Tuesday, January 10, 2017

State of Affairs

I just updated my resume on several job portals and drowned in thousands of vacancies, not because I want to go back to work again, but because I just want to help one of my best friends to go through her so called dream job hunt, or at least make sure that I am there accompanying her at this moment, like I always want to be. 

It made realize some *obvious* things that... 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Yay or Nay

Since baby S started to weigh 9+ kgs by the time she turned one, I felt tired and got back pain very easily every time we had to go out and about where I had to wear her using our 3 position soft structured baby-carrier. Well, I've actually considered buying a toddler size baby-carrier to overcome this matter though, but now believing that my back is the real issue, I don't think that another carrier is the best way to go. 

Given the fact that there is a new incredibly most compact stroller currently booming in the market, I begin putting my eyes on it. This, my friend.. Goodbaby Pockit.

source: Gb USA 

With all the good features it has there, we're still hesitant about buying it or not, because you know, it comes with a little expensive price (for us!) investing a third stroller (we got our two strollers from our family and friend as a gift btw, but still).

And then there's another brand that sells the pretty similar product, Cocolatte Pockit. Well, since I have ever seen these two products before (but not side-by-side), I can say that Cocolatte pockit is 90% same with Gb Pockit, both in the design and features. But I am not sure with the material though, my feeling says that the fabric material of Gb pockit (that I just saw a couple of days ago) is way softer than Cocolatte. Speaking of which, that makes a lot of sense why the price of Gb Pockit is 150% higher than the average price of Cocolatte pockit. But again, even though cocolatte pockit comes with a more affordable price, we are still hesitant to go for it, because first of all, regarding the safety issue. After several days searching and collecting information about this product from the Internet, I still can't find any official websites from the manufacturer and the Cocolatte brand. I'm still not sure whether it's a local company (ID) that manufactures and distributes the product with the same standard and specifications under official license, or it's merely the knock-off version of Gb Pockit. I would really like to know more about it so we can consider soon what to buy.

source: Toys Kingdom

As baby S is now officially a toddler this year, and everything is a lot easier and better for the three of us, I do hope that we can go and travel more often, because I think it's good to expose her to new space and see many new places. I could see that having a lightweight and easy to carry stroller will be a huge help during travel time.

So, third stroller, yay or nay?

Friday, December 23, 2016

Our Weekends

I've been questioned a lot by my family and friends lately whether we want to go back for good from SG anytime in the future. Well, I answered that question mostly with "Yes, we DO want, but we don't know when it will be". As of now, my husband enjoys his time with his company and really loves what he's doing there. We're actually still thinking about what we are going to do after we move to Indonesia. Should I go back to work? What about develop a startup? Children education wise, what kind of school should we send our daughter to? Since we haven't settled with our plans for the next 5 years yet, I should still keep considering that this country as my home, where we grow together raising our kid(s). 

Anyway, as a small country as it is, SG is surprisingly not that boring for me,  we can do different things every weekend or public holiday, going to playgrounds nearby, libraries, water parks, exhibitions, and the beach too! Where most of them are free though.

I can tell from the eyes of my daughter, how she loves these places so much! Thank you Singapore. 







Thursday, August 18, 2016

Separation Anxiety Strikes

My mother has come back to Jakarta two weeks after eid picked up by my younger brother who has a good stay with us for a week. The day after, cousins came to visit. I just realized that separation anxiety has stricken when I left S playing my cousin sister, while I have a quick wash. She frustratedly cried for ten minutes when I was in the bathroom, and then suddenly stopped after seeing me again.

I just didn't realize that it has begun long before that..

When she's 9 months old, or when she started to stand up holding to the furniture, she suddenly refused to be tucked in her crib at night. She kept waking up, standing by the railing of her crib, and crying.. asking to be carried. I nursed her to sleep again and I put her bed when she's already asleep, only to find that another hour she woke up again. This really made me tired as I've lost couple hours of my deep sleep, made me frustrated during the day. What happened to my sleep trained baby who used to sleep through the night?

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Eid Mubarak 1437 H!

On the eid fitr day a week ago, we attended the eid prayer at one of Singapore's stadium. Four of us, my husband, mother, daughter, and me myself managed to arrive at the stadium thirty minutes at 8.00 am before the prayer started so we could still get the first row. Alhamdulillah..

During ramadhan, baby S always woke up during sahur time together with us, and then she went back again to sleep after fajr prayer until 8.00 - 8.30 am. So on the eid day, she's still half asleep as she hasn't got used to early morning activities, because that day we started at 6 am, bathed her first, fed her, and then got her all dressed up with the gamis and hijab that my best friend gave as a present. Love love love!

Look at this picture of baby S wearing hijab. She was still sleepy though so she didn't want to smile to the camera.


I'm so grateful that I could spend ramadhan and eid fitr this year with my mother coming here, even though we couldn't gather with all of our family in Indonesia :(. Hopefully next year would be better, we could spend the day in Indonesia, surrounded by both sides of our family. It's already my third eid fitr that I celebrated in Singapore from these last four years since I live here.

Hopefully, we still have the chance to meet Ramadhan and Eid fitr next year, aamiin!  

Sunday, June 26, 2016

THINK!

It would be better for me trying to be more careful in everything I say or write now. Because I don't want to hurt any beautiful hearts, don't want to provoke any peaceful state of minds, don't want to lose anyone's trusts, and don't want to destroy any good relationships, anymore.

Yeah, I'd better be.  

Monday, June 13, 2016

What I Wear Today?

Baby!

I super love our baby stroller that we got as a present from my cousin, but when I need to go out and about just by myself, using stroller is not really handy because our Combi Miracle Turn is a two-fold stroller, so it's a bit tricky for me to fold with one hand at the same time while the other hand is used to carry the baby  every time I take the bus (in Singapore's buses, prams and pushchairs should be folded). Therefore, babywearing to the rescue! I have several type of baby wearing carrier, such as wrap from Hanaroo, ring sling from Moms in Mind, and buckle/soft-structured carrier from ErgoBaby.

And here's my quick review: