Riding Cute Ponies at Branchsto

Hi guys! How are you? Do you happen to know a place called Branchsto? I went there last Friday, which was a long weekend from Thursday until Sunday, with my big family (excluding my husband). I found out that it is a great holiday destination with lots of ponies you and your kids can ride, and a nice restaurant where you can have some food while enjoying the view. Best if you can be there before 8 am at weekends since the place is quite new and very little Indonesians have seen ponies before. Curiosity at its max.

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My beautiful mom queueing for pony riding tickets for her grandchildren at 7.47 am in the morning. 
We sneaked in before the place opened at 8 am.
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You can ride this big pony for Rp100.000 (US$7) or a big horse for Rp50.000 (US$3.5), and your kids can ride a little pony for Rp25.000 (US$1.75) per ticket.


Lilan riding a pony for the first time.
So does her lil’ brother.
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Hi Pap! 
Auntie’s riding time!

It was a fun experience for the whole family and the kids were totally enjoying their time. They went here and there telling us to see this and that. In fact, we were still steamed-up we then prolong our trip to accommodate our energy. Shortly after Branchsto, we went to the nearest park and then went ice skating at Bintaro Xchange Mall. I wonder if the ponies gave some of their sprightly energy to whoever riding them. Cause we feel so alive all day long!!! Yiiihaaaa!!!





Insanely Excited at Big Bad Wolf Indonesia 2016

Whaaaaawww the biggest event of the year is happening!!! Hellowww Big Bad Wolf Books 2016!!! Thank you for landing in our beloved country, Indonesia! I am one of the lucky person who got to see this event and buy some largely discounted great books for me and my kids. For you who still doubting whether or not you should go there. Believe me, you should. Books that normally priced above Rp 250.000 or about US$19 (US$1 = Rp 13.000) sold for Rp 70.000 or about US$5. I even found a lovely local book for kids priced Rp10.000 (less than US1). Crazy or what?

BBW at May 1st, 2016 noon
A huge Star Wars Blueprint book displayed at the entrance
Kids nowadays are so lucky
Lots of Encyclopedia books for under Rp100.000 (US$7)
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Cooking books section
Baby books section
Happy queueing guys!

I highly recommend you to come after dusk or before dawn, unless you want to spend more time queueing and at the same time doubting whether you should go back to grab some more books while waiting or not.

Lilan show off her favorite book


Books that I bought! Turns out mostly for my kids

As a matter of fact, The Big Bad Wolf management claimed to have a mission to increase our population interest in reading (http://www.jakartabookclub.com/2016/04/panduan-belanja-buku-di-big-bad-wolf.html). They have successfully held the same event in Malaysia for years, and now they plan to bring out the same euphoria in Indonesia. Come on empty all your containers Big Bad Wolf! As we will madly empty our pocket… 😁😁😁



My long distance marriage

Hello readers. Thank you for visiting my blog. I would like to introduce myself. My name is Dhiny. I am an Indonesian woman, a wife, and a mother of a beautiful daughter and a handsome son who has a particular interest in family, parenting, and child education issues.

On this time, I would like to tell you about my long distance marriage (LDM). Currently, my marriage is 7 years old. However, since we are in an LDM, our real marriage life can be cut in half, which is only 3,5 years old :D. I basically dislike LDM. We have to bear this condition because my husband works in an oil company in Middle East country, while me and our family live in Indonesia, one of South East Asia countries. That’s a 9 hours flight away. He works 5 weeks there, and then went home for a 5 weeks holiday (with his phone and laptop still connected to the company network, so it’s not a pure holiday). In fact, I would like to tell you about the beautiful and awful side of LDM if you don’t mind. The awful side first.

  1.  I miss him, so do my children. Oh so cliche.

Well you know what, there’s a trick to handle this ‘missing you’ thing. In my mind, I would compile all my emotion, place it inside a plastic container box, and then put it in a freezer. I would not open that box until my husband arrives 😀

However, my children  couldn’t do this awkward trick yet (of course!). They ask for their father every time they miss him.

“Where is papa?”

“When will papa come home?”

“Lilan wants to swim with papa”.

“It’s raining! Lilan wanna slide in the garage floor with papa”.

Sometime those sentences melt my heart, but not anymore. My children should learn that their father will not be around for 5 weeks regularly. I’m so mean :p

2.   I am experiencing “there’s no way I am having a depression but I think I do”.

If the trick in point number 1 succeed, I will be fine. If it’s not, I know that I will be experiencing unstable emotions. Sometimes I cry and wonder why our family should be separated since the beginning of our marriage. When will it end? Sometimes I am grateful that my husband is away so I can have more time to socialize with my friends, do my favorite things, and have less cooking time ;D.

3.   You know what a wife need from her husband. Physically.

Whoaaaa..this is the hardest point in LDM. You can’t get a kiss whenever you want to. You can’t cuddle with your husband whenever you need it. You can’t get attached with your hubby whenever you wish for it. You can only do those things in 5 weeks time span. The next 5 weeks is fasting time.

4.  Hi Dhiny! Where is your husband? (I’m kinda socially single).

From wedding invitation to a neighbour just asking by, I look like a lonely person without a spouse. I feel rather insecure sometimes. Especially at night. A family needs a mature man in the house I suppose.

Well that’s the end for the awful side. Now let’s move to the beautiful side.

  1. It always feels like a first date on the day he arrives.

It’s our family tradition to go to the airport to welcome him home. My heart beating excitedly while we’re looking for him to appear from the arrival gate. Lovely hugs, kisses, smiles, and sweet talks will then accompany us on the way home. Oh love is in the air!

2. We have less arguments because we are too busy missing each other.

Well, this happen maybe about a week or two after the arrival. After that, we’re a normal family you know. We argue about things, our children, our finance, our habits, etc. But almost every difficult argument ends with a sweet reconciliation. And it makes us knowing each other better, and strengthen our marriage.

3. Everyday is a weekend when he is home.

Hahaha. This is the fun part. Almost everyday we go out for a breakfast,  or a lunch, or a dinner, or a date, or a breakfast followed by a family trip until night. Our entertainment budget surely has it’s peak on this time, and has it’s bottom when he’s away. Necessarily, going out almost everyday  will make us exhausted, but it’s not. Our happy energy makes us healthier than the 5 weeks lonely time of rarely going anywhere when he is on duty.

4. I got my parents or my parents in law at home more often than other family.

My children is my parents in law first grandchildren. They visit us more often than my parents. What I mean with a visit here is a week or two stay at my house. It’s kinda great for my children and me, we are not feeling lonely because of their presence. However, we are a different family with different values. Sometimes I have to adapt with them, and sometimes they have to adapt with me. It’s normal. I rather have them with all the adaptation needed, rather than not having them here.

Okay, that’s it for now. I hope you got something from my writing. It’s my first post you know. So you have to be gentle :p. Later, I will swim into parenting topics. I will give a review on the latest parenting seminar I attend, and also the latest parenting books I read. Can’t wait 😉