Sunday, March 16, 2014

Lijiang & Shangri La 2013

Another trip made in 2013 while Daddy was still based in China.. totally enjoyed the cooling weather, and mountainous climb to see the Golden Monkeys! Great chance for the kids to experience countryside and visit the local schools.

Take a look at the youtube video produced by Daddy.. using the popular pop song that can be heard everywhere along the old town in Lijiang.

The kids loved the snow on 玉龙雪山,and the oxygen cans lasted the entire trip!



Youtube video: Lijiang & ShangriLa (Nov 2013)

New Zealand trip 2013

Recap of the New Zealand trip made during April to May 2013.. through a photo book.

Our trip to the North Island of New Zealand in 2013. The North Island was chosen as Daddy & Mummy felt that there are more children friendly attractions than the scenic South Island.

The trip started on a very interesting note, as the flight bound for Auckland had to divert to Sydney due to a medical emergency onboard. This resulted in the family missing the connecting flight from Auckland to Wellington.

Nonetheless, the rest of the trip was enjoyable and pleasant.

video

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Another trip to FS.. new places this time

Finally a trip to know more about Guangzhou / FS and the nearby places after visiting for the 4th time. Daddy specifically found out and arranged to visit more places of interest as Ah Gong joined in the tour this time round.


顺德长鹿农庄 (theme park)
佛山西樵山 (very steep climb uphill! Daddy was in business attire)
越秀公园 (where the 12 生肖 models were displayed)
陈家祠
孙中山纪念馆
岭南印象城 (nice place to know about culture in south of China)

The family visited again the 佛山祖庙 (where黄飞鸿纪念馆 is)without Daddy, and Lleyton enjoyed the wushu despite the second time watching it. The kids requested to  visit the indoor playground again In-City.



Display at 岭南印象城

How appropriate..
Leanne with a sticky face after eating the giant cotton candy

1st half of 2013..where have they been?

Neither Daddy nor Mummy has the chance to update this blog during the entire half of 2013. Given that there have been some changes to the schedules in the earlier part of the year, any spare time would be largely spent interacting with the kids.

There were still a few trips now and then.. from Hong Kong in January, FS in March and the long-awaited trip to NZ in April. Weather was cooler in earlier part of the year, so Mummy could layer the kids up while still looking stylish.

Perhaps some snippets of Hong Kong for now. The trip to FS and NZ will be updated in another post.

There were some shots taken while waiting for Daddy to arrive in HK from GZ. He missed his train from GZ, so he resorted having to travel another few hours to Shenzhen to catch another train. Mummy spent around 2 to 3 hours in IFC, had lunch, travelled to Central station with two kids (thankfully she only brought a backpack and no luggage). Finally met up with Daddy after more than 4 hours of delay! Unexpected but manageable. The kids seemed to enjoy themselves tremendously throughout the wait. Other than that, the rest of the trip was just eat and shop. Besides using Mummy's birthday as a reason to justify the trip, there was no specific agenda. So it was great fun just to indulge in food and shopping.

 At IFC Mall - Panda exhibition

Couldn't upload the Mummy's favourite video due to technical error! Nevertheless, here's Lleyton feeding Leanne while waiting at IFC 

Dessert at Cong Sau.. very good!

Leanne enjoying the breeze at Stanley market

Leanne drumming at the ferry terminal

Taking a rest after window-shopping

Only bought Godiva chocolates in the end..



Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Fun and shop in FS / GZ

Who would have thought there is so much to be done in these places..

Daddy took some days off to bring the family on a day trip out of the region for some fun at Chimelong Resort in GZ. The kids enjoyed themselves tremendously and took all the rides as long as the height limits allow them to.

They also had 2 rounds of play in indoor playgrounds while Daddy was at work (bought the 10 entries passes as they are quite certain the kids will request to go again, and these are situated in big shopping malls).

The family also ventured out to Zhuhai and the underground mega mall is enough to occupy them the entire day. Daddy and Mummy also found some time for a haircut and a session of foot massage after long hours of shopping.





Leanne is starting to be quite a shopaholic and will insist on buying an item once she sets her eyes on it.. Most of the time -- pink stuff. She got her hands on a pink Uniqlo jacket and pink spectacles. She loves them very much and willingly poses for pictures with them.

From Kaohsiung to Taipei

After having spent a full week in Taipei 5 years ago, Daddy decided that the family should venture south, before heading to Taichung and Taipei.

Upon reaching Taoyuan airport, the family took the bus to HSR station and head towards Kaohsiung immediately. This round, both Lleyton and Leanne did it without the stroller though Leanne was reliant on the Manduca carrier. It literally became a perpetual accessory on Mummy, she could almost fall asleep once her butt rests well in the carrier. That said, the family travelled light only with 1 suitcase and 1 65-litre Osprey backpack.

Highlight of Kaohsiung was the stay at the 85-storey Splendour Hotel with a magnificent view. The family got themselves an executive floor, so that the kids could help themselves to the cookies (and once a day apple for Leanne), while Daddy had various bottles of Spritzer and Mummy with cups of brewed coffee. Apart from that, they had a long walk to find the 爱河 harbour for the cruise along the river. To Mummy's surprise, the boat was solar powered using solar PV. The older ones using diesel were parked aside and no longer in use. The first night ended with 六合夜市 as a must-go place in the area.

Next stop was Sun-moon-lake 日月潭from Taichung station. The hotel was a boutique hotel with a nice lake view and breakfast. Again, the highlight was the ferry cruise ride to the other side of the island to try the local delicacies.

Next morning, the family proceeded to Taichung HSR to reach the Taipei Main station, where the kids had all the fun they were promised!

Upon arrival, they took the train to 西门町 where Leanne started her shopping spree. Daddy also found his 阿宗面线 which he commented that there was no oyster. For dinner, they headed to 士林夜市 to try the famous foods that were recommended in the guidebook. The night ended with a generous portion of 芒果冰.

The second day in Taipei was spent entirely at Baby Boss where the kids had their attempts at various occupations ranging from dairy farmers to astronauts. There, they earned baby bucks where they spent on stickers and jigsaw puzzle.













Finally, the next 2 days were spent venturing to the outskirts of 淡水老街 then back to the more tourist spots of 五分铺 and 饶河夜市 as well as the Hello Kitty cafe. The kids had their share of fun and the adults also indulged in delicious snacks and great shopping!


Look alike?

More friends are commenting that Leanne resembles Mummy, and Lleyton resembles Daddy.

Usually 当事人 will not be able to notice it well, even by comparing photos. But both of them start to have some significant features that belong to both parents. Eg small nose, small eyes? Take a look..

October's a birthday month!

The 3 "babies" in the house have grown a year older as the month of October went past. Though the biggest of all was not keen in having any birthday cakes unlike the 2 younger ones. He even deprived them of their "must have" birthday cake by ordering寿桃 instead! He din manage to get those either as the seafood restaurant only served 馒头 for the chilli crab.

The kids enjoyed themselves most of all, with birthday celebrations (including goodie bags for friends) in school to lots of birthday presents from mummy, uncles and aunties, and cakes chosen by them. Even Daddy complained that Mummy forgot to add his name on the cake.

Leanne got a set of barbie doll, cleaning set and pink Flicker scooter. She was recently infatuated with the colour pink, and all things girly. Must be a growing up phase!

Lleyton received a toy car racing track and a white board to practice his writing and mathematics.

Besides a visit to Singkids at Vivo, there was also a trip to Taiwan to make it even a more exciting time for all!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Fun on Sunday morning

Leanne was having mild fever and was not in the mood for outdoor activities including playing on the swing. So she stood aside while waiting for gor-gor to have his turn on the swing. She took some pics using Mummy's phone, and actually turned out quite ok.

Immediately after the supposedly morning in jog at the park, Lleyton wanted to play at the pool! Unfortunately, it was a no-no for Leanne, so she ended up doing art & craft and snacking by the pool-side. What a relaxed life-style!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Haircut day!

Little boy commented that he could not have his hair trimmed as Daddy was not around. Not totally illogical as it has always been Daddy bringing him along for haircut sessions (a father and son thing?)

Finally Mummy decided that his hair was really getting messy and should get a trim really soon. There they went to the $10 quick trim at the nearby shopping mall.

As expected, the little girl wanted the same (though Mummy deliberately postponed the trim for her as she wanted her fringe to grow). There goes another 10 bucks for a simple trim for the back of her hair. Now she looks rounder than ever!