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Matrix Global Schools at Bandar Sri Sendayan, Seremban

Early last month, I had a chance joining an educational tour to Matrix Global Schools located at Bandar Sri Sendayan, Seremban with fellow parent-bloggers. I think I can hear, "What? An international school in Seremban?" Yes, you're right. Pretty interesting right?

Let's start with what's Matrix Global Schools. They are comprised of Matrix Private School, Matrix International School and Matrix International Pre-school. This is the best part: Matrix Global Schools operates across a 20-acre site, with buildings unrivaled in design and a wide range of topnotch facilities. See photo below from Matrix Global Schools' Facebook page. Majestic!

While we were touring the school's facilities, I kept on seeing this phrase: "NULLI SECUNDA" everywhere on the walls. It sounds like an inspiring motto. True enough, when I read up about them, here's what I found on Matrix Global Schools' website: "Our philosophy is to challenge our students to be intellectually curious, responsive and persistent; to be committed to and expressive of their ideas. Our goal is to ensure all will become articulate, courageous and will develop a realization that the world is their classroom and that our lessons are for life. To achieve this, we nurture a close partnership with parents and the community. Learning is truly a global and "Second to None" experience on our 20-acre campus."

NULLI SECUNDA = Second to None

That's one bold, inspiring claim they have there!

We were introduced to Denise Sinclair, the Principal for a short prep talk about Matrix Global Schools. There are and Matrix International Pre-school (MIPS), Matrix International School (MIS), and Matrix Private School (MPS). More information on http://matrixschools.edu.my/

If you're wondering what are the differences between Matrix International School and Matrix Private School, the photo above sums it up. Feel free to email them at info@matrixschools.edu.my or call 1300 229 888 if you need more information.

Have a look at some of the school's facilities in photos below:

The Little Chef cooking facility is very popular with their younger students.


Science lab

The preschoolers' block with their classrooms and playrooms are pretty interesting.


Matrix Global Schools welcome everyone to experience their unique Matrix environment during their MGS International Day on 11 July 2017. This event is OPEN to the public, so everyone can join them in a variety of activities celebrating multicultural mix.

Theme: Cultural Diversity at MGS (West meets East, East meets West!)
Date: 11 July 2017 (Tuesday)
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Performances include:
*Welsh Traditional Dance/Marina & The Diamonds dance 
*Irish Highland Dance 
*Scottish Traditional Folk Dance: Strathspey & Tulloch 
*Yemen Traditional Folk Dance 
*South African Gumboots Dance 
*Malaysian Silat, Sumazau, Chinese Hat Dance 
*Pakistani Folk Dance ...and many more!

[For Public Only] Is it your first time visiting Matrix? If yes, just fill in the registration form so their friendly counselor can give you a FREE personalized tour: https://goo.gl/forms/YpkmEbDaWacGVPdC2

PR 12652, Sendayan Merchant Square,
Persiaran 1 Sendayan Utama,
Pusat Dagangan Sendayan,
71950 Bandar Sri Sendayan,
Negeri Sembilan. [Map]

1300 229 888
Email: info@matrixschools.edu.my

Website: http://matrixschools.edu.my
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MatrixSchools 

GroVia Newborn All in One Cloth Diapers

This blog post is six-and-a-half months late but hey, it's better late than never! :D

I started cloth diapering my newborn when he was two weeks old. I had a total of nine GroVia Newborn All in One (AIO) Cloth Diapers used in rotation during day time. These cute little cloth diapers are designed by GroVia to specifically meet the needs of newborn babies. Their one-piece design resembles disposable diapers. Baby's pee and poo are captured by the sewn-in internal quick-dry soaker made of three layers of hemp/cotton topped with cozy, soft microfleece that pushes moisture through to the absorbent core so that baby's bum stays dry.

GroVia cloth diapers always come in an array of fun and funky solid colors and prints.

Check out how the sewn-in quick-dry, stay-dry soakers look like and their material.

The following photos are close-ups of the different solid colors and prints that I had. My baby outgrew them when he reached about 4.5kg, i.e. outgrew the absorbency capacity. That lasted for about 2.5 months. 

Note: This is not a sponsored post.

Learn more about cloth diapering on GroVia's website.

Renewing my postpartum body image with Bmama Maternity

Ask any woman who have given birth and most, if not all, will tell you this: "My body gone case already." This could be understood as, 'I don't have a nice body shape anymore', 'I don't look good like before I gave birth', 'I feel unattractive', 'My belly is full of stretch marks', 'My thighs are so huge', etc. Sounds familiar?

I know for a fact there are some mothers who still look good before and after birth. Unfortunately, I'm not that lucky to be in that league. My self-esteem somewhat took a plunge and I have this mentality that as long as I'm wearing something over my body, nothing else matters. Even my nursing bras and most of my nursing tops are from 2013 for goodness sake! To be honest, I don't have much confidence with my postpartum body image.

So, I'm truly grateful when I was introduced to Bmama Maternity. Bmama Maternity is more than just an average maternity store. They are a one-stop solution for mothers of all stages, from prenatal to postpartum. They emphasize on providing mothers with the best care we deserve because as fellow mothers, they care and understand. How noble!

Apart from their main physical outlet in Bandar Manjalara, Kepong (photo above), they can also be found in various confinement homes/centers and other maternity shops.

Bmama Maternity is the sole distributor of the award-winning Japanese maternity brand - INUJIRUSHI. They also sell their own line of maternity brand called Bmama Maternity. Other products include maternity and nursing tops and dresses, slimming wear, postpartum wraps, sleep-well ginger powder, energizing ginger honey vinegar.

 I really love Bmama's selection of nursing bras (photo above). I was in dire need of good nursing bras. Remember I mentioned on top of this blog post that my nursing bras were from 2013 (the year I birthed my first boy)? Sad huh? What was I thinking?

When I walked into Bmama's outlet, I was a bit reserved and shy because I didn't know what to expect but at the same time I was very excited to see different styles of nursing bras. Bmama's lady boss was so kind and she took time to explain to me the importance of wearing good supportive bras. She chose a few styles for me to try on and true enough, I felt uplifted and confident again to see how different I looked when I put on a good bra. I might need years (light years perhaps, haha) to shed off those stubborn fats everywhere (haih) but I could start to look "perky" and take care of my "twins" by wearing good nursing bras. I felt excited and empowered instantaneously! It felt like I've truly seen light at the end of the tunnel; I've finally taken the first step to renew and regain confidence with my postpartum body image. Time to flaunt it and be confident!

See photos below to get an idea about the range of products in Bmama Maternity's outlet.

I went home with four pretty nursing bras. The top most one is a salmon pink T-shirt nursing bra. The second one is a soft yet supportive baby pink nursing bra. The third one is a sexy black nursing bra with pretty laces, perfect to wear with low-cut dresses (ehem). The last one is a demure black nursing bra with supportive underwire, also great to wear with nice tops.

Not seen here is a postpartum wrap. Benefits of using a postpartum wrap:

1. Assists uterus contractions
2. Speeds up slimming process
3. Gives great support to your back and abdominal muscles
4. Helps keep your abdomen and ligaments firm and tight
5. Helps to maintain good posture
6. Provides warmth to the abdominal area

I shall write about this next time. Stay tuned!

 Check out Bmama Maternity on FB (https://www.facebook.com/bmama.maternity/) for more information about their product line.

My 2017 Mother's Day Celebration

2017 is the first year I celebrated Mother's Day with two monkeys. My older boy is attending preschool and one day he proudly showed me his very first "Happy Mommy Day" card. He did all the coloring on his own. *sheds happy tears*

The second boy is still a baby. I'm pretty sure every day is Mother's Day to him. Haha.

We celebrated Mother's Day in my hometown. Oh how I missed my mom's homey and delicious home-cooked meals.

If you happen to visit Bintulu, you have to go to Laksa House at Jalan Tun Ahmad Zaidi, Parkcity Commerce Square. My brother told me they have the best Laksa Sarawak in town. But please go early, preferably before 10am. They sold off pretty fast.

Once MUST EAT Laksa Sarawak when in Sarawak! No excuse! :P

Other delicacies that I have so missed! From top right, clockwise: kompia (a kind of bread) stuffed with soy sauce minced pork, mee sup sapi (beef noodles soup), mee sapi kering (dry beef noodles), pork porridge, red kampua (dry noodles mixed with red sauce).

Not forgetting Sugarbun too! Yeah, it's just fast food but I have it way before KFC and McD came to Bintulu you know!

One can eat out every day, but home-cooked meals at home are still the best!

Here's the little one celebrating his very first Mother's Day outside the womb. Lol.

Mother's Day dinner at a Chinese restaurant in town.

I just have to try this concoction called Coke in Coffee! It's described as a blend of freshly brewed espresso coffee and maple syrup topped with coke. Errr.... let's just say I wouldn't order it again. The amount of caffeine must be insane!

Another meal eaten at home.

Mom found a box of toys and my elder one had fun "directing" his "movie" of killer lizards and soldiers.

When in Sarawak, one must never forget to buy Kek Lapis Sarawak with gorgeous colors and flavors before flying back to West Malaysia!

So yeah, that's about it. How's your Mother's Day?