Extended Vacay

Travelling

 

After few days well spent in Langkawi, we’ve extended our short vacay in Pantai Timur (East coast).

Impromptu.

Never been in our #bucketlist vacay but who cares? We did it!

We spent a week in Cherating (Pahang) and Terengganu.

We stayed at The Legend Resort, Cherating for 2 nights, Ulek Beach Resort, Dungun for 1 night and Sutra Beach Resort, Merang, Terengganu for 3 nights. It’s located at Setiu. The smallest district in Terengganu. Well, all I can say is, not too bad! Setiu is a remote area, less famous area amongst tourist, the least I can say. However, we just want to get an overview and experience so that we know what to do in the future. It was the plain of welcomes, but it was a welcome nonetheless 🙂

We survived!

The only thing that I regret the most was, the food. Oh my. I have no idea it was just me or as well as other people. The food really disappoint me. No kidding. In addition, it’s really difficult to find a decent food stall or restaurant nearby the hotel. We have to drove approx 20-30mins to find them.

Fortunately, on our last night in Terengganu, we (accidentally) found this ‘lively’ restaurant at Gong Badak, Kuala Terengganu and finally we had a good and tasteful food. Believe me, the food was so delicious, the seafood was so fresh and juicy and most importantly, tasteful! On top of that, it very reasonable at price. Happy tummy happy me. This is what we call a truly satisfaction. Paid off! 🙂

Oh God, I forgot the name of the seafood restaurant. Give me some time to recall. My bad. I know I know ;'(

To be continued…

xoxo,

S-Tee

 

Birthday Short Getawayyy!

Travelling, Up close & Personal

Can’t wait.

This time, we’re not going overseas. Instead, we planned to go to an island in Malaysia.

#cuticutiMalaysia.

This island has been my must-go trip in Malaysia. Pretty much say that it means a lot to me. A lot of stories I can share here. One of them was, it was my 1st ever honeymoon when I got married to le hubs 🙂

Thus, you pretty much aware why I love being there. All I can say is, all the good and sweet memories began there. And counting!

Most likely this short escapade is for my Birthday (not so) treat/holiday. We wanted to do a short and sweet trip in Malaysia before we go far far awaayyy from here.

This island is situated in the Northern coast of Peninsular of Malaysia.

Where we will be going?

🙂

Stay tuned!

xoxo,

S-Tee

 

July Oh July

Up close & Personal

I know 😛

Always behind the schedule. It’s already mid of July. I know I know.

As you know (or most probably not) July means a lot to me. It really does.

You know why?

Because my birthday is on July!

On top of that, my dad’s birthday falls on July too.

Guess what, his birthday is on 13th and mine on 14th. Cool isn’t?

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Happy Birthday Daddy! Or belated doesn’t matter 😛

There’s a lot of things I wanna say about him, like a lot. But, I’d rather keep it simple, short & sweet.

He’s a strict dad. A very well committed and dedicated dad/person as a whole.

Loving and caring. However he’s not the type who express his feeling. His love towards us through his action is beyond belief. His action clearly speaks LOUDER than words.

The unconditional love that he showered us since we were small until now, is beyond words. God has lend him to us and it’s a PRECIOUS gift that can’t be irreplaceable and undeniable.

I LOVE YOU, DAD!

I really do.

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xoxo,

S-Tee

 

What’s Iodine?

Health

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I’m browsing some info (article/blog) to read.

Just random, no specific topic and I stumbled upon this article that me think for a while.

Iodine. Speaking of which, I have thought that how ignorant I am that it is part of the minerals that we need in our body. Sigh.

Now let me share with you the benefits of this mineral.

What is iodine and what does it do?

Iodine is a mineral found in some foods. The body needs iodine to make thyroid hormones. These hormones control the body’s metabolism and many other important functions. The body also needs thyroid hormones for proper bone and brain development during pregnancy and infancy. Getting enough iodine is important for everyone, especially infants and women who are pregnant.

How much iodine do I need?

The amount of iodine you need each day depends on your age. Average daily recommended amounts are listed below in micrograms (mcg).

Life Stage Recommended Amount
Birth to 6 months 110 mcg
Infants 7-12 months 130 mcg
Children 1-8 years 90 mcg
Children 9-13 years 120 mcg
Teens 14-18 years 150 mcg
Adults 150 mcg
Pregnant teens and women 220 mcg
Breastfeeding teens and women 290 mcg

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What foods provide iodine?

Iodine is found naturally in some foods and is also added to salt that is labeled as “iodized“. You can get recommended amounts of iodine by eating a variety of foods, including the following:

  • Fish (such as cod and tuna), seaweed, shrimp, and other seafood, which are generally rich in iodine.
  • Dairy products (such as milk, yogurt, and cheese) and products made from grains (like breads and cereals), which are the major sources of iodine in American diets.
  • Fruits and vegetables, which contain iodine, although the amount depends on the iodine in the soil where they grew and in any fertilizer that was used.
  • Iodized salt, which is readily available in the United States and many other countries. Processed foods, however, such as canned soups, almost never contain iodized salt.

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What kinds of iodine dietary supplements are available?

Iodine is available in dietary supplements, usually in the form of potassium iodide or sodium iodide. Many multivitamin-mineral supplements contain iodine. Dietary supplements of iodine-containing kelp (a seaweed) are also available.

Am I getting enough iodine?

Most people in the United States get enough iodine from foods and beverages. However, certain groups of people are more likely than others to have trouble getting enough iodine:

  • People who do not use iodized salt. Adding iodine to salt is the most widely used strategy to control iodine deficiency. Currently, about 70% of households worldwide use iodized salt.
  • Pregnant women. Women who are pregnant need about 50% more iodine than other women to provide enough iodine for their baby. Surveys show that many pregnant women in the United States may not get quite enough iodine, although experts do not know whether this affects their babies.
  • People living in regions with iodine-deficient soils who eat mostly local foods. These soils produce crops that have low iodine levels. Among the regions with the most iodine-poor soil are mountainous areas, such as the Himalayas, the Alps, and the Andes regions, as well as river valleys in South and Southeast Asia.
  • People who get marginal amounts of iodine and who also eat foods containing goitrogens. Goitrogens are substances that interfere with the way the body uses iodine. They are present in some plant foods including soy, and cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. For most people in the United States who get adequate amounts of iodine, eating reasonable amounts of foods containing goitrogens is not a concern.

What happens if I don’t get enough iodine?

Iodine deficiency is uncommon in the United States and Canada. People who don’t get enough iodine cannot make sufficient amounts of thyroid hormone. This can cause many problems. In pregnant women, severe iodine deficiency can permanently harm the fetus by causing stunted growth, mental retardation, and delayed sexual development. Less severe iodine deficiency can cause lower-than-average IQ in infants and children and decrease adults’ ability to work and think clearly. Goiter, an enlarged thyroid gland, is often the first visible sign of iodine deficiency.

What are some effects of iodine on health?

Scientists are studying iodine to understand how it affects health. Here are some examples of what this research has shown.

1) Fetal and infant development
Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding need to get enough iodine for their babies to grow and develop properly. Breastfed infants get iodine from breast milk. However, the iodine content of breast milk depends on how much iodine the mother gets.

To make adequate amounts of iodine available for proper fetal and infant development, several national and international groups recommend that pregnant and breastfeeding women and infants take iodine supplements. In the United States and Canada, the American Thyroid Association recommends that pregnant and breastfeeding women take prenatal vitamin/mineral supplements containing iodine (150 mcg/day). However, only about half the prenatal multivitamins sold in the United States contain iodine.

2) Cognitive function during childhood
Severe iodine deficiency during childhood has harmful effects on the development of the brain andnervous system. The effects of mild iodine deficiency during childhood are more difficult to measure, but mild iodine deficiency might cause subtle problems with neurological development.

Giving iodine supplements to children with mild iodine deficiency improves their reasoning abilities and overall cognitive function. In children living in iodine-deficient areas, iodine supplements seem to improve both physical and mental development. More study is needed to fully understand the effects of mild iodine deficiency and of iodine supplements on cognitive function.

3) Fibrocystic breast disease
Although not harmful, fibrocystic breast disease causes lumpy, painful breasts. It mainly affects women of reproductive age but can also occur during menopause. Very high doses of iodine supplements might reduce the pain and other symptoms of fibrocystic breast disease, but more study is necessary to confirm this. Check with your health care provider before taking iodine for this condition, especially because iodine can be unsafe at high doses.

4) Radiation-induced thyroid cancer
Nuclear accidents can release radioactive iodine into the environment, increasing the risk of thyroid cancer in people who are exposed to the radioactive iodine, especially children. People with iodine deficiency who are exposed to radioactive iodine are especially at risk of developing thyroid cancer. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved potassium iodide as a thyroid-blocking agent to reduce the risk of thyroid cancer in radiation emergencies.

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Can iodine be harmful?

Yes, if you get too much. Getting high levels of iodine can cause some of the same symptoms as iodine deficiency, including goiter (an enlarged thyroid gland). High iodine intakes can also cause thyroid gland inflammation and thyroid cancer. Getting a very large dose of iodine (several grams, for example) can cause burning of the mouth, throat, and stomach; fever; stomach pain; nausea; vomiting; diarrhea; weak pulse; and coma.

The upper limits for iodine are listed below. These levels do not apply to people who are taking iodine for medical reasons under the care of a doctor.

Life Stage Upper Limit
Birth to 12 months: Not established
Children 1-3 years: 200 mcg
Children 4-8 years: 300 mcg
Children 9-13 years: 600 mcg
Teens 14-18 years: 900 mcg
Adults: 1,100 mcg

Are there any interactions with iodine that I should know about?

Yes. Iodine supplements can interact or interfere with medicines that you take. Here are several examples:

  • Iodine supplements might interact with anti-thyroid medications such as methimazole (Tapazole®), used to treat hyperthyroidism. Taking high doses of iodine with anti-thyroid medications could cause your body to produce too little thyroid hormone.
  • Taking potassium iodide with medicines for high blood pressure known as ACE inhibitors could raise the amount of potassium in your blood to an unsafe level. ACE inhibitors include benazepril (Lotensin®), lisinopril (Prinivil® and Zestril®), and fosinopril (Monopril®).
  • The amount of potassium in your blood can also get too high if you take potassium iodide with potassium-sparing diuretics, such as spironolactone (Aldactone®) and amiloride (Midamor®).

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Tell your doctor, pharmacist, and other health care providers about any dietary supplements and medicines you take. They can tell you if those dietary supplements might interact or interfere with your prescription or over-the-counter medicines or if the medicines might interfere with how your body absorbs, uses, or breaks down nutrients.

Iodine and healthful eating

People should get most of their nutrients from food, advises the federal government’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Foods contain vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber and other substances that benefit health. In some cases, fortified foods and dietary supplements may provide nutrients that otherwise may be consumed in less-than-recommended amounts. For more information about building a healthy diet, refer to the Dietary Guidelines for Americansexternal link disclaimer and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate.

 

Hope it helps!

 

xoxo,

S-Tee

 

 

 

Yasssss Happy Eid Mubarak!

General

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Happy Eid Mubarak to all Muslims around the world and may the blessings of Allah be with you today, tomorrow and always.

It’s a day of rejoice and bliss; it’s a day of blessing and peace; it’s a day to reflect and ponder; it’s a day to celebrate together!

I hope you enjoy each and every moment of it. May God accept our fasts and prayers.

May this special day brings peace, happiness and prosperity to everyone.

May Allah accept our good deeds, forgive our transgressions and sins, and ease the suffering of all people around the globe.

My well wishes, my good wishes for you are the just prayers for your long happy life from God on this noble event.

Ameen.

Wish you a very Happy Eid Mubarak!

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 Xoxo,

S-Tee

 

Sweet 10th Monthsary

Up close & Personal

4th of July 2016.

Today (4th of July) mark our 10th month of marriage.

How time flies. Mr and I have been married for 10th month and it feels like we’ve known each other for 10 years maybe? 😉 8e0f2359c65228a11eafafeb4840cf9b.png

I keep reminding myself, “We’ve only just
begun…” It’s my reminder to keep on working on our relationship. The marriage is what we work on daily basis. May we all choose to work on our most precious relationships day-by-day.

I could not have asked for a better man with whom I get to spend my life with. We’ve made it through so much during our first 10 month together that, I have no doubt, the rest of our lives will be a breeze.

When I prayed (prior met him) for God to bring me a man who was the one He had planned for me, in my wildest dreams, believe He would has found someone so perfect.  I have been blessed beyond words to have him as a husband.

It took me few of wrong guys to finally find the right one. There’s saying, the wrong relationships teach you how to recognize the right one when it arrives. Also, we met people for a reason, either they’re a blessing or a lesson. I totally agree with that. 🙂

8af2ba7783379c3f87b28d1e88f08d62.pngI can honestly say I know what winning the lottery feels like. He’s so much more than I ever though to ask for, or ever thought I deserved. Before him, I settled.  Before him, I was okay with mediocre.  Before him, I didn’t know what it meant to be loved wholeheartedly.

I am so thankful to have a husband who encourages me to follow my dreams. He’s strong when my strength is failing me. He hold me when times are tough. He wipe away my tears and comfort me when I need it.

He make me feel like the most beautiful woman in the world, even when I always have a hard time seeing that for myself. He make sure our family’s needs are met. I pray that he will be a great and wonderful father to our children. 435c2d8e96a793fe518c4e23bb668869.png

He push me to soar!  He makes me rest, when I push myself too hard or try at least (I can be a bit stubborn). When I am afraid of taking a giant leap, he hold my hand and guide me so I land safely. He put up with my craziness and sometimes that’s no easy task. His love towards me like I had never been loved before.

I will never be able to adequately express just how much he means to me. I don’t think people have invented an actual word for how much I love him yet. I only hope, for the rest of our lives, he will always know just how much he means to me, how deeply in love with him I am, and how lucky I feel to have him as my husband.

Happy 10th monthsary my love, without you I would not be complete.

Love & Blessings,

Mr. & Mrs. F

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Oh wait, where’s Mr? LOL

xoxo,

S-Tee

 

Mom oh Mom

Up close & Personal

Mom will always be mom.

She asked me whether I have my baju raya (new dress for Eid) yet or not.

Me as usual.

‘I don’t have any (yet)’.

And she started to yada, yada, etc, bla, etc .dot.my.

‘Ok mom, I’ll find one’.

I thought by saying that she will stop ‘her-sweet-speech’ but no way! LOL

I love her. I love my mom.

She continues.

What did I do? I just say YES. Yes, my advice to you, just say yes to your mom. Agree or disagree doesn’t matter.

Win-win situation. Everyone’s happy. 😀

Therefore, my baju raya hunting begins. Sigh.

If you read my previous entry, I did mentioned that I was looking for white dress to be paired with Mr’s baju Melayu (Malay suit). And I’m talking about his baju nikah. He wanted to wear his baju nikah on Eid. I’ve surveyed few (white) dresess that I like. However, I can’t decide which one to buy. Ended up I didn’t buy any.

Well, I still have my baju nikah (bridal dress) since the Mr. will be wearing his. The reason why I reluctant to wear mine is because the kain (skirt) was too long. Don’t ask me why. Well, I assume you aware of the wedding thingy right? Everything must be so fancy here and there. Yeah, I know don’t judge me. LOL

Having said, too long or not I will be wearing my baju nikah anyway. However, it subject to change. We’ll see if I found one. At this juncture, I don’t have have any urgency or preference to buy one.

But, mom will always be mom.

I love you, MOM!

Wish me luck!

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Women’s bridal dress

credit: Alia Bastamam

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Men’s bridal suit (baju Melayu)

credit: Jovian Mandagie

xoxo,

S-Tee