Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The trend of Dude Dad and Yummy Mummy

Consider yourself outdated if you haven't heard of that expression before. According to Junior magz (dec edition), the term Yummy Mummy was started way back in 1991 when Demi Moore posed glamorously naked and pregnant on the cover of Vanity Fair. Since then all the mummies in the world had been displaying their motherhood time in full throttle and in style.

I think it goes the same here in Jakarta. The other day, I was attending a fashion show in Plaza Indonesia, which is full of uber cool ladies dressed delicately in the latest global style, and I saw one Yummy Mummy with a Stokke Explory stroller! (pushed by the nanny) and the cutest little girl dressed in a Leopard cardigan and black skinny pants....mmmm Yummy.

The term Dude Dad comes way later, and much defined by Hollywood's celebrity dads such as Jude Law, Johnny Depp and, this is the hottest one, Brad Pitt. "Male celebrities are marching into the limelight with a child firmly planted on their hip, sending out the signal that fatherhood is one of the coolest lifestyle choices to make" quote Junior Magazine.

And fabulous baby gears makers around the world as in cue, had been furiously designing goody stuff targeted to these DUde Dads. Just look at the Daddy diaper bags, modern and clean baby furniture, Daddy blogs etc.

But I don't think the Dude Dad trend has reached here in the far east. Despite some publications of celebrity dads supporting breast feeding, I hardly see any stylish dads 'with a child firmly planted on their hip' around here, what a pity. Hey DUDE DADs in Jakarta, wake up!!!

Friday, November 24, 2006

Oilily at FO

"Factory Outlet?" you said. Yeah yeah.. I admit that I often rely on the comfort of Factory Outlets in Bandung to update my children's wardrobe. Hey, it's cheap and chic and sometimes if you dig deep enough, you might find some interesting brands inside.

My fav is Rumah Mode (Jl. Setiabudi 41 F), in fact I never went anywhere else. Imagine my surprise when I discovered these Oilily pants (pictured here) among the lot, it was priced at around Rp 80.000, and after some browsing in the internet I found out that the pants is from 2006 collection called 'Skipping trousers' and the Children Salon sells it at 37.77 pounds. I bought two with different colors :)

Other brands that I have discovered includes, Baby gap, Abercrombie and Fitch, Baby Phat by Kimora Lee Simmons, etc.

So, Happy hunting!
I have to warn you though, there are alot of fake labels among the lot. My tips, look out for the care labels, most fakes doesn't bother to give one.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Victoria Staten rocks!

Victoria Staten might not be a well known name in fashion industry, but she has clocked some good years behind the Kenneth Cole brand. And now, she is coming to rock the baby gears industry with her ultra cool designs. She created baby carriage, diaper bags and baby furnishing made with maple wood and leather-like fabrics (bye bye plastics!)
Daddy types blog has commented that Victoria Staten's may be the first baby gear that requires you to redesign your house around it. Indeed, the design is so modern and clean and perfect to show off to your friends (ha!). On the other side, I just can't quite picture it to be inside one the the Da Vinci's style houses that seems to be popping around Jakarta recently.
Pictured here is the baby seat that cost $325 (!) with removable and washable cover
Be dazzled by her baby carrier, playyard, high chair, and diaper bags here at
Let's just hope that some stylish ladies from the mega retail baby industry in Jakarta notice her, and bring the goody stuff home.....

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Mall Playground

This is actually a sad thing. Lately I am too lazy to find quality weekend entertainment for my children and often rellied on playgrounds in the malls to babysit my kids (while I go shopping:)
Here are two Playground that I have visited for the last weeks:

1. Circus
Pondok Indah mall 2 Lt2, Ph: 75920540
Charge: Rp 40.000 / 2hrs
This is my fav! the playground consist of fun, intertwined levels that kids can climb, slide, jump, crawl etc. The staff there are great, they seemed attentive enough to guard the kids from getting hurt.
Kids as young as 1 1/2 yrs can play there, but watch out for the big children groups as they tend to push around in rough play.
Beware though, accompanying adults must be small or thin enough to follow the kids around as most of the spaces are narrow and small :)
2. Playmall
Senayan City level 4, Ph: 72781501
Charge: Rp 50.000 /hr during weekend, and Rp 10.000 for member card
First of all, I hate the member card, I see no point of getting a member card for a weekend visit, and please... two kids, two plastic cards, one bulging wallet!
And the charge is quite steep. I have to extend the play for another hour and ended up paying another hundred Rp.
The playground is quite big, it consist of a pool full of balls, a play-kitchen, a toddler slide set, some toy cars and bycicles, and a big kids castle.

At the end of the day, I still wish there are parks and other outdoor entertainment (within reach) to go with my kids during weekend.

Titi Dj another divorce

Following my previous post about divorces, this is the one that I did not quite expect. Titi Dj is one of my fav Indonesian celebrity who simply has good humour and kind soul. She will be getting the custody of her four children. Read more from Kompas cyber media.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Cita by Bin house for maternity fashion

One of the well known secrets among pregnant women is Cita by Bin House. A fashion collection created from delicate batik fabrics, and moulded into ultra modern apparel pieces with a touch of ethnic. Sometimes you can even recognize a trace of japanese design influence on the collection.
Actually there is no special maternity collection by Cita, but their pieces are sometimes so loose (but still stylish enough) and made with comfortable cotton fabric that are great for those pregnancy days, and the good news is, you can even wear them after giving birth without looking...pregnant.
Visit their cozy stores at:
1. Bin House, jl. Teluk Betung, no. 10. Jakarta. Ph: 31935941,31934948
2. Incubare shop, Saberro house, Jl Kemang Raya.
Check out the official Bin House website here

Cotonnier Catalogue 2007

Cotonnier Nursery and Kids' room has recently released their 2007 catalogue. All new mommies are recommended to pick up their copy at the Plaza Indonesia store (ph: 021-3150280), or by ordering them from the official Cotonnier website here. The catalogue is full of goodies to decorate your baby's nursery room, and there is a new furniture collection that is dedicated for the "threenagers", the active toddlers who never seem to run out of energy.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

The Divorce Week

This week seems to be the Divorce Week for the A list celebrities.

After just two years of a very colorful marriage, Britney Spears has filed for a divorce from the would-be-rap-singer Kevin Federline (Finally!). And she has also filed for the legal custody of the two boys, Sean (1 yr) And Jayden (2 months). Kevin is reported to fight for the custody too, as well as requesting for a "spousal support" despite the rumored iron-clad-prenup that the two has signed before their wedding in 2004.

Read more about the news in here

Just before the Brit-Kev break up, Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillipe, a sweet couple who has been marrried for 7 years has also announced a divorce due to "irreconcilable differences". Reese will be filing for the custody of her two children Ava Elizabeth and Deacon Phillipe.

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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Binus school Serpong

Binus, a well known establishment that emphasizes in "vibrant, innovative and caring community" is opening a huge new school (4 hectares) in Bumi Serpong Damai. From the look from their website, the school looks great. They will be opening classes for Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School dan High school. Check out their open house this Saturday on 11th November 2006.
And here is their contact no:
Marketing Address Komplek Ruko Golden Boulevard Blok Q/2 - BSD City
ph:021 5380400

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Kate Spade baby

Kate Spade has recently created a full baby product range, not just diaper bags but also strollers (in affiliation with Maclaren stroller), baby clothings, baby accessories and even ultra cute baby stationary! Chek out Kate Spade baby site here. Pictured here is the latest baby diaper bag called, Classic Noel Baby bag. I have called Kate Spade store in Plaza Indonesia (021-39838239) but unfortunately they did not carry that particular collection. What a pity, it is a gorgeous bag!

Wanna be like Gwyneth Paltrow?

One of my fav baby blog, Celebrities-baby, recently ran this post that list out all the things that Gwyneth Paltrow has for her two babies, and boy it was a long list (and some awfully lots of strollers for just two babies). check out the list.
In this picture taken on Oct 06, Gwyneth is taking Apple for a stroll in a Combi ultra savvy in silver pearl.