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Switzerland Trip (3rd-13th August 2013) – Part One – Preparations

Our first family trip – with my own family now. Baby, husband, and me. Felt so different when I used to travel with my parents, now I have the huge responsibility to take care of my 8-month-old. From packing to planning the trip was tedious. If I can keep the Baby safe, happy and comfortable, this trip will be a lot manageable for us. Prior I was mad worried about teething, jet lag, climate conditions, food for baby etc etc etc. I had to planned 100% for all the baby’s necessities and his well-being. But I enjoyed the process and learnt so much being a new parent.

Thankfully we did have an awesome one !

Hence if you found your way here…. you are probably planning a long family trip with (at least) one baby in toll too….

Air Tickets

We decided to fly with Emirates. Hearsay their food is good, and you can’t go wrong with it. Each adult ticket cost S$2050 (round trip) and the baby’s S$162. A little on the high side because we bought it late =((( To be sure, we went down to Emirates HQ to confirm the bassinets for all flights.

The Long Hours Flights

We’ve decided to split the travelling time and transit at Dubai Airport (Singapore — Dubai 7hrs, Transit 3hrs, Dubai — Switzerland 7hrs). Aside the basic toiletries, we actually hand-carried more baby stuff. To name a few – diapers, manual breast pump, empty baby bottles, his favorite toys, spare clothings, socks, canned food (his first time taking canned food), avocados (in case he rejected the canned food…), and small carton of frozen breast milk. List is endless and I’ve probably missed out some.

20130813_170009All set ! Baby and his “treasures” in the bassinet.

One thing about travelling with a baby in bassinet is the flight regulations can be bothersome. In the event of air turbulences, you are expected to remove baby from the bassinet and the air attendees won’t leave until you’ve done so. So if you are unlucky, you will find your poor and tired baby keep getting removed from the bassinet =( If you prefer to hand carry on your lap, you are expected to buckle the baby with you. That’s quite a fit in case you need the loo.

Baby Woes

Switzerland is 6 hours behind Singapore time and I am worried that jet lag will caused the milk supply to dwindle… Emirates said I can check in maximum 2.5kg of dry ice. Best to carry what we can manage, I brought 2 cartons of 10 frozen breast milks… one checked in and one carton to be handcarried. Also prepared some canned food and oats in case Baby didn’t like those provided by Emirates and a few to checked in too. I’m glad I got more canned food from Singapore because the grocery stores in Switzerland carried very limited variety of baby canned food! And thankfully, Baby seems to enjoy every bottle whether cold or warm.

And also a portable rice cooker and some millets (for Baby) and other non-perishable food stuff. We did managed to cook most of our dinners in the hotel rooms. Baby sleeps early at 7pm or so. By then it will be quite impossible to get out for dinner. Actually it is possible and relatively safe to do so since night fall is around 9pm, but we crave our Asia taste. Usually the man will tuck Baby to bed while I prepared the “home-cooked” dinner. We actually enjoyed our dinner together in the semi-dark environment. And for the first time, I don’t miss Singapore at all.20130812_192145

Here’s one of our dinner… sambal with zucchini, canned fish and roasted port leg from Manor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next post (Part 2) will be our holidays in Zurich. =)

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Turkey might arrived earlier =((

12-Nov-2012 (36 weeks) – Routine checkup at the obstetrician’s. No dilation or thinning whatsoever. Very well. Turkey weighs 2.1kg…. rather feather-light. Good side is I actally don’t have to fret due to my extremely petite frame. We are targetting a Turkey of 2.5kg to 3kg at birth. Best part is I can indulge more ice-cream and chocolates (aka sugars).

19-Nov-2012 (37 weeks) – Exactly one week later. Turkey now weighs 2.3kg. A whooping 200g gained in a week. Bravo. -eats more-  But Dr. Ang found out that I am 2cm dilated and advised me to standby hospital bag. Also did the CTG to monitor Turkey’s heartbeat, average 140BPM and he/she is getting the oxygen needed. Whilst all is normal, I have to lookout for Turkey’s activities. Should there be any decrease in movement, gotta get check immediately.

Hence was a little disappointed to learn that I might deliver earlier than 9-dec-2012. Dr. Ang predicted by end of November =(( I just thought that December is a happy, festive month. And “Turkey” is meant for Christmas. Most of all, I can’t bear to part with Turkey so soon… really enjoy having him/her with me all the time.

I trust Dr. Ang and I like the nonchalant part of him – brief, swift and direct to the crucial point. Hearsay his clinic charges the cheapest pre-natal packages. I guess so, afterall he was introduced to me by a good friend whose daughter and niece was delivered by him. His staffs are friendly (especially the nice Malay lady) despite the clinic being packed and busy all the time.

On a good note, most of baby stuff is fully prepared. I should continue to the yoga classes and focus on having ME-Time before the Day arrives….. And don’t worry, I’m certified fit to carry on my usual tasks, not to the point of exhaustion and breathlessness of course =p

Resentment & more resentment.

Who hates their husbands during pregnancies ?? I’ve asked the same question to my mommy friends and all of them seems to need their husbands more than ever during pregnancies. Am I the odd ball out ?? I’ve been thinking about leaving. Take Turkey away from bad things. I didn’t even want to visit his family anymore. Just don’t want to get close to anything/anyone related to him at all.

I did some detective work and got to admit the anger started since I found out the pregnancy. “It was you who made this happened. It was you who wanted this and you know I don’t. You set this trap on me. It was you who messed up with my life. You have the chance to seek a career while I will be home with diapers and milk bottles. You won’t be of any help cos your EQ is so low as usual. You can never take care of anything. You mess up my body. You show no consideration for me at all. You are still as sarcastic as before. You are not supportive. You never find out enough about pregnancy but get the misformation from hearsays. I can only have fries/junks either behind your back or when you crave for it. You are happy you are finally settled down like your married friends. You care more about your child than me. You care more about your FACE. You are too proud.”

I couldn’t stand the smell and the sight of my own husband. His work performance is not up to expectation. Just turn me off. People who said I should cherish a good guy didn’t know any better. You are not being helpful and constructive. You are just trying to show off how wonderful your life is and that you know what contentment is. GO AWAY.

I hate being emotionally ugly.

Expect More In This Year of the Dragon…

So I got married and we are expecting our first child this December. Honestly, this sudden change of new phase in my life is giving jitters. I can only do my best. The preparation for the arrival of a newborn is more crucial than our own wedding…  we realise we need so much more as we go along the list…. it’s good to have the father more excited and enthusiatic than the mom. Hence preparation starts now !

Baby Registry:

1) Baby cot with wheels, also convertible to toddler’s bed;

2) water-proof mattress pad;

3) Baby car seat;

4) Baby swaddle (thanks Jayine);

5) Baby carrier (a sling);

6) Breast pump (Caline just shipped one to us!);

7) Electric swinger (Caline just shipped one to us!);

8) Bottle sterilizer (Caline just shipped one to us!);

9) This chicken/duck suit —-> http://www.flickr.com/photos/d40noob/3256741045/in/faves-lee84/

10) Baby storage;

11) new curtain with customized “filter” (ahahaha…)

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The Nitty-Gritties Newborn Essentials:

1) Muslins (thanks JM & XJ!) & diaper wraps;

2) Babies’ wipes;

3) Nappy rash cream;

4) Change mat;

5) Baby wear, sunhat, mittens, booties  (received some too…);

6) Some small towels for bathing;

7) Baby bath supplies (mild shampoo, mild soap etc… might eliminate the nose-boogling talcium powder..);

8) carrier bag for outdoor use, preferbly backpack…

9) Baby bottles;

10) Disposable diapers for outdoor use;

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Bidding Farewell to 2011.

Year 2011 has been fruitful and full of heart-warming events. Attended a number of ROMs (Registration of Marriage), babies boom (and blue), Auntie May returns to Singapore, looking forward to end of university life, looking forward to leave my healthcare job, made some new friends, resuming Japanese language class, etc.

My best of all – a secondhand EOS 550D body paired with Tamron A16. Thank you Dr. Chung and Yuchun.

Never forget my first PNS Canon A70 that got me intrigued into photography. It begins in 2005. A70 was good enough to teach myself the concepts on exposure, aperture, ISO, and white balance. It was meant to take pictures of my toy collection. Then I got a little more serious and bought Casio’s EX-P505 – a semi-DSLR. Love the swivel LCD; it’s macro capability. All goodness of it can be found in my Flickr page. =)

Then there is Canon G10, super love this one which drago and I still use till this day. Took a lot of beautiful pictures during our travels. Superb colors and all.

-rub hands-

As for EOS 550D…. MY GOD !!! I finally got meself a DSLR after so long !!!! SHYET!!

From PEN PL1 to PL3, I have been thinking about it for a long time. Micro 4/3 or a hefty-sized DSLR for a girl my size. Finally decided to go DSLR because of the wide selection of lenses available to Canon, and yea… lenses are crucial for beautiful pictures. In the long run, recording good standard videos will be beneficial…

So I brought my new baby to Malaysia for some test shots. ^.^

Saturday Night Fever Grand Finale 2011 at Sepang (not too familiar with the models, would be helpful if you can identify and leave in comments. =D)

Tried the panning technique, failed terribly at first due to the settings in dim environment. Managed to set it eventually. Phew.

some teaser pictures first 😉

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Then on 10 December 2011 where a total lunar eclipse is supposed to take place. Atlas we did not get the best view at Sepang =((((

Back to the city, we stayed at Royale Bintang Hotel, Sky Hotel (at Selayang) and Ancasa Hotel.

As usual, brought one of the Jolly with me. 😉

 Jolly Blue gazing at Menara KL Tower…

Didn’t do any shopping at Bintang Walk area and we only wandered around aimlessly… so we hopped to Sky Hotel the next day at Selayang area where Batu Caves is very nearby. After a sumptuous breakfast, we arrived Batu Caves and registered for the tour. No flash is allowed and torches are provided for everyone. Rule to follow is we should not point the lights upward to stir the bats from their slumber..

Thereuopoda, a long-legged centipede. the only fauna in the cave i managed to capture.

Beautiful shot of a rooster captured by drago.

Also went to KLCC Aquaria. Parking was a major hassle. Lesson learnt – go there by monorail if you need to travel around KL city.

 What we saw is only 30% of the original size of wild sharks.

  A school of ugly piranha. we stayed to witness how piranha snap up meat.

RM35 for malaysian citizens is a little expensive when there is nothing much at Aquaria. Was hoping to see more aquarium stuff instead of little live galleries of water faunas such as tadpole, snakes or frogs. It was a little disappointing nonetheless…

****to be updated with more pictures taken at Genting***

giving up.

i have to give up my graduation trip. i have to give up my dream camera. i have to give up a part of my lifestyle.

all for someone(s) who is worth it.

fucking hate my life now. it is a magnitude 8.9 crisis. you fucking rock my world.

SNBB 15mbps.

 <NORTH>

Recent upgrade from 8mbps to 15mbps plan. Say you did not realise there is an upgrade, you probably will not feel the speed of browsing increases significantly. I see fast loading of images/videos intensive websites, the Youtube, for one. Facebook’s Monopoly loads faster. Gmarket loads faster too. Could be placebo effect… 

But ack, certain sites seem to get stuck halfway during load and a refresh will dissolve the stuck… Prior switching to the new 2wire integrated modem, i have no problems surfing with my good old linksys. wonder what is missing out -sigh-

Anyway, the result seems decent. was hoping to hit 1.1mbps. I think as long as we can surf smoothly, decent loading, no traffic hiccups whatsoever, numbers are just numbers…..

I am still considering upgrading to fibre optic plan… but quite an overkill for the slow international speed. dilemmaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa