December 26, 2017

The Birth of Alyssa

It's been 2 weeks since the birth of Alyssa. I could still remember the earthy scent of her when she first handed to me fresh from vagina. Still find it hard to believe I actually did it. I can't say I have finally overcome the fear of labour, but thank god this whole new level of pain tolerance and childbirth experience is finally over!

Crying Out Loud

Initially I wanted to have all natural childbirth(it makes complete sense why I signed up for hypnobirthing class), we decided to get induction due to low amniotic fluid on 39W1D. From anxiety to fear, then I was completely traumatised. The pain came too quickly I wasn't able to breathe through it. Getting any form of pain relief was never part of my plan because I'm really afraid of needles and the side effects. I almost do though, the pain was so intense I nearly ask to be killed. I found myself persistently inhale on laughing gas. At about 6PM, labour was progressing real slow so they decided to put me on Pitocin to speed things up. Fast forward to 8:30PM I was told to get ready to push. Active labour lasts for about 3 hours, so I was considered very, very lucky as a first-time mum!

Bath Time!

Unfortunately I didn't manage to practise hypnobirthing skills I learned from class, but the rainbow relaxation music is extremely helpful to put me to sleep through my pregnancy. I also did the perineum massage and kegel exercises very regularly—it is said to reduce chance of tearing and episiotomy. So there's no tear & stitches for me I can still walk like a champ after delivery!

I made a public confession to thank Joe for being such a wonderful husband on FB the other day & I didn't mention about the hospital staffs. I wouldn't have done it without them too. I was really lucky to have a bunch of helpful, compassionate, supportive and patient midwives and nurses. I felt like I owed it so much to them especially when I was so vulnerable in the labour room. I didn't know the voice of nurses can be so comforting in the midst of chaos. It's amazing to see how they can handle the worst side of me when we're complete strangers. And my gynae Dr Nic, of course! I love him! My very crucial 3 days after delivery is very smooth sailing. My postpartum recovery is going well, so is my breastfeeding journey.

Breastfeeding is really not easy. Breast engorgement and cracked nipples are yet another whole new experience of pain. I was suffering in pain in my first week I felt so resisted to have baby latch on me. I was also stressed not having enough of milk supply. I didn't want to give up even Joe told me to, as I know breast milk is the best food I can give to my baby.

Save me, mummy!

Childbirth is indeed a very rewarding experience. It's probably strange to have this come out from my mouth but yeah, I'm already looking forward to have another child but when the day comes, I look forward to handle labour with a peace of mind.

December 3, 2017

Hello December!

Happy Birthday Baby Tofu!

I'm so happy we managed to throw Tofu a mini birthday celebration at home last weekend before we send her off to nanny(haha) in preparation of the day and my admission to confinement centre for a month. I have been telling baby to stay good and well so that I can celebrate with Tofu JJ before her arrival, not really a believer in belly talk but guess she heard me!

Loves of my life!

This year had been all about anxieties—pre-wedding depression, pregnancy anxiety, house hunting/moving pressure... Arghhh how can all the life's big events are happening in a year? We have been counting down since last Q4, seriously. Before one get checked off the list there's always something new coming up next. I'm glad everything is coming to an end before next Q3(?), I hope! I'm type A person, I get panic attack and stressed easily. For that, I'm truly & deeply blessed to have such a patient husband like Joe by my side.

Since I quitted my job before the wedding(hence I'm very poor) and was really bothered with pregnancy sickness for the first 5 months, it was really the most horrible experience in my life. Which is why I owed it so much to Tofu and I'm also thankful for her. With a new family member on her way and soon planning to move into a new house, any financial situation must be taken into account for every decisions we make. And since I'm no longer making decisions on my own, there's always something we/I need to sacrifice for one another—here comes challenging part of marriage, I'm so used to be independent and it has always been about me and myself.

How time flies, I'm in the last weeks of my pregnancy already. Lil cupcake is still actively punching and kicking to the extend I sometimes feel like puking. I'm still scared and worried, at the same time I'm getting very impatient already. Everyone is showing so much love to her before she's even born, I can't imagine how well pampered she's going to be.

October 20, 2017

Seoul (III): Gyeongbokgung Palace

Invading Gyeongbokgung Palace

這一天算是我自己蠻期待的一天~ 雖然不是第一次穿上韓服,可是穿韓服進古宮還是人生第一次體驗!早上吃了個早餐我們就走向大街邊尋找出租韓服的店面。試了一段時間,好不容易配到一套讓自己覺得舒服的顏色;也感恩JOE在沒有很願意的情況下,最後還是放開心胸陪我們一起玩~

Invading Gyeongbokgung Palace
Invading Gyeongbokgung Palace
Invading Gyeongbokgung Palace
Invading Gyeongbokgung Palace
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Gyeongbokgung Palace

景福宮比想像中還大,我們實在沒辦法參觀宮內的每個角落。天氣的確是涼涼的,可是站在很大一片空地的時候,太陽顯得特別猛,使我們沒辦法在烈日下呆太久。在沒有導遊解說景福宮一切的情況下,我們就亂打亂撞地跟著人群走。我們大裙內側加了蓬蓬裙,可以很輕鬆並大搖大擺地走。我其實也保留了長褲來保溫,不然真的會有從頭到腳進風的感覺。-_-

Gyeongbokgung Palace Sisters @ Gyeongbokgung Palace
到處是枯枝,看到黃色的花就拍準沒錯了。

Gyeongbokgung Palace
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Gyeongbokgung Palace

把韓服還回去前我們原打算參觀昌德宮,怎知道昌德宮在當天是關閉的。啊~~竟然算漏這一點!天真的我以為旅遊景點本應會每天開放給遊客,心想租借四五個小時韓服就可以免費參觀兩個古宮簡直是超值的⋯⋯ -_-

October 18, 2017

Seoul (II): Bukchon Cultural Village

Bukchon Hanok Village
我們的村屋Bukchonmaru大門。

Bukchon Hanok Village

在弘大區呆了大概三晚就離開了。難得來到了韓國,當然少不了嘗試體驗韓式村屋。所以我們一人拖著兩個笨重的大行李走向又彎又斜的小山路直到我們租的村屋去(其實是走錯方向FML)。這一次吸取的教訓是,如果你真的打算在LOTTE MART狂掃零食和泡菜,請務必把LOTTE MART行程安排到最後一個晚上。-_-

一路走向村屋的街道上看到不一樣的建築風格,雖然大街只在轉彎的路口,可是有點讓人覺得自己來到另一個世界。屋子的外觀都保留得很好,都是有住戶的。雖然山路很小很擠,如果太累不願意走路的話,還是可以搭路邊小巴上去,體驗當地公共交通之餘也可以一睹不一樣的街景。

Gallery Cafe Gahoe Hankyunghun
Gallery Cafe Gahoe Hankyunghun
Gallery Cafe Gahoe Hankyunghun
Exploring Bukchon Hanok Village Exploring Bukchon Hanok Village
Exploring Bukchon Hanok Village
Exploring Bukchon Hanok Village
Exploring Bukchon Hanok Village

這天的行程主要是ANGUK區的地標:北村韩屋村(BUKCHON HANOK VILLAGE), 三清洞(SAMCHEONG-DONG)和仁寺洞(INSA-DONG)。從村屋走出來,十字路口的不遠處我們來到了外觀看起來就很不錯的CAFE & GALLERY,膚淺的我們就這樣被騙進去吃了個不怎樣也不便宜的早餐。T_T 之後就一直跟著地圖亂走一通。由於到處是遊客,所以要在最美的PHOTO SPOT拍張美照大概是不可能的了。

Exploring Bukchon Hanok Village
Exploring Bukchon Hanok Village
前面和背後的風景都很美,唯有以這樣的方式才拍到,兩全其美。:P

Exploring Bukchon Hanok Village
Exploring Bukchon Hanok Village
Exploring Bukchon Hanok Village
Exploring Bukchon Hanok Village
Samcheong-dong
Samcheong-dong
Samcheong-dong
Samcheong-dong
Samcheong-dong
Samcheong-dong
三清洞某間文具店旁邊的休閒區

Samcheong-dong
買蠟燭的精緻小店

Samziegil
Samziegil
來到SSAMZIEGIL一定要吃個大便打卡の概念。

October 16, 2017

Seoul (I): 初春與夏末

Hongdae
Hongdae
April 2017 (taken by Olympus Pen-F w/ 17mm f1.8)

Hongik E3
Out of Focus
September 2017 (Olympus Mju II w/ Fujifilm Superia 200)

同一個地方,兩個季節,不一樣的風景。

還沒來得及PO完春遊韓國的照片,我已經重遊首爾也回來了一個月多了OMG,而這一次去則是夏末時段。其實我應該慶幸自己可以在一年裡體驗一個國家的兩個季節,可是由於兩個TRIP的時間隔太近了,允許我弱弱的說句我其實有點膩了⋯⋯ 而且夏天給的感覺本來就是應該出海跳水、喂鯊魚或在海灘上看書裝文青和曬太陽的,不是?

好吧,願歸正題⋯⋯ 告別了濟州島和釜山惡劣的氣候之後,最後一站就是首爾啦。其實也沒差,首爾一樣的冷,尤其是黃昏後,沒記錯的話氣溫大概可以低到9°C(釜山和濟州島低至6°C,還沒算風速WTF),真的只想窩在被裡哪兒都不去。(當時的我們超想念釜山Airbnb的電子床墊。)也因為這趟旅行,我才發現我真的很怕很怕冷,也發現我真的很犯賤不願意多帶幾件衣服。不過也幸好首爾有很多長長的地下道,我們隨時可以走下去避寒取暖。

Hongdae Airbnb
Hongdae Airbnb
Airbnb屋主Daniel窩心地準備了大大顆的草莓和一束開得好飽滿的粉玫瑰來歡迎我們。

EHWA Woman University
EHWA Woman University
EHWA Woman University
EHWA Woman University
EHWA Woman University

久仰大名的梨花女子大學,真的有被大學的建築震撼到!周圍佈滿了粉色系的花草樹木,涼風迎面而來,感覺就很舒服,真的讓人有衝動回到校園上課去。相比起來,夏末的景色比春天來得遜多了。眼前只有一片綠色的草地和樹,而太陽也猛到我們沒辦法進去繞一圈,只在外面隨意拍了張合照就拍屁股走人。

Common Ground
Common Ground
Common Ground
Common Ground

至於COMMONGROUND,大家大概都是衝著一箱箱大藍色的CONTAINER而來拍OOTD的吧LOL。賣的都是當地設計師的品牌,當時我們也碰上不怎樣的跳蚤市場,一樣不便宜。就這樣我們一分錢也沒花的繞了一圈然後默默地離開。XD

Dongdaemun Design Plaza
Dongdaemun Design Plaza
Dongdaemun Design Plaza
這小韓妹是眾多攝影師的焦點!

再來就是東大門設計廣場了~ 碰上一年一度的FASHION WEEK⋯⋯ 三個字:人擠人!對於JOE這種接受度不高也沒什麼藝術SENSE的人,眼前潮爆的時尚達人簡直就是怪咖。既然沒辦法找到合眼緣的角度來拍這廣場,我們又必須隨便拍2-3張照片就離開了LOL。原本以為碰上PIXAR:30 YEARS OF ANIMATION的展覽,後來發現展覽將會在月中才開始,所以真的有點白來的感覺。可是能夠見識到建築女王ZAHA HADID的作品,算是值得啦~ 九月初的晚上再次帶隊參觀這個地標,廣場上端的每一條曲線依舊讓人震撼。

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