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Not every Cesarean birth experience is negative, My Birth Story.

To be honest, I wasn’t going to share my birth experience. But it seems like anyone who congratulated me for the birth never missed to ask how my labor was. And I don’t think I’ll be able to repeat telling it 1000x lol, so let’s just put it here once for all 🙂

Fact : This is the 5th attempt on typing this story with one hand while breastfeeding Naya lol *mum life

So if you’re following me on Instagram you would probably think I was going to have an all natural hypnobirth gentle birth water birth and all that stuff with my baby. You’re right, I was really aiming to do that. I wanted and planned for a gentle water birth in my hospital (Al Zahra Hospital)

I mean look at the facilities they provided, I would be insane not wanting this for my birth lol.

I joined a gentle birth class when I was in Indonesia, then followed with a daily natural birth binge watching on youtube LOL, stuffed my brain with articles, also a prenatal class at Al Zahra Hospital. I make sure I was also in a healthy pregnancy shape, from swimming every 3 days, walking on a treadmill, yoga, etc. All those knowledge I got and how I felt within my body, really boost my confidence on having a natural birth. I was like “bring it on baby! I’m so ready for this!”

Then came the usual checked up with my Obgyn at 35 weeks. Turned out baby had flipped from a head down ready to deliver to feet down and head up or the other word for it is breech. So my baby decided to be in a breech position at 35 weeks where before she was always head down HAHAH. Doctor told us to come back again in 10 days and see if baby would flipped again. Meanwhile, I have to do all things to help my baby turned. I tried walking, birthing ball, forward leaning inversions, bridge pose, the traditional mopping the floor on hands and knees (LOL), praying. I tried most of the techniques they said can help a breech baby to turn, but unfortunately my baby knows what position she’s most comfortable at and refuse to turn(it’s okay my baby love). So at around 37 weeks, another ultrasound was done to see if baby has turned, but as guessed she did not. Doctor told us there is a very little chance that our baby will turn head down at this stage, considering she’s big already and my amniotic fluid was very little at this point.

Our Doctor suggest to booked for a c section, but my husband and I insist we need to wait for another week and see if she would turn, doctor agreed. At 38 weeks we came in again, baby was still in the same position, but my amniotic fluid was more than last week, and doctor asked us if I want to do an ECV(Eternal Cephalic Version)

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which is a medically procedure where a doctor or midwife would physically pressing her hand on my stomach and try to move the baby to head down position. Since i read that there is 50/50 chance on this going successful or going to emergency cesarean if baby’s heart rate dropped. For some reason my body/baby was telling me this would not be a good option for us.

Doctor said it would be too much risk for a natural delivery, since my baby was in a footling breech position.

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So we booked for a planned cesarean at 39 weeks. I asked the doctor if I can give her a birth cesarean plan, she asked me what are the things I would want, it was actually only two things that was important to me, “delayed cord clamping and immediate skin to skin.” Doctor said these two things are already the standard procedure of the cesarean in the hospital, so I was happy knowing it. Date for surgery is booked for 1st October 2017 at 1 o’clock. 2 days before the surgery I had a consultation with the anesthetic, who explained me how the anesthesia procedure would be given. Basically making sure that I don’t need to worry, he keeps telling me I will feel pressure but no pain. The night before surgery I felt so anxious, in between getting things packed for the hospital and seeing my husband way too relaxed watching his football show haha. And as expected I couldn’t sleep too, it felt like tomorrow is the first day of school, i was too nervous.

1st October 2017. We went to the hospital at 9am, I drank only water and a resource juice that was prescribe by the doctor. Administered all the documents, and checked in our room. Husband was excited by the hospital room, he’s happy knowing that he would have a comfortable couch to sleep on while waiting for me. At 11am the nurse put an IV on my left hand(I asked for them to put it on my left hand so my right hand can move free to hold my baby later). Nurse also told me to wear the hospital gown and put a pressure stocking on my legs to prevent blood clot. We were watching tv in the room, waiting, which feels like forever lol.

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Then suddenly I felt very sleepy, idk why, I asked the nurse if they put any medicine in my IV which cause me to feel sleepy and they swear they did not. But funny how I could not keep my eyes open, probably from not getting enough sleep the night before?

Next thing I know they were pushing my bed to the operation hall. I met the anesthetic doctor here who asked basic questions about my health, while husband change his clothes to the one provided by the hospital. And I swear I didn’t recognize when he came back thought he was a doctor hahah

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Then they asked me if I’m ready, I said yes and we entered the Operation Theatre, I swear this room felt so bright, clean it felt like I was in a space movie,lol. Everything here went super fast. First doctor put 2 injections on my back to numb it then came the spinal anesthesia, then he quickly layed me down, I felt a catheter was put inside me, a cover was put over my chest so i dont see when they cut me open. Then husband came, and he was so sweet, he hold my hand, kissed me and making sure that everything is going to be okay.

Next thing I know was my stomach being touched and moved. But weird is that I started feeling so cold and was shaking so much on my upper body part, the anesthetic keep asking me if i’m alright I told him that I was feeling so cold, he put a tube that was blowing warm air, and that made me stopped shaking. In less than 10 minutes, I could hear my baby first cry and they showed her to me. I could not believe what I saw. then baby was taken by the pediatric doctor next to me to be covered and general checked. Husband went next to the baby and carry her while giving her first adzan.

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Then he put the baby on top of me while the doctors finished closing me up. The stitching felt longer than to open me up heheh. But whole procedure I think took about 20 minutes, doctor said it took a bit longer than usual because I bled a lot. Then we were out of the theater, I immediately breastfeed my baby outside the Operation theater, and it couldn’t felt more natural. At this point I was still feeling way too cold and shaking. Again they gave me the warm air to make me feel better.

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Surgery was finished and they pushed me back to our room so i can continue breastfeed and have some alone time with our baby.

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As I said, everything went by so fast, suddenly baby is in our arms.

Naya is a sweet baby, from the first time she came out of my belly, her cry was the sweetest voice we have ever heard. Then the days after that she didn’t cry, she’s too sweet. She did cry actually when the nurse gave her first bath :).

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Hows my Recovery?

The night after surgery I could get out of bed and walk slowly. Catheter was removed in the morning after. I then was recovering so fast, it was hard to believe too. It didn’t felt like I just had a major surgery. Or maybe some part also because I keep telling myself to be strong cause now I have a baby to take care of, and it is only the two of us, my husband and I. I had no choice but to recover fast :). The whole two nights staying at the hospital I did not sleep at all nursing Naya. So we asked to go home at the third day, and hospital let us, considering that I’m recovering well.

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I wish I could show you how my scar looked right now, but i can’t it’s way down on my private parts. All l can say is the doctors are truly amazing, you can’t barely tell that i got a c-section, there’s no stitches, you can’t even see a wound, no nasty scar. Alhamdulilah. They did gave me pain killers, and I had to wear the stocking pressure for 10 days straight (This was really uncomfortable), and my husband put an Injection on my thigh every night to prevent blood clot.

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This is the pressure stocking I had to wear for 10 days

Although I wanted a natural birth but end up having a c-section, I can say, truly honest from the bottom of my heart say that it was the best choice for me and my baby. There’s nothing to complain.

Naya is healthy, alhamdulilah.

I’m recovering (from sleepless night lol)

I had a beautiful cesarean experience and I can only thank my doctor, Dr. Yamini Dhar and the great staff at Al Zahra Hospital, you are all amazing at your job, and I can’t thank you enough.

Last, thanks to my husband, thank you so much my love, I would have not been able to go through this without you 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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How to enjoy your Pregnancy

After the excitement of knowing you got pregnant, then you actually have to deal with the real pregnancy symptoms. Call me naive, but honestly I thought pregnancy is going to be easy, the only thing I was worried is the delivery, that one I know is going to be a hard work (they call it labor for a reason right?) The reason i thought pregnancy is going to be easy is because moms tend to only share the good sides of their journey, specifically I’m talking about instagram, all i see is moms showing their belly growing and telling people how happy they are, so before i got pregnant i thought pregnancy is easy.

But daaammnn HAHAH pregnancy is far from easy. First trimester, it’s all about extreme fatigue, you just want to sleep all day, sleep and more sleep, headache, nausea, well short story you’re just feeling sick for the whole 3 months. Most moms agree when I say, “you just don’t feel like yourself anymore”. Then came second semester, this is where they said you’re gonna have your energy back, it’s the best time of pregnancy. Then third trimester, your belly starts to grow fast, you’re having difficulty to breath all the time, back pain, neck pain, difficult to sleep, headache and so on.

The above explaination on what pregnant women are going through, please keep in mind, that i’m not complaining. This is only to let you know what we are going through. Admitting that pregnancy is hard, having pain here and there doesn’t mean that we’re not happy/excited to have this baby. And believe me any mom will go through all the struggle throughout 9 month again and again if it means we get to have our babies. Women are strong, we are strong, admitting we’re tired is not wrong, because we never gonna give up.

I have found ways, many ways to enjoy this 9 months, hope this will help you too

  • Think Positive : No matter how hard your struggle right now, remember it will not be forever, and all your pain will be worth it once you hear your baby cries. Anything good is worth the wait. Also try to accept the pain, rather than pushing it away.
  • Eat Mindfully : Try to listen to your body and your baby, while pregnant usually you’ll know more what your body needs, you’ll crave for something because your baby needs it. Instead of sticking to a strict pregnancy diet, just listen to your body. A very common cravings of mine were lots and lots of fruits, then in the third trimester is protein.
  • Exercise : I know i know, you’re probably rolling your eyes saying “I can’t even got myself out of bed how am i supposed to work out!” First trimester I spent most of my days in bed but whenever i have a little bit of energy i try to walk outside. Walking is probably the safest pregnancy workout and you’ll feel good after it. Second trimester I start doing Yoga and dancing, this makes me very happy every time i do it. Then I start swimming, I swear to God, Swimming while pregnant is the BEST thing you can do. you’ll feel weightless for once, you’re producing happy hormones, overall Swimming, dancing and yoga are my favorite exercise to do.
  • Get some sun : staying in bed means you don’t get sun, which also means you dont get vitamin D, without vitamin D you’re just gonna feel more tired and low energy. So every morning step outside and get some sun.
  • Documenting progress : Either taking photos of your growing belly, or keeping a journal on how you’re feeling and any progress will definitely make you more cautious on whats happening to you, and will be a memory worth looking back on.
  • Watch Series/Movies : Whenever you feel bored, look for a good movie or series to watch. Also a movie where it has a pregnancy story becomes more fun to watch since you can relate to them now.
  • Educate yourself : Always try to find new knowledge about pregnancy, birth and babies. Either it from buying pregnancy books, or simply reading it online.
  • Start Planning your birth : Do you want a normal delivery? c-Section? Water birth? Home birth? Anything you choose to have is totally up to you, but it’s always best to prepare them. Join a Birth classes, or watching it on youtube can give you ideas which birth suits you best.
  • Involve Husband : Always ask if he wants to feel the baby kick, ask him to talk to the baby and always remember you should ask him for help whenever you feel overwhelmed. You should not go through this pregnancy alone.
  • Nursery Shopping : Finally! What we’ve been waiting for! We’ve been imagining cute clothes for babies since the day we know we’re pregnant, and now is the time to actually start buying stuff. My advice is to make a list on what stuff you’re going to need, don’t go to a store without knowing what you need. Or some baby stores have their newborn shopping list, ask for it, you can also find it online to have an idea what things you’re going to need. Remember babies grow fast, try to really think whats necessary, you dont want to go overboard and then end up with stuff you regret buying.

Thats it, I hope this post is useful for expecting moms, ENJOY!

Love from Dubai

Best Series to watch this month!

  1. Game of Thrones

Well if you’re still haven’t started yet, you probably think you’re too late and there are too many seasons to catch on. But come on, there is a reason why it’s the number one top watched series right now. My advice is to binge watch it at weekend, I promise you won’t even feel like going out once you pass few episodes of the first season. Also, season 7 is the best one so far!

2. This is us

The story is about family, humanity, love, and pain is, in the end, really a story about us. We can definitely relate ourselves to at least one of character in this series. Also it just leaves me feeling good every time i finished an episode.

3. Big little lies

First reason that attracts me to this series, is the cast. Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz, Adam Scott, and Alexander Skarsgard. I’ve never felt more excited to start a new series, hahah. There is only one season, and it’s totally addictive, i wish they would produce more.

4. Power

I started watching Power last year, I remembered I finished watching 3 seasons of it in just 1 and a half week, hahah and then had to wait for a year to watch season 4. This one is suitable for you who likes ghetto, sexy, hip hop, drug dealers type of movie.

5. Designated Survivor

It’s the only political drama series that I can actually understand and got addicted to. Story is about a low-level politician (Sutherland) suddenly becomes the president of the United States when a terrorist strike takes out everyone else during the State of the Union Address. Now faced with the greatest responsibility he could fathom, he has to figure out whether he actually wants the job, and what its impact would be on his family.

 

Other series you might want to consider watching;

  • Grey’s anatomy (all time favorite)
  • Younger
  • 13 reasons why

 

 

 

How we finally got pregnant

We’ve been married for about 1 and a half year now, and I’m not gonna lie I wanted to have a baby right after we got married. Although I wasn’t really putting my mind on it, I know if all of sudden I’m pregnant, I was ready and my husband would be happy too. Point is we did not plan to not have a baby, and were just letting it come naturally.

First, we were living in Jakarta, then Singapore and now we’re settling in Dubai. It was only until we stay in Dubai that I start having these common question ” why am I still not pregnant yet?’ Although my husband has always been very optimistic reminding me that it will happen at the right time, I convinced my husband to see a doctor. So we went to a fertility centre to get both checked, short story we are both healthy and not showing any abnormality that will stop us from conceiving, but fertility center in Dubai was beyond expensive, that was the only down part. I’m sure it would have been a lot cheaper in other countries.

Okay by finally knowing that we are both healthy, it put my mind at peace. Only problem I know was holding us from getting a positive sign is my long cycle of period. While most woman get their period in a 28days cycle. I would get my period in 38 to 43 days. But still since the doctor said we are both healthy and we should just keep trying, it doesn’t really bother me much.

4 months passed by and I’m still not pregnant. At this time finally my husband was really eager to know what is going on. We both sit on a table, and he made a graphic of my period cycle. By doing this, we would know when I ovulate, and when is the perfect timing to have intercouse. Of course I’ve done this counting myself, I also have an application that track my period cycle. But it was only until we both sat down, and really mark the days on when to have sex, is when I finally got pregnant 🙂 .

So here are points you might consider doing if you’re trying to get pregnant;

  • Visit a doctor : It is better to know the health state of you and your spouse. If you’re both healthy then there’s nothing to worry, just focus on trying, and if there’s anything wrong, it’s better to know sooner so doctor can help you out.
  • Have a really healthy lifestyle; try to eat clean and work out regularly. Me, I was cutting on animal products and go for a run every morning. Husband was also eating healthy, played football once a week, no alcohol and no cigarettes.
  • Download a fertility app; It’s easier for you to keep track on your cycle when you have it on your phone.
  • Have Intercouse at perfect timing; meaning while you’re fertile/ ovulating.
  • Don’t stress out; try your best but leave the outcome to God. It’ll only happen at the right time, I couldn’t agree more.

Predicting Ovulation is KEY 

Ovulation is when you release an egg from one of your ovaries. If that egg gets fertilized by a sperm and implants in your uterus, you’re pregnant!

To estimate when you’ll ovulate, count back 14 days from when you expect your next period. Your fertile window includes the day you ovulate and the preceding five days. So, for example, if day 1 is the first day of your period and day 28 is the day before you expect your next period, you’d be fertile on days 10 through 15.

But with my 40 days cycle. My ovulation is around day 15 to 29. To finally got pregnant we had sex every 2 days from day 14 until day 26.

To easily count your fertile window, just use this link ;

Ovulation calculator

I hope this information will help couples that have been trying to get pregnant.

I wish you all a beautiful journey 🙂

 

Best places to go in Ubud

Ubud is considered as Bali’s cultural art. It’s also home to many good restaurants and local crafts. Ubud is really known for their deep love for art. If Seminyak is known for it’s party crowds, Nusa dua is known for it’s beach, then expect ubud will be the total opposite of this, still in a very good way. Ubud is located in the cool mountains, surrounded by rice paddy fields. Most people come to Ubud to find peace, quietness and to take a break from the crowds in Seminyak.

I’ve made a list on cool things you can visit while in Ubud, hope this will help :

  • Campuhan Ridge Walk

Expect a to go hiking for 2/3km in a beautiful scenery surrounded by paddy fields. Best time to go here is in the morning, if you’re an early riser, then take this opportunity as your 7pm morning workout in nature then you can have breakfast after the long walk. Don’t forget to take your camera and running shoes with you.

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Photo via : LiveloveRaw.com

  • Monkey Forest

Ubud monkey forest is probably the most known place around here. It is located in the monkey forest street. Inside the forest you’ll see some temples that are very sacred for Hindus.  Best time to go is at 2pm, where the monkeys are not that hungry anymore so they won’t be too aggressive every time they see people holding foods.

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Photo via Elisabethandchris.com

  • Tegunungan Waterfall 

This waterfall is very easy to reach, unlike others waterfall, it’s located near Sukowati street. Once you park your car, you need to pay entrance fee for Rp.10.000 per person. Expect to go a long down hill through stairs steps to reach the Waterfall. Tegunungan Waterfall is only 15 meter high, but expect to see a strong waterfall, especially if you come here during rainy season. Most people will just change into their bathing suit and swim under the waterfall. Don’t forget to take some photos in front of the waterfall.

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  • Pasar Sukowati

Pasar is an Indonesia word for market. If you’re into shopping, or just need to buy some souvenirs for the family back home, then this is the place to buy it. The price here are very cheap compare to the souvenirs they’re selling in Seminyak. But because it’s not fixed price, you have to have patient and energy to bargain. Usually when you ask them for price, they will double the price, and than you can bargain it, and they’re happy to bargain too, just make sure you don’t change your mind once they give you the price you wanted.

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Photo via Promohotelbali.co

  • Green Village Eco Tour

The green Village is built in 2006, the buildings are made entirely from bamboos that seems to blend in to the forest. Have you ever seen a house made only from bamboos? That’s why you need to come here. Just give them a call, so you can join the tour and get a lot of knowledge about green living. There are two tour everyday, in the morning and afternoon.

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  • Hujan Locale

Everything they have on their menu is delicious, with no doubt. Expect to eat modern Indonesian food. Once you enter the restaurant ask the waitress if their seat on the balcony upstairs is available or not, because for us, that is the best spot to eat in the restaurant.

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  • Bebek Tepi Sawah 

Bebek Tepi Sawah is known for it’s Balinese Duck dishes. Also they serve mostly Indonesian food. When you’re in Indonesia you just have to taste Indonesian food whenever you have the chance, just be careful with the level of spiciness, Indonesian food is known to be spicy, but you can always ask to have sambal(chili) on the side. I love Bebek(Duck), just like the name of the restaurant, you’ll eat your dish next to the paddy fields.

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Photo via bebektepisawahrestaurant.com

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  • Sari Organic

Although it will be easy for vegetarians to find food in Ubud, Sari Organic is still one of a kind because their location is very nice, it’s surrounded again by rice paddy fields, but you’ll be uphill. Expect to eat only organic and vegetarian food. Try their nasi campur.

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  • Tukies

This place is known more as a coconut shop. Now what’s the best thing you can have while in Bali? Of course a fresh Coconut. You’ll see a big pile of coconut infront of the entrance, shop is very small but their menus are amazing. People’s favorite are their coconut ice cream, but for us the best one is the mango juice with coconut ice cream on top.

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Photo via Tripadvisor

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  • Seniman Coffee

In need for a strong real coffee? This place is for you. They say their coffee is the best one in Bali. The team are always happy to explain whenever you have questions about coffee.

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  • Yoga Barn

Whether it’s your first time trying yoga or you’re a yogi, this yoga place is a must list. Try to join a class every morning here to start your day, give your body a reward by going to yoga. They have classes every hour throughout the day, but to be sure just go to their website to see their schedule. http://www.theyogabarn.com

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Photo via topindonesianholidays.com

  • Radiantly alive

Another yoga studio to consider is Radiantly alive. Classes include: Vinyasa, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Ashtanga Inspired, Acro Yoga and many more. Check their website to see today’s schedule :  www.radiantlyalive.com

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Photo via tripadvisor

List of movies you must watch this month!

I’m getting a lot of text messages every week from my friends, not asking about how i am but rather just to get new recommendations on what movies to watch tonight, hahah. I watch new movies everyday, either that before bedtime or throughout the day if I have time. That’s why if you ask whether this movie is good to watch or not, big chance I’ve already watched it and can tell you what I think about it.

So these are movies I recommend to most of my friends, hope you’ll like it as much as I d0

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Captain Fantastic: If you’re into freedom, living life the way you want it, having your own opinion than most majority, then this movie is for you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hacksaw Ridge : Based on an extraordinary true story, and I’ve never seen Andrew Garfield acts this brilliant in a movie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Intouchables : I mean come on, if you still haven’t watched this one, you’re really missing a good movie

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Divines : A french movie, but you’ll definitely find english subtitles. This one tells a life story of ghetto kids in Paris.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Collateral_Beauty_posterCollateral Beauty : It’s another Will smith sad movie, but heck he’s always brilliant right

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Planeta Singli : A comedy romance very easy to watch movie, women will love watching this in their pjs.

 

 

 

 

We drink this poison Everyday!

Now who doesn’t know Coca-Cola? Most of us need to drink this after finishing our meal. Among all others soda drinks, Coca-Cola is everyone’s favorite for sure. Want to know what it actually does to our bodies?

10 minutes : Just in 10 minutes of drinking coke, we are putting 10 teaspoon of SUGAR. That is taking our maximum limit of daily sugar intake in just one drink, the only reason we don’t throw up after drinking that much sugar is because of phosphoric acid they put in the can that it allows you to keep the drink down.

20 minutes : After putting 10 teaspoon of sugar in you, your body starts to react to the overload sugar causing your insulin to burst and your liver has to work hard to convert the sugar to fat.

40 minutes : After 40 minutes, your liver hasn’t done working to process the can of coke you drank, in this time caffeine has reached through all parts of your body causing your pupil to enlarge, rise in blood pressure, and the liver is giving more sugar into the bloodstream. With all this thing happening to your body, you still won’t feel nausea because the adenosine receptors has been blocked.

45 minutes : You’ll actually feel a kick of endorphins, just like when you take cocaine.

60 minutes : The phosphoric acid that stops you from throwing up in the 10 minutes after you drink coke, is now going through intestine and flushing good minerals and nutrients which makes you want to pee. At this point some people will also feel sugar crash.

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Calcium deficiency : If you drink coke in a long period, you’ll definitely have calcium and other vitamins deficiency, this is from the 60 minutes process i’ve explained before.

Tooth Decay : We all know sugar are enemies for our teeth, the high intake of sugar in a can of coke causes tooth enamel and cavity.

Caffeine Side effect : We also know that caffeine is addictive, the amount of caffeine in a bottle of coke is the equal with a cup of very strong coffee. Can you imagine drinking 2 liters of coffee? The side effect for caffeine is known for sleep disturbance and anxiety.

Cancer : If you consume more than a can of coke per week, you’ll more likely to develop cancer cells in your body due to the BA ingredients in coke which stands for Benzoid acid

Obesity : People who are drinking 1 can of coke per day are increasing their risk of obesity, I guess at this point we all have figure it out why.

With all these facts of what drinking coca cola does to your body, Would you still drink it? I know it’s hard to completely stop, but at least you’ll be wiser next time you need to drink it. Doctors have recommend to drink Coca-cola only 1 can per week, if you must. Also this information doesn’t go only for Coca-Cola, every other soda can drinks are loaded with sugar, and it slowly destroy our bodies. I know we can not feel what’s going on between our insides when we eat or drink something harmful, but that is why it’s important to seek knowledge so we can choose better.

 

Dubai Desert Safari Tour

Before I came to Dubai, Desert Safari was one of the most people suggest me to go , when you visit Dubai it seems like a must to do a safari tour. Personally, me cause I have never seen or been on a desert, I just have no idea what to expect, what to do, or how it’s going to be. The only image I have of a Desert is from movies, and in most of them desert seems like the last place you would want to be, cause they always picture desert as a dry, no life and you’ll die from severe dehydration if you walk in the desert hahahah, well?

My husband had a chance to go before me, he went on a morning safari tour with his colleagues, and his feedback was really nice. So when he asked me when I would like to do it too, I said since you’ve just done it, let’s wait until we have guest visiting us in Dubai, then we will take them there, and he agreed 🙂 .

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Let me explain how this Desert Safari Tour works, so there’s options, if you’re very familiar with the desert and you have an off road big car, then you’re free to go into the desert by yourself. But if you’re like me, who don’t have any experience whatsoever with desert then joining a tour package will be the best option. There are so many tour companies available on the internet that you can easily reach, just give them a call on the same day or a day before you would like to do the tour, and they will arrange everything. There’s a morning tour package and an evening one, most people choose the evening tour. Package will include;

  •  Pick up by 4×4 wheel Drive from any point in Dubai and Sharjah between 3.00pm to 3.30 p.m.
  • Drive through the desert – Dune Bashing.
  • 20-30 minutes Dune Driving
  • Sun Set Photography
  • Camel Rides
  • Belly Dancing
  • Bar (On Payment basis)
  • Henna Painting
  • Hubbllee Bubblee (shisha)
  • Arabic Coffee (gahwa) and Fresh Dates
  • Traditional costumes
  • Unlimited soft drinks, tea coffee and mineral water
  • Buffet Dinner and B.B.Q.(vegetarian food also available on request)

In January my mother in law and my mom decided to visit us in Dubai, so while they are here it was a chance for us to go together to the desert. We gave one of the company a call and we agreed to meet next to the desert, since we have our own car, there was no need for them to pick us up home. It took us only about 30mins from Dubai Marina(where we stay) to the meeting point, we parked our car and got into the big 4 Wheel Drive, me mama and ymma(mom in law) sat in the backside of the car, AND OH MY GOD! It was a HUGE MISTAKE. See the second and third list of the package? 20-30 mins Dune Bashing, which means this car is going UP & DOWN through the desert, it literally felt like a ROLLER COASTER. I’m not exaggerating, for a first timer like us, THAT WAS A TERRIFYING EXPERIENCE. The car felt like it’s going to flip over, I mean, I have grandmas next to me, if it’s terrifying for me, how bad is this gonna feel like for them.

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This is what they mean with Dune Bashing!

Ok! we finally arrived in the middle of the desert. Got out of the car, and were amazed by this view! It was still sunny but the wind was very strong. Also I found myself struggling to walk on the sand, since the sand keeps entering my shoes that it really became a workout just to walk hahah.

Mimi ride the Camel with his mom, me I wouldn’t do it, because I just don’t think it’s right to ride them for fun. And then we took the time to take pictures, it was very nice I must say, with the sun right above us, windy, and clean sand.

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Our moms even do shallat on the sand, you know just like the old time 🙂

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Ymma was very much okay kissing the sand while shallat

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My mom didn’t notice after shallat her forehead was full of sand lol

There are many other activities we could do, but I was too tired to do them, I just wanted to sit and relaxed after walking on the sand hahah.

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It was nice to see mama this happy 🙂

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When it was slowly getting dark, we entered the hall that is open air, chose a seat and drank hot milk tea, that felt very nice. We also put on a traditional Arabic costume that is provided for tourist to take pictures.

Then the shows start, from Belly dancing, Fire Attractions, to Turkish dance, all we enjoyed while eating non stop dinner buffet. The food they were serving was also quite nice, mostly chicken, lamb and beef barbeque.

Shows finished at 9pm, everybody got back to their tour car, and this time we were sitting in the middle, and road to go back was much smoother than before, so this was great, it felt also quick. We drove back home, while moms were sleeping behind. Overall, I agreed with people who were telling me to try the desert tour, it was definitely an unforgetable experience, glad we finally did that.

I hope this post will give you an idea how a desert tour is, and why not give it a try also 🙂

Until next time lovely people!