon day my sis Binny and sis-in-law Jen Lin stayed up late to put up the balloons and the banner that I had handmade. Thank you both for helping out. Here are the busy beeee....s 

Oh! my grandma who is 81 and little Phoebe (2 years old) also helped to blow the balloons.


Grandma helping with deco..

BeBe with balloon..

The "open house" - our doors were opened from 12 PM till mid-night. Friends and family visited us and baby Lukas from as near as the same taman and as far as Kuching and Sibu. Thank you all for coming and participating in our joy.

 In the evening we had planned a surprise birthday dinner for my mom as she was turning 50. It all went well. The guests were wonderful - my mom was thoroughly surprised - she had no idea of us cooking up something.


50th birthday celebration with grand son

 





 





Last but not the least -  here are the ang pows and gifts baby Lukas received. Thank you all for being such a blessing to Lukas and us.


Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Penang Skyline



A million Dollar view from our apartment in Penang.




Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Packing for New Born - Diaper Bag

I was so confused - was so overwhelmed by what to pack and what not to in the hospital bag for the newborn. I checked online and it further confused me. You know how they say, "too many cooks spoil the broth"? I guess too much information leaves you just as confused as well :p

Here are few things I felt confident about and a newborn might need - and if I do forget something or need something last minute - I guess I should allow myself to make such mistakes and learn from it. After all we learn from mistakes and this is what will become an experience, isn't it?

   
Well, these are the things I packed in my lovely brand new diaper bag (was dying to use it ;p)
  • Diapers (newborn size - now is the time to use those received from hospital/clinic during our regular visits) 
  • Diaper Rash Cream
  • Changing mat
  • Baby Wipes
  • Baby blankets -2 
  • Newborn baby clothes - 3 pairs 
    • hat, mittens, booties, 2 tops and 2 bottoms (be it long/short sleeves, I guess it doesn't make a difference in Malaysian climate and since baby will be swaddles anyway)

I guess, that's it - and my Baby Bag is ready.  



Updates:
  • The hospital provided the NB Diapers, but they do charge for it. So if you already have NB diapers ask the nurse to use those.
  • Get more baby blankets. Two were not enough. 
  • I guess if you had a normal delivery 2 pairs of clothing might do. But since I had CS and stayed in hospital for 3 days, baby clothes were not enough.  


Labour and Birth

I thought my labour would be dramatic, at some random place at a random time - like in the movies. But it wasn't like that at all.

We went for my regular appointment at week 39. Things were fine no contractions and no sign of anything. I was asking my doctor (I guess all first time moms do), "how would I know I am in labour?" and his response was, "Aarti, you will know". 

We came home (my hospital bag was ready by week 34 so we had nothing to worry), had dinner, watched the first episode of Guilty Crown (anime) with my hubby. Went to bed very late (was almost 2pm). By 3 PM I could feel it coming. The contractions had begun - were mild and I could walk. We called the doctor at 5AM and as per his suggestion went to ER. The contractions became stronger by 7AM and I could barely walk (now I knew what the doctor meant by, "Aarti you will know"). The nurse who was monitoring my contractions on the machine said the contractions were very strong (as per the reading). I was active in labour by 9AM and was taken to the labour room by 10.

My water breaking didn't cause any drama or havoc (as I had hoped) but my active labour and contractions did. I couldn't take the labour pain (I was literally screaming my lungs out). The doctor had broken my water bag and I had stopped dilating at 6cm.  I had 2 nurses beside me with 2 different opinions about taking epidural. One suggesting I should take it as I am not taking the labour pains too well, while the other totally rebuking her by saying I can't because I have already dilated more then 5cm. Between these two suggestions I couldn't make up my mind. I was already using the nitrogen gas (or whatever you call it) and the relief was near to nothing. With all this drama, shouting and screaming and me not dilating further - I opted for CS.

Throughout this whole time - since my labour started at 3AM till I delivered at 1:18 PM and even after that my beloved hubby was beside me, and literally went through everything with me.

I have no idea what happened after the effect of anesthesia took over but when I woke up and saw my baby for the first time I understood what David meant when he said,
"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful,...." - Psalms 139







Friday, 12 October 2012

Birth Announcement Cards of Baby Lukas Zenith

I had been designing my baby birth announcement cards for a long time. Just couldn't figure out what and how I wanted it to be. One thing I wanted was the card to be not heavy (to save on postage). Due to my weaknesses I couldn't spend much time on these cards. And I was at my mom's without my craft materials and accessories. So had to do with what all I had. 

So here is a very simple Baby Boy Birth Announcement Card. I made 50 of these and they were sent to family and friends near and far. Material used: Blue and White Card Stock and printer.



Monday, 17 September 2012

A Little New Addition...!!!

Introducing Our Little 
Bundle of Joy
"We prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted us 
what we asked of him. So now we give him to the LORD. 
For his whole life he will be given over to the LORD."
- 1 Samuel 1:27-28 (Bible)
 

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Redeem my time, Lord!

Both Oliver and I are seminary students (since Jan 2011). Three weeks into our marriage - we came to MBTS for theological education to equip ourselves for future missions.

When we celebrated our first wedding anniversary (Dec 2011), we were done with one year of our seminary education, had started our weekend ministry and were settling in a church and had wonderful, godly friends who would and could speak into our lives. We told ourselves that one more year and we will be in the mission field.

We were planning a mission trip in August 2012 with few other friends who shared the same burden. We were meeting mission organizations to inquire and learn more about long-term mission possibilities. It was as if the desire and calling God had placed on Oliver's heart a decade ago was finally coming to completion. We saw things happen and pieces coming together. Things were planned and the plan was smooth.

But when things are smooth is when something is not quite right.

God intervenes: For us it was our pregnancy. We were  overjoyed, overwhelmed, happy and delighted but at the same time we were confused. Suddenly our next few years became uncertain. It was like we had to take another route to reach our destination - which would mean a delay and would require more time. We always imagined 2 of us in the mission field - but now there was a blur picture of a tiny someone.
 
When we face difficulties and feel weak, we realize God's goodness, mercy and might. We were trying to "speed" things up in order to be in the mission field. But I had to take a break from my studies - due to my pregnancy. Though this was not our plan, I believe this was God's plan. Though I had lost sight of things and was confused - God was still in control of my life.

I guess this was a much needed break. For the last 18 months both of us had been so busy and caught up in various activities and events: Preparing for the wedding, the wedding itself, trip to India for another wedding celebration, shifting to Penang - new people and new place, back to student life - with assignments, duties, ministry and a lot of readings, a new married life - adjusting to one another as well as to a new life as a married couple. Not that I am complaining, we enjoyed all of this - but it was all too rushed.

God allowed my pregnancy to bring the balance that was needed - especially in me. Oliver needed to slow down and I needed a break, a pause, a venue to reorganize my thoughts, life and many other aspects. If we didn't have this break - I would have collapsed before entering full time ministry - we would have burnt out!!

But thank God that He is always in control and sees things in order and perspective. We might not be very happy when things do not go our way and plans fail - but trusting God is what we must do.

Christ is our Redeemer - and He will redeem the time I think I have lost. 

Thank You Lord, that You take care of us - even when we do not see it.
Thank You Lord, for taking charge of our live.
Thank You Lord, that I am not alone and You share my burden as well as my passion.
Thank You Lord, for family and friends who speak into our lives and encourage us.
Thank You Lord, for Your everlasting love and care, providence and protection.
Thank You Lord, for You will redeem our time.

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Goodie Bags for Mom-to-be

Both my husband and I were not able to attend the Prenatal classes offered by the hospital. While my OB in Penang was hosting these classes - Oliver was preaching and I was terribly in pain due to my first ever migraine - and we couldn't attend, even though we had registered for the classes long ago and paid in full. Thought the amount paid for the classes was not refunded but we did get the class materials and some baby stuff - sample diaper packs, car stickers, baby magazines and some sample baby products and some discount coupons from Mom's Care. We also received the Mummy bag from Baiboo.com.  Here is a picture of things we received from the Penang Adventist Hospital.


During my 7th month of Pregnancy I was invited to stay at my mom's in KL (Indian tradition). So we were visiting an OB at HUKM Specialist Center - this was also the hospital where my mom worked for almost 10 years. When we inquired about the Prenatal classes here in HUKM - they didn't have any for the month of August (due to raya) and July was super full with 16 couples and the one scheduled for September was way after my due date. So no baby classes for us in KL as well. But we did receive those goodie bags from them.

We have been reading and preparing ourselves for the things ahead. I also attended the classes online with Babycenter.com - not sure if that gives one enough information. But we are trusting God and praying for a smooth and hiccup free delivery. Do pray with us!!



Saturday, 25 August 2012

Birth Announcement Cards - Boy

Yesterday I posted a couple of Birth Announcement cards for girls. Today I was working on some Birth Announcement cards for newborn baby boys - so here is what I came up with.


You can affix your baby's picture on the inside - right, and include the details of the birth as well. I am selling a pack of 6 cards with white envelopes for Rm 30/- including postage (Malaysia only). PM me if interested to buy.

Friday, 24 August 2012

Birth Announcement Cards - Girl

This year of 2012 is the "Dragon Year", according to the Chinese Calendar. And many of my friends are popping babies - including me (week 37 now). So I decided to make some birth announcement cards to sell. Here are 2 simple girlie birth announcement cards for Newborn Baby Girl.

I am not sure if in Malaysia we follow this tradition of sending birth announcement cards, but I think its a wonderful way of announcing the arrival of our newborn. 

Welcome Baby - Purple

 
Welcome Baby - Pink


You can affix your baby's picture on the inside - right, and include the details of the birth as well. 


I am selling a pack of 6 cards with white envelopes for Rm 30/- including postage (Malaysia only). PM me if interested to buy.









Saturday, 18 August 2012

Happy Birthday, Oliver!!

This post is dedicated to Oliver, my beloved husband. As we celebrate his 33 years on planet earth - we thank Christ Jesus for his love and provision and for his call upon Oliver's life. We strive to serve him - and serve him alone.

"If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen."
- 1 Peter 4:11
Adding to Oliver's collection of Transformers - as his Birthday Present 

 Transformers Animated Dinobots - Grimlock, Swoop and Snarl.


Transformers Cybertron: Red Alert (2005)


 Transformers Alternators: Rodimus




Here are some compiled "expression of love and encouragement" for the Birthday Boy - taken from facebook.

Grace Ngu:

Epic youth expressions -Emergency Performance Improvement Committee=EPIC 
Photo: Epic youth expressions -Emergency Performance Improvement Committee=EPIC 

Photo: Hey Oliiiii! Happy happy birthday! :) In conjunction with your birthday, I would like to remind you of a joke that you posted on FB awhile back. 

This photo I took at Gold Coast...reminded me of this. 

"There's no one in here...looks like he went out for the knight..." 

HAHAHA. Selamat hari jadi! :) 
Thank you to all our friends and youths and everyone for all your love, wishes and prayers. You guys just make things extra nice and beautiful.

Friday, 17 August 2012

Martha and Mary - A Christian Hospitality?


Please refer to Luke 10: 38-42.

Martha and Mary, Lazarus' sisters are wonderful examples of Christian Hospitality. When Martha and Mary are preached, we are led to make a conscious or subconscious choice. We either fit in Martha's shoes or in Mary's. We often get divided. For those of us who believe in keeping their houses functional and providing for visitors - we side with Martha, and for those of us who enjoy the love and companionship will side with Mary. 


Martha and Mary, by He Qi, China
I feel that many times Martha has been frowned upon. But in real life circumstances we know that even if we want to be Mary and sit at Jesus' feet we are forced to wear Martha's robe and are framed between the pots and pans. So my question is who should we strive to be Martha or Mary? Was Martha right when she asked Jesus to release her sister Mary so that she can help her? Or was Mary right to leave her sister alone to manage the household stuff and to care for Jesus as well as his disciples all by herself?

As I read the passage further, I find Jesus' response to Martha - a rebuke. So then what is a Christian Hospitality? Sitting and listening? Leaving your household chores to others? 

I am not siding with Martha or Mary here - but I think we need to bring a balance between these two sisters. We need to combine them - we can't have Martha without Mary or Mary without Martha.  We will have to wear Martha' apron as well as Mary's scarf. Neither of them are wrong. Both were struggling to meet the needs of their guest. Just that Martha was concerned about her guest's physical needs - providing food and drinks to meet the natural need and a cosy home to make him and his friends comfortable. While Mary was focused on Jesus' emotional need - a friend to talk to.

I guess this does happen to us as well - we get so entangled with household chores and showing off our hospitality skills - which might include - cooking, baking, sewing, cleaning, knitting, crafting etc.. that we forget how uncomfortable our guest might become as we represent ourselves so highly. Same goes with Mary's attitude - even though she has a listening ears and a gentle heart - she might totally forget to offer a glass of water or a simple meal to a starving stomach. 

We do not need a "Martha Stewart" Perfect Home for a Christian Hospitality. We don't need ONLY Martha or ONLY Mary - We NEED them BOTH.

Monday, 13 August 2012

A Sacrifice without Defect

I watched The Da Vinci Code few months back. It's quite an interesting movie. I had watched it before - a long time ago - when it was released. Well, the questions about the divinity of Christ never posed any doubts or has never challenged my faith. Talking about the Holy Grail and descendants of Christ has never been an issue. I understand this book as a total work of fiction with some crazy twists involving historical details. Just like combining Transformers III: Dark of the Moon with the historic event of the first man on the moon. Like merging X-Men: First Class with the Cuban Missile Crisis. I guess we are smart enough to differentiate the truth from fiction (or are we?).

Well, regarding the Jesus issue in The Da Vinci Code - I believed that Jesus having any descendents or a family and so on didn't matter. I thought it doesn't make a difference if Jesus had any marital relationship or had a family - He was (is) still God. It doesn't make him different, or defiled. But after re-watching this movie I am forced to think and take a stand. Just as Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) says in the end of the movie, "A living descendent of Jesus Christ, will she (referring to Audrey Tautou) build your faith or destroy it?". 

I guess my stand is: 

  1. Christ did not come to have "companionship" or have family - to take a wife or make babies. He came to fulfill - to carry out his Father's will, and he carried it out all the way to the cross. 
  2. Regarding his relationship with Mary Magdalene - she was no more than a disciple, a believer and a follower. Christ's love for her would be the same as for me or as for any other woman.

Christ was a sinless sacrifice, a guiltless offering - innocent blood who took away the sins of the world (John 1:29). If Christ had any "such" relations with Mary Magdalene or any other woman per se - then that would make him an unworthy sacrifice. Wouldn't it? John refers to Christ as "The Lamb of God" - if we refer to Old Testament we learn that lamb offering was for atonement and the lamb or bull for the offering of atonement was to be without defect (Leviticus 1). And Christ is our atonement - a sacrifice without defect.





Sunday, 12 August 2012

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Bon Odori 2012 - Penang

What is 'Bon Odori'? Originally a Japanese Buddhist observance honouring the spirits of ancestors, today it has evolved into a family reunion holiday during which Japanese return to ancestral family places, and visit, and clean their ancestors' graves. In comparison to the celebrations in Japan, the festival celebrated in Penang and Selangor is less associated with Buddhism and more with Japanese culture. Held mainly to expose locals to a part of Japanese culture, the festival provides the experience of a variety of Japanese food and drinks, art and dance, with the vast number of Japanese companies in Malaysia taking part to promote their products.


 

 

 

 
And the upcoming Penang YOSAKOI Parade 2013!!! 19th January 2013!!!  

 
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