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Travel: Kuala Lumpur

My second trip in East Asia since our arrival was Kuala Lumpur. First was Bali, that will be a long post. I went to KL by myself for 2 days only for work. Since it was my first time with Tony with both girls, I kept it short.

The flight from Manila was only 3.5 hrs. I arrived KL in the evening, with this amazing view of the sunset and the shore

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probably the thing that I was most looking forward was a real bed. I’ve been sleeping on the floor in a toddler mattress for over a month and the idea of a real bed with pillow and everything was so exciting!

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after check-in it was past 8pm but I still wanted to see the city a bit as I knew I might not have time later. I stayed in Shangri-La, it was only 10 min walk to the famous Petronas tower

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the buildings were stunning, especially with the night light. Inside was a big shopping mall. Oh yes… welcome to Asia, shopping mall everywhere!

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then I head back to the hotel to have my date with the bed. 😉

The next day I woke up again at 5:30am but felt refreshed. First stop, the amazing gym

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after a quick shower, I got 20 min for breakfast, which was too short. It was me 10 min to go around the many stations to get food

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some local cuisine which after I opened it, it looked gross to me so I didn’t try them

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sea scallop congee from the chinese station

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pho soup

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omelette, a must!

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some fruits and toast

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obviously I was well fed to start a long day at work

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the room name was funny

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the office building was located at the Central Bank of Malaysia, a modern design building that looked more like corporate building and public institution

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we left the building around 6pm when it was dark already. After a quick stop at the hotel and change we head out for some city exploring and dinner hunting

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really nice malls, EVERYWHERE

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I suggested we go to local food place rather than international fancy restaurants. My coworkers happily agreed. We walked around for 15 min trying to follow google map suggested route, it was not easy as the streets are not straights and confusing. But then we found the Alor street, a local street food center. We went to the most popular place with an open cuisine

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sitting both inside and on the street

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we ordered assorted seafood vegetable and rice dishes. Fortunately my coworkers had good appetite to finish all these food

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then we walked around a bit to explore more options

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it was a fun adventure and tasty food, very cheap too. The next day we had work in the afternoon and took an evening flight. Due to Manila traffic at 10pm, I got home past 11:30pm. My dear husband was waiting for me with a gigantic hug. I guess other than missing me, he was relieved I was home. 🙂

Tony managed well the girls with the help with the nannys. Although I enjoyed the solo time, I also missed them a lot. Luckily I won’t have too many business trip in the next three years, definitely less frequent than before. We will plan to travel together more. 🙂




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Travel: San Diego (Sea World & day 6)

Day 5: we went to Sea World

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I wondered how family with more than two kids manage to travel. One for each is what Tony and I can handle.

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we started with dolphin show first

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then saw sharks

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while the rest of the family took simulation flight, I hanged out with Lizzy. She was amused just by walking around

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we watched while dolphin

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and the highlight of the day was water roller coaster that Sofia and Tony took, TWICE! I’m too afraid to take it and so proud of Sofia being so adventurous. After the first time, she asked for one more time. After the second time, when they sit in the first row, she said she doesn’t want to go never again! 🙂

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for dinner I made crab over noodles…. the best! 🙂

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Day 6 (last day): our flight was 10:20pm so we didn’t want to get too tired during the day. We first went to Coronado hotel, exploring the beach

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Sofia got to play with sand once more

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then the girls explored the stores in the hotel

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and the hotel garden

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I can finally seeing them playing together… walking together… the sweetest thing EVER

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then we went to see the Cabrillo monument at Loma Point

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and had lunch at Seafood Point

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by the seaport

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many of the boats there were fishing boats

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we all took a nap before starting to pack. Our flight back was not as bad as going there because Lizzy slept almost the entire flight, while Sofia slept an hour in Tony’s lap. I love this man so much! He had to go to work the next day… while I got to take multiple naps during the day, although I had to go to office at 8PM for an interview.

It was an incredible trip!!! I loved every minute of it! 🙂 Looking forward to our next adventure. Be tuned for the Big Announcement!

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Travel: San Diego day 3 & 4 (Safari Zoo)

3rd day of our stay in San Diego was the Rock n Roll marathon. Recap here.

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after a quick lunch and nap for the girls. We went to La Jolla beach. We found beach toys at the house so Sofia was super excited to build sand castles.

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Lizzy was not ready to get wet yet

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but was happy to be on the beach. She was saying: woo huu!

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the cutest EVER pic of father and daughter!!!

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Tony played with Sofia while I tried to help Lizzy to try walking on the beach

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looking at Tony holding hands of Sofia melts my heart, EVERY TIME!

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I love seeing Tony being a father to Sofia more than anything

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while they tried several times to build the castle… I helped Lizzy to dare to touch the sand

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my happiest moment captured

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we all had fun

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once home, I cooked dinner very quickly. Ginger scallion sautéed crab was sooooo tasty

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Day 4: Safari Zoo

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the place was not as big as we imagined which was perfect because it meant we got to see everything

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first were the lions

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then we took the bus to tour around the safari sight

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the weather was gorgeous, the scenery beautify and relaxing

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although SD safari was more like a zoo than safari, it was perfect for the family

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I guess next time I’ll have to take them to a real safari in Africa

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around noon Lizzy fell asleep for a much needed nap

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Sofia constantly requested to be hold, only Tony would say yes these days 🙂

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these two… oh… my loves

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Sofia started to enjoy posing for pictures

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Lizzy just woke up from her nap… not very interested

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A lovely half day adventure with the animals. 🙂

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