Senin, 09 Mei 2016

Special Dinner for The Man In The House


When you reach the age of 40, you have a different view on the important aspects in your life. Well, that is very true, at least for me. 

Many of us no longer chase the famous 5Cs (car, cash, credit car, condo and career). Some of us start to realise that we are not always on our tip-top condition, as lately we start to wake up with a backache, a headache and similar other aches :-P


We also start to receive sad news of the passing of our old school friends. "Eh...I thought we are still young, and supposedly healthy?" I said to myself. Whenever our phone rang in the middle of the nights, i started to get panic attack. What if it were a call from friends or family, informing us of terrible news? I still remember vividly the time i hung on to the phone, sobbing uncontrollably, when my cousin back in Indonesia told me the news of my dad's passing.   

Nowadays we make sure we celebrate the birthday of our family, no matter how modest it is. Birthday celebration is the perfect time to express our gratitude to the Lord of what we have been blessed with so far. The ability to still be together, happy and healthy, celebrating our birthday brings a sense of humility. We do not know whether we will still be able to do this again next year, the following year and the years to come.  

So here is to you. 
Happy Birthday to the man in the house. May you be blessed with good life, happiness, and success. Love you to the moon and back :)

Selasa, 09 Februari 2016

新年快乐!



Happy New Year of Monkey!!! 
May your year be blessed with abundance and prosperity!
Huat ah! 

Jumat, 01 Januari 2016

Recipe for you, with Love.


I found this neatly typed recipe, done by my mom, or dad? (love you and miss you pak) during those time when computer and internet were still not popular among the mass. The recipe was written for me, sent to me in Singapore by airmail. Pretty ancient eh? It was done for me to use as a guideline as i was still a newbie in the kitchen hahaha! 

Love you mom and dad. Thank you for raising me up to be who i am today. May Allah SWT blesses you with good health and happiness, mom. Ya Allah, please grant my dad a beautiful place among those faithful to you and the prophet SAW. Aamiin.

Happy New Year 2016

Senin, 14 Desember 2015

A trip to Batam



First time for us, Aqila and I to go to Batam. Second time for hubby, after...many years ago. 

The husband had a team-bonding time with his office colleagues, the son and I just tagged along since it is school holiday. 

The ferry ride was smooth. The water was calm although it rained throughout the journey. I was little worried prior to the journey because I get seasick quite easily. Besides, past experience of braving the sea from Bali to Lombok Island and Bali to Lembongan, were quite nerving. The waves in these two crossings were torturous and choppy. The waves were high and unexpected, and the jetboat went up and down wildly. Sickening...so sickening haha

So...i was sooo relieved when I learned that it was not the case with the water between Singapore-Batam.


Two day and one night trip to Batam proves to be tiring to my old body. Upon landing on Batam, Aqila and Ayah and the rest of the team went for a paintball game at Harris hotel, whilst I went for foot reflexology. So yeah, we went to another hotel to play paintball game. Ackward. 

Dinner was a fabulous array of seafood at Weiwei restaurant next to Harbourbay Mall. 

The hotel where we stayed in is called Amir Hotel. It was one of many budget hotels around in Batam. It costs Rp.338.000/night including breakfast. That is around SGD 34 per night, very very cheap. Well, please dont ask too much from that price. The hotel was small, with bare necessity. Room was small, with individual airconditioning unit. No mini-fridge nor water kettle in the room so we could not boil water for coffee/tea. Oh yeah, no complimentary tea or coffee around, except for two 500ml size mineral water bottles. There was no swimming pool nor other basic hotel facilities. It had a very modest spa though. More about it on next paragraph.

The next morning passed by like thunder, very very fast. Our ferry ride back to Singapore was scheduled at noon so we all woke up early to have breakfast at the hotel restaurant afterwhich I went for my appointment for massage at the erhm...hotel spa. Btw, breakfast was allright, western and asian breakfast, coffee and tea, bread and cereals for kids, though the choice was not many.

The spa was far from descent. It was more apt to be called massage parlour, with no negative connotation. Oh well, i guess it was okay as I went there for a massage, not for a spa treatment. But if you wish to be pampered in a spa, I suggest you book the session elsewhere 😬

The lady masseur's name was Siti. Siti had a very strong pair of hands. The massage was effective but painful haha. Every time i told her that the area that she was working on was painful (implying to her to please reduce the pressure!) she would instead suggested, that i should endure the pain while she was massaging the area so then i would feel better afterwards!! Errr and where was the logic to that? Hey...but i did not protest further! Silly me. And now, I have bruises all over my body. They show how powerful this lady masseur was. Do i feel better now? Well i will tell you in several days time, as soon as the pain from the bruises has gone 😆

So that was my experience going to Batam island. I was not impressed by the place. It was too ordinary. Well maybe we needed a guide who could show us the beauty if the island. Until then, i wont miss going to Batam again. 

Selasa, 20 Oktober 2015

Kembali ke Pulau Dewata



Minta maaf. Postingnya sudah agak basi tapi saya baru sempat update sekarang. Tidak apalah, tetap harus ditulis ya, supaya saya tidak lupa dengan memori indah ini.

Libur sekolah bulan Juni lalu kita berkunjung ke Bali lagi, tinggal di tempat yang sama lagi. Kami kangen dengan kedamaian dan keasrian tempat ini. Klik link ini untuk membaca artikel saya tentang Svargaloka.

Asyik mencoba instrumen musik khas Bali
yang tersedia di resort.

Svargaloka masih cantik dan hijau. Kami tinggal di kamar yang sama, Junior Suite. Ada beberapa tambahan dan perubahan yang terasa di resort ini, khususnya kamar kami. Sekarang terdapat sambungan wifi di kamar. Juga ada telepon yang menghubungkan kamar dengan reception desk dan spa dan restoran sanjiwani. Nah, ini bagus dan praktis. Sayangnya, sawah di seberang teras sudah tidak ada lagi ;( Entah apakah karena baru panen, atau lahannya akan dijadikan fungsi lain. 

Kamar mandi semi outdoor di Junior Suite sekarang dipasangi pintu kayu masif! Aduh...! Memang aslinya kamar mandi ini terbuka, jadi sambil berendam di bathtub kita bisa menikmati suasana hijau di sekitar kita. Tapi buat yang merasa risi mandi seperti ini, tirai bambu yang memang sudah disediakan, bisa diturunkan. Pintu kayu masif yang ada sekarang rasanya tidak perlu. Tidak cantik pula pembuatannya! 

Gelas-gelas kecil untuk mencicipi berbagai kopi dan teh
yang dijual di perkebunan.


Pergi ke mana saja kita di Bali? 
Kali ini kita menyempatkan pergi ke Kintamani, menikmati indahnya pemandangan dan sejuknya udara pegunungan. Mampir di tempat penjualan kopi, duduk-duduk sambil mencicipi bermacam kopi. 

Tempat makan siang yang kami kunjungi menyediakan makanan buffet. Beraneka lauk pauk, walau rasanya biasa-biasa saja. Restoran ini penuh karena pengunjung disuguhi pemandangan cantik ke arah gunung Batur.

Gunung Batur dilihat dari tempat makan siang kami. 




Dan...kami juga pergi ke Monkey Forest! Sebenarnya awalnya saya agak segan pergi ke sana. Salah saya juga, saya mendengar dan membaca cerita bahwa monyet-monyet di Monkey Forest usil dan nakal jadi saya malas pergi ke sana. Apalagi kami ke sana membawa anak kecil, saya takut anak saya akan diganggu oleh monyet-monyet ini. Tapi akhirnya saya tepis pikiran itu, karena rugi sekali rasanya jika tidak mengunjungi hutan ini. 

Sampai di Monkey Forest, saya lega sekali karena saya menuruti kata hati. Monkey Forest memang hutan yang cantik. Kalau Anda suka fotografi, nah...banyak spot berfoto yang bagus di sana. Pakailah baju katun yang menyerap keringat karena di hutan kelembabannya tinggi. Saya basah kuyup karena keringat sendiri!  

"Aaaaah...geli sekali!" jerit anak saya.

Ternyata benar, monyet-monyet di sana 'usil' tapi lucu sekali! Hahaha. Pengunjung bisa memberi makan pisang kepada monyet ini, dengan berharap dapat berfoto bersama salah satu dari mereka. Anak saya pun mencoba...tapi yang ada dia terkikik geli ditunggangi si monyet! Dan penontonpun tertawa terbahak-bahak! Haha.

Para penghuni tetap hutan Monkey Forest.

Pertunjukan sendratari Ramayana.

Tidak lupa kami juga menonton sendratari Ramayana di Batu Bulan. Ya, tempat lain yang bagus untuk menonton sendratari ini adalah di Uluwatu, saat matahari terbenam. Tapi waktu itu, posisi kami lebih dekat ke Batu Bulan, jadilah kami menonton di sana.

Malam itu, pertunjukan full house. Ada sekitar 100 orang lebih penonton datang ke sanggar ini. Tariannya bagus, walau menurut saya penari kecaknya kurang banyak. Efek 'cak cak kecak' nya kurang terasa. Hehehe...


Kalau pergi ke Bali harus juga pergi ke Rice Terrace di Tegallalang. Pagi itu hujan gerimis, kurang cocok untuk berfoto tapi apalah daya, kita sudah sampai di sana. Akhirnya kami naik-turun persawahan juga, menikmati cantiknya sawah subak-style di Bali, sambil berfoto sana-sini. Ini salah satu hasil jepretan suami, lumayan kan?  

Briefing sebelum menaklukkan sungai Ayung :P

Dan....kami mencoba arung jeram! Ini kali kedua untuk anak dan suami. Yang pertama untuk saya. Lagi-lagi kami mengambil paket arung jeram di sungai Ayung dari Sobek. Ngeri gak sih ikut arung jeram? Ternyata pengalaman arung jeram ini adiktif, bikin kepingin mencoba berkali-kali lho! Seru dan tidak menyeramkan sama sekali! Haha...sekarang saya mengerti mengapa anak dan suami saya memaksa saya ikut tour kali ini! 




Santai dulu ah...di hammock yang tersedia
di rumah makan di pinggir laut.

Satu hari kami habiskan di pulau Lembongan. Pulau kecil di sebelah tenggara pulau Bali. Buat yang berhobi diving dan snorkeling, pulau Lembongan mengasyikkan sekali. Saya sendiri senang tur ke hutan payaunya :)


Bapak dan anak mencoba snorkeling di laut lepas.

Naik sampan ke hutan payau. Bagus sekali!


Dua hari terakhir di Bali, kami pindah ke Nusa Dua Hotel. Pindah suasana. Dari Ubud di gunung ke Nusa Dua di pantai. Hotelnya sudah agak tua, tapi besar sekali dan fasilitas hiburan lengkap. Anak saya senang sekali karena kolam renangnya besar dan menarik. Tempat makan di komplek hotel juga banyak, hanya harganya selangit. Satu malam kita mencoba makan malam di salah satu restoran di sana. Satu orang seharga Rp 350 ribu untuk buffetnya. Aduuuh...dan saya tidak biasa makan banyak! Rugi deh rasanya. 


Dan...karena hampir seminggu liburan berjalan lancar, kami para orang tua lengah menjaga suasana 'aman' itu. Hari terakhir di Bali, kami habiskan di A&E rumah sakit BIMC di Nusa Dua. Sebabnya? Reaksi alergi. Saya curiga anak saya makan muffin yang mengandung telur, atau bersentuhan dengan telur! Well...pagi hari sewaktu sarapan di hotel, kami disodori sepiring muffin dan roti yang menurut staf restoran, gluten free dan egg free. Saya bertanya berkali-kali, untuk memastikan bahwa makanan ini benar2 aman untuk anak saya yang menderita alergi terhadap telur dan kacang2an dan pak staf dengan yakinnya menjawab ya, roti dan muffin ini memang gluten free, dan egg free. 

Errr......tapi sepertinya tidak ya. Karena sejam sesudah memakan muffin, anak saya mulai gatal-gatal, pertama di tangan lalu di mata. Lalu dia mulai batuk-batuk dan sesak napas pula. Oh no...reaksi alerginya sampai ke pernapasan. Saya takut hal ini berlanjut ke shock, jadilah kami buru-buru membawa dia ke rumah sakit! Sigh.... kita di rumah sakit setengah hari. Anak saya tertidur setelah mendapat suntikan antihistamin dll. Sesal tak guna. Lain kali, kalau saya tidak lihat atau baca sendiri bahan makanannya, saya tidak akan beri anak saya makanan baru begitu saja. Ngeri kalau kejadian ini terulang lagi

Begitulah, akhirnya setelah tiga-empat jam tinggal di hotel 'BIMC' kami dibolehkan pulang. Sisa hari hanya dipakai untuk makan sore (siang terlewat dan malam dimajukan saja), belanja oleh-oleh sedikit, kembali ke hotel, dan tidur awal. I was mentally exhausted with the whole ordeal anyway. 

Keesokan harinya, kami kembali ke Singapura. Kembali ke rumah tercinta. Saya kangen bau bantal saya hehehe. 

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