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Shiori’s Sweet Shoppe

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My blog post this time is not related to travel or food. This post is dedicated for my precious S, who just celebrated her first birthday. Initially, I did not plan to celebrate her birthday since A had already gone back to New York earlier last month. However, I could not just let a special occasion go by without any celebration. So, I finally became busy planning and arranging my lil S’ first birthday party in Indonesia.

First, selecting a suitable venue in my small hometown, Solo, was not an easy task. I wanted a place with a relaxing and cozy ambiance, with an outdoor space for kids to play. After careful thought and consideration, later I decided to hold the party at Goela Klapa Restaurant. The place has a classic traditional architecture profile with a mix interior of little Indonesian touch, with the ambience of luxurious, classic, elegant and cozy. At the back of the restaurant is a small beautiful garden and outdoor area. It was exactly what I had in mind, just excellent for a kid’s party.

Second, after meeting a few decoration vendors, I couldn’t find what I was looking for. That time, I already had some ideas how I would want to decorate the room. I doubted if someone in Solo could realize my ideas perfectly. So, I finally decided to decorate the room by myself. Yeah, it was a LOT of work, but worth it. I had to finish much of the art work myself in order to achieve what I wanted.

I got very busy starting from a week before the party. When the D-day arrived, some items were still not completed and not perfect. But, overall, I was very glad everything went smoothly as planned. One day after the party, I realized how difficult it was to be a single parent. I had to organize the party, arranging the sweet table, planning the menu list, setting up the decorations, and so on and so forth, all by myself. Phew… I think next time I should get an assistant. Not to forget that I was very grateful for having a full-time nanny for S, so I could concentrate to the party.

I can’t mention one by one for everyone who contributed their effort  to make Shiori’s sweet shoppe memorable.  Thanks much!

Birthday Planner and Organizer: Shiori’s Mom
Cake: Blessing Cake
Cupcakes: Baking Bee
Cookies: Olanos
Decoration: Shiori’s Mom

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Welcoming Shiori

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We are proud to announce that we just had our first baby girl, Shiori, who was born in last February. She is doing great and growing very fast. And I’m enjoying every moment of being a mom. So far, it’s been a lot of fun and a great experience. I’m sure there will be more fun to come!

Needless to say, my life with a new baby has been busy. I very rarely had outside eating and always had home-cooked food from January till March. I was in a “confinement” period for forty days after the delivery. During this time, I could not go outside unless for urgent matters such as seeing a doctor, and I could only eat specific food. Confinement practice is an old Chinese post-natal tradition focusing on re-energizing the body and boosting immunity. The new mom is generally expected to be in quarantine with her new baby. By adhering to a list of DOs and DON’Ts and following a restrictive diet, people believe that a new mom can recover faster and avoid some long-term potential health problems. I was being a good girl during the confinement period, staying at home, eating healthy food and focusing on taking care of Shiori and myself.

After the confinement period is over, now is the right time to enjoy living in NYC. Spring has come! Flowers are blooming and creating colorful sceneries of the city. This makes me fall into a deep love with the city. Now I spend most of my days walking around the city, tasting delicious food offered by the city. Of course, I do this with Shiori. She also enjoys travelling and sleeping soundly in her stroller bassinet. I’m really enjoying this beautiful weather in this great city as much as I can.