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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Our Melbourne Holiday + Top 4 Places to Visit with Kids In Melbourne

So, i thought i shouldn't blog about this holiday trip because i already spammed so much of the photos on my instagram.

But then... other than people's requests for me to blog about the places we went to, i thought my kids should be able to read about it too, you know, in case instagram would be obsolete during their time.
(Can that happen?)
(I mean.. It kinda happened to Myspace & Friendster)
(I used to blog on those)
(Then hilang)
(So maybe....this will too?)
(Tapi macam tak kot sebab dia link kat google)

WAHAHA! Off topic meta dehhh. Hu aloh.

So Melbourne isn't exactly the most happening place on earth. It's just a chilling place. A place that isn't busy and bustling, not exactly cultured (as in, no cultural traditions of sorts i think), and it's just a city. Full of young and nice people and coffee shops.

But first!
What was the flight like with 2 kids for 8 hours?
It was super uncomfortable for me sebab Isaac had to sit with me and he wouldn't sit still. He doesn't run around much too, but he climbs everywhere!
He'd climb to the neighbour (nasib it's my mom) and climb over the seat to the back (nasib my husband) and he wouldn't sleep so he cried so much (sebab nak tido tapi takleh), until a stewardess had to ask me (politely) to take isaac away for a while because many passengers were "disturbed" by his cries.
It was a night flight.

I pun dah la penat, pastu budak meragam. Memang lagi extra penat tapi what to do? I pun want people to be comfortable.
So bawak la dia berjalan dalam airplane. Which is not easy sebab space berjalan kecik and people are moving up and down to the toilet haha!

Oh well.

 Alhamdulillah sampai gak!

Sampai tu, terus naik skybus to my brother's apartment.
And i terus suruh the kids mandi because they stink! =p

We didn't do much the whole first day because we were all so tired (especially me, coz i didn't get much sleep!), but we did walked around our area.

Here are the top 3 places (+1 souvenir shopping) we went!

MELBOURNE ZOO

I knew we had to go to the zoo.
Nay, we MUST go to the zoo.
Nay, we HAVE TO, WAJIB, NEED to go to the zoo.

Because Australia has the weirdest animals in the world! Cute ones la i mean.
They have Koala bear, Kangaroo, Wombat, and Platypus!


Ummi bergaya tengok map kan =p


Isaac is the kind who loves soft toys.
He cuddles.
And he is cuddly too.
Good combo!



When we saw the kangaroos, Isaac was immediately a kangaroo-keeper.
He fed them, he stroked them, and stepped on their tails! 
We shouldn't.
And he also picked up their poops!
I was disgusted but the keeper said that it's a clean poop because they eat veges.

...
I'm like, yeah.
When my kids were babies and only had milk, i never saw their poop as being clean.

But oh well.
Who am i to burst someone's bubble kan. =p

Here's a family photo where all of us looked kind of.. off.

So the story here (Nadrah, this part is about you) is, Nadrah was running around at the cafe port where we were having our lunch, oh they had vege nasi goreng! Literally, nasi goreng! Haha! Kitorang macam "mesti ramai malaysian datang sini kot".

So Nadrah was running around chasing the pigeons, and we all told her to stop running around and then true enough, she fell and scraped her knee.

She cried, as LOUD as she could, because let's face it. It's not a cry if only the family hears it. The whole world needed to know she was in pain hahahaha!

She was straight up wailing like "WAAAHHHHHH WAAAHHHHHHHH WAAAHHHHH!", seriously from the stomach.
I did the typical asian mom move.
I ignored her, not before i told her "padan muka. I told you!"

Good thing we had an extra stroller with us! She just sat there the whole time after that. When we went to  see the kangaroos, she didn't want to get off the stroller even and her dad had to carry her in a 'special' way so that she didn't have to straighten her legs. So you bet! She didn't even touch the kangaroos! Hahaha!

The keepers were kind enough to call for a first aid to help patch up Nadrah. So a guy by the name of Gary came over to us in a tricycle with all the ubats, but Nadrah simply refused to let him touch her scraped knees.
And she wailed.
We were in front of the baboon's cage, and when she wailed, the baboons wailed with her.
I did the asian move again, and fled the scene. Biar my husband handle her sebab i just cannot. Haha! =p

After the kangaroos, we went around to see more animals. Isaac was having fun looking at them animals, and even chased pigeons, on approved locations.

I think we were there for around 3 hours. It was nice and i loved it, even with Nadrah's drama. =)


MELBOURNE MUSEUM (& Brighton Beach, for pictures)

I purposely chose to go to the museum because of the Pauline Gandel Children's Gallery!
It's super cool for the kids!

The whole museum is already cool too!









The kids had loads of fun here! I think we only browsed through the museum for 10 minutes kot and spent the other hour plus at the kids' section ni =)

So glad to see Isaac being very adventurous at his age! Seronok tengok dia main main =)

After the museum, we went to eat and headed to Brighton Beach.
Too bad masa ni our phones died, so we didn't get that many photos..





It was super windy yang sejuk gila, and guess what?
Nadrah didn't want to wear her jacket.

She was crying all over the beach until finally she agreed to stay in the car with Isaac and my bro.
Isaac was ok at first, but we could see that he wasn't feelin' it. It was too cold for him.
Kesian budak budak ni. huhu..

I know i should be editting the pics before posting them here.. I'm too lazy. Bahahaha =p

There's nothing much to do at the beach. 
Take pics je. So... we didn't have anything else to do so we just went back.
But we did stop by the library =)

Just to feed these bebehs

Nadrah dah good mood balik because she had her snoring fest in the car.

Ececeh posing!


SEA LIFE AQUARIUM 


Amboi posing!
Hehe!

Finally, we took the tram to go to the aquarium.
And the kids were sleeping in their strollers....
I don't recommend people with strollers to ride the tram, but then if you have to, you can =)
It's just a bit crammed.



It's a fake one, don't worry.
The real one was so huge i felt like crying. Serious!

I think the highlight of the aquarium are the penguins.





To be honest, the aquarium ni nothing spectacular. Other than the penguins, everything else is like Aquaria in KLCC. And the tickets to the sea life aquarium ni bapak mahal!
Nak nangis bila bayar.. It's like $50++ for adults, and kids $30++
T_T

So yeah.

VICTORIA MARKET

This is a place to get souvenirs and food stuff.
I don't think they're cheap, but ok la.
Dapat la a few stuff for my families.
The food though.. It's GOOD!


We had this mussels in some kind of tom yam-ish kuah, and it was super delicious!
Sampai terliur ok while typing this. Haha!

As usual, when we walked around, Nadrah saw this puppy toy thing which barks and moves, and she wanted it.
So ok la, beli.
And then she & Isaac fought for it.... 

Here, Nadrah was telling me how she's disappointed that the dog doesn't follow her.
Like a real dog.
And i had to explain to her that we can't have pets.
Because our condo doesn't allow it.
(and because i do not want to take care of it for you)
(you want pets, you get it when you don't live with me k?)
(when you're like... 25?)

We basically didn't want to do much that day, so we walked around the city and explore.
That's my kind of activity actually =p
I loooooveeee people-watching.
It's just my way of seeing how people really live differently, in different countries, different cultures, different climate. It's super interesting! =p



But alas..

The only people watching i get, was watching Isaac and Nadrah.
=p

I think we missed a lot of other places. I know people have recommended a lot of food places to go like HIYC? was it? I forgot. Even puffing billy something. But with kids, it's all up to our capability to be patient with them. Haha!
Seriously though. Because we're walking mostly, and pushing them on strollers, and then diaper change (for isaac) and pujuk-ing nadrah, and getting them to eat properly, that requires a lot of energy & patience. 
Pastu nak solat lagi. So kena ikut la macam mana.

I had fun though!
It has been a while since husband & i did something with the kids together. Alhamdulillah dapat seminggu terus!
It wasn't about the places we went to in the end, but the time spent as a family. I really really appreciate that =')

So here's a video i made to sum it up!
Just my kids though hehehe..



Supernovalova,
Mars with awkward goodbyes.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Making Home Fun For The Kids

Assalamualaikum!


I love taking my kids outside, exploring something new and visiting new places.
But since Isaac dah start walking (away from me), i dah penat nak bawak diorang jalan jalan. Unless my husby is around, then that's a different story la. Hehe..

Did you know that there are people out there yang buat children's play group? And they do like proper stuff too, like having sand pit la, ada some bubble area, ice area, paints and some random and cool stuff, all for developing sensory skills! I have been invited to some play groups, tapi they're always either far away or clashes with our plan. Too bad..

Maybe someday i could take the kids, inshaAllah.

But because of these play groups, i realised that i could do some of the activities at home! So i did some artsy stuff with Nadrah, and we made a mess. It was ok, but when Isaac came, and he starts eating up those small pieces of papers, and even playdoh, i just stopped doing it. It wasn't fun anymore. Just hazardous! Hahaha!

So no more artsy stuff (ada la sikit sikit), but we got some other stuff that's more safe and still super fun! Like this ball pit!


Even this huge fake flowers is good way for kids to learn about texture, colour, smell and shapes.

This tunnel thing pun ya Allah, punya la the kids suka main kejar kejar in it! It heightens their sense of space.

Of course, SAND! Beach holiday always means sand time and extra sensory time!
I remember how nadrah used to be geli with the sand haha!
Isaac chill je. I bet he'd swim in it if he could! =p


Most of the time, at home, i let them have fun during Bath Time!
I let them bring some toys (that's meant to be for water la) and play while showering.
It's super cute to see how Isaac is learning to see which toy sinks, and which toys float! Nadrah now likes to see how water flows down, so she build like an obstacle course to see the water flow direction.
And their favourite: BUBBLES!

Lots and lots of bubbles sampai licin lantai! Hahaha!


Ever since the kids were babies, i like to put some soap in their bathtub to create bubbles. And we play with the bubbles together until their fingers wrinkled up! Putting some bubbles on their hands, on their cheeks, hair, and then put bubbles on me pulak so that they can try to slap it off. Eventhough it's all play, but seriously, they are learning! It's all sensory stuff!


I like how Cetaphil Baby Moisturing Bath & Wash ni makes their skin soft even after they play with it for a long time. Since my kids have dry skin, that's definitely something i appreciate! Pastu tambah ngan the the Daily Lotion, their soft skin is kept soft!






Easy to clean fun is the best! For kids and for me bahahaha =p
I love that they are super gomol-friendly after mandi too. Wangi tak tahannnn!!

So i hope this somehow inspire you new moms, or moms trying to "spice up" your kids' learning activities, that playlearning happens at home too and it doesn't have to cost a bomb! =D
To have creative kids, we have to be creative as well hehee!

Have fun mommies! <3




Sunday, October 22, 2017

#UnitedMomsClub: Gadgets and Problems

Salam khair evelibodi!

It's already our 6th episode dahhhh!!
So this week's episode, we're talking about gadgets and how we're letting our kids use it.

We all know the negative effects of over-exposing our kids to gadgets kan. It's already so widely spread how Steve Jobs also tak bagi anak main ipad la, how kids will get social problems, even motor-skills won't be too good if we let them play with gadgets instead of playing, but still.
Still we see people or know parents who let their kids play with gadgets 24-7.

HOWEVER, we should always sangka baik.

Sometimes it's the situation that requires us to let our kids play with gadgets:
1. Safety reasons.
- dulu it's safe to let kids run around but now.. maybe not so, so we let our kids watch or play something on our gadgets.

2. It's better than letting them disturb other people
- some people are not comfortable with children running around them. And we're trying to be considerate of other people's feelings kan. I personally know my kids, and they're the kind yang suka kacau orang and i've seen how some (very few la) yang get really annoyed at it. But then, mostly people don't mind. Still. Trying to be considerate =)

3. We need them to be quiet for a while.
- we want to eat too. Hahaha! And sometimes when i have no choice but to bring my kids to meeting, i'd give them my phone to watch something so that i can talk and listen.
....... i really should get a nanny! Hahaha!

I know this is an ugly photo of me... But here memang obviously we're letting the kids watch the ipad because we wanted to eat peacefully and were in a cramped place. Huhuuuuuu..


And i've read a couple of articles that said playing games (on ipad or computer) can have positive impacts too, like an accuracy skill (i think this is in relation to shooting kind of games), and also strategical thinking.
But too much of it will cause kids to lose their empathy and social skills.

So in the end, in everything, we need BALANCE.

Kita as adults pun kena la control ourselves. Children does repeat what they see and hear. And when they see us always on our gadget, of course diorang pun nak kan.
And this is my current struggle. I'm so stuck with my phone and laptop because of my business..... and because it's my source of entertainment too. T_T
Now i'm trying to control myself though. I've stopped making my phone a must-hold-and-see first thing in the morning and last thing at night. I try to plan my time using gadgets for work and for entertainment too, so that i can make time to be more present with my kids.

See, eventhough i'm 24-7 with them, but i'm not "with" them so much.
And yeah, i hate myself for that.
HUH!

SO!
Please have a listen to our latest podcast!


Tell us what you think and if you have any pointers or advise, please share! If you have anything you wish for us to share on our future episodes, please let us know k! =) Be in the club, #unitedmomsclub that is! *awkward sign off* bye!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

LEGOLAND With The Fam!

SO!
WE FINALLY WENT TO LEGOLAND!

AND IT WAS FUN!

Faham tak how excited we were haha!!
I've been wanting to take the kids somewhere for a holiday because they were sick for a long time and then i pulak sibuk and stuff. Kesian diorang takde activity sangat..
Then last weekend, we went to LEGOLAND which were 5 hours of drive from our place (*tears), but ahhhh... wish we could stay longer!

Here's why we went to Legoland:
There’s tons more to experience including our Brick-Or-Treat Carnival Celebrations, where we’re extending park hours to 8pm on 13, 14, 20 & 21 October, and kid (aged 3 - 11 years old) who come dressed up can join our Spook-Tacular Costume Contest, and enter the park for FREE*. Everyone is invited to also sing and dance along with our Brick-A-Boo Parade of Halloween Characters!
- Quoted from this link

Awesome kan! But please read the T&C k!

So we've got ourselves a Family Room at their Hotel, and we all loved it!
This parents room and the kids room are in one hotel room, separated by a sliding door. It's fairly spacious!

Ada extra katil kat bawah tu, where Isaac slept in because he rolls around a lot haha!

The fun bit: Lego figures everywhere!!

Nadrah clearly loving the top bunk =D


My travel necessities by Marzea
(sempat)


ON TO THE THEME PARK WOOOOOHOOO!

Ceh ceh Nadrah macam paham je tengok map =p

"macam ni la Nadrah"..

First place we went to see was this lego miniature buildings.




"Ummi look at that!!"
says Nadrah ALL. THE. TIME.
Which was good =) Memang a lot things to see!


Terpaksa dukung Isaac sebab dia nak tangkap the legos bahahaaa

Then we met Nadrah's Lego Boss!

Couldn't even take a proper photo coz they won't stay still! Except for the vader haha!

Just because =p
Skin by Marzea

Then Nadrah wanted to ride on this train thingy, which i was worried about sebab i know this girl is easily scared. But she insisted, so ok la!
Better try than never!

And to my surprise, she loved it!!

Yang kelakar nya, the slow ones that i thought she'd like, she didn't even want to get on pun.
=')
My daughter dah adventurous.
Sikit. 
=p

Then we went to the castle here, where the Halloween fun actually held.

So many kids were in costumes, and this one is just superb! Cute sangat!

Nadrah & Isaac met their "twins" too!
Nampak sangat diorang ni tak bersungguh sungguh. Takpe, next year kita buat betul betul hahaha! =p

This kid is so cute!


After the costume competition (yes, ada competition and obviously my kids didn't win hahaa), these super cute lego people danced to ghostbusters theme song!

Are they gonna dance again?
uhh no.

DAHHHH! JOM SAMBUNGGGG!

Yes, it's the observation tower next!


Semua muka belacan

Then we went to some other kiddie rides tapi takde pics wuwuu.. It's ok!



So dah Maghrib tu, kita balik ke hotel. Chill, makan and then, sambung main kat lobby!
Kat lobby macam macam activities!
There was another area where there were some halloween stuff, but we didn't participate because the kids wanted to play with the legos.

Ehem. Kids.

Ehem.

=p

Adults become kids again here. Hahaha!




And kids being kids, they built and then destroyed.
Oh well.
As long as it's fun! 

Around 10pm, sambung main kat dalam bilik!!

And then there's this treasure chest with some clues for us to solve.
 
We solved it!!

Dapat legos!! Weeeee!!!


So here's Day 2 at Legoland!
The morning scene here is quite hectic.
A lot of people rupanya kat hotel ni and we had to sit and wait for our number to be called. Good thing breakfast spread banyak! Kenyang gak makan.

Sempat!

Then, we were off to the theme park, again!


Nadrah is a good driver (as in she can really drive the auto toy cars even at my mom's and MIL's house) so this was easy peasy. She wanted to go to the bigger and more challenging driving place, but tak cukup umur. Oh well.
If you can't tell, it was SCORCHING HOT!
We were all sweating all over and super dehydrated.
And cranky. (Isaac & Nadrah, i'm talking about you guys)

"ummi always hitting the sides"

And because it was so hot, we spent most of our time in their stores!
"Where my homies at?" - Nadrah

Enjoying themselves in the shade hahaha!


Second day was kinda myeehhh sebab kids cranky, and then kita pun have to head home since the next day is Moonnnndaaayyyy, kerja day! 
Sempat kita singgah at my in-laws' house. But sampai je rumah, pulun i kena pack all orders for Marzea customers.

All in all, i really wanna go to Legoland again inshaAllah! Next time, i think kena one day theme park, and one day water park. Baru best!

I highly recommend you all pergi while tix for kids tengah free ni! 
And seriously, the tix is worth the price =)
We had tonnssss of fun!

*awkward sign off*
Bye.