Thursday, April 12, 2018

8 Days in Bandung and Tasik

Wed 4 Apr
- Flight from SIN to BDO was the little one's first time on a flight with his own seat. He did not like being buckled in and struggled so much that he bit his tongue. He also only preferred the fruit from the on flight meal. 
- Got picked up and went to SIL's new home. Parts of it were still under reno so we decided to book a hotel room cos it was dusty and not too safe for the lottle one with all the tools and sharp pieces lying around.
- Had my massage with Bu Made. 
- Little one had a massage too and peppered her with kisses after. Hehe 
- Dinner at home before checking into the hotel (Mason Pine Hotel). 

Thu 5 Apr 
- Breakfast was included in the bookimg so we head there in the morning. Nothing exciting.
- Had lunch at a cafe called Miss Bee's and I love love love the place. Apparently it gets really crowded on weekends and I can see why. I had pasta and sweet potato fries and a fruit bowl which was my favouritest thing I ate in the cafe. 
- +3 was supposed to go to the dentist but the wait was too long and I was exhausted carrying and even more exhausted toddler so we went back instead. 
- Had dinner at the hotel. Food was pretty good. 
- Discovered that the little one thinks it's hilarious to have what little hair he has tied up in a fringe-ponytail. Have to admit he looks super cute with that hipster hairdo. 

Fri 6 Apr 
- Decided to explore the hotel and discovered that there was a kid's club and a rather nice water play area. Didn't pack a suit so we stayed indoors in the kid's club. We were the only ones! 
- Bu Made came in the afternoon for more massagey goodness. 
- Had dinner with SIL at a nearby restaurant. Almost wanted to punch a Korean guy who kept tripping over babyAC's baby chair. YOU CANNOT SEE ISSIT.
- Did not know you can download youtube videos which allows you to watch them offline. This is awesome and I downloaded so many videos from Super Simple Songs. Hehe. 

Sat 7 Apr
- We were supposed to head out to the Factory Outlets but that didn't happen so we had lunch in the hotel and napped and decided to just take it easy.
- Checked out the chinese restaurant in the hotel for dinner and ordered too much food. 
- Video called gong gong cos the little one kept asking "gong gong where?"
- Have to add the little one is also super friendly and always saying "Hello!" to everyone he meets. 
- MIL is in Bandung but she had to head out with my SIL to Sukabumi for some ching ming stuff. Didn't get to meet them cos by the time they got back to Bandung was super late. 

Sun 8 Apr 
- Meet up with MIL and family (both SIL's and their families), and also one of +3's  cousins. Had an early breakfast in case they picked us up late and I was right. By the time we got to the dim sum place it was 939-945am?
- Dim sum place was in a mall. Did a spot of shopping after. What did we buy? Ice cream and underwear from Mark's and Spencers lol. 
- Finally left Bandung at 1+ with the little one passing out in the middle of Zara. 
- Drove and stopped by Asep Strawberry for a late lunch. Yay! Ever since we discovered how convenient it was to take the train to and fro Bandung and Tasik, we hadn't been to Asep Strawberry. MIL was sweet enough to hire a driver to drive down to Bandung so we could all drive back up and pass by Asep Strawberry. 
- Yummy food. Happy me. 
- We ate at a pavilion which meant we were sitting on the floor with low tables. Little one was a happy camper running around. 
- Got to Tasik in the evening and picked up some groceries and diapers before heading back home. Was too full for dinner so I prepared oats for the little one and off to bed. 

Mon 9 Apr 
- Being in Tasik = lazy days. We didn't really have any plans. +3 and MIL caught up while the little one played in the garden riding a toy car that's more thab 10 years old. 
- Had chicken porridge for breakfast and mie (not from mie selecta though, but thr brother's shop) for lunch. YUM. 
- Took naps and got bitten by a gazilliom mozzies. (I'm the only one who gets bitten, by the way.)
- Dentist aunty came by as well. Little one is busy charming everyone he meets. 
- Just realised we didn't have bandrek when I was there! Oi. 

Tue 10 Apr 
- SIL was supposed to come to Tasik so we could all go to my FIL's grave for ching ming. The plan was then to go back to Bandung together. However Bu Made said that the timing was too late (SIL's home is outside of Bandung) so we had to think about what to do. 
- Decided to take the train to Bandung and check into a hotel near the train station. The hotel also provided a free shuttle to the airport so that settled our transport.
- SIL arrived much later than expected so we didn't get to go to my FIL's grave to pay our respects. 
- Did a quick run to the department store to buy some clothes and oranges for offerings.
- Got to the train station where the little one tired himself out pushing the (very heavy) luggage back and forth. That's one of his favourite things to do too.
- He was excited to see the train, then passed out in his seat while eating a bread bun. 
- Train ride was uneventful (which is always a good thing). Offline youtube videos helped. 
- It was a short walk from the train station to the hotel but the sidewalks were so badly maintained, +3 had to carry the luggage (instead of roll it) most of the way. With him doing all the heavy lifting, we were so glad that Bu Made was able to give him a massage when she came. 
- Called in-room dining for dinner and had an early night. 

Wed 11 Apr 
- How did a week just pass by so quickly?! 
- +3 was feeling bloated, probably cos he skipped lunch and wolfed down dinner after his massage. The aircon in the room probably didn't help as well. 
- Hotel brekkie, back to the room to pack, checked out and took the free airport shuttle. Something we'll look out for when we go to Bandung next time and stay in hotels. 
- Bought a book for the little one and some snacks for colleagues at the airport. 
- Didn't buckle up on the way back to avoid a meltdown. 
- Home sweet home. 

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Is Sharing With Yourself Still Sharing?

The little one loves cars and once in a while we'll get him a toy car. Today, +3 found a purple car that was on sale and bought it for the boy. 

As expected, the little one really loved the purple car and was carrying it around everywhere. Even to the toilet. He was in his room playing with the car, rolling it around on the table. 

Me: Can share with mama? Can I play? *reaching out my hand*
LO: *opens up his free hand and puts the car in it* Share. Thank you AC. 


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

My Roundabout Train of Thought

Was at the kitchen this evening when +3 walked in. For some reason, the both of us decided to raise our hands in the air and pump it banghra style, which reminded me of an old blog post I read today at the office. 

I wanted to share the story of the night we went to the Rupee Room, but somehow ended up telling +3 about my meeting in the office this afternoon. Which led me to tell him about some back story about work. And by the time I finished telling him about my meeting, I had no idea why I was talking about it and he reminded me that I was telling him about my colleague, Jul. 

And I was talking about Jul because I was giving her a live blow-by-blow account of the meeting which she thought was funny and suggested that I should blog. Which made me read some of my old blog entries, which included the one about the Rupee Room which was what I wanted to tell +3 about because of our hands-in-the-air dancing just a few minutes ago. 


Monday, February 26, 2018

Ice Cream

This weekend, babyAC stuck his red rubber ball in an empty plastic flower pot and told us it was ice cream. Gah! The boy is growing so fast. How did he even learn to imagine and create an ice cream cone on his own and play pretend? 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Witching Hour Wakeys

So the little one decided to wake up at 330am. I knew he woke up cos he was calling me, "Mama! Mama!". Thankfully he stayed in bed throughout and didn't get out to explore like he has done previously.

Usually when he wakes up like this in the middle of the night, I don't engage him much beyond telling him he needs to go back to sleep. And he is quite happy to sing to himself. 

On the song-list this time: 

- ABCs 
- Baby Shark 
- His originally composed song with the lyrics "jabai jabai ju ju ju" 
- Let It Go 
- Numbers 

I was surprised with Let It Go because he hasn't actually watched Frozen, and only knows the song because I keep playing a video of cousin-I singing the song. So the lyrics aren't that clear but I recognised some of the words that he was singing.

Colour me impressed. 

Anyway the sweetest part was when he suddenly took my hand and put it on his chest, and settled down to sleep. He's never done that before! While most babies have a lovey or chouchou (usually a pillow or small blanket or stuffed toy), he uses my hair as his chouchou, holding it and twirling it between his fingers as he drifts off to sleep. I do pat him as well, but he has never actually asked me to hold him before. Whee! 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


Aaaand the little one somehow got HFMD. I'm not sure if he got it from the childcare centre or from the playground at home, but the last couple of days has been a painful replay of the last time. 

With multiple ulcers in his mouth, it's been painful for him to eat or drink. He takes ice and iced water, and thankfully today ate a bit of porridge and bread. He also happily ate some chocolate ice cream, but we really have to watch the cold food intake cos he is also having cough. 

As usual when he is sick, he becomes really clingy and grumpy, and I'm glad I have a supportive team and boss at work that took the initiative to find someone to cover my duties so that I could stay home to look after babyAC. The result of having a little koala cling on to my like I'm the last eucalyptus tree on earth is that I've been holding my pee a lot, and that led to UTI. 

Not a good time. 

And because HFMD is contagious, it's affecting our CNY plans. Namely, we won't be having dinner with the family on the first day of CNY. 

Sigh. But what can we do? 

Just gotta count our little blessings I guess. +3 took the day off to help with taking care of babyAC, which meant that we were together for Valentines' Day. Not that we are the sort to really go out and celebrate it, but it was nice to be together, even if it was to soothe a crying child and (force) feed him his meds. 

Let's hope we get all the sickness and unpleasant stuff out of the way early this year, and that the rest of the year will be a healthier year for all. 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Dream Speak

I love it when babyAC (not a baby anymore, he's 2!) talks in his sleep. Gives you a glimpse into the things he dreams about.

Just now- Ambulance! White ambulance! .. Probably dreaming about his white ambulance toy car cos he also reached up to grab the air.

And also- Cawfee! Cawfee! Dreaming about drinking coffee? Lol. 

Anyway he's 2 now, omg. Had a celebration in his school and brought a cake (2kg cake from Polar). Was so cute to see all the little kids sit at the table and sing Happy Birthday to him in English, Chinese and Malay. 

Took him to Pororo Park on the weekend and had a blast. Got there early at 10.30am when they opened so it wasn't too crowded, the place started to get packed at about 11.30am onwards. He was so tired that he fell asleep when we reached Marche for lunch, so I carried him while he slept. Thankfully he woke up in time to have some lunch and we headed home.

Had dinner with the grandparents on his actual day. Simple meal that we had delivered, and a small rainbow cake from Prima Deli. Also got him a little red scooter which he is slowly learning to ride. 

I can't imagine life without this chatty, cheeky boy. His appetite is growing, perhaps thanks for the iron supplements that he's been taking. He now loves hard boiled eggs dipped in kecap manis, and has that for breakfast in the mornings. Just saying "eggs" will wake him up and get him toddling out of the room in excitement.