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Travel: special weekend in Kuala Lumpur

The last weekend of January Tony and I had a special weekend in Kuala Lumpur, our first solo trip in 2018. It was special because we went to KL to attend our all time favourite singer Jacky’s concert!

Day 2: we arrived late Friday evening so we had a good night sleep and woke up fresh

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Tony had a friend from Canada who is chinese-malaysia and was visiting KL as well, so she took us for a city tour

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we explored the city centre with gorgeous buildings

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a must photo station

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the city is a mixture of three unique cultures, malay, chinese and indi, they co-live in a strange but apparently harmonious way

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we visited the china town

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and had lunch in one of the oldest cafe in town

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had a taste of typical local food… an ice shake topped with all kinds of sweets

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i had a noodle soup with bok choy and mushrooms

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we continued to visit the royal palace

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and then we went to our much-waited concert

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it was an emotional moment for me and Tony… we literally decided to be together for the rest of our lives after “她来听我的演唱会”. And we promised to watch a concert together and we made it

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Day 3: we ventured to a nearby old town “malacca”. We first went to a bus station that looked fancier than an airport

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after 3 hours bus ride we arrived

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It was filled by tourists, mainly chinese

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everything looked and felt like a chinese old town

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even with chinese temples

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Tony had a cooling tea which was very bitter

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for lunch we tried the typical chicken ball rice

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lastly we took a ferry boat for an-hour tour by the river

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after we returned to KL, Tony wanted to visit the famous Twin Towers, so we stopped by there for few minutes

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before going to Alor street for dinner. This is the place we went for dinner during my last trip and I knew Tony would like it. Indeed, he was really satisfied with the meal.

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We returned to Manila the next morning.

It was a short but lovely trip. We love each others company but we also missed badly our girls. 🙂

 

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Travel: thailand 6-9

Day 6: started with breakfast and play on the sand playground. Then we went do buy some groceries before we check-in at our new resort Mercure Hideaway. It’s in a different area in the island, has a private beach, a larger pool

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girls couldn’t wait to explore the water

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then the family took a good nap while I did my TM run

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Sofia and Tony loved the finishing experience the day before so they signed up to a night fishing adventure

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snacking is a must when waiting for fishes

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they finished around 10:30pm, way past Sofia’s bed time so she took a nap on board

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Lizzy and me spent sometime at the kids club and on the beach

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before we head to the restaurant for a sunset dinner

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Day 7: another day trip for snorkelling

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Lizzy loves getting to the water and put the gears as we did

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after the first stop sight, we went to a island, when un-boarding, there were fishes all around us

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and they was a temporary bridge to the island

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it was a inhabited island, so deserted, so peaceful

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when we got back to the hotel, we were all quite tired. As we ate well in the cruise, nobody really wanted more food, so we just hang around the deck, singing and playing

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Day 8: time to head back to Bangkok. That was our longest day of travel because we reserved a van for us to take us back to Bangkok directly!

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after a short ride we got to the ferry

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then 5 hours more, with more snacks

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a nap

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and checked-in at our airbnb. After I settled the family, I went to have a thai massage by myself. It felt so good!!! Later that night, Tony went to take one as well.

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Day 9: time to go home! 🙂

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It was our second family trip with more adventures, more travel times, more changes! But we did great! I can’t believe we changed sleeping place 5 times in 9 days, 3 cities, and hours and hours of rides. Girls did great! Tony and I are getting even better as a team to pack/unpack, to entertain the girls, to enjoy our time with them without being overwhelmed.

Personally, I enjoyed the trip so much this time because I got to focus my attention to my family 100%. I got to sing, play, dance, get silly with the girls and I enjoyed it so much. During our normal routine when I go to work, I get to spend less than 3 hours with them everyday and usually only half of my mind is there at the moment, the other half thinking about work/life/to-do list0. But when I’m traveling, I’m 100% there. And I love it! I think girls can feel that too which makes them so happy! 🙂

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Travel: thailand day 4-5

Day 4: we rise early and headed to the breakfast area. It was along the river. The setting felt very homey, with simple food but enough to entertain us

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Sofia was ready to try

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girls had cereal, eggs and local pantry. I had a big plate of stir-fry vegetables and two heart eggs.

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Lizzy was in good mood as always

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Sofia expectant to the new adventure

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although it was early in the morning, but locals started to work too.

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we had the sweetest purple sweet potato!!! Loved it

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due to Chantaburi’s history, the city has many chinese and Tao temples

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in contrast to Bangkok, here, we had the temples just for us

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we walked a bit more along the river

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we saw frogs and fishes

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and many cats

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locals were having breakfasts. Noodles are their staples

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then we headed back to the hotel to wait for our ride to the pier on our way to Ko Chang

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another local taxi

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Sofia and I sit on the back

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an hour ride went fast and we arrived the pier

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we wait 30 min before it was time to get to the ferry for a half hour ride

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our taxi went on to the ferry as well

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first ferry to the girls. They enjoyed the experience

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especially seeing that we were heading to a big island

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we quickly checked in at our resort

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the ramayana ko chang resort is set up like being in Ko Chang (jungle). A lot of greens and water

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girls tried the pool

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then we went to the restaurant for dinner. Some spicy, yummy, and cheap thai food

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and local beer for Tony.

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Day 5: breakfast was really nice

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because they had Kabocha!!! Both grilled and steamed. I had like 3 plates!!!

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we booked a snorkelling and fishing day trip. Got ready for the adventure

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someone just started the snack-marathon for the day

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Sofia was eager to jump to the water

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she loved it and wanted more and more

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then Sofia lost one of her water shoe but luckily we got it back

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I did a quick snorkelling and came back to entertain this girl

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after quick lunch served on board, they distributed fishing equipment

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many people started to get fish

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they were both having fun

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then Tony got one too

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and Sofia got two!!! Bravo!!!

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it was such a great trip. Amazing crew, beautiful places, rather comfortable wood boat, food was okay but water melon was awesome. They also served fried fish, those that people got. Tony said they were tasty. 🙂

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