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Nepal Earthquake Relief

We were in Nepal about 6 months ago and have many fond memories of the country and the people there. The earthquake came as quite a shock to us and it’s devastating to see many of the beautiful places that we visited in ruins after the natural disaster. We have been praying hard for the people in Nepal but we want to help in more tangible ways. If you want to help too, do look at Nepal Relief Community and Singapore Red Cross Society for more information.

Pictures of some of the sights in Kathmandu and Pokhara:

Nepal

Nepal

momo dumplings

momo dumplings

Garden of Dreams

Garden of Dreams

swinging about

swinging about

view of Everest from our mountain flight

view of Everest from our mountain flight

on the plane

on the plane

Kathmandu Durbar Square

Kathmandu Durbar Square

Kathmandu Durbar Square

Kathmandu Durbar Square

Kathmandu Durbar Square

Kathmandu Durbar Square

Swayambhunath

Swayambhunath

Swayambhunath

Swayambhunath

Swayambhunath

Swayambhunath

Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Changu Narayan

Changu Narayan

Changu Narayan

Changu Narayan

by the Bagmati river

by the Bagmati river

looking towards Pashupatinath

Pashupatinath

Boudanath

Boudanath

Patan Durbar Square

Patan Durbar Square

Patan Durbar Square

Patan Durbar Square

World Peace Pagoda

World Peace Pagoda

on Phewa Tal

on Phewa Tal

waiting for sunrise on Sarangkot

waiting for sunrise on Sarangkot

dawn

dawn

celebrating our 9th anniversary

celebrating our 9th anniversary

cycling to the dam

cycling to the dam

by Phewa Tal

by Phewa Tal

snacks by the lake

snacks by the lake

after cycling

after cycling

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Hobbiton in Mata Mata, New Zealand

We visited Hobbiton in Mata Mata, New Zealand three years ago. Anya was just 2 years and 9 months old then and Adam was a 4-month-old dumpling. It was amazing and definitely a must-do when in New Zealand. At that time, we were told in no uncertain terms that we were forbidden from posting pictures of Hobbiton online until all The Hobbit movies were done.

Of course, I see tons of Hobbiton pictures on the Internet all the time, even before this third instalment was released, but I am a woman of my word so none of those photos were posted by me. We went on a double date on Thursday night to watch The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies with the same couple that we visited Hobbiton with. Now I feel free to share my pictures of Hobbiton from 3 years ago and a (terribly short) review of the movie.

Gollum welcomes us to Hobbiton

Gollum welcomes us to Hobbiton

family pic before our tour

family pic before our tour

Hobbiton cat

Hobbiton cat

even the 'mould' on the sign is specially created

even the ‘mould’ on the sign is specially created

Adrian carrying a halfling

Adrian carrying a halfling

incredibly cute

incredibly cute

look out that glass in the door

look at that glass in the door

across the water

across the water

little hobbit houses in a row

little hobbit houses in a row

the attention to detail is amazing

the attention to detail is amazing

wheel

wheel

Hobbiton cat again

Hobbiton cat again

water pump

water pump

Adrian and halfling on the move

Adrian and halfling on the move

Hobbiton is a huge area

looking down

walking up to Bilbo Baggins' house

walking up to Bilbo Baggins’ house

just, wow

the most famous hobbit house

family pic outside a little house

family pic outside another little house

fast-moving hobbit

fast-moving hobbit

scarecrow

scarecrow

back on the bus!

back on the bus!

Here’s my review of Battle of Five Armies; no major spoilers if you have read the book. Personally, I think The Hobbit would have done better split into two instalments than three. Nonetheless, I liked Batle of the Five Armies. It was a tad indulgent with way too many scenes of characters looking meaningfully into the distance and a bit draggy here and there, especially when we were waiting for Thorin Oakenshield to break out of his stupor. I know Legolas is not in the book but he is in the movie and I definitely enjoy the scenes of him in action. *insert heart-shaped eyes emoticon*

In short, is Battle of the Five Armies worth watching? Yes. Is Hobbiton worth a visit? Without a doubt!

The Days Are Just Packed! – Travelling with 3 Kids

When we go on holidays, I pack for four different people: the three kids and me. The husband cannot be trusted to pack for the kids because he was assigned that role once and totally didn’t bring anything for Anya and we had to buy clothes for her to wear!

And of course, it’s not just a matter of packing clothes. When we travel with the kids, we need to bring diapers, milk powder, toys, books, and so on. And If we are travelling to a cold place, packing becomes a lot more difficult because of the bulky warm clothing we need to bring for each kid.

dreaming of a white Christmas

dreaming of a white Christmas

toasty in their fleece jackets

toasty in their fleece jackets

Fortunately, we are headed to a tropical destination for our holidays this year! Looking forward to the playground, the pool and the beach. So this is how I pack for the three little ones.

packing for three

packing for three

You can fit quite a lot of stuff in a Trunki, surprisingly! Ok, let’s slow things down a little:

take a suitcase

take a suitcase

sweaters for the cold plane

sweaters for the cold plane

comfy dresses for Anya

comfy dresses for Anya

also some tights and shorts

also some tights and shorts

t-shirts to match

t-shirts to match

shorts and tees for Adam

shorts and tees for Adam

some onesies for the baby

some onesies for the baby

and some tees and shorts too

and some tees and shorts too

swimwear for all

swimwear for all

ready to go?

ready to go?

take another suitcase and fill with diapers/ milk powder/ books/ toys!

take another suitcase and fill with diapers/ milk powder/ books/ toys!

We are all ready for our holiday! It’s always comforting to know that if we forget anything or run out of diapers and such, we are in a civilised place and can always pop out and buy more. And dirty clothes can always be laundered. The most important thing is to remember the passports and try not to worry too much about everything else!

Disclaimer: All clothing pictured is sponsored by FOX.

Our 9th Wedding Anniversary

We were in Nepal last week and celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary there. It was a VERY memorable anniversary and not entirely in a good way. We had a nice dinner at Moondance in Pokhara the night before and even joked that it could count as our anniversary dinner since we might be very tired after getting back to Kathmandu the next day.

dinner at Moondance

dinner at Moondance

So on the day of our 9th wedding anniversary, we woke up at 4.30am and a cab took us to Sarangkot to view the sun rising over Annapurna. You can trek up, of course, but we are lazy people. There was a free viewing area but some enterprising locals were offering an elevated view with seats and free hot ginger tea for just 100 rupees so we opted for that instead.

It was very cold and somewhat cloudy but still an awesome experience. The locals told us that we were lucky because it had been even cloudier the days prior to that. We had quite a good view of the sunrise but the clouds moved in very quickly after that.

lots of people gathered to watch

lots of people gathered to watch

a magnificent sight

a magnificent sight

didn't manage to get a good shot with the mountains

didn’t really get a good shot with the mountains

warming up with some tea

warming up with some tea

silly jump shot just because

silly jump shot just because

After getting back to the Lakeside area of Pokhara, we had breakfast at the hotel and spent some time packing before heading out to explore the area on bikes. We cycled to the dam and the waterfront, stopping whenever we felt like it and randomly eating and buying things.

I had been wanting to try the fried snacks I see everywhere but Adrian was a bit paranoid about the hygiene level. He has not gotten over the fact that I suffered bad food poisoning during our honeymoon in Bali. We passed a stall that looked quite decent so we had some anyway!

cycling in Pokhara

cycling in Pokhara

the dam

the dam

by Phewa Tal lake

by Phewa Tal lake

random fried snacks

random fried snacks

After checking out of our rooms, we grabbed lunch at Black & White Cafe where I had the most amazingly delicious vegetarian Dal Bhat set ever! It was so good! We love Dal Bhat so much that we had it four days in a row while we were there and for me, that one was the best.

Dal Bhat

Dal Bhat (the curry on the left belonged to Adrian’s meal)

Sadly though, things went downhill after that wondrous hot meal. We got to the airport and were told we could not check in for our 2.15pm flight because there were four flights before ours that were delayed due to bad weather. Our options were to cancel our flight and get a refund or wait until 4pm for an update on the situation. The plane had to leave Kathmandu by 4pm so that we can get out of Pokhara by 4.30pm. They don’t fly once it’s dark.

After waiting 3 hours, we were told that the plane was boarding people at Kathmandu so we could check in our luggage and get our boarding passes. We were so happy! But just 5 minutes later, we were informed that our flight (and all the other flights after that) was canceled due to air traffic!

Adrian immediately got on the phone and asked our hotel to arrange a car and driver for us. We were driven to Kathmandu and it took us 6 hours, in the dark, and on very crappy and dangerous roads.

sad

sad

at the petrol station before our 6-hour drive

at the petrol station before our 6-hour drive

So it was a really memorable anniversary for us and although those 6 hours on the road were terrible, we had each other and I’m thankful for our driver who drove very cautiously and for the man at our hotel who cooked two bowls of hot noodles for us when we arrived cold and hungry.

Here’s hoping our 10th wedding anniversary will be unforgettable for good reasons!

National Day Weekend at Port Dickson

I’ve been terribly behind with my travel posts! I haven’t blogged about our Taipei trip in March (!!) and our Perth trip in June (!) but here’s a quick one on our quick getaway to Port Dickson over the National Day long weekend. You can get more info over at my post for Petite Travellers so I’m just sharing a few photos of the trip in this post.

the view

the view

our room

our room

day bed

day bed

the balcony

the balcony

the greenery

the greenery

petting zoo

petting zoo

a rooster

a rooster

one of the pools

one of the pools

the spa

the spa

at the beach

at the beach

our family

our family

twilight

twilight

night

night

Ice-cream for Petite Travellers

Some friends and I are collaborating on a travel blog Petite Travellers and it’s perfect for those with little ones. Travelling with kids is something we love to do and we hope this blog will be a useful resource for other parents. Recently, I blogged about 5 things to do in Georgetown, Penang over at Petite Travellers and also shared some photos on the Instagram account.

I’m happy to share that we are one of the blogs shortlisted for Best New Blog for Singapore Blog Awards 2014. We decided to celebrate with some ice-cream! Do check out Petite Travellers and if you like what you see, vote for us, like our Facebook page to be kept updated, and join our ice-cream celebration by adding the hashtags #icecreamforpetitetravellers and #omysba2014 to your ice-cream pictures!

Penang 2014 – Street Art Hunt Part 3

My favourite set of murals are the ones by Ernest Zacharevic at Hin Bus Depot Art Centre. It’s supposed to be open from 12pm to 7pm everyday but when we got there at 12.15pm, it was still locked up and appeared empty! We walked around looking for an alternate entrance (there’s supposed to be a side gate somewhere) but couldn’t find any.

We were about to give up after half an hour because it was just SO ridiculously hot (and Anya was very upset because she had hit her head on a car side mirror), but I decided to give it one last shot and managed to find a bit of fence I could peer in from. I saw a guy inside and shouted at him to open up the place. Turns out they are somewhat… ermm… flexible with their opening time so it’s better to go at about 1pm.

Hin Bus Depot

Hin Bus Depot

behind bars

behind bars

love this piece!!

love this piece!!

girl with balloon

girl with balloon

back bend

back bend

boys with cones

boys with cones

children and cat in boat

children and cat in boat