Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Dairy Journey... Anmum Materna: What's your flavor?

[This is not a paid post. This is merely for sharing purposes.]

I know my blood type is coffee. And you know I am a regular self-confessed coffee lover (to be substituted with the word 'addict' at will). But for the past 6 months, I have determinedly slowed down on the caffeine intact (thanks to my lovely doctor's advice who allowed for a cup a day if I can help it). In fact, thanks to earlier months of training before the announcement, I can go on without coffee for a few days on end. 

And also for the past six months since this announcement, I am also now a dedicated milk drinker. I thank God for good genes and generations of easy pregnancy. Milk which never really featured in my daily diet (and thoughts of drinking it used to make me gag) is now a constant addition as one of my source of meal. We don't even gag at the first cup. How awesome is that?

Anyway, this was supposed to be a review on Anmum product. There are many brands of milk in the market for the expectant mothers, but I chose to consume the most common one. And why not? Anmum is reasonably priced around RM36.90 per box of 200g, available in most supermarkets/malls, and tastes just fine.

When looking for the right formula for yourself, read through the box carefully (yes they mostly come in boxes, or cans, whichever you prefer). There's Materna (for moms-to-be), Lacta (for the nursing mothers), and Essentials (for the babies/children you nurse). The first time we went shopping for one, I was confused as well, but that's probably expected. Everything is learned on the go... trial, error and lots of gut instinct.


There are actually just 3 flavors for Anmum Materna: Plain (the original creamy milk taste), Chocolate, and Mango. Of course being a practical and no-hassle kinda person, I picked the usual one lah... the plain milk, because of course I would know what to expect. Anmum Materna Plain is without a doubt, a no-brainer: creamy and milky as milk should taste like.

But a week ago, this Anmum lady promoter at one of the supermarket I frequented, gave me 2 free sample packets each for Chocolate and Mango -- one of the many perks of being pregnant and let loose in a supermarket. She actually spotted me from afar, and literally ran after me. Of course I had avoided any section with a promoter on the ready (hahaha), but this time it's sort of different.

So hey, now I can review the Chocolate and Mango flavors! Although I have to say I don't really like the chocolate. It tasted very much like something that came out of a lab. The chocolate mixed with milk sort of gave it a thick creamy cocoa-ish taste, which I find a bit strong and yucky (for lack of a better word). But I finished the whole two packets nonetheless, free mah...

The Mango however... is a delightful surprise. I thought that one would taste weird, but in fact it tasted much much better than the chocolate. If I had to compare it with something, I'd say it's almost as good as mango yoghurt drink. It went down the throat surprisingly well. Or maybe I just like mango yoghurt. =)

Free sample of Mango flavor

Oh on a recent visit to my gynae, the pharmacist on the payment counter also gave me a can of Frisomum Gold milk free sample. It would cost around RM40++ in the market, if I'm not mistaken. Ah, another perks.

Another free sample: Frisomum Gold

I asked the pharmacist the difference, and she said 'tastes like ice-cream'. In which case, she was right. Very vanilla-icecream-ish. But also, a slight sweeter than I prefer. But I finished the whole can anyway (free mah...) and switched right back to my plain Anmum.

The recommended dosage of dairy intake for pregnant ladies is 3 glasses a day, but the minimum allowable is 2... and a cup of coffee in between every now and then when the craving hits.

I don't know about you but I think I am growing rounder and heavier everyday... don't believe me? Please refer to an exaggerated point of view below. We like the view really, it reminds me of a giant panda on a roll, tummy out in full force and everything...

A very very exaggerated view point... perhaps not mine la...

... But hey... it's a pretty much an adventurous journey on its own! Till then, have a good week people.

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Cat Story...

This is so random.

So last night a fellow blogger Ms Marg shared on FB with the rest of us other bloggers in her circle, some common hindrances when it comes to writing - The 15 Stages You Go Through Everyday If You're a Writer. Aha! Totally understandable. I get that all the time.

But the thing that caught our attention was how cats featured in at least 2 of those points. Interesting. So after a series of funny 'cat' comments, and this being a total writer's block topic, I added "The first to post a cat story wins." Of course, me being pregnant and it was already 10.45pm at the time, I fell asleep right after... until morning.

The winner is of course Khairool! who in the spirit of a good blogging (if there's such a thing) wrote about a brilliant cat hut story. Haha. Pat yourself in the back mister! Who says you cannot write under pressure?

Now back to me...

My cat story? Oh nothing. Just that I caught my significant otter made a tender gesture towards a kitty when we were vacationing in Phuket last June. I mean, he may not like cats so much (what's with the neighbours' cats constantly harassing his shoes and leaving furs here n there outside our house, climbed the fences, scratched the car etc) but I am sure he doesn't hate them or want to harm them in any way. <3

 There see? I got proofs!

So that's it! Cat Challenge accepted! You all have a good Friday and a loooooong weekend ahead! I should be in KK by the time I post a next one. At least this settles the block thingy for now.


Saturday, July 12, 2014

So are you going to heaven or hell? ...

Pre-Note: Saturday break.

Heard once upon a time. A conversation in a car.
Three colleagues, all of different religion and faith, car-pooled to an eatery for a meal. One a Muslim, another a Christian, and one other a Buddhist. The subject of death, good deeds, heaven and hell came up. After some semantics and premise, in short:

The Muslim:  You know guys, in my religion, the two of you are all going to hell if you don't repent.
The Christian: Well, in mine, the two of you are doomed and going to hell too if you don't repent. 
The Buddhist: Haha we're no different. In mine, the two of you are bound for hell. The difference in mine is... what level of hell will you be in.
*All three laughed heartily*
All in agreement and good spirit: So that's right, no issue there then. The conclusion is - We're ALL going to hell!

Post-Note: Before you condemn another person's belief, look first at yourself.

We all should learn to chill sometimes. It is after all a hot day! Go grab yourself an Air Batu Campur.

ABC at Lorong 2, Siburan... cheapest and best

Happy Weekend everybody!

p/s: This is a true story. At the time, it was really hilarious. Recount to capture the spirit of unity, respect, and tolerance. Not meant to offend any religious belief or faith. If you're offended, no apology will be issued.