Mimosa Cabin City Stroller

When I saw Mimosa Cabin City stroller for the first time at Mothercare Baby Fair 2018 in last January, I thought to myself, wow this stroller is so small, so light, and so easy to fold. But back then, I didn't have any reasons to buy another stroller because we already felt content strolling with our Combi when we go out and about around Singapore. We don't usually bring stroller with us as well when we go travelling or visiting Jakarta. So we just passed the massive sale that Mothercare offered at the baby fair. But it's not until I knew I was pregnant on April, we finally decided to invest in smaller stroller so that it would be easier for me to pick up S from school. S's school is 500 meters away from the bus stop where we catch our bus, and our apartment is another 500 meters away from the nearest bus stop where we alight. Walking for about 1 km on the way back from school was still a hit and miss for S, sometimes she was keen to walk on her own, but most of the time she wanted to be carried. Me being pregnant and she being almost 14kgs, it would be more convenient to bring a stroller, considering that we can bring our open strollers on Singapore's public buses.

So we got a Mimosa Cabin City stroller for S at a baby fair held in Expo. It was on sale at that time, so instead of it's S$349 normal price, we paid only S$199! To think about it, I was so happy that we didn't impulsively buy any stroller last year when I complained to my husband about back pain and all, because we didn't know at all about Mimosa Cabin City, we only considered between Gb Pockit or Cocolatte Pockit. I am so happy we ended up with Mimosa Cabin City, because it is lightweight, firm, easy to fold, and the most important point; it has proper sunshade that really works in protecting from all day all year Singapore's abundant sun light. Its only minus point is that the front wheels are not so easy to maneuver, but this issue can be solved by elevating the front wheels when we are about to have extreme maneuver.  

Waiting at the bus stop

Mimosa Cabin is so light, it weights only around 4 kgs, even S loves to push the stroller when she wants to walk.

I found out that a lot of people stumbled upon my old post about lightweight strollers, but I'm sorry if I didn't provide any useful information there because I didn't happen to buy one of the discussed strollers. But here, after 4 months using Mimosa, I really recommend it for those who are looking for cabin size stroller. But do note that Mimosa Cabin City is most suitable for strolling around city's streets with smooth surface due to its thin wheels. 

Parenthood and Choices

Having been a mother for only three years has taught me a thing that the key to a restful motherhood is doing what works for both of you and your child, and making choices that you feel is right for your family. There's a lot of parenting styles and methods about how to parent out there, but there's no single particular parenting method that could exceptionally be the right fit for everyone. But of course without question, we need to know what those methods and styles are about. Research them first and then we can palpably choose one or two that we think will work best for us and make sense for our circumstances. 

For example, if you can't cloth diaper your child (because it's a lot of work, obviously), so just stick to disposable diapers (but do throw it responsibly, okay?). If you don't think early education is not necessary for your toddlers, so let them stay at home. If you have to hide vegetables inside your kid's omelette so that you don't have to go through any battle during mealtime, just do it. If screen-free home is impossible for you, then don't force it. And if giving your children access to your gadgets will buy you some time to have a little rest, go ahead. Those choices are all yours to make, as long as you are aware of the consequences of your decisions. Don't bother other mommies who can do all of those 'wonder woman' things with extraordinary superpowers all the while still somehow manage to not look like a sleep-deprived witch. 

Be honest with our own capacity, our priority, and what we think our children need the most from us, and then take it from there. Because only us mothers who know what's the best for our family. 

Anyway, I'm currently reading this book on Libby. It's quite interesting. 

Our Tampines Hub

Our Tampines Hub (OTH) is Singapore's first and largest integrated community and lifestyle hub developed  near to Tampines MRT station. We went there every Saturday since we visited it the first time last month. You know why? Because a day wouldn't be enough to explore this place. The first week, S spent most of the time playing at the temporary bouncy castles at the soccer field (which is called Town Square), inclusive playground, indoor bouncy castle at the kids play zone. The next week, we brought S to the interactive swimming pool on the rooftop floor. And then, just last week, we spent whole time reading in Tampines Regional Library. One of our favorite thing about OTH is that Darul Ghufran Mosque is located just next to it, where we could have our Zuhr Prayer done conveniently. We usually went back to OTH to get our weekly groceries in FairPrice supermarket located on the basement after Zuhr prayer. Our visits were actually only half day, because after grocery shopping, S got tired and fell asleep on the way back home.

Anyway, besides those places I mentioned above, there are indoor jogging track, bowling center, rock-climbing center, activeSG gym, sports hall, tennis courts, futsal courts, and hockey court, for sport and recreation. Not to forget that beside interactive pool for children, they also have a competition pool, deep pool for water polo, training pool, wading pool, and jacuzzi pool.

For lifestyle and art, it has Eco-Garden on the fifth floor Festive Art Theatre for movie screenings and live performances.  There are a culinary studio and a community club interest group inside the library.

It also has various kinds of facilities for public like Community Club and Public Service Centre where residents can get the services from 12 government agencies, Festive Plaza; an open community space at the centre of the hub, Festive Mall, retail outlets with eateries and supermarket, and a family medical clinic and health centre operated by Eastern Health Alliance.

Town Square with bouncy castles

one of the bouncy castles

Town Square with no bouncy castles

Interactive children pool

Jogging Track (spot my baby girl running there?)

Babies and Children Books area

Adult Lending area

Well, even though we don't stay around Tampines area, we are so happy to say that Our Tampines Hub is definitely our weekend destination! ;)

Panoramic view of Town Square

About Group Chats

I don't really feel comfortable about being a member of WhatsApp group chats, because, well, people nowadays tend to use WhatsApp to broadcast hoax, fake news, hate speech, and whatnot. There's only a handful of whatsApp group I actually have for now, because somehow I have impulsively left a lot of groups years ago. But frankly speaking, I still find some of the groups that I am in now useless and annoying, because even though it's an extended family's whatsApp group where I can utilize it as an effective way to be connected to brothers, uncles, aunties, and cousins, it really irks me in some way or another that most of the members of the group purposely forward messages and send links to the information that correspond to their self-righteous standpoint. For example, like some people who don't very fond of the current ruler of our country, hence, whatever they could talk in the group every day is just about what our ignorant president and all of those corrupt institutions under his rule did wrong.

Every time they started shaming the government by sending links to news or videos of events that convey message about how the government couldn't do their job right, I felt like yelling to them, "Come on people, get a lifeeee!". As if your life doesn't complicated enough, that you keep trying to find the flaws of this winning candidate that you didn't vote back in the election. I never got myself said or written anything though, because, simple, haters just gonna hate. So in most cases, I only read yet never buy anything, not even write any reply.

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I am really getting old I know, I can't stand and be any more patient toward this kind of attitude, but I simply don't want to give a damn about it. I clearly think that I don't have the time and energy to waste just for this, so I just ignored and walked away. I often say to myself, if they are so full of hatred to the people whom they couldn't be close enough to doing what those people do, then it's their problems, not mine.

Anyway, I just want to randomly tell what I went through this morning, someone in one of my group chats sent this link, an article in Jakarta Post that wrote a report about Jakarta and Denpasar being recently voted as the world's most polluted cities this week. I am not accusing or judging though, but I'm so used to this, and I know what this implies, yes, it's just a matter of fact so that they could blame to the government, time and again. Okay, maybe I'm judging, but seriously dude, what's wrong with you? You just throw issues to other people to take, but then never use your brain (or fingers, in every case we could just try Google) hard enough to think and come up with a solution. I'm nothing different though, I also have no idea now to reduce pollution in a big scale national context, but at least I know a little that changing our habits and altering the way we live our comfortable life could make a difference. 

Of course, we all do know that. Dont you all tell me that you don't know these simple things we could start doing to help reduce air pollution. If you really don't, okay chill, here it is:

  • Conserve energy – remember to turn off lights, computers, and electric appliances when not in use.
  • Use energy efficient light bulbs and appliances.
  • Participate in your local utility’s energy conservation programs.
  • Limit driving by carpooling, using public transportation, biking and walking.
  • Combine errands for fewer trips.
  • Keep your automobile well tuned and maintained. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on routine maintenance, such as changing the oil and filters, and checking tire pressure and wheel alignment.
  • Avoid excessive idling of your automobile.
  • Use electric or hand-powered lawn care equipment.
  • Be careful not to spill gasoline when filling up your car or gasoline powered lawn and garden equipment.
  • Run dishwashers and clothes washers only when full.
  • Choose environmentally friendly cleaners.
  • Use water-based or solvent free paints whenever possible and buy products that say "low VOC".
  • Seal containers of household cleaners, workshop chemicals and solvents, and garden chemicals to prevent volatile organic compounds from evaporating into the air.
  • Purchase and use low-polluting outboard marine engines and personal watercraft (4-stroke and direct fuel injection 2-stroke outboard marine engines).
  • Advocate for emission reductions from power plants and more stringent national vehicle emission standards.
(I googled and copied this list from here.)

So please please please, stop being such a pathetic person, stop blaming the government which you believe would just do nothing about this issue, but instead, be the change you want to be starting from yourself. Try ditching your convenient private car and use public transportation, perhaps?

And if you really can't stand the nightmare of your city's public transportation, and then just stop complaining. If you can't conserve energy by reducing air conditioner at home? and stop sending us this kind of information, as if you care. Thank you.

Social Media Quotes

During my social media break, I switched to another apps that I thought would give me more benefits; news, insight, information, motivation, inspirations, etc. I'm glad I did that though. And so since then, my spare time —that was usually used to check the feeds on social media— has been mostly spent reading a lot of interesting topics on Medium, Quora, and Pinterest. These quotes above are some of the gems I found on Pinterest, I pinned them to my board to keep me stay away and say no to social media.

The quoted words above are from these pins:
#1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8

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Toilet Training Pt. 3

And hopefully this is the last part of the journey.

We've been trying for months since the December last year, and all of the efforts and concerns finally paid off now. At the first two months, we still put diapers on her bum when we went out and about, and I thought that made the process a little bit longer than it should, and then I decided to totally ditched the diapers. When there was no more stocks on disposable diapers left and the stash of her cloth diapers has been packed in a box stored on the very bottom of the cabinet, we had no other option other than embracing all the wetness all over the place coming from the accidents. Fortunately, S was very cooperative when she's outside, up to now, she barely has accident in public space, though she had one or two accidents at school in the first week she went diaper-less. 

I can say it for now, that she nailed it for this kinda rite of passage, although she still got accidentally peed her panties once in a while only when she's anxious or not feeling really well.

This success journey has been helped a lot by the guidance and advice I got from Jamie Glowacki's Oh Crap! Potty Training book, and of course, the child friendly toilet facilities provided in public places throughout the city, which made doing toilet business when we're out become very handy. I couldn't thank Singapore enough for that. 

I'm so looking forward to welcoming another milestones. What would that be? Early literacy skills, perhaps? 

Dear S,

Message from Rasulullah(peace and blessings be upon him) to Abu Al-`Abbas `Abdullah ibn `Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him).
Hadits narrated by At-Tirmidhi.

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