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Best to be prepared

...ECP highway towards Changi for dinner when A'qeel needed a diaper change and they had none. 'There were no shopping malls along the way, so we had to look for provision shops,' she recalls. Twenty minutes and three shops...
The Straits Times - October 16, 2011
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Best to be prepared

Best to be prepared

One of the first things Ms Lyanna Suwandi did after giving birth to her son A'qeel was to find a nice baby bag. When she found out that her sister-in-law was going for a holiday in Germany, she asked for the latest Longchamp tote as a baby bag.

After all, she loves to collect bags.

'I have around 20 bags from brands such as Louis Vuitton, Prada, Chanel, Fendi and Kate Spade,' says the office administrator. 'Having a baby gave me the excuse to buy even more bags.

'Besides, I could fit only a single diaper into the bags I owned before A'qeel was born.'

It was not long before Ms Lyanna built up a collection of six so-called baby bags - three Longchamp totes, two Marc Jacobs bags and another from Prada.

'My husband will not nag at me when I say the bags are for A'qeel's things,' she quips.

Ms Lyanna checks the baby bag before she leaves the house so they are not caught in a situation without essentials - including the iPad 2 that Mr Ashik Ghazali, a senior technician, bought for A'qeel so that he could watch educational YouTube videos on-the-go.

One incident drove home the importance of being prepared.

When A'qeel was four months old, his parents did not have enough diapers in the baby bag. The family was travelling on the ECP highway towards Changi for dinner when A'qeel needed a diaper change and they had none.

'There were no shopping malls along the way, so we had to look for provision shops,' she recalls.

Twenty minutes and three shops later, the couple finally found the right ones for A'qeel.

'Luckily there wasn't much of a mess by the time we bought the diapers,' she says. 'From then on, I learnt to take with me at least five diapers.'

 

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