Family getaway

My parents just came to Singapore and we just came back from a big family getway to Port Dickson, Malaysia.

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Our car isn’t in a good condition to drive for 4 hours, so we hired a driver from “Let’s Jalan Jalan”.

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We stayed at Lexis Hibiscus

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The private 1.2m pool next to the bathroom was superb. Kids took it as a huge bathtub — swimming first thing when they woke up and at 10pm before bedtime was the norm ;)

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View from the bed

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The resort has an indoor and an outdoor playgound. Their indoor playground is chargeable (Rm20 per kid per hour). Brought the kids there everyday to play for an hour.

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Their outdoor playground was fun too!

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Their gymnasium wasn’t impressive though — small with very few equipment!

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It rained very early in the morning and at night

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Some of the rooms will face other water chalets, like the one below.

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At the sky lounge after dinner

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So tired after lots of playing

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Relaxing in the pool

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What we did

My busiest time of the year is over. What a relief! Now I’m looking forward to our two upcoming trips — one in July with my whole family to Port Dickson and another longer trip (2 weeks) in September to the land of Koalas with hubby, the girls and my parents!

What have we been up to?

We went for a short getaway in Johor a few weeks ago to celebrate hubby’s birthday. Drove to Gunung Pulai and hiked a quarter up.

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We also went to Disney on Ice show when they came to Singapore. Girls loved it.

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We renewed our zoo yearly membership pass
Gotta make full use of it now!

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The girls had a mini school project to do at home with the help of the parents. They chose an electric heater and an oven.

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I travelled to Kuala Lumpur and missed my flight back! Had to purchase another air ticket (whatever that was available). Oman air it was! My first time travelling on this airline.

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The girls (and so am I) are really into “how to cake it” youtube videos (we have watched all her videos and look forward to new videos every week). They also enjoy watching kids cooking/baking channel and wanted to make popsicles after watching an episode on how to make fruit popsicles.

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We ‘baked’ chocolate cake in this pan too

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The other day we went to East Coast beach and there was this sand ‘hill’

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Chalene was down with fever the other day. We stayed home and kept her busy with some painting.

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We celebrated daddy’s birthday

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We went prawning and daddy caught a prawn after 1 long hour ?

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We swam in the river

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We had fun at the water park

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Christmas 2015

Christmas 2014 (left) vs Christmas 2015 (right). Yep, we recycled their red dress :)

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Decorating the tree

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We went to Christmas Wonderland at Gardens By The Bay

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Christmas Day with cousins. They couldn’t wait to open those gifts!

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I bought a gingerbread house and candies from Ikea and the kids had fun decorating it.

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Their gingerbread house. The whole house collapse after an hour! Too many heavy candies on top haha.

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Messy but fun!

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C&C 3rd Birthday

The girls’ 3rd birthday was last November. Did not have a chance to blog about it. Better late than never!

So they had 4 birthday celebrations on different days.

On their actual birthday, we were on a short getaway in Johor. Stayed at Hotel Jen and the hotel gave us a complimentary birthday cake.

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Egg surprises! Yeap, this was their birthday present from me. They loved opening each and every one of them!

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Then we celebrated in school. This was actually the first time celebrating their birthday in school.

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Then it was among my family side with their cousins

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And their final cake was a month later!

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Most of the family members are born in the second half of the year, so we are always celebrating a birthday and eating cakes from June to December!

2015 Adventures in China – Inner Mongolia (Hohhot City)

Day 3 – 7 were spent in Inner Mongolia.

We took the overnight soft sleeper train from Beijing West Railway station to Hohhot (Inner Mongolia). Our train tickets were purchased online at Ctrip just a week earlier. We still needed to collect our real tickets at any railway ticket counter. We collected ours at Beijing West Railway station (our hotel was just opposite the station).

We paid a few bucks to get to wait at an air conditioned waiting hall to avoid the crowd.

Inside our K89 Sleeper Train. Departure was at 2215hrs. It got really really cold at night.

The train wasn’t noisy, the beds were comfortable and we slept pretty well at night. It was just squeezy because the kids shared the bed with me!

Outside view

We reached Hohhot Train Station at 0720hrs, after 9hrs

We stayed at Anda Guesthouse for the next 3 days. They had free train pickups from Hohhot Train Station.

Anda Guesthouse is a hostel-like accommodation. We were their first guest bringing kids along haha.  The owners were very friendly. Accommodation was cheap at S$40 per night (albeit shared bathroom) and it got many good reviews from  international travelers. They also provide private tours at reasonable price. We enjoyed interacting with the other guests. On our last evening after checking out we stayed at the common area and had a good 3 hour chat with the other international guests.

We spent our first day in the city.

The restaurant street was just opposite our guesthouse, so we decided to try some Mongolian food for lunch

Their tea has a very milky taste … a bit too strong for my liking

After lunch we took a cab to Inner Mongolian Museum

The museum has everything from dinosaurs and Genghis Khan to space-age rockets.

We bought some local food products

We went back to the restaurant street for dinner. This place is just opposite Anda Guesthouse.

This time we tried BBQ and satays. Yum! Loved all the stuffs that we ordered.

I loved their satays and the spices used