Meet the neighbours
We chat with Adeline and her two adorable sons
Carissa Morais caught up with Adeline Lim and her two sons, five-year-old Isaac and two-yearold Samuel at the playground to chat about living abroad and their favourite things.
How has motherhood changed the way you see things? Adeline Safety. My husband always says, ‘safety first’, and he’ll give me some lecture about safety for the boys. Malaysia doesn’t have many safety measures for kids – for example, playgrounds in UK have better padding to withstand the impact when a child falls.
I didn’t know that! So how do you manage the children’s safety without being too overprotective? A When they fall down and there are small cuts and bruises, it’s fine, but not when they’re falling from certain heights. You just need to follow your motherly instincts. Can I use the example of a pet?
Sure. A Sometimes you’ll let your pet stray around, sniff here and there, pee here and there. But after a while, you call them back. You let go but also have the leash on. Samuel Hellooooooo!
You’ve lived in Scotland for almost two years and in Dubai for a year. Would you have preferred raising your boys over there? A These places are similar but the networking of mothers is different. In Scotland, maids don’t come easy and it’s better when there’s a network of mothers. Over here, it can be quite isolating because you need transport and our public transportation isn’t so great. The weather doesn’t help either – it wasn’t as hot when we were in Scotland and you could go for long walks and not feel the heat. It was good for Isaac.
What is it like travelling overseas with young kids? Would you recommend it? A [ Laughs sheepishly] No! I don’t know about girls but my boys were wriggling the whole time during the long flights and they wanted to get off the plane. It’s quite a challenge. Isaac: [ swinging on the monkey bar] Mummy, carry my legs. I want to be Spiderman. A Okay [ picks up his legs]. He uses this trick to impress girls. I: Mummy, carry me! So, I guess his favourite superhero is Spiderman? A Yeah, he wears his underwear terbalik [upside down] over his head. His eyes will be where the legs come out. I have to wash a lot of underwear everyday! If you’d like your family to be featured in the next issue of Time Out Malaysia Kids, shoot us an email at email@example.com.
Samuel Adeline Isaac