Toddler Toys

S has just received a present from her cute cousin sister A (and parents, of course) last week. It's something cool that we haven't heard of before. A's mother just said that it's puzzle toy and she hoped we'd like it when she met up at a restaurant. Having known that it's puzzle, we decided to open it later at home because we didn't want S to play it there and may lose some parts of it. It was already too late when we're back home, so we went to bed soon and waited until tomorrow.  

In the next morning after S had been bathed and had her breakfast, I helped her unwrapping the present. Whoa, we're so surprised that it's not the kind of puzzle that we could ever imagine before. It's called Magformers, the magnetic construction set.  
Magformers Sweet House Set (image source

Maybe I am a little bit biased about this, because as an architecture graduate (but not a professional architect) I always find building and construction appealing, even looking to the facade of the houses on the streets we passed by or the brochure of newly launched property development. But I can see that S has begun to enjoy exploring and building structure using simple bricks and construction toys like Lego and wooden blocks. S got hundreds of secondhand Lego Duplo bricks from her cousins and a themed set of  "Sofia the First" that she started to play with since the she's only 15 months old until now. 

As of today, her favorite toys are Lego bricks, Safari Stacking Cubes, plush and stuffed animals, and book with a set of colored pencils. As we don't let her watch the TV or play on the iPad, I'm satisfied that these toys can keep her attention for some good amount of time that I can leave her playing alone to get my household chores done before I join her again. 

Safari Stacking Cubes (image source)

Lego Duplo (image source)

However, the picture below is only toy that Mother of S is eyeing for now. This is a code for everyone who is planning to give present for S, because her father is still reluctant to let me buy it. Hahaha I know I know, no one actually reads this blog so this statement is kind of useless. And I know too that battery operated toys are not recommended by the experts for children developments, so it's not like that it is really worth having though. 

Leapfrog My Own Laptop (image source)

But who can resist the cuteness? Hehe.

About Traveling

Though I'm not a seasoned traveler, I think I can say that I ever once loved traveling so much when I was younger. It's not that I don't like to go traveling anymore now though, but stepping into a whole new life means new roles with different responsibilities and priorities. As a homemaker living in the most expensive city in the world with average household monthly income provided by the husband as the sole breadwinner of the family, traveling is not in the top of our financial goal list. We live frugally and have tracked every cent of our money for years, yet we're still struggling until now to settle our emergency fund. What about our child's education budget plan? Retirement fund? Well, it is still a far cry from *even* being planned. There is still a lot of effort we need to make. I still have to continuously remind my generous husband about saving by living modestly, and preach things like 'do not splurge and waste money to buy unimportant stuffs for no reasonable excuses', etc.

Hopefully we can save more to have all our priorities settled (or on its way to get there, at least) so we can move forward to get another goal (of mine) accomplished soon, to travel more often and visit more new places, hehe. Aamiin.

Watercolor world map is Designed by Freepik

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.