some wrapping we (me & jingga) did for her friends and cousin’s birthday.
i love getting invited to a birthday, shopping and wrapping the present. this wrapping thing became our fun activity together.

i have been abandoning my blog for a year! so here’s some update:

binar is already 6 months old and started eating solid food.

i’m reading i know this much is true by wally lamb. i got the books months ago! but the thousand something page scared me. i knew it would be a great book because she’s come undone was one of my favorite book. and i’m in the middle of reading it and love love love it (i blamed the book to keep me updating my blog).

i’m still doing lunch box for jingga every single school day. and still fun

smoothies are not daily anymore. just when i have the material and feel like doing it.

jingga’s birthday is coming! i love planning birthday and with 2 kids i’ll have 2 birthdays to plan annually. well, until they don’t want any celebration anymore.

i just finished reading orphan train. i got the books weeks ago, but because of its title, i kept postponing reading it. i was afraid it would be a heartbreaking story.

it’s a fiction but based on a true history. in the 1920s, orphan children were taken by train to midwest and given to some families who wanted them. but it’s the matter of fate. some found loving family and some ended up being a house slave.

My friends on the mainland think just because I live in Hawaii, I live in paradise. Like a permanent vacation. We’re all just out here sipping Mai Tais, shaking our hips, and catching waves. Are they insane?

The Descendants

when i lived in bali. some people think like this too.

 

i stopped reading books a while. i abandoned my blog.

but now i’m back!


after reading this blog, i knew i want to lay my hand on the girl in the spider’s web. and it’s the kind of book you can’t put down. you just want to keep reading it. and the feeling of stieg larsson writing it is still there.

the next book i read is a spool of blue thread. this is also not bad at all. shortlisted for the man booker prize. i think i read one of the book from anne tyler before. but i don’t remember which one (she’s more than 70 years old and wrote 20 novels!)

having kid in pre school or kindergarten means lotsa birthdays. i love kid’s birthdays. i enjoyed shopping the presents and wrapping them.

here are some presents i tried to wrap with more effort. i used pinterest as my reference. it looks better if the presents are in geometrical shape and smaller size. paper doilies always look beautiful and come to rescue for wrapping decoration.

i’m trying to teach jingga how to read. and it’s extremely hard. she isn’t interested in it at all.

i made some ‘fun’ worksheet for her to work on. with colors and drawings. but it’s still not really successful since she kept running away and making excuses.

any tips?

more books i read lately:

the nightingale – kristin hannah
i kept postponing reading this book because it’s the same theme and set as all the light we cannot see. set in france during the world war II, it’s about 2 sisters and how they survived the war.

this is also one of my favorite book this year. beautifully written and i didn’t want the book to end.

crazy rich asians – kevin kwan
i was sooooo curious about this book since so many people talk about it. first, i thought this is a non fiction, but it’s fiction! it’s a very interesting and since the set is in singapore, i felt really home. i worked with those people who were born with silver spoon. and some facts in the book are really true.

when jingga was still in pre school, i always brought her just some snack for her meal box. she was only in school for 1.5 hours anyway.

but now, she’s in kindergarten. she spends longer time in school. and she asked for bigger and more serious food.

i tries to have more fun with her food. and surprisingly, now she finishes the food most of the time. i have to get up earlier to make these things. but it pays.

i read so many good books lately. i know, having a baby means i almost have no time for anything at all. but i still can read e-books during the endless breastfeeding.

this is where i leave you

it’s a funny book. and i like it right away. then i found out it turned into a movie. and yes, i watched the movie after reading the book. it took me a few days to watch the movie since it’s harder to squeeze time for movie. the movie was a flop. the book is much better.

the dressmaker of khair khana

ok. this is more serious book. from a true story set in afghanistan during the taliban rule. kamila sidiqi supported the life of her family and the women in her neighborhood by making dresses. and of course this is a secret bussiness because women was prohibited to work by the taliban.

i heard about finnish baby box a few years ago. but i didn’t have a baby at that time. it didn’t really interest me.

and now i’m having a new baby. collecting baby items before he was born. when i read an article about finish baby box, i remembered how lucky the finnish babies to receive something like that.

all of them are very useful items for newborn. when i had my firstborn, i was almost clueless what to get for the baby. and look at the design! they’re all well designed. and every few years, the content is updated.

according to this article, it helps lower the infant mortality in finland.

i read orhan’s inheritance by aline ohanesian while waiting giving birth and during breastfeeding.

at the beginning of the story, it wasn’t interesting at all. i almost quit reading it. but then, there’s a mystery in it. why orhan’s grandfather inherited their family house to a woman they’ve never heard of? i learned about armenian genocide here. it’s one of history i’ve never heard before.

now reading: this is where i leave you by jonathan tropper

a few days before idul fitri, i gave birth to a baby boy, binar. since this is my second baby, i was more relax and calm.

he’s almost 3 weeks old now, so far he’s happy and healthy.