29 May 2015

Bloomin' Bread

.. and we're loving it!!!
saw the video of this blooming bread on facebook and decided to give it a shot with the ciwiks during our TWG session last wednesday .. and thank God we didn't burn the house down as we almost caused the oven on fire! HAHAHA :D

the what
  • 1 round bread loaf
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • chopped garlic
  • shredded mozzarella or parmesan cheese
  • chopped spring onion
  • ham
the how
  • cut the bread in criss-cross style
  • tuck the ham and cheese between all the sides of each square
  • melt the butter, mix with garlic, spring onion, and brush it over the bread
  • wrap the bread with aluminium foil and bake for 15 minutes in 250 degree celcius
  • unwrap it and bake for another 10 minutes
the result
#nomnomnom!! enjoy while it hot! and the best part to enjoy it is with your friends as you have to pull those squares out!!

another super easy recipe that I love!!! kami datang, kami senang, kami kenyang! HOHOHO .. give it a try and enjoy :)

38 Weeks Situations

yup! another pregnancy post!! bear with me, people! this preggie needs to vent out her feelings in order to make her keep sane .. in other word, channeling her centil mode! emang pengen pasang poto aja gituh! HOHOHOHO ...

Hobbit-Feet Situation
I'm amazed, shocked, scared, and in awe at the same time with my feet! HAHAHA .. nevertheless how my feet look like now I'm still grateful that this hobbit-feet situation only came during the past one month and yes waving good bye to all those flats! not even heels!! ... currently I'm counting on to my this super expanded charles and keith flats that ready to be thrown away once I give birth! seriously!!! and my H&M flats which surprisingly still can feet! that's all .. oh! and slippers!! honestly I was wondering those all Hollywood celebrities that can still walk in their stilettos! emejiiiing, kakak!!! me give up!!! ;)

Work Situation
next week will be my last week of work .. and I'll be starting my new role as a full time wife and mom! excited?! yes! nervous?! yes yes yes!! anyway, you'll never know 'till you try it!! and experience it! btw, I'm done meeting with the parents for this year's semester report and now busy finishing all the paper work. honestly, it's kinda hard to say good bye to the children especially with this little Charis ..

"Charis, once the baby's out, Ms Gillian is going to stay at home and take care of the baby"
"oh! then who's going to play with me?"
"Ms Dayah is still around ... you can play with her"
"can I go to your house and see your baby?"
"yes of course!"
"okay! I'll tell my papa and mommy to go to your house! Ms Gillian, can I touch your tummy?"
"sure .."
"hello baby *rubbing my tummy* thisi is Charis"

oh dear! how can I not going to miss you!! :(

House Situation
juggling between work, pregnancy, house works, and many other things are challenging! and so far we managed to cope with it .. but coming to third trimester when I feel tired easily we tried to figure out something which was calling out help from part time domestic helper! yaowoh nyari mbak part time sekarang macam cari jarum di tumpukan jerami!! tapi akhirnya dapet juga setelah sekian nomor yang gw sms-in!! orang mah dari kapan ya pake mbak, aku baru minggu lalu!! HOHOHOHO .. dan bahagia banget rasanyaaa .. si mbak menjamah bagian - bagian yang tida terjamah (baca: males) oleh saya! HEHEHE ...

what about nursery room?! well, we don't have the luxury of space here in Singapore .. and we're thinking to find a bigger place in the future tapi ntaran dulu aja lah. rumah yang sekarang menurut kita masih oke banget dan kita ga mau ribet mikirin nyari rumah, pindahan, dan lahiran di saat yang bersamaan! ampun dije!!! HOHOHO .. the plan is we're going to put the baby cot in our room and the other room will still be study room .. so far so good lah! and this upcoming days we are going to do another spring cleaning to arrange all the baby stuff! .. yup! getting more and more! thank you for all the love!! HUGS!

we feel overwhelmed with all the blessings!! setiap kali WA-an sama orang rumah pasti ada selipan foto hadiah buat si dede, ntar oma opanya yang beliin, ntar dikasih sama si tante dan si om itu, .. belom dikasih sama si oma ini dan itu. makasih juga yang udah kasih dede bath tub!! ntar gw cobain dulu ke bapaknya! HAHAHA .. meanwhile been telling dede to come out when his oma is here, .. "de, kamu kuarnya tunggu oma dateng ya .. soalnya kalo kuar sekarang ga punya ranjang loh" HOHOHOHO ... yup all the big stuff will be only coming just few days before the EDD!! so we'll see then .. ;D

Labour Bag Situation
ahay! things inside my labour bag according to the list given to me by the hospital ..

Documents for Admission
  • NRIC/Passport/Employment Pass
  • Pre Registration Folder
  • Letter of Guarantee (if any)
For Mommy
  • Cardigan
  • Toiletries - this one including eyeliner in my case! HAHA :D
  • Nursing Bra and Nursing Pad
  • Personal skin / body care / slippers
  • A set of clothing to wear upon discharge
  • Avoid bringing valuables/jewellery
For Baby
  • Cap, mittens, and booties for your baby
  • A set of baby clothing and a towel or baby blanket to keep your baby warm on the way home
all is packed in one bag pack! except my clothes upon discharge! aku masih mau cari dress asik macam Kate Middleton gitu deh!! HAHAHA .. ya masa dia doank yang boleh kuar rumah sakit glowing! aku juga mau, kakak!!! *dilempar ulekan sama emak - emak yang udah pada ngelahirin* .. ya namanya juga pengalaman pertama yak! masih sok idealis nih! HAHA .. 

Legal Situation
as you all know, status kita masih perantau alias foreigner di sini and currently we're applying our PR and still waiting for the good news. amin!! terus dengan situasi gw bakal resign in one week time, otomatis status legal gw bakal berubah jadi social visit pass that allows me to stay only 30 days in Singapore .. lah terus piye ini?! kita berdoa sih supaya by then PR kita udah diapproved, .. amin lagi!!! btw, I can still apply dependent pass under abang's employment pass .. so whatever it is we know that God is still good and in control :)

how about dede? all babies that born in Singapore should be registered legally in ICA, and good thing about Singapore you can do it effectively as the hospital can help you to do all this legal stuff provided you have all the documents be it you citizen, PR, or foreigner. since we are foreigner, there are some steps rather than just registering our baby legally here .. let me try to break it down in simple steps .. give birth - apply singapore birth cert - apply indonesia birth cert - apply indonesia passport -  apply PR or dependent pass 

I've jot down all the documents that we need. mostly you need to submit your original marriage certificate with English translation, passport, IC, .. and that's all!! another good thing about Singapore, you can apply it online!!! hooray!!! but for indonesia birth cert and passport you should go down to the embassy directly as they need to take biometric photo of the baby but still all is bearable. I contacted the Indonesian embassy last week to get ready before hand and they were very helpful in explaining all the details! this upcoming weeks are going to be a busy week for daddy and mommy :)

Husband and Wife Situation
abang has been supportive through out this pregnancy period and I can't be more grateful than that! makasih, bang!!! me and dede love you!!! 

him: gee, proses lahiran kayak gimana sih?
me: ga tau, rai! aku juga baru pertama kali HAHAHA .. ntar aku mau baca - baca lagi biar ga kagok, lagian kan kita ikut kelas juga .. ntar dikasih tau semuanya .. btw, kemaren aku baca - baca artikel soal hypnobirth ..
him: apaan tuh?! jangan maen hipnotis - hipnotisan lah ..
me: hahaha .. kaga! itu lebih ke teknik too calm yourself down on the D-day ..
him: oh!! ya pokoknya aku dukung gee .. just share and let me know what to do .. kamu mau lahiran di aer, dalem tanah ..
me: HA?! dalam tanah?! HAHAHAHAHAHA .. loe kata gw apaan .. film horor abis!
him: HAHAHAHAHA .. ya intinya aku dukung lah!!!

terlalu suportif agaknya! sampe lahiran dalem tanah pun didukung! HAHAHAHAHA ..

Overall Situation
ready or not the baby is coming!! HAHAHAHA .. going for another check up today! going for antenatal class tomorrow! going to pack up stuff the day after tomorrow! going for a sushi date too! going to enjoy the new season in our life! so bring it on!! :D

"a grand adventure is about to begin"
Winnie the Pooh

26 May 2015

Parenting 101

"gee, ntar kalo si dede lahir aku masih boleh maen basket ga?"
"ya maen aja lah! kenapa ga boleh juga emangnya?"
"ya sapa tau kamu pengen aku 24/7 di rumah terus gitu"
"ah! aku mah ga segitunya lah! maen aja lah rai, .. kalo aku mau kamu di rumah ya ntar aku tinggal bilang. loe ngapain juga glatak - glutuk di rumah ga jelas"
"that's why I love you so much!"
"hahaha .. ya nyantai aja lah bebi .."

welcome to parenting 101!! HOHOHO ... bah serasa pakar aja! 
we've been talking about how things are going to change when our lil bundle of joy come, about parenting style .. and we are clueless! HAHAHA .. newbie is in the house! *drum roll*

I think the other important things beside preparing all the baby stuff is preparing the parents, in this case me and abang! can't believe we are going to be daddy and mommy in few weeks time! apakah ini hanya mimpi belaka?! oh bangunkan aku sekiranya ini hanya mimpi! *langsung dilemparin telor sama diguyur aer seember!* ... somehow I know why God create pregnancy period for nine months, I think one of the reasons are to prepare the parents too! ga kebayang yak kalo hamil cuma satu bulan atau 3 bulan, ... belom kelar kaget hamil udah kaget jadi orang tua! HAHAHA ..

"gee, ntar si dede mau aku ajarin olahraga ini itu"
"ya boleh ..."
"anak aku harus rajin olahraga"
"aku rasa ya, rai .. orang kan kalo ngajarin anaknya pake flash cards isinya kayak popular words like fish, lion, ball gitu .. kalo anak kita flash cardsnya NBA players, lebron james, stephen curry, derrick rose, chris paul .. HAHAHA"
"ya bisa jadi! HAHAHA .. ntar aku nonton NBA dia ikutan nonton juga ... "
"pusing pala berbi kalo gini emaknya! ntar gw juga mau ajarin si dede break dance ah!"

ini anaknya belom kuar, bapaknya udah heboh duluan! mau beli ring basket kecil, mau kembaran sepatu converse lah, mau kembaran sepatu basket lah! HOHOHO .. emaknya  mah anteng - anteng aja HEHEHE ..

as a certified preschool teacher, I learn about different parenting styles during my diploma years. if you ask me what kind of parenting style that I will apply to our child, is it the authoritarian, authoritative, permissive, or uninvolved parenting .. I would say the authoritative! that's the most ideal one in my opinion but I think it's too early to decide as in both of us are totally new in this parenting club, we also experienced different parenting styles too  ... but one thing that we want as most of the parents' wishes too, we want the best for our child!!

I believe there is no one standard rule for all children. different children may need different levels of attention, expression of love, and toughness. each of them are special in their own way! so are we as parents!! temen gw cerita kalo dia kaget banget ngeliat salah satu temen kita yang protektif banget sama anaknya, malah cenderung over mengingat betapa begajulannya dia pas jaman sekolah. oh well, you never know when it comes to your own children ... 

here are some golden rules that we want to apply for our parenting style in the future! 

#1 Fear of the Lord is the beginning of everything
#2 Monkey See, Monkey Do
#3 Remember the magic words! Please, Sorry, and Thank You!!
#4 Let Them Be
#5 Enjoy the Ride!! 

"ntar kalo si dede lahir, aku peperin kulit ayam KFC sejak dini ah! biar dia tau enaknya ayam KFC! hahahaha"
"ya ide yang bagus!!"
"high five"

bingung ga loe liat kelakuan emak bapaknya kayak gini! HAHAHA ..

“I think that the best thing we can do for our children is to allow them to do things for themselves, allow them to be strong, allow them to experience life on their own terms, allow them to take the subway... let them be better people, let them believe more in themselves.” 
― C. JoyBell C

25 May 2015

(too early) Spring in Santorini

Santorini oh Santorini ..

it's known as one of the most romantic places in the world with all the white buildings, blue dome, and not too forget the amazing sunset! and I couldn't agree more with that ... if you happen to visit her in summer! sadly but true, in our case we experienced different side of Santorini! didn't mean to be anti mainstream and judgemental but Santorini looked so much different when you visited her in spring! or too early spring HOHOHO macam jebakan batman!!!

as far as I know, Santorini is only about Oia! blame those google image! HOHOHO
Santorini itself is divided into four areas; Fira, Oia, Firostefani, and Imerovigli .. after browsing here and there we decided to stay in Fira as it's the main town or you can call it the capital of Santorini and because of its central location there are many buses from many parts of the island .. and we made the right choice by staying there!! yippy!! ;D

Let's Eat!
just like other places that we went, food is super duper essentials for us!! we chose carefully where to eat and what to eat! and greek food never fails to spoil our taste buds! including here in Santorini ... semuanya tuh layak banget dapet #nomnomnom #foodporn! HAHAHA .. semuanya enyak enyak enyak!!! aku bahagia!!!! happy tummy, happy mommy, happy baby ... happy daddy too!! HOHO ;)

our first stop was Mama's House! we ordered their lamb kleftiko and stuffed eggplant! the lamb was very tender and soft!! it melted in your mouth .. the eggplant was yummy too!!!

lamb kleftiko
stuffed eggplant
and it was only the beginning from our food adventure there! allow the pictures do the talking ;)
gyros with rice
greek meatball and rice
during the second day this is what we had! fried calamari and chicken pita ... the food was okay but the view was awesome .. we were seating by the sea while enjoying our lunch ;)

if you have a chance to visit Santorini, you should eat at Naoussa Tavern .. we were exploring most the alleys in Fira to find this place and it's worth!! ngubek - ngubek gang, nanya orang sana sini .. belok ke kanan kiri ... dan akhirnya dapet juga nih tempat!!!! aku mau lagi bang diajak makan di sini!!! HOHOHO :D

last but not least, our last dinner in Santorini before flew back to Singapore the next day!! btw, pas makan siangnya kita makan bakmi goreng di asian stall!! HAHAHA .. perut asia gw seneng banget nelen bakmi goreng!! back to Greek food! this tavern located nearby our hotel, .. kayak kuar gang belok ke kanan terus sampe ..


all the food was UH-MAZING!!!!! beyond grateful to experience and enjoy all these yummy yummy food during our trip ..

Let's Say Hi to Oia!!

me: rai, ini Oia?
him: iya ..
me: kayak begini?
him: maunya kayak gimana?
me: penipuan!!! HAHAHA .. 
him: HAHAHA ..
me: jiah gw tau nih aslinya sih Oia .. ketauan bener!
him: aku sih bisa kebayang sih pas summer ramenya kayak gimana .. at least pengalaman kita beda lah yaaa ..

beda beneur, kakak!! pas kita dateng tuh sepiiii ... hotel - hotel tutup, restoran tutup, ... itu aer kolam berenang dibiarin aja kotor ngegenang gitu, terus dimana - mana lagi direnovasi, lagi pada dicat! beneran aku ga bohong loh! itu bangunan cat - cat putih pada ngelotok dimana - mana. jadi ternyata gambar - gambar di google image itu hanya terjadi saat summer! itu bisa lari - larian loh di Oia,beneran kayak rumah sendiri .. terus sunset gimana sunset?! matahari singapur lebih ngok dari Oia pas kita ke sana! boro - boro sunset, kita di sana jalan - jalan romantis ditemani gerimis mengundang!!! dan berujung ujan deres!! ini ngetiknya kepaitan bener kayaknya! HAHAHA .. nyesek juga sih tapi berasa seru juga!! nah loh!! kontradiktif!! buat gw sih salah satu pengalaman yang tak terlupakan ... seru karena berasa dapet insight yang ga semua orang tau *ceritanya membela diri padahal masih berasa ketipu* HOHOHOHO .. enjoy the other side of Oia through our lens ..

kalo diinget - inget lagi kita berdua suka cekikikan lagi inget kita udah siap - siap mau sunsetan, mau poto - poto ketje! yang ada kekepan jaket karena kedinginan!! oh well, it's nice to meet you, Oia!!! so long ..

Let's Sail, Hike, and Swim!!
sail, hike, and swim?! what?!! are you kidding me?! nope!!!

perhatikan peta di atas! do you there are two small islands there, Nea Kameni and the smaller on the left, Palea Kameni ... yup we went there!! we booked the half day tour to go there .. we went there to visit the volcano crater and hot spring!

here was the plan .. walked down to the old port to get into the boat, sailed to Nea Kameni, hiked up to the volcano crater, sailed to Palea Kameni, swam in the hot spring, took the cable car to go back to the city centre! perfect!!! kenyataannya cable carnya tutup donk!! HUAAA .. lumayan kam to the pret!!! alternatif laen, naek keledai but it was not in the option since I'm pregnant! jadi hari itu aku berolahraga bener!! jalan seadanya! ya maunya sih tingggal gelinding nyampe kalo ga minta gendong abang tapi itu kan suatu hil yang mustahal udah bukan hal yang mustahil lagi yak! HAHAHA ...

... dan gw sempet ngambek sama abang di sini! gw sempet ga mau ikutan hiking naek ke atas! akhirnya setelah dibujuk - bujuk dan disemangati naek juga dan sampe juga ke atas!! "i'm very proud of you, gee!!! good job, hunnie!" begitu katanya!!! untung punya laki yang ga gampang nyerah sama istrinya yang batu ini hehehe ... makasih sayang semangatnya!!! :D

from the volcano crater yang ternyata cuma gitu doank! HAHAHA .. bagusan kawah dieng menurut gw .. kita lanjut ke hot spring! nah! ini seru!! jadi si hot spring itu adanya di tengah lautan .. kebayang ga ada sumber aer panas di tengah lautan!! kita punya pilihan buat diem aja di kapal atau nyebur ke laut dan berenang sekitar 2 meteran buat sampe ke hot spring .. dan tentunya suami aku pilih buat nyebur! dan tentunya aku pengen ikutan!! tempting abis ngeliat aer!! tapi abis doi nyebur keluar himbauan buat gw stay di kapal karena aernya dingin ... selaen si abang, ada dua turis jepang yang ikutan nyebur ke laut tapi emang suami aku itu jagoan, cuma dia yang nyampe ke hot springnya .. yang jepun - jepun itu cuma sekitar 10 menitan udah balik lagi naek ke kapal! kalo kata abang, "kapan lagi gw berenang di laut greece!" ... aku iri!!!

kelar semuanya kita balik ke daratan dan jalan - jalan di seputar old port .. dan pas liat cable carnya tidak beroperasi, disitulah saya merasa sedih!! *sigh* .. balik lagi naek tangga ke atas jadinya :(

balik dari sana ga pake ba-bi-bu, masuk kamar hotel terus lansung ilang ke pulau kapuk! zZz .. ZzZ ..
despite all the tiredness, we're grateful for the good weather! *waving hello to mr. sun*

Let's Go To The Beach
selaen si Oia, Santorini juga terkenal sama pantainya, .. ada red sand beach, black sand beach, dan kawan - kawannya ..  we decided to visit the black sand beach on the next day ... strolling around the beach, talking nonsense, gossiping, HAHAHA .. recording video, sharing stupid jokes!!

Let's Go Home
after spending around 12 days in Greece, it's time for us to go home!! it's good go be back home ... so this Greece trip will be our last trip for this year since we're waiting for our newest family member now!! taon depan ya nak, mami titipin kamu ke oma terus mami jalan - jalan lagi HAHAHAHA ...

so long, Greece .. see you when I see you!!!