Copenhagen is always a good idea

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For the winter break 2019, we initially didn’t plan to go anywhere. The period between October to December was quite a hectic moment for us because Zaki had so many things on his plate: journals, book chapter, manuscript, seminar, conference to name a few. As a result, the daily loads that we usually share were suddenly on me and myself, there was no time (and energy!) to plan for any kind of trip. But then prior to his third-phase PhD Seminar which was scheduled on December 19, right after he submitted his manuscript to the reviewers, he said: “Can you find a good deal to go somewhere? Just a day or two. Not too far and most definitely not too expensive. I think we’re all deserve a short escape.”

The answer was of course “no” 😄

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On K’s birthday

Last month in 2019, Baby K turned 1 year old. It feels cruel, sometimes, how a year can passed you by in the blink of an eye. She was just this tiny red blueish baby not so long ago. Now she’s not a baby anymore, she’s officially a toddler.

She already has four teeth. She’s very messy independent when it comes to eating, but clingy when it comes to socialising :D. She’s a strong willed little girl. She drives me crazy with her unlimited energy that keeps her awake till late. Every. Single. Night. And yet, she makes me laugh with her funny behaviours, and warms my heart whenever she hugs me tight.

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A Glimpse of Helsingør

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Sunny day in Helsingør

We don’t really celebrate birthday.

But, we  love to have an excuse to travel 😀

So, in the mid of July, we went to Helsingør to “celebrate” my husband’s and my daughter’s birthday. That was our first time to this port city in eastern Denmark. We planned to go there with a friend long time ago, but had to cancel it because my friend forgot to bring his passport that time 😀 .

Yep! Since Sweden still impose border control, everyone travels to Sweden must bring valid ID when enter the country. And even though Helsingør is only separated by a narrow strait from it’s Swedish twin city, Helsingborg (you can even see it from the port), you better bring your passport with you when you go there, otherwise you might get a problem to re-enter Sweden.

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Ke Billund Naik Kereta

“Liburan kita “orang tua” banget ya mas sekarang,” ujar saya pada suami saat kami baru saja sampai di Legoland Billund, Minggu (23/6) lalu.

 

Kami berdua terkekeh. Tapi tentu tak ada nada kecewa di sana. Saya berkomentar begitu lebih karena di antara kami berdua tidak ada yang benar-benar menggemari amusement park, tidak ada yang masa kecilnya asyik bermain lego (level saya cuma lego ala pasar yang gedhe-gedhe dan terbuat dari plastik berbahaya itu 😆) tidak pernah juga kencan di Dufan, jadilah kami tak sering-sering amat bermain di taman bermain macam begini.

Tapi setelah menjadi orang tua dari bocah yang sekarang hampir 9 tahun, yang memang menyukai lego, dan tinggal di Lund yang hanya sepelemparan tiket kereta dari Billund, rasanya kok sayang jika melewatkan kesempatan mengunjungi Legoland di tanah kelahirannya. Terlebih lagi sejak hamil besar akhir tahun lalu kemudian punya bayi kicik, kami jarang banget jalan bareng berempat yang agak jauh. Jadilah liburan musim panas tahun ini all about our first born 😅.

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Moving to Lund Evokes the Passion to Write*

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Hayu Rahmitasari writes about life in Lund for a website called The Newbie Guide to Sweden. Recently, she published her first novel in Indonesia.

I always try to see the golden edge.

Hayu Rahmitasari left a good job in Indonesia to start a new life in Lund. The move was  a challenge but at the same time it opened the opportunity to write about life in Sweden and also fiction. Recently, she released her first novel published by an Indonesian publisher.

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A Day at IKEA Museum

This week is Sportlov in Sweden. A week long break from school to give the kids and their family time to do winter sports like ski, skating and so on. At first, we were thinking to go for a ski in this year’s sportlov, but given the fact that Baby K is still so little, we decided to do something more baby friendly 😀 . The idea is to have a day trip within Sweden, to a place we’ve never been before, which is easy to be accessed by public transport. Having look at things here and there, we then decided to go to IKEA Museum, a relatively new museum located in Älmhult, Kronoberg county, one hour away by train from Lund.

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We took the Öresundtåg with destination to Kalmar C and got off at Älmhult Station (the fifth stop from Lund C). It was gloomy and rainy when we arrived. Not a perfect day to have a trip. Luckily, IKEA Museum is just a stroll away from the station. So we don’t need to be outside for too long.

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14 Hari untuk Selamanya (Cerita Melahirkan di Swedia)

Senin (3/12) dini hari, saya terbangun karena sakit di perut dan pinggang bagian bawah. ”Wah, mulai kontraksi,” batin saya. Berusaha (sok) tenang, saya mempraktekkan teknik pernafasan dari sesi yoga yang sempat saya ikuti. Nyeri berkurang, tapi kontraksi masih berlanjut. Saya cek jam, masih berjarak 20-30 menit. Masih lama.

Tak lama kemudian suami saya bangun dan menemukan saya meringkuk di kasur. ”Kayaknya udah mau lahir nih,” ujar saya sok tahu.

Suami pun memutuskan bekerja dari rumah dan seharian itu kami dalam mode stand by. Jaga-jaga kalau si bayi memutuskan lahir sebelum hari perkiraan. Senin sore kontraksi makin kuat, saya pun memutuskan menelpon rumah sakit.

Di Swedia sendiri, untuk kelahiran, prosedurnya adalah menelpon lebih dahulu baru kemudian bidan akan memutuskan apakah sudah waktunya ke rumah sakit atau belum. Hal ini dilakukan untuk meminimalisir kunjungan yang tidak perlu (terlalu awal misalnya) dan memastikan ketersediaan ruangan. Kecuali ada kondisi darurat seperti ketuban pecah, pendarahan berlebihan, jatuh atau trauma di perut, maka calon Ibu yang mau melahirkan harus menelpon terlebih dahulu. Rumah sakit hanya bersedia menerima pasien melahirkan yang sudah di fase aktif (minimal bukaan 4).

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