Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Rusty English and a new blouse

Aik...The topic is not related to each other at all! LOL

I was just thinking, whenever I wanted to write something here, I felt like my writing is getting rusty each time. Even to write a simple sentence required about 10 minutes, just to check the grammar and etc. Though my husband is an expert (well, at least better than mine) in the language, it's not easy to keep on asking him to check on my vocab. and so every single time, let just say that I'm er, aih..embarrassed! Yeah right, like having the whole world read my 'rojak' English blog is not embarrassed enough!!

I am planning to buy some software on it, probably by using it I can learn to improved my language skill in near future :) Ahh, what do you think...?

Alright, let's move on to my sewing subject now, shall we?

I've just finished sewing a sleeveless blouse for my daughter. Oh, this was supposed to be a fabric for me, but unfortunately it's not enough, I only bought 1 metre, I should have bought more. It's a beautiful white base cotton lawn fabric with bluish-grey small flowers print. I guess it suits her more after all.

I lengthen the pattern a bit by 9cm and add a small curvy sides pocket, just to test out the difficulty on sewing the pocket, oh yes, it requires a lot of patience especially the curvy part, but, I think it looks cute on the blouse, don't you think?

I use dark grey poly cotton bias binding strips for the stretch band casing on the sleeves and the neckline (lazy enough to cut the same fabric for the bias). Ahh...another mission complete!

I find that sewing clothes required a lot of techniques than sewing bags that is mainly straight stitch. I need to learn more tricks about sewing clothes in English or Malay (funny because most words about the techniques in Malay language are pretty complicated to understand, maybe I'm so used with English books, yes, I can read English :)) as I'm currently using the Japanese book as my guide.

As you all know, I'll be more active in this blog at the moment until I get my hands on my old ind. sewing machine in a few weeks or so, than I'll be busy updating my shop...

Hope you all have a great day today. Till then, Selamat berpuasa and Selamat Hari Raya!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

First project with my new AKORA sewing machine!!

Hi there,

It has been sooooo long since my last sewing job. After I gave birth to my baby girl, feeling much healthier and stressed out, I think now I need to start sewing before I'm going insane LOL, that's what happen if you have 5 super active kids at home to take care of!

But unfortunately, my sewing machine is far away in Dungun, Terengganu and I am here in KL. Next month most probably back to Cameron Highlands...yay!

And so, maybe my husband had notice me love-sick for my sewing machine (because I always with my notebook and a pencil, jotting down everything that's in my mind whenever I had nothing to do) he recently bought me a portable sewing machine and a serger (we had a great price for them!)

The new AKORA portable sewing machine

The 16 stitches, ouch, I forgot to rotate the picture!

The accessories

It's a nice and impressive portable machine with build in 16 stitches, button hole maker and etc...Though it's fun to be able to sew again but guess what, my sewing skill is back to square 1!! Yikes!

The AKORA serger

The accessories

My new fabric scissors (The best!) and I get this small scissors and a snipper for free

Handling the portable is so different than the ind. sewing machine. First time using it, I experience a difficulty to maintain my straight stitch. Gosh! My husband keep on bugging me when will I start sewing...though I'm still experienced some problem with it, I've made this blouse for my daughter.

Front view

Back view

Using a pattern from a japanese pattern book, cutting and tracing plus sewing alone took me about 3 days to finish because of my baby keep on waking up whenever I put her to sleep on my worktable, (though have been on me for hours!) of course I'd make sure she is comfortable there, but she rather sleep on my laps, sigh.

This is a simple blouse pattern with a gather on the neckline. I use a cotton fabric for this blouse and a stretch band that I inserted into the neckline casing...My daughter likes it very much that she wore it immediately after it's done:) But I definitely not satisfied with the sewing skill yet...

And the day after that, I've made this 2 tiered skirt, also for my daughter. I've been meaning to make this skirt for my daughter for a long time, but the tiered part scared me the most as I haven't done this type of sewing technique before. After a looong goggles here and there, I started working on the skirt. The measurement are base on her old skirt and my instinct, cut and serge, and sew and hey presto, it's done! It's actually an easy project, and I've wasted my time scared about something that is not so hard, sigh.

The 2 tiered skirt

Though it suppose to be a below knee length (poor instinct?) I am so happy that my sewing skill is far much better than when I sew the blouse. Pheww... Now I am confident enough to start sewing more stuff...using my new sewing machine, AKORA.


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Abortions! Read it!

Saya ingin berkongsi pendapat mengenai isu pembuangan bayi yang semakin menjadi-jadi di Malaysia, dan paling menyedihkan kebanyakkannya dari kalangan orang Melayu yang beragama Islam. Oleh itu, saya lebih senang untuk berbicara dalam bahasa ibunda.

Pagi tadi saya menyemak kembali fail-fail lama yang saya simpan di dalam komputer dan saya terjumpa artikel ini yang saya salin semula dari The Star, 2003. Selama ini kita hanya melihat bayi-bayi yang di buang tetapi pernah ke kita terfikir bagaimana pula pengguguran bayi dilakukan menggunakan khidmat pengamal perubatan yang tidak beretika?

Bacalah artikel dibawah ini dan barulah kita sedar bagaimana azabnya sesuatu prosedur pengguguran janin itu dilakukan.

The Star 17 April 2003

Gruesome truth

Compiled by GEOFFREY LIP

According to the United Nations Population Fund statistics in 1999, more than 4.4 million abortions are performed on adolescent women every year. Not only are there risks for the mother but the methods of abortion are often very cruel. These methods are detailed below.

Each Suction Aspiration Dilation and Curettage (D&C) and Dilation and Evacuation (D&E) procedure is started with dilation. This is when the cervix – the tightly closed muscle found at the base of the uterus – is forced open with metal rods that vary in diameter. The cervix is dilated beginning with size until the cervix is opened wide enough to insert abortion instruments into the uterus.

First trimester abortions
Suction Aspiration (Suction Curettage)
The most common method of abortion during the first trimester. After dilation, a suction curette – a hollow tube with a knife-edged tip – which is connected to a vacuum machine, by a tube is inserted into the womb. The vacuum suction (29 times more powerful that a household vacuum cleaner) tears the fetus and placenta into small pieces that are sucked through the tube into a bottle. The dismembered parts are then reassembled to make sure all of the pieces have been removed. Any remaining parts can result in an infection, which would then require full dilation of the cervix and a scraping out of the womb.

D&C – This method is similar to the suction method with the added insertion of a hook shaped knife (curette) that cuts the baby into pieces. The pieces are scraped out through the cervix and discarded.

Medical Abortion – A non-surgical method. Medication is either injected on ingested orally and is followed by a medication called Misoprostol that causes the uterus to contract and empty, thus inducing abortion. However, follow-up visits are needed to ensure the success and it becomes less effective as the pregnancy progresses. The abortion can take days or weeks to complete.

Second trimester abortions
D&E – The most common method for second trimester abortions is used up to 18 weeks gestation. Sterilized seaweed is vaginally inserted into cervix one day before the procedure to gradually dilate it. Once dilated a pair of forceps is inserted into the womb to grasp part of the fetus and the teeth of the forceps twist and tear the bones of the fetus until it is totally dismembered. This is also alternated with suction aspiration to cut it into pieces before it is removed. Usually the spine must be snapped and the skull crushed before removal, if not the sharp jagged pieces of the skull could easily rip the cervix upon removal.

Salt Poisoning (Saline injection) – Used after the four-month stage when enough fluid has accumulated, a strong salt solution is injected through the mother’s abdomen into the fetus’s sac. This solution burns off the outer layer of the fetus’s skin, and is absorbed into its lung, suffocating it. Its death normally takes between an hour to six hours, and this period can be uncomfortable for the mother as the fetus often struggles and can have convulsions. Labor will usually set in between 12 to 24 hours and the mother will give birth to a dead or a dying baby. However, there have been many cases of these babies being born alive and they are usually left unattended to die.

Third trimester abortions
Prostaglandin Chemical Abortion – Similar to saline abortion, with the difference being the use of prostaglandin, a hormone that causes the mother to begin labor. It causes intense contractions, which are more violent than natural contractions, pushing out the developing baby and in many cases, killing it. This is not preferred method as there have been many cases of the baby being born alive, and it can also be very painful for the mother.

Hysterectomy or Caesarian Section – The abortionist cuts through the abdomen and uterus as in Caesarian section, but the difference is that the umbilical cord is cut while the baby is still in the womb, which cuts off its oxygen supply and causes it to suffocate. Sometimes the baby is retrieved, but no medical help is administered to help it survive.

Partial Birth Abortion (D&X) – Guided by ultrasound, the abortionist first grabs the baby’s legs with forceps, pulls it through the birth canal until all but the baby’s head is out. The abortionist then jams a pair of scissors into the baby’s skull to open and enlarge it and a suction catheter is inserted and the child’s brain are sucked out causing the skull to collapse. The dead baby is then removed. This procedure often leaves a big impact on the woman’s cervix and can often put future pregnancies at risk.

Seharusnya selepas prosedur itu dijalankan, perlu ditunjukkan kepada mereka yang menggugurkan bayi mereka supaya mereka nampak apa yang mereka lakukan kepada kandungan mereka dan supaya mereka insaf.

Kepada ibu bapa dan masyarakat pula, janganlah disisih mereka yang melakukan sekali kesilapan kerana disebabkan kita menyisih merekalah, maka terjadinya pembuangan bayi yang berterusan. Hukuman yang berat tidak dapat mengurangkan kes pembuangan bayi bahkan saya percaya lebih banyak kes lagi akan wujud dan mungkin juga kita akan menyaksikan pembuangan bayi dengan cara yang lebih sadis lagi.

Saya percaya pembentukkan akhlak bermula dari rumah dan ibu bapa memainkan peranan yang penting untuk mendidik anak-anak dengan nilai yang murni. Ibu bapa janganlah menyisih anak-anak yang melakukan kesilapan sebaliknya harus terus membimbing anak-anak ke jalan yang betul. Kasihanilah bayi yang tidak berdosa dan saya percaya walaupun bayi ini dilahirkan dengan cara ini, namun jika dididik dengan baik, insyaallah, dia juga mampu menjadi insan yang mulia.

Seharusnya kita sebagai masyarakat harus berubah dahulu tanggapan terhadap mereka dan bimbinglah mereka, bukan dengan menyisih dan menghina mereka lagi menyebabkan mereka akan terus melakukan kesalahan demi kesalahan...