Bandung - Day 2

Morning people! (morningkan ajer laaa walaupun korang mungkin baca ni tengah malam tiga hari selepas entry di tulis haha).

Ok kita sambung cerita Bandung. Tak banyak cerita pun sebab pergi pun 2 hari, memang teruk sangat kalau tak completekan karangan 250 patah perkataan ni hihi. Entry Bandung -Day 1 klik dekat SINI. :)

Day 2 memang kami dah target nak pergi Pasar Baru then buat second trip to factory outlets Jalan Dago, sebab banyak benda target hari sebelum tu tak sempat beli. So dengan konfidennya kita set time 8am gerak pergi Pasar Baru and by 12pm mesti dah kena settle sebab nak ulang factory outlets and then Kartika Sari lagi. Petang 5pm dah nak kena pi airport sebab flight kami berdua petang tu jugak. Kawan-kawan lain dia orang semua balik petang esok, so banyak masa lagi. Kami kena balik jugak sebab nak pack barang untuk next trip dengan anak-anak heheheh. 


Pasar Baru ni banyak tingkat (they called it LANTAI), 9 kot tapi punya berjam kami kat situ, kami just tawaf 1st and 2nd floor je ok? Imagine betapa besarnya sampai nak pusing semua pun tak cukup masa, padahal macam dah habis masa siang kat situ kot. 1st floor macam kain telekung, kain sulam ke apa macam tu kot then 2nd floor yang kain lace, cotton dan anak beranak sekalian. Yang ni memang rambang mata terus. Dari konon-konon nak beli 3-4 helai, terus beli tah berapa belas helai cotton, siap beli kat satu family untuk buat baju raya semua heheheh. 



Duit tak cukup jangan risau, duit RM diterima. And ada ATM machine untuk withdraw duit kat situ, janji ATM kad Malaysia dah activate untuk buat international transaction. Itu call je hotline belakang ATM kad. I guna Maybankard, senang, serata dunia boleh withdraw. Conversion rate murah dari nak pegi money changer kat negara orang (even Pak Wawan sendiri tak galakkan kita tukar duit RM dekat money changer depa sebab banyak tipu and mahal of course).

Kain lace nak yang RM15 semeter pun ada sampailah yang meriah-meriah macam nak buat baju kawen tu. Paling mahal pun RM200 semeter tu pun dah lawa gila, penuh beads, kristal tah apa segala. Ini lace lawa ok, bukan lace sinetron Indonesia yang ibuk-ibuk mak tiri pakai tu hahahah.

Sebab barang pun sampai dah tak cukup tangan nak pegang, jangan lupa beli extra luggage dekat tingkat 7 kalau tak silap. Sebelum tu adalah 2-3 round Pak Wawan tolong pergi simpankan barang kami dalam van hehehehe. (Disamping menjadi supir, Pak Wawan so cool tolong angkut barang dan jaga baby Malik sekali, bagus gila ok? Efisyen hehe).


Tapi iyerlah, dah nama pun Pasar Baru, sorgaaa beli kain, murah dan bermacam pesyen, mana nak cukupppp 8am to 12pm tuuuuu. Sudahnya, sampai pukul 3pm kita orang kat situ hahahah. Jadual waktu yang ditetapkan dah ke laut, pukul 3 memang terus balik hotel, solat, checkout, lunch (super late!) and then pergi Kartika Sari. Nak tapau segala brownies kukus and pastries yang super sedap tu. Alhamdulillah, semua sempat and pukul 5pm ngan kami sampai airport Bandung tu. Airport dia kecik je, boarding gate dia tak bukak awal sangat sebab takde tempat yang luas nak menunggu. Flight pukul 6.40pm kot macam tu, pukul 6pm baru dia bagi masuk departure hall gitu. Cuma itu lah, naik Airasia kan, kang kalau lambat checkin dia pangkah buang nama kita pulak. 


Takde apa pesanan sangat, cuma bab makan tu hati-hati lah yer. Alhamdulillah kami semua balik sihat walafiat, tadek kena diarrhoea ke apa. Oh lagi satu, korang jangan terkejut la dengan trafik dekat Bandung, dia punya mencilok tu tahap tiba-tiba eh tingkap van orang sebelah betul-betul tepi tingkap van kita. Boleh pas baranglah kalau nak. Punya rapat gitu dia orang punya bersesak kat jalan, tapi driver dia cam cool je lagi cilok sana-sini. Awal-awal tu seram jugak, tapi lama-lama ok haha. Conclusionnya, syukurlah trafik jem Malaysia belum tahap begitu, tapi ada harapan satu hari nanti. T___T




Ada yang tanya sesuai tak bawak budak-budak, kalau tanya jawapan jujur I, memang I kata TAK. And syukur sangat kita orang tak bawak budak-budak hari tu. Sebab sesak sangat every place yang kita orang singgah, nak tolak stroller tu macam impossible. Kalau nak disuruh jalan, kalau kita leka ada harapan boleh hilang ok? Panas and berdebu jugak. Lagipun selalu kita pegi sana (kebanyakkan nya lah) pergi dengan niat nak shopping. Tak mungkin lah boleh nak shopping dengan aman damai, nak take your own sweet time belek barang sana sini kalau ada budak. Kalau nak bawak jugak, my advise tolonglah jangan leka. Jangan sambil lewa. Kalau hilang hadoiiii boleh nangis. After all kita sendiri tau behavior anak kita macam mana, so pandai-pandailah fikirkan anak kita tu sesuai dibawa atau tidak. Kalau nak practice, cuba lah pi shopping dekat area CHOW KIT tu bawak anak. Haaa macam tu lah lebih kurang hehehehe.

Last but not least, ini number Pak Wawan: 00 62 22 93470568

So itu jer la cerita Day 2, hahaha bukan ada yang best sangat melainkan membeli kain dekat Pasar Baru. Lepas ni nak cari mood sambung entry Hong Kong and then cuti-cuti Tahun Melawat Malaysia 2014, destinasi pertama Teluk Chempedak and Hyatt Regency Kuantan. Hehhehehe. Tahun 2014 antara azamnya nak banyak berjalan hahaha. :P














Adam & Aiman: Your 1st Day of School

Adam & Aiman Sayang, 


(Read WE = Mama & Ayah)


We can't believe that the day has finally come. Like finally-finally-finally. Well, after several episodes of playschool-registration-cancellation, we decided that this must be it. Even until now, we are not quite sure whether we are ready for this, but it comes anyway. You boys are going to school. Ohh, how time has flown. 

It just a kindergarten, hello? What's a big deal about it? -- some may say that. To us, this whole thing marks the real beginning of your journey in becoming who you are. Rockstar? Pilot? Engineer? Rugby Player? or whatever you choose to be when you grow up, this is just the beginning of your new adventure. Your first solo year to be exact; independent of Mama, Ayah and everyone else at home. 

Weeks before even until the night before your first day of school, I explained that you boys will be going to school, see new friends, learn new things but worry not, you guys will still see each other anyway. Abang nodded quietly, trying to take it all while Adik replied excitedly, "Ok yeay! nak pergi school. Abang don't cry ok? Mummy tinggal sekejap saja". Little did you know Adik, that you will be away from the comfort of home, where everything is new and everyone is different.


On the first day of school, we were all very excited, nervous and scared altogether. I told you, "Don't worry, everything will be fine". Trying to act all cool and relax, the truth is I was the one who worried and scared most. In a sudden, I got worried for so many things. Will you ask for help if you need one? Will things be too hard or too easy or too anything for you? Will the teachers and other kids be nice to you? Will you be brave enough to protect yourself? Will Abang be able to protect Adik and vice versa? And to Aiman particularly, will the teachers understand your boisterous energy? What if you get hungry for every one hour? Oh my Aimannnn. 

We walked to the school, very slowly (trying to delay the time eyh?) and both of you held my hands tightly. Stood in front of the glass door and as expected, both of you hesitate to go inside. I guess this the point when you realized that Mama and Ayah will not be staying with you all day, and there your tears waiting to stream down your face anytime soon.

We kissed you both on the forehead, gave you one big hug and waved good-bye *and you burst into tears*. Sorry kids that we just had to walk, leaving the crying-Adam-and-Aiman to the Aunties. But I promised that it will only be a quick few hours away from Mama and Ayah and will pick you up on time.

It's day 4 of school today. Abang looks much better now, happy about going to school but Adik, he doesn't seem to be adapting well. I know you will have struggles, or probably feel insecure, but knowing you Aiman, I believe you will be able to handle whatever comes your way with full of confidence. You just need more time to adjust sayang, Insyaallah everything will be fine.

Very deep inside, it's a bit hard to let you go and to trust someone else to look after you two, even for only a short 4 hours. My heart is torn between wanting to have you all day with me, where I can protect you from the crazy world (it's not everything nice as seen) and wanting to let you go out there so you can experience more things than just being home. But I believed, school will teach you many new things, on top of what you have learned so far. There's a lot more to discover about the world we live in and may this be among the first steps you took, that will bring the very best in you.  


Only few important notes that Mama and Ayah want you to remember, always:

1st - It's ok to be different because not everyone in this world will share the common things with you. Even Abang and Adik are different from each other, embrace the difference kids.

2nd - Don't be afraid to try something new because you never know how pleasantly surprise things can be. Try Haris, try the new adventure.

3rd - Always follow the instructions BUT it's ok to speak up when necessary. :) Trust me.

4th - Do anything you want or maybe better than anyone has ever done it as long as you be the best of you. Survival in life is about becoming the best you, not the best in class. Remember that, please.

5th - Mistakes just happen. But don't forget to say sorry and learn from it.

Last but not least, regardless if the notes outgrown from just 5 to hundreds, one last thing that you boys should always remember is your FAMILY.  No matter what, we will always be here, ohhh in fact we are here since you were just one minute old. I'm your Mama first but always your bestfriend, remember that. Ok fine, if Mama says no, go ask Ayah - as the tagline said. I'm OK with that, as long as you talk to any of your family members. Or Maktok, Tok Wan, Tok Abah, Jaja, Yaya and the list goes on. :) We love you kids, to the infinity sampai tak boleh kira!


With lots of love, to the moon and back, 

Mama.





STAR Reward System for My Kids

Yeah, as you read it, we have now implemented a reward system at home. Nothing so complicated about it, one star for every stated expectation that is met. In return, for every 50 stars collected, they can redeem those for treats or outing or whatever that is deemed appropriate and ok by Mummy and Ayah, hehe. At this moment both of them nampak faham macam mana the whole system works. Oklah untuk awal ni, 50 stars tu dalam 2 minggu baru dapat collect, so at least takdaklah hari-hari mintak new toys. :P

We just implemented the system, so I'm not sure how successful it will be (tunggu until end of the month) and not any pitfalls that we have encountered, as yet. I know some people may say, "nanti budak-budak tak ikhlas buat baik" but well at least this whole thing can encourage them to do good and motivate them to achieve their goals (for example Adam, he needs to collect enough stars that to be redeemed for another set of die-cast planes). As simple as that. 

Sebab Adam hari-hari mintak Ayah belikan new planes when he probably has more than 50 die-cast planes in collection. It's easier to explain that, "NO, no new planes sebab Adam tak kemas lepas main, Adam tak share dengan Adik and bla bla bla and you can only have a new set when you earned your 50 stars by doing/behaving good", lebih kurang macam itu. So far dia faham and hopefully janganlah ada orang lain tolong beli hahahah nanti dia dapat short cut pulak.

I tak expect them to do basic house chores pun and all the expectations stated I rasa manageable and achievable by them (at least for now). Play nicely, share things, clean up toys, help each other, practise positive behaviours, brush teeth (yang ni confirm ada star, they love it), eat fruits & veggies, or anything simple for kids age 4-5.

I dapat idea ni masa dekat Disneyland. They went bonkers over toys when we were in Hong Kong and we've never seen them like that before. Even masuk Toyrus dekat Malaysia pun I rasa masih berhemah dan bersopan, but not in Disneyland. T_____T Aiman particularly, lepas satu, satu dia nak beli. Hairan. For all we know Aiman has very minimal interest in toys. Aihhhh, disampuk hantu Disneyland ke apa taktau la.


So I just have to explain to them that they can't always get what they want in life. Sometimes things just don't happen the way you want them to be and that Allah gives everything for reason. Also have to tell them that Allah bagi Mummy and Ayah duit not only to buy toys for Adam and Aiman, but also for foods, school, baju, jalan-jalan and whatnot. Adam seems to understand the idea but Aiman well well well, he is the "Mr. Whatever". So whateverrrrr. 

Siap pesan balik dekat Mummy, "Mummy cakap lah PLEASE nicely to ALLAH, nanti mesti Dia bagi. Mummy cakap elok-elok tau?" 

Fast forward, Mummy pun dapat ilham nak buat reward system ni and so far both of them faham. For example, lepas dinner jer Aiman will come and ask for his 'star' sebab dia dah makan veggies sampai habis. So senang kerja Mummy hehehe...

For time being, we will just stick to this. For long term, maybe kena fikir cara lain sebab tak boleh nak rely on the reward system sepanjang masa. The main idea of this is to build a strong sense of responsibility and to create awareness on how their role impact the rest of the family. But until they can further understand, star chart ni kira dah good beginning. Because little kids respond well with continuous positive words such as "good job, well done, awesome, thank you, great, wonderful and etc."


Bandung - Day 1

*Baca doa semoga entry ni complete*


Haha, serious memang nak kena doa semoga ada kerajinan untuk terus menulis and biar ada sambungan Bandung - Day 2. Sebab knowing myself, selalu entry jalan-jalan mesti half complete. Cerita separuh lepas tu tergendala forever, hihi. Tapi yang ni harap-harap complete lah, hello 2 hari 1 malam je kot kehkehkeh. Weekend trip to Bandung haaa gituuuu.

Sesungguhnya I memang tak pernah sampai Indonesia sebelum ni, sangatlah kesian kan, negara jiran pun tak pernah jejak. Di kala orang lain dah ulang-alik pi Indonesia (ala-ala dah jadi 2nd home), kita tak pernah pun sampai. Dulu pernah plan nak pergi Bali, dah beli tiket flight pun tapi lepas tu ter-pregnant Aiman. Terus my mom tak bagi pergi and suruh cancel je trip Bali, dia kata tak sesuai orang pregnant pergi tempat Hi**u. What to do, mak dah kata, kenalah patuh.

Trip Bandung ni pun tak plan sebenarnya, tiket flight beli 2 minggu sebelum pergi sebab kawan-kawan ajak pi ramai-ramai. Demi nak borong kain punya pasal (plus sebab memang tak pernah sampai Indonesia hahahaha), kita orang pun join sekali. Kids tak ikut, maktok depa tak bagi, katanya Bandung tak sesuai bawak budak-budak. Haaaaa ok je, line clear, boleh dating! Kehkehkeh. So budak-budak stay rumah Maktok la dua hari tu and rasanya dia orang pun tak heran hahaha sebab kat sana lagi macam big boss masing-masing. 




Flight pukul 6.40am, tapi gate close dalam 6.10am kot macam tu, so dalam 5.50am tu dah get ready dalam surau siap-siap, dah wuduk and bertelekung semua. Masuk waktu Subuh je terus zasssss solat and bila siap terus lari pi kat boarding gate, memang tak sempat nak lenggang mak limah. Flight sepatutnya amik masa 2 jam setengah, tapi rasanya dalam 2 jam tu dah sampai, Kapten rempit atas langit ke apa taktaulah. Dengan turbulence yang agak lama, hoihhh scary sungguh. Immigration check tak ada apa, takda soal ke check bags ke apa, cuma beratur agak panjang. Beratus umat yang sampai, ada 3 kaunter je yang hado, so redhalah beratur kan?

Then bermulalah episode kami meronda Bandung dengan khidmat driver tip top, nama dia Pak Wawan. Memang tiptop sebab we paid him by day (takda kiraan hours yer, memang dari pagi sampai malam dia bawak kami ronda, tak berkira masa). Satu hari 400,000 rupiah, about RM110 sehari. All inclusive yer, tak payah fikir nak bayar minyak, duit parking apa segala semua. Tak sure la tu murah ke mahal, tapi mengambil kira Pak Wawan yang sangat tak berkira masa (sebab some drivers dia allocate 12 jam sahaja), pada kami 400k rupiah tu murah sangat. And the best part is dia jujur (and rajin tolong angkut simpan shopping bags kami dalam kereta hehehehhe).


Sebab driver ni, bila dia bawak guests pergi certain tempat shopping, or restaurants or even kedai kain kat Pasar Baru tu, dia dapat tips. Dalam 30,000 rupiah (RM10) gitu. Pak Wawan ni, everytime dia dapat, dia bagi balik kat kita orang, dia kata duit tu actually hak kami. But of course la kita orang tak amik, bagi jer lah kat dia buat minum ke apa.

The first place kami tuju semestinya factory outlets area. Mula-mula Jalan Dago then Jalan Riau. All in all, banyak la jugak baju murah, baju budak terutamanya. Baju ladies tak berapa nak membeli sangat, mungkin tak kena taste hehehehe. After all, baju perempuan kat Malaysia ni banyak boleh dapat, lawa and harga berpatutan. Baju budak banyak comel-comel and men shirts pun not bad. Ladies je tah apesal ku rasakan macam baju nyonya/amoi kat Kepong tu kehkehkehkeh. Or mungkin orang perempuan pergi sana lebih afdal borong kain je haha.



Then dekat Jalan Riau kami masuk jugak Heritage ni, yang famous disebut-sebut di serata blog. Sangatlah overrated kot? Tidaklah semengah mana sangat baju dia, mahal pulak tu. Or mungkin sebab dia famous so dia mahal? Mungkinlah. And kena hati-hati pilih material sebab dia longgok je baju antara material yang nampak mahal and material yang memang konfem spesis Siam punya. So, pandai-pandailah pilih.



Then kita berhenti lunch dekat restaurant ni. Makan 6 adults dalam 500,000 rupiah (about RM140). Ok lah, harga sedang-sedang, tak murah tak mahal sebab restaurant lawa, siap surau semua. Yang penting bersih. Sebab dekat Bandung kita orang sangat-sangatlah berwaspada dengan pilihan tempat makan, sebab selalu jumpa orang kalau balik from Bandung mesti severe diarrhoea tahap boleh demam punya. So kenalah spend sikit makan kat restaurant yang hati yakin bersih dan halal of course. Kita pilih masakan Sunda, semua lauk dia masak fresh.


Between, kat sana kalau nak selamat, minum mineral water jer lah. Beli yang dalam bottle and sealed tu. Lebih terjamin kebersihannya. Makanan yang jual-jual tepi jalan tu, try-lah avoid sebab boleh tahan berdebu kawasan Bandung tu, takut perut kita nanti tak tahan.

Then dah shopping sampai pukul 5pm macam tu, baru kita balik hotel. Baru ler check in semua. Hotel biasa, nama dia Zodiak at Paskal. Murah je, RM100 semalam heehhe. Tapi bilik besar, bersih and free WiFi. Kami siap mintak dia printkan boarding pass balik KL lagi, sebab terlupa nak print heheh. 3 stars hotel, ok lah not bad, cukup selesa nak buat mandi and tidur saja. Ada minimart kat bawah tu, dekat jugak dengan Kartika Sari.



Malam kami keluar lagi. Meronda dekat Cihempelas Walk. Dapatlah sebat kasut Converse kaler pink yang after sale jadi RM100. The same shoes tengok kat One Utama (after sale dalam RM170). Hehehehe, terus seronok dapat beli kasut discounted price. Tapi tak berapa nak membeli barang lain sangat sebab manusia punyalah ramai. Terasa macam duduk dekat kawasan Sinar Kota Pudu tu pun ada huhu. Nasiblah tak bawak budak-budak kalau tak, memang dah boleh imagine Aiman cranky. Tak sesuai kot, or sebetulnya tak sesuai untuk anak-anak ku yang anti kawasan serabut hewhewhew.

Ok, so itu jer lah untuk activity day 1. Memang merayap cuci poket je disamping exercise kaki hehehe, sebab memang lenguh gila. Nak pegi SPA pun dah tak boleh fikir, tahap nampak katil nak balik tidur je terus. :P So nanti sambung Day 2, yang ni memang merambu dalam Pasar Baru beli kain jer lah, dari pagi sampai ke petang hehe. 

































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