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Today’s Teaser : You’ve got CLOTH WIPES, BOOKS & BENTO STUFF in the mail!!

You must agree with me receiving gifts is such pleasurable! And, receiving fluffy mails from online shopping is heavenly feelings, aye?

Cloth wipes is not a new thing to me as by the time preparation was made for Baby Hambali’s arrival to this world, cloth wipes & burp cloth was included.

But….not something so nice like this…..!!



It was TOTALLY SOFT & the YUMMY PRINTS is to die for! (literally said-lah) No wonder those Cloth Diaper Mommas seems can’t get enough of them! Okay, confession..ladies….I’m gonna get more & more & more & more…..(Alamak! Sudah addict!!!!)

You! Yes, you who is looking & reading this can now thinking & re-thinking to DITCH those TISSUES & WET WIPES, kay..Why you want to be proud contributor of earth pollution? Switching to be cloth wipes addictor, is better. EKEKEKEKE!!!

Good for you, for your baby & to Mother Earth.

Oh, actually I’ve redeemed my winning in this past CONTEST. Thanks to Bonnie of MyCheekyBoo.

Next!

The other day, dear hubby surprised me by telling he redeemed his credit card points to give me something. And, the something is those…..


Ha!Ha! Truly a great supporter of my new hobby which is BENTO. Or maybe hinting me to prepare lunchbox for him every single day plus for my two boys???

Whatever it is, once we finally settled at our new home, I will Bento-ing. In fact, it is a promise I made to myself!

Lastly…..


Remember the other day I won the Consolation prize for My Little Bookworm Contest by HKS & MOBS? Oh, I’ve redeemed the free shipping voucher & got this 2 books for Baby Hambali. I drool over these books. The bright colours & the ‘touch’ items inside…OH! Bet, my lil tot will be beaming with joy! He is so into books. Malam2 pun sibuk suruh amik buku by signing books inside the car! And to let you know, I’ve stash another bag loads of another set of books in the car so totalling 10 books! Plus, this one…our car is going to be mini mobile library! LOL!!

Thanks hubby & thanks Contest Organizer. Today really make my day.

Hanz’s : Wondering where is my other ‘GREEN’ fluffies??? Can’t hardly wait to receive them!

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October 9, 2009 Posted by | Bento, Celebration and Gift, Green Living, Hanz in Reading, Hanz is up to... | 11 Comments

Today’s Teaser : Say YES to GREEN LIVING

Have you had your lunch?

I’ve just ‘tapau’ (takeaway) an aromatic Chicken Rice from Homst & Ice Blended Caramel Latte from Starbucks. Oh, they just around the corner.

My main point is if you are always take-away your food, do bring your own lunch box (tupperware) & tumbler (water bottle) & reusable bag to carry them. Ditch those yucky styrofoam boxes & cups & plastic bags & cups.

Do it like my way…

REMEMBER : It is HEALTHIER for you &
HEALTHIER for your surrounding.

A frugal tip for you : If you enjoy gourmet coffee such ice blended at Starbucks like I do, purchase any of their nice-looking signature tumbler at one time & anytime you feel like having a drink there, don’t forget to bring this tumbler & fill your drink in it & you’ll get to enjoy RM 2.00 off from your drink purchase. I’m frequent patron of Starbucks & offer like this, is one thing I will ensure that I won’t miss!

By the way, they are doing campaign on bottle recycling. You can grab this as many as you like for free, of course!



October 8, 2009 Posted by | Green Living, Hanz is up to..., Hanz's Muse | 7 Comments

Cloth Diapering Newborn

I have great pleasure recommending other mommas to convert to cloth diaper in this Chatterbox of mine. I found many benefits on cloth diapering & somehow I wish I have started as early as I can, say, by the time Baby Hambali just a newborn.

Well, needless to say, I’ve started cloth diapering Baby Hambali when he was about 5 months old with Onesize Pocket Diaper & Sized Pocket Diaper. Experienced-wise, I never tried prefold which is much recommended for cloth diapering newborn or we most familar by the name of lampin / flat muslin cloth. I did used lampin for Hanafi during the confinement but opt for sposies when Baby Hambali’s turn with reason, no one to man & care the lampin.

As for now, seeing & hearing many Chit-Chatters of mine & other blogger friends are expecting an arrival of new family member (wink!) or just simply says…pregnant, I love to list out few great articles & tips from CD-gurus @ Mamas in here.

I’ve learnt a lot from these lovely CD Mommas on initial stage of my cloth diapering journey & to those who has been thinking OR contemplating OR has decided to cloth diapering soon for your newborn, at your pregnancy state now, is a great start for you to :-

LEARN + SAVE + INITIAL CD PURCHASES + ADD-ON CD STASH BIT BY BIT

Why? It is understandable & agreed buying one piece CD only will cost you more than one pack of disposable. Correct? But, in the long run, you save more because it is not like your child will be using it for one month but the least 2 years. So, I fully suggest as you are preparing items for your expected little joy’s arrival, why not include the purchases of CD as well? By doing this, you won’t feel the burden too much by spending a bomb at one go. Besides, you must take note that cloth diapering a newborn is slightly differ from 3 months to 4 months old baby so you need to know how & what is the best solution.

Please read all these great articles & may it provide lots of assistance that I intent it to do so.

You can always check, peep & read these 3 blogs that I mentioned earlier & those articles & tips it is from them!

Sandra of Mia Bambina

Farrahim of complete, fulfilled & still vain

Sharine of A Note on Cloth Diapering Journey

By Sandra of Mia Bambina :-

1.How many you need? And how much do you really save?

2.Cloth Diapering Ultimate Guide

3.Up Close on Prefold Diaper

4.Inserts

By Sharine of A Note on Cloth Diapering Journey :-

1.Snappi

2.DIY: Non-Sew Prefold

3.Lampin for heavywetter or toddler

By Farrahim of compete, fulfilled & still vain!

1.My Cloth Diaper Story part 1: CD-ing a newborn

2.CD-ing a Newborn

Hanz’s Note : More chat on Cloth Diapering will be up soon! Stay tuned!

October 7, 2009 Posted by | Cloth Diapering, Green Living, Natural Parenting | 9 Comments

Any idea how this ‘box’ work?


This Recycle Box has been ‘on guard’ for ages along the sides of the road very nearby our house.

But up to this point, I am still unable to figure out how it ‘really’ works!

Anybody knows? Please share it here…

Thanks! Arigato! Muchas gracias!

October 2, 2009 Posted by | Green Living, Hanz's Muse | 6 Comments

The Great Reusable Bag Giveaway by Tiny Tapir – Final Entry [SPREAD THE MESSAGE AROUND]

Would you like to win any of the above?

If so, just join this giveaway.
Do click the title below to grab the details.
It’s easy-peasy.
Hurry! Today is the last day, okay!

TINY TAPIR GREAT REUSABLE BAG GIVEAWAY

I did my 1st contest entry here and this is going to be my final entry!

I love collecting & using reusable bags. And, since I loved it so much, the 1st giveaway that I held in this Chatterbox, I have shared my passion with 5 other fellow bloggers who won my giveaway. Each of them received 1 reusable bag as picture below along with other prize.

See the 3 different messages but all carries the same values?

I feel proud whenever I lull around those bags be it for shopping or travelling as I know, indirectly I would ‘capture’ any eyes & transmit the meaningful sub-conscious reminder, I suppose. :>.

These 3 bags is always in my bag & all I need to do is just rolled them up & chuck them inside my bag. They would be available all the time, in case I need to do some shopping or purchasing, so I don’t have to force myself to use those nasty plastic bags!

And, when dear hubby returned home after attending any seminars or trainings, he would pass the goodies bag to me. I got lots but most of them are inside our car boot so these two only I managed to snap picture.


I noticed this ‘awareness’ received tremendous feedback from manufacturers & stores too and I did obtained some like picture below.


Having said that, if luck shall be on my side, winning those prizes as I mentioned above would definitely adds joy to my reusable bag collections & continuosly I spread the message around indirectly as always! 😛

September 30, 2009 Posted by | Green Living, Hanz in Contest, Hanz's Collectibles | 3 Comments

The Great Cloth Diaper Hunt Giveaway

Do it like Hanz way. Killed boredom by entering lotsa contest! LOL….

Another fantastic contest & coincidentally relates to Greener Life Campaign I suppose. And, as for me one of Addicted Cloth Diaper Mommas surely won’t let this offer slips away.

This Giveway is launched by Bumwear jointly organised with Kitty Cat of A Pregnant Pause Blog.

The Goodies that might luckily be yours are 7 of them! They are :

  • 2 petite or newborn Bumwear pocket diapers+ inserts (worth SGD$34 each set)
  • 2 “S” size Bumwear fitted cloth diapers (for SGD$20 each)
  • 2 Bumwear wetbags (worth SGD$19.90 each)
  • 1 Bumwear special edition printed one size pocket diaper + insert (worth a lot of money as it is not even available for sale

To join this fantastic great giveaway, please click the link below & follow all the instructions stated there!

The Great Cloth Diaper Hunt

Closing date for “The Great Cloth Diaper Hunt” is 2 October (Friday) at 8.00 pm (GMT+8)

And, this is my choice of Prize should luck be on my baby & my side. Aamiinn!! 😛

Edited : I love to win the 1 Bumwear special edition printed one size pocket diaper + insert (worth a lot of money as it is not even available for sale)


Why? My Baby Hambali is just at the right milestone & physique build to wear OS Pocket & let it be unique to his CD collections.Special edition, right?

September 18, 2009 Posted by | Green Living, Hanz in Contest, Hanz is up to... | 3 Comments

The Great Reusable Bag Giveaway by Tiny Tapir – 1st entry

While site surfing & forum visiting, me encountered a must-enter giveaway that triggered yours truly not to think twice to submit her first entry in a jiffy! The Great Reusable Bag Giveaway!

Tiny Tapir has recently launched this fantastic giveway…(uuu..let me be the winner to win those..)

The prizes offered by the respective giveaway hostess is….

* an Onya Weigh bag set of 8 – valued at RM49

* a Regular RuMe – valued at RM36

* an organic string bag – valued at RM15

Total value RM100 !

Keen to join too? It is easy-peasy to me & definitely to you too!

Just….

– send your photos to tinytapir at gmail dot com

– blog your photo and link this blog entry

– upload the photo on facebook and tag it with the Tiny Tapir Fan page (you’ll need to be a fan first!)

Alright, here’s my photo for few steps closer in leading a greener life…

Picture notes : That sight is common to us especially when we are doing our monthly grocery shopping, be it in Tesco or Giant. We refused to use the stores plastic bags & immuned to the curious stares from other shoppers.

I have chatted about leading a greener life previously. Check out this post by clicking the post title below.

What’s holding you? What’s stopping you? Captain Planet to the rescue!

This giveway ends on 30th September 2009. Watch out for my subsequent entry soon!

September 18, 2009 Posted by | Green Living, Hanz in Contest, Hanz is up to... | Leave a comment

Out & About In Cloth Diaper : Travelling Gets Easy!

Soon, the Hari Raya is coming and most of you, including us no doubt would be in your hometown for quite some time, right? Well, if you are new in cloth diapering, there’s likely minor reason for you to skip cloth diapering. You can still maintain it at go once you know how after reading this notes. Just give it a try.

As for myself, few number of times, say 2 to 3 days-3 nights whenever we return to my parents’s house, we still managed to keep cloth diapering our lil tot. But, this time soon, it would take longer than that, so actually this note applies to us as well and thanks to Farrahim again, most of the points here taken from her & I’ve edited it a bit here & there. (Far, your note panjang sangat-lah. He,he).

Here goes as promised!

Ask yourself these questions :-

* Travelling purposes & destination.

If the purpose mainly family business & destination revolves around your family, go ahead. If for official purpose like work, check your schedule & the plan. Will you be around to take care your baby? If for vacation, go ahead if you are not always on the move like backpacking. Why? Think about the extra luggage you need to lull about.Light travelling requires? Then, cloth diapering is not that possible.

* Travelling duration

If it is longer than 4 days, 3 nights, you can always mix with disposables. If the days less than that, totally in CD is possible.Unless you want to opt for laundry service but afraid that they might use harsh detergent which is unsuitable for CD.

* Mode of transportation

If you are travelling by car, you can just pack & dump enough CDs in the car unless your car is too packed with people.

If you are travelling by plane, no problem either as long as you pack enough not excessive to avoid baggage penalty.

If you are travelling by bus, it depends whether you need to hop on & off many destination. You decide whether it is convenience for you.

* How many child are using CDs?

Well, if it is just one, why not? If more, you have to decide wisely.

* Age of child

Toddler is easier than baby & baby is easier than newborn. As they get older, it gets easier.

* Types of cloth diapers

Bring only your best performance CDs.It should last at least 4 hours before the next diaper change & there are many brands cater for long hours. Look for brands that do recommend can be used overnight, about 12 hours, so this you can used while travelling too.

I like AI2 type as you need to bring extra soakers & the shell can be reuse. Besides the shell dries faster if you wash them while on the go.

* How many diapers needed?

Bring enough. How many diaper change within 24 hours?Possible bring super thirst diapers that made for nighttime diapering or claimed suits heavy wetter.

Types like AI2, the shell reusable & diaper cover too, but please ‘air’ them in between usage.

* To wash or not to wash?

Like myself, at home, I wash my tot’s CDs every 2 days. So for up to 3 days, you still can miss washing them. Just chuck them in a good wetbag. If you are worry about the smell, you can sprinkle some Dettol or Tea Tree Oil in the used wetbag.

If you want to wash then, bring your own detergent. In fact, you can just rinse them without detergent as we know washing CDs require less amount of detergent. If you using the laundry service, do the same by instructing them, how
to wash CD the correct way. Perhaps you can provide your own detergent as we want to avoid detergent with enzymes, bleachers & so forth.

* Poop handling

Dunk the poop into the toilet bowl before you toss that soiled diaper into the wetbag.

If your baby still has runny poop, use flushable nappy liners so you can just flush the soiled liners into the toilet bowl.

If you like, you can rinse off the soiled diaper before tossing it into the wetbag. Usually I would only rinse off my soiled diapers if the poop is soft and mushy.

If you plan to mix with disposables, then bring enough of them too.


All in all it’s all in your mind. As long you think cloth diapering is not ‘leceh’ (hassle), you will be having fun. Like me, ‘sudah biasa’ (used to it) & it is easy-peasy for me. But, don’t be too hard on yourself if the situation is not so convenient & you must use disposables instead.

Happy Cloth Diapering!

September 3, 2009 Posted by | Cloth Diapering, Green Living, Hanz's Notes | 11 Comments

Out & About In Cloth Diaper : Daycare Funtastic!

Disclaimer : This note was inspired by Farrahim (A CD-Sifu) & thanks to her, I copy-pasted it here & edited it a bit adding my own personal experience.


Cloth Diapering your child at Daycare / Nursery

Daycare or babysitter might hesitated to accept your decision to cloth diaper your child with most possible excuse:- messy, leaky diaper & difficult storing soiled diaper.

But, if you are confident yourself and make it ‘friendlier’, there’s no reason for hesitation. Make sure you are experienced with cloth diapering and comfortable using them before convincing other people to cloth diaper your child.

How to do that?

1. Send enough CDs to last the whole day

My lil tot, baby Hambali will take his bath around 7:30 am before off to nursery, fully in CD. I will put 5 CDs in his bag & informed them he must be change around 11am, 3pm & 6pm. The time I stated is roughly indicated depending whether it is soiled of poop. 2 for extra because average time we fetched him around 6 to 7 pm daily. (Note : Diaper change done every 3 hours)

2. Use the velcro (hook & loop type) type

I noted whenever Baby Hambali on CD that using snaps, sometimes another button missed being snaps causing droopy look. Happen especially when baby Hambali’s Opah (Grandma) is babysitting him. Sometimes at his nursery, it is either too loose or too tight.

We can understand the situation in the nursery, time consuming & many child to be cared of, so try lessen their work by making it easier. Besides, if it is not properly set, it might end up with leak.


So, those with velcro types easier as it is similar with disposables.

3. Pre-stuff your diaper if you are using pocket type

So, all they need to do is just put it on. Off late, I’m fond of AI2 & AIO as it does’nt need stuffing. Try to avoid using fitted with cover as it is not so convenient once your baby is mobile & if it is happen your baby is wiggly type like my Baby Hambali. 😛

4. Set the correct setting if you are using One-Size type.

Again, for fast and easier putting it on.

5. If you using sized diaper, always check that your baby fits them nicely, not too tight or too loose.

Too loose might cause leaking & people won’t like it. Too tight might leaves mark on your baby’s skin.

6. Inform the daycare to change your child’s diaper every 3 to 4 hours.

I encountered once in a while baby Hambali was bit too long in one diaper when plenty clean diapers remain in his bag instead in the wetbag. Be patience. Insist on changing every 3 hours, longest 4 hours stating the health side-effect.

7) Provide wetbag to store soiled diaper.

They don’t need to wash them. Just dump it inside the wetbag! Easy, ma!

9) Handling soiled CDs with poop

At Baby Hambali’s Nursery, they don’t bother to do anything about it, not even flush down the poop down the toilet. I don’t mind actually because my ultimate goal as long my baby is in CD, it is good enough. Once home, I just sprayed the poop & it rolled off down the toilet, rinse it few times inside out without the detergent before dump it together with the rest of the CDs in the washing machine plus the detergent.

10) Be serious with your decision on cloth diapering. Project an impression that CD-ing is easy. Like us, in fact they are enjoying ‘looking’ at baby Hambali in funky prints CD & amazed that it stays dry & never experienced leaking at all. And, it struck curios inquiries from other moms too!

Oh, did I tell you that I don’t need to spend on pants & shorts anymore for Baby Hambali. CD become shorts too!! LOL 😛

Next chat : Cloth Diapering while travelling


August 28, 2009 Posted by | Cloth Diapering, Green Living, Hanz's Notes, Natural Parenting | 5 Comments

A to Z Must-Read Cloth Diapering Notes : Specially for Cloth Diaper Newbies



Disclaimer :
This compilation notes obtained originally from several local cloth diaper online stores. What I did was cut&paste 😛 & voila, it becomes A to Z, quick & almost complete guidelines in cloth diapering specially made for you who wants to know more about CD-ing & find it difficult to digest so many things in CD-ing or just curios & feels want to try cloth diaper.

Many, many thanks to those cloth diaper stores that I frequent to as those available notes in your site(s) managed to assist me & I am proud to claim I am one ADDICTED CLOTH DIAPER MOMMAS!! 99.9% Cloth diapering & never look back. I love it!

I hope this note able to assist you in this journey. Happy Cloth Diapering!


A- All In One (AIO) contain all necessary components of a diaper including a soaker pad and waterproof cover. AIO most similar to disposables, convenient for fast & easy changes. It is most expensive & may need extra drying time.

B -Boosters boost the diaper by providing extra absorbent fabric when it is needed, for example at night. Some babies require boosting at night because they are heavy wetter & the diaper alone is not enough to hold the wee throughout the 12 hours. Most babies only require one booster in addition to the diaper, though some babies require 2 if they are very heavy wetter.

C- Covers are used over a prefold, contour or fitted diaper to protect baby’s clothes from wetness. The covers are shaped & fasten with snaps or Velcro or may simply pull on. It can be made of nylon, PUL or heavier fabrics such as wool or fleece. The heavier fabric are ideal for overnight as they allow more air circulation.

D-Detergent to use when washing cloth diaper must be free of dyes, enzymes, perfumes, whiteness & brightness. Using detergents containing these ingredients will cause damage to your diaper including elastic failure & leaking.

E-Extremely important to wash your new diapers & inserts at least 3 times before using for the first time. This to ensure the absorbency as because during the manufacturing process, there can be residue left on the fabric that can cause leakage.

F-Fitted diapers do not require folding as they have a contoured shape. They also have gathered or elasticized legs & waists to prevent leaks or blow-outs. It is fasten with Velcro or snaps & generally used with diaper cover, although a cover may not be required if you are able to change the diaper promptly when wet or soiled.

G-Great way to embark cloth diapering journey is to know your baby and your situation. Do not stick to one brand or one type only. Try one piece of few brands initially of the type suits you most and move on after observation made finding which system & which brand works well. Those diapers that you like least can always be resell as cloth diapers do possess resale value.That’s one of the beauty in cloth diapering!

H-Hemp is a coarse fiber made from the inner bark of the hemp plant. It is becoming increasingly popular for use in diapers because of its durability, absorbancy & natural anti-microbial property. Hemp absorbency will increase with the use of its age.

I-Inserts is used with pocket diaper by stuffing it inside a special pocket within the two layers for absorbency. It can be made of many materials including microfiber, terrycloth, hemp or prefold diapers.

J-Just wash your diapers in normal water with washing machine with ¼ of detergent recommended & dry it out on clothesline where best with sun contact. The sun is the best bleacher to remove stain & odour.

K-Keep babies skin healthy & prevent diaper rash by changing diaper every 2 to 3 hours regardless of how dry it may feel.

L-Liners are thin layers of material that are placed on the diaper, against baby’s bottom. Liners are an optional extra when cloth diapering your baby but it comes in handy especially when your baby need to use nappy cream or medication cream. It is to prevent the cream getting onto the cloth diapers which will leave a greasy residue on the fleece & may causing leaky diapers.

M-Microfiber insert are one type of insert absorbent pieces designed to be inserted into a pocket diaper. Must take note that this material must not touch baby’s skin.It can cause nasty rashes.

N-Newborn diapering can be a bit tricky due to the sizing & frequent poos & pees. Mostly recommended to use prefold with or without diaper cover before switching to other types.Usually switching would take place after baby is one month to two months old.

O-One size(OS) diaper usually available mostly in pocket,fitted & cover, also few in AIO & AI2. This system works by using a set of snaps to fold over excess material & it is made to fit a child from birth through 3 years of age. The snaps allow material to be fold over when a child is young & let out as baby grows.However do take note that different brand of OS varies in sizing & if your baby has chunky tight, getting sized diaper instead with side snapping is possible alternative.

P-Pocket diapers consist of 2 separate parts which must be assembled before use. An outside, waterproof layer protects an inner layer of microfleece or microsuede. It must be used together with insert creating an AIO style diaper.

Q-Questions that you should ask yourself before venturing cloth diapering as listed below:

  • Why you want to use cloth diaper & why you want to convert to cloth diapering?
  • What are you looking for? Used daytime? Nighttime? Replace disposables totally?
  • Who to put it on? Mother? Caregiver?
  • Specific requirement: Long hours? To use multiple children? On tight budget?

R-Repelling issue occur when your baby’s diaper leak from around the legs while the inside stays relatively dry. To confirm this, perform the water droplets test on the fleece by shaking a few drops of water on your diapers. Does the water bead up on the surface or get instantly absorbed? If the water droplets bead up then your diapers need a few more washings in hot or warm water using detergent. Repelling can also occur due to the type of detergent. Check whether it contains fabric fibers & greatly decrease absorbency.

S-Strip washing is needed once in a while to remove the residue left on the fleece by detergents. To do this, fill a sink with hot water & add in some dish washing liquid. Hand wash your diapers, rubbing the fleece vigorously together or use hard bristle toothbrush to scrub the fleece. Turn inside out & repeat on this side. Rinse several time, making sure that the water runs clear.

T-Training your baby for potty gets easier & faster as your baby can feel the ‘wetness’ due to the moisture despite the dry feeling of the fabric. Proven by many cloth diaper mothers.

U-Urine smell strong in cloth diaper meaning the diaper is not getting clean enough. Smell them when they are wet out of the washer & if it is smelly, make sure you have enough water in your washing machine & enough ‘swish’ room for your diapers. Do not overload your machine with diapers. But if the urine smell is strong as soon as your baby pees in it, this is detergent build-up problem. Solution : Strip washing them.

V-Velcro or also called hook & loop is a type of closure that as easy as disposable. It is quicker to fasten during diaper change but can wear out if it is not properly cared. Some prefer snaps closure as it better for kids who like to take their diapers off.

W-Wet bag is necessary to store soiled diaper when you are out & about. Convenient for daycare and babysitter too to ensure smooth cloth diaper manning.Make your cloth diapering daycare-friendly!

X-X-press your cloth diapering addiction by getting funky print diapers so others can oogling at it.The plus point is you get to promote this to others indirectly.

Y-You must bear in mind that cloth diapers are cheaper for parents as it is reusable, healthier for babies as no nasty chemicals like dioxin in them, better for the environment & just as convenient as disposables.

Z-Zest your parenting style with cloth diapering & you are one step closer leading a GREENER LIFE!!

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August 27, 2009 Posted by | Cloth Diapering, Green Living, Hanz's Notes, Natural Parenting | 9 Comments