Showing posts with label 11 Months. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 11 Months. Show all posts

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Our family Hong Kong trip: getting there, (almost there) Disneyland, and Lantau island.

Hi friends! We just went to Hong Kong and back, with our two ninjas in tow. Ashton's first time taking a plane. Can you believe we made it unscathed!
With the SGD-HKD exchange rate still at an attractive 1: 6.05, and with HK's summer sale still on-going, it's little wonder why so many of our friends are in HK around the same time as us.
Instead of categorising our trip according to days, I decided to group the truckload of photos according to our activities. Warning: all the photos could hurt your eyes!
The boys waiting at the airport before boarding Cathay Pacific.

The playground at Terminal 1 is awesome! Parents can have their meals in peace while the kids get busy.

Landed safely in HK. Reached our hotel. If you're wondering where to stay in HK Kowloon, my colleague recommended to me, and we highly recommend Langham Place hotel. It is conveniently situated at Mongkok, a stone's throwaway from MTR station and lots of street shopping like Argyle Centre and H&M.

Being frequent travellers to HK because my relatives stay there, we have stayed in many different hotels before. Among all the hotels we have stayed at, I would say the staff at Langham Place are very accommodating and service was excellent.
We were provided complimentary breakfast which is uncommon in HK hotels, and were granted late checkout on our last day due to our late flight timing.
Even the bellboys were very knowledgeable about directions and have suggestions for us on where to go / visit.

Even my in-laws, first-timers to HK who barely speak any Cantonese, had no problems communicating with the good people at Langham Place. Definitely thumbs up!!

Thank you Langham Place for making our stay nothing but pleasant.

Getting dressed and ready to head out to Disneyland as our first stop on our Day 1.

Took the MTR as all of us could not fit into 1 taxi. So convenient.

At the Disney line MTR.

Reached Disneyland. The weather was SUPER SCORTCHING hot can!! Until we all were starting to see stars. Reminded me of St Kildas beach in Melbourne during the hottest days of Summer.
Holy cow.
The kids couldn't endure the blazing heat especially Adam who was looking super irritated the whole time so we made a U-turn and headed to Disney Hotel for some drinks to cool down.

Super disappointed because this trip was 50% for the kids to visit Disneyland!!! Arghhhhh :(
Adam kept asking to meet Mickey Mouse and gang (as I showed him photos from his 1st HK trip).
Bummer max max max.

"No fish, prawn also can" pleasssee. At the lobby of Disney Hotel. At least we escaped the heat and managed a family shot.
Since we had time to kill, next stop: going to Lantau Island.

At the 360 Cable Car station.

Not the China Golden Week, but can you see the snaking queue behind Adam?
We ended up queuing for 2 bloody hours just to get onto one cable car.

The Crystal Cabin had better make all the waiting worth it. If you have plans on taking a cable car ride to Lantau Island, the Crystal Cabin carriage is about SGD$10 more expensive than normal cabin, but the queue for it is slightly longer than for the latter.

Ok, that's all for this post.
Will share about our experiences shopping and eating in my next post, especially about trying Michelin-star restaurants. Stay tuned :)  

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Baby Ashleigh's 1st Birthday

Today it rained a little so swimming was out. We left Ashton with my in-laws and headed to Downtown East, where we bunked Adam at Explorer Kids for an hour.
That gave us a golden hour of peaceful, uninterrupted breakfast at Coffee Bean.
After that, we had a party to attend.
Our neighbours Iris and Garren's baby girl, Ashleigh, turned ONE so we went along to join in the fun :)
Ashleigh is born 2 weeks earlier than Ashton, and both babies share the same first 3 letters of their names.
my pretty neighbour Iris and the birthday girl Ashleigh

Mummies and our A-babies.

Ashton and Adam. Just brought Adam for a haircut yesterday just in time for our HK trip next week.

Why do you look so fierce, baby?

My next-door neighbours Peifen and her brood.

A hit with the kids - everybody say BOUNCY! Best $200 spent at a kid's party, ever.

HAPPY 1st BIRTHDAY Ashleigh!
Hugs & kisses from Adam and Ashton :)
p.s. Adam will be having his National Day celebration and Sports Day in school next Wednesday and we'll be flying off to Hong Kong that very evening. Yes, we're bringing both kids. *sweat*
Thankfully, my in-laws are going with us. Phew~
I'm still packing their stuff sporadically and I've bought more clothes for them than I ever would throughout the entire time spent overseas.
So many "in case" stuff to pack!! So hardcore. zzzZzzz

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Adam's 1st Birthday - Part II

The eve of Adam's birthday is spent having lunch with our immediate family members.
The poor baby got whisked away since early morning, running last minute birthday errands with the parents and going to collect his Birthday cake. Oh, the cake! His very first cake :)

Date: 16 May 2010 Sunday
Venue: Prima Tower Revolving Restaurant
The restaurant's staff are helpful, and service is prompt. The waiting staff cleared our dishes at fast speed and helped us with the cake, the candle, the plates & cutlery. They even played the Happy Birthday song for us, though we didnt have any songs prepared. We've been there several times for our weekend luncheons, and service is still impressive.

"My very first birthday cake!"

The men of my life.

My brother JJ and his gf Liping. By the way, Liping shares the same birthday as Adam! On the day I delivered Adam, they were supposed to be out celebrating Liping's birthday when they came to visit me in hospital. Hehe

My son and his proud Grandma

Family shot everyone, before the song-singing and cake cutting!

Baby Adam points to his cake excitedly and said "Der" (read: there) :D

The Grandmas were more excited than Andy & I were about his first cake-cutting so we just let them. I was too busy playing photographer anyway :)

Blowing Putting out the candle with his fingers! *gasp*

The cake: a 2kg 3D with icing, in Lychee Martini flavour. YUMMY~

Dear Munchkin,
we hope you enjoyed the cake. Your very first cake. Daddy & Mommy specially chose this design for you because you are the bestest gift we ever received in our lives. You are our present, and our future.

Dada & Mama