2015 Adventures in China (Inner Mongolia Grassland)

If anyone goes to Inner Mongolia, don’t forget to visit the grassland and the dessert. We took the group tour package from Anda guesthouse: 2D1N Xilamuren Grassland + Zhaohe Temple + Desert Tour. Our small group consisted of 9 people including us. Visiting the grassland and staying in a yurt was the best experience for me. I loved it.

Day 1 Itinerary

  • Around 11:00am: Arrive at Zhaohe to see the temple (around half an hour)
  • 11:30am: Arrive at Mongolian home for traditional Mongolian tea
  • 12:00am: Eat lunch. After lunch, visit the area
  • Archery Time
  • 6:00pm: Dinner. Then watch the sunset
  • 8:00pm: Make a bonfire. Star gaze

We left Anda guesthouse in the early morning after breakfast

Our first stop was at Zhaohe to see the temple

We stayed in one of these yurts

Our yurt

The yurt is very warm even it is cold outside.

The girls thought that we were on a farm … we saw horses, cows

Cats..

Dog..

Sheeps..

Lunch was superb! A traditional mongolian meal. Yummy!

This was our little group

Watching the auntie rinse the plates

We were in the middle of nowhere. We could run without worrying about traffic

We watched the sunset

Bonfire at night while drinking beer. One of the guys from our group brought his guitar. It was super cold at night.

 

C&C at 2Y5M

Went to see the girls’ paediatrician yesterday for some injections. We also gave them the flu jab as we will be travelling in a few months’ time.

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Their stats at 2 years 5 months:

Chalene
Height: 87.9cm
Weight: 12.05kg
Has stopped using the pacifier (Yay)
Not fully potty trained yet
Dislikes nuts
Likes spaghetti, watermelon, grated cheese, bread with nutella
Enjoys watching Peppa Pig and Egg Surprise videos on TV
Sleeps in our room

Chantel
Height: 89.9cm
Weight: 12.30kg
Does not use the pacifier since a long time ago
Not fully potty trained yet
Likes spaghetti, watermelon, grated cheese, bread with nutella
Enjoys watching Peppa Pig and Egg Surprise videos on TV
Sleeps in our room

Taipei

For the past 5 days I was in Taipei for a work related trip. My free time was limited but I did manage to go to a few places by myself via the metro.

Ximenting Shopping District

I visited Taiwan 9 years ago and I still remember this place. It’s a shopping district selling lots of clothes, food and other stuffs.

How to get there: Stop at Ximen station

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Something like roti prata pancake with filling that you choose

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Raohe Market

This is a food night market and you will find a lot of Taiwan’s street foods.

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These are minced pork buns cooked by sticking them to the wall of a charcoal brick oven.

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Candied fruits

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This is like tapioca flour (I think) filled with red bean. It’s a cold dessert.

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I saw this everywhere

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Longshe Temple

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Taipei 101

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Macha red bean

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Shilin Night Market

Fried milk balls

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Candy floss

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Weird name to name a cake

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A very clean and new toilet in the heart of Shilin Night Market. Need to pay TWD $20 to enter and you get a free bottle of water too.

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Taipei Main Train Station

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Impromptu Trip to Melaka

Last Saturday hubby called and told me to pack some clothes. An hour later we were booking hotel room and 4 hours later we were in Melaka, Malaysia. The last time we were there was probably 9 years ago!

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We stayed at Ramada Hotel. Their room was spacious and they had comfortable beds. Kids used the bathtub as their pool.
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That night, we walked along the Jonker street night market
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Ate dinner and after that we even managed to get a foot reflexology. Thank god the kids behaved well.
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The next day we did some sightseeing.
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Iguana on my right shoulder
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It was a pretty fun albeit short trip!

Weekend

A walk at the track

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A photo together – C&C at 2 years 2 months

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We went to a studio for a photpshoot

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On Sunday morning we went to Botanic Garden for a family picnic

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It was a lovely day

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Our friend gave us some homemade cupcakes

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Lovely

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Feeding Mikey (not cupcake)

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