Wednesday, November 4, 2009


Give Birth Naturally

"If someone else holds the baby and takes the baby to a nursery, its gut is going to be colonised with bacteria from the nursery or the nurse's."

By Nicholas Cheng
The Star/Asia News Network
Sunday, May 26, 2013
PETALING JAYA - Experts have advised women to choose natural childbirth over Caesarean section because natural birthing has long-term benefits for both mother and child.
It was noted at the Second International Conference On Birth Without Borders Malaysia that more women were choosing Caesarean births as opposed to natural delivery.
The two-day conference, organised by the Malaysian Breastfeeding Association, the Health Ministry and the International Mother-Baby Friendly Initiative Coalition, was attended by about 100 obstetricians, gynaecologists and midwives.
Childbirth and midwifery expert Dr Robbie Davis-Floyd spoke at the event, saying that besides risking infection, Caesarean births could also impede the breastfeeding process and bonding between mother and child.
"When you give birth vaginally, your body receives a cocktail of hormones, one being the biggest rush of oxytocin you could have in your life.
"This rush helps you fall in love with the baby and helps your milk let down, creating a pheremoneal connection with the child.
"The baby smells the milk that is being let down and is able to latch on better for breastfeeding, which would be more difficult to achieve after a Caesarean birth," she said.
Dr Davis-Floyd also highlighted the need for babies to be in constant physical contact with their mothers.
"This is going to sound weird but when the baby is born and the mother touches the skin, the baby's body is colonised with the mother's bacteria.
"That's what you want because the baby is going to grow up in her household, so it needs those bacteria.

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Monday, October 5, 2009

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009


Asia Style

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

太太.at Shangri-La Opening Gala : VCR

Shangri-La Vancouver Opening Gala

Malcolm Parry took this photo atop the penthouse of the Shangri-La at the opening gala of the new Shangri-La in Vancouver and suggested that I tag it " A new squeeze for my old squeeze". (No, we have not become a couple again. We are each technically 'available'! I widowed once; and divorced once. He's never been married! He's the ultimate James Bond! Vancouver version)

In fact, its been a few years since I have seen Ken Wai, the founder of Lumière and backer of celebrity chef Rob Feenie so fun that the gala gave 太太 the opportunity to see ol' friends like 太太 Carlotta Lee, Stephanie Dong and Judy Cheng. The new Shangri-La Hotel in Vancouver is stunning and kudos to developers Ian Gillespie and Ben Yeung for putting together a spectacular development and raising the bar in the city.

A couple of months ago 太太 had dinner scheduled at the Lobster Bar at the Shangri-La in Hong Kong and now to be able to savour the Black Truffles pizza at Jean-George's Market at the new Shangri-La in Vancouver is divine. When media mogul Moses Znaimner was in town recently, 太太 walked him through the new hotel in Vancouver and he was suitably impressed. There is going to be a Shangri-La Hotel in Toronto which is presently under construction.

By the way, the penthouse where this photo was taken is for sale so if you have a spare $5 million (Cdn), please contact me.

That's it for now. Next month I'll be in San Francisco and the following month in Barbados. More to come...

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

To Buy


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Found beautiful cowhide