EF#7: Weekends at Bukit Pelangi

It’s Friday again, that means it is time for another challenge. Today’s topic is “Snap and Tell A Story”.

We live in a small mining town located in East Borneo called Sangatta. As you could probably imagine that mining towns will be dusty and full of polution. You are right, we can’t miss sweeping or cleaning the house just for a day because it will be filled with dust. Despite the dusty surroundings, there is one green and clear getaway spot where we like to spend almost every weekend.

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This place is called ‘Bukit Pelangi’. It is actually the government’s buildings area but there are big green fields where people can excercise or spend their time strolling around. It is about 20-minute car ride from our home. We have taken the kids here since they were little babies. Now they enjoy their time playing balls, riding their bikes or just lying around the green grass.

Living in Sangatta makes us spend our weekends more outdoors since there are no shopping malls here. It is actually a good thing so we can save our money more for holidays. Yeay! Come to visit us here, so we can take you on a stroll in Bukit Pelangi 🙂

EF#4: Self-cleaning Device

Another day goes by and here Friday comes again. This means another challenge for English Friday. This week’s topic is…

[EF#4 CHALLENGE] GRAB A TOOL FROM DORAEMON’S MAGIC POCKET!

Having two boys can be a handful sometimes, especially when they’re still toddlers. They’re actively exploring their toys and the house. Sometimes the playing room is such a chaos that it looks like a thunderstorm had gone through. We have no assistant to help out with all the houseworks, so it’s me and my husband’s duty to keep the house intact. We do ask our sons to clean up their toys after they are done playing. But considering their age, I wouldn’t expect much.

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Two boys = messy

Ah, I do wish there is a self-cleaning device so every corner of the house can be cleaned up with a touch of a button. Won’t it be nice you could just sit down and the house cleans itself? Where is Doraemon when you need him?

EF#2: Meet The Pope

In my previous post I mentioned that I plan to reactivate this blog, so I joined the Blog English Club. Today is English Friday challenge day with the topic “my wildest dream”.

I’m not sure if this is a wild dream but the chance of me meeting Pope Francis? Not a chance.

I have been fond of Jorge Mario Bergoglio since he became Pope Francis in March 13, 2013. I didn’t know much about him, but the more I read the news, the more I adore him. My second son was born June 20, 2013 and we named him Francis.

“You mothers give your children milk and even now, if they cry because they are hungry, breastfeed them, don’t worry,” Pope Francis.

One of the reason I am fond of the Pope is the fact that he supports breastfeeding. As a lactation councelor, it’s great to know that a religious leader supports and is vocal about it. Just recently he welcomes mothers to breastfeed in the Sistene Chapel. You can actually find a picture of a mother breastfeeding her child while Pope Francis is next to her. How cool is that?

That’s my wildest dream. What is yours?

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Source: thecatholiccatalogue.com/

Do You Have Someone You Admire?

Admire
1. regard (an object, quality, or person) with respect or warm approval

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Every kid have someone they admire as they grow up. There are certain people whom I admire up until now. Some of them may just pass by and some even have affected on the kind of person I am today. I’ve decided to write about it and dedicate it to each and every one of them.

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Having spent my childhood in New Zealand, I have grown to love sports. Every single day at school we would be introduced to many different kind of sports. One of them was rugby. Ok, this is not a person but something that have given me a lesson in life. Rugby is a team sport but the feel of watching (or playing) it is completely different with other team sports like basketball or football (soccer). You don’t see rugby players fighting out in the field right? Most rugby players maybe enemies (opponents) in the field but when they step out (end of game) they could be like best friends. Maybe it’s just me but lessons I acquired from rugby were work hard, be honest (fair play) and keep fighting for your goals. Three lessons that could be applied to our daily lives

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My husband played for the Rhinos (Indonesia's national rugby team)

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TWO
I’ve always loved listening to various kinds of songs. Ever since I met my husband (boyfriend back then) my taste in music kind of slightly changed. Nowadays I enjoy pop, classics or songs with slow music (other than children’s songs my big kid put on each and everyday). I don’t really have certain favorite groups, bands or even singer but there is this one Indonesian singer Glenn Fredly. He is known for his romantic love songs. He is the only singer that have stucked with me since the first time I heard his song. I admire him for his talent as a musician and how he takes notice of people less fortunate around Indonesia. Despite of negative gossips about him, he counts as one of the people I admire.

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Photo taken few years back

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THREE
My family parents have been very strict on setting up rules during my school years. Traditional and conventional parenting people would say. It made me become an introvert and I had closed personality towards my families. Then I met a guy who now happens to be my husband. Yes, I admire my husband because he has the will of a horse (metaphorically) and he had shown me the meaning of trust. Trusting and loving God. He has taught me about faith. He led me out of the box, out of my comfort zone.

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In our younger days 😀

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The last person I admire is someone who has taken care of me my whole life; my mother. She’s the kind of person who does everything on her own. A woman who dedicates her whole entire time for her husband and children (and grandchildren). I admire her patience at facing problems. Eventhough sometimes I think she stressed herself out, she always managed to get back on her feet and continue her days. Family was is her top priority. She had taught me that patience and strenght are needed to face life.

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Me & mom at my graduation back in 2007

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Notice some of my words above are written in bold letters? Those are the values I got from the people (or things) I admire throughout my life. Above all I have God to admire because He had taught me real life lessons through things and people I came across.

So do you have someone you admire?