We have been enjoying the second leg of our holidays in nearby Batam, Indonesia. I have contemplated bringing the laptop, but I told myself that this will be the last break before a long while and I would have enough work to come back to.
Travel brings experiences that can never be taught in a classroom. You experience different landscapes and climates. Eat different food and listen to different languages. Walk through different architectures and interiors.
The kids got to experience living in a house in Australia, for example, something that will not likely happen for our family in land- scarce Singapore. While others may take the backyard for nothing special, it was a treat for us who live in a flat.
I felt that the children miss this part of childhood where they have the freedom to play outdoors in the safety of home and nature waiting for them to explore nearby.
In Batam, while it does not have much in terms of scenery that we had the chance to experience, the children got to see how our brothers and sisters in Indonesia lived.
They learned to count in currency with many zeros and pick up some Bahasa. It was especially interesting to have met a Bahasa-speaking American who has set up a cafe after living there for eight years. If an American can pick up Bahasa, they should be able to handle Malay, no?
For myself, I hope to embark on some projects I got inspired to do during the holidays insyaAllah. Beauty, novelty and good food brings new ideas. I just need to lock myself up in a room for a few months now to finish the ideas in my list into something of value.