Wednesday, May 28, 2014

First visit to Batam by boat ( 24 May 2014)

This is the first visit to Batam by boat. Richie was so excited until he can't sleep well.
He woke up energetic early in the morning.

We bought the 2D1N package from Groupon and stayed at Mercure Hotel
The total cost is around S$300 for 4 pax inclusive dining and shopping

Overall, we enjoy the food but not so much in city tour and environment.
Cigarette smokes here and there make uncomfortable for us
The city tour itself was very tiring, we went to many fashion outlets and cake and chocolate shops which are more expensive. Perhaps it targeted Singaporean tourists.
If we get chance in the future, we prefer to stay in Harris hotel and spend the day enjoying and relaxing at the hotel

Mercure hotel location is not so bad, but the room we stay is not so comfortable, the bathtub is leaking here and there. The breakfast spread is also so - so and nothing much to see in the hotel.
Richie and tromson can't wait to go back to Singapore after we arrived at hotel in late afternoon.

Indeed, kids know the best in terms of quality of life.

Saturday, 24 May 2014
6am - everybody woke up with excitement
6.45am - we went to Harbourfront Center by car
7.05am - arrived at Harbourfront
7.15am - queue for the boarding pass
7.30am - queue for immigration and boarding
8.00am - here we sail
8.30am (batam time) - we arrived at Batam Center
9.00am - we were greeted by our Travel guide
9.00 - 9.30 am - waiting in the bus ( wasted time )
9.30 - 12pm - we went to Polo factory outlet, massage time (since we didn't go for massage, they dropped us at batik and another factory outlet ) but we went to nearby mall for quick lunch especially for Tromson and koko Richie
12 - 1.30 pm - we went to batam lapis cake factory, dry market and birdnest shop and lunch at golden prawn 933 restaurant
The meals also so - so, we still prefer zhi char at Singapore hawker though
2.30 - 3.00 pm - we went to Go kart, another factory outlet and Indonesia miniature as well as bika and otak2 shop. We bought half bika ambon since it's nice and fresh from the kitchen
3.00 - 5.00 pm - we went to chocolate factory and batik and factory outlet)
5.00 - 5.45pm - We went to BCS mall for take away dinner
5.45 - 7pm - we were sent back to hotel one by one ( wasted time )
7pm - We checked in and tired
7 - 9 pm We had dinner and shower in the room
9 pm  Good night sleep

Sunday, 25 May 2014
6.30 am - everybody wakes up
7.00 - 8.00 am - take shower
8.00 - 9.00 am - breakfast
10.00 - 11.30am - we went to Nagoya hill mall
11.45am - arrived back at the hotel and checked out
12.30 pm - we were picked up and sent to Batam center ferry terminal
13.15 - 14.30 pm - We went to Mega mall (opp ferry terminal ) for lunch
15.00 pm Immigration and boarding
16.10pm - we sailed back to Singapore
18.00 - we arrived safely at  Singapore

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Little Priest at home

Richie has been acting as a little priest at home.
He always reminds us to pray together before meal either when we dine at home or outside.
At night, he's the one who always reminds us to pray together and pray for each other.

Mommy and daddy are so proud of him.
Hopefully, he always loves to pray and loves God more than anything.

Well done Richie !

Monday, May 12, 2014

Richie's little prayer

Mommy got this little prayer from mommy's friend, aunty Maya who shows the link from loyolapress

So every night, we want to make it habit to pray together.

Richie and papa will pray for mommy.

Dear Blessed Mother Mary,
Help my mom to be a good mother.
Give her peace, wisdom, strength, courage, grace and happiness.
Be nearby when she needs help
Keep her close to your son, Jesus
Help me to always show my mom how very much I love her.

Richie and mommy will pray for papa

Dear St Joseph,
Help my dad to be a good father
Help him when he's tired, when he's worried, when he's in a hurry
Give him pride in his work and a little more time to have fun
Help me to show my dad how much I love him

Mommy and papa will pray for Richie and Tromson

Dear Jesus,
Help Richmond and Tromson to be good boys.
Give them peace, joy, health and happiness
Be nearby when they need help
Keep them close to You, Jesus
Help us to always show them how very much we love them

A Godly boy => who loves God

After papa coming back from retreat, Richie has changed to become a better boy who loves God more.
One fine day, he questioned mommy about Why Jesus in the cross ? asking about holy family statue above our family picture and wants to be like Jesus hehe...

In the church, he's now willing to participate in singing Glory to God, Alleluia, Our Father.
At home, he's also participating in family prayer and praise and worship.
Mommy and papa will incorporate one of kid's Christian song in our family prayer from day on.

There's no joy seeing him loves God more and he becomes more obedient too to us.

Hopefully, he becomes a Godly child who loves and fears God


This is the first song that he can sing

Jesus Loves the little Children

Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world
Red, and yellow, black and white
They are precious in his sight
Jesus loves the little children of the world

Have fun at bathtub


Mother's day card and kiss from Richmond

Monday, May 5, 2014

Mother's Day 2014 : Reflection Women who fears the Lord

This year Mother's Day is very special for mommy.
After papa came back from retreat Pria Sejati Katolik, he had full of positive energy and radiance
Papa wants to commit to become "Imam, Nabi, Raja" for family.
Papa wants to be fully responsible for leading our little family to fear God, becoming God's messenger to our family and leading our family behaviour day by day
It's tough tasks, but he's willingly to do it by God's strength.

It's really a special gift and blessing for mommy that money can't buy

That's why as a life partner who's promise in front of Altar, mommy also wants to help papa to accomplish the mission to raise Godly Children and let our family fears and serves God

Since Tromson still depends fully on mommy's breastfeeding, mommy can't go for retreat Wanita Bijak yet until he's weaning.

That's why starting today, mommy commits to spend a time for daily prayer again after it's abandoned after Tromson was born.

And today, mommy gets the beautiful message of
Proverb 31 : 10 - 31  Women who fears the Lord
It's a beautiful poem and messages for mommy

10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

This "virtuous or an excellent woman" is a woman of high morals who is upright in all her ways.
This is just saying that her worth cannot be measured in earthly things, such as rare stones (rubies). She does exist, but is very hard to find.
11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.

This woman is totally faithful to her husband. He can have confidence in her, because she will not let him down. His wife will always be faithful to him in every situation. She will not even give the appearance of evil.
He does not maintain jealous guard over her or keep his valuables locked up so that she cannot access them as was a common ancient practice in a house of distrust. She demonstrates impeccable loyalty to her husband, and her thrift and industry will add to his wealth.
12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

She is on his side. She is beside him helping in everything. She loves to please him. She respects him and builds him up when he is down. She does not tear him down, but instills confidence in him.

13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.

She is industrious and helps him produce for the family. She is not lazy. She works willingly, because she wants to help.
Excellent women gathered the material for making cloths as we’ll see in verse 19.
14 She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar.

We see, here, that she goes forth wherever the food for her house is and brings it home. Excellent women would go far to secure the best food for their families.

15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.

She is not a sleepy-head. She gets up early and sees that her family and her maidens are fed. Her first concern is the welfare of her family.
In order to have the food prepared for the family each day, she had to rise before dawn to begin the work, which she would do gladly.
16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.

I believe this is an indication that she is a business woman. She takes on responsibility in buying the land. She works outside the house when she plants the vineyard.
She was resourceful and entrepreneurial in her investing and reinvesting.
She doesn't say to the husband that making the money for the family is his job. She helps him in this, too, when she can.
17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.

We see, here, that hard work makes her very strong.
Such women were not soft, but by virtue of rigorous work, strong
18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.

That which she produced for the family of clothing, food and wealth was good and profitable.
Candle or lamp is to be understood literally. She planted the vineyard during the day and wove late at night. She rose early before dawn to prepare the food, thus keeping a before sunrise to after dark schedule to care for her household, which was the foremost priority of her life.
She protects what is her own. She appreciates her husband and her family and works to keep them.
19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.

We see here, again, that she looks for useful work to do. She is not lazy, as we said before.
These tools are used to turn wool into thread for making clothing.
20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

She is not selfish, but shares with the less fortunate. She is generous in helping the poor and needy. She has a big, giving heart.

21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.

She has seen to it that her whole family has warm, comfortable garments, even for snowy weather.
Snow indicates the cold that occurs in the high altitudes of Palestine. Her labors anticipated her family’s need for warm clothing in such cold places and seasons
22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.

She looks nice for her family. She takes care of herself, as we read earlier, and dresses nice so her husband will be proud to tell people that she is his wife.
The efforts she makes to honor others are rewarded to her. These silk and purple garments are expensive evidences of the blessings returned to her by God’s grace
23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.

She builds her husband up, and he has respect in the town. She never does things to make him ashamed.
This woman made a significant contribution to her husband’s position in the community and to his success. His domestic comfort promoted his advancement in public honor. A man’s good reputation begins with his home and thus the virtue of his wife.
2She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

Here, again, we see her making money away from the home to help her husband. "Fine linen", of course, means righteousness spiritually.
With all her other responsibilities faithfully discharged, she took time to make items of clothing for the purposes of trade. 
25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

These words describe the character of the woman who fears the Lord. Her inward clothing displays divine wisdom, giving her confidence to face the future with its unexpected challenges.
This woman is upright in all of her ways, and the Lord will reward her. She will be among those who will hear Him say, "Well done thy good and faithful servant". She is well covered in the spiritual things of righteousness.
26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

Her teaching of wisdom and the law is tempered with mercy.
Her speech conveys her wisdom and kindness. Her words build up and don't tear down. She is not a gossip or a slanderer. When she speaks, it is to help. Her wisdom instructs her children.
27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

We said before, she is industrious; and her first thought is for the well being of the members of her own house.
She was a skilled manager of the home. The “bread of Idleness” literally means “eyes looking everywhere” as in the lazy man in 6:6 & 9; of who the same root word is used.
28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

Her husband and her children (who know her best) see her unselfishness, love, and care that she has for all of them. They are proud of her. She is a good mother and wife, and they let her know it.
She is greatly respected because she has earned the praise of her family. There can be no higher joy for a mother than for her children to grow up to praise her as the source of the wisdom that made them godly
29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.

This is saying that many women are faithful to their husbands, but fall short in some of these other areas; but she has done the best of all toward her family and God.
This was her husbands superlative praise (v.28) which was well deserved, in which he used the same word for “excellent” found in v.10.
30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.

Here, we see that doing favors’ can be good. To have a wife who is attractive to look at is nice, but the very best you can do is to have a wife who fears God and keeps His commandments; and she will have all of these other things as an extra.
True holiness and virtue command permanent respect and affection, far more than charm and beauty of face and form.
She is to be praised, because she has chosen the best: salvation through the Lord. Proverbs end where it began with a reference to the fear of the Lord.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

Her works speak for themselves. She has earned her praise. We see in this, the Lord is pleased with her, because she has done His will in her life.
While she receives material reward (v.22), the praise and success she labored to bring to her family and community will be her praise. The result of all her efforts is her best eulogy.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Visiting Tulip Mania @ Garden By The Bay (3 May 2014)

It's been a year when we visit Tulip Mania at Garden by the bay
And now, here we are again. This time round we visit during the day but too bad Richie is so sleepy and cranky 'cos it's his nap time