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Travel Thursdays: Rainbow Hotel Hong Kong

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 #travelogue #holidayinhongkong #hongkong #review #thelimsonholiday  We made a very last minute decision to spend the long Christmas holiday in Hong Kong last year. Source

The bub visits Hong Kong - Part 2

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If you have not read about how we survived the flight to Hong Kong, do remember to read part 1 of our post holiday post.  Let me start by sharing my planned itinerary: Day 1   Arrive in Hong Kong (Mid-day) --> Settle lunch either at Tsui Wah (there is an outlet just across the street from Eaton Smart Hotel) or dim sum lunch at Yat Tung Heen , cantonese restuarant within the premises of Eaton. --> Rest/ nap in the hotel room --> Walk around the Mongkok shopping belt, settle dinner there and take a walk along Ladies Street.  Day 2 Breakfast in the hotel so we can "steal" some bananas and porridge for J --> Spend the day at Ocean Park, and settle lunch there -->Back to the hotel for J to nap --> Have some street food at temple street for dinner. Temple street is about 5 minutes walk away from the hotel. Convenience working at its best.  Day 3 Breakfast at nearby cha chan ting --> Shopping for kids clothes at Stanley Market --> Procee

The bub visits Hong Kong - Part One

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At 14 months old, J has already traveled to 2 countries. What a lucky bub  tot he is. After weeks of deciding whether we should be going to Hokkaido for a tour, or Tokyo or Club Med at Phuket, we finally settled on Hong Kong because I am familiar with the place. Moreover, we were bringing both J's maternal & paternal grannies along, so Hong Kong seemed like just the right place with all the right food and shopping options. :) Yes. Brave soul I am. While I was excited because I was dying to get out of the country, there was apprehension as well. Most trips with the grannies don't end well with one or the other getting upset over one things or another. So, I was really crossing my fingers that all will go well this time. In brief, the trip did not end up the way I planned as it rained out on us, and I did not really plan for many indoor activities as grannies are not great shopping enthusiasts like me. Or at least not the mall kind of shopping. Disappointed I was. But

The bub visits Hong Kong - Final

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Finally got down to the last installment of our Hong Kong trip. Better late than never, and with more pictures too! If you missed the first two parts, here they are: Part One Part Two Day 2: With the rain still pouring , we decided to just get out for a walk at Citygate Mall after breakfast.  J's paternal granny decided to stay in the hotel because of her aching feet. So we went ahead without her. Breakfast at the hotel, which we also tapao-ed for J's lunch. The buffet breakfast spread at Eaton Smart was quite scrumptious.  The young man insisting to hold onto the bar. Refusing to let go. He is definitely enjoying his ride on the MTR.  At about noon, we all went back to the hotel to look for J's granny, and searched the area for some dim sum. Visits to Hong Kong will never be complete without a nice leisurely meal of dim sum. We chanced upon what looked like a pretty established restaurant, Choi Fook, with two outlets just along Nathan Street. This one w

Memories of Hualien - Taiwan Travelogue

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Continuing our travelogue of Taiwan, we take you to Hualien.  Our r ecent trip to Taiwan last May wasn't the first to Hualien for the man and me. We have done Taroko Gorge and Cixingtan before, and I was personally very taken by the view at the latter. That was why we decided to stay at Bayview B&B , which is apparently the accommodation closest to the coast, what more on my 35th birthday night. So romantic hor?! We actually did not have much time at Hualien this trip, and here's are some of our memories.  Qing Shui Tai (Qing Shui Cliff)

Encouraging sports for toddlers

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When J turned 2, we started looking for some enrichment or extra activities outside of school during the weekends. However, we were careful not to send him to weekend classes just for the sake of it. We were very clear we wanted something that he will enjoy at the same time learn something along the way, and it does not need to be "academic".

A minimalist 2015

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When we made the decision to embark on the inevitable IVF journey in 2015 , we knew at the back of our minds that we needed to make some changes to how we lived our lives. Honestly, I don't know if I am physically prepared for the journey.  Always stressing over work, and harbouring the mummy's guilt , plus the many other things on my to do list, it does seem l impossible for my already weak physique to go through the quest. Something needs to give so that stress of any form does not consume us. 

A round-up of 2014

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So, it's the time of the year to look back and think about where we have done well or fouled up. Honestly, 2014 is definitely better than expected after coming out of a rather dreary 2013. What better way to recount the year by going through my "15 before 15" list. A report card of sorts.

The QUBE Hotel & The Langham Xintiandi - Shanghai

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The recent work trip to Shanghai gave me the opportunity to stay at two different hotel establishments. My colleagues and I arrived in Shanghai just before midnight , so we planned to settle at some hotel near the airport for the night instead of going all the way into town. Moreover, the first night was supposed to be paid out of our own pockets, so a cheaper option just for a night's rest was a great idea. If you google, there are quite a few hotels claiming to by Shanghai Pudong Airport hotels. However, most require you to either take a 5 to 15 minutes shuttle service or cab ride to the hotel. We picked The QUBE Hotel Pudong . Maybe because it was in the middle of the night, and we left at 10am the next day hence we did not explore outside very much.  I felt that there wasn't much to see or do around the area. There's a shopping centre right next door though with quite a bit of eateries as well as McDonalds. So, at least it's not entirely ulu... if you k

15 before 15

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With 2013 behind us, here's saying HELLO with my first post for 2014. How awesome the year will be , depends on what I want out of it. For 2014, I am going keep the end in mind, and constantly remind myself that with positivity and determination, all things can be done.  Here's 15 things I want to achieve before 2015.  1)  Cooking for the family. I am not going to attempt to do this cooking thing everyday even though the thought did cross my mind. Increasingly getting tired of take-outs which are not only unhealthy, but hurts the pockets too. This applies for both the hubs and me, as well as the boy. Let's try for at least once a week? This black beauty came just in time to push my 2014 resolutions in the right direction. 2) Baking. I have always been a better baker than cook. Let's see if I can bake at least 15 times before 2015. That includes baking a birthday cake for Jonas' 2nd birthday. [ Update : 140214 - I have stocked up pantry with i

Getaway to Penang 2013 - Part 1

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We often get asked why we bother taking our child , who is not even 2 years old out of the country. They wouldn't know better, and it is definitely a hassle to pack and manage a hyper kid on board the plane. True to all that, and we had first hand experience of J disturbing other passengers on board the plane when we flew to Hong Kong earlier this year. However, that did not hinder us from wanting to travel with J again, not even when he is displaying signs of the Terrible Twos. Travelling with the child is a different experience. For us, it is an opportunity to spend quality time as a family. It is important especially when we are always so busy during the week, and when there's always distractions such as housework and the likes on a normal day. So, the trip allowed us to bask in one another's company, and spend our time doing silly things, snuggle in bed or just chat like we never chat before. We did exactly that last week. I was attracted to how different it

Capella Cony S230T-13 Stroller - Our experience at Shape Run 2013

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[J speaks]  Two Sundays ago, we got up bright and early to join over 10,000 pretty aunties and jie jies at the Shape Run . Lucky thing was, Mummy got a room for us to sleep over the night before at Parkroyal@Beach Road together with my good friends MM and PP, who also joined us at the run. Mummy says she will update on the staycation later so I will just focus talking about the Shape Run. If you have read mummy's review of my latest ride (Capella Cony S230T-13) , you would have gathered that we were sponsored to take part in the 2.4km Stroller Fun Run ( a new category in this year's Shape Run) together with 9 other mummies and their kiddos. We started making our way to the entrance of the event ground at about 6.45am and got there a little before 7am. Yawns! We were the first amongst the group to arrive and so I decided to start the day with some exercise by playing catch with Papee. I think Papee needs somewhat more exercise than I do as he looked so lethagic