A few weeks into our stay…
|July 9, 2013||Posted by Mabel under General, Parenthood|
…in Malaysia, that is.
We moved down to Malaysia – from France – last month and arrived at the worst time ever. The haze hit the capital city and its surrounding areas. On top of that, the heat was just terrible. Noah’s eczema flared up – the worst in over a year – and later, both kids caught a stomach bug which resulted in plenty of tantrums, bowls pushed aside and “super-glue” behaviour.
Now, a couple of weeks later, the kids are adjusting to the weather (and mozzies and all). We are heading out nearly every day for walks at the park, the neighbourhood, etc. Yesterday the kids went to the park nearby and enjoyed the kids’ play area. The slides, bridges and what-nots make the area large in comparison to the French playground in Dole. The floor isn’t entirely covered with rubber – normal with most public playgrounds here in Malaysia – but it’s still a fairly safe place for kids. A pity that it isn’t more well-maintained though (some sections had stagnant water on the slides due to the concave dip at the bottom of the slide, etc).
Earlier today, we made a trip to Aquaria KLCC via LRT. Eva wanted to go on the train and it was Noah’s first time on a metro train so why not? It was a pretty nice experience for the kids who got to experience a train ride and watched two feedings. The aquarium is small – reminiscent of the one in Paris but unlike the French one, Aquaria was cheaper. Exhibits are quite well maintained and the staff were ultra friendly – we had people assist us in finding the elevator, the toilet, etc. The kids, especially Noah, went bonkers during the feeding.
Food-wise, the kids have (re)discovered Indian snacks, tropical fruits (rambutan, mangosteen, durian too!), local delights (noodle, roti canai, etc) and came away enjoying it. We shy-ed away from imported fruits, vegetables and even meats as well as dairy because of the price. Imported fruits like cherries are selling for at least RM28 per kilo while you can get a heft 3 kilo bag of rambutans for RM10. The lack of cheese – I only bought a block of cheddar for the kids – also means that the adults, namely the hubs, are not packing on the weight from dairy products. Good for the stomach and the wallet too!
Now to find a playschool/kindy for the kids and get them settled into our new place in Penang! Tehehehe.