Thursday, April 16, 2015

Exploring Hongkong With Our Kids! (Day 5/Final Day)

Here are the last few photos of our Day 5 at Hongkong. We spotted a large group of Paparazzi and The Yellow Umbrella Movement protestors during our last 2 days. And as usual, we ate lots of yummy HK food. ;)

i love my sons
My 2 sweethearts :)
Daddy's boy !
My MIL, hubs and babyboy!
mushrooms
Grilled mushrooms with truffle sauce. so so good.
Cheesy fries
mother and sons
My boys and I <3 Check out Shayne's swag, haha!
fashion, mother and baby

fashion, mother and baby

my son
Acting cool
And acting silly. Haha! I love this wild child of mine so much.
Paparazzi!!!
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my tula and I
Me and my sleeping baby <3
In the ferry, again!


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Our afternoon tea-break: Time for some fish n chips ;)
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This was taken during the late evening, we spotted the yellow umbrella movement (hongkong protestors)!
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The police quickly cordoned off the area. Don't worry, no one was harm or injured. It was actually quite a calm and silent protest.
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Our last shopping trip of the night at Hongkong. We went back to our hotel about 10pm for a rest, and had to get up at 4am the next morning.
At the airport, waiting for our plane to bring us back to Singapore...
Look! My legs are coming out from the windows of the plane!! :D #cheapthrill #opticalillusion
airport
2 in 1 : Outside and Inside the airport
tula baby carrier
No-makeup // Nathan was fast asleep during that time.
Waiting and waiting... Byebye hongkong, we''ll miss you.
my sons
This was taken during our 1st night at Hongkong :) Both of them were so exhausted!
i love my family

These 2 photos are the only family selfies that we took during the entire trip. Unfortunately, Shayne covered his papa's face and we couldn't take more photos as we had to alight soon. We were on the bus that time. And I just need to add this before I end this post on our Hongkong trip- We're very grateful for the kind passengers whom we've encountered when we took the public transport. All of them would immediately give up their seats whenever they see us board the bus or train. Based on our experience, Hongkong is a family-friendly holiday destination to go to. There are baby rooms/ nursing rooms/ changing rooms in every shopping mall that we went to, and they were all so clean! Moreover, there's a supermarket in almost every shopping mall, so we could buy baby supplies (diapers, snacks/food, baby cutlery) whenever we needed to. :)
So that's the end of our 2015 Hongkong trip! I'm not sure if we'll return to Hongkong anytime soon, or even next year, as we're planning to return to Bali for our next holiday destination. I'll update this blog of ours soon, byee!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Happy 9 Months, Baby! {A letter to my son}

"What?! I'm 9 months old??!"
9 months9 months

 Dear Nathan

You have been on the "outside" as long as you have been on the "inside" and this feels like a huge milestone for us; both you and me. You were inside my womb for 9 months, and those 9 months (especially the last month!) seemed like forever. I would constantly wonder when you will make your entrance into our world; when will I be able to finally hold you. You were finally born a few days after 40 weeks, and we were all surprised by your presence. You weighed a hefty 4.05kg and I couldn't even let you wear some of the newborn clothes! From the day you were born, you wore clothes that were meant for babies a few months older than you. You are our chubby babyboy, and we'll sometimes tease you as our "little fatty fatty". :D

Watching you grow and develop during these past 9 months has been amazing. You were once a sleepy baby boy who could sleep for 12-16 hours a day, but that has changed. You're now such an active and curious boy, and you dislike taking naps  (just like your big brother). You'll officially fall asleep at about 9pm every night, wake up every 2-3 hours for your nightly feeds, and officially wake up at 7+am. After that, you'll only take 1 or 2 naps that last for 30 minutes, and will be so alert after a short nap! It's amazing how much energy you have, and your papa and I always wonder where you get your huge amount of energy from.

You're still our big baby; you're in the 90 percentile for head circumference, and 80 percentile for height and weight. I guess that explains why you're constantly hungry and love to eat whatever we give you. :D
 
You're still an easy-going baby, and is cheerful 99% of the time. You'll always flash us your wide toothless gummy smile when you're happy and it brightens up our entire day. You've also started to grab and play with things you shouldn't. Today, you wanted to chew on a toy that was on the table but before you brought it onto your mouth, you looked at me and stopped for a few seconds. We both looked at each other, and I could tell that you were waiting for me to stop you or at least say something. It was actually an amusing moment for me. Haha. Of course, I said "No Nathan, don't put that into your mouth. It's not clean." But you just looked at me for another second, smiled and..... put it into your mouth. Oh boy, you're a cheeky little one.

I can't imagine life without you; you have made our lives so much more complete. Although your Papa and I are busier now, our lives has become so much more satisfying and fulfilling. Thank you for coming into our lives, Nathan. We love you forever and ever, to infinity and beyond. :)



Thursday, April 9, 2015

Exploring Hongkong With Our Kids! (Day 4: The Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery)



During our 4th day in HongKong, we headed to one of our favourite tourist destinations, The Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery! We've been there once previously and just before we left that time, I told myself that I had to visit that place again. The natural scenery, the cooling weather and laid-back ambiance was vastly different from the usual city-life, and it was refreshing.

Here's more information about the Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery:
"Once merely a remote monastery hidden by lush, mountain scenery, the Po Lin Monastery made it to the world map when the extraordinary Tian Tan Buddha statue (informally known as the Big Buddha) was erected in 1993. Sitting 34 metres high and facing north to look over the Chinese people, this majestic bronze Buddha draws pilgrims from all over Asia.

The eyes, lips, incline of the head and right hand, which is raised to deliver a blessing to all, combine to bring a humbling depth of character and dignity to the massive Buddha, which took 12 years to complete. Climb the 268 steps for a closer look at this remarkable statue, and to enjoy the sweeping mountain and sea views that can be seen from its base.

Opposite the statue, the Po Lin Monastery is one of Hong Kong’s most important Buddhist sanctums and has been dubbed ‘the Buddhist World in the South’. Home to many a devout monk, this monastery is rich with colourful manifestations of Buddhist iconography and its pleasant garden is alive with birdsong and flowery scents" (taken from www.discoverhongkong.com)

So here we go, these are some of the photos taken that day! Enjoy!

9am in the morning, having breakfast at Toast Box just before we headed for our adventure of the day! ;)
Nathan's morning face.
So after Papa snapped this photo, Shayne spilled his entire drink onto the floor. Ahhhh.
Yup, a real life moment right there.
Anyway, after a 45min ride on the bus, we finally reached our destination! Yay!


Made a secret wish for our family and business :)
Taking a selfie with my kids!
Hur hur.




My MIL and Shayne, pretending to fight. Haha! Perfect background for some martial arts fighting ;)


It's time to climb the 260 steps stairs!! #sillyShayne



Love my little travellers <3
Someone's feeling sleepy... The weather must have been too cooling and "shiok" for him :D
The view from the top of the stairs. It was very beautiful and breath-taking, to say the least.

My silly son and I at the top of the world! Well, sort of :)
Nathan was already fast asleep when we reached the top :) Luckily we snapped a few photos of him at the top with the Big Buddha, we'll definitely show them to him when he's much older.

Selfie with the majestic-looking Big Buddha. Bucket List: CHECKED! #MissionAccomplished. Feeling on the top of the world, literally! :D
I snapped so many photos of the surrounding mountains and clouds that day. But don't worry, I won't upload all of them here, cos all of them look the same. Haha. But the view was just too stunning not to be documented. :)

Last but not least, another silly photo of my elder son. Haha! I love him so much. Sometimes he can be quite a handful, but without his presence, life would really be quite dull and less lively. I hope he never loses his sense of joy, humour and wonder towards life. Thank you for all that you are, Shayne! We love you and your baby brother, to the moon and back. <3

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