Handbags

Bags…. Again

So my brother has bought the bag for me! Before he left for the trip, I was already quite sure that I wanted an LV because the price savings is greater. Pochette metis are sold at $2900 here but you can get it at $2400 in italy. If i get any of the gucci bags, I don’t save as much because the bags are only about $200 cheaper than the ones sold in our boutiques.

Also…. I think the resale value for an LV bag is greater. Hahah I don’t intend to sell any of my bags but you’ll never know!

Anyways, I couldn’t get the pochette metis because they don’t have any stocks for it. Not even the one in monogram. I was already mentally prepared because the SA in sg told me that we usually have to pre-order the bag 5 months in advance and it’s the same everywhere else in the world. True enough, the SA in italy told my SIL the same thing. Not my rezeki I guess.

Second on my list was actually the croisette. I have already tried on it here and I love it too, but perhaps not as much as the pochette metis? But I still love it because it looks more feminine and the bag is smaller so not as bulky. The only reason why it was second on my list was cause of the upright handle. It would be nicer if the handle looks like the one on pochette metis.

But… I GOT THAT ANYWAYS. I prefer the one in azur canvas but the SA did advice that if this were to be my go-to casual bag, I should get the one in ebene because it’s darker and won’t be easily stained.

Sighs I always give in to such advices. When will I ever find the courage to get a light coloured casual bag?

Also, I got my mum the favourite PM.

But in azur canvas.

My first branded bag to my mum. My mum is so kesian. Always telling me to pass one of my older bags to her haha. She’s actually aiming my speedy cause she says that she don’t see me using the bag anymore and I’m someone yang cepat get sick of a bag lolol.

Anyways, in total, our bags didn’t even hit the price of the pochette metis being sold here. Really really a waste not to buy bags in italy!!

Handbags

Which Bag?

After I bought the chanel medium flap early last year, I told myself that I wouldn’t purchase another expensive bag at least in the next few years. But at the end of last year, I broke my promise. I bought the chanel classic WOC in black because I needed a more casual bag. It was definitely a good buy because the WOC is my most used bag in the last few months. I love how small yet chic it is and it matches every of my outfit well!

I also bought the LV speedy two years back so that’s like three branded bags in two consecutive years so after the WOC purchase, I told myself that I won’t purchase anymore bags and I was keeping to that promise well until… 

My brother told me that he will be going to Milan for his honeymoon (next week) and offered to get a bag for me if I want to! Seriously guiseeee, who else will fly over to Milan to get a bag for me?! I don’t foresee myself flying to Europe anytime soon so forgoing this chance is like kinda wasted! Right? I mean… not like I intend to stop buying bags altogether and I save a lot if I get to buy a bag from Milan so this is somewhat a too good an opportunity to be missed.

I still have not decided whether I really want a bag but I’ve started my research and have narrowed down my options to just three. 😉

Initially, I wanted this and I still like it a lot but this bag is quite pricey (about $2500 in Milan) and I’m not sure whether I’m okay with the size of the bag. I still prefer something smaller. The boutiques does not carry this range (gotta pre order) so I wasn’t able to try on the bag. 

The black one is so classy and I love it too but….. most of my bags are black. :/ It’s a very safe choice though and I wouldn’t have to worry about carrying this bag if I’m wearing denim.

And then…. I saw vivy wearing the monogram version…

And I was like… OMG SO NICE TOO!!

I think the monogram version is slightly cheaper BUT I still can’t decide.

I saw something else that I like too.

Recently, Gucci came out with the GG Marmont collection and I love love their bags in this collection!

Love all the three colours! It’s small yet big enough to fit all my carry-out items and it’s 1k cheaper than the pochette metis!

Perfect when worn crossbody! ♡♡♡

I also like the mini bag which is slightly bigger than the shoulder bag (above) but it’s slightly more expensive.

The only problem I have with both GG bags is the strap which seems a little thin? Will my shoulder ache if worn over long periods?

But sighs. All the bags are so nice!

Random Ramblings

Having a Helper…

My helper came in March and we sent her back to the agent just a week before National Day. Having a helper in the house is not an easy feat, no joke. Especially when we’re a very young family at home and we’re almost of the same age as the helper. We didn’t want to get someone especially old because if they’re a lot senior than us, technically speaking, we should respect them so it’ll be hard for us to “boss” them around, in that sense. I mean, not like we boss our helper around but you know… if they’re not older than us, it’ll be easier for us to get them to do this or that.

Well…. where do I start. There were just so much issues. Everything was going well UNTIL we started to get her a phone and allowed her to use facebook every night as a form of me-time and for her to video call her husband back in Indonesia. She freely used our wifi. We really didn’t mind. Until she started to show her true colours on facebook and we started to realise that in front of us, she behaves like a completely different person than the person she is on social media. She was all nice and polite in ‘reality’ but she was angst and always feeling annoyed on her facebook status.

That’s not all. She started writing things that were untrue and that were what really pissed me off. I am not going to talk specifically about what she did anymore because I’m so over it but to be honest, sending her back was “sayang” in that sense because she was very close to Dina. If Dina likes her, it probably mean that she treated Dina quite nicely, right? But ever since we got to know that our helper is a two-faced, we could never look at her in the same way again, no matter how she tried to get into our good books back.

After the incident, we didn’t let her use the phone everyday anymore so she was trying her best to win back our trust because she wanted to use the phone everyday but that was not going to happen because we were already feeling negatively towards her.

Was telling the husband that probably, it was good to have really sent her back because we’re always, always talking bad about her and it won’t do any of us good. It’s painful having to fork out the money for a replacement and really… she wasn’t so bad (at least she wasn’t stealing) but I think that keeping her any longer would just datangkan dosa for us.

Getting a helper is all about luck and with her; she just wasn’t the best fit for us.

Anyways, eversince I sent her back, she has not updated her facebook status and her husband keeps on calling her (which got through our home iPad ‘cause before she was given a phone, we let her use our iPad) and I just wanna say…. “SEE!! Not many employers allow you to use your handphone and facebook okay! At least with us, you still get to use the phone even if you don’t get to use it everyday. Who actually bothers to get a handphone for their helpers so that they can have some me-time with facebook? And we gave you a phone just one month after you came ‘cause we pitied you okayyyy. Now your new employers da tak kasi dah.”

But really lah, that was stupidity on our part. We learnt from it and we are definitely more prepared to handle our second helper.

Now that we have gone from having a helper to having none now (as we wait for our replacement), I am in a better position to access whether I really need a helper. And I think I do.

1)      My house is super clean. We don’t just spring clean for raya, we spring clean every week, except that it’s not ‘we’ who do the spring cleaning but her ‘cause that’s her job. What else can she do at home when Dina is in school, right?

2)      My bathrooms are always in a good condition.

3)      I don’t have to worry about doing any laundry!

4)      My snoods and dUck scarves are all thoroughly hand washed after just one time of usage.

5)      I have clean bedsheets every week!

6)      I still get to cook but I don’t have to prepare nor do any washing so it makes cooking a lot more fun.

7)      Dina eats home cooked meal almost all the time.

8)      When Dina falls sick, there’s someone to take care of her at home.

And more…. I guess. But point 7 was the biggest push factor as to why we got a helper in the first place. Everyone raise their child differently and I guess at least for me, I’m particular in this aspect because I feel that what you eat has a strong correlation to how you develop as a whole. We’re always alternating between salmon and threadfin and it’s not like we can easily find soupy salmon or threadfin outside. And then…. there’s the salt content that I need to worry about. On weekends, Dina usually eat fast food like swensens, pizza hut etc and I’m okay with it because she already eats healthily on weekdays!

Now that I am helper-less, my biggest concern has always been whether I can rush home on time to cook for Dina. I need at least an hour to cook and she’s usually hungry at 530pm. Sighs.

Travel

Tokyo Plans

Is it too early to be excited for Tokyo?

Some of the places that we’re intending to go to:

1) Disneyland, but of course. Dina will be tall and old enough to ride on most of the rides there!

2) Asakusa. I’m excited for Dina and I to try on their kimono.

3) Owl café. Dina loves owl and she will be super excited to meet them!

4) Cat café. Okayla, I don’t need to go all the way to Tokyo to visit a cat café but looking at our schedule, I think we will have ample time to visit one.

5) Harajuku. Excited to go to kiddyland and buy all the soft toys on the shelves! Haha. I can imagine buying a new luggage to fit in all of Dina’s new toys. 


Dina is also starting to love Gudetama ‘cause she loves anything in the form of an egg so she’ll be so excited when we bring her to a shop full of Gudetema which I believe is abundant in Japan. Japan also has a lot of this cute playdoh stuffs which Dina loves watching on at you tube (from pudding tv channel) so we know that we’re gonna buy lots of toys for Dina!



6) Akihabara. The hubs will go crazy there. He already knows what he wants to buy.

7) Shinjuku / Shibuya which I guess is a must go.

8) Places of interests like Meiji Shrine and Yoyogi Park for memory sake.

We won’t be heading to Roppongi Hills for the Tokyo City View although it is quite a popular spot because we’re not really keen. Not going Mt Fuji either. Happy to just stay in Tokyo and take our time to explore the area.

I really think that Dina will LOVE this trip so it’ll be quite a pity if she doesn’t get to join us. The hubs says to buy back lots of toys for Dina if she doesn’t but I think it’ll be quite sad. But I’m firm with the point that IF Dina has even a slight runny nose, I’m not gonna let her fly with us so she has to be completely healthy before she gets to follow us on this trip since it’ll be winter in December. The hubs and I must be healthy too. A week before the KL trip, the hubs was down with a bacterial infection (he had a prolonged fever) and a few days before the trip, I was actually coughing very badly so it was no surprise that Dina may have caught the virus from us before the KL trip but the fever only set in when we were already in KL.

To be honest, if Dina is not going to follow us on this trip, it’ll really be like a second honeymoon for us. It’ll be nice to have that time away just to ourselves after like…. 2.5 years but honestly, I’ll miss Dina like crazy!! 8 days without Dina…. How can!! 

Anything else that I should consider adding into my itinerary? 🙂

Travel

Travel Updates

We’ve booked our flight tickets for our year end trip. We’re going to Tokyo, in shaa Allah! Tokyo has always been a must-go destination for me and I’ve long researched about Tokyo- what to do, what to eat etc. We didn’t go last year because the hubs wanted to read up and find out more about the radiation level in Tokyo. Even after he thought that it should be fine for us to head there, we couldn’t ’cause he could only take 5 days of consecutive leave and we thought that trying to cover Tokyo in 5 days would be too rushing for us so that’s how Dubai came about.

This year, we thought of going to Korea because my lil bro wanted to join us and we even planned on going in a tour group but my lil bro has decided not to travel ’cause he wants to use the money for something else and we also think that Korea may still be too cold for Dina in December. We watched a lot of you tube videos and almost everyone we saw mentioned how cold Korea is and how they could barely feel their faces and we didn’t want to put Dina through it.

Not like Tokyo won’t be cold but we compared the way they dressed up in both countries in December and Korea definitely looks a lot colder!

We also thought of trying out Sydney because it won’t be winter and chances of Dina falling sick should be lesser. Compared to Sydney, Tokyo is actually more risky in the sense that the latter experiences a lot of earthquakes every month. I’m fine with the mild ones because I know if anything, Tokyo is prepared for earthquakes but while doing our research, we came across videos of the 2011 major earthquake and we saw how the visitors at Disneyland were stranded for a day because they could not travel back to their hotel since there were no transportation. They had to sleep in the cold and I REALLY cannot imagine how it’ll be like if we are stuck in such a situation! Kesian Dina.

I mean… of course we talked about all this. We had to be very realistic but comparing Sydney to Tokyo, I would say for now…. we very much want to go to Tokyo. My husband is a crazy manga fan, Tokyo is literally a Hello Kitty Land (Dina WILL love Tokyo!) and I’ve always wanted to go to Tokyo Disneyland. It’s a destination that’s perfect for the three of us. Just gotta pray that everything will go smoothly and we will be back safely…

Right now, we more or less know where we want to stay at. I really hope that we get to book a room at the Disneyland Hotel for 2 nights because I read that it’s actually difficult to secure a room especially during the year end. We know of a Malaysian staying in Tokyo who is doing halal bento deliveries (nasi ayam, nasi ayam penyet etc) to Disneyland so we have no issues with staying in Disney Resort for 2 nights since we can have proper halal food for lunch and dinner!

Also…. if we think that Dina is not healthy enough to travel (bad runny nose whatever), we’re prepared to leave her at home with my mum but I hope that this doesn’t happen!

Dina · Pre School

School?

So worried for dina.

Ever since she started school, dina has been running a slight temperature every two weeks. She also started developing a very bad runny nose that never really goes away. About three weeks back, dina had a high fever which lasted for about 10 days. It peaked at 40 degrees celsius. We went to KKH children emergency 3 times before dina was admitted for further observation because a viral fever usually lasts for about 5 days but at her 5th day, her fever was still going strong. We did so many tests to rule out bacterial infections but thankfully, dina didn’t had to be on drip nor had to undergo the worser blood test (will not just be a prick) since her fever eventually went down.

It was a very heartbreaking experience because dina refused food and drinks and only had brufen. She barely smiled throughout the hospital stay and was very traumatised by all the strangers barging into the room to touch her.

After she was discharged, we got her to stay home for about a week plus with the helper (which turned out to be quite fine) to fully recover before we sent her back to school. Two days after that, she developed a runny nose AGAIN and had on off slight fever until today. She’s down with an extremely bad dry cough now. We brought her to the PD and the PD said that all it takes is 2 hours for germs to spread between kids so that’s the nuisance that comes with schooling.

Also, at the clinic, I met this mummy who also complained saying that her kid had just recovered from a fever but she’s now back for another round of fever infection and this has been ongoing since her kid started school.

Sighs. I’m not sure whether I should withdraw dina from school. I know everyoneeeee says kids will fall sick when they start school and they’ll soon grow out of it- thats how they build their immunity but after all these fever episodes, I really feel like there’s something more that I can do for dina. Kids having a high fever is no joke….. it can lead to ferbile fits etc so no matter how some say “they’ll be fine one day” I just feel like this is not the route for dina right now.

But I’m not too comfortable with dina being at home with the helper, although I know that dina has no issues with it. She gets along very well with the helper but the helper is not as teliti as me or my mum when we take care of dina but not like we have much of a choice? I’ve seen a few incidents via the house camera which got my heart racing and many times, the hubs, mum and I strongly feel that dina is better off in school.  She’s definitely a lot safer there.

We were also thinking that perhaps, e.bridge is not the place for dina. It is fully air conditioned (which contributes to her runny nose) and high student-teacher ratio since it is an anchor operator school. But finding another school in our area now is not going to be easy. We got a place in M.FS but that’s a mega centre and student-teacher ratio is also high. There are some private schools like kinderland and raffles here but they’re quite out of the way.

Another choice is to wait for next year before we send dina to ha.nis mon.tessori kindergarten at kovan. They have a transport to and fro and it will only be for 3 hours per day. No naps and no shower time which I believe will strongly reduce the passing of germs and by then, her immune system should also be better. It’s a great choice because I have always prefer for dina to be in an islamic preschool but that would mean that we have to be comfortable with dina being with the helper at home every.single.day. 😔

Travel · Wanderlusts

KL 2017

So we went to KL over the March holidays. It was dina’s 4th and last flight before she needs to start paying for a seat! We took MAS for the first time and was very disappointed. Something happened to our baggage and up till today, no one responded to our email. Such is their service.

Anyways, we stayed at the westin KL and loved it! We still prefer to stay in Bukit Bintang area because we want easy access to Pavillion. We chose KL because I wanted to shop at kenanga again. Bought a whole lot of clothes back that the helper actually said that I need to get a new wardrobe lol. (My helper is here, more on that in the next entry!)

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We managed to check out poplook too but I think it’s not worth the travel to damansara just for poplook! Will not add that into my itinerary if I make a trip back to KL, which I definitely will!

On the last day, dina actually developed a sudden high fever. We were at KLCC when I felt that something was amiss. Dina felt hot and wasn’t eating well. We went back to our hotel room and got the shock of our life when we saw that dina’s temperature was 39 degrees celsius! My hand was shaking as I showed the thermometer to the hubs. We were really shocked because dina never had a fever higher than 38 degrees celsius and she had no signs of cough or flu so we were really worried that her fever was due to an infection. And also, we didn’t had any brufen with us because…. dina never needed to take any brufen! I had a feeling paracetamol wouldn’t work since her fever was so high and true enough- her temperature remained high.

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Thankfully, I have an aunt staying in damansara KL and she offered to send us to a PD. We went over to her place first before her driver sent us to a baby clinic. When we reached the clinic, her temperature dropped to 37.6 so they refused to give us any brufen for standby (why?!?!?!) but concluded that dina had a throat infection and told us not to worry. Oh kayyyy.

But after that, dina temperature went back to 39 and then dropped again after paracetamol. She even vomited on the bed in our hotel room while sleeping so the hubs and I ended up sleeping on the floor. It was a terrible night. I just wanted to go home fast.

We actually paid extra to get on the earlier flight back but…. it was a damn waste of money because our flight was delayed and we left only 30 mins earlier than our original flight back. Sighs.

We ended up bringing her to KKH ’cause her temperature was going up to 40. It was so so scary but thankfully, we were safely back in Sg! They gave her brufen and her fever went down immediately. She was back to normal on the next day Alhamdullilah.

It was a really scary experience for us and we got kind of scared to travel again. Dina was actually hospitalised two weeks after the trip for prolonged high fever (due to a very congested nose) and everyone tell me that this is normal when they start school. But during that 10 days of fever, she refused solids, drank very little water and had nothing else but brufen and paracetamol. No matter how “common” this is when children start school, I don’t feel like putting dina through this at such a young age. Sighs so much to say but I just realised that this entry is supposed to be about KL.

On an ironical note, we are already planing for our year end trip. I have decided that we’re all not ready for a #2 yet until my health is clear (still undergoing constant review by a specialist at NTF hospital- this, in another entry) and dina builds up her immunity. So with that, we SHOULD travel. What happened in KL would always remain as our biggest fear but….. we can’t forsee the future. If dina falls sick a month before the trip, we can still cancel our trip and get a full refund. We just need to buy a good travel insurance. If dina falls sick over there…. that will be another story altogether. But before the KL trip, dina was actually already constantly falling sick since she started school and she was running a slight temperature a week before KL. If the same thing happens again before our year end trip, we’ll weigh the situation and decide whether we should proceed. We can always leave Dina with my mum and helper (my mum offered) but I hope that doesn’t happen. Dina is already not going to school everyday now (the helper is taking care of her) so we’ll see how it goes in the next few months…..

We shouldn’t stop planning just cause we’re uncertain right? Nothing is definite.