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人生的最后一站,圆了

老人家常说,人从出生、长大、读书、工作、结婚、直到宝宝出生的那一刻,你的人生就算走了一圈了。再过几天就是临盆的日子,皇后不急太监急,身边的家人朋友感觉比我还期待那一天的到来。我想,可能是一路走来做了不少关于怀孕和照顾宝宝的功课,现在对于讨论这些话题都有点麻木了。

现在静待着宝宝的到来,也开始悉数接下来两个月能做的事情。之前笼统地记录了要筹备的事项,现在在这里来个简单的总结。

1   准备宝宝用品

之前做了一个表单记载所需的婴儿用品,这不单方便我清楚知道哪个物品多了还是少买了,同时也把所有花费在这的费用都做了个记录,方便以后没事做的时候可以和未来的妈妈分享和筹划购买宝宝用品所需的金钱。现在,就大概剩下洗澡用品了还没买了。如果有亲朋戚友要送礼,也可以让他们知道你现在所缺的东西,也不至于让他们买些用不上的。

2   宝宝存钱大计

相信妈妈们都想宝宝有个不愁衣食住行的将来。当然,在马来西亚,小孩子的储蓄户口利息往往比成年人的来得高,相等于定期存款的利息。在怀着宝宝的时间,我打听了蛮多大型银行的小孩储蓄户口资料。做了一番详细比较和对未来的规划,在选择的时候才不会被推销员所迷惑。

现在暂时能想到的只有这些,当然还要很多大大小小的事要在宝宝出世后处理,比方说,60天内要去注册局帮宝宝登记名字等。到时坐月子没事做就要搜索这些资料了。

blogging, food

Kai Xin Vegetarian Restaurant @ Kampar

If you are a vegetarian and are searching for a place to eat in Kampar, Perak, I strongly recommend you to visit this restaurant, Kai Xin Vegetarian Restaurant (开心素食餐馆). This restaurant is located in the old town of Kampar and is one of the best places to have your meal in this small town.

Kai Xin Vegetarian Restaurant
Kai Xin Vegetarian Restaurant @ Kampar, Perak

I went there several times in the morning and in the evening for my breakfast and dinner. The food taste good and delicious, also served in a big portion! The price is reasonable.

One of my favorite is the nasi lemak which is my usual breakfast in the morning. It only cost RM4.00 and you can fill your stomach until the afternoon. I really like the smell and the taste of the curry of the nasi lemak.

Vege Nasi Lemak
Vege Nasi Lemak at Kai Xin Vegetarian Restaurant

This restaurant have different menus for breakfast and dinner. I am not able to find out the menu for dinner but below is the food that you can order in the morning, and it is very CHEAP!

The menu for breakfast
The menu for breakfast at Kai Xin Vegetarian Restaurant

Here is the detail of Kai Xin Vegetarian Restaurant @ Kampar:

Kai Xin Vegetarian Restaurant (开心素食餐馆) 
Address: 6, Jalan Ampang, Kampung Masjid, 31900 Kampar, Negeri Perak
Tel: 016 – 555 7167
Business hours: 7.00am – 3.00pm, 5.30pm – 9.00pm (Closed on Wed)

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My personal experience: A comprehensive budget wedding plan in Malaysia

My Big Day
My Big Day

I had my wedding in December 2017. It was a memorable event but also a stressful moment in my life. Weddings are an expensive event nowadays especially Chinese wedding, where it can end up with a costly amount depending on the demand from the bride and the groom’s families. If you are in the process of wedding planning and are planning for a budget wedding for your big day, I have done mine and this can be your references.

  1. Registry of marriage (R.O.M) = RM24.00
  2. Wedding flower = RM150.00
  3. Bride’s chaperone (Dai Kam Jie) = RM600.00
  4. Wedding photography and makeup = RM1388.00
  5. Wedding decorative items (room & red packets) = RM220.00
  6. Wedding rings = RM2270.00
  7. Wedding biscuits & fruits = RM280.00
  8. Groom’s families grand gift = RM3288.00
  9. Bride & groom’s dressing and accessories (include R.O.M) = RM1800.00

The TOTAL amount of my wedding event from R.O.M until the big day is around RM10,000 (not include the flight ticket, RM2316.04 to Sarawak as my broom’s families are Sarawakian). I was having quite a typical Chinese traditional wedding as my parents did not agree with us to travel after the R.O.M and skip the traditional wedding ceremonies. We didn’t plan the budget for the grand wedding dinner initially, thus my parents spent on it and in the end, we gave back all the Ang Paos received from the guests to them on that day. If let’s say you will going to spend on the grand wedding dinner, you will definitely need to budget more than RM10,000.

You can make your wedding as simple as you wish, but the first thing is you need to negotiate with your own and the groom’s families. Like my case, our plan was not working and end up with paying more for our wedding. I felt sad and stress about it and luckily my husband took it positively and calmed me down over our marriage matters.

I will update my wedding stories starting with our R.O.M until the official ending of my wedding events (I need to figure out where I put all my pictures…).

baby stories, blogging, money

My first electric breast pump

There are many electric breast pumps on the market which are branded and expensive such as Phillips AVENT, Autumnz, Medela, Spectra and etc. If you go to the review or comparison sites on the electric breast pumps, they will most likely recommend you to use those well-known branded breast pumps which will cost you more than RM200 and above. For example, one of the Medela electric breast pumps, Swing cost about RM599 and this is the price at one of the online store.

Medela Swing Electric Breast Pump
The price of one of the Medela electric breast pump (price is listed on 14th June 2018)

At first, I was shilly-shallied about buying an electric breast pump because it will be going to exceed my budget for preparing the baby items. Besides, it will only be used for maybe half of the year or one. Then, will you give the expensive electric breast pump to your ready-to-be mum’s friend as a present just like you are giving out the used baby shirts??

I think this was the blessing from the GOD. I found one electric breast pump at one of my favorite online stores, Shopee and it is the CHEAPEST among those branded one. I thought it was a scam because of the incredibly low price makes me feel that it is not reliable, and also it looks like one of the China brand, Real Bubee (I thought both are the same, maybe this company copies the China’s idea? Hmm…). I then scrolled down and see those rating with photos. Many mummies tried it out and the feedback was NOT BAD!

Double Electric Breast Pump
Cheaper option of the electric breast pump

Thinking THREE…TWO…ONE…OKAY! I am ON! I gave it a try and place my order to get this electric breast pump. The parcel was shipped to my place within one week. Fast delivery and nice packaging made by the seller.

My cheap electric breast pump
Testing my electric breast pump. The small pink color object is the pump…look like a mouse!

This electric breast pump is very convenient to use because it uses USB power supply so it can save up the space of electric plug by using laptop or power bank to turn the pump on. The size of the pump just fit on my palm. To check whether it is working fine before I need it for one month later, this is the result: (because my site is not a premium plan, no money…so I can only convert my video to the audio file so you can get some idea on how this pump works!)

It sounds too good for me to have this cheap and workable electric breast pump. I will write a review on its performance once I try it out. I really hope it will work well and this will really save lots of my money, and other mummies’ money too.

If anyone of you tried this before, please tell me how it goes with you.

baby stories, blogging, money

My first baby feeding bottles

While it has been a long time for me to do my research on the differences between the types of feeding bottles in the market. I saw this comparison chart when I did my window shopping at one of the local shopping malls and finally, my husband and I decided to buy the GLASS feeding bottles.

Types of feeding bottles and their differences
Types of feeding bottles and their differences (Note: based on Pigeon’s product)

Although glass feeding bottle is far more expensive than the plastic one, we still choose it as the best for our baby due to these advantages of glass feeding bottle:

  1. No chemicals (it is glass…)

  2. Easier to clean (this is the second most important!)

  3. Heat resistance

  4. Compatible with the breast pump (most of the time)

My husband and I went through some physical stores and online stores over the weekends. We found that most of the time the prices of glass bottles for those well-known brands such as Philips AVENT, Pigeon and Tommee Tippee at the physical stores are more expensive than the online stores.

Thus, we searched the glass feeding bottle on several leading online stores in Malaysia such as Lazada, Shopee, and 11street. In the end, we found the most affordable Pigeon glass feeding bottle on Shopee. We bought two 120ml Pigeon Slim-Neck Nursing Glass Bottle with RM82.39 (~20USD) with the promotion code applied.

120ml Pigeon Slim-Neck Nursing Glass Bottle
Pigeon Slim-Neck Nursing Glass Bottle, 120ml

Thanks to the seller, we received our order within 5 days with a really good packaging. We first worried where the bottles will break during the delivery but they are new and are in good condition.

We plan to buy five more glass feeding bottles in the coming month to store the breast milk in case I go to work after my confinement. Hopefully, the price won’t change a lot after a month. We still need to keep an eye on our monthly budget…as you may refer to my previous post on how to budget our money month by month.

If you have any better suggestion on how to save money buying baby stuff, please leave a comment below. Your recommendation will be much appreciated.