Sunday, April 13, 2008

Pushchair Mistake

As first time parents, I’m embarrassed to say we bought all the up-to-date items that parents, according to parenting magazines and brochures, absolutely needed. Well, what we ended up with was stuff that we hardly used and lighter pockets.
What we’ve discovered is – don’t get fooled by advertising and cool looking stuff. For instance we bought the Quinny Zapp pram. What we didn’t realise was it couldn’t recline, and could only take a child from 6 months on. It was easy when H was a teeny infant, we just borrowed the Maxi-Cosi Cabrio from my sis-in-law and snapped it onto the frame. When he got too big for the Cabrio, we had to look for a pushchair that could recline so he could lie down and nap in the pram.
We also wanted something easy to handle and light so we could bring it travelling. Hubby researched on the Net and discovered the Graco Citisport EDT (or Citilite). At only RM599 (compared to RM999 for the Zapp), it was very reasonable. It is light, easy to fold, has a 5 point harness, reclines and even has a basket for storing all the baby’s bits and bobs. We use the Graco constantly and most importantly H loves it.

Celine Dion in Concert, Kuala Lumpur 2008

My mother-in-law 'belanja' me and hubby RM1000 tickets to go see Celine Dion in concert last night at Stadium Merdeka. Our seats were smack in the middle of the stadium, no cover, the ground was wet from the afternoon rain and so were the seats, and they were 'kind' enough to give us cheapo plastic raincoats in case in rained, luckily it did not and we used it to cover the squishy wet seats. Oh yeah, not forgetting the insects that kept flying in my hair and face. For RM1000, I would have expected something a lot better.

The show itself was fantastic. She sang most of her old hits plus some new songs from her current album. Her vocals were amazing, of course and she apologised for having to postpone the concert due to an illness. My favourite part of the show was when she paid tribute to Queen, and sang a rousing 'We Will Rock You' and 'The Show Must Go On'. She saved the best for last, and sang 'My Heart Will Go On' (along with scenes of Leo and Kate on the stage screens) as the finale. It wasn't a concert that you could headbang and/or dance to, but I came away quite satisfied (with a few insect bites to show for it as well).

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

London, here we come!

It's ten more days till our holiday to England. This is the first time we'll be bringing H on a long plane journey. At 20 months old, he is extremely energetic and very loud. I'm bracing myslef and keeping my fingers crossed, hoping that he'll behave on the plane.

This trip has been planned for almost a year, so I've had some time to 'research' and think about how to entertain a toddler on the plane. He's into planes, trucks, cars and trains, so I'm looking for all sorts of suitable (i.e small and not noisy) books and toys for him. I'm also looking for inexpensive stuff that will probably get ripped and thrown away at some point. The local stationery shop is a haven for reasonably priced colouring books, stickers, colour pencils etc. I've also ripped out pages from magazines which have pictures of his favourite cartoons or cars, trucks and such. The plane itself will be his little 'playground' - walking up and down the aisles, playing with the remote for the invidual tv screens and just looking out the window during take-off and landing.

I'm getting more and more excited about the trip. It's been awhile since I've been to London, and hubby has family there. My sis-in-law hasn't seen H since he was born and my bro-in-law hasn't met him at all, so it'll be nice for H to meet his aunt and uncle.

Monday, April 7, 2008

One month eye check up

It's been more than a month since I did my Intralase Lasik eye surgery. I'm pleased to say things are going very well. My last check up showed my right eye to have 20/20 vision, my left still has a bit of astigmatism and long sightedness, but I do have 20/20 with both eyes.

The service I have received from Optimax Taman Tun Dr. Ismail has been excellent. I had a bit of an infection, but a visit to my eye specialist and the infection cleared up with help from some steroid eye drops and eye lid cleanser (seems I have oily eyelids, who would've thought?)

I'm due for my three month check up in May. My eyesight is still fluctuating from day to day, so hopefully the results will also be positive and I won't need any more corrections.

No more cleaning contacts and no more glasses. My eye sight was pretty bad before the operation so I had to spend quite a bit on glasses so I could have high index lenses that are not so thick and heavy. The monthly expense on disposable lenses and cleaning solution also tends to add up. The surgery was worth every cent of the RM6000 I spent.