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Friday, April 4, 2014

Lesson by Aiden

Aiden has this bad habit of buying a toy, however small, every time we are out. Be it to the shops downstairs or to the malls on weekends. He must by "santhim" (his way of pronouncing "something").

So at dinner today we were discussing places to go afterwards just to tire the boys out. Aiden suddenly say, "Daddy i want buy santhim k. A small toy only k. K daddy?"

Before daddy could reply i tried to help out and be the bad guy.

I said, "Aiden, cannot everytime go out and buy things u noe. Sometimes only can. Cannot everytime. Mommy and Daddy dont have many coins for u to buy something everytime we go out u noe."

He replied, "but u also what Mommy. U everytime also buy your make up."

Bam!! Right in your face, Mommy!!

Mommy teros senyap and continue makan.. hahahaha.. tak terkata dah.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The moment

Dear Ms Deepa,

I was thinking of u yesterday and it was such a great coincidence that we bumped into each other this morning.

Thank you for giving me the good news I've been waiting so long for. I feel like a whole load of burden just rolled off my shoulders the minute u gave me the good news!

Alhamdulillah!!

You will be hearing from us soon.

Once again, thank you so much!

Sincerely yours,
Zanna

Monday, February 17, 2014

MaricAnna (& Kids) Hong Kong 2014 Part I

A couple weeks/months back, I shared my thoughts on us going on holidays and how it might be difficult to achieve, what with the helper around and how it is not feasible for us to get a separate room just for her (think of the extra expenses!!). So there I was thinking how sad my life is coz I am not able to go on holidays for the next 2 years. Not even a short staycation lor. But lo and behold, our schedules opened up and we thought what better way to make use of the opportunity than to fly off somewhere with the kids. Then Bibik how?? No issue. Send to my mak or in law's place to bunk in with them lor.. hehehe problem solved.

So with this "semangat nak holiday" mood, we searched for the most ideal holiday destination for families. Meaning, we want some place where hygiene is not an issue, kids will have plenty of things to do and see and enjoy, moving around with the pram is easy-peasy lemon squeezy, etc. So the best choice is definitely to stay in Singapore lah.. hahaha.. but we actually decided on BANGKOK!!!

And with that, we went on to expedia and booked everything. Flight, accomodations, hotel transfers. Everything!! And then the situation got worst over there. We were to fly off on 14 Jan 2014, but they were going to have some shutdown or something on the 13th!! OMAIGODDD!!! After much much much consideration, we decided to postpone our Bangkok trip and plan for something else.

We considered Bali, Phuket, Vietnam, Malaysia even... but after considering everything including our available funds, the best destination is HONG KONG!! Yeahhh!!

Since this will be the first time we will be flying away to a foreign place with 1 infant and 1 toddler on our own with no extra help, I did as much research as I possibly could beforehand.

I even came up with an itinerary with Maps attached. Talk abt being overly prepared... hahaha.. oh, we didn't really stick to the itinerary (as what I had predicted) but it gave me the assurance that we can do this!! Hehehe.



Not only that, we discussed and relented and bought the Huawei tablet as a standby just for the flight. We didn't load any games in it, just some movies and cartoons that both boys can enjoy. We don't want to get too dependent on this tablet. Aiden is somehow addicted to our phones as it is and I don't want to encourage him to use the tablet too frequently. Even now I am trying to minimize his usage of our phones for games.

Oh, talk about packing for the trip. Oh ya, we also invested in a tandem stroller (second hand) just for this trip, coz we anticipate lots of walking and how tired both boys will be. (We just didn't anticipate how heavy the stroller would be.. hahah) Since we are bringing the stroller, Maric told me to fit everything into one luggage. Our luggage is a medium sized one. I did as best as I could, seeing I had to pack milk powders, kids' snacks, instant porridge and instant noodles, toiletries, diapers, clothes for 4 pax. Ended up we had to bring an additional backpack to fit our winter wear. This was even after Maric and I decided to recycle our going outfits as our coming back outfits. Hahhaa, budget abes. Space budget lah. Oh ya.. it was a good move on our part to bring some cup noodles. On our last night in HK (after our Disneyland adventure), Maric and I got so hungry but our food stash had depleted, so Maric went down to the nearest 7-11 wanting to get some cup noodles. All, and I mean ALL their cup noodles contained pork and it was clearly indicated, thankfully! Ok, not all, coz Maric managed to find 1 mushroom flavored noodle which didn't contain pork and which we wolfed down coz we were darn hungry. I wouldn't touch that thing with a 10 foot pole on any other day, I tell you. Hehehe.




Ok.. so 1st day of holiday: 14 Jan 2014.

I woke up at 3.45am to get ready (make up itu penting, ya kawan2. especially untuk orang yg tak menawan seperti saya ini!) and woke Maric up ard 4.30am for him to get ready. While Maric was getting ready, I woke Aiden up and just changed his clothes and then did the same for Asher. Ya, dorang kopet tak mandi!! hehehe.. I called for a cab at 5.15am and we reached the airport by 6.00am.. Just in time to check in.

After checking in, we grabbed some breakfast and proceeded to wait for our flight. While waiting, we take photos lor.


 

Our first family photo in the airplane!! Whhheeeee... so jakun!!




The flight was almost uneventful. Even though the seats were crampy, both boys were well behaved. Midway, the both fell asleep and woke up when we were 45 mins away from landing. That's when it started. Aiden was happily watching whatever they were showing inflight. But Asher was getting restless. There was quite a number of turbulence so I wasn't keen on leaving my seat and soothing him, so I fed him biscuits and whatevers. That kept him quite, until I saw some raisins and fed him that. SHIT!! BIGGEST MISTAKE EVERRRR!!! Just 10 mins to land, Asher threw up coz he had difficulty swallowing the raisin. And he threw up a Singapore River I tell you!!! my pants and shoes were soaked and his clothes were wet!! Since it was damn close to landing, the stewardess helped me as best as they could and I had to get the rest of it myself. After throwing up, Asher didn't make a big fuss, instead he just settled down and was quite quiet throughout landing.

The minute we landed in Hong Kong Airport, I went to the nearest toilet to get cleaned up and then clean Asher up. Ooo, their baby changing room and nursing room is so clean!! If I was in another situation, I would have taken lots of selfies in there.

After that we cleared the customs and collected our luggage and went in search of our agent.. who just had to wait for us at the other side of the airport. Hahhaha.. We told the agent we need to get some food for the kids before leaving for the hotel. So off we went to get... POPEYES!!! The only halal thing you can find there.


 
After that we head off to the car waiting to send us to our hotel. The minute we walked out of the airport, the hair on my hands stand lah!! It was soooo colddd!!! But since we've been rushing here and there, I kind of enjoy the coldness, coz it sure dried up my sweat instantly. Hehehe.

We were lucky to be the only tourist they picked up coz we get the whole car to ourselves. It was quite a relaxing ride to the hotel. The ride was abt 45 mins.




I loved how HK is so mountainous and yet still have lots of modern buildings. And maybe it was still winter, but the air is so fresh and crisp (unlike humid Singapore), so yeah, we were very jakun all the way, I tell you.

We got to our hotel in good time and after about maybe half an hour or so of Checking In, we got our keys and proceeded up to our room! My GOD!! It was soooo tiny!! Hahahaha.. But I consoled myself by saying that the room will be mostly used for sleeping so a big room would be pointless. Kan? Hahaha. Good thing it came with a bath tub. We plonked both boys in during bath time and that saved a lot of time!




So after unpacking (and re-packing my diaperbag) we decided to waste no time and begin our adventure right away! But first, must take a family photo to be sent to our family (via IG) to show we have safely arrived! A kind lady we met just outside our hotel lobby helped us took this picture. She also recommended us to take a cab to our destination coz it's much easier seeing we are with kids and pram. Heheh. She even helped hailed a taxi for us, you know! So nice of her!




Ok, so first stop is Ladies' Market. See when I planned this trip, my aim was to get all the shopping for others done first and then we can enjoy the rest of the trip better. As it is, I dislike shopping for myself, so it is worst if I have to shop for others. The things u have to consider, ohsomany!! And Maric loves bargaining, so a visit to the Ladies' Market would be like dying and going to heaven for him! Hahahha. True enough, he bargained like nobody's business. So onward we charged!




To me (the lazy shopper), this place sucks! Coz you have to have a keen eye and be ready to dive in to look for things. To Maric, this place is the best place ever! Anyway, we managed to get some oleh-oleh for our families and colleagues, but nothing else for ourselves coz whatever they are selling there, you can find it in our own pasar malam or Pasar Borong Pandan in JB. Oh, we also got a bowling set (toy) for Aiden coz that was the first thing he asked for the minute we cleared cutoms! Hahaha.

We went around the place till sun down (which was pretty early coz it is Winter), ard 5.45pm or so. We thought it was almost 8pm coz it was so dark and was amazed that we didnt feel hungry. A quick check on the watch showed it was not even 6pm. Oh patot lah tak lapar!! Hahaha.. There were a couple of Halal Indian restaurants there, but they were OHSOEXPENSIVEANDMAYNOTBEWORTHIT so we decided to get some Fillet O'Fish meal from MacDees. Brought the food back to the hotel and let the kids make a mess of the room (not my house, so it's fine if they want to trash it!).

By 9.30pm, both boys were deep in slumber. I had to pack our diaperbag for next day (coz we had planned to be out the whole day) and I can't do that in the dark, so I just tried my luck and switched on the lights. Lo and behold, they did not stir and continued their slumber leaving the parents some free time to catch our breaths and energy for the battle the next day.. hahahaha macam nak pergi perang pulak kan.




2nd day: 15 Jan 14

Next day, we woke up bright and early feeling so achy from yesterday's short adventure.. hehehe.. that's where the Brand's chicken essence came in handy. So today is the day we decided to go get me some halal Dim Sum.




The Islamic Centre Canteen is the only place in HK that sells Halal Dim Sum. I've checked HK's Official website and yes, it is stated only this place sells it. But the thing is, this place is located in Wan Chai and we were staying in Tsim Sha Tsui. When we tried to get a cab to Wan Chai, all taxi drivers flatly refused us. So we had no choice but to put on our brave face and get on the MTR. The Tsim Sha Tsui station's MTR is located underground and there was only a long flight of stairs down. No elevators, no escalators even. So poor Maric had to carry the 26kg folded pram down on his own and come back up for Aiden while I carried the diaperbag and Asher. Tortorous! Other than that, it was easy-peasy riding on the MTR. Purchase of tickets were easy, finding the right train to board is easy, alighting is easy. Because everything is clearly labelled. In fact, it really feels like taking the MRT in Singapore.





To get to the Islamic Centre Canteen is not just by MTR. We have to take a bus too. Feeling local betol tau, naik bus lah. Naik MTR lah.. Hehehe.. Even though we had to walk a lot more than usual, we didn't mind. The perfect weather made it all enjoyable. We were hardly sweating (except for Maric coz he had to carry the heavy pram up and down) and halfway through, both kids fell asleep, so we had some peace and enjoy the moments with each other.



After such ardous task of carrying up and down the pram (with the sleeping Aiden in!) from the bus, we both heaved a huge sigh of relief when we saw The Islamic Centre building... but our relieve was shortlived. Because to get to the Canteen, we have to go up to the fifth floor and to do that, we have to either go down one floor or go up one floor to access to the lift!! OMG!!! Betol punya cobaan tau!! Hahaha.. but since da dekat, we sabar and rempuh je.

When we finally reached the 5th floor, we went straight in and asked for a table. No hesitation. Coz we were too tired and too hungry to bother abt anything else. Hahahha. When we finally got a seat, then we heaved another huge sigh of relief! Hahaha. Just nice that it was lunchtime by the time we got there, we didn't hesitate and ordered whatever caught our eye. I must tell you, the food is worth all that trouble! Maric who is not a fan of Dim Sum also agrees with me that the food is good! We didn't manage to take many pictures. We were busy eating and busy feeding our kids and enjoying the food.. heheeh.



 
After having our fill and ensuring our kids' tanks are topped up adequately, we made our exit with some tapao-ed porridge for Asher's dinner. Hehehe.

As the one who planned the itinerary, it didnt occur to me to check just how far or near we are to the next venue. I mean, I printed the map and all, but Ya Allah, selenger tau aku ni!! We then asked one of the hotels' conceirge how to get to Causeway Bay, thinking that we need to get a cab or a bus. But lo and behold, it was just walking distance. So we walked some more!! Hehehe..




Since we were so Jakun and stopping every few metres to see everything, we took abt 20 mins to reach.


Here we are at Times Square, Causeway Bay. A'ah.. HK pon ada Times Square, bukan NY aje.. Hehehe.. Lame sey line ni. By then, both boys got very restless sitting in the pram so we let them both walk about and run around a while. The whole area is just full of shopping centres and the brands are very the atas ones - those kinds that I normally wont wear or use, so we decided to leave and head out to Citygate Outlet.






Citygate Outlet is located at Tung Chung which is near to Disneyland and the HK Airport. Which means it is very far from where we were at. But I figured, might as well get our shopping done today and then we can spend the entire day in Disneyland tomorrow (as opposed to leaving Disneyland halfway to go to Citygate Outlet tomorrow, which thankfully we didnt do that coz then we wouldnt have time to explore the themepark fully!) So! To the MTR we go again. This time round da confident sikit kan, so boleh lah amik gambar suami tgh beli ticket and also the map of where we were heading. Ok confession, I took the picture of the map because I can't (for the life of me) remember the names of the stations. Tung Chung, Mak Chong, Bak Choy, ALL SOUNDS THE SAME!! So.. yeah.




We were at Causeway Bay Station, going to Tung Chung Station. We have to transfer to the Yellow Line train at Central Station. Easy Peasy kan? Macam naik MRT change at Jurong East Interchange or Buona Vista Interchange kan?




After an uneventful ride on the MTR, we reached CITYGATE OUTLET!!! Citygate outlet is THE outlet mall. They have Adidas, Nike, Armani Exchange, COACH, KATE SPADE among other brands and well, you can guess why I wanted to go there. Hahah.



The mall is so spacious so we take the opportunity to let the boys run around. Anything to tire them out, I say!



Look how happy they are to be running here and there...hehehe.



So after we're done, we head decided to head back to the hotel. We took a cab back and both boys fell asleep. See how dark it was? It was only 6pm.




After we are back to our hotel, we decided that we must get dinner. Since the night is still young (it was only 6pm!) we decided to head back to Ladies' Market coz Maric want to unlease his bargaining powers again.. hahhaha.. We changed some money and then made our way. Ok here's the scary part. Usually when we exit our hotel, we would turn left and then either get on the MTR or easily get a cab to anywhere. But this time we decided to turn right. So we walked on and on and when we saw some cabs, we asked if they can bring us to Ladies' Market and all of them shaked their head and say no. Some dont even know the place (or maybe they couldn't understand our accent). Very puzzling kan?! So we walked some more into some alley and turned a corner and walked by some lanes and again tried to hail a cab but to no success. By this time, I could sense Maric was getting a bit pissed at me for not willing to turn back. And he got a bit agitated to everything Aiden did or said. Luckily, we managed to get a cab and this driver was willing to bring us to Ladies' Market. Huge sigh of relief. Since all the roads looked the same to us, we didnt know which route he took us and the taxi ride felt longer than yesterday's. So I guess we had walked waaayyyy off from our hotel. And thinking back, I thank God that we were kept safe. But the alley and roads didnt seem scary or sleazy lah, but you may never know kan.




Safe and sound, back at Ladies' Market. With his new cap. =) We went around one more time and got more goodies for the family, but basically it was just to soak in the atmosphere (and to tire the boys out!).





Dinner was Macdees again and it was early night for the kids and adults since tomorrow we need an early start!! Heheh.

Ok, continue to read abt our trip in the next post. Hehehe.

MaricAnna (& Kids) Hong Kong 2014 Part II

Ok.. so our Hong Kong adventure continues...and today is the day.. the day we all have been waiting for!!

Day 3: 16 Jan 14 (DISNEYLAND!!!)

The guide told us to be ready at our lobby by 7.45am. Being the kiasu mom, I woke up extra early to get ready. Then it was Maric's turn and then the kids' turn. Turned out, we were the only ones in the bus. Hehehe. Can you see me carring ET in the hoodie?? Hehehe.. It was still too early for Asher and he just slept on. Aiden on the other hand, was trying hard to keep awake coz he was so excited to go to Hong Kong Disneyland! The guide told us the journey was 45 mins, but it felt much faster than that. I dunno, maybe I was excited too! And I am on holiday, so I didn't bother keeping time lah! Hehe.


And we have arriveddddd!!! I was suddenly so overcome by hunger that I told Maric that I NEED to eat before we go in. Which was just as well coz no outside food and drinks were allowed inside and we had brought some potato chips with us, so die-die must finish it. Otherwise, I wont have a chance to spend on snacks with Mr Frugal beside me.. heheh. Oh just look at the green leaves.. tell me, how surreal does it look. The leaves are all so green, the place is just so colorful and bright and cheery. Even the sparrow were so plump and were playing at our feet. Well, almost. Asher was so enchanted by them. He has a thing for birds and to see one up close got him so happy and fixated.




See, too fixated by the sparrow until he looked so stoned.. macam rapper kan?? hehehe.



Aiden at the entrance to Disneyland! I can't recall this is before or after the "checkpoint" Yep.. they have a checkpoint where they will search ur bags and prams. Safety first, i say! Oh, and thank God we bought our tickets earlier, the queue to get entrance tickets were as long as the people queueing at the checkpoint to enter the themepark. Can u imagine how long you have to wait if u hadn't got ur tickets beforehand?? Cfm cancel je!








And we are in!! See my three boys, macam yor yor orh je tgk Map kan. Hehehe.. Before we start, we decided that it is impossible for us to get on any rides. See, the place is divided into four different themes. There's the Main St, USA where u get the waffles, see the fancy bus and such. Then there's Adventureland where it is set like the old cowboy movies and where Toy Story is also located. And then there's Fantasyland with Sleeping Beauty Castle and all the fairytale princesses and where you can take pictures with Mickey, Minnie and all. And lastly, there's the Tomorrowland, where all the spaceshiplike things float abt.. hahah. So we shall skip all rides and just walk ard the themepark and take as many photos as possible with the characters.

 
We need to be fast though, see how fast Chip and Dale run away from us? Heheh.. no lah, they didnt run away, but their session has just ended and so they are gg back to their dressing room to take a break? But that's the thing, they will do that. You will be in line for a photo with them and when their time is up, they will leave and we continue waiting in line. Dont't worry, they will be back in 5 mins. Change shift lah.. macam taxi driver. Hehehe.



Maric took a photo with his Western ancestor for keepsake. (Read: Red Indian = Western Indian lah.. ok lame i know.. bahahahaha!)


With almost everyone reminding me to eat the Mickey Waffles, how can I not get some for my boys? Aiden enjoying his while Asher looked on. Eh, don't think I am a meanie Mommy ok. Of course I fed some to Asher, but without the maple syrup lah. Not only the waffles, I bought the Mickey and Mini Ice Cream, Mickey cookie and a cob corn. Wanted to share the cob corn with Aiden coz we both LOVE corn, but he was asleep, so I enjoyed it myself.. hhahaha.

 
 
 
Asher memang pantang dengar lagu, mesti joget. Aiden pulak, kalau da ada makanan, dengar lagu ke, kena marah ke, dia tak heran, dia makan terus je... See this video for proof.



We then proceed on and then... I saw it.. Sleeping Beauty's Castle. I felt like a kid again. I got so excited that I forced Maric to take a picture of me with the castle.



So, first stop was the Adventureland!! This looks like some mining city / cowboy movie and behind that was where the rollercoaster will pass through. I told Maric to have a go. He was keen, but unwilling to leave me with the sleeping kids on my own. So sweet my husband.. Hahaha.


 
 
So we just took photos lor.. and then I eat my cob corn. Hahah.






Since the kids just fell asleep, we decided to take a short breather and relax for a while. Got ourselves a good spot and just stoned away. Maric stoned off till he dozed off. So right in the middle of the most happening themepark, we can see 2 boys and 1 man sleeping. Hahaha. But they were not the only ones who slept. I saw quite a number of Daddys and Grandpas who caught some 40 winks too. I guess us Mommies would rather stay awake than be caught sleeping with mouth gaping open!! Hahahahah.. Tak glam u noe.. but hor, my husband tido very glamly tau. No open mouth all. Very decent sleeping posture. :D


Once the kids are awake and ready to go, we started our exploration proper. Ok, in anycase, we didnt take many pictures because well, we were so in the moment and we'd rather layan our kids than take photos.. We were explaining to them what we saw and make them think that its worth getting tired for all these things they are seeing.. hahahaha ..








 
Soon enough, our stomachs started rumbling and with Aiden, a hungry boy is an ANGRY and CRANKY BOY!! So cut across the to the Fantasyland in search of food. I saw this space looking thing and decided to just take a quick picture of them. Heheh. Then we made our way to the Tahitian Terrace for the Halal Cuisine.




The food was not bad. There's chicken rice, some Indian food and some noodles. Maric bought us all different types and we just shared. I didnt eat much coz I didnt want to feel sleepy. Judging from Aiden's face below, you know he ate a lot. Coz when he eats a lot, he's a happy boy.. hehehe kidding! But quite true, as long as he's not hungry, his mood is generally ok. His future gf/wife is so lucky, he angry only feed him, angry only feed him. Hahahaha.





So after eating, we resumed our exploration of the themepark. This time we headed straight to Fantasyland. I can't wait any longer to see my Princesses!!



Ooo.. i must share this incident. So before we queued up to take picture with that pink princess below (shit! i forgot who she is!!), Maric bought Aiden a box of popcorn. So he was sitting in the pram eating his popcorn. Being this close to all these cartoon characters in real-life size kind of gives him the jitters, so he's a bit unnerved. When we told him we are gg to take picture with the princess, he grew a bit agitated (most probably coz he is scared) and kept saying he doesnt want to. So in his agitation, the box of popcorn somehow slipped from his hands and flew all over the groud. He started creating such ruckus that I was *this* close to smacking him. But i didnt ah. So what happened was, at every queue there will be one staff who controls the crowd. This guy then quickly spoke into his almost hidden mic and shortly we saw a cleaner come by and cleaned up the mess. All these while, Aiden was still crying coz he was so angry that he dropped the popcorn and he needs to blame someone coz he was already embarassed, so he blamed me and started crying and whining and screaming. (well, partly is coz he didnt get a good enough nap, i mean, how restful can it be to sleep in the pram kan? kesian dia!) So the next thing that happened both shocked and pleased me a lot. The staff manning the queue suddenly came up to Aiden with a fresh box of popcorn lah! I tot all the while he was mumbling in his walkie talkie was to call for the cleaning crew. Turned out he had asked for someone to bring a fresh box of popcorn for Aiden!! Tak sangka they will do that kan.. i mean, i know this is a happy place, but to go to that extent to keep a child happy, I am very happy. There were a few other kids in line who saw what happened. If I was one of them, I would purposely throw my popcorn down and start crying lah.. hahaha kidding!





 
 
 

So after taking photos, we walked around some more. By this time, our energy level were less than half, so we reserve it for the fireworks later. We just slack here, slack there. Walk here, walk there. Whatever snack Aiden asked for, we just buy them and give it to him to prevent any further meltdown.. hahaha.



At abt almost 7pm, Maric got for us a good spot to watch the fireworks. They fireworks display will be at 8pm, so we had an hr to kill. For most adults with no kids, u will think, alah 1 hour only wat. For adults with kids, especially babies and toddlers, you *know* how it is like in just 1 hr. Anything can happen!! After entertaining them for 30 mins, I can't take it anymore. I told Maric we got to get some food to keep Aiden quiet. Earlier on we had some fat fries which we were delicious so I thought to go get some, but the stall had closed seeing that it is close to closing time. By the time we got back to Sleeping Beauty's castle the place was crowded with people. This time round, we managed to get a place closer to the castle and with a better view to boot! We couldnt see what went on in the castle but we definitely saw the fireworks!! Being the ever generous me, here, let me share with you the fireworks display of Hong Kong Disneyland! Our national day fireworks cant even compare. But, to think they do this every single day, isn't it like membazir? Kan?

(Oh ya, notice how grainy the pics of us below? That's coz I edited to make it super bright. Original picture is so dark you can only see our silhouette.)





 
 



 

Spectacular kan?? So the arrangement for transport back to hotel was that the bus will leave the themepark carpark 45 mins after the fireworks display. Thinking we had lots of time, I told Maric to let these people go first and we can slowly make our way out. But while walking out, I felt Asher's legs were extremely cold, so I told Maric to get one of those fleece blanket. Nak jadi kan cerita kan, there was slight delay at the pushcart coz so many people also decide to buy stuff at the last minute. By the time we reached the carpark, there were only 3 buses left and NONE OF IT WAS OUR BUS!!!! I looked at my phone clock and saw it was 8.50pm. SHIT!! 5 mins late and they left without us!! Luckily, there were lots of taxis. So we went back to hotel in a taxi, no problem!

Got back to the hotel in one (or shall i say 4) piece(s). Both kids were extremely tired out. They fell asleep within minutes of getting into bed. By then Maric and I were feeling hungry. So he went down to the nearest 7-11 to get us some cup noddles. While waiting for him to get back, I started packing. Managed to get everything done just as Maric came back with food. We both ate and then went to bed.

Day 4: 17 Jan 14

Next morning, we were ready and checked out of hotel by 6.00am coz we need to check in at the airport by 7.00am. Our little secret: none of us showered!! Hahahah. We reached airport and went ahead to check in. After which we went to get some breakfast at Popeyes. Then Aiden did no 2 and I had to change him. Gedebak Gedebuk da 7.45am. We were supposed to be in our plane by 7.45am. By the time we reached the departure gate, it was 7.55am. Do u know of a movie where the family is about to miss their flight and they ran from one end of the airport to the other end? Ahh, like Home Alone movies? Ya.. imagine us running instead. Good thing we had the tandem stroller, so both boys were in the stroller and i just pushed and ran. I've never ran so fast in my life, not even when my grades depended on it (read: 1.6km or 2.4km for our NAPFA test!)By the time we got to the door of the plane, everybody was seated, and the door was almost closing!! Drama kan? Hahahaha.. Serious sey, if we were a little bit later, we would have missed the flight and you tell me what am I going to do with the kids while waiting for the next flight?? HK Airport is not like Changi Airport u know, they don't even have SingKids! Hahahaha.



Kind of looks like Aiden is giving Asher a prep talk before we got on the plane right? Imagine their conversation goes like this, "Asher, remember, no muntah2 in the plane ok?" "Ok, abang Aiden! I got it!" Heheh.


The flight back was very uneventful. Both kids were still full from breakfast so both fell asleep. This time round I couldn't stay awake either, I dozed off and on. Maric too. We were both thankful we didnt miss the flight. Hahaha. Ooo.. funny story, just as we were abt to land in Singapore, the baby in the seat in front of us did the Merlion. Thanking God it is not us, we exited the plane as quickly as possible.



All in all, I must say I am so proud of my hubby for bringing us to HK and HK Disneyland. And I am so proud of us for being able to bring the boys overseas on our own with no extra helping hands. For a couple who hardly travelled in the last 5 years, we did a great job, Maric! Hehehe. Here's to many many more travels with the kids!!!