Wednesday, November 21, 2012 | By: BlackGargie

My Little Sleeping Beauty

Babies 0 - 3 months spend most of their time snoozing (14-16 hours a day) from what I've read, and that's what my little princess is doing. Just felt like sharing it with you guys:

Ahh~ Such a cute little Sleeping Beauty of mine~ =w=

More Gifts from Beyond~

Got mail package the other day, and turns out the sender was our family friend from Singapore that had been such good hosts to us when we went for our trip when I was 4, 5 months pregnant at the time. Here's their gifts:

Baby travel bag...

...and sets of baby clothes that ranges from 9 - 12 months
Thanks for the gifts~! We totally appreciate it~ <3 w="<!--3--">
Friday, November 9, 2012 | By: BlackGargie

Long Live Obama~!

Just got the 411 a couple of days ago that our dear ol' Barrack Obama has officially beat Mitt Romney to secure his place as president for 4 more years.

I, for one, am all for Obama, and I don't care what anyone says, even if it is my best friends. I'm glad Obama won and I fully support his role as president of the United States.

Someone who rejects and wants to repel healthcare for everyone and wants to tax rich people less and throw all the tax burdens to the lower classes *coughRomneycough* should not deserve to be president.

Some people claimed that since Obama had been president, he had caused USA to go $6 trillion in debt. It's not him who caused this debt, the debt was already there in the first place by Bush and he was left with the shit to clean up. And even if he IS the one at fault for the debt, well, let's face it, even in a business, you gotta make a few losses before you can make some profits, so if that debt is for the sake of trying to improve and salvage the wellbeing of the country, so be it. It's not like USA had never been in debt before.

Some people also say that the reason why Romney wants to repel Obamacare is because Obamacare actually caused medical bills to go even higher. Well, Obamacare is a policy where EVERYONE gets healthcare regardless if you have a pre-existing condition or not, means no one gets left behind from healthcare. Obama enforced that policy and how those money-minded pocket mongers deal with it is what caused the med bills to go up. They know that they cannot rip people off their money and deny them healthcare due to this policy, so they got around the bend to try and salvage a detour way to fill their pockets. IMO, those bloodsuckers are the ones responsible for the med bill, not the Obamacare policy itself.

Romney's idea of being a president is to tax rich people less so that they have enough money to hire people and let the middle- and lower-class shoulder the taxes, which is totally unfair. Why should the lesser man pay for the better man? Why should the better man get all the benefits when they are the ones who are relying on the lesser man to get those benefits for them?

Never mind him saying he wants to repel PBS as well (or was it PBC, I forgot, the channel responsible for creating shows like Sesame Street) prolly to dumb down the American citizens more, but the one where he said he had "women in binders" really got my goat. It's almost like he's implying that women are nothing more than just mere objects that you can just grab out of a cabinet file.

Fuck Romney, man. Long live Obama~!
Thursday, November 1, 2012 | By: BlackGargie

Happy Full Moon~!

Finally, I have survived the confinement period and watched as my little Liara turn one month old~!

First thing I did after the confinement period ended was to take a long, hot shower (this time without the troublesome herbal bath) and wash my hair. It was so oily that I had to wash it twice (second I left the shampoo on my hair to stand while I soap myself), since part of the confinement period was to not wash hair for a month. It felt so good and so refreshing, and I will never take hair-washing for granted ever again.

As I've mentioned before, in Chinese tradition, when a baby turns one month old, we usually have a celebration called the Full-Moon Celebration where the baby will be officially introduced to friends and family, like a baby shower of sorts, but done a month after the baby is born. Not sure where this tradition came from, though I have heard that it's because it is to celebrate babies surviving their first month in life, since life expectancy back then wasn't really to favourable.

We had our own private one first amongst ourselves, just me, my hubby and my in-laws on the actual day itself on the 26th. We got us some sort of cheese cake which was awesome and creamy, and it was heaven to me since I could finally eat normal food now. Didn't manage to get the shot of the cake (I think my hubby has it, but I have yet to grab it from him), but we did get a nice shot of us.

Little sleepyhead with her parents ^_^
The next day, we got prepared all the things needed for the full-moon function, though I couldn't really help much since I'm having my hands full with Liara, though at least it would give the maids a bit of leeway to help out instead of having their hands full with the kids and the preparations.

We separated the celebration into 2 days, 27th at night for the family and 28th in the afternoon for friends, since if combined both family and friends, we wouldn't have enough to feed all the guests and there wouldn't be enough room to fit everyone anyways. As expected, it was a full house for both days, since my hubby's extended family and friends are really...well, extended, LOL! Too bad my dad, his gf and my godma aren't able to make it due to clash with their own functions to attend (technically my dad wouldn't go if his gf is not going, but anyways...), or I would've had my side of the family to enjoy the festivities too. But at least my friends were able to make it, though my list of friends can be counted in one hand, which goes to show how sad my social life in Brunei is... -_-;;

Everyone was enthralled by Liara, saying the usual things like her looking like an angel, looking almost like either me and/or my hubby, etc, etc. Though the main comment I seem to be getting was the weight loss I suddenly have. Everyone agreed unanimously that I have lost a significant weight, and were surprised it even happened, since it was always the opposite on most pregger ladies. I could also feel the difference too since the clothes I was wearing actually compliments my figure and I could actually feel the extra space in my pants (and the occasional slipping down, which I have to discreetly pull it up). Contributed more by my breastfeeding regime, my weight has maintained so far and there has been no gain, no loss. Guess the theory about breastfeeding helps you lose weight really rings true.

In the old-school tradition, during the full-moon celebration, if the baby is a boy, the guests are required to present him with red money packets, and if the baby is a girl, they're required to present her with jewelry. Since this is the modern times, it's either you bring presents or red money packets. And I can tell you, the money and the gifts are totally piling in, and the best part is that sometimes (especially the family side) they give us gifts AND money as well.

Not gonna tell you how much in total we got for money, but we can totally showcase the gifts to you:

The bulk of the gifts

Thanks for all the gifts and cash, those who attended. We appreciate it, and totally look forward to our future in parenthood~!