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Taiwan with Toddler

Vacation with toddler? To Taiwan?? Challenge accepted!

We made it on 14-22 Oct, our first overseas vacation with our 13 month old!

Excited to go on her first trip overseas!

We took a Malindo Air flight which took about 4.5 hours to reach Taoyuan International Airport. Highly not recommended as they messed up our flight booking and we had to sit separately from my parents even though we paid for our seats and checked in super early!

Taiwan is super breastfeeding friendly. There are nursing rooms everywhere (well, most places), even in farms. I’ve used them in the airport, Sun Moon Lake, some private farm which I forgot its name, and museums.

Some pictures of the nursing rooms I’ve used. Most of them are very well equipped, with water dispenser, changing area and all.

Some places in Taiwan, however, are not very toddler friendly. While most places provide high chairs and kid friendly utensils, some places don’t and T had to just sit on a normal adult chair and eat with my chopsticks/spoon.

She had adult food most of the time too. I try not to give her anything too salty, though.

Taiwan also has a good selection of non dairy milk, like oatmilk and rice milk, which I could give T as she’s allergic to cow’s milk.

T loved the animals most in Taiwan. I guess the highlight of the trip for her was meeting all the dogs everywhere (Taiwan is super dog friendly, people bring their dogs everywhere!) and meeting the animals in the farms that we visited, especially the sheep and goats!

Overall, we loved Taiwan but the trip was too short to enjoy everything! Plus it’s super tiring bringing along a hyperactive toddler who was cranky at times. It’s quite difficult not knowing how to read Chinese too as everything in Taiwan is in Chinese! I hope T will enter a Chinese school when she’s older and perhaps further her studies in Taiwan one day. Then maybe I can go visit her every year hahahahha!! Wishful thinking.

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T’s 1st Birthday

T has just turned 1 year old! So happy but sad at the same time. My baby is all grown up 😢 She is now a toddler!

Hello kitty cake for my little darling

At 1 year old, T is able to:

  1. Take a few steps on her own
  2. Stand up by herself
  3. Say a few words, mainly: mama, papa, dog, no no, no more, ya ya, kakak (sister), baby
  4. Hand gestures like wagging her finger (while saying “no no”), waving goodbye, showing her empty palms while saying “no more”, pointing at something or someone.
  5. She takes 1 long nap each day instead of multiple short naps
  6. Started taking 1 bottle of milk powder a day (rice milk, because she is sensitive to cow’s milk)
  7. Has a better appetite and eats more solids now, at least she finishes all her porridge and main meals.

We had an early birthday celebration for her in Kuching a week earlier as I was back in Kuching for the long weekend to visit my parents. It was just a simple Western dinner (steak and lamb chops)… of course T only had bread and baby biscuits 😂 Then we had a Hello Kitty cake to cut at home.

Her birthday itself was just spent at home, I took a day off work to spend time with her.

She was up early in the morning!

Zipped around in her lion walker car

Watched some Sesame Street

We celebrated the next day with just a simple party at her paternal grandparents’ place with traditional Chinese birthday party dishes: fried bee hoon, fried chicken, curry chicken, curry puffs and of course the mandatory red eggs! T only had the red eggs 😂

We also had a black forest cake to cut…. my favourite! 😂😂😂 naughty mommy… well, she can’t eat cake yet anyway. Too sweet for her!

Next year I will need to think of throwing a birthday party at the child care center (as it seems that all the kids there do that, and I don’t want her to be left out). Although I’m not really a fan of throwing birthday parties every year. Maybe we will just have a simple one.

T has also become interested in our 2 dogs and wants to pet them. But I don’t allow her to do it too often as she is quite rough with them and needs more time to learn. She loves to pinch and grab Cookie’s fur and poke her nose.

Cookie, our star! ⭐️

I hope T learns to be more gentle. She is also rough with other kids at the child care center. But she knows how to manipulate the nurses and get her way around without getting scolded, because every time she is about to get a scolding for doing something bad, she will throw a flying kiss or flash her sweetest smile at the person 😒

I have also started supplementing her with milk powder since she turned 1, as my supply has dropped and I’m finding it hard to supply 3 bottles of breastmilk to the child care center lately (also, I have been lazy to pump extra and home!). I have reduced pumping sessions to 1-2 times daily too. So now she gets 2 bottles of breastmilk and 1 bottle of milk powder during the day, and latches whenever she wants at home.

It’s not easy to introduce milk powder to a breastfed baby! She took a few sips at first, then threw the bottle away and went “no no no no!!”

She was fine with it after many bottles.

I’m giving her rice milk powder for babies due to her bad eczema and sensitivity to cow’s milk. Yet to try goat milk. The bad thing about the rice milk powder is that it tends to have a lot of sediments that clogs the bottle teat sometimes.

Feel sad that T has grown up so fast, it seems like just yesterday she was born a small tiny baby! But at the same time, wish she grows up healthy and happy always. I may not be a good parent, I have made many mistakes and will continue to make mistakes along the way. But I hope I have learned from my mistakes and am able to care for T the best way possible, and make her feel happy and loved always.

Mommy will always love you, my little baby darling. Forever mommy’s little baby ❤️

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Slow down just a little, darling

T will be 11 months old in 2 days' time. Mommy is having a lot of mixed emotions. First of all, I feel kinda sad because time flies so fast and she will be 1 year old soon! I miss her baby time so dearly. When she was still a tiny baby, how I wished she would grow bigger and stronger like other babies. But now that she is bigger and stronger, I miss her being small and tiny and babbly 😢

But at the same time, I'm glad that she is on track with her milestones and growing well despite not eating much. She is also very talkative and lively. Sometimes maybe a little too hyperactive.

My baby grows up so fast! In a blink of an eye! It seems like just yesterday I was still pushing her out of my belly. And yeah everyone was right about how I was gonna miss her kicking in my belly. I sure miss that feeling lots. Wish I could keep her in my belly again.

I'm reluctant to have a second child because I'm afraid I will not love him/her as much. T is after all my first born, I have experienced many firsts with her. She will always be my favourite. Maybe I will need time to wean myself off from these feelings 😁

Speaking of weaning, I don't think I'm able to wean T off breastfeeding when she reaches 1 year old. She latches to sleep now, and she loves to latch. But mainly because I think I won't be able to handle it. Yes, I admit I'm selfish for thinking this way. But it's hard to let go. I enjoy every moment bonding with her while nursing her. I guess we will stop when she wants to. Till then, I'm just gonna enjoy every moment of it because it's not gonna last long anyway 😢 She has given me many sweet memories which I will forever cherish in my heart. ❤️


Slow down just a little, my darling. Mommy wants to keep this little you in her heart forever.

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Baby Room at Aeon Wangsa Maju

I always try to avoid going to the baby room at all Aeon outlets after reading bad reviews about them. My biggest concern is the nursing cubicles using only fabric curtains for privacy instead of lockable doors. Plus I have seen with my own eyes male staff going into the baby room to use the hot water dispenser.

Last weekend I decided to pay a visit and try it out myself. To my surprise, the baby room is quite spacious with a common area equipped with 3 changing stations and a hot/cold water dispenser and benches for families to sit and wait. The nursing rooms are located further in with a sign outside that says men are not allowed.

Waiting area, I guess for moms queuing up to use the nursing rooms


There are 3 cubicles available and each cubicle is furnished with a small sofa, coffee table and a wall plug (for pumping moms). The room is spacious enough to fit a stroller.



Unfortunately curtains are used instead of doors, which makes it feel insecure because anyone can just flick the curtains open while your boob is hanging out! And true enough, while I was nursing T, a very rude kid (about 6-7yo girl) pulled the curtains open to peek (she was doing it to every single room and I was in the last one). I was appalled that her mom was actually following behind her while she was doing all that and did not stop her at all until I shouted at her angrily. All she could do was mumble “sorry” and pulled the curtains shut again.

I did not manage to take photos of the common area as there were a bunch of kids playing there noisily (without adult supervision). It seemed like their parents had gone off shopping and left the kids there to entertain themselves.

If I have a choice, I would try to avoid using the baby room at Aeon. The facilities are quite good, I must say. Unfortunately, there is lack of privacy for nursing mothers, plus the facilities are sometimes being misused. Like male staff going in to get hot water, or staff using the nursing rooms for naps… among some reviews that I’ve read. And of course, rude kids pulling the curtains open.

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Baby Room at Atria Shopping Gallery

Now that T is a bit older, I have more confidence in bringing her out. And nursing her in public, with a scarf to cover up (because I’m such a cheapskate, why buy a nursing cover when I can DIY one myself with an old scarf and cute safety pins 😂). But sometimes, shopping malls are just super convenient because they have baby rooms (well, most of them do).

The baby room at G floor with an armchair in the corner to nurse your baby


Atria seems to have baby rooms at every floor wherever there is a washroom. I have tried the ones at Level C and G. The one at C is much bigger and more comfortable, unfortunately I didn’t get any pictures of it.

Some facilities in the baby room


The baby rooms come equipped with an armchair, changing station, wash basin, hot/cold water dispenser and hand sanitizer. Hmm… I did not check what was inside those cabinets under the counter top though.

The one at G floor (in the pictures) was a bit small and cramped though, and there was a mosquito lurking inside. But that aside, it’s comfortable to nurse a hungry baby in complete privacy (the doors can be locked, this is a major plus point compared to those nursing rooms that use curtains only). I really appreciate the mall’s effort in providing and maintaining such facilities. A thumbs up for them!

The mall is also baby friendly with spacious walkways and restaurants being very accommodating with babies. Definitely one of my favourite hang out places with T now.

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9 months of joy

T has just turned 9 months old! It has been a wonderful 9 months journey with my little bubbly (sometimes whiney) bundle of joy. 18 months, considering the time she spent in my tummy. 😂

My little bunny growing up fast!

I have been super busy with my hands so full of T lately. To summarize, at 9 months T has achieved the following:

  1. Crawl forward (and fast!)
  2. Sit up on her own
  3. Hold herself up and try to stand
  4. Lift her knees off the ground while in crawling position
  5. Sprouted her 2nd tooth!
  6. Eat more solid food like rice, roasted veggies, toast, scrambled egg
  7. Clap her hands
  8. Throw tantrums (actually I think this has been going on for a few months 😂 oh dear)
  9. Shake her head to tell you she doesn’t want something

She has been a poor eater lately, refusing all sorts of food and made poor weight gain in her 8th month. However there is some good progress this month after I started giving her more meals. Now, apart from the 2 meals she has at day care, I try to give her an additional breakfast and sometimes supper. Usually it’s yogurt, cheese, bread or fruits. During weekends, she gets snacks in between meals.

Of course, being the picky eater she is, sometimes I don’t understand why non-food items would taste much better to her…

Who needs expensive toys when you can get the same kind of entertainment from cheap plastic bowls! 😂


She has recovered from a bad round of flu and cough and stayed healthy for about 2 weeks. But she is down with the flu and cough again now. What a bad season! The weather has been pretty bad too. Since she is 9 months old now, the doctor has prescribed medication for her flu and chesty cough – Ventamol expectorant and Zyrtec syrup. Both smell like crap. No wonder kids hate their medications.

She is still fully breastfed, although I have to start dipping into my freezer stash now as I’m finding it hard to pump at home while latching her at the same time. I used to do this, to collect enough milk for her next day’s supply. But since she is older now and more aware, she starts to grab at my pump or smacking it away. Pumping at work alone is not enough for her day time supply 😦  I’m glad I did pump diligently before this to collect some emergency stash. Now, I admit I’m a bit lazy and have slacked. I sometimes don’t even bother to pump at night or during weekends when she latches directly. Because you know, hard work keeping her hands to herself!

I hope I can continue breastfeeding her at least till she is 1 year old.

My little baby grows up just too fast! She is losing her baby looks and everyday I’m afraid of blinking because before I know it, she will be 18 years old and walking out of my life 😦  Mommy loves you and will miss you very much, my baby darling.

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Transitioning

In a few days time, T will be 6 months old. Sob sob… time really flies so fast. I feel that I haven’t even enjoyed enough of her first 6 months and now she is ready to be all grown up 😦

I’m glad that I have been able to breastfeed her up till now and still able to continue beyond the 6 month mark. At this point I’m still thinking of whether to wean her off breastmilk or continue breastfeeding for a couple more months. Pumping at work is really tiring for me, even though I’m getting used to it. But sometimes I feel that the extra time I take off work to pump could be used to go home an hour earlier to spend with T 🙂

But I’m still holding the thought of continuing our breastfeeding journey as I really cherish those bonding moments with T while nursing her. Indecisive me 🙂

My cheap but trusty Pigeon breastpump that has served me well for the past 3 months ever since I went back to work


Soon she will be ready for solids too, a big milestone! So far she has shown some signs that she is ready to try solid food:

  1. Able to hold her head upright and sit with support
  2. Grabs things and puts them in her mouth
  3. Makes chewing motion and smacks her lips
  4. Stares at people eating

She is not able to sit up without support yet, and she still seems to have the tongue-thrust reflex.

Friends have been “brainwashing” me about baby led weaning, but I think I will go with puree first then only transition into BLW probably after a month or two. I’m a really paranoid parent and I would be really worried about the dangers of choking although it would be most unlikely 😂

I have already thought about what kind of veggies and fruits to feed her, and of course I’m super excited just thinking of preparing her food. I actually love cooking but I rarely have time or energy to do it, so making food for my little sweetheart is the perfect opportunity to do what I enjoy.

Bibs, feeding bowl/masher and feeding spoon all ready 🙂


It would be even more fun once T is older and can eat more variety of solids. I sure am looking forward to cooking/baking all kinds of food, snacks or preparing cute bentos for her. But for now, let’s just take one step at a time so I can slowly appreciate and cherish every moment I have with T before she grows up too fast.

If only cooking for children could be a full time job. Surely it is way better and more fun than looking at javascripts and vbscripts all day. Maybe I should consider babysitting as my next career 🙂

T, please don’t grow up too fast…