21 December 2009

Violet from the Incredible Family costume

I dressed Werney as Violet from The Incredible Family for the recent Disney costume contest organised by PR Worldwide Live at One Utama Shopping Complex on 12 & 13 December 2009.

It was difficult to find any Incredible costume in Malaysia except for those in pasar malam and the quality is not that great. I have to search high and low and contacted many local costume shops, and unfortunately I couldn'd find any Incredible costume for Werney. Finally, I decided to create the costume from bit and pieces.

I bought a long red sleeve T-shirt (tight fitting one), red tights/stocking, black underwear, black gloove, black socks and shoes. For the Incredible logo, I put a huge sticker and sticked it to the chest area. I also sewed a bright orange ribbon as belt for the costume. For the mask, I pasted black coloured paper onto a party mask. It wasn't too difficult after all!

Werney did a dance on the stage for 2 minutes and was shortlisted for the final. However, she wasn't feeling too well on the second day and we couldn't attend the final. Anyway, see the full story featured in The Star paper dated 18 December 2009.

It was a great exposure for Werney as this is the first public contest she participated in. Being just 5 year old, she has to perform in front of hundred of shoppers. Mommy and Daddy are so proud of you!

Friday December 18, 2009

Disney characters come alive

Photos by BRIAN MOH

ADORABLE Miyumi Teng, five, stole the spotlight with her colourful rendition of Under the Sea from Disney’s The Little Mermaid at the Disney Costume Parade at 1 Utama Shopping Centre in Petaling Jaya last Saturday.

Miyumi’s routine included dancing in a sparkly blue mermaid’s costume and an underwater setting, complete with a shell as her mermaid home and a couple of aquatic friends.

Her performance earned her a spot in the finals, and eventually won her the grand prize in her age category.

Hero in disguise: Jian Sue Wern, five, acting out her performance as Violet from ‘The Incredibles’.

Alicia Poh, nine, was awarded the other grand prize for her ballet routine as Belle dancing to the theme song from Beauty and the Beast.

The Disney Costume Parade was held in conjunction with Disney on Ice presents Disneyland Adventure in Kuala Lumpur, which will be held in March next year.

The parade was part of a three-day event during which families stood a chance of winning show tickets by taking part in fun activities and enjoying special ticket offers.

“The children have to dress up like their favourite Disney character and are given two minutes each to portray the character in the most creative manner, whether by singing, dancing or playing a music instrument.

“Those who buy tickets at the roadshow are also entitled to a 25% discount,” said B. Kavita, manager of PR Worldwide, which is the Disney on Ice show promoter.

Exotic princess: Miyaki’s performance as Princess Jasmine from ‘Aladdin’ included her singing to ‘A Whole New World’ and dancing to ‘Arabian Nights’.

The children were divided into two age categories: ages four to eight (Category One) and ages nine to 12 (Category Two).

Sixteen competed in Category One, and 15 in Category Two during the contest’s initial stage.

Twelve finalists from each category were then selected to parade in the finals for a chance to win the grand prize of an opportunity to meet a surprise Disney Character during the show.

Other prizes included four VIP tickets to Disney on Ice Kuala Lumpur 2010 worth RM228 each and Disney merchandise for each grand prize winner.

Cute mermaid: Miyumi, five, clad in a sparkly mermaid costume as she plays Ariel while dancing to ‘Under the Sea’ from Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’.

All the other finalists received two show tickets worth RM128 each and Disney merchandise.

Yuki Wan, 30, said her daughters Miyumi and six-year-old Miyaki Teng had personally requested to play their favourite Disney princesses — Ariel and Princess Jasmine respectively — in the parade.

“The costumes were custom-made, but I helped them with their make-up and props. It was a very time-consuming project but well worth the effort because they both enjoy performing,” said the beautician.

“While this is their first time acting as Disney characters, they both actively participate in shows in their kindergarten and school.

“They’ve been watching Disney cartoons so many times, they knew immediately who they wanted to play in the contest.”

Wan said because her daughters enjoyed singing and dancing, she tried to encourage their passion whenever she could by supervising their practice sessions.

“My husband supports us by chauffeuring us around and giving us encouragement.

“My four-year-old son is a budding Michael Jackson impersonator, but I haven’t had time to practise with him because I’m so busy with his sisters,” she said.

Two other sisters who also took part in the parade were Jynn Kok, eight, and Jyllian Kok, six, who played Mulan and Pocahontas respectively.

Their outfits were a family affair, as their grandmother Nancy Tan sewed the costumes, and mother Juliet Tan did the trimmings and hair accessories.

“Because the girls were busy with their activities and a TV shoot, we had little time to make their costumes. Mulan’s was more difficult and required about five days, while Pocahontas’ outfit took a day.

“Both Jynn and Jyllian are Disney princess fans and love performing on stage,” said Juliet, a legal executive in her mid-30s.

“They started showing an interest when they were four, and have participated in various talent competitions and musicals. I’ve seen their confidence grow since they started performing.”

Juliet added that her daughters were also part of the KL Children’s Choir, wherein they had learnt to nurture their talent.

For ticketing and details of Disney on Ice presents Disneyland Adventure in Kuala Lumpur, visit www.axcess.com.my.

11 December 2009

Disney costume contest

Sorry for the lack of posts recently as I was pretty busy with work and both princesses were down with fever, flu & cough again. It seems that every time one fell sick, another one will follow. Thanks God, both has recovered now.

Do you remember the yearly Disney on Ice show? It is usually organised by PR Worldwide. This year, they have a Disney costume contest and I have signed Werney up for that. Tomorrow will be the qualifying round.

If you have time to drop by, do come to One-Utama at 2pm to support Werney.

Will not reveal what she will be wearing yet but it is not one of those princess!

I have created her costume from bit and pieces and hopefully I have got it right. The only headache I have now is whether Werney will change her mind and refuse to go on stage! Let keep my finger crossed.

19 November 2009

Should You Start An Online Home Business?

The thought of working at home can be filled with both excitement and anxiety. While it may be exhilarating to think that you can say "goodbye" to your boss, the day-to-day expenses such as petrol and school fees can be scary to think about giving up a steady paycheck.

In the past, women did not have many options when it came to starting their own business. The most popular choices were direct sales, home daycare, and so forth. If a woman took specialised classes, she would be able to do medical transcription from home, but the training did take time and money to complete. If a woman wanted to earn money fast, she was out of luck on that choice.

Thankfully, times have changed. New advances in technology have enabled people to quickly and easily start businesses from home. By using the internet to receive and turn in work, find clients and advertise their services, women can truly work from the comfort of their own homes.

Click here to find out how my friend, a work at home mom earns SGD3,000 during her confinement:

In today's world, women have many, many choices available to them when it comes to choosing a home business. The following guide will go over several of the most popular.

In the past, women only dreamed of finding ways to start their own home based business. Thanks to the internet, women really can accomplish this dream.

Starting a home based business not only brings in extra money, it can help you feel good about yourself, as well as set a positive example for your children.

They will see you as a successful "mini mogul", even if your income is a far cry from Bill Gates' or Donald Trump's.

A home based business can also help alleviate the boredom and depression that being cooped up inside the house brings on.

There are so many benefits to starting a home based business, the question isn't "should you start one"? it's "which one should you start"?

It will take some hard work and determination, but if you set your mind to it, you will be able to reach your goals.

Start your own Online Business today.

18 November 2009

Homemade gingerbread man cookies recipe

As promised, please find the recipe below. Got the recipe from internet but I have modified it slightly and personally tested it!


125g unsalted butter (slightly thawed at room temperature)
60g brown sugar
90 g unsulfured mollasses or golden syrup (can get from certain supermarket or baking shop)
1 egg
300 g all purpose flour + 2 tbsp ground ginger powder + 1 tbsp ground cinnamon powder + 1 tsp soda bicarbonate (mix together & sifted) (A)
  1. Preheat oven at 180 degree celsius
  2. Beat butter, sugar and syrup till light and creamy
  3. Add egg
  4. Add (A) into the butter mixture and knead 2 minutes
  5. Take out and shape into a flat dough
  6. Cling wrap the dough / put the dough in a zipper bag and refrigerate for 1 hour/overnight
  7. Take out and put dough in between 2 pieces of greaseproof paper and roll into desired thickness
  8. Cut into gingerbread man shape and transfer onto baking tray
  9. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until slightly brown


1 big egg (white only)
280g icing sugar (sifted)
Assorted food colouring

  1. Beat egg white with a fork until foamy
  2. Add icing sugar in gradually
  3. Beat till icing stand in soft peaks
  4. Divide into bowls and mix with food colouring
  5. Pipe using disposable paper piping bags or made the piping bag from greaseproof paper
The above recipe made about 24 cookies (depending on cookies cutter size). Mine is about 8cm.

Happy baking!

15 November 2009

Gingerbread man cookies

Christmas is approaching soon and we "experiment" baking our first batch our gingerbread man cookies last weekend.

Both girls had a ball of time playing with the flour and dough and messing up my whole kitchen. Time to make the dough was 30 minutes (excluding the baking time & time to decorate the cookies) and I took one hour to clean up both girls and the kitchen!!! Flour were stuck to their hair, face and hand and everywhere too! Eeew.....

Anyway, we had a great time and the cookies turned out to be quite nice and yummy! Love it. Will share the recipe in another post.

Both girls playing with the flour and dough

Star shape cookies cutter from Ikea

Anney holding the mini rolling pin

Werney "massaging" the dough

Before baking the cookies

Decorated the cookies with icing, jelly bean and smarties

Werney's heart shape cookie for mommy

Another batch of cookies

Colourful rice on gingerbread man

Hand-in-hand gingerbread man

Flower cookies made by Werney

We also packed the cookies into individual plastic bag and tied with ribbon. Look nice right?

Gave the first batch of our cookies to my family members and in-laws too!

12 November 2009

Werney's 5th Birthday Party

We celebrated Werney's 5th Birthday at McDonalds @ Bandar Utama Drive Thru' early this month. It was a belated birthday party due to Werney and Anney's hospitalisation in mid-October 2009. The doctor has advised that both need to stay away from crowd for at least 10 days post-hospitalisation to avoid a recurrence or transmitting the virus to others.

Well, I was too busy (or maybe to lazy?) to plan any party and took the easy way out of calling McDonalds. McDonalds BU has a dedicated personnel in charge of planning and organising birthday party for kids. It fact, it was quite interesting as the theme is Arty & Crafty Birthday Party. I ordered the Happy Meals for the kids and the McValue Meal for adults. We have about 30 adults and 15 kids in total, comprising mainly family members and some closed friends. Werney also invited a few of her school mates for the party.

The birthday cake was from Tracey at www.specialcakes.net. This year, I got Werney a Barbie Mermaid cake and she was crazy over it. I also ordered some helium balloons for the kids and a big princess balloon for Werney.

Everyone at the party had a great time and the best part was - no cleaning work for mommy after the party! Anney was crazy over the slides at McDonalds and had easily done 40 rounds of going up and down the slides! Yeah, this is my super active baby.

Werney also received a princess pencil case from Barbara & Ashley earlier during our weekly Yamaha JMC class. What a small world right? I got to know Barbara from the Yamaha class and she was the one that told me she recognised Werney from our first lesson at Yamaha. Thanks Barbara & Ashley for the lovely pencil case. Werney loves all things princess and Barbie now.

11 November 2009

Maclaren stroller recall

Do you own one of the highly popular Maclaren stroller?

The US Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a statement to recall 1,000,000 of Maclaren strollers sold in US between 1999 to November 2009 due to report of cases where fingertips were amputated as the stroller poses laceration hazards to children when unfolding/folding the stroller. According to CPSC & Maclaren, the faults were due to the stroller's hinge mechanism. Consumer are advised to stop using the strollers immediately and to contact Maclaren to receive a free repair kit.

There were at least 12 cases of such accidents reported to date. The affected models include Volo, Triumph, Quest Sport, Quest Mod, Techno XT, Techno XLR, Twin Triumph, Twin Techno and Easy Traveller. Most of these models are available in Malaysia and currently being sold in major baby stores and online stores.

From the CPSC website, the above Maclaren strollers were made in China. I am not sure where the MacLaren strollers sold in Malaysia were made but probably from China too.

If you own one of this Maclaren stroller, quickly contact the local store or the Maclaren distributor to check whether the repair kit is available in Malaysia before any untoward incident happen to you or your child!

10 November 2009

The Sun Motor Hunt 2009 - did we had fun?

Of course the answer is YES plus a few "arguments" of whether to turn left or turn right. There were also a few incidents where the driver asked the navigator what is the next tulip, after that, then.....asking like 5 tulips ahead! *Scratch head*!

Overall, it was a tiring day (have to wake up at 5 am on a Sunday morning) but a fruitful & fun day. We secured a place at 91th (with a score of 72 points), over a total of 292 cars! Phew....it was that many cars for this year hunt! This is our first public hunt and I think we did okay for a first timer. What did we got from the hunt?............. 4 Samsung DVD players!!! Thank you Samsung! Well, the sponsors were really generous and each winning team walked home with 4 items - no need to share and each participant got one prize!

The hunt was dividend into the following:-

Leg 1 - Part 1 (10 questions)
Leg 1 - Part 2 (10 questions)
Leg 2 - 16 questions
4 treasures questions

We did not do well in Leg 1 & 2 but we managed to get 3 out of the 4 treasures requested by the organiser. We didn't manage to get the last treasure, which is a Milo canned drink with the word Grab & Go printed on the can. When I told Werney about it, her reply was "Milo only, so easy, I know the answer?!" (I bet she was also thinking why mommy so silly one, so easy also don't know).

Anyway, this round we managed to keep our time within the stipulated 6 hours, with 3 extra minutes to spare! We also managed to squeeze in 10 minutes for McDonalds' lunch to charge our laptop battery! Well, lunch is provided free by McDonalds as one of the main sponsor!

Just hope we could do better next year - the prizes for the top ten team ranges from 40' LCD TV, home theatre system to digital cameras! So attractive, right?

Some pictures from the hunt to share......

Cars being flag off by Organisers & Sponsors

Our team number

Sis busy looking through the questions

Our answer sheets - all scribbled up!

Prizes for the winners

Prize no. 91

Our prizes

What does FAMILY stands for?

I received a pop quiz in an e-mail recently asking the following question.

What does FAMILY stands for?

A. Unity
B. Love
C. Caring
D. None of the above

Guess what is the answer?
Answer is D - None of the above.

FAMILY stands for...............

Father And Mother I Love You

Have a good day everyone!

07 November 2009

The Sun Motor Treasure Hunt 2009

Sis#2, BIL, DH and myself will be on the road again this Sunday for The Sun Motor Hunt 2009. Known to be the mother of all hunts (in Malaysia), the treasure hunt has proven its popularity again. There are a total of 250 cars for the treasure hunt and it is our first time joining the Sun Motor Treasure Hunt.

I doubt we will win anything this round cause there are really a lot of professional treasure hunters out there. Luckily they have two categories - Master and Open category. For amateurs like us, of course we will be placed in the Open Category.

What attracted us to the Sun Motor Treasure Hunt? The fee for the hunt is definitely not cheap, it is RM400 per car for a day hunt. Well, to be honest, we are hoping to win some of the lucky draw prizes sponsored by Samsung (shh....Samsung has sponsored prizes worth RM200,000 for this year hunt!). Isn't that attractive?

In addition to that, we also received 4 goodies bag containing goodies from various sponsors (from Nescafe to cloth softener) and RM50 petrol voucher from Petronas.

Just hope we will not turn up to be the last car for the hunt!!

06 November 2009

Barbie and the three musketeers book

I blogged earlier that Werney is crazy about the new Barbie and the three musketeers show on DVD.

Yesterday, I saw this book at the book store and couldn't resist to get her a copy of the book. They have a few variation and I got her the one for early reader.

She told me she is the one in pink gown and I just found out the girl's name is Corrinne. Well, Corrinne is the musketeer that uses a sword but Werney uses a golf club (for sword)!

Guess what is Werney's favourite phrase from the show/book?

"All of one and one for all!"

She has been repeating that phrase at home.

02 November 2009

Personal tax reliefs

It's already November now and in another month or two, we'll be bidding farewell to year 2009. Well, what could you do before the end of year 2009? We always start the year with a resolution (or more) but for year end, I thought a little tax planning would helps to save some $$$.

The individual resident tax rate in Malaysia ranges from 0-27% (for year of assessment 2009). The tax rate will be reduced to 0%-26% from the year of assessment 2010 but it is still pretty high if we compare it to Singapore (20%) and Hong Kong (15%).

Some of the personal tax reliefs available in Malaysia are:-

1) Self - RM8,000

2) Medical expenses for parents - RM5,000

3) Wife / Husband relief - RM3,000

4) Child relief - RM1,000/child (below 18 years old)

5) Child relief - RM4,000 / child (above 18 years old and pursuing full time education in universities, colleges or similar)

6) Life insurance premium & EPF - RM6,000

7) Insurance premium for education or medical benefits - RM3,000

8) Further education in selected post graduate courses- RM5,000

9) Reading materials, both printed and electronic version (except newspaper or banned materials) - RM1,000

10) Purchase of computer - up to RM3,000 (given once in every 3 years)

11) Amount deposited into
Skim Simpanan Pendidikan Nasional - RM3,000

12) Purchase of sports equipment - RM300 (but this does not includes purchase of sport attires or shoes!)

13) Complete medical examination for self/spouse/child - RM500

* Please note that the above list is not exhaustive. I've only listed out the most common tax reliefs claimed by individual tax payer!

There will also be a tax relief on broadband subscription from next year until year 2012....so remember to keep all your broadband bills next year.

Hope the above list would helps you to maximise some tax savings!

29 October 2009

Exam, exam & exam

It is the final term exam for Werney this week and the word EXAM seemed to stress her out! Both DH and myself are definitely not kiasu parents and we have never demanded that she must score all As or 100%!

Werney has been stressed out coz' after the first day of the exam (which is Number), she came back home, thoughts hard and long and during bed time, she told me she can't do this question 18-4=?. Well, it is definitely easy for an adult but this simple subtraction exercise could be difficult for a 5 year old! I've reassured her that it is okay if she doesn't know how to attempt the question and we could always do correction once the teacher returns the exam paper. She was so worried and terrified of exam now!

Gosh, it is our education system or what? Even a 5 year old can get so stressed up for exam? I don't remember that I had fear of exam or anything during my kindergarten years and it was so much fun back then! I am not sure whether Werney is just taking things too seriously or is this phenomenon affecting other kids too?

Werney is currently enrolled in a Fungates system kindy. Although the teaching methods and systems are quite good, I find it too "academic". There are homeworks almost every other day and kids have to sit for formal written assessment twice a year. Werney has been complaining that there is very little "play time" at kindy, it is usually study, study and study! I am just wondering whether I should let her continue in the same kindy next year.

Mommy and daddy bloggers, please share your thoughts on this? Anyone else have kids facing the same issue?

I just do not want Werney to grow up thinking life is just about study & exam!

27 October 2009

Baby's taste buds

Just last week, I blogged about how Anney hated the new lactose-free formula milk that our
paediatrician has prescribed for her and prefers to go on a hunger-strike! Well, that didn't last very long and my milk queen is back to her 5-6 bottles of milk + 2 solid meals a day.

After our last visit to the paediatrician on Thursday, the paed has given Anney the green light to resume her regular formula milk. However, as I didn't want to waste the unfinished can of formula milk, I decided to let her continue with the lactose-free formula.

Yesterday, my mom switched baby back to her regular formula milk and she refused to drink it. See how picky is this baby! She just knew it is not the same milk with one sip! My mom has to try persuading her and finally added some chocolate flavour Pediasure from Werney into Anney's milk before she finally polished off her bottle of milk.

I wondered whether all babies are so fussy with their taste buds! Now I have problem switching Anney back to her regular milk, which we have stocked up previously.

25 October 2009

Dressing up as Barbie & the three musketeers

Werney has been watching the new Barbie and the three musketeers video that Sis#3 downloaded for her. She really loves this show and has been quite crazy about it.

Just last evening, she asked me for a towel and requested me to clip the towel to her back (to work like a cape) and rushed down stair.

When I came down, this is what I saw......

Look like the Barbie from the show or not? As we don't have any toy sword at home, Werney uses a toy golf club instead!

24 October 2009

Homemade yogurt

Do you know you can actually make your own yogurt at home?

Yogurt has been known to contains many beneficial bacteria to keep our digestive system healthy. However, the lifespan of these good bacterias is short and at many times, the good bacteria would have diminished in quantity and quality by the time we bought home the commercially made yogurt from the store.

I have just learned 3 easy steps to make this homemade yogurt. You can make this yogurt in 5 minutes (great for super busy mommy!) and no electricity is required. The yogurt is so fresh, preservative-free and taste better than the one we bought from supermarket!

Verdict: Both Werney & Anney love it!

I am using the EasiYo Yogurt Maker. EasiYo is a product from New Zealand and you can get it from local pharmacy (like Caring), major supermarket or organic store. Some online stores also sell EasiYo products.

Ways to make the yogurt:

1) Fill the yogurt jar with 500ml room temperature drinking water
2) Pour the whole packet of yogurt mix into the yogurt jar, give it a good shake to ensure all the yogurt mix has been fully dissolved
3) Fill the yogurt jar with more water until it reach 1,000ml. Shake the jar again
4) Fill the yogurt maker with hot water until the indicator line
5) Put the yogurt jar into the yogurt maker and leave it for 12-24 hours undisturbed (no opening and closing the yogurt maker to check whether the yogurt has set!)
6) Once ready, the yogurt would have set (thicken) and you can transfer the yogurt jar into the fridge. Serve cold
7) If you wish to add fresh fruit, add it into the yogurt mix after the yogurt has set. For sweeter taste, add some honey before serving

Enjoy your freshly homemade and healthy yogurt!

The yogurt maker is sold for RM79.00 and each sachet of the yogurt mix cost about RM15.00. The yogurt mix comes in many flavors like strawberry, peach, boysenberry, mango, vanilla or the plain natural flavor. Each sachet if good to make 1 kg of yogurt and you can keep it up to 2 weeks in the fridge. Of course, it is better to consume the yogurt as soon as possible to reap the health benefits.

23 October 2009

Influenza vaccination

Yesterday, I brought my two girls to the hospital for a follow-up review with the appointed paediatrician on the recent acute gastroenteritis (AGE) attack. The good news is both girls have been declared healthy now though Werney needs to put on more weight as she is considered too petite for her age. Werney is only 100cm and weights 14.5kg. My 5 year old is really petite, huh?

During our visit, the paed actually suggested that I should vaccinate my girls with the influenza (flu) vaccination. This is the seasonal flu jab and does not protect against H1N1 or SARS, but it is recommended as the next phase of influenza attack is likely to happen around year end (normally it is around winter time).

The seasonal flu jab is not a compulsory vaccination in Malaysia and the vaccination need to be admitted annually due to the highly variable flu virus. Each flu jab contains three influenza viruses: one A (H3N2) virus, one regular seasonal A (H1N1) virus (not the 2009 pandemic H1N1 virus), and one B virus. Children (between 6 months to 18 years) and elderly people (above aged 65 years old) and certain high risk groups are recommended to be vaccinated against the seasonal flu. Potential side effects from the jab are aches, fever and running nose.

According to the paed, the flu jab costs about RM60+ per shot at the hospital. I've also checked with my regular paed near our residential area and they are charging RM85 (yet the waiting list is so long as they have got limited stock)! I guessed the price varies from clinic to clinic.

I will bring my girls for the jab in another 1-2 weeks times as they have just recovered from AGE. Do you vaccine your child against the seasonal flu?

21 October 2009

Happy 5th Birthday Werney

Today is Werney's 5th birthday.

Initially, we have planned a birthday party at McD for her over the weekend. However, as she has just recovered from acute gastroenteritis, the doctor has advised her to avoid crowded places (where possible) and also monitor her food diet. Hence, we have to postpone her birthday party. Invitations for the birthday party were sent out earlier and we have to call and sms all the parents to inform of the last minute postponement. The parents were very understanding but most of Werney's friends were upset!

October doesn't seem to be a good month for Werney. She was also warded last October while we were holidaying at Gold Coast, Australia. At that time, she was diagnosed with intususseption. Another tongue twisted word, huh? Well, this is again no joke as she had intense stomach cramp for more 24 hours and finally admitted to the hospital where the doctors have to order for numerous tests, x-ray, blood test, urine test, ultrasound etc before finally diagnosed the illness. Thanks God that it was over now as it has been quite dramatic for all of us as we were in a foreign land!

As for today, mommy wish Werney a Happy Birthday and hope she will grow up to have good health! By the way, Werney has resumed school and seemed to have overcame her school phobia after 6 weeks of drama! Am praying hard that it will not occur again.

Tonight, we will have dinner with family members and I've also prepared some party packs for Werney to bring to school today.

20 October 2009

What is acute gastroenteritis?

After what Werney & Anney have gone through for the last week, I am determined to find out more on what exactly is acute gastroenteritis ("AGE"). Learning more about this illness would hopefully helps to prevent and manage a relapse in future.

Gastroenteritis (also known as gastro, gastric flu, tummy bug in the United Kingdom, and stomach flu) is generally an inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract involving both the stomach and small intestine.

In fact, this is a very common illness in infant and young children below 5. The main causes of gastroenteritis are virus and bacteria. For children, the majority of the severe cases are due to rotavirus (Anney has been vaccinated against rotavirus!). Unfortunately, no test was done at the hospital to identify the exact type of virus or bacteria that causes the AGE in Werney and Anney.

Symptoms and signs

Gastroenteritis often involves stomach pain or cramp, diarrhea, vomiting, fever, headache and weakness.

More serious symptom includes dehydration - weakness, light headedness, decreased urination, dry skin, dry mouth, lack of sweat or tears, sunken eyeballs etc


There is generally no medication to treat gastroenteritis. However, doctor may give medication to stop the vomiting (antiemetic). For fever, it is usually treated with paracetamol or ibuprofen.

Antibiotic is usually not given unless the bacteria has been properly identified through laboratory testing as using a wrong antibiotic may prolong the infection.

Offer frequent small amount of fluid or re-hydration solution to the child. If you are breastfeeding, you may continue to do so. However, if you are bottle-feeding your baby with formula milk, formula should be stopped and offer clear fluid. You may resume formula after 12 - 24 hours or until the vomiting / diarrhea improves but should give lactose-free milk or maybe soybean milk.

How can I prevent AGE?
  • Frequent hand washing with soap after nappy change, before preparing for foods
  • Keep your child who has AGE away from other children
  • Sterilise and wash nappies of children with AGE separately
  • Teach your child the proper hand washing technique
  • Cook all meat thoroughly before serving to children

When should you seek medical help?
  • Your baby is <>
  • Your child keeps vomiting, (especially if bright green or brown) and cannot keep fluids
  • Your child continues to have many watery motions a day
  • Your child's motion contains blood
  • Your child has on-going tummy pains
  • Your child has a persistent high fever (above 38ÂșC)
  • You are concerned that your child is not getting better
  • Your child is passing less urine than normally

18 October 2009

We are finally home

I am saying "we" coz' after my last post, Werney also got admitted to the hospital for gastroenteritis infection on Wednesday evening. Instead of one sick little kitten at the ward, I have to care for two. Mom who is supposed to help out at the hospital suddenly developed the same symptoms while I was with Werney at the ER. Mom started to feel giddy, tummy upset and puking too. Immediately, we have to send Mom to ER as well. As Mom conditions improved after the anti-vomit jab admitted by the doc, she was allowed to go home. However, as Werney is still quite young and the dehydration risk is high, doc has requested Werney to be admitted immediately. My poor girl has vomited like 6 times in 2 hours and could not keep anything down in her tummy - not even water.

Anney was ordered to stay for an extra night too as she had diarrhea after the vomiting stopped. Anney was super bored in the hospital ward and always shouting "out", "out" & "out" to get out from the ward. I even have to take the IV stand and follow Anney around the hospital corridor as nothing could not my super active baby!

Now, although both girls have been discharged, the doc has ordered lactose-free milk and no fruits or vegetables for the next 10 days. Anney, my "milk queen" also refused to drink the lactose-free formula milk prescribed by the doc! Poor baby, prefer to go on hunger strike!

My two princesses in the ward

Anney entertaining herself with the DVD (played in the laptop)

Both Anney hands needs to be bandaged to prevent her from pulling out the IV line

Werney showing her right hand with the IV line

14 October 2009

Anney is hospitalised

Anney is currently being hospitalised.

It all started on Monday midnight when Anney started puking out all her milk, all over herself and the bed. Then the vomiting continued every hour or so. She can't keep anything down, whether milk or water!

Then at around 4am, DH drove Anney to the ER and Anney was given an anti-vomit jab. The vomiting did stopped for 8 hours or so and it all started again after that. Although Anney was still quite active, the constant vomiting worried me sick. She was hungry but just could not keep anything down in her tummy.

We sent her back to ER in the evening and luckily, there was a paediatrician on duty that evening. She diagnosed that Anney to have acute gastroenteritis and the possible cause is viral. Apparently, there is a gastroenteritis outbreak in town and it started before Hari Raya. The paed immediately requested Anney to be admitted to the hospital for IV drip as one of the main concern for gastroenteritis is dehydration. Dehydration can happen very quickly in young children!

Poor Anney cried big time when the doctor and nurses inserted the IV line on her left hand. They also have to bandaged her right hand to prevent her from pulling the IV line.

The paed has just instructed to stop the IV drip now(after 22 hours) and luckily, the vomiting has also stopped. They has also given anti-vomit drug in the IV drip earlier. If Anney could resumes drinking and eating normally, then Anney probably could be discharged tomorrow.

Am praying hard Anney will be well soon!

11 October 2009

Magic sponge

Anney has officially turned 19 months two days ago.

Besides being a super duper active, Anney is quite a stubborn baby! Mommy has been reminding her that pencil, crayon or colour pencil should be used on paper but this little baby just love to scribbles our wall and furniture!

See the latest "artistic" act of Anney, scribbling all over our Ikea table & chair with her pencil.

Luckily, I remember reading a post from HealthFreakMommy about using Melamine Foam to clean stubborn stains and I quickly rushed out to get one. The one I got was from Cosway and it cost RM7.90 for a bar!

This Magic Sponge really does wonder and work better than my Jif or Axion. The melamine foam is compact and light-weight and magically eases cleaning chores. It cleans superbly without detergents nor chemicals. You can use the sponge either wet or dry but I find it works best if I slightly wet the sponge.

Magic sponge is recommended for most surfaces except for paintings, lacquered surfaces or car paintwork.

If you have kids at home, you will definitely find this magic sponge a life saver!

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