Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Questions.

Throughout my pregnancy, I have been responding to the same comments from almost everyone that meets up with me.

Not that I am complaining about it because these are common pregnancy questions and comments (even, I would ask most of the same questions actually) lol.... but I have been repeating myself so many times that my answers have somewhat become a template.

I have decided to list down the common questions and statements made (and some not-so-nice comments too) . . . .

1. Do you have a gender preference?

Standard reply : "No. As long as the baby is healthy."
Honest reply : "Actually, I want a girl but I know that I should not be putting preferences on gender because this is the first child and all that really matters is the baby's health."

2. How many kids do you want?

Standard reply : Maybe, 2?
Honest reply : At least 2, but it depends on financial circumstances.

3. How have your check ups been ? Is everything normal? Is the baby healthy?

......Is everything normal?! WHOAH. This is a pantang question, in my opinion.  

Or maybe, it's just that the question so detailed and direct that it seems to be lacking of tact. There are questions that people shouldn't be asking, as much as they are asking out of concern because not everybody would like to share every small and personal detail of their life.  

Maybe, I'm just pregnant and sensitive.

4.  Do you have any cravings?

Not really. No, actually. The food that I want to eat are foods that I normally enjoy eating even before my pregnancy, like Nandos...but it's not like I MUST have it when I feel like eating it.

5. Your parents/in laws must be very excited since this is the first grandchild.

My parents/in laws are not the kind who have been harping on having grandchildren. #nopressure :)
They could be excited, but I don't know because they don't seem to show it. In fact, my aunt seems more excited than my parents.

6. YOU must be excited.

Well, I can't say that I'm not excited right? LOL. But yes, I suppose I am. Can't wait to meet the baby!

7. Were you trying or was this accidental?

Neither :)

8. Does Mike have any pregnancy symptoms?

I wish he had but he has NONE, unfortunately. Sometimes, he even forgets that I am pregnant #truestory

Actually, I can think of at least 5 more questions commonly asked questions but I just became lazy to list it down. Hehe.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Isao, Bangkok

I was extremely determined about dining at Isao during our Bangkok trip
because I just couldn't get over the sushi sandwich the last time I came here.

I needed to eat it another time :)

Oh yum!

Wouldn't recommend the Tonkatsu here - the pork cutlet is very dry and the sauce isn't very appetising.

Fried squid

Caterpillar roll

Teriyaki Saba

Oh Sushi Sandwich - I have missed you.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Apinara Thai Cuisine & Bar, Central World Bangkok

I personally found the food at Apinara very average.
Nothing that we ordered really stood out for me.

Didn't really fancy the pomelo salad here.
It looks fancy and all but taste wise, it was ordinary.

I miss Thai food in Melbourne T_T
I plan to revisit Melb in 2016 but we'll see how it goes.

The last time I was there was in 2012 - it has been way too long!








Thursday, September 17, 2015

Aches and pains.

When I went to Bali, that day itself,
I had a very bad lower back pain.
Took me a day to recuperate.

Likewise, when I went to Bangkok,
the body pains and aches also persisted throughout the trip.

The cause of the pain has probably got to do with the flight seats.

Come to think of it, half the time at home,
I'm usually lying down on the bed or couch
so I rarely get backaches.

However, recently, I've been getting pains DOWN THERE.

It feels like a very bad period pain -
like a pulling pressure
which starts off as a sharp pain
that occurs whenever I get up from the chair/bed.

Also, my inner thighs feel trained . . .
there's this pull whenever I get up from a stationary position. Urgh.

It will take minutes before the pain subsides
and in the interim,
I'd be waddling like a penguin
because it hurts to walk normally.

I feel obese.

And to think that I'm only in the second trimester.
Oh third trimester, please be KIND! T_T

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Sugar high in Bangkok

If I lived in Bangkok, I think that I'd be obese.

There are so many nice cafes and restaurants and the variety of desserts there are amazing and most of them tastes good!

Thai Milk Tea Crepe @ Audrey Cafe & Bistro

I know that the sauce looks overwhelming and sickeningly sweet but it really isn't as sweet as it looks.

Ordered some Passionfruit ice blended drink that was extremely generous in portion.

Love love love frozen yoghurt in general. Buddhi Belly's is pretty good - I think that it's also due to the fruit topping selections that they have as well.

Shibuya toast @ After You. I would say that it's worth the wait.

The Horlicks Frapp was super yummy! Maybe I should try to make it at home.

Another Thai Milk Tea dessert - this was at Let Them Eat Cake.

My sis wanted to try this out - Kyo En Roll. Wasn't too bad but nothing exceptionally great.

Thai Milk Tea Pudding - overrated. This was at some Thai Restaurant in Centralworld. Forgot the name.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Where's my luggage?



I had my very first horrible encounter of 'lost/delayed luggage' while travelling to Bangkok.

I was waiting at the conveyor belt for the longest time
and I kept thinking that perhaps, not all the luggage bags have been fully loaded yet
so I waited and waited.

My sister &  mum managed to retrieve theirs and we checked in the luggage at the same time
so how is it that one bag went missing?

An airport staff approached me and told me that there was no more incoming luggage
so I had to go to the counter to lodge a report for my lost luggage.

"What if somebody took the luggage bag? Is there a CCTV around here?", I asked.

The staff confidently replied that it is highly unlikely that the bag is stolen
and that this happens pretty often as well - the bag got lost in transit in KL.

I asked them about claims and was informed that if the bag is missing, they will compensate USD20 per kg. However, if it is delayed luggage, no compensation will be given unless the bag is returned more than 24 hours later.

However, the more I probed, they did not seem to be willing to commit to any certainty of claims for delayed luggage.

I went to the Air Asia website and it said that if no insurance was purchased, I am unable to make any claims for delayed luggage. Anyhow, I dropped them an email and am waiting for a response.

USD20 per kg. I was estimating the cost of the lost luggage in my head and I was so thankful that I didn't pack any expensive shoes or bags to Bangkok but I was pretty sad about my new bottle of foundation and my Marc Jacobs top.

At the end of the day, the compensation for lost luggage is usually just barely enough to cover the cost of a luggage bag itself so forget about covering the cost of the contents.

Lesson learned - any expensive items should always be hand carried to avoid heartache -_-"

We were told to contact their number once we reached the hotel so that they could contact the hotel when the luggage is traced. They needed 3 hours to figure out what happened to the luggage bag.

The whole day I was so occupied thinking about my luggage and I was pretty miserable. My contact lenses were also inside the luggage bag and I was wearing spectacles the whole day. Not that it's a real big deal but I don't feel comfortable in specs! It makes me feel aunty. LOL.

Anyhow, later in the evening, I asked the hotel to help me to follow up with Air Asia and I was informed that the luggage went to Brunei. GEEZ. And the luggage bag would only arrive at midnight as the bag would be sent on the 9 something p.m. flight from KL to BKK.

I was pretty relieved because at least I had clothes to wear the next day but it was all a LIE. The next morning, I called the reception to ask whether my luggage has arrived and was informed that it would only arrive by 12 p.m. Had I known that the luggage would only arrived by then, I would have shopped the night before !!!

This is how optimism kills.

I was pretty darn mad because they did not honour to their commitment that the luggage would arrive at the hotel at midnight.

Lucky thing my mother had extra clothes that I could fit into so that I could go out in clean clothes if not . . . .

Anyhow, I shall be waiting for Air Asia's reply on this issue. Pffft.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Terracota @ Ubud

Food is decent - the appetisers were good though.
Loved the soft shell crab soup with mint.

Loved my avocado shake - drank two glasses *burp*

Ambience was romantic but could have been better without the waltz of the mosquitoes.

View would have been beautiful early evening as the restaurant has a view of the paddy field
and a small little pond with ducks.



Complimentary soup with little bits of bacon in it Mmmm Mmmm

Tuna tartare

Calamari

Soup

It's obvious that any Asian food order belongs to Mike

Had the beef tenderloin - was tasty


Saturday, September 5, 2015

Ubud

Honestly, nothing really ever beats the 'first experience'.

Like the first taste of Babi Guling
and the first taste of Bebek.

The first time we experienced Ubud -
the sounds, sights and smells.

Revisiting Ubud for the second time it's like - 
been there done that.

Still enjoyed walking around though
but Mike . . . and the sun and sweat
don't get along too well.


















Thursday, September 3, 2015

Long Weekend Yay!

The hype of long weekends for me still does exist even though I am not working because
weekends are the only time when Mike has time for me. AHEM.

I was really looking forward to my Bali trip but at the same time,
I had to try to not get overly excited just in case of unforeseen travelling circumstances.

My Japan trip that was scheduled in June was cancelled because of my morning sickness.

It was the first time I burnt my flight tickets - first time ever! :*(

Thinking about it, I should have topped up the money and rescheduled the flight then.
However, at that point in time, I was so feeling depressed and miserable
I could not see the light at the end of the tunnel.

The sickness seemed like it was there to stay and
I could not bear a Round 2 of disappointment if I could not make it
to Japan for the second time so I decided to forgo the tickets.

When I was looking forward to my Bali trip, there was the volcanic ash incident
causing flights to be cancelled and I was worried that it may happen again.

Thank goodness that everything was smooth during our travelling dates.


















Choosing a villa to stay while in Bali is always a tough decision to make because there are just SO many nice villas at affordable prices.

We decided on Villa Samkhya because of the general good reviews.

This time around, I decided on staying in Ubud because we did not revisit Ubud while we were on our honeymoon last year.



If there's one thing I love about Bali, it has to be their hospitality and service levels.
Prompt assistance is always given 24/7.


The bathroom is an outdoor bathroom.


I didn't feel so comfortable with the toilet being outside though because at night, there are insects flying around.

However, the hotel staff will light up a mosquito coil in the evening to deter insects so it helps.






Welcome drinks


I was starving when we arrived in Bali because we didn't order any food on the plane
and apart from the 3-hour flight, the journey to the villa took us about 2 hours.

A hungry Vic is an angry Vic.

I really wanted to eat outside the villa but I needed food ASAP so the moment we reached the villa,
we ordered food to be delivered to our room.


Babi Guling was mine.


Bebek was Mike's but since Mike isn't a clean eater, there was so much leftover meat stuck to the bones. The hungry me polished it clean. LOLOL.

This trip was a really relaxing trip
and also a very nostalgic one for me.