Chinese New Year 2019

It is already February 2019 now, time flies so fast. Next Tuesday is Chinese new year festival and it means I have been leaving in Singapore for  more than 3 years together with my family. This is my 4th Chinese new year in Singapore. I am not celebrating it but my colleagues here celebrating this special event especially for Chinese people.

One of the traditions during the Lunar new year (another name of Chinese new year) is spring cleaning. Normally, people will take leaves one week before and one week after Lunar new year. On the first week, they usually do spring cleaning of their house. Chinese people believe that it will bring a great fortune into their house.

During the festival, we will see lots of Chinese ornaments or decorations related in the shopping mall, houses, and sometimes on the streets as well as greetings. In Singapore, government will grant us two days for public holidays and working half day on the day before the festival itself.

Since the majority in Singapore is Chinese ethnic compared with Malay or Indian so that on the date of Lunar new year, most of the shopping malls or grocery stores will be closed in order to give/allow people to celebrate the event. Every year has specific name relates to the animal and this year is the year of the Pig. The picture below was taken at shopping mall at Expo besides Ericsson Office.

-Singapore 3 February 2019

Toe Injury

Last week, my son Ibnu got an accident when he run around at home from bedroom to kitchen, dining area, and living room. He didn’t clean up the room before he run and there was a clear tape on the floor. Somehow he step on the clear tape and he got slice on his toe.

He cried loudly so that everybody woke up when hearing weeping. During the weekend, normally we continue our sleep until early noon.  My wife took adhesive bandage from the first aid kit box and wrap it to his toe.

Few minutes later, he stopped crying and doing what he wanted to do. In the evening, I asked him to take a bath as he hasn’t done so since the morning. He scared with his sliced toe so we suggested him wrapping it with plastic wrap.

In the night, my wife gave antiseptic to his sliced toe  in order to avoid infection. Indeed, antiseptic will make ache to his toe and wrap again with adhesive bandage for the second time.

Look at his sliced toe one week later which is today before I wrote this article.

Meet my Wife’s Professor

On last Sunday early morning, I went to Parit Raja to meet my wife’s Ph.D supervisor Prof. Dr. Mustafa at UTHM for asking his signature and stamp. My wife couldn’t come to Malaysia because her student visa issue.

Our passport was just renewed at Indonesian Embassy in Singapore and definitely the old passport has been invalid anymore. Her old passport contains the student visa sticker and it can not be taken out and moved to her new passport.

Last two weeks ago all of us went to Parit Raja and continued to Malacca for short time vocation in order to fulfill my children free time during their school holiday. At the Woodlands Malaysia check point, the immigration officer checked my wife’s visa for a while and escalated to his manager regarding the student visa was still on the old passport. Finally, he stamped wife’s passport using special stamp and asked to contact UTHM’s international officer to process her student visa. She needs a new visa sticker on the new passport.

The problem is when my wife asking the UTHM international officer, her passport will be hold by her campus for a while as they need to wait few applications to go to immigration officer which location in Johor Bahru and quite far from Parit Raja. Consequently, she needs to stay at Parit Raja at least one week until she received her passport with a new visa sticker.

If my wife has to stay there then it will become terrible. I can not handle at all while working as my children are still need her assist. At the end, we decided to hold the processing of her student visa as it’s only valid until April this year and has to be renewed. So, the time duration is only four months more.

Leaving home on Sunday morning at 06:30 AM using bus to Queen Street bus station. I used Causeway Link bus to bring me to Larkir bus station in Johor Bahru. I arrived at Larkin around 8.30 AM and I needed to wait around 30 minutes as the next bus departure which would bring us to Parit Raja at 9:00 AM.

Two hours later, I arrived in Parit Raja. I asked the bus captain to align me at UTHM bus stop. From there, walking around 15 minutes to FSKTM faculty office then going upstairs to 2nd storey where Prof. Dr. Mustafa’s room is located. I met with him, had a short discussion, signed and stamped my wife’s document.

He brought me to the best beriyani rice restaurant in Batu Pahat and took me to Batu Pahat bus station because my bus departure at 01:30 PM to Larkin. Arriving in Larkin at 03:00 PM and continued to Singapore using Causeway Link bus. I arrived at home at 05:30 PM. Alhamdulillah..

Thanks to Prof. Dr. Mustafa for his hospitality so far.

Jurong Bird Park Singapore

Tulisan ini seharusnya tayang sebelum tulisan tentang perjalanan ke Melaka Malaysia. Masih dalam rangkaian liburan sekolah anak-anak di penghujung tahun 2018.

Di pintu gerbang masuk Jurong Bird park. Tiket masuknya sudah dibeli istri secara online sehingga cukup menampilkan barcode tiket di HP untuk selanjutnya petugas di sana akan memindai barcode tersebut di pintu masuk.

Ibnu dan Naya berphoto di papan informasi sesaat memasuki area Jurong Bird park.

Tidak jauh dari gerban masuk, pinguin sudah menyambut kami.

Pertunjukan yang diadakan oleh petugas Jurong Bird park beserta burung-burungnya.

Ini burung cendrawasi yang asli Papua Indonesia.

Saya tidak tahu jenis burung-burung ini tapi sangat unik. Lihat saja ketiga burung di bawah.

Tentu saja masih banyak jenis burung yang lain yang ada di Jurong Bird park, bagi Anda yang ingin melihatnya silahkan saja datang ke Jurong Bird park. Semua burungnya terawat dengan baik.

Saya lihat Singapura sangat apik dari sisi maintenance segala hal termasuk bagaimana mereka merawat burung-burung yang ada di Jurong Bird park ini. Saat saya lihat petugas memberi makan burung-burungnya memang dengan makanan yang bergizi dan segar. Jadi tidak aneh kalau sehat-sehat semua.