As mentioned in my previous post, we together with Missuschewy's family, traveled to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
For our trip, we stayed at Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa which was located very conveniently near the airport.
We had the most amazing room - the Kinabalu Club Family Room which offers two adjourning rooms. This room can fit 2 kids and 2 adults comfortably. We 'parked' our Bumprider stroller that we brought for our trip in the kids room heh.
The kids room had a bunk bed alongside a comfortable siting area and bean bag. There were also cute touches like magnets for them to play with. Check out my video of the room here! For the parents room, they had prepared items like a baby cot, diaper changing pad, kids toothbrushes, a steam steriliser and bottle warmer. These were really useful for us through the trip as I was breastfeeding!
A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to travel for a Sabah FAM trip with missuschewy's family courtesy of AirAsia and Sabah Tourism Board.
I actually visited Kota Kinabalu Sabah ages ago back when I was studying in Poly for an Outward Bounds Sabah challenge course and had climbed Mount Kinabalu in Sabah. It has always been one of my fondest memory as it was one of the toughest time physically and mentally for me back then. When the opportunity came up, I was really excited to check out Sabah from another perspective aside from the nature and greenery that Sabah has always been portrayed for.
I'll be sharing the main highlights of the Sabah FAM trip here with quick and light notes. If you have any queries or require more details, feel free to leave a comment in this post!
We traveled by AirAsia who offers one of the most Affordable and Cheap Air Ticket. A flight to Kota Kinabalu takes slightly above 2 hours. For those with children, I would recommend booking Hot Seats for the priority boarding. We all know how long it takes to settle kids, so priority boarding is a good to have!
Also with kids, it is best to prepare food and drinks. We prebooked our meals and it was served promptly.
We had the Emperor Fried Rice (which was one of the most popular hot items) and the newest added items Nasi Kandar with Chicken Varuval and Spiral Pasta with Chicken Sausage. The meals were tasty and were not spicy, which was great when sharing meals with the kiddos. Aidan loves to share our food
Aidan really enjoyed the Spiral pasta! I felt it was really suitable for him as it was easy to bite and was tasty yet not spicy. He's quite a picky eater honestly but he finished the whole meal!
You can also order light bites like we did for the flight back.
We had the Vietnamese Chicken Wrap, Salmon Ebiko Onigiri, Assorted Sandwiches and salted peanuts for snacks. Skai also had the Miso Soup and Hot Coffee.
After our experience with traveling with an infant & a toddler on a flight, here are some tips on flying onboard for those daring to do this.
Bring things to distract the toddler
Kiddos will get bored. For our short duration, Aidan couldn't sit still AT ALL. We brought toy cars for him to play with and gave him the window seat. NOT ENOUGH. Need more toys or distraction. We actually brought a whole bag of toys but they were checked in as we didn't think we would need so many onboard. Noob mistake. Next time, I'll bring a colouring pad, storybook and a music toy instead. Also, bringing toys = likely picking them up all the time. So be prepared for that!
Bring a nursing cover for those breastfeeding. For those who do not, bring milk for the kids to drink.
Kids won't know how to unblock their ears unlike us adults. It is best to get them to swallow to remove those discomfort. For me, as Davina is exclusively breastfed, I latched her undercover. For Aidan, we brought a water bottle and got him to sip water throughout. Also, our meals onboard meant Aidan was kept busy eating and drinking which helped cure some of his boredom and also that he kept swallowing and didn't have much blocked ears.
Have very very very thick-skin. Don't be paiseh.
Honestly speaking, my kids cried like siao. Especially Davina who always cried before her nap. We tried our best to soothe them but there are times where it just didn't work. I gave apologetic looks and said sorry to those around us. There was a not so nice uncle who was kinda pissed, but bo bian. SORRY TO ALL THOSE PEOPLE WHO HATE CRYING BABIES ON FLIGHT.
The flight was quick and pleasant and we soon arrived at Kota Kinabalu airport. We were warmly greeted by the kind folks from Sabah Tourism Board alongside Ryan, our guide from Amazing Borneo and Amzar, our kind correspondent from Air Asia.
Silly Aidan was scared of the monkey mascot lol!
And that began our adventure in Sabah, Malaysia! Look out for the next entry where I share about the attractions and our wonderful accommodation in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah itself!
I'm not a fan of vacuuming honestly. I really hate lugging the heavy vacuum cleaner around and having to unplug and plug at various places cos of the cord.
I am also not a fan of doing housework when it is so painful and mafan. I used to prefer mopping over vacuuming cos a pail is much lighter than a vacuum.
This thinking stuck with me for years till I first saw the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute . I first try it in one of the electronics store and was wowed by how light the vacuum was.
After trying it and looking at the accessories available, I was pretty much sold.
What I like was how flexible the Dyson V10 was. It could 'transform' for various uses just by simply changing the head. The Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute that I got came with these accessories: soft roller cleaner head, direct drive cleaner head, combination tool, crevice tool, mini motorised tool, mini soft dusting brush, flexi crevice tool and an extension hose.
My favourite thing to do is cleaning our ceiling fans with it. No more climbing shaky ladders and wiping the blades with a cloth!
It is super light and easy to use! I don't think I can ever go back to using corded vacuums anymore! Aidan saw me vacuuming and wanted to carry it himself.
The Dyson technology is amazing, the powerful suction and really remove hidden dirt in hard to reach places and I like how I could choose from three different power modes.
Before giving birth, I had very bad backaches due to the strain of a huge belly. My back was killing me with the weight and I sought relief through massages.
I did both my prenatal and postnatal massages with Post Natal Massage Singapore. As some of you guys may remember, my tummy was huge during pregnancy.
After giving birth, I knew I was suffering from very bad water retention. My feet were extremely swollen and my whole body was bloated. Unfortunately, I couldn't start on my postnatal massages immediately as I had a c-section.
Typically for c-section mamas, it is advised to commence on postnatal massages after 21 days at least. Post Natal Massage Singapore (PNSG) followed up with calls after my delivery to check in on how I was feeling and when would I like to start the massage.
As I had a bit of a difficult recovery, I only commenced my massage about 3.5 weeks after giving birth. I discussed with PNSG on a suitable time and my preferences and soon, a therapist was assigned to me.
Meet Madam Aisyah.
Madam Aisyah was assigned to me and we hit it off straightaway. I shared with her on my concerns and problem areas and she got to work to helping me.
Some of the areas of concern that I voiced out:
Bad water retention
Lower back pain
PNSG massages are done on our bed. We have to provide 2 big and 2 small towels at all sessions. If you have a sofa bed or tilam, it will also do. What the therapist will do is to lay a protective sheet over the bed before laying the towels.
For each massage, you could choose to use either the jamu herbs or a slimming cream. Of course the jamu herbs are more effective, however they tend to get messier when the powder dries up.
Needless to say, I chose jamu herbs. Messy can clean, effective is more important haha!
For each massage, Madam Aisyah massages the whole body including a head massage. She will also customise the massage depending on my body's condition that day. For one of the days, I had very extreme backaches so she focused on the back. For each massage, she also helped to relief engorgement and clear blocked ducts.
But mainly, she focused on the tummy to help shape my waistline and reduce water retention and bloatedness. Madam Aisyah mentioned that she would not exert much strength on my tummy as I had a c-section and she checked with me if I felt any pain at every step of the way.
She applied the jamu herbs and wrapped me up with a binder (aka bengkung) for every session. For those who purchase packages with PNSG, a binder will be provided.
The binder was wrapped tight but not uncomfortable. I could carry Davina, breastfeed and nap easily in it. I was advised to keep it on no longer than 8 hours as the jamu powder would dry up and start falling out.
After 8 hours, I would take a warm shower and replace the binder with my own compression binders instead.
At the last session, Madam Aisyah demonstrated a baby massage on Davina.
The massage she showed could be used with any preferred massage oil and would help to relax babies and reduce bloated tummies.
After the 10 sessions, I really felt less bloated and my water retention was greatly reduced! Thank you Madam Aisyah and Post Natal Massage Singapore for the experience!
If you are considering signing up for a postnatal massage package in Singapore, do consider PNSG. They are offering a special promo for my readers.
Enjoy $38 off if you sign up for a 7 sessions package.
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Do take note that this promotion can't be used with any other promotions and that it is only valid for one time use. Promo will end on 31 December 2018.
Hope that you have enjoyed reading this Post Natal Massage Singapore review. If you have any queries, do feel free to comment below. You can also check out PNSG's website for more info.
Do check out my pregnancy and baby blog posts here: