Istanbul: Draft Itinerary

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So we’ll be here first week of November. But only for 4.5 days. Dont ask me why the short trip unlike our previous adventurous 2-weeks-backpacking-where-you’ll-be-on-trains-for-3-days-without-shower kind of trips, but it happens when now you have to think for three instead of thinking for two :)  It will be our first trip as three, and I’m excited about it. Of course, I could give in and wait for longer and more secured time, but this opportunity is like now or never! Wont go into details about it, but total return flights including 4 nights hotel for THREE of us costs me RM3.4k, so it explains why the sudden plan.

Anyhow. I always become a smart planner who manages to cram alot of places in limited days.

Day 1: Around Sultanahmet (Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, etc), Grand Bazaar, Beyazit

Day 2: Ortakoy to see morning market, Dolmabahce (not entering palace though), Taksim, Istiklal avenue, Galata bridge..

Day 3: Topkapi palace, then take bus to Eyup. OTW back stop at Suleymaniye mosque, Spice Bazaar, etc

Day 4: Take ferry to Uskudar in Asian side, then take bus/whatever to Hyderpasa, Kadikoy. Take ferry back from Kadikoy to Eminonu.

Day 5: Probably manage to do last minute shopping (not much intended) in Grand Bazaar before leaving for airport in the afternoon.

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I can say it’s the most luxury trip we’ll have so far coz we’ll be staying all nights in 3 star hotel instead of jumping from hostel to CS couch or in trains like last time ;P then again with a baby in tow I’m not sure if it’s manageable at all to stay at CS host, although we’d love to if there exists some family-friendly host.

Well. Let’s see if my itinerary goes as planned or not.

Tiled gallery test

Is there anyone else other than me who have been using Jetpack Lite since ever thinking that original Jetpack was nothing but useless, eating-space-slowing-down-site features, only to realize one day that they have missed some cool new stuff by original Jetpack? And it’s been around like, a year? Love this hassle-free, automatic gallery feature! I say automatic coz they arrange the photos beautifully in tiled! I didnt know that a plugin can be that smart!

The theme that is oh-so-WP.com!

Somehow I landed to design311.com, a website that offers easy download of WordPress.com’s collection of themes to be used for self-hosted WP easily without having to access the SVN. And I found again this old Thirteen theme that definitely recalls to the years I was blogging in WP.com, those adolescence time I would say. Haha. The time most of the posts were whining about either men or failing relationship or crushes or heartbroken or boring life. Which I dont want to go humiliate myself and read again those crappy pieces I even opened for public read (oh so awkward). But I believe I have deleted most of the stupidest ones during last cleanup. How time flies and look at here now, I’ve got a baby and even posted baby pics in blog! :)) Well WordPress, you really document my ups and downs very well these years!

But for the sake of memoria, let me use the theme once again.

Food (and poop) update

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Okay, gross title, but nevermind, it’s important to me! (somehow I gained so much interest on Daie’s poop lately, and cant help but excited if he releases all out of him! :p) it stinks now, and am a little upset that it means he’s no longer a small baby. He poops around 1-2 times a day compared to more than 5 earlier before solids.

I’m back to give him Cerelac rice cereal (one with veggies) as his digestion seems to gradually get used to it, and the fact that he likes the taste a lot! I gave him pear and avocado as well, I think I want to give 2 serving cereal and 1 blended fruit a day, apart from breastfeeding.

5 months, and intro to solids

Daie turned 5 months last week, and I decided to start him solid because:

1) He seems WAY hungry lately, once I return home from work and he would breastfeed non stop until midnight (only 30min-1 hour gaps but to me it’s like non stop! T_T)

2) He started licking (gobbling?) his own hands (okay, that does LOOKS hungry).

3) He started to refuse bottle feeding at babysitter’s lately, we had to supply both EBM and formula (we have Similac Advance) and he would choose any and that entirely depends on his mood. Sometimes he refuses EBM, sometimes the formula, and sometimes, both! >.< Either way, I still keep on pumping EBM although lately I reduce from 3 times to twice daily. So it’s probably because he drinks less at babysitter’s then he’s breastfeeding like mad at night.

I know, he’s looking forward to trying something new.

Mama said she fed me as early as 4 months when I was baby – and that was air nasi – the thick liquid comes from cooked rice before it dries up, and gradually to blended rice added with ground anchovies, the reason I had enough calcium in my childhood that I never had those typical rotten-teeth all kids my age had – yikes (well, Az included, HAHAHA!).

But considering I am lazy currently to do all the cookings,  I thought of trying something instant first. Plus I hadn’t got a proper baby blender yet. So I got him Nestle Cerelac cereal (with vegetables). And he likes it!! :D Of course I made it very thin, added with EBM, but the other time he likes one added with warm water much better (maybe coz in the cereal itself already has milk).

Babysitter also fed him once, so it was 2 days we gave him Cerelac, until I realized he has stopped pooping! Constipation alert!!! >,<

He didn’t poop the entire weekend (the last one was wakeup time on Saturday) and I rushed to internet and find out rice cereal is among the food that causes constipation (!!). Also the banana (which I was thinking of giving him as first food too!). I felt so sorry to him when he looked uneasy as if wanted to poop but it just didnt happen :( Poor baby!

So I decided to skip Cerelac and be less lazy and start making own baby food. I was hoping to get this Philips Avent 2-in-1 steamer + blender but it’s rather expensive (rm350) and seeing that I already had steamer, I bought this cheap Baby Bullet food maker, RM110. All the items are cute! :D The first puree I made out of it was avocado. I myself never eat avocado (!) but the texture seems soft like mango but creamy and I read it has so many nutrients in it.

Okay, what happens to Daie’s pooping? I gave him Heinz prune juice (that I read can help constipation). Although, it comes in 1 liter bottle (and the label says to finish within a week – as it does not contain preservative) . Well, I had many EBM storage bags left that I hardly use so I divided the juice into small amounts in many bags to freeze them, so yay, they can stay longer and I can use whenever Daie gets constipated again. And Daie finally pooped after 3 days *relief*

I’m thinking to stick to fruits for now, I have in the queue to try is sweet potato, pear, oatmeal, carrot.

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