Saturday, April 19, 2014

I have pre-eclampsia :(

Just a quick post. I came home from a 10-day hospital stay yesterday, and my nerves are still a bit on edge. On a routine antenatal check up on 9th April, the doctor found my blood pressure alarmingly elevated and had me sent to the hospital by ambulance. At PPUM, I was diagnosed with severe pre-eclampsia, which is what I had been dreading. I won't go into details, but the hospital stay was a very trying and scary time.  Rest assured, however, that the doctors and nurses there were very professional and kind. 

Waiting to be taken to the hospital by ambulance. The clinic stuck a line in my left hand.

At one point, I was meant to go home, but then I had a second hypertensive crisis and had to spend three days and two nights at the emergency ward, where they stuck another line in my right hand :(

I am happy that the doctor allowed me to go home for the weekend and that I actually made it home this time. For now the medications are working and I hope I will not have to stay in the hospital again until the time my baby is ready to be delivered. I have a blood test on Monday and a detailed scan + doctor's appointment on Tuesday. I hope all will go well. According to my doctors, I will probably have to deliver my baby prematurely at 34 weeks, which is 3 weeks from now. Please help pray for our safety and that everything will go well.

New Kleenex Bath Tissues with Aloe Vera

Hi everyone, I'd like to take some time out of my bed rest to talk to you about - the ALOE VERA plant ...


I've always loved the aloe vera plant, not only because it's such a hardy houseplant, but it's very useful too. For one, its anti-inflammatory and healing properties have been recognised around the world for thousands of years. And, did you know that aloe gel contains more than 75 nutrients and 200 active compounds including 20 minerals, 18 amino acids and 12 vitamins? That's why I keep a pot or two of it at home. Whenever anyone in the family experiences dry skin, sunburn or itching, I rub on some aloe vera gel to act as a soother. I even give myself an aloe vera gel facial once in a while to rejuvenate myself!

Thanks to its well-known benefits, it's no wonder why aloe vera is often added to skincare products. Now, however, the soothing properties of this amazing plant can be found in the New Kleenex Bath Tissues enriched with Aloe Vera! 

Having tried them myself, I can attest that the New Kleenex Bath Tissues enriched with Aloe Vera features the next level of softness! It also gives me a whole new way to hug and show my loved ones how much I care because:

1. It's very gentle - Even on sensitive skin (like my son Amir's).
2. It feels good - Thanks to its ultra softness. Hey, only the best for my family!
3. It's durable I made a note to myself a long time ago that not all tissues are created equal.  
4. It doesn't smell - It doesn't have that awful chemical or papery smell. 
5. It looks great - Looks aren't everything, but hey, it helps!
6. It's hygienic - Enough said!

Now let's take a closer look at the tissues themselves, shall we? Here's where I tell you exactly what I think of the tissues I tried. I'll keep it short and sweet:


Opinion 1: Each roll has a generous amount of tissues on it and the ply's nice and thick. 
Opinion 2: Unlike tissues of inferior quality, I found it easy to start the roll, without having it shred to pieces!
Opinion 3: The tissue is very absorbent and durable, even when wet. I'm thinking, in a pinch, this will make a good wet wipe for my baby when he arrives!


Opinion 4: I'll say it again, these tissues look great! I especially love the aloe vera motif.
Opinion 5: You can't help but appreciate its wonderfully soft texture and luxurious feel against the skin.  
Opinion 6: This is a roll that'll make a statement in your bath room - I don't skimp on cheap stuff!

So there you have it, I won't think twice about getting these tissues again for my home, especially with a baby on the way. Lots of wiping up to do! If you'd like to try the New Kleenex Bath Tissues enriched with Aloe Vera for yourself and give your loved ones "huggable softness," you can find it at all major supermarkets and hypermarkets. Its price ranges from RM17.90 to RM33.10 in Peninsular Malaysia and RM19.75 to RM33.40 in East Malaysia. 

For more information on Kleenex, please call the Kimberley-Clark Consumer Care-line at 1800-82-1188 (toll free) on weekdays from 9am to 5pm, or visit the Kleenex Malaysia Facebook page.

Friday, March 21, 2014

I have gestational hypertension :(

Hi all, sorry I haven't been updating for a while. About 2 weeks ago, during a routine check up at the Kelana Jaya Health Clinic, I was found to have developed pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH). The last fortnight has been a roller coaster of emotions (which can't be good for blood pressure), but I suppose I had to get it out of my system.

My manual BP reading at the clinic two weeks ago was an alarming 180/120 and it didn't go down much, even after some time. At that point, there was only trace protein in my urine, but they found I had a urinary tract infection (UTI), which explains the abdominal pain I've been having. They started me on BP meds, aspirin (blood thinner) and antibiotics. 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Hurray Oscars!!

I love that Cate Blanchett, Lupita Nyongo, Jared Leto & 12 Years a Slave won :) Hurray!!


And these epic moments...

Ellen's awesome selfie...

Benedict Cumberbatch photo bombing U2 

Friday, February 28, 2014

Talking About the Birds & The Bees @ Urban Health magazine

Hi everyone, can you believe February has come to an end? How time flies! I've been so busy, I only got the chance to scan this recently. Here's my latest article in Urban Health mag :)

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Soft boiled egg - Yum!

I just love soft-boiled eggs, don't you? Getting it just right can be quite tricky though... But here's a helpful tip...

Soft boiled egg by adline✿makes

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Oven-roasted sweet and sticky roast lamb shoulder recipe

My husband and I love lamb, so I got some chops and made this for dinner recently. Check out my marinade recipe after the jump! 

Roast lamb by adline✿makes

Thursday, January 30, 2014

I registered my company!

Hey peeps! Today's a momentous day for me! Since now I'm offering writing, editing and translation services full-time and professionally, I've registered my business :)

Cue fireworks!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Chinese New Year feasting - Be prepared :)

Each time Chinese New Year rolls around, I can't help but recall the time when I attended an ex-colleague's open house many, many years back. She had prepared quite a spread, and since my friends and I got lost on the way to her house, we arrived well past lunch time and were famished. Her mum was an especially kind and attentive hostess, asking us to eat more and more. Guess, what? We did, and boy, did my friends and I overindulge! 

That evening, when I got home, I started having this awful burning sensation in my chest. That was the first time I ever experienced heartburn! To make it worse, I didn't know what to do about it, so I had a very uncomfortable night. I would later experience heartburn while I was pregnant with my first child. Both times, I hadn't realised that there was a remedy for such a condition. 

Apparently, one of the tricks to preventing heartburn and indigestion is understanding food's hot and cold properties. Have a look at this infographic:  

Based on the facts above, I should definitely gravitate towards cooling and neutral recipes, so I'm going to keep that in mind from now on! So far, I haven't had heartburn during this pregnancy, but if it does rear it's ugly head, I have a bottle of Gaviscon ready! It'll also come to the rescue in case I overindulge again this festive season ;) Hey, I'm five months pregnant, so I've got quite an appetite right now! 

Want to see how Gaviscon works? Check out this video:

Gaviscon doesn't just come in bottles, it also comes in handy tablets and sachets too, so you can carry them in your wallet or purse when you're on the go. To learn more about Gaviscon and their range of products, do visit the Gaviscon website. Have fun but east responsibly everyone! I'd like to wish you all a happy and prosperous Chinese New Year!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Take it and go! Love these songs

I'm in a romantic mood today. and seriously, they just don't make songs like these anymore...

Not a big Madonna fan myself, but this song is just plain amazing. The video? I love it!


I'm not a Top Gun fan either, but this Berlin ballad rocks my socks!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Homemade capatis and vege curry

I'm on a mission to learn how to make bread at home, I've dabbled in it before, but have yet to perfect my technique. I thought I'd start with something simple, so the first bread I've attempted to master is the chapati, an Indian flatbread that I've always loved. After a not-so-successful attempt, I finally got it right! 

Homemade capatis and vege curry by adline✿makes

Here are my soft, fluffy and round chapatis :) I also made a vegetable curry to go with them. I learnt to make chapatis here and if you're a novice like me, do pay attention to the steps! They make all the difference :)

First time I made capatis - not so great results - hard and not circular :P by adline✿makes

Here's a pic of my first attempt at making chapatis, they turned our hard, dry and not very circular. I'm glad I got it down now, no more buying chapatis at mamak shops or ready-made frozen ones! Homemade chapatis are fun to make and much, much easier on the purse :)

Monday, January 20, 2014

Declutter diaries: How to fold socks

Today I thought I'd tackle my husband's sock drawer... I started off with this messy pile...

messy socks by adline✿makes

And ended up with this neat pile...

organised socks by adline✿makes

Learn how to organise your socks after the jump!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Baked selar kuning with chillies, onion and garlic + Stir-fried broccoli, cauliflower and carrots

Wondering what to have for lunch or dinner? Well, if you have a selar kuning (or two if they're small) in the fridge, why not try this healthy meal?

Rice with fish and veges by adline✿makes

As you can see, I also made a simple vege stir fry to go with the fish. Check out the recipes after the jump!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Frugal tip: How to make ginger last longer and not waste it

Now that I'm a work-at-home mum, I've become more aware of our grocery bills and I do what I can to prevent food wastage. When it comes to savings, every little bit counts, so today I'd like to share with you a frugal tip that I've been utilising for quite some time now.

Ginger is an important part of Malaysian cooking, so I always keep it on hand. However, I only need to use a bit of it at a time and ginger doesn't really keep well for long periods. It either shrivels up and dries out, when I leave it on the kitchen counter, or becomes icky and moldy when it sits in the fridge for too long. To make sure that I get to use every bit of my ginger, with no wastage, here's what I do! 

How to make ginger last longer by adline✿makes

See how not to waste ginger and keep it fresh for longer after the jump...