First Camping with a Toddler

Camping is a great way to spend quality time with your family and get back to nature. But camping can also be frustrating, especially when you’re trying to plan for kids who have never gone camping before. When your little one starts hitting the terrible twos, and threes take them to nature. Mentally, it can be hard to imagine a tantrum in a crowded campground but what you all experience is priceless.

Recently we had a chance to go on camping adventure with our 31 m.o daughter. We knew what to expect and it went quite well.

It seems that every outdoors enthusiast who has kids, has one goal: to get their kids to love the outdoors as much as they do. This is probably true not just for outdoors people but also sports fans, various athletes or anyone with a serious hobby.

So it is not a surprise that I really hope my kids will love being outdoors, at least as much as I do. I have been waiting to take my daughter camping ever since she was born (maybe even before).

Raising a toddler is a full on roller coaster, day-to-day and even hour-to-hour. They are happy, then mad and everything in between. After some time, we all learn some tricks to tame the tantrums and we move on with our day. Imagine taking this show on the road and confined to a tent can be a mental stretch, but it’s worth it and I’ve learned that camping with a toddler is worth the few “moments” in between.

First of all, WHY drive hours into the mountains, with a little one to hang around some trees and sleep on the ground? I can’t answer that for everybody, but for myself and for my family, it’s a big part of our childhood and we wanted to keep the tradition alive. There is an amazing feeling raising kids and seeing things through their eyes for the first time. Camping is loaded with new experiences for them.

While it’s easy to think of ways to teach our kids to do laundry or solve math problems, finding a way to instill important character traits isn’t as simple. The way we model traits we want our children to exhibit has a powerful influence on them, and some traits (kindness, gratitude, and generosity) they learn first and foremost from parents.

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Balance: Build an Emotional Connection with Our Daughter

My husband and I are both full time workers and have one kid. Balancing everything and keeping everything in check can be hard sometimes. So many times I get to thinking and don’t keep what’s important in front of me. Than my husband reminds me our kid need us more than any job. She come first. Our mental health comes first. We have to take care of her so she can get better so we can get better also. Balancing is hard to do, and waht makes it easier to balance is having an awesome partner to balance it out wit! My husband and I make a great team. I’m one lucky woman.

Being a mother to an active 2 y.o has shown me a side of my personality, I never knew existed. Having my daughter, perhaps, gives me an insight into her world leading to a deeper empathy and understanding for her behaviour. This is an account of what I sensed in my interaction with my daughter in my neighbourhood.

Children are more flexible than we make them out to be.They have a natural resilience and flexibility to adapt to situations. They live in the moment without grudges, are happy and cheerful. They know within themselves that nature has excellent healing properties. It not only heals the body, but the mind and soul as well.

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A Visit to Rumah Atsiri Indonesia

Are you intrigued by the delicate processes that go into creating your favourite essential oils? We had a lovely visit to Rumah Atsiri Indonesia. We both found Rumah Atsiri’s history and essential oils industry interesting. A warm welcome awaits you at Rumah Atsiri Indonesia.

Rumah means home; Atsiri means essential oil from plants. As a house that collects all the essential oil plants of Indonesia, shown to the people how deeply and wealthy the Indonesian plants derived from nature exceeds of spices. All the collections of essential oil plants from Indonesia only available in Rumah Atsiri Indonesia.

Rumah Atsiri Indonesia is an edu-recreation complex and research center pivoted around a restored Indonesian-Bulgarian Citronella factory from 1963 in Plumbon Village, Tawangmangu, focusing in the education, research, development, and recreation related to essential oils. Rumah Atsiri Indonesia embraces the local environment, culture, tradition, philosophy, and community of Plumbon Village, Tawangmangu to offer a genuine, responsible, and authentic option of experiencing this destination.

Rumah Atsiri is home to at least 50 atsiri species from sereh (citronella), kayu putih, pala (nutmeg) and mawar (rose), to jinten (caraway seeds), cendana, arum dalu and rosmarin (rosemary). For those of you that are sensitive to strong smells and the thought of walking through a essential oils museum intimidates you, you have nothing to worry about. The scents are tightly controlled, so you only smell them in the specific areas you’re supposed to, not just wafting incessantly through the rooms and halls.

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Learning to be a tourist in my own city during a pandemic.

When can I start traveling again? I had never imagined a time when traveling would become a distant dream. For me, traveling to new destinations keeps me enthusiastic, adventurous and alive to new ideas. But what to do now? I agree that my problem is trivial, given the serious livelihood repercussions of this pandemic. But I want to preserve my spark of wanderlust because it’s an important part of who I am.

Also, I have a 2 y.o to entertain on weekends, so my child enjoys these new experiences. And it’s better than being forced to give her screen-time because I am tired of entertaining her at home.

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Djajanti House, Penginapan Rasa Rumah Sendiri di Jantung Kota Semarang

Libur lebaran jadi momen yang pas untuk menghabiskan waktu bersama keluarga, begitu pun dengan saya dan suami. Di sela-sela libur lebaran kemarin, saya dan suami sempat staycation sebentar di Kota Semarang. Iya di SEMARANG aja karena minggu terakhir ramadhan sampai lebaran hari pertama ada di mertua, jadi lebaran hari kedua giliran sama keluarga di Semarang.

Jadi, penginapan yang akan saya review kali ini memang bukan penginapan yang terbilang baru di Semarang, tapi saya baru sempat nyobain nyh. Dari komen-komen di media sosial ketika beberapa waktu lalu saya posting foto soal penginapan ini juga ternyata banyak yang belum tahu. Pas deh buat direview barangkali ada yang tertarik dan mau coba juga kan ya.

Selamat datang di Djajanti House!

Gag tahu kenapa makin ke sini saya makin suka dengan hotel yang unik dan berkarakter gitu. Gag harus mewah syh buat tempat menginap, tapi yang bisa menawarkan user experience yang beda yang lebih menarik buat saya. Alhasil terpilihlah Djajanti House ini buat dicoba. Sayang sekali saya sampai di Semarang ketika sudah petang, jadi gag sempat foto suasana kamar saat masih rapi deh. Begitu sampai kamar lihat kasur langsung rebahin badan dan barang-barang soalnya. Continue reading

Road Trip: Semarang – Bromo By Vespa

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My Trip to Bromo was fantastic! Last week was the 3rd times that I was riding out of Semarang by Vespa with my husband and it was such a memorable experience, I would love for to do it again!

The Surya Motor Riders, an enthusiast group which I joined last week organized an outing to Bromo last Thursday. Bromo was a great place to visit because of its vast natural terrain, picturesque sights as well as wonderful food along the way. Continue reading

DEEP SEA FISHING & A MINI TROPICAL ISLAND ESCAPE TO PULAU GEDE

So many conversations that I have been part of have involved fishing, and in little ways, the rebel in me started to resent it a little. I was unprepared for how choppy the water was and as the boat rocked back and forth with each passing wave, I felt both exhilarated and dizzy.

I didn’t want to add to the count of newbies that venture off for their first trip and spend half the time hurling their breakfast into the sea or hunched in a corner wishing they had stayed on dry land. To ease into it, I shut my eyes and quickly counted numbers out of order because it is hard for the brain to panic while doing so, and that seemed to work perfectly fine in keeping seasickness at bay. Later, Iting explained that another trick was to shut one eye and look out onto the horizon, something to do with the reason pirates stereotypically have an eye patch. You could even take certain medication to help your stomach hold firm. Continue reading

Bucket List Unlocked: My First Train Journey…YIPPIIIIII!!!

I had never traveled in a train. My first train journey was from Surabaya to Semarang. I was so thrilled and waited eagerly for the day to come. I was expecting it to be one of the memorable days in my life. It was 4th March, 2017. It was a wonderful trip with my husband. Our train was scheduled to depart by 20:00 p.m. As soon as the train came into the platform, the passengers rushed to get into the train.  With a little of difficulty we could find our seats and placed our bag. All of us were seated in the same compartment. I was so excited. It was a great experience for me.  A thrill of excitement ran through my veins.

I sat by the window and looked at the passing scenery. By the time the train started for Semarang, I was busy observing the scenic beauty of East Java. Numerous roads, huge factories, busy towns and numerous stations. We didn’t realize how quickly time had passed.

Though it was a long, tiring 3,5 hours train journey, but it was really a memorable experience for me. There is romance in train travel—the rhythm of a train moving over the tracks, that rocking movement, the muffled noises of the world outside. There is the deep history of steel laid over prairie grass, bridges built, towns made and destroyed. There are stories of other journeys along the tracks, both dramatic and mundane. Continue reading

Breathe It All In, Love It All Out

Do I work hard enough? What is my future going to look like? How much of it is in my own hands? Am I making the right choices? My mind is cluttered with doubts, thoughts and more thoughts. We all get them, don’t we?  I can work towards my goals all I want, sometimes my insecurities still get the best of me.

I decide to take a walk in the mangrove. I’m lucky to have those trees living in a suburban area of a bigger city – even if it’s just a small patch in a sea of concrete. Continue reading

#BunTingStory: A Weekend Jaunt to Salatiga

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As a working person with limited number of leave days, I’m always happy whenever I manage to do a quick weekend getaway – it may be short and doesn’t leave much time for exploration, but sometimes you just need that quick rejuvenation.

One of my favorite things to do recently is take quick trips on the warm weekends. It doesn’t have to be far – a friends house, visit your parents, even just a day at the beach – I just love the drive with the windows down and the almost-instant relaxation that sets in when you leave the city. The best part about quick trips is they can be spontaneous, just grab a few essentials and go!

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