Beat Menstrual Pain with Yoga

I still remember the day when I just got back from my recent Europe trip. Felt good to be home and meet my girls whom I missed so much… but man, I had never felt so exhausted – all that walking around 3 cities (everyday, from morning till late night) and the 15-hour flight!

My neck and back felt like they were tied in knots and my legs were mildly swollen from sitting too long in the cramped airplane seat.

And to make it worse, I was having period pain.

I wanted to go for a massage so badly, but I remembered I had a yoga class with Whisper so I thought, “ok yoga first, then go for massage”.

So off I went to the yoga class, still jet-lagged and aching.

The yoga class was held at mYoga in Plaza Damas. As I walked inside, I was greeted by them and a few came up to say hi. And then we were all led upstairs to a big room with mirrored wall.

 

Nice meeting you pretty ladies! I felt a bit gloomy in my dark outfit >_<

All set on the yoga mat. Let’s do this!

The yoga instructor introduced herself and then explained how yoga can help ease menstrual pain. Talk about perfect timing!

Just so you know, this is not my first time doing yoga. But it was my first time in months! Hehe. I forgot how good it felt to stretch. I felt like all of my muscles were loosened and relaxed.

Yoga also focuses a lot on deep breathing and this actually helps boost circulation because it increases oxygen flow to tissues and alleviate discomfort induced by cramps.

 

 

Ok, deep breath….

 

I could do this…but it only lasted a nanosecond! :P

Now that’s more like it

With my blog reader who won the quiz, Suhaila. Thanks for joining me doing yoga! (Mawar, where were you?!)

Even tho it was just a one-hour yoga class, doing simple yoga poses, I was sweating buckets like I just ran a marathon. And surprisingly, my body felt a lot better that I forgot about going for a massage – seriously! All that twisting and bending and stretching must have restored my muscles or something. And my period pain… Wait, what period pain? For a moment, I even forgot I was having period, thanks to Whisper Cottony Clean Long/Heavy Flow pad. It’s comfy and gentle enough to your skin as it’s made of soft cotton top sheet. The blue lock core helps to absorb even large amount of menses and locks it away from the surface so you won’t feel so “leaky”, if you know what I mean.

We even got a goodie bag filled with different types of Whisper pads to suit our needs – Cottony Clean range (superior protection and soft to the skin) and Ultra range (high-absorbency).

Thank you Nuffnang and Whisper for this opportunity. At least now I know how to make period pain more bearable!



Europe Trip Part 1: Rome

Hi guys! Soooo sorry for my lack of updates. I know I’ve been neglecting my blog lately but I promise it’s not because I’m lazy.

Umm ok… maybe just a bit, but that’s because I’m always super tired and my brain can’t think of anything else but my bed after a physically-and-mentally exhausting day at home (SAHM is no joke people, but I love it – except the cleaning part).

Ok enough with the excuses, now let’s talk about something more exciting. My Europe trip! :D

My husband and I went to Europe earlier this month with my sister, her hubby and their baby. My sister actually asked me a favor to help with her personal shopper business and I was like, YES OF COURSE NO PROBLEM! I mean, shopping and Europe? Those are like two of my favorite things in the world! (ok, it was actually pretty challenging as we had no experience being a personal shopper; I cannot imagine if it were just me and my husband)!

We were a little worried at first tho because we had to leave the girls and the longest we’ve ever been away from them was 2 days. And this time, we were going to be away for 10 days!

We told ourselves that we will FaceTime with the girls everyday (we didn’t, because of the time difference and because our schedule was pretty hectic everyday and come night time, we were both bone-weary from all the walking and shopping). We also told them that we will buy Frozen toys (didn’t manage to get Elsa tho) and that they will stay with their Atok and Wan (my parents) while we were away. They were excited! In fact, they were so excited that they couldn’t wait for us to go! Haha. Ayra even helped me choose and pack my clothes for the trip. Sigh, I missed her already.

Anyway, I’m going to split my blog posts into 3 for each city that we went to because there are so many pictures, you’d pengsan if I just blog everything in one post. Hehe.

This post is all about Rome because that was our first stop. We only stayed there for 2 days but we managed to squeeze in some sightseeing to a few famous places including the Colosseum, Victor Emmanuel Monument, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Roman Forum and Spanish Steps, despite having only a few hours a day for that (we were personal shoppers, remember? So during boutique business hours, 9am-6pm everyday was allocated just for shopping).

 

In front of the apartment where we stayed

The weather was sunny and beautiful, around 18°C. It was just nice – not too cold, not too hot.

You know, I used to love traveling during autumn or winter season (because I get to dress up in coats and knee-high boots hehe) but spring is actually just as fun and beautiful (ok, any season in Europe is fun and beautiful to me, period).

 

 

 

My task was really simple. I was told to snap as many photos of bags and shoes as possible. I love this job, thank you sis! Haha (and yes, all photos were taken using the awesome iPhone 5S camera *ehem* #iphonefanforever)

We passed a million gelato shops while walking around the city and whenever my husband saw one he’d say “Macam menarik”. Itu jela ayat dia kalau nampak makanan LOL. BIL already told us about this best gelato shop in Florence but my husband couldn’t resist trying one in Rome. Layankan saja.

Hazelnut and chocolate gelato. Nothing to shout about.

Done shopping for the day, time for some sightseeing! The first place we went to was the Victor Emmanuel Monument.

Apparently, you have to pay 50 euros each if you want to take a photo with these guys. I probably wouldn’t mind paying for that amount if they would at least let us wear their costumes.

In front of Capitoline Museum

Piazza del Campidoglio

 

Oh well, at least this guy didn’t charge me anything :P

 

(I’m not sure if I get all the names of the places right so do correct me if I’m wrong)

 

 

Roman Forum. The view is breathtaking, this picture doesn’t do it justice!

I’m sure you all know what this is. The Colosseum.

Saw a lot of these beautiful Venetian masks at almost every souvenir shop

Trevi Fountain

Had dinner at a restaurant somewhere near our apartment (all vegetarian and alcohol-free, don’t worry)

Day 2. My husband and I went out at 8am and we had to walk a bit to find some place to have breakfast as the cafe near our apartment wasn’t opened yet (no, I didn’t ride the bike).

We walked till we reached Pantheon. Hubby was excited and he began explaining about some light or something and I went like, “Oh umm, interesting. Now take my pic”. Hehe

And then we saw a cafe so we decided to have breakfast there.

It was such a beautiful morning. We just sat there for awhile, talking, enjoying the view and the weather while sipping cappuccino (I had tea) and people-watching. If only we could do this everyday…

We still had time before the boutiques were open so we decided to go inside the Pantheon.

And hubs started his history lecture again. “Biggest dome blabla…Roman Gods blabla… Can you imagine how they built this? Amazing gila blabla…”.
Ooookayy.

History session’s up, now it’s time to shop (for others)!

These paper bags weighed tonsssss and each of us had to carry them from one boutique to another for hours.
Kau ingat senang jadi personal shopper? Haha rasakan! :P

And finally, a picture with my sister at The Spanish Steps (she couldn’t be bothered to take loads of pics like her jakun sis because she goes to Europe a few times a year :P)

After shopping, we packed our bags and headed to the train station to Florence.

Ahh… I love Florence. My new favorite city. Will update about that soon!



That Time of the Month

Cramps, bloatedness, lower back pain, headaches. Sounds familiar, ladies?

Yep, it’s that time of the month – period, or Aunt Flo, Miss P, or whatever you call it.

We women are surely special beings, aren’t we? God give us strength to endure the things that men can’t – menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth. *flex biceps*

Some women hate having period; what with the cramps, heavy flow, pimples… and not to mention, the dreaded PMS a.k.a pissed-at-men syndrome (I still love you hubby) that occurs days before Aunt Flo even showed up. Really guys, we’re not making it up. PMS is real, ok.

But truthfully, I think having period is a blessing. Sure it can be painful and uncomfortable, but it is a natural process that normal, healthy women experience and is actually your body’s way of telling you that your reproductive system is working properly, so I’m okay with that. In fact, I’d be worried if my cycle is irregular or if my period didn’t come at all (unless of course during pregnancy). Love it or hate it, period is going to be with you for a significant amount of your life so you better not complain about it!

The first couple of days are usually the most challenging time because that’s when you have the heaviest “leak” and experience painful cramps at your lower abdomen and back. Some say that once you’ve given birth, you won’t get period pain. Well hello, I still get period pain even after 2 kids! -____- But thank God there are actually ways to make period pain more bearable, like taking suitable medication if your cramps are so painful, eating the right food (red meats and dairy only make cramps worse) (I totally Google that), and of course wearing the right pad.

 

Wearing the right sanitary pad would make a huge difference. There are variety of pads designed for different flows and stages of your period so the best way to know which product works for you is to know the type of flow you have – light, regular, heavy, very heavy.

Whisper now offers another alternative besides the Whisper Ultra; it’s the new Cottony Clean. The shape of the pad is designed with circles of protection for all-sides leakage protection, with a soft cotton top sheet that is gentle to the skin for more comfort.

Doing light exercises can also make you feel better. Honestly, I thought women should stop exercising when they’re having period especially during heavy flow days, but turns out, light exercises like yoga and simple stretching can actually alleviate period pain.

For that, Whisper is organizing a Yoga class with bloggers on the 17th of May 2014 at mYoga Plaza Damas, and I will be joining it. Best part is, I get to pick 2 of my readers to join!

If you’re interested to join the Yoga class with me, simply fill in this slogan at the comment section:
“I would like to join the yoga class with Iza because….”

I will pick 2 of my favorite slogans and will announce the winners soon, so stay tuned!



His coffee fix

When I was single, my mom kept on telling me that a lady should know how to make a nice cup of coffee. My mom makes the best coffee, or at least according to everyone else. I don’t like coffee so I never really knew what a good coffee tasted like and I never really bothered to learn how to make one (I do love the rich aroma of coffee tho).

But according to my mom, I would need to because when I get married, I would have to serve my husband coffee every morning before he goes to work. And then I jokingly said that my future husband doesn’t drink coffee or any types of hot drink except plain water. LOL. Dasar pemalas.

Well what do you know, that joke actually came true. I married a guy who only wants to drink plain water in the morning. Haha phew! :P

For 3 years we lived in a coffee-less house. I did not have to worry about making coffee for my husband and he didn’t seem to mind (I tried making for my mom once or twice and it turned out horrible, it was such an embarrassment).

Ok, my husband actually drinks coffee but only occasionally, like when we’re out dining at kopitiam or any coffee shops.

But ever since working with this new company a couple of years ago, he has been drinking coffee almost every day, sometimes twice a day. He’s been swamped with work and projects (he’s an app developer, by the way) and every night he would stay up late with his eyes glued to his computer screen, doing programming thingy which I don’t understand a thing even tho I have a degree in IT (Ruby on Rails what?). He needs coffee to help him stay up through the night.

 

 

Of course I made him that cup of coffee – in a pink mug, nonetheless (well that’s what he gets marrying a girly girl. Tee hee).

I guess my mom was right – I do have to serve my husband coffee at some point, except in my case, it’s at night!

But my coffee-making skill has improved, thanks to this 3-in-1 sachets. I don’t have to worry about brewing coffee and the sugar-to-cream-to-coffee ratio and whatnot. Made things so much easier for me and less embarrassing!

 

My husband likes his coffee with a little flavor and I remember he always order Hazelnut White Coffee at OLDTOWN White Coffee cafe when he’s not ordering iced drinks. He said the OLDTOWN White Coffee 3-in-1 Hazelnut sachet version tasted just like at the kopitiam – creamy, nutty and aromatic, just the way he likes it.

 

Sometimes when I’m feeling a little fancy, I’d froth some milk and spoon it over his hazelnut white coffee
(I did tell you my coffee-making skill has improved, didn’t I? :P)

And when I’m feeling even more fancy, I’d make a smiley face on his coffee.

Obviously my coffee art needs more practice, but my husband thinks it’s cute. It’s the effort that counts, really *ehem*

And that, to him, is the perfect cup of coffee.
I feel like such a domestic goddess. *flicks apron*



Dipped Row Exclusive Trunk Show

I was invited to Dipped Row’s tea party and trunk show at The Cigar Room in Kenny Hills last week with my sister, Wani. To be honest, I have never heard of the brand before so I was pretty excited to check them out and feast my eyes (and hands) on the newly discovered jewellery brand over delectable desserts.

 

Coincidentally wore color-coordinating outfit with my sister. Ha!
(I’m wearing Tudung People Numa shawl, Zara tunic dress, Next white pants and Jessica Simpson platform sandals)

Dipped Row was founded by three childhood friends, Karina, Azura and Lina, who are self-confessed jewellery addicts. Every piece in the collection is personally curated to showcase a glimmer of their different personalities and style.

As I arrived at the door, rows of sparkly colorful necklaces caught my eyes from across the room so I went straight to the table where they showcased the collection and just stared admiringly at them. I went like, “Oh my, that is nice. Oooh, this one too. And this one. And that one!”. Every piece is drool-worthy!

Their Spring/Summer 2014 collection features distinctive yet versatile jeweleries; from simple dainty bracelets to head-turning statement necklaces that would surely complement and elevate any ensemble. Necklaces and earrings are embellished with crystal clusters, floral patterns and brightly colored resin stones, while the bracelets are swathed in exotic stingray, phyton and ostrich leather.

They have clutches too, all brightly bling-ed!

So in love with this Kaleidoscope Clutch Bag.

Of course there were yummy desserts (and other food). Man, I was so busy checking out the jeweleries that I forgot how hungry I was until I saw these.

These earrings cookies inspired by Dipped Row’s own collection looked so real – so sayang to eat!

My sister and I had been whatsapp-ing each other a few days before the event, telling how we were craving for yummy vanilla cupcakes, so you can imagine how beyond happy we were when we saw those pink cupcakes. They were so good!

I must say, the highlight of the event is the jewellery customization. Guests were given the opportunity to choose any piece of Dipped Row necklace that was laid on the table (there were a few different designs to choose from) and give it a little makeover by painting it with nail polish! How brilliant is that? I have never thought of doing that before.

The 2 most beautiful designs would win some goodies from Dipped Row so everyone started to work on their designs right away. Some even sketched a few design options on paper first with swatches of colors!

I chose this necklace, and so did my sister (no surprise there. We kinda have the same taste in almost everything :P)

Yes, hi sister. Bye sister. Hehe

I don’t have a lot of blue and purple necklaces so I decided to paint it in those 2 colors. I  should have just left it like this laa – just bits of purple and blue. Looked simple and nice, me think. But it was a lot of fun painting those crystals that I got carried away. I even wanted to paint the chains after finishing with the crystals, but thought that might be a bit too much.

The end result. Wasn’t sure if it was a good idea to add pink, but whatevs. It was fun playing jewellery designer! We even get to keep the necklace so yay (I’m so gonna padam the colors and paint a new one soon).

So guess who won this necklace-painting competition?

My sister! (and this other lady)

I have to admit, their necklaces looked impressive. The color combinations are beautiful and they didn’t even look like they were painted with nail polishes! (My sister’s necklace is the one of the right, by the way)

Dipped Row collection are available online at www.dippedrow.com. You seriously have to check them out! They are affordably-priced, between RM30 – RM400 and they offer fast delivery throughout Malaysia, as well as a few selected international countries.

And not only that, the team at Dipped Row are feeling generous and they’re giving a special discount for my readers to shop! Simply use this discount code: PINKSTILETTOS at checkout and you will get RM20 off your purchase of over RM100. This code expires on the 31st May 2014, so hurry!

They are also having a Mother’s Day promotion where you can get 15% off on all items with the code: MOTHERSDAY. The last day for you to use this code is on the 7th May 2014 by 2pm and your order will arrive just in time for Mother’s Day.

Happy shopping!