Sunday, March 26, 2017

Petrosains

It has been a while since we visited Petrosains. The kids had fun- although I think the exhibits were largely the same. Hmmm.




Better for the kids now, as they are older and have better understanding of things. But I don't think we will be back for a while....or ever?

Saturday, March 11, 2017

La Juiceria

So we finally had a meal here. It was surprisingly yummy, and yes- it felt relatively healthy!

The juices were delicious as well- even the ones with lots of vegetables in them. I think we will be seeing more of La Juiceria....


Nasi Lemak Wrap!


Yummy!

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Work trip to Hong Kong (Feb 2017)

I was back again in HK for work, in Feb 2017. I decided to go over the weekend to hang out with my dear friend, R- and as you can see from these photos below, we had a whale of a time! We were being absolutely ridiculous at the Line Friends Store- it was so much fun! Haha.





Hahaha!



Guess what these are? Kitchen sponges!

We also tried this dim sum place that served 'cute' dim sum. Yummy!




'Vomiting' dim sum- this was hilarious!


Errr... these are not condoms....


It was good to be able to spend some quality time with R- catching up and praying for each other. I absolutely love that girl. Wished we lived closer to each other...


Moved to Hotel Indigo in preparation for the work phase of my trip to start- nice hotel


I also managed to catch dinner with Y, another dear friend from my university days. We had a lovely Spanish dinner, and we had a good time catching up. 


Always nice to come to HK!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Misc kids stuff!

I thought it would be a good idea to 'document' some of the lovely artwork and interesting stuff that the kids have produced over the years. Check them out below. Brings a smile to my face every time I see these.








As you can see- the little girl loves drawing, and the little boy loves dinosaurs! Sigh- they really grow up too fast....

Sunday, February 12, 2017

CNY 2017

Chinese New Year- it's always about the FOOD! (Oh, and family, of course.. hehe).

Check out the photos below- all I can say is a picture paints a thousand words!



Pretty cool AirAsia angpow packets

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Great British Circus

We kicked off the new year with a visit to the circus! Most of the acts were pretty similar in nature to the ones we saw recently (at another circus); but with one notable difference- the one shown in the 2nd photo below. That was heart-stopping indeed! Up to 3 motorcycles moving at high speed inside a sphere- yikes!



While that was fun- I don't think we will be visiting circuses again anytime soon....

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Fabulous France Dec 2016 (Day 13): Au revoir, France!

Early the next morning, we caught the train back to Paris, and headed straight to the airport for our flight home.

What a truly wonderful trip. Despite being last minute and all, we made the most of it, and the ultimate highlight was seeing how much the kids enjoyed themselves, and how much they learnt from the experience. All the prep we did prior to the trip (books, movies, in-depth research, etc) was totally worth it.  They survived museums and art galleries, and the heaps of walking we did every single day.

My heart is bursting with pride as I write this; the kids have really matured, and they are totally ready for more travel adventures!

Au revoir, France!



Cute play area in Doha airport (our stopover)

Fabulous France Dec 2016 (Day 12): Last full day in Strasbourg

We started the day bright and early with a boat tour on the River Ill, which was a great way to see the Strasbourg landmarks- not only the historic areas, but also the new areas where the European institutions are. The boat also goes through a few canal locks, which is of course interesting to experience.


Going through a canal lock


The old


The new

Next on the itinerary was to see the astronomical clock located in the cathedral. The main attraction was the procession of the figures of Christ and the apostles at noon, while the cock crows thrice. We waited a long time to see this- starting from the queue outside the cathedral, right up to the waiting in the area in front of the clock (a video was played to keep us occupied but the quality was fairly poor- so it sort of defeated the purpose). Was the wait worth it? Absolutely not. Skip this- what a waste of time! We could have done better spending more time at our next destination (see further below).


After lunch we caught a bus to Le Vaisseau, a really fun hands-on science centre for children aged 3-15. One of the highlights was a walk in the dark- which was really scary. It really helps one to appreciate what it feels like to be blind; and truth be told I almost had a panic attack doing this. Another good exhibit showed how canal locks work, and for some reason I could not get my head round this... I felt so dumb. Duh!





The kids had a whale of a time, and all of us wished we could stay longer. However, dinner with the rest of the family was waiting for us- our last dinner in France before our flight home the next day. It was a yummy home-cooked meal, a lovely end to a busy day!


Yummy!

Friday, December 30, 2016

Fabulous France Dec 2016 (Day 11): More Strasbourg adventures

We began the day with a visit to the Musée Alsacien- an interesting museum dedicated to aspects of daily life in 18th and 19th century Alsace. The interior of the museum is really unique, and it feels like stepping back in time into someone's home hundreds of years ago. There was also a rather fun activity sheet for the kids- which made the visit a great learning experience for them.


The view en-route to the museum


Inside the museum


Next up was a quick visit to the Strasbourg cathedral (Cathédrale Notre-Dame), before we took a guided tour (with an audio guide) of the town. We had a nice walk, and it was good to see the town at our own pace. In fact, we took so long that we barely made it to the cut-off time to return the audio guides at the Tourist Information Centre! Hehe. 




Our walk covered the famous Petite France- the historical centre of the city. The buildings looked a lot like those we saw in Colmar- quaint, as you can see above. We also saw the Barrage Vauban- a defensive structure built at the end of the 17th century. Unfortunately, we got there too late and could not go up to the viewing terrace. Still, we managed a pretty decent photo of the Ponts Couverts from ground level.



Ponts Couverts


We moved to the incredibly charming Hotel Beaucour for our last 2 nights in France. It was really cosy, and in a fantastic location so close to the river. The kids slept in the bed seen here, and we adults had a bed in the loft above. Lovely, isn't it?