Saturday, August 22, 2015

Random stuff!

Here are some photos of random stuff worth documenting. I know that when I look back at these many years in the future, I will definitely smile :)

For the love of sticker books...

Mad about Lego!

They loved these puzzles when they were younger :)

These stickers were used to mark 'poop days' on the calendar- haha!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Farm In The City!

So we finally made a trip to Farm In The City! We heard quite a lot about it and saw photos posted by friends- but we never got a chance to go, until now.

Seeing animals- and getting to pet or feed them- is always a hit with kids. They complained about the smell, of course- but hey, that can't be helped!

The 'highlight' of the trip was hands down- the incident involving my new-ish phone. The kids were feeding the fishes in the pond, and I was trying to get a photo of the beautiful fishes in a swirl of colour, trying to grab a morsel of fish food. For some reason I had the phone above my little boy's head, who at that very exact moment decided to raise his hand and throw some fish food into the pond. And so, in one swift karate chop moment, my phone flew off my hands and landed into the pond below- eliciting horrified gasps from the crowd all around us!

I was stunned. We assumed the phone had to be written off, and I started texting and calling some other people on my company phone to say that my personal phone was gone, and they had to contact me on my other number if they needed to reach me.

And then, we thought of something. Why not ask someone working there if anything could be done? We asked a worker there, who smiled and nonchalantly hopped over the bannister and into the pond- looking like he's done it a million times before for idiotic visitors like yours truly (*shy*); felt around a bit (in the general area where we pointed out the phone had dropped), and voila - he found it!! And guess what- the phone was still working! I could not believe my eyes. Wow. From now on, only Samsung for me!

Hubby quickly removed the battery and tried to dry the insides as much as he could. When we got home he quickly used a hair dryer to try and dry the nooks and crannies, and after half a day, we tried to start the phone. It could work! Thank God!

What a day. That misadventure aside, here are some other photos of the fun stuff we did that day. Enjoy!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Bangkok work trip - July 2015

The inaugural AIA Vitality Strategic Workshop was held in Bangkok, in July 2015. We stayed at the Shangri-La, which was absolutely lovely. Check out the photos below.

The strategic planning session was quite interesting- facilitated by this consultant who applied the theme of 'mammoth hunting' and even brought someone who was a leader from his tribe in Africa. They brought along a lot of really cool stuff to hand out to everyone. And by cool- I mean there were stuff like spears! I received a spear, but frankly I don't know what happened to it (was supposed to be shipped to me). It's probably languishing at a port somewhere!

One of the highlights of the whole trip was dinner at Breeze at the awesome lebua hotel. Just look at the view from this place. How gorgeous!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

AVANI Sepang Goldcoast

The boss man hauled his Direct Reports for an away day- not something that everyone was really that keen on, but I guess no one really had a choice. The resort was surprisingly quite nice, although there wasn't much time to relax and enjoy the facilities. I did manage to squeeze in a short session at the gym, and it was a nice experience. Working out while looking out at the sea-how therapeutic.

The teambuilding sessions were- how should I put in- interesting. Scary like hell (emotionally), but some parts of it were insightful. I won't even go into the details here; just reading this will bring back all the memories (*shudder*).

Quite a bit of walking is needed to get around the hotel, as the chalets were on the water. There were buggies and bicycles available- which helped.

Hope to be able to bring the family here one day!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Squeaky Dino Land!

I read about this event and decided to bring the kids there. It was SO COOL! Check out the photos. Amazing how creative some people can be!

We had so much fun taking photos, and the kids even got to take part in a 'Paleontologist Workshop'- which basically involved taking a brush and 'digging' for a small wooden dinosaur. Haha!

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Tottenham Hotspur in the house!

Well.... I am not a Spurs fan, but it still is exciting seeing famous footballers in the office! Not sure if they were excited to see us though. Probably not, I suspect- some of them looked quite bored, almost as if to say- 'This is the PR part of my job and I will just have to grin and bear it'. Hmmm.

There was a Meet & Greet session later in the day at the Magnum Cafe in MidValley- which was way more fun. The food served was super yummy- and of course, the ice cream bar was so cool! Would love to bring the family here one day.

We got to watch a match- Spurs vs the Malaysian team. It was pretty fun to watch- my first time at a live football match as well. Spurs won!

Awesome branding! 

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Hong Kong - May 2015 (Day 5)

We started off the day with a stroll to the waterfront. We wanted to walk along the Avenue for Stars and take some photos - since we could not do that the day before due to the nasty weather.

We caught a cruise ship leaving the harbour, and gosh, it was SO HUGE! Wow!

We enjoyed a delicious buffet breakfast before leaving for the airport. Hong Kong is definitely a destination we can visit again as a family! Till next time, Hong Kong!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Hong Kong - May 2015 (Day 4)

Day 4 saw us dealing with abysmal weather. The Cathay flights we purchased came with a free half day tour to visit places like Stanley, Aberdeen, and the Peak, amongst other things. It was pouring, and it was really troublesome to get around. Sigh. The road to Stanley was winding and via a mountain/hill-side; and going up in a bus in bad weather wasn't a good idea. Definitely not something I would do again.

The first stop was a gem factory, and then we went to take a short boat tour in Aberdeen to see the floating village- which I thought was a real disappointment. It felt like we were just seeing boathouses in a big pond, surrounded by skyscrapers! Hmmm.

Next up was Stanley- where we did not even have the time to browse the markets. We had time for a mid-morning snack (because the kids were hungry.. *roll eyes*), and a toilet stop. That was it. I definitely was NOT a happy bunny, given how much effort it took to get there.

What about The Peak? Well, it looked like this. Suffice to say, it made no sense to go up the viewing platform. Visibility was probably close to zero. Anyway., we left the tour group early and decided to hang out at The Peak on our own for a while longer, hoping that the weather would clear up. Sadly, it never did. So we took the Peak Tram down and decided to try and get to the Hong Kong Science Museum.

We decided to take the Star Ferry across the harbour (Victoria Harbour), and boy-oh-boy, this was the experience that defined our trip to Hong Kong! The winds and waves were SO strong, and it was really pretty scary. We even had to hold out an umbrella INSIDE THE FERRY, to try and keep the water from splashing us! And when we got to the other side- there were virtually no taxis to be found. We finally found the taxi stand- which was inadequately built to protect from the elements, and had to stand in the torrential rain, for a long time. We were entirely drenched, right down to our shoes and socks! In the end, we decided to skip the museum (as we were way too wet and it was already too late), and head back to our hotel.

We capped the day with a yummy buffet dinner at the hotel (complimentary for kids)- so it wasn't all that bad in the end. Plus, we had great memories of our Hong Kong trip- although it was about getting stuck in the pouring rain!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Hong Kong - May 2015 (Day 3)

Another day in Hong Kong Disneyland! We got on this rather fun car ride- did this early in the morning before the queue got too long.

Guess what- we did the It's a Small World ride again.. haha. What's not to love about it?

Mickey pizza!

I loved Toy Story Land! This was new- it wasn't here the last time we visited. The concept was really cool- the rides and decor were basically oversized toys. It felt like we had been shrunk and had to wander our way through a giant toy box.

Mystic Point was really cool as well. The ride in Mystic Manor was very entertaining- although it was a tad spooky. The Garden of Wonders (sorry, no photos here) was quite fun for photo opportunities as well.

It's really hard to refrain from buying anything at the stores, especially when you're there with kids. The colleague of mine who helped us secure the free passes into Disneyland also helped us buy merchandise at special rates! Ever so grateful for such kindness.

Flights of Fantasy- round two

We decided to head for the Animation Academy and learn how to draw Donald Duck. It was more fun than I expected- check out the final product (that was drawn by the hubby, of course)!

Goodbye Hong Kong Disneyland!

That evening, we checked into our hotel in the city- the Holiday Inn Golden Mile in Tsim Sha Tsui. More adventures to come!