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!