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I was once a rebellious teenager who chose to be different in expressing my ideas. However, I must say that there was also a hormonal, sappy part of me that secretly enjoyed hopelessly romantic love songs. A chunk of my playlist was dominated by Datuk Seri Siti Nurhaliza’s songs.

In retrospect, I practically went through my teens with Siti Nurhaliza’s songs, which naturally made her one of my favourite Malaysian singers of all time. Even as a mom, every now and then you’ll catch me karaoke-ing to her songs while doing house chores, much to my kid’s annoyance.

So yes, it must be clear that I have Malaysia’s beloved songbird close to my heart. But it isn’t only me. Siti Nurhaliza has touched many lives through her beautiful songs and melodious voice. She has become a national treasure, one to be cherished for her contributions to Malaysia’s music industry. Malaysia’s sweetheart is an inspiring icon who came from humble beginnings and rose to fame with her pure talent.

Journey through infertility and TTC

In 2006, Siti Nurhaliza tied the knot with renowned businessman Datuk Seri Khalid Mohammad Jiwa, better known as Datuk K. Her decision to marry an older and divorced man caused some uproar among fans and followers, and there was much scrutiny into her personal life.

Nevertheless, the marriage stood strong. The couple found themselves on a TTC (trying-to-conceive) journey for a grueling 11 years. Year after year, Siti Nurhaliza’s struggles with infertility became even more apparent as time went by. Being under the spotlight must have been challenging during this time, especially with so many curious, prying eyes on her.

Even during such a challenging period of her life, the soft-spoken star never lost her grip and faith. She spoke of her infertility issues openly, admitting that she had been going for fertility treatments. She talked about facing the challenges she had to go through with a strong heart and mind.

The singer became the face and voice of the struggles with infertility, a topic that was still largely taboo in Malaysian society.

In 2015, there was a spark of hope when fans heard about her being pregnant. Sadly however, Siti Nurhaliza then shared devastating news that she suffered a miscarriage two months into her pregnancy. She then carried on with her TTC journey and moved on to a 3rd attempt at In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF).

Good news and the nation rejoices

In October 2017, the good news everyone was hoping for finally arrived. Siti Nurhaliza called for an exclusive press conference to break the news – she calmly announced that she was 4 months pregnant. There had been plenty of speculation as her professional gigs had dwindled months prior to the announcement.

In the press conference, she admitted that her baby was conceived through IVF. The 38-year-old stated that it was the most viable option for her as age was catching up on her and she could not risk waiting any longer. Finally, Malaysia’s Number One singer received the ultimate award she had been waiting for – the chance to become a mother.

The months that came after the announcement went by like a breeze. After 9 months and a very cautious and healthy pregnancy, Siti gave birth to a beautiful baby girl on 19 March 2018 via Caesarian section.

Datuk Siti Nurhaliza and Datuk K watching over Siti Aafiyah . Photo source: @ctdk (Instagram)

After years of struggle, Siti Nurhaliza has now become a mother, and the nation rejoices. Malaysia’s sweetheart has her own little sweetheart, and she is aptly named Siti Aafiyah, which translates to “health and strength”. They were words that her mother never ceased to mention in prayers throughout her pregnancy.

A symbol of hope

Looking beyond the celebration of Siti Aafiyah, Siti Nurhaliza’s journey in TTC and infertility has become a symbol of hope for many couples who are struggling and trying for a child of their own. Her openness about her journey and willingness to share her struggles has given a new voice to the TTC community. She has helped raise awareness about the realities of infertility.

“There’s no shame in admitting it. Many have been through what I have experienced. Some waited even longer. I want to share my experience with them,” she once said during a session with the media.

Her experience has also inspired her to open a fertility center under Yayasan Nur Jiwa, which will provide affordable fertility treatments to hopeful couples. The center is now being built and due to be launched early next year.

 

A heartfelt congratulations to Datuk Siti Nurhaliza and Datuk Seri Khalid Mohamad Jiwa on the arrival of Siti Aafiyah, from us at makchic! May there be an abundance of happiness and love around her always. 

 

Photos: Datuk Seri Siti Nurhaliza

Dads can totally help when it comes to breastfeeding, and it seems more definitely want to be supportive in their partner’s feeding journey.

On January 27th, makchic joined hands with Me BooksAsia to organise Breastfeeding: Daddy Duty Parenting Workshop. The workshop was conducted by one of Malaysia’s most esteemed lactation counsellors, Gina Yong.

She is also the founder of the largest and most active Facebook-based breastfeeding support group in Malaysia : The Breastfeeding Advocates Network (TBAN).  It has more than 100,000 members, and receives more than 100 new members daily.

Yong told participants that fathers were now more involved, a stark difference compared to the past. “Twenty years ago in my groups there were hardly any dads there. Nowadays many dads want to be hands on, and they come and ask a lot of questions,” she said.

Helping daddy support mummy and baby

The half-day event was tailored to provide new fathers information about the basics of breastfeeding, including the science of lactation and breastmilk supply itself.  A mother of four, Yong gave an honest insight into what happens in the first few weeks of a baby’s life. Her explanations were accompanied by informative slides, and her manner – warm and relaxed – put many parents at ease.

Armed with years of experience with new parents (and grandparents!), Yong was able to share valuable advice and tips. She even prepared them for the typical comments or expectations faced by new parents. There was also plenty of helpful notes for dads as to how they could be a good support system for their wives.

She also managed to make the session interactive and relevant to daddies, highlighting the importance of their role. Giving baby mummy’s milk  is the perfect start to raising a healthy and happy child, she said.

We were proud to receive curious and eager-to-learn daddy participants who came in with their respective partners. Everyone made full use of the workshop to ask burning questions about parenting and breastfeeding.

The author representing makchic, Gina Yong and Emily Goh from Me Books Asia

For more information about this workshop and future workshops organised by makchic, write to us at [email protected] today.  If you would like to collaborate with us on one, get in touch too!

Lucky kids in cities like London get to sleep over in amazing  public spaces like museums. Now Malaysian kids can do the same – but with sharks as overnight companions!

In an effort to encourage children’s curiosity about the ocean, Scott’s Malaysia has teamed up with Aquaria KLCC to host a signature sleepover dubbed ‘Sleep with Sharks’ at Aquaria KLCC.

As part of their ‘Scott’s Bright Little Explorers’ programme, this sleepover gives young ones a chance to explore one of the best places in Malaysia to discover the wonders of the ocean.

Big adventure for little explorers

Team makchic was represented by Bella, our little explorer who bravely said yes to a night out  with the sea creatures at Aquaria KLCC. The overnight event saw children 6 to 12 years old participating in various educational activities. This included live feeding sessions with sharks, sea otters and piranhas, meeting the Aquaria divers, as well as learning more about the underwater world.

“The Scott’s Bright Little Explorers programme is an ongoing project which aims to stimulate children’s curiosity and support children’s development through on-ground educational activities.

“It has been reported that humanity has only explored less than 5% of the entire ocean to date and we believe that Aquaria KLCC will spark the curiosity of our children to learn more about the underwater world and its inhabitants,” said Venaig Jegou, Area Marketing Director, Oral Health and Nutrition, South East Asia, GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare.

A chance for children to discover the ocean life at a comfortable pace

Scotty, Scott’s mascot and Rocky, Aquaria’s mascot welcomes Scott’s Bright Little Explorers to Aquaria KLCC

The one-and-a-half day event started with kids checking in for a briefing with their parents. Aquaria KLCC Sleep with Sharks team then took over the supervision of the children, keeping close watch on their learning and safety. The staff ably assisted the children during activities, meal and bath time.

The children were able to learn everything in detail and at a relaxed pace. They had Aquaria KLCC all to themselves, after all, especially when the day was over! During bed time, everyone snoozed in their own sleeping bags and mats right in front of the huge tank. Housing the sharks and all the fascinating sea life,  this tank cast dreamy lights all over the bedtime scene.

Bella and Rocky, the Aquaria mascot.

Bella utterly enjoyed the experience and she even made new friends. The next day, the children and families were reunited and then went for a tour of Aquaria. Because they learned so much, they were even able to become tour guides for their own parents. Parents – and the children, of course! – were truly appreciative of this fun and educational programme organised by Scott’s Malaysia and Aquaria.

 

 

This programme is only available on weekends and open to children aged 6 to 13 years only. For more info about this programme or its itinerary, click the website here for  details.