Taiwan Eats List

Travel

What did you do in Taiwan? We ate… a lot! Milk tea? Fuelled by them! Hah! Food tourism is definitely bustling there. Some, from what we originally planned, we weren’t able to try due to challenges with our baby but that didn’t stop us from our food trip. Anyhow, I’ll cut to the chase & share with you our eats list.

Enjoy!

C H U N   S H U I   T A N G

ADDRESS | No. 9號, Songshou Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan 110

OPERATING HOURS | 11am- 10pm daily

WHAT WE GOT |

  • Brown Sugar Mochi with dipping sauces of Coconut Cream and Black Sesame Powder
  • Original Bubble Tea
  • Pan fried Turnip Cakes

TIP | As much as possible, go to the restaurant on a weekday as Taiwan’s general day- off fall on weekends. Restaurants get really crowded & queues are long.

D I N  T A I   F U N G

ADDRESS | 10, Taiwan, Taipei City, Xinyi District, City Hall Rd, 45

OPERATING HOURS | 11am- 10pm daily

WHAT WE GOT |

  • Pork Chop Fried Rice with Egg | Besides the Pork Xiaolongbao, this is our fave!
  • Pork Xiaolongbao
  • Truffle Xiaolongbao
  • Noodles with Spicy Sesame & Peanut Sauce
  • Steamed Taro Xiaolongbao

TIP | Go there early or way before your scheduled meal time to get a number for reservation. Queue is long all week long. Went there on a Saturday & waiting time was about 2 hours.

How to devour your Xiaolongbao |

R A O H E   N I G H T   M A R K E T

ADDRESS | Raohe Street, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 105

OPERATING HOURS | 4pm- 12am daily | Best to go there by 7pm as not all stalls open at 4pm.

WHAT WE GOT |

  • Fuzhou Black Pepper Bun | Fave!
  • Chen Dong Ribs Stewed in Medicinal Herbs
  • Taiwan Sausages
  • Xiaolongbao
  • Muah Chee
  • Fried Dumplings
  • Breaded Hotdog & Cheese
  • Grilled Chicken Thigh Skewer
  • Torched Beef Cubes | This for me was quite overrated, meat was chewy.
  • Stinky Tofu

WARNING | Sticky Tofu tastes as it smells. I’m sorry!

TIP | Do your research & familiarise your list  & when you get to the place, just go through the stalls one by one. Looking for each one on your list will take up most of your time which may hinder you from having an enjoyable experience because you’re hooked to it.

J I U F E N   O L D   S T R E E T

ADDRESS | Jishan Street, Ruifang District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 224

OPERATING HOURS | 8am-10pm daily | Not all stalls operate on the same time.

WHAT WE GOT |

  • A-Zhu Peanut Ice Cream Roll | Fave!
  • Curry Fish Balls
  • Grandma Lai’s Taro Balls
  • Deep Fried Battered Seafood
  • Taiwanese Sausages
  • Egg Tart
  • Original Bubble Milk Tea | We bought from this vendor that didn’t have too much signs. You could say it wasn’t commercialised. They’re just a few steps away from entering Jiufen & is on the right side of the street.

X I M E N D I N G

ADDRESS | Shi-men Ting Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108

OPERATING HOURS | Open 24 Hours | Not all stalls operate on the same time.

WHAT WE GOT |

  • Grilled Mochi | Fave!
  • Hot Star Fried Chicken | Fave!
  • Red Sakura Butter Crisp Cake | Fave!
  • Prince Cheese Potato
  • Cream Puff
  • Chiffon Cake
  • Ji Guang Fried Chicken
  • Ay Chung Flour Rice Noodle
  • Torched Beef Cubes | Again, overrated. Beef was chewy.
  • Stuffed Pancake | Taro, Custard & Red Bean.
  • Xing Fu Tang Brown Sugar Bubble Tea | Fave!
  • Coco Bubble Tea
  • Starbucks Iced Coffee with Matcha Green Tea
  • Tenren Original Bubble Tea | This was hubby’s fave! If you want to taste more of tea rather than milk from your milk tea, this one’s for you! You can opt for the green tea base for a refreshing milk tea fix!

TIP | Copy paste tip from Jiufen.

We mostly spent our time in Ximending since this was just across our hotel (Richardson, great place to stay by the way! It’s just across Ximen station). On our last night, we were quite weary from exploring the city, Ximending even, so we decided to just eat from the vendors in the building. Glad we were on that state because then we discovered two places that are definitely worth putting on the list- Ice Papa & a noodle place that had Chinese signs all over the restaurant. If you’re in Ximen, these are just at the Hotel Richardson building which are very easy to find.

Got this super pearl milk tea snowflake ice & it was the bomb! Also got the Taro balls flavour which was great but the other one was my fave, yet.

N A T I O N A L   P A L A C E   M U S E U M

Took a break from the tour  & had this drink. SOOOOOO GOOD.

ADDRESS | No. 221, Sec 2, Zhi Shan Rd, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan 111

OPERATING HOURS | 8:30am-9pm daily

WHAT WE GOT |

  • Nespresso Bubble Tea | FAVE!!! Milk Tea + Coffee in one drink? A dream come true!

T A I C H U N G

Went on a tour in Taichung & dropped by these places for some food & drinks.

50 LAN

There are a lot of branches in Taichung for this.

WHAT WE GOT | 50 LAN Original Bubble Tea

CARTON KING

ADDRESS | No. 2號, Lane 2, Section 2, Dongshan Road, Beitun District, Taichung City, Taiwan 406

OPERATING HOURS | 10am-9pm daily

WHAT WE GOT | Chicken & Noodles


There are still A LOT of FOOD & DRINKS to try in Taiwan! We haven’t even tried the ones in Michelin Star restos. Should you have any questions, would gladly help. Drop a comment &/or see you on my socials!

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Cherry Dress for all Seasons

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Seeing cherry print in different styles & cuts, all looking fab! I wouldn’t miss the cherry party! But I’m here to tell you that the cherry dress isn’t just your summer dress, it’s your dress for all seasons! Last month we went to Taiwan where I wore mine despite the winter weather. With the right pairings, you too could flaunt your cherry dress in any season!

Wore Uniqlo’s heattech leggings under, a coat & scarf over, for the win!

GET THE LOOK

Coat | Primark

Dress | Superfinds

Heattech Leggings | Uniqlo

Sneakers | Nike

📍Yehliu Geopark | Taiwan

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What to Wear | Winter in Taiwan

Travel

Before we travel, we do a lot of research, right? One of the things I look into is what to wear. Not just because of fashion (but yes, that’s included Haha) but because I want to be comfortable, especially when I’m going to a place where the weather is different from where I come from. More importantly, I’m a mom, having a baby is a handful & I need all the comfort I can get in the other areas of traveling.

Went to Taiwan last month & it’s currently winter there which runs from December to February with temperatures moving around 10ºC- 25ºC. This is considerably mild based on North American or European standards. December is the driest month with average weather between 13ºC to 18ºC average. January, the coldest month between 13°C to 16°C average t& February, between 10°C to 25°C.

As stated on my previous blog, reminding you again that “WINTER” weather varies. It varies in different countries, cities, date & even the time in a day. So before you go on your trip, make sure to check the weather forecast. Another factor I noticed is where you come from, I come from a tropical country so I’m not used to temperatures dropping to 20 & so on, so what I wear may differ from somebody who’s used to temperatures dropping to 0.

With this, I pass on a few photos & recommendations on what to wear during Winter in Taiwan.

2 layers are enough, sometimes even one when it’s sunny.

Bring a scarf just in case temperature drops & a beanie or knit band would be helpful in case it gets windy.

A hat or an umbrella might come handy should it rain or if the sun gets quite harsh.

I guess that’s really all you need to know! Unless you’re going to the mountains or some areas in Taiwan where it requires more layers. But basically, this is it. Should you have any questions about this, would gladly help out. Leave a comment here &/or see you on my socials!

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Taiwan Winter Baby Packing List

Travel

We just got back from Taiwan & will be sharing a few things from our trip! It’s our first out of the country travel with our baby so im excited to share this first- what to bring when traveling with an infant/ toddler during Winter in Taiwan.

Before I go on with the list allow me to remind you that“WINTER” weather varies. It varies in different countries, cities, date & even the time in a day. So before you go on your trip, make sure to check the weather forecast.

Winter in Taiwan

Based on research, winter in Taiwan runs from December to February with an average weather between 10ºC- 25ºC. This is considerably mild based on North American or European standards. December is the driest month with average weather between 13ºC to 18ºC average. January, the coldest month between 13°C to 16°C average t& February, between 10°C to 25°C.

Nonetheless we had to prepare because we come from a tropical country, really not used to weather below 25°C, which is also another factor. And again, it’s our first time with our baby. Better safe than sorry!

Here were the things we brought that we were able to use for our baby to counter winter weather in Taiwan.

1. Beanie/ Turban

2. Tights

3. Sweater

4. Thick Socks

5. Fleece Leggings

6. Down Jacket

These were the things we brought that we weren’t able to use.

1. Fleece Gloves/ Mittens

2. Foot Muff

3. Fleece Blanket

4. Boots

5. Scarf

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Zhong She Guan Flower Market | Taichung | Taiwan

Thankfully when we got there, it was sunny so we didn’t need to use some of the things we brought. If it were raining & windy, I bet we would’ve used everything on the list, so we’d bring everything anyway. When it comes to traveling with a baby, I guess it’s better to be over prepared than the latter. Should you have any questions about this, would gladly help out. Leave a comment here &/or see you on my socials!

Mom Confessions: What You Don’t See

Motherhood

7 months & counting since our baby was born & what a journey it has been, is & will be. I’m still very near the starting line & what a whirlwind of emotions this journey has taken me. Don’t get me wrong, BEYOND BLESSED & GRATEFUL to be a mother but I guess that doesn’t disqualify me from feeling down on some days. After all, I am human, still. My heart has been bugging me to write about this blog & it has been a tug of war to publish it or not. My biggest reservation is probably being judged however my push is for fellow moms who feel the same way but are silenced with the same reasons. It gives me confidence to share these things knowing I am not alone, we’re actually a neighborhood (motherhood,gets?) haha. And the most important reason revealed at the latter part of this blog. With that, I hope these confessions will also do the same to fellow moms & shed light to those who aren’t.

I guess this uneasy feeling started when people started complementing me. Not that I don’t appreciate them. It’s just that every time someone does, I think to myself… “if you could only see what I do, if you only know”, #honestmotherhood. 

So here it goes, this Momma confesses that…

Confession 1 | My baby irritates me

Starting with probably the hardest one to admit. Yes, that cute, angelic little human you see irritates me & only moms will get that 100%. (I feel the judgement now) Of course it’s not her fault & technically it’s not her, it’s what she does. It irritates me when I don’t know what to do whenever she cries. And the things you do to stop those tears right?! This doesn’t only happen in 1 or 2 days, it happens every single day so imagine the energy that’s being released 24/7. You have no idea (only moms do) the amount of work that goes through in a day in raising a child & although it gives indescribable joy, it also gives stress. Just being honest here. Which leads me to confession 2.

Confession 2 | I ask for a breather 

You take a break from motherhood?! No mom does really. I remember the time when I asked my husband to give me a break & get a massage. Horray! But I felt quite uneasy, my body was there but my mind to my baby. Kept the phone close to me so that should anything happen, I’d stop the session & go home. True enough, just before it ended I was on my way back. I ask for this because I can’t be effective when I don’t. And if I don’t rest once in a while, the chances of me getting sick is very high. I can’t nurse my baby while nursing my sick self. A healthy mother means a healthy baby & vice versa.

Confession 3 | I take time to beautify 

You still have time to do that, how about your baby? I thought you’re busy with her? How vain?! Aren’t you being selfish when you think of yourself when mothering? I thankfully have a husband who co-parents. I get a lot of people saying “Mura kag wala nanganak, Tar” (You don’t look like you’ve given birth,Tar), “Nagkabata mn ka Tar oi!” (Looking young, Tar). Flattering, but I must confess, A for effort! And I take the effort because it honestly keeps me sane. Again, only moms will completely understand that. I don’t have to explain myself but hey, it doesn’t mean I’m selfish when I think about my well being when I mother my child. 

Confession 4 | I don’t have it all together 

Doesn’t mean I post nice shots of me & my daughter, I have it all together. So many things happen behind the scenes. Doesn’t mean I’m faking it either. I’m just artsy that way. Haha! But contrary to my feed, I don’t have it all together. In fact nobody is perfect & no mother gets an A. There are countless times already when I forget to bring something that my baby needs whenever we go out. And many times I just have to wing it. But not having it all together doesn’t make me less of a mother. It makes me better every time & over time. 

Confession 5 | The FOMO is real 

FOMO: Fear of missing out. No place I’d rather be but… it doesn’t mean I don’t get affected when I am not able to do some things anymore because I have to prioritize my baby. Many instances when I had to turn down opportunities & I confess it affects me. One time I had a conversation with my husband on attending events & after weighing things, we decided I can’t due to some factors that might affect our baby in a negative way. I cried & told him “I completely understand but just allow me to cry”. 


REFLECTION

I mentioned earlier how this flow of emotions started. I felt uneasy because of what was mentioned but more importantly because I was thinking if the compliments meant that people didn’t see the struggle & only saw what was wonderful, that they only saw me but not Jesus who brought me here. Who is my constant giver of abounding grace that I am able to look the way I am. Truly I say, ONLY BY HIS GRACE.

“Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 10:17

Before publishing this I gave time for myself to process these confessions. To allow God to work on me, on my heart. As my child runs to me, I run to my Abba Father. 

God says, “As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you.” Isaiah 66:13

I could still remember specifically praying to God to prepare my heart for motherhood when I was pregnant. There really is struggle in transition. And truth is, nobody will ever be prepared for this role, nobody is exempted from the struggel, whatever they may be to every mother. It’s a JOURNEY of dying to self, it is not a title, it is a CALLING & we mothers have a specific PURPOSE for this and that’s WHAT YOU DON’T SEE. Like what my friend Carmina says, “God strengthens us to do our calling but at the same time it requires a certain level of participation to carry out His purpose. And choosing to participate can also take it’s toll on us yet we choose it everyday.”

Again, it may seem like a fairytale especially when I’m being creative on my feed but just so you know, I don’t have it all together & it is only through Him that I am able to mother my baby, be a wife to my husband & etc. We are all a work in progress.

“And God is able to make grace abound in you, so that in all things at all times, having all you need, you will abound in every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:8

 I still remember the days I prayed for the things I have now.

 

I prayed for this. We prayed for this & wow. He gave us the desire of our hearts to have a baby. Truly, there is responsibility to every concept you fall in love with or that with power comes great responsibility. It’s beautiful how this has brought me to a deeper understanding of who God is. He constantly reminds me that He makes all things beautiful in His time. And TODAY IS BEAUTIFUL. I am living yesterday’s He-makes-all-things-beautiful- in- His- time. His promises are already yes & amen. But He doesn’t give the blessings one time big time. As parents we check if our babies are ready to receive what we have for them, right? Same is true with our heavenly Father, He checks if we’re ready to receive what He His in store for us, time & time again, from glory to glory.

To every mom who is going through the struggle,

Remember the time when you were praying for the things you have now… or you are now. He who promised is faithful. He is just working through your heart. He can’t give what you desire, may it be something tangible or not,  if you’re not ready for the blessing, if your heart isn’t. He’s the only one who knows when you’re heart is right to receive. Always workout to have a good heart. A heart where He alone resides & watch how He’ll bless you. You are definitely not alone. Cheer up because we’re too blessed to be stressed!

He makes all things beautiful in His time. Ecclesiastes 3:11

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Outdoors with your Baby Bag Add-ons

Motherhood

A few months & been learning quite a lot of things about parenting & motherhood. Grateful to people, especially to mommies who have been helping me out & my mom blogs are simply to show appreciation & to give back to the motherhood community. So allow me to tell you some of those learnings here. We’ve gone to a couple of  getaways enough to share a few things that have been a mighty help to us when going outdoors with our pocket full of sunshine!

Besides what’s inside the mommy/ diaper bag- wet wipes, alcohol & extra clothes, to name a few, here are some add-ons that works magic for babies. Happy baby, happy mommy!

Insect Repellent

We love to go out with our babies! Right? Especially after so many months of staying at home to protect our baby from anything that’s or could be harmful to them. Crashing out mosquitoes from the worry list with an insect repellent. We put citronella scented patches/ stickers to our baby’s clothes.

Sun Block

They’re not only for when you’re going to the beach. Anytime there’s sun exposure, make sure to apply some to protect your baby’s skin. 

Hat

You’re outdoors so a hat would really help protect your baby from the harmful effects of the sun. Also, incase it rains, your baby’s covered too! 

Fan

Electric or manual, your choice. We have both just in case. Especially here in the Philippines where weather is tropical, it tends to be hot & humid so imagine what a fan can do! 

Toy & Surface Cleaner Spray

We were quite challenged whenever our baby’s toy falls all of a sudden or when we ask for a high chair in restaurants & they’re quite dirty. Recently bought a spray & brought it with us whenever we go out & wow.  I was having a lot of fun with it. A Momma’s simple joys! 

Again, these are just a few add-ons, nonetheless a great help. Surely as a parent you should be extra careful despite having these little helpers. Buuuuuttttt, remember it’s also good for babies to get SOME for immunity. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to drop a comment or message me. See you on my socials, Facebook & Instagram, @travelwithtaraph.

My Skin Care 101

Lifestyle

It’s about 7 months since I’ve given birth & although life will never be the same again, I’m slowly going back to some of the things I used to do before our baby happened. Haha! One of those is skin care. Not only sharing with you my skin care regimen & the products I’ve been using but more importantly my views on the matter, thus, “my” skincare 101. Putting emphasis on that too because we may have different perspectives & wanna make sure we’re clear on that.

Starting with some principles I believe when it comes to skin care.

LESS IS MORE

I have always believed not to overdo skin care unless one’s skin has a very special requirement. Every skin is unique, we are all unique for that matter! And if you have normal skin, my suggestion would always be “less is more”. Less doesn’t mean “lacking”, it simply means just the right products for whatever requirement your skin needs.

AS YOU AGE | YOUR SKIN AGE

…and the usual skincare regimen you’ve always had needs to level up as time goes by. Although I’ve always believed that “less is more”, truth is, skin age. So you’d have to change or add to your skin care overtime. As you age, the higher the requirement for products to work double time in maintaining that youthful glow!

GOOD PRODUCTS MAY COST

You cannot cheapen skincare. You will have to spend for good products. I am not saying you buy the most expensive products. “Value for money”, is relative. As what they say, “cheap is expensive”. Make sure the products you’re using are worth the money you’re paying for or else you’ll be spending more with what you’re using because it’s causing you no good. Repairing may cause & cost you more!

WHAT WORKS FOR ME MAY NOT WORK FOR YOU

When people say…

“What products are you using? Whatever you use it’s ok, you’ve always had good skin, Tar.”

Thank God for genes but what if I’ve not been using good products, don’t you think they would affect my “good skin” in a negative way? Believe me I’ve tried products that caused pimples. I’ve explored different products to get to where I am with my skin now. So I give credit to the products I’ve been using. Most of them, if not all are NuSkin. Been very happy with them since 2014. But then again, we have different skin types so what works for me may not work for you. This is precisely why I’m not only sharing the products I’m using but also my views. When I was encouraged to blog about my skin care regimen, I really thought about this. I wouldn’t want people to get back to blame me should anything negative happens (Disclaimer). If you’re happy with what you’re using now, good! As time progresses, you can work around the brand you’re using or you could explore & switch. Up to you, really!

WHAT YOU FEED YOURSELF MATTERS

This is one very important factor when it comes to skin care. Having a healthy & glowing skin doesn’t happen overnight. You have to consider food & water intake. Eat & drink healthy, look healthy. Goes without saying that if you don’t, it’ll surely affect your skin no matter what you put on your face.

REST IS HOLY

Wanna look like an angel? Haha! Like that’s possible. Kidding aside, You’ve got to REST! Again, all factors are to be considered, product, food & rest. Resting/ sleeping will do you wonders that any cream or food can’t do. Plus! This won’t only affect your skin, it’ll affect your health. Don’t cheat yourself. Rest. Yes, this is a sign!

So here it is! My Skin care Regimen

Basically, Cleanse, Tone, Moisturize or CTM.

DAILY ON FACE

  • Cleanse | Nu Skin 180 Face Wash
  • Tone | Nu Skin PH Balance Mattefying Toner (Combination to oily)
  • Moisturise | Nu Skin Enhancer

OTHERS

  • Masking | Not very particular with the brand. Open to different kinds of face masks. Haven’t tried any that irritated my skin too. (Once or twice a week)
  • Facial Spa | Nu Skin Galvanic Spa (Once a month)
  • Mud Mask | Epoch Glacial Marine Mud (Once a month)
  • Nu Skin Napca Moisture Mist- I bring this moisturiser mist when I go out to give my skin a little lift from time to time. Also use this as a setting spray whenever I put on makeup.
  • Nu Colour Advanced Tinted Moisturiser- I’ve recently started using this tinted moisturiser when going out. I’d like to keep it as natural as possible.

PREGNANCY/ POSTPARTUM ADD- ONS

I added a few products to counter the changes that happened to my skin during pregnancy, particularly addressing skin discolouration in armpits & stretch marks.

  • Epoch Baobab Body Butter
  • Epoch Polishing Bar Soap
  • Bio Oil

As what I’ve mentioned, skin ages so I’ll probably change products  in a year or two. For now, this is it! If you have any questions message me here or on instagram &/ or facebook @travelwithtaraph. Or simply follow me for updates & blogs, see you there!

Ways to Wear Your Vest

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Wondering how to sport your good ol’ vest? This one’s for you! Vests are one of my wardrobe staples & I love them because they’re very versatile & they easily step up my style. Whether it’s for a formal event or a simple coffee date, your vest has got you covered! 

Without further ado, here are 5 ways to wear your vest! 

WEAR THEM WITH SHORTS

Here’s a way to wear them for a casual look. 

GET THE LOOK

Vest | Superfinds 
Earrings | Forever 21
Shirt | H&M
Shorts | Uniqlo
Sneakers | Cole Haan
Bag | Longchamp

WEAR THEM WITH A SKIRT

Here’s a way to wear them for work.


GET THE LOOK

Vest | Superfinds 
Longsleeves | H&M
Skirt | H&M
Shoes | Unknown Brand
Bag | Givenchy

WEAR THEM WITH PANTS

Here’s a way to wear them for parties or events. 


GET THE LOOK

Vest | Superfinds 
Earrings | SM Woman
Top | Forever 21
Pants | Forever 21
Shoes | Unknown Brand
Purse | H&M

WEAR THEM WITH A DRESS

Here’s a way to wear them for a chic look.

GET THE LOOK

Vest | Superfinds 
Earrings | Forever 21
Dress | H&M
Boots | H&M

WEAR THEM AS IS

Here’s a way to wear them for for your date.

GET THE LOOK

Vest | Superfinds 
Shoes | Unknown Brand
Bag | Louis Vuitton

There you go! So don’t underestimate what your vest can do for you! Those are just 5 ways, surely there’s more. 

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7 Ways to Avoid Baby Blues

Motherhood

Baby Blues otherwise known as Postpartum Depression, is there such a thing? Is it even true? Maybe they’re just a feeling? How come mothers get that after having been given a beautiful baby? 

So many things happen to moms, especially to new ones, that it’s almost impossible not to have baby blues. Whatever a mom goes through isn’t just a feeling nor are they made up. The struggle is real & this does happen. Reasons may vary but there are common ones & I believe all moms go through this in different levels.

POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION DEFINED

The dictionary defines it to be a depression suffered by a mother following childbirth, typically arising from the combination of hormonal changes, psychological adjustment to motherhood, and fatigue. According to research some of the symptoms are sadness, crying a lot for no reason, not being able to bond with your baby, less interest in things, memory loss & less focused.

You think you have it? 

Before proceeding with this blog, please know that I am not a professional. I am not able to treat you. I am simply sharing my thoughts & experiences on the matter. It is best to go to a doctor for treatment if you think you need to. 

Here are some of the ways to avoid Baby Blues: 

1 | PREPARE FOR IT

During pregnancy, i’ve already been hearing about baby blues/ postpartum depression. Heard a few stories about it & had an idea what was coming so I tried preparing for it. You could say nobody’s ever ready. Agree! But you’d rather do something proactive right? One thing I did was buying nice sleep wear or clothes for home knowing I’d be at home most of the time. Looking nice even when you’re at home contributes to positive energy. And no it isn’t shallow nor selfish trying to improve yourself physically & all aspects for that matter. 

2 | FIND A DIVERSION 

I completely understand that your hands are full with your baby but you still need a diversion to keep your sanity. Some of the diversions I have are watching movies while breastfeeding, singing my heart out to karaoke at home, doing online business, obviously blogging & etc. Do what works for you!

3 | CHOOSE YOUR BATTLES

Once your baby is out, there are soooooo many things that are beyond your control. So why stress yourself about these things? When it’s messy, let it be! Your baby is just being a baby so don’t sweat the small stuff or what’s obvious.

4 | GO OUT

I’m not saying you go out right away. Your baby is still the priority. You’ll most probably be at home for the first few weeks/ months to protect your baby from getting sick but when the time comes that you’re able to, go out! Get some fresh air! Also, my husband & I are have a pretty strong opinion on bringing babies too early at the mall. It’s really a no-no for us. Why? Too many people carry viruses & that’s just circulating in the air. I’m sure you know very well that your baby’s immune system is still developing. If you take our advice, (I really don’t want to force our perspective on the matter so I’m expressing this as sensitive as possible) earliest time to bring them to the mall would probably be at month 3 onwards when your baby has quite a good number of vaccinations. Also, as much as possible go only on days &/or times when it isn’t too crowded. We all know weekends are packed! 

5 | DRESS UP

… even when you’re at home. It will get messy but make the effort to dress up, still. Making the effort means you care & caring will keep you going! And it does make you feel good when you look good. Tell me I’m not the only one who feels the same way. Mommas! Your baby & family requires your sanity so do that!

6 | CALL A FRIEND

Where maaah girl friends at?! Call them! You’d be surprised to know that the feelings are mutual & that you’re not alone in this journey. You also don’t wait for your gal pals to call you. They’re your friends for a reason & most of the time, they can’t spell it out for you. When you need help, ask for it. When you need to express your feelings, talk to your husband or to your most trusted besties. Buttttttt make sure to express yourself to people you could trust or those who won’t judge you especially that when you do, you’re being vulnerable. 

7 | PRAY

Call a friend? Yes. But there are things that you can’t express to people. Call on Jesus. In fact, call on Him first. Going back to the first way, praying was one of the things I did to prepare myself with what was coming. Running to Him takes off a heavy load of emotions. Never keep them to yourself. And instead of talking to yourself, talk to God.


Those are my two cents on the matter. If you’re someone reading this who knows a mom, be sensitive & if possible, help out. And if you’re a mom reading this, YOU ARE STRONGER THAN YOU THINK. YOU GOT THIS BEAUTIFUL!

 

10 Swimming Essentials for your Baby

Motherhood

A few weeks ago, we took our 5 month old baby to her first swimming experience. Of course we were very hesitant, had our reservations & questions… but after a lot of research & after asking a few moms about their experience, we decided to give it a go. Sharing a list on what we’ve packed that made it a wonderful first for our baby & the whole family too!

1. Swimwear- Of course! This goes without saying. Your baby will definitely need his trunks or her swimsuit for swimming.

2. Towel- Another basic thing to bring when swimming. Hooded towels are very convenient! You may also have a robe, it basically has the same function.

3. Floater- With so many floaters in the market, make sure you get the right floater for your baby depending on his/ her age.

4. Swim Diapers- Yes! There’s a different one for swimming. And take note, these are not substitute for your baby’s regular diapers. They are not absorbent, they do not contain urine or your baby’s poo. So why use them? It’s purpose is to contain solid waste only. You wouldn’t also want to use the regular ones that are absorbent because stored urine especially for a long time will definitely cause infection. There are disposable & washable swim diapers. Whichever works for you. We used Huggies Little Swimmers disposable diapers.

5. Sun Hat- Whether it’s sunny or raining, your baby will need protection from either. It’s best to have one! Getting sick is a no no!

6. Sunscreen- Just like you, your baby will need protection from the sun. Get the one that’s for ‘babies’, not for ‘kids’ because care different ones. We used Mustela Very High Sun Protection Lotion with SPF50.

7. Toys- Babies have a short attention span. Ready your energy, songs aaaaand some toys!

8. Food- Your baby might get hungry with all the playing, make sure their food (milk/ solid food) is ready! And bring a cover when you’re breastfeeding, I am so I did.

9. Baby Lotion/ Cream- As prescribed by the Paediatrician, use only baby lotion/ cream as needed. If you feel your baby’s skin needs to be moisturised after exposure to the sun or pool water, you will need lotion! There are ‘cooling’ ones that give baby a good feel especially that skin tends to be hot after long hours of exposure to the sun. Used Mustela Nourishing Cream with Cold Cream.

10. Small Bag- Because there’s a big bag where you put EVERYTHING, you should have a small bag where you place everything that’s on the list. This is the bag you carry around & where it’s easy to get what you need for your baby when swimming. Best if it’s water resistant.

These are just a few important things when going on a beach getaway, of course there’s a lot more in the Mommy Bag. That’s for sure! I mean, the diaper bag is as important. Should you have any questions about this or our experience please hit me up. Hope this helps & you have a blast on your trip!