About Mobile Phone

Look at the picture below, and answer this question, which one is your first mobile phone? If you find it there, then.. Congratulation! You're old! Haha. Most of these mobile phones were released in early 2000s, so if you're still a teenager at that time (considering that one got his first cellphone when one entered his teenhood age), it means that you're in your 30s now. Not that old, though!

So, which one is my first mobile phone? 

I have to honestly answer that my first  and bulkiest mobile phone ever is not included in the picture above. You know what, my first mobile phone was Motorola Microtac given by my father when I was only a 7th grader in 1999! MasyaAllah, I'm actually that old.

Back at that time, my late father was working as a civil officer serving ministry of law and human rights office, so he had a high level of solicitude as he faced files of criminal cases every day in the office, that it made him super protective of his children, especially me. That's why I had the priviledge to get a mobile phone, while my brothers hadn't.

My friends at school thought I'm cool because nobody ever got and brought mobile phone before, but trust me, I wasn't proud at all about it. I mean, look at it. I don't want to hear that I'm ungrateful, but having a mobile phone that cant even fit in your pocket is not handy at all. So most of the time, I left it inside my bag. Checking it out regularly was not necessary because nothing much I could do with it, all I could do was to receive calls from my late father's mobile phone.


Found this words somewhere and all I can think of is my husband.

I know that no one's perfect we all have mistakes. But instead of appreciating his countless kindness, strength, and virtue, I keep overlooking to his weaknesses and flaws. I mindlessly spend our time arguing and demanding for change.

I thank you, you.. For being constantly patient and well-behaved.
Yet I'm sorry for not being able to always look at the bright side of things and cherish them.

(floral frame is Designed by Freepik)

KidsSTOP at Science Centre

We had a chance to visit Science Centre again last month. The first time we brought S to SCS was when she's only 6 months old, because my husband and I attended FOSSASIA event last year. Though we brought S along with us, she didn't really experience the place because she was either sleeping or just playing with her toys in the stroller. 

But at this time we went there again together with her cousins, we decided to visit the KidsSTOP, a sister attraction, instead of the main exhibition. Plus, S was big enough to play and run together with them. This was some of her favorite parts here. 

Flight and Space

The Supermarket 

Human Body

Oh, blurry pictures!

Remain Silent

A note to myself.
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam (ﷺ) said,
مَنْ كَانَ يُؤْمِنُ بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ اْلآخِرِ فَليَقُلْ خَيْرًا أَوْ لِيَصْمُت
"He who believes in Allah and the Last Day must either speak good or remain silent."(Muttafaq ‘alaih: Al-Bukhari, no. 6018; Muslim, no.47)

watercolor wreath's source: craftberry bush

Turning Two

My S is two! 

It's not until I saw an old picture of her newborn days that I realize how much she has grown up. I find that she is no longer a helpless and immobile baby, she's now a very physical and chatty toddler. And she will be a preschooler before I know it. 

Several days before she turned two, we were successful at weaning her from breastfeeding, and she can sleep on her own without being lulled, rocked, or fed with bottle milk ever since. Goodbye waking up every two hours, hello sleeping through the night! 

Our weaning process was not as hard as I first anticipated, though it was indeed hard and heart-breaking for me to see her crying for the consecutive first three days. But that was all. On the fourth day we went cold turkey, my breasts engorged and I had to pump it manually by hand in front of her. After she saw me cry out in agony while pumping my breasts, she kept telling herself that mama's breasts are in pain and she avoided to touch and no longer asked me to breastfeed her too. She's such a sweet girl. 

On another note, S has latched on language early as she can clearly call papa and mama since she was 8 months old. Now at two, she can make full sentences consisting the subject, verb, adv, adj. But, to interact with other people here in Singapore is still a problem because S only understands Bahasa Indonesia as of now, so she doesn't really respond to people who try to talk with her in English. 

I am a first-time mother who believes that babies learn different things in different paces, so I  don't necessarily feel that I should showcase the milestones my baby has reached or worry too much about things she hasn't catched yet, as long as there's no red flags. Despite her being verbal and all, I still have to struggle with potty training. It's a homework I postponed to work on now because I am still digging for more information and searching the right method that would be best for us, and more importantly, collecting more patience and energy to do this. 

The Halal Supermarket

We used to buy our weekly groceries at nearest Giant or NTUC Fairprice supermarkets, but since these past three months, we go to Halal Hub Supermarket. We l buy chicken, beef, mutton, lamb meat, ice cream, without worry ever since. We heartily support this kind of business. Where else we can take out everything from the counter without thinking whether it's halal or not? 

Amazon Prime Now

Amazon has finally arrived in Singapore with its Prime Now app launched on last July 22. Products available for order on Prime Now range from grocery items, electronics, health & beauty products, toys & games, home & kitchen tools, to sport equipments.

As a self-claimed tech savvy person, my husband is so keen on to test it out and join the hype. So after it was launched, we aggressively scrolled the app to find something we can buy. My husband decided to buy himself Klipsch earphones and Plantronics Backbeat Go 2 wireless earbuds and I wanted to get my long desired kitchen tools, a cast iron skillet! We were happy to receive the delivery on our preferred time despite the fact that we had to wait for several days until the app resumed its delivery service after it was unavailable to cope the initial massive demands. 

Pre-seasoned cast iron skillet 

Coming Soon

The long awaited and highly anticipated new season of my favorite TV shows are finally announced to be released soon. 

I have been a huge fan of Mr Robot show since I watched the first episode of its first season. Thanks to my husband who offered me to watch this show while our then newborn baby was asleep :P.  Though I didn't really understand about hacking and the coding things, I liked it so much that it's a show about coding, hacking, and how it took up on the disappointment to the society we are in today. I can't really wait for its season 3 premiere on October 2017. Here's the trailer. It's no joke. 

It's official that we will return to the park soon in 2018 as Westworld's makers announced a statement about its second season. Believe it or not but the first time I watched this show, I was punched by the thoughts that were brought into my mind. I felt as if I was reminded of the fact that we all humans are created (by our Creator) and the nature of our existence in the world, this made me think more about the yearning of the meaning of this life. Though I found that this show's a bit brutal and sore to my eyes, I will be patiently waiting for the next season. Here's it's Comic-Con trailer

After a little drama of cancellation, Timeless, a TV show about time travel and conspiracy to change the world's history, will be continued as they are working on making another season now. Hopefully it will be aired anytime in the first half of 2018. 

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S.E.A Aquarium

My daughter is a big fan of fishes, that she's first introduced from the books I read her. Even "ikan" was among her first ten words. We had a chance to visit S.E.A Aquarium in Sentosa last weekend as we're given three entrance tickets by my cousin for free since it's expiring soon on September,  she wouldn't be able to make it here as she will be having a baby at the end of this month insyaAllah. So fishes, we are coming! 

S was so amazed by the wide range of the fishes and other sea animals, she kept pointing and looking to them and couldn't stop running from one aquarium to another. Alhamdulillah, we were all happy that day! Thank you Uncle A, Aunt D, and Brother A. We hope to see you again soon with the new baby.