Sunday, February 16, 2014

Just Caffe

Let me start by being honest. I. AM. A. COFFEE. ADDICT.
There can be times I crave for coffee that while driving I am willing to make a big turn just to get one. If I can't get myself a coffee fix, it will lingers at the back of my head and my saliva will be dripping all the time. OK. That's exaggerating.

Anyway, my buddy Su invited me out for breakfast. So, I googled for the café list in Penang and pick one. Apparently, a lot of café has been opening in Penang and I have not been to any of it. Sometimes friends will share them on Facebook and I will go like "What, that place exist in Penang?"

So, to cut the story short, we pick for Just Caffe. It is at Jalan Green Hall which is the small road opposite the Municipal Hall. There is also 2 other Café at that road, one is Kaffa, another one something Brew..can't remember.

We were greeted by one friendly guy. Upon seeing us he immediately say that the café is Pork Free and the Bacon listed on the menu is beef bacon. Su asked if the meat is actually Halal and he said that the vendor is supplying Halal certified meat. At the end of the explanation, he asked "By the way, what does Halal meat actually mean?"  
So we explained to him that it the chicken/cow/goat must be slaughtered using Islamic way which is using a sharp knife to cut at the throat where the main vein was and also at the same  time the person must mentioned that it is in the name of Allah that we slaughter it.
Here's our pick. Su's grilled chicken wrap is quite nice while my Panini is quite hard. I was actually expecting a softer bread as I am having tooth ache. But, apart from that, it was nice too.


Overall it was not bad and I will sure go there again. ;)

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

hello world part 5

As the nurses prepare the pitocin drip, i looked at Q feeling helpless. I knew i can do it. On the next contraction, i said i wanted to try again to which they allowed us to try on our own as they insert the drip. We tried.... but still no progress. Due to my movements, the needle for the drip did not go through the vein. They can't find the next vein, so they need to try on my right hand. All of that takes time and it mean longer duration for my baby to be in that position. Each moment pass, i fear for her safety.

The drip was in, and we waited for the next contraction. Seriously, i don't think it had any effect as i felt the same. But i still try and try. At one point, the nurses was saying something, making a joke that i had forgotten.. and i laughed. She then said...' eh boleh gelak lagi..ok lagi nih.' At one point she asked Q to go and get minyak selusuh that mak prepared for me to help on the process. At the verge of giving up, i asked... 'how about vacuum?' To which they replied that it is the next option and Dr. Rohayu is on the way.

While waiting, i whisper to Q.. ' kesian kat baby... dia ok ke kat situ..' Well she is indeed a strong girl as everytime her heartbeat got checked, it is pounding hard. Few minutes later Dr Rohayu arrived and she said. 'Ok, kita cuba 2 kali, kalau tak boleh baru kita vakum. Sayang sangat....sikit lagi je ni' So i tried, but without success.

And finally, Dr Rohayu hold the vacuum in her hand and said 'ok.we do this together. Dr tolong and u do ur best, at the next contraction, u tell me'. As i feel it coming, we counted, 1,2,3.... pushhhhhh. I pushed all i can, although i can feel the pain getting less but i still push and push. The two nurses was cheering like they are watching a football game, looking at my 'down there' waiting for goaaaal...and cheering 'Bagus! Pandai! Lagi! Sikit lagi! '

And finally at 2.17am, baby head was out. From my position i can see it and it felt surreal. I was about to relax when Dr asked to push again to get the rest of the body out. The second she was out Dr held her to me and said 'tengok..anak ape ni' i was blank for a while, then i look at what Dr was showing and i said.. 'perempuan'.  Dr then placed her down and she cry and cry her heart out. The most magical moment.

Next, was extracting out her placenta and stitching. I actually got shocked when Dr said she need to stitch. I asked 'Dr ada potong ke?' 'Ada...kamu tak rasa?' No.. i did not feel anything. Nurses injected what i think is anesthetic and Dr began stitching. No, i did not feel any pain buti can feel the thread going in and out my skin. I just ignored it and turn left to look at my baby. A gift from Allah. Subhanallah. Alhamdulillah.

Once done, we say our thanks and Dr Rohayu left the room. Once she is out, one of the nurse said 'nasib Dr Rohayu... kalo Dr Rosita,.... kena marah dah tadi'. I know Dr Rosita is much stricter. Hehe.  As i got wheeled out of labor room, i can feel my belly is now empty and i immediately feel a strong hungry feeling.

I then drank milo, puke it out due to empty stomach, feed my baby and got allergic reaction mysteriously. It's a long night and we are now officially Umi and Papa. :-)

Thursday, October 3, 2013

hello world part 4

I wanted so much to go to labor room so that i can be assured what i felt was contraction. Since no machine was present, i had to rely to the nurse to confirm for me. The pain increases as time past by. For me, the pain revolve around the cervix area. None felt at waist, stomach, backbone or any area. Hence, the confusion. I dont remember how painful it is now, but i remembered tossing and turning left and right while reciting ' la ila haila anta subha na ka inni kuntum minazzolimin...'Everytime the nurse did vaginal inspection and i cringe, she will say sorry but i always tell her it's not painfull as the most pain i felt is the contraction. Other then that is considered not painful. Not even episiotomy or the stitches. So, thats the best way i can describe for the contraction pain.

Everytime i turn to my right or left side, it got more painful, i will call to the nurse... 'rasa nak berakkkk' and she will come to inspect and said its not yet 10cm. At one point, she got doubtful and asked me ' betul ke nak berak?' Huhuhuhu

Finally after what felt like f0rever, it was 8cm.. and she asked me ' nak saya tolong bagi cepat?' Mesti la nakkk... i nodded. Then it was 9cm and 10cm came shortly after. She teached me how to push,i practised and then i can push on the next contraction. There were 2 nurses, 1 at the front and 1 on my left. Q on my right.  i did not hold Q's hand but asked him to hold my head instead. During the pushing,i had to lift my body and touch my chin at the chest which  i was afraid i wont be able to do so.

1st pushed, fail. 2nd push, fail. 3rd push, failllll... arghhh.. sorry baby mommy is such a looser. I dont remember at what push finally baby's hair is visible. They called Q to see and he got teary. Thehee... after that, i pushed for almost 1hr, but no further progress. I dont know why, but suddenly the contraction is not so painful anymore. It is so shortlived that pushing is useless. According to the nurse, u need to feel the pain to facilitate the progress. She keep asking me, do u feel the pain? To which i reply no. Then she said we can't let the baby be in that condition for long as she can't get oxygen there. But i am not faking it, i really do not feel any pain. So, they decidednto drip me. A method to induce pain. And i said OK. Whatever pain i need to take to take my baby out, i'll do it.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

hello world part 3

As  a normal person would do, i've been reading countless of blog regarding labor experience. Upon knowing that i need to go for induce, i googled up all the info i can get. From all the story, i derived that at 4cm opening, we will be sent to labor room. But for me, when i was checked at around 8.30pm, and it was 5cm open, i was told to continue monitor the progress and call nurse if the pain become unbearable and if i ever feel the urge to  past motion. Well the last time i felt the urge to go toilet was few hrs ago but i was so afraidto go toilet that i asked the nurse to give me the butt med again...but she don't want to! :-( fortunately... i did managed to poop.

I started to feel greater pain after that and i called Q to my side to hold my hand.  he sat on the floor beside the bed. I later learned that he actually wanted to go for a smoke but can't bear to ask me to let go his hand. And he end up not smoking until the next morning. Theeheehee. Good way to start being a dad! :-p

At around 11.30, the nurse come again to break the water bag. I was 7cm by then. She said... if u ever feel the urge to past motion,then call us. I was thinking to myself "isn't that wayyyy too last minute? Isn't i supposed to be wheeled to labor room at 4cm. I am getting confuse which one is contraction... if i go to labor room, at least i know through the graphs...." so, i turn to my right.... and told Q.... i think i want to berak nowwwww. Well..the pain did increases.. It was not a lie. At least not 100%. I dont care, just get me to the labor room!

I got wheeled to the labor room and the nurse did another round of vaginal inspection. "Sama jeee cam tadi 7cm" oooopsss.. hehe. I was a little calm now that we are in the labor room but guess what... nothing strapped to me and so no graphs!!

Monday, September 23, 2013

hello world part 2

Monday, 16 Sep
D day has arrived! In one way induce seems not a bad option as i can really get everything prepared. We woke up early, had breakfast at Taman sardon, bihun sup and half boil egg and off to Pearl Maternity. It was a quiet morning, since its a public holiday which i like as it make me feel calm. The nurse showed me a room and asked me to change...everything off, only the hospital gown please. I was fast need to strip already. But i knew this will come, so i obeyed.

Next, need to lie down on a bed where baby heartbeat and contraction were monitored. Baby heartbeat were doing good from 130 to 160...while surprisngly...there's a very small mild contraction. Nurse then chcked and the first good news of the day when she said "oh.. baby is already halfway engage." Yeayyy... i`ve been asking that question everytime i visited Klinik Kesihatan .:-) Finally, all the walking paid off.  Then the butt med was given. I wish we can buy such meds. Its s so good that within minutes u'll get the urge to let everything out. Finally, the 1st pill is then inserted  at 10am and i was asked to lie down for 1hr. Any movement might cause it to move and impact the process. It was done by a very kind and expert nurse. I asked her when do she expect me to give birth and she expected it will be dawn the next day. Up to this part, i felt positive.  No pain felt during vaginal inspection too. So i was telling Q that our decision to go for induce is not that bad afterall. As i was relaxing, guess what, suddenly i need to pee. Uhuh. Cant do anything about it tho but just tahan. 1 hr later, another nurse came to ask me come back to the room and monitor again the heartbeat if baby got distressed by the meds. And the 1st thing i do is run the toilet. Q came after me and said "wow....thats a lot of pee". Hehehehe. The result of baby heartbeat came out good and Dr Rahayu stepped in. Apparently, Dr Rosita was off and Dr Rahayu was on call that day. I am fine with that as i met her once and she is very soft spoken. She said no contraction observed, so she will come at 4pm later to insert 2nd pill.

The pain then slowly come at around 12. Its a constant pain down there due to the pill is working to soften the cervix membrane. As i was told, contraction is supposed to be in a timely interval, so i did not regard that as contraction. I am still able to take lunch, walk around the room and whats app-ing with my gals. At 4pm Dr Rahayu came to do vaginal inspection. Another good news came as she say " Ohhh..there`s already opening for 3cm. Tak payah masuk ubat dah...i am going to make it 4cm and its going to be pain a bit ya. "  i hv to admit its a little painful and as she draw out her hand... its full of blood. I squeaked, shocked! "Ehh ... jangan takutttt... this is good. Dah keluar tanda" . She went out, explain it all to Q and mentioned that she will come again at 8pm. Q came in....smiling... Both of us are happy that it worked better than expected. :-)