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Our recent bump-into and star struck,

Yuna at BSC. She was in flats and really is that tall!

Amina (from Masterchef AUS S4) at The Gardens. She really is that sweet.

I don’t know how long can I keep my coolness before my groupie starts showing when I host this Ashtanga rockstar for two weeks next month.

I am proudly Malaysian.

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‘Hujan lemon emas di negeri orang.’

Lululemon (Queen St), Toronto

Blue Mountain, Collingwood

‘Hujan batu di negeri sendiri.’

Pontian, Johor

Pangkor Laut Resort, Perak

We wouldn’t trade wanna trade Malaysian food and raising a family with anything and anywhere else.

My neverending gratitude and blessings to get to live in such a peaceful and warm country where tropical fruits are cheap and roadside parking is aplenty.

With all my heart, happy 56th Independence Day, Malaysia - tanah tumpah darahku.

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August 30th, 2013 at 9:33 pm

“If I can’t get out of bed in the morning to practice – I can’t very well ask my students to do the same.” ~DAVID ROBSON

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And so I am beyond honoured and thrilled to be hosting THE David Robson (CANADA | KPJAYI 2) from Learn To Float fame at my humble little Upward this coming October.

He will be leading a Led Practice and conducting three workshops at Upward.
Details and RSVP / payment instructions HERE.

AND.. we are going to Pangkor Laut Resort for luxury Ashtanga Yoga retreat!
It is also the first retreat that Upward & I organize on our own so I am beyond excited!

Anyhow, my bad.. There are only THREE DAYS LEFT to join us and David under the sun in an island where there is only one resort. (Registration is now closed)

We have participants joining us from all around the globe and there are only a couple of spots left so if you’d love to join us for days filled with Ashtanga enlightenment and floating wisdom, RSVP your spot now HERE. We appreciate full payment by September 1st to secure your spot with us for this exclusive retreat.

(Kindly do not RSVP at both event pages without payment confirmation e-mail from us.)

I have been to Pangkor Laut Resort (PLR) four times now



2013 is still and definitely my favourite vacation in Malaysia and well.. it is afterall, voted ‘Number One In The World’ by Conde Nast Traveller, UK and only Luciano Pavarotti’s favourite place on earth..

For Upward’s debut retreat and with an Ashtanga teacher I highly look up to,
it is too obvious why I’ve dreamt about this with only PLR in mind.

I am blessed with the ability to nourish my baby with just the right nutrients, antibodies, security and warmth she needs.

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I can’t wait to help contribute to the numbers they are looking for to break Malaysia’s Book of Records for The Most Number of Women Breastfeeding Simultaneously In One Room this coming Saturday!

Be it at this event or later,
I am secretly hoping to recreate this photo

from Daughter of The Sun


If you’d like to join me for the event (yes, in headstand is highly welcome!)
to create more awareness for Malaysian women that every mother can breastfeed,
details and sign-up instructions are HERE.

See you and your DD there (in mommy and breastfeeding lingo, DD means ‘Dear Daughter’, FYI)!

‘It takes someone really brave to be a mother, someone strong to raise a child and someone special to love someone more than herself.’

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It was a weekend of firsts.

It was my first time celebrating Mother’s Day first hand

and PJ was at the beach for the very first time.

Although I haven’t been to my hair salon for almost a year now and
I don’t know when will I have the time for full blown 2-hours Ashtanga practice again,

this butter ball..

makes it all worth it.

With all my heart,
Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers on this earth.

Written by Ninie

May 13th, 2013 at 8:16 pm

WISE WEDNESDAY: Power To The People. And Mothers!

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“Consider this your invitation to learn about the true capacities of the female body during labor and birth, whether or not these abilities are recognized by medical authorities.” ~INA MAY GASKIN

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Peaceful pregnancy & gentle birth section in my library

If you DON’T KNOW:

  • What is HypnoBirthing
  • What is a doula
  • What is a Birth Plan
  • That you can give birth in water
  • That you can give birth NOT on your back (in fact, giving birth lying down on your back is the worst possible and most painful birthing position. It’s easy for your obgyn, it’s painful for you!)
  • That you can insist on telling your obgyns what you DON’T WANT during your labour / delivery (unneCESAREAN included!)
  • That conventional idea of ‘pushing’ your baby out is guaranteed to cause nasty tearing down there
  • That ‘wearing’ your baby is better (for you and your baby!) than an RM6K stroller
  • That practicing yoga helps so much physically, emotionally and mentally during pregnancy and delivery
  • That YOU can increase your chance of having painless, peaceful and natural childbirth

and that there are many gentle ways to give your baby the best start in their life,
make sure you free yourself this Saturday for Malaysia’s Celebrating Birth & Motherhood in commemoration of International Women’s Day!

Date & Time: 9 March 2013 (Saturday), 10am to 7pm
Venue: Grand Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Admission: RM10 (pre-register HERE), RM25 per walk-in


Meeting Room 1
10.00 – 1045:  Rest & Rejuvenation for the New Mum by Gina Yong
11.00 – 11.45: HypnoBirthing by Bee Ting Ng, HBCE
12.00 – 12.45: Baby Nutrition and its Effects on the Next Generations by Farah Rahim
1.00 – 2.00: Lunch & Zohor prayers
2.00 – 2.45: Breastfeeding is Fitrah by Nor Kamariah Alwi, IBCLC
3.30 – 5.00: ‘Dignity in Birth’ Forum
5.00 – 7.00: ‘Face of Birth’ International Film Screening

Room 2 (Bar area)
10.00 – 10.45: Birth as a form of Ibadah (AMANI birth preview) by Al- Amirah Najwa
11.00 – 11.45: Baby Signing by Hanz Jamaludin
12.00 – 12.45: Five Ways to Give Your Baby the Best Start in Life by Ann Ibrahim
1.00 – 1.45: (TED talk) 90 seconds to change the world – Video & Discussion
2.00 – 5.00: Inspiring Mothers, Overcoming the Odds by Nadiah Noor & Siti Al’Izzah
6.00 – 7.00: Birth Plan Workshop by Joanna Cheryan

Room 3 / Workshop Area (in Open Room)
10.30 – 11.30: Prenatal Yoga by Jacqueline Koay
12.00 – 12.45: Babywearing Demo by Eco Tiny Tapir
5.00 – 6.00: Mummy & Baby Pilates by Joanne Ho
6.00 – 7.00: Doula & Positions in Labour by Karin Heinimann

Room 4 / Birth Simulation Room (Next to Bar area)
Throughout the Day: Birth Videos
12.00 – 1.00: Inspiring Mothers, Inspiring Births by Yasmin Ruth Paranjothy and Noha Yatim
2.00 – 2.45: Dad’s Role in Pregnancy & Birth by Azli b Long Chik, Rizal b Azmi, Ajwad Zaini and Saufy Rohmad.
3.00 – 3.30: Kids Story-telling session by Ann
5.00 – 5.30: Kids Story-telling session by Ann

Kids Area (in Open Room)
Throughout the day: Bouncy Castle & Toddler Play area
12.00 – 2.00: Canvas Bag Coloring
2.00 – 3.00: Face Painting

Foyer Area (in Open Room)
Registration Desk: All day
10.00-11.30: Cloth Diaper & Babycarrier swap

Sponsors Area (Walkway to Bar area)
All day

Again, pre-register your attendance HERE to qualify for RM10 walk-in fee.
Event’s FB link is HERE.
Don’t miss out!

‘Peace on earth starts at birth.’

Written by Ninie

March 6th, 2013 at 1:57 pm

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