Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Halloween 2007

It's Halloween again! This year I am getting smarter in term of preparing my son's costume. It's been a year since I moved back to my home country after living 12 years outside of it. Last year I do not know where can I rent or make a costume for my son yet. So I did a quick research over the internet to find the easiest costume that even my employee can sew it quickly and correctly. She did her best, but because the costume is very simple ( peter pan ), in my opinion it looks kind of boring.

This year, I asked around first ( even though late like always ) and I found out that now there are several places / people who can make children costume in a jiffy. Firstly was this children rental store called "Dress Up -Kids" that not only rent their costumes but they can also make a customize one for your kid too. Then there is my own best friend Fanny who has made clothes for me in the past one year, she also makes some children's costume and rent them too ( but in my case she forgot to tell me that she may have some boys costume too! By the time I told her that I just paid for KK's costume, she belatedly told me that she has some costumes in her collection that may fit KK ). Then I also heard that there is a a big Batik store in Jl. Diponegoro that also either sell or rent traditional clothings for kids too that is either good for any National Day event, International Day Event or even Halloween. I will give you the complete information on this at the end of this story.

So anyway, with only 2 weeks left before Halloween I dragged my son to the costume rental store that is so near to his school and guess what? They told me that now in Surabaya there are many events where children need to dress up in costume. That's why their business is booming. Unlucky for me, because when I want to rent a costume for a 7 years old boy , they can only give me 2 options and both are capes. One is Dracula's cape and the other is Harry Potter's cape. For younger kids or smaller kids, they still have a lot of dinosaurs, animals and other hot and stuffy costumes available. I want cooler costume for my son, even though his school is fully air conditioned.

So she suggested me to go directly to where they sew their costume and make a customize costume for my son. Hopefully they can still do it on time because they are swamped with orders right now.

This time lucky for me, when I finally talked with the seamstresses ( many! ), one of them turn out to be my mom's old friend and maybe because of this she gave me a special treatment. She manage to make my son's costume ready 2 days before Halloween.

In her store, she showed me that if I have more time I can make more complicated costume for my son, then she proceeded by showing me several thick costume pattern books that most likely she got them from US. But both my son and me agree that we want to make a simple Ferrari racer costume.
My son's livelong passion is cars. He loves them so much that he can tell you that just by looking at a car's bumper from the magazine he can tell you the manufacture, the type and the year of the car! He IS crazy about car! He never stop quizzing his dad about what type and the year of a car until he drove his dad crazy until one day his dad gave him a difficult task just to shut him up. R asked him like this, " KK, instead of asking me and telling me about the make and the year of a car, why don't you tell me instead how a car can work? From the moment you fill the gas until the car ran. I want you to find out by your self and then give me a report. You can do research on your own since you have a laptop and internet access in your room right? ". When I heard this actually I was mad at my husband because I thought his task is too hard for a 6.5 years old and I don't want my son feel dumb because he can't do it. I think this task is too hard ! But R said no, he still insist that KK can do it and he has to do it.

About a week later, he asked KK again if now can he answer his question about how a car works and KK said yes. Imagine my surprise. Later we found out that KK has somehow manage to find some websites that tells him how a car works with words and with moving drawing. Then with his own words he manage to tell his dad exactly how a car works from the moment you fill your gas tank until the car runs. Since then I have bought him a book about how a car can run ( I accidentally found this book at a bookstore here, the book is in English ) and KK also bought one that is even better when his school has a book fair and again it's in English.

So now back to Halloween. Last year I wanted to bring LL to her big brother's school for the Halloween but she was still too young and still need to take her 2 naps at day time even though she had a Tinker bell costume that I bought for her from Disneyland. But this year she is big enough that she only need one long nap at day time from 9 to 1.30ish. I happened to buy her a fairy wings, a head band and a wand, all in pink. So she wore them to KK's school. Even my father came to school too!

KK was so happy with his costume, he told me that he wants to wear the same costume again next year and I am happily let him do just that ( why not? It saves me some money right? ) and the costume makers are experience enough that they makes his costume larger so that he can still wear them again next year even though I did not ask them to enlarge the costume size. They knows by experience that mommies like to save some money.

I am very happy too with his costume because I think he looks very nice in them and when I met the costume makers they told me that the race car driver costume will cost Rp. 300.000 or about US $ 33. Then they let us pick as many decorations that we want to put on his costume such as Chevron, Ferrari, Shell, Goodyear etc... Also she can put my son's name on the costume with no extra charge. Not bad ...

Yes so overall this year Halloween is even better than last year...

NOTE: The school last year has a trick or treat night out where children walked from one teacher home to another for some candies. I am not sure if we have it this year. What I know is that they decorate their gym room into a hunted house, but I think it is too scary for KK.

Pic: KK and his gang

Pic: At his classroom

Pic: With his pumpkin
Pic: Outside of his classroom

Pic: At the school's garden
Pic: Singing together while waiting for their turn to take the yearly Halloween photo class.
Pic: 2007 Halloween Class Photo

Pic: A save trick or treat

Vid: LL scared with this kid because he has a green face ( Hulk ) even though he approached her very gently.
Pic: All of the goodies are provided for free by generous parents.


Selat Golf III J1-16, CitraRaya, Surabaya
Tel: (031) 7410197, 7402758, 70901025

Showroom: ( rental place )
Ruko Puri Widya Kencana K6-14
CitraRaya, Surabaya ( in front of Ciputra School )
Tel: (031) 7414888,7413888

For Fanny's handphone number I think you need to email me because oops... I have not asked her for her permission to put it on my blog.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Family Vacation To Batu Again

The actually date when we go to Batu was September 16 - 19, but only I have the chance to write this story. To be honest, by now I already forgot most of them...oops.... That is why I told R not to bother me when I wrote our story in Bali before I forget a lot of things.

Since Batu is pretty close to Surabaya, we don't plan too early. Just a week before we went, we booked our room at the same Klub Bunga in Batu. This is the same place where we stayed before and I already describe a lot about this place in here previously so if you like to know more about it, you can click here.

But don't you worry, there is still a different about our experience on our last visit to Batu with this time around.

What still the same is my mom still packed so many stuff for her grandchildren like we are going to move to Klub Bunga permanently, hahaha... and we still couldn't get any big fish from the fishing pond in Klub Bunga even though big fishes like to swim around our bait! That shows how well they fed the fishes everyday until they refused to bite our baits.

The only person who think this place is a bit boring is R, the rest of us still enjoy our stay. The kids still refused to go home.

R is just curious to see more of Indonesia so he wish to stay somewhere else next time. Maybe he will get his wish because my father is planning to stay at Kusuma Agrowisata Hotel just because they have a siamang monkey in their fruit orchard.

But now I will let LL to finish this story ...

"Now is my turn ! " La La said ...

"Hello there! My name is La La and I was 19 months old when I went to this Batu again. I was here few months ago and since I love it so much, my mommy decided to bring me back to stay here again "

" Can you tell that I have grown a lot since the last time I was here? "

" A lot of people are surprise when mommy told them that I am only 19 months old and not 2 years old because I am tall for my age and I can do a lot of thing that 2 years old can do! I even wear my clothes in size 2 to 3 years old already! "

" My taste in fashion is pretty clear, I love girlish thing, I love to wear dresses with some accessories just like my mommy, I usually like to borrow her colorful necklaces too and she always let me wear them at home ... "

" Some people said I am very playful because even though I am not even 2 years old yet I already know how to tease people. I put ice cubes on papa's cheeks sometimes just to surprise him. I like to surprise mommy too from behind. Grandpa is pretty easy target too, every time I see him fell asleep, I will sneak to him and yell " Wake up!!! ", hi hi hi.... With my grandma I am pretty good because my grandma is always nice to me and I am smart enough to know that the sweeter I am to her, the more toys she will buy for me, haha! So I don't tease her that much "

" With my big brother, I think I tease him too much because my mom sometimes scolded me because I like to grab his toys when he still plays with them. I can't help it, I am too curious! But koko ( big brother ) KK always give me his toys anyway, he always let me get away even when I don't even let papa hug him ! But it doesn't mean I don't like to hug and kiss KK. I think he is so cool! "

" You don't believe me? Why, look at his photo below, he looked so cool sitting on the MPV bike that papa rent while we stayed in Batu. I was so excited at first because I thought papa will let me ride the MPV just like koko KK but then he left me behind with my mom and grandpa, he said I am too young to ride the bike with him and it's not safe for me.... how unfair!!! So I cried and I cried but that doesn't seem to help ... at the end papa still refused to let me ride with him, huh! "

" But I forgive papa because he can be nice too, he brought me to swim with him in the warm pool in the hotel and he spent a lot of time playing with me until I am so tired! "

" Koko KK is also nice because he likes to play with me and he doesn't splash water to my face like the other big kids I that saw in the pool"

" Mommy and koko KK likes to play with me a lot, with mommy, she likes to take me to see many flowers and animals then she would tell me their names and asked me to repeat the names back to her. I tried my best and if I couldn't say it right, she just laughed it off and kiss me "
" Look at me, I am always very curious to see the animals, here I was staring at the water bugs on the duck pool in the hotel. Because I love animals so much, my grandpa likes to bring me to see the animals in the zoo back in Surabaya, and in Batu, he brought me to see a Siamang monkey at another hotel in Batu. I saw some cool birds over there as well "

" On the photo above, I was trying to look as cool as papa with his sunglasses! I think I look cooler than him with the glasses , he told me so "" When I said that my big brother is very cool this is why... He is cool because he loves me so much that he will leave everything behind ( toys, play station, his favorite movies on TV ) when ever he heard me crying ( even when I just pretend to cry ). He always try to cheer me up and protect me. He always forgive me even when I know I am not being nice to him ( like when I bopped his head with a wooden stick ! ). He still let me have his toys even when I broke some of his favorite toys too ( I didn't mean too! How do I know they are so easy to break?) , He likes to feed me with his favorite food when I ask for a taste ( like his chocolate pudding for example ).When I am so cranky ( mostly when I am sleepy ) he will push me around on my stroller until I fell asleep.

" On the photo above, my big brother KK hold my hand because he is worried that I may fall down "

" So now I hope you can see how cool is my big brother KK. If I miss to tell you more about why he is so cool is because the list is too long and I am only 19 months old and one time I overheard mommy told my grandpa that usually a baby my age only have a 2 minutes attention span so I think I already did better than my peers here! "

" I am getting tired now to talk, so I will let you see the rest of our family pictures that mommy took, I am going to play with my toys now, bye!!! "