Jul 14 2015


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Time flies. It has been such a long time I didn’t post anything on this blog and also my other recipe blog. When there is more and more people know about this blog, I find that I’m not able to write as freely as before, as this is now read by people who know the real me. LOL!

My children, specifically, protested that I wrote about them. They do not like those posts I wrote years ago, about them, especially those laughable ones. As they grow older, it gets harder to write.

This blog was initially designed with them in mind. Hence, “The Suzette – a blog for Ian & Isabel”.

Now, if I can’t write about them, I should revamp this blog, right? But apart from them, what do I write?

There are many moments I feel like closing down this blog, coz it needs money to maintain (hosting, domain registration, etc). But I got to know there are people still referring to some articles here, especially on breastfeeding related info, e.g. traveling with BM from overseas.

I’m struggling.

More struggling with my business partnership. I started doing business with someone I trusted, but I do not know her well enough… I don’t know what to do now. Dealing with greedy and bitter people is not what I used to. I’m learning to toughen myself and be firm. Needs a lot of prayers. Sigh!

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Oct 04 2013

Learn to Skate – Progress

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My kids started their first skating lessons on 8 June, whilst Mel (their cousin) joined 3 weeks later on 29 June. After seeing them doing it, and since I have to stay there for an hour with them, which can be really boring, I also took up lessons with them.

I officially joined them on 10 Aug, 2 months behind. Here is my Learn-To-Skate booklet…

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Really took me a great effort to pick up courage to join them. Adults… err… too many things to be afraid of. Scared of falling, scared of ‘no-face’, scared of being embarrassed, etc. I’m so glad that DH did not discourage me (although he also didn’t encourage, ahem!).

It was really a bad month to join in Aug/Sep. When we pay, we pay for 2 months package, costs RM220 for level 1. And Aug/Sep is a bad month, because it kept raining. Once it rains, lesson is canceled and there is no replacement! I was so anxious coz 3 weeks consecutively can’t take any lessons! So, one week I’ve decided to let Isabel be late for her morning ballet lesson, so that we could take the morning slot to catch up. But can only do once, as it is equally damaging to skip her lesson lah.

With that, finally I have taken 6 lessons, with another 1 more to go tomorrow. This time rugi banyak loh.

I was stuck at heel stop for 2 lessons, with a lot of mental barrier to fight, after the terrible falls during the week after my 1st lesson (read here for detail). I completely lost confidence, and kept doubting myself, with lots of fear on my skate shoes. I was also terrified of speed as well (is it sign or old age or just my nature?!).

Then, learning A-frame turn also took me 2 lessons, whilst Ian passed IMMEDIATELY! Jealous. Then last week I passed Swizzle, haven’t started learning Scooter yet. Kids already started. I feel so much left behind. >_<

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I keep having lots of problem with speed. The instructor kept telling me to go faster, but I just… err… cruised lazily. Hey, not that I didn’t put effort, I had thought I was FAST already, but… from my friend’s camera (bumped into her and she took video of me falling down, shameful!), I saw that I was really REALL REALLY SLLLLOOOOOWWW.

One instructor said that I’m still terrified of speed. The moment I gained a little (emphasized: LITTLE) speed, I get panic and lost balance, or would just slow down (unconsciously).

I hope I can learn and pass scooter tomorrow, else got to pay and renew?! Sob! Why I am so stupid and lack agility lah.

I know, I have never been active before, and I have very little muscle (I will come to that in a few days time in my next post). I have slow response, low reflex. When I do sports, I often get hit by the balls instead of hitting them. My rackets fly, and my shoes flew out when kicking the sand bag… Until now, still no difference. Sigh.

Makes me wonder if I should continue with Level 2, after I pass Level 1. The question is, it took me so hard to survive this level, will I survive the next one? I look at the list of things to learn in next level, I already sweat ler. Need so much of 1 foot balance. Without the skate, bare foot on the floor, I already found it challenging. * sweat *

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Oct 03 2013

I have very confusing feet

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I started running 2+ years ago, around mid 2011. First pair of running shoes was a New Balance. I don’t like to wear shoes that wrap around my feet because I just never can find comfortable shoes, but can’t avoid this for sports shoes. So my first pair of shoes worn until the sole wore off, and the stingy me still wanted to continue using… but the year end clearance came, and got tempted to buy my 2nd pair of shoes –> Nike. I bought the cheapest one that was on sales, only RM159 (out of season color which I don’t mind).

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I still keep the old NB shoes though, dunno for what. :p Just threw it away 2 hours ago only.

With the new Nike shoes, I ran for a while, and joined my first 10km Putrajaya night run. Around this time, I realized something wasn’t quite right about my feet. I started to wonder if it has to do with shoes.

I have never really looked into my feet problem, and never taken shoes seriously. I would just buy the cheapest shoes available as long as it is OK and don’t feel pain. But… when I was running with NB shoes, I had blisters. The blisters are around the ball of my feet, and the outer edges of both big toes. I had thought with the new pair of Nike shoes it would be solved. Well, it did, but only for a few weeks prior to my first 5km race. On the day of the night race, at around 5km point, my feet started to burn. Towards the end of the 10km I was already limping due to the extreme pain at the ball of the feet. When the race ended, I checked the bottom… a layer of skin practically peeled off from the bottom, with more threatening to let go.

At this point, I was tempted into investing a pair of Newton shoes when it was on sales last year, hoping it could solve my problem (more cushion for mid-foot landing runners). So, I switched my almost worn out Nike for the striking colored Newton. Did it solve my problem? NO! Not only that it didn’t solve my problem, I started to have a different and more serious issue –> Plantar Fasciitis.

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It started with the morning pain when get out of bed and went off after a while. Later, it developed into pains during the day, after sitting for a while. At one point, even sitting down, the heels would have throbbing pains.

So, I stopped using Newton, went back to my Nike and endured the blisters. Then few months ago, I decided to invest in a pair of good shoes, and someone recommended Brooks. I bought a pair, but… from a wrong shop with people who were not able to advise me. So I bought a pair of wrong shoes not suitable for me. Not cheap!

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What’s the problem with this pair of Brooks Ariel? To start with, it is D size in width and I have small/narrow feet, should be using size A or B (which I found out much later). To make it worse, my left foot is 1 whole size smaller than my right foot, so it caused my left foot to be swimming inside. That extra room gave more friction when running, so of course my blister came back. And my plantar fasciitis has never gone away.

Today, we went to the shop at 3-TWO square for its sales. The guy there is very experienced and gave me very good service. He examined my foot and my pose, asked all sort of questions related to my foot and running style, and finally he recommended Ravenna for me, original price RM439 sold at RM150. But my collapsing arch on the left foot would need a supporting insole, that costs RM199 (at most only 15% disc). He then suggested another model, Trance 11, original price of RM579 is sold now at RM200!! So I finally took the latter.

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Look, my left foot is a completely confusing one. First of all, it is under pronated, i.e. the ankle twisted outward, causing the foot pressing against the outer edge more. I already suspected this, coz all my shoes are worn out there. Check out my first pair of shoes (NB) bottom:

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In the picture, the one on the right side is my left shoe, and check out the worn out area (white color), where the black rubber has completely gone? This is definitely an under-pronated foot.

But, one would thought I should get blister at the outer edge right? But my blister is the inner edge, from the big toe to the ball.

The man told me that I also have a collapsing arch at my left foot (not completely flat though). I wonder if that’s the reason (and for plantar fasciitis also!). I had thought low arch means over pronator I am… I am confused, and that guy also admit that I confused him that I am all complicated. :(

Anyhow, I hope the new pair of shoes will solve my problem. Going to do a test run tomorrow morning.

Ah, BTW, today’s damage is not only the shoes, I also bought some shirts and pants. My pants are way over 10 years old and they are going to be torn. :p

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Sep 25 2013

Confinement Myths

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This article from Eu Yan Sang lists down 6 confinement myths, which I think all Malaysian mothers should read: Beware of These 6 Confinement Myths

I am one of those ‘victims’ of these myths, during my first confinement. My MIL and CL literally forced advised me to do all these 6 things. It was my first baby, and breastfeeding was still new and challenging to me. Juggling with the needs to follow these ‘rules’ didn’t help at all. My first confinement was truly a nightmare.

What I struggled the most were item 3 and 6 in that article:

3. Myth: Do not shower or wash one’s hair
Contact with water is thought to cause “wind” to enter the body and lead to headaches and rheumatism later in life. This taboo may have originated from northern China of the past. Since water quickly became freezing because of the cold weather, it was easy to catch a chill from bathing.
The truth: It is perfectly fine to continue one’s bathing habits. Besides maintaining personal comfort, regular bathing helps prevent skin and wound infections. However, the mother should not bathe with cold water. She should also dry her body immediately after bathing to prevent exposure to cold air.


6. Myth: Wear warm clothing and do not use fans and air-conditioning
As with bathing, any exposure to cool air is said to cause “wind” to enter the body and lead to health problems later in life.
The truth: The key here is moderation. The new mother should do what makes her comfortable. In a hot and humid climate, fans and air conditioners may even be essential for preventing heat rash. However, the new mother should not let the fan or air-conditioner blow directly on her.

Seriously, these 2 items are no brainers lah. Imagine, in this hot weather in Malaysia, 40 days no shower, no wash hair, no fan, no aircon. And then, no drinking plain water… I think these rules are to cook us alive. If unfortunately it happens during haze period, windows all closed, lagi jialat!!

This is a good article from Eu Yan Sang, and I think most of the old folks would believe, at least believing more than the guailou articles? Maybe?

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Sep 19 2013

Fun Time Is So Short

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Recently we have so much fun, mostly skating around. Because we wanted so badly to pass the heel-stop last Saturday, I brought the kids to the class twice, once in the morning and then again in the evening. Doing this is so tiring for me, but the kids were so happy!

We managed to pass both heel-stop and A-frame-turn on the same day, indeed Ian passed both in the morning session and started learning scooter in the evening, while I was still struggling with both. LOL! Kids learn so much faster and better than me! I haven’t even started learning scooter ler. :p

And then on Monday, since it was a holiday, we had another round skating around, although I was dead tired. By end of the day, when I accompanied Isabel to bed, guess what, she said the following (which I thought only the grown up would feel that!):

“Mama, why is it when we are doing things that are fun, time flies so fast. But when we are doing things that we don’t like, time passes so slowly?”

Haha, and she told me the things that she dislikes are some of the subjects. I didn’t know there were subjects she dislikes, and they are: science, computer and art! Hmm… wonder why she dislikes them. She said, “Every time during these periods, I always look at the clock, and it is true the time passes so slowly…” Sounds so dreadful for her. :)

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