Saturday, 23 February 2013

Hanif 20 bulan, 2 bulan di Sydney



Alhamdulillah, tidak terasa Hanif sudah hampir 20 bulan, dan sudah hampir 2 bulan tinggal di Sydney. Kenapa tiba2 aku pgn nulis perkembangan Hanif lagi? Karena tiba2 dia sudah pinter ngomong dan sudah ngerti banyak kata dalam Bahasa Inggris. Hari ini tadi Bapak Ibunya dikejutkan lagi dengan pemahamannya terhadap kata2 yg sepertinya jarang diucapkan.
Oke jadi ini kata2 baru yg sering diucapkan Hanif:
1. Bus; kalau lihat bis langsung sumringah dan bilang "Bus! Bus!" sambil nunjuk2. Kadang masih ketuker2 ngomong dalam bahasa Indonesia (Bis).
2. Duck; pertama kali tiba2 ngomong "dak dak dak" sambil nunjuk bedong gambar bebek.. Oooo... sudah jadi anak Aussie to, maksudnya "duck".
3. Truck; kalau lihat truk sampah, truk aneka macam pasti langsung nunjuk2 sambil bilang "truck truck"
4. Car; idem.
5. Kiwi;
6. No no no;
7. Man man; maksudnya pak Firman, housemate kita.
8. Ball
9. Baby; kalau di TV lihat bayi langsung bilang "Baby"
10. Big; karena di kamar mandi ada ember besar dan kecil, jadi bisa bilang "big".
11. Pis; tapi ngomongnya setelah pipisnya ngucur -__-. Oya kadang juga bisa bilang "pee"
12. Poo
13. Please -> tapi kalau ini harus disuruh dulu.
14. Shoes -> idem.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Hanif masuk (childcare) UNSW, alhamdulillah

Tulisan ini kutulis untuk mengingatkan aku akan keajaiban-keajaiban yang terjadi dalam hidup. Aku punya banyak tulisan seperti ini, untuk mengeluarkan aku dari kebuntuan yang kadang menjebakku dan menyadarkan bahwa tiada alasan untuk tidak berdoa setelah total berusaha..

Kali ini tentang "sekolah" untuk anakku, Hanif, atau mereka bilang sekolah itu namanya "childcare", karena usia anakku bukanlah usia sekolah, dia masih satu setengah tahun.

Sejak aku dan suamiku berencana untuk studi doktoral bersama, kami sadar, Hanif harus masuk childcare. Tapi situasi suami istri studi S3 hanya ada di benak kami saat itu, sehingga Hanif baru kami masukkan ke dalam waiting list saat usianya 7 bulan. Aku ingat suamiku pernah bilang, waiting listnya panjang.. tapi aku tak pernah mengerti sepanjang apa sih.. Aku baru mulai mengira-ngira saat aku melihat aplikasi waiting list online.. ada tulisan-tulisan semacam "waitlist your child as early as conception" dan lain sebagainya.. lalu saat kucoba mengisi formulir tersebut, di kolom isian nama anak, ada pilihan "belum dinamai/belum lahir". Wow, ini betulan bakal panjang, ternyata ada yang waitlist anaknya sejak anaknya masih di perut.

Friday, 8 February 2013

(not so serious) [review] TOSHL Finance for MEEGO

[updated March 3rd 2016] EF's 37th challenge (or the 4th challenge in 2016) is about favourite app. This old post is about TOSHL app, a "finance manager and expense" app that I used to analyse and plan my expense during my early months living a new life in Sydney, one of the top six most expensive cities in the world. It was based on Meego platform as I was still using my Nokia N9 at that time. I am currently no longer using N9 (it was broken because of my carelessness T_T) nor the TOSHL app (because I know how to manage the balance wisely in Sydney :D), but I'm submitting this old post for the challenge, as the readers might get inspired to get a similar finance and expense app for better financial life :D .

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Haha.. I have been having this intention for a review on TOSHL since January ends (which actually the time to review my expenses.. :P) but well I have to wait until weekend.. hiks although the temptation to blogging and reviewing and other small things unrelated to study have always been daunting every afternoon (about 2 PM when you're starting to get sleepy :D).

But my son is enrolling in a childcare in two weeks.. and we need to make a calculation to find out whether this two-days-in-a-week care is going to change our spending habit.. Okay! So, here is a review on TOSHL (financial app) for MEEGO (yup, i'm one of the rare N9 users T_T), which is actually a review for my self and family about our expenses in January..

28th Dec 2012 was the time I landed in Australia.. oh a foreign land I've never set foot before.. a foreign land where the weekly rate of my flat is higher than a month basic salary in my country of origin.. so we need to be very careful and so, keeping our expenses documented. Normally I would just creating a note and record any spendings but then I think that I have to spare some time to sum them. Or at least to retype them in Excel...oh!! while I still have to think for meals (to think first... even I need time to think what to cook, let alone to cook :D) for households and for research of course!

So I started to find an Excel app for Meego.. hiks.. which couldn't be found.. which turned out to be good, because then I found better app specialized for financial little tools, TOSHL!
Review: Despite some bugs, I love it. haha! So the screenshots here can explain a lot of things, then let me continue reviewing (and reminding myself) what we've been spending on January: