Singapore Trip: Singapore Flyer

10 May

When we visited Singapore 2 years ago, husband and I fall in love with #singaporeflyer right away. We reeally wanted to ride on it but didn’t have the chance to do so. So when we visited Singapore this April, it was on top of our visit list 😂

If only we ride it 2 years ago, we would only pay for 2 tickets. Kid O would still enjoy his free ticket, our travel expense would be much less 👻 Lesson learned: When travel with less than 2 years old, ride all the attractions we like and don’t ever think twice about it. Because travel with more than 2 years old kid is more expensive than travel with a baby 🤭

Inside Singapore Flyer is so spacious, it’s even more spacious than my cubicle in the office 😂 It can carry around 10 people, but ofcourse we want less for private and intimacy reason. We shared the ride with 2 other couples that time, and the space still felt so big 🙂

It was like a dream come true. Taking the ride at night would give us more beautiful view of Singapore lights at night, although the photos result would not be as cleared as if we took the ride in the afternoon. But hey, who said we went there for the photos only 🙈

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Singapore Trip: Singapore Zoo

27 Apr

At first, Kid O wasn’t really as enthusiast as when we visited Legoland. Maybe he didn’t understand what is zoo yet. Maybe in his mind, this was just like going to whatever place with his parents 👪

As always, he’s not really keen to go into green places, it’s a really big homework for us to raise such suburban kid. We thought it’s the best way to introduced Kid O to mother nature. Because bringing Kid O to real mountain (how husband and I love to go back to nature) to hike seemed impossible 💆🏻‍♀️

But after we mentioned Gajah and Monkey, he became excited. He kept on asking, “Ana ajah mi? Ana onki mi?”. Apparently, Kid O is not into trees and jungles. He’s more into the animals inside the jungles ❤️

The Singapore Zoo is so clean it’s not like a zoo at all. We walked comfortably, Kid O sat on his rented trolley calmly (thank goodness there’s rented trolley or stroller, we could choose). When we’re tired we could just took the tram to go around or took a sit on the nearest restaurant 👍🏻

Let’s search for middle way to interact with mother nature, Kid O 😘

Johor Trip: Hotel Ramada Medini

24 Apr

Husband and I had long discussion whether we stayed all night in Singapore and just visited Legoland in the morning and going back to Singapore at night, or we stayed near Legoland. Staying in Legoland Hotel wasn’t an option because we ran out of room 😱

So we chose the later, to stay in a hotel near Legoland in out of nowhere Medini. So Kid O didn’t have to be tired with the trip and could save his energy to play in Legoland all day. We chose not to stay in Johor Baru eventhough it’s the capital city and near with everything because it takes time to go to Legoland from Johor Baru while Kid O couldn’t wake up early 🙈

Hotel Ramada Medini is a family-friendly and child-friendly hotel. They have playground for kids in the hotel. They have 3 swimming pools so we can choose to swim in certain depth. It’s the only hotel we experienced that have seating arrangement for breakfast. So we have to ask the waiter where to be seated. We were seated inside on day 1, and thankfully got outside seat in day 2 🥰

Only RM5 using grab from hotel to Legoland because the bus schedule from hotel in Legoland is unknown. Overall it’s a nice experience 👍🏻

Johor Trip: A Day in Legoland

23 Apr

In every holiday trip, we’re usually lowering our expectation or have no expectation at all to avoid disappointment. That way, we can always manage our happiness level at the highest on holiday 👍🏻

This also happened with our trip to #legoland Malaysia. Knowing that total area is smaller than Ancol, we thought one day visit is enough. We think we should’ve brought Kid O to Ancol first (sungkem dulu sama Dufan) then Legoland. We’re actually afraid that he wouldn’t understand it just like his trip to Sentosa 2 years ago 🙈

Turned out, he was super excited when we told him we’re going to Legoland. “Dedek au tempat ego!”, he said. He was already super happy at the gate, not yet even entered the playground. Seeing how happy Kid O was, all the road trip drama and effort is paid off 😍

He ate alot, he woke up and played many attractions, he didn’t even asked for any our handphone. Totally different attitude with our trip to Penang last december. Hopefully it means Kid O is getting alot healthier now, aamiin 🙏🏻

We ran out of time to play all of the attractions. Part of it because Kid O played several times on the attractions he likes. It wasn’t crowded because not all of Malaysian had their Good Friday holiday. The other part of it because it was raining on the afternoon. Thankfully it coincided with Kid O’s sleeping time

Will definitely want to go back here again for 2 days visit. But first, papimamiori qerja bagai quda dulu 💪🏻

Johor Trip: Woodland-CIQ Immigration Checkpoint

22 Apr

Direct flight to Senai Airport is more expensive, so we took flight to Changi Airport first then continue the trip to Johor via road trip using bus. It means we had to face 4 immigrations check point in a day (Jakarta Soeta, Singapore Changi, Singapore Woodland, Johor CIQ)

There’s actually direct bus from Changi to Legoland but we missed the schedule by 15 minutes, and the next bus departed in the following 2 hours. Wishing to arrive at the hotel at the soonest, we took public tourism bus instead 💪🏻

We were left behind by our bus in Woodland because the bus driver only gave us 15 minutes for the immigration process while it took us 25 minutes. We waited for another 1 hour with hope that we can continue with different bus from the same bus company, but the other bus didn’t come. So we decided to take transit bus to the CIQ eventhough the queue is long

We didn’t really prepared about the transit bus, husband didn’t exchange small Ringgit Malaysia, and we haven’t buy anything yet in RM. So we didn’t have RM3 to pay for the transit bus from Woodland to CIQ. The smallest money we had was RM100 and the bus driver wouldn’t give any change for the buy fare 🤦🏻‍♀️

So we had to asked people from the immigration queue whether they have small money to change with our SGD/RM, and none of them had. Either they used e-money alot or they were afraid of us as strangers 😅

At the end, there was a kind couple who gave us RM3 in coins (malu banget 🙈) so we could be free by this bus transit drama. Apparently there are still many good people in the world, our faith is restored. Better be fully prepared next time 😇

Anemia Survivor

28 Mar

No family’s perfect. Every family is struggling with their own problems. And one of ours is Kid O’s apparently unhealthy red blood. He is rarely sick, but whenever he is, he ended up being hospitalized :’)

Taken on January 2019

Earlier this year (just a day after new year), Kid O’s haemoglobin level dropped to 3.8, the healthy level is 12. We took him to emergency at night, turned out he had to spent nights in the hospital for 4 bags of blood tranfusion (1 bag each day). It was so sudden, we didn’t see it coming. Just 2 hours before he cried crazily telling his stomachache, he was still jumping and rolling on the bed :’)

After series of blood tests (including my blood and his daddy) in the last 3 months, moving from hospital to another hospitals, moving from peds to peds, from peds to haematologist, conclusion has been made today. Kid O in fact has iron deficiency anemia, he got it from me. His condition is more severe than mine, although he seems perfectly healthy. But thank goodness it’s not thalassemia, like the initial diagnosis. Second opinion (or more) when drawing medical conclusion is indeed important :’)

Note to self that anemia when leave untreated may caused a serious illness, especially if pass to baby through pregnancy. Always take our medicines and check up our health periodically 💪🏻

Now Kid O has to take his iron supplement 3 times a day and follow a dietary therapy in the next 3 months. Let get’s healthy Kid O, we can beat it 😘

Happy 3rd Birthday, Kid O

3 Feb

There’s no exact words can describe how grateful we were, and still are, when you came to our life 3 years and 41 weeks ago. How happy our life are since the day we breathed the same air with you. How our tears turn to smile because you are truly rainbow after the rain. How our dark days become bright because you shine through them all ❤️

Please always remember Kid O, that everything we do, we do it for you. You are truly the reason of the choices that we made. Always guide our life like the northern stars we wish you to be. Always be happy and healthy. There’s no exact words can describe how much we love you. Happiest 3rd birthday, Kid O 🎉🎂🎁

And no, we didn’t throw any birthday party to Kid O. It was only a family gathering for Kid O’s birthday blessing. Because we are beyond grateful that we are able to survive the 1st 3 crucial years of Kid O’s life. Cheers for the many years to come, Kid O 😘

Because the most important thing is the prayer from the loved ones. We feel so blessed. Thank you for all the loves 🥰😍❤️