International Babywearing Week is a week-long celebration to promote the advocacy of babywearing benefits. For this year, it is celebrated from 4th October until the 10th. Meanwhile, New Zealand babywearing week started on the 2nd of October until the 11th.
Personally, having a baby carrier is one of the biggest blessings we have as parents. I’m thankful that somebody invented a carrier because we couldn’t have survive this long caring for the little boy without it. At a young age, Mr N was able to travel all around New Zealand. Aside from that, husband and I were able to do other chores while little bub was snuggled inside the carrier, very comfortable sleeping and loving the smell of dad’s (or mum’s) smelly armpits. haha!
Babywearing saves the day! I love our carriers, it keeps us closer to our baby. :)
within three days time, i finished my book entitled “The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story”. it’s a memoir recounting the hardships of escaping north korea and a happy reunion with the family after ten years. the author had to change her name many times to survive hiding in china. i happened to see this book displayed at one of the local bookstore so i bought my kindle copy which is cheaper and more handy. i am interested to know more about north korea, not because i want to go there but simply out of curiosity, to be more aware of what’s happening inside this mysterious country. a first hand tale from a defector is one of the best source of information that you can have.
i learned many things about north korea, through this book. for instance, each household must have a portrait of kim il sung and kim jong il, and a special cloth provided by the government should be use to wipe it. the country also doesn’t have a concept of religion and personal rights and the only persona they should look up to are the great leaders. they even have their flowers named after the two leaders namely kimilsungia and kimjongilia. north korea, a communist country, is known for violating human rights. if a person is caught escaping, they will be punished and send to a prison camp. if an escapee is caught inside china, the person will be returned to north korea and will suffer the consequences. the lucky ones to survive and reach seoul will be granted asylum and given a south korean citizenship. despite sharing the same blood, ethnicity and language, north and south korea are very different as night and day.
the author was invited to speak in a TED conference and here’s the video.
it’s a nice read, inspiring and educational too. at the moment, i’m looking for other good autobiography books to read. who’s life story should i be reading next?
finally, i finished reading the book gone girl. if i remember it right, i started reading the book while still on a maternity leave and my constant companion while putting my baby to sleep.
i always find it interesting when a book is made into a film. i feel excited especially when i knew the book beforehand or had finished reading the book. gone girl is one of the novels which was made into a movie starring ben affleck and rosamund pike, as nick dunne and amy dunne respectively.
i’m not going to make a film review or book review as i’m not an expert to that. i enjoyed the book as much as i enjoyed watching the film. oh wait! i think i must have slept a bit watching the movie because that was three hours long and i have a bad habit of always sleeping in the middle of a movie. haha!
i like the story, the twist in the plot and how scheming psycho bitch amy is, the gone girl we are referring to. i’m amused as to how she planned and stage her disappearance so she can frame her cheating husband for murder. sneaky and vengeful yet intelligent and impressive. amy is quite a character. she is complex and unpredictable which i find remarkable.
if i have the time, i’ll watch the movie again. no sleeping in between this time. :)
before heading back to christchurch after our hanmer staycation, we visited wai ariki farm park. it is a small farm with various friendly animals to feed. a small café is available where you pay the entrance fee to the farm. you can also buy there the animal food for $2, if you wish to feed the animals. we stayed only for an hour since baby got some colds and it’s quite cold that day too.
i’m too lazy writing a long post now so just have a look at some of the photos. and i just want to say that someday, i want my own farmville!
one of the things we did at hanmer springs during my birthday weekend escapade is…walking. hahaha! i don’t know if this sounds exciting but then i really like nature walking adventures. aside from it being a cheap form of exercise (technically they’re free), there are also a lot of beautiful sights at the different walking tracks you will encounter. each walking track brings a different sense of excitement and accomplishment to me.
we tried one of the short tracks which is the conical hill walk. it’s an hour-long walk with a zigzag pathway made available so walkers can reach the summit and have a beautiful view of the hanmer district.
we make quick stops from time to time to take photos of the beautiful view.
the most rewarding time is always reaching the top. :)
of course, not forgetting the selfies!
after the family walk, i had my much awaited “me time” moment. it feels good to have the massage after an hour of walking, while husband’s looking after the baby. :)
i will post later on our farm adventure, so stay tuned!