Post holiday blues

I haven’t had time to blog about the rest of the trip. After the initial euphoria from returning home, we have been busy unpacking, packing winter clothes and sleeping! The weather in Perth is so nice for sleeping in, the kids and I have been building up our sleep quota.

The kids finally have real beds and have upgraded from their cots. So far they seem to be loving it and it’s nice for all of us to be in the same room again. I’m also enjoying not sharing the same bed with Saitaomei, she’s no longer sleeping ON me at night, this also explains the longer sleeping hours.

Throwback to the holiday, I think this was a highlight for the kids, they enjoyed the indoor playground so much that we went twice.

That look of delight on her face as she went down the slides.

Mei enjoyed diving into the ball pit the most.

Traditional 枕头粽子 pillow rice dumplings made by one of the relatives. It was really delicious and filled to the brim with yummy ingredients like peanuts, chestnuts and pork, umm so good 😊.

I always thought the name of my childhood favourite pastry was longkoh, I only found out it actually means egg cake 蛋糕 in foochow, oops.

Papa and Saitaoha at the wedding. We didn’t take any photos at all because we were so busy helping with the logistics.

Sister in law and new brother in law 🥰.

This little terror was cranky at the beginning of the wedding but soon loosened up and started having fun towards the end.

Hehe silly cousins. Despite all the squabbling, they had a lot of fun together this holiday.

I had tomato mee for one of my breakfasts, it was a bit watery but a nice change.

Saitaomei really likes Kuching food, she ate loads of kampua and kolo mee this trip.

Sigh I’m really sad that the holiday is over, I have been so grumpy the past couple of days which I think stems from post holiday blues. Luckily Christmas is around the corner and we are heading back again for Chinese New Year.

It was a lovely trip with the highlight for me being the Singapore leg and hanging out with my parents and sister and the kids. The countdown begins for the next holiday!

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Wedding woes

Attending a family wedding with two toddlers in tow sure ain’t easy. Just go to the wedding, enjoy an eight course banquet then go home right? But that isn’t the case when you’re part of the bridal party and have to help out with the planning and logistics of a wedding.

There’s the to and fro of many airport pickups and drop offs, the entertaining, wining and dining of overseas guests and relatives. And it becomes even more complex and complicated once your family home also opens up to become accomodation for said relatives. It’s a joyous occasion and a great reason for a family reunion, but when you throw two kids in the mix, ones that are not used to the hot tropical weather and the under 2 who has stranger anxiety, it does become a tad stressful.

Once again it goes to show how it takes a village to raise a family and how my parents are super grandparents. They’ve taken over the parenting of the kids to spare them the stress of overwhelming relatives and wedding chaos. R and I are able to focus on helping out my very stressed mother in law and sister in law (the bride). But at what expense?

I felt so bad when I saw ah ma looking so tired today. I’ve always been extra lucky to have parents that I can always count on, but I just wish I could be more self sufficient and less reliant on my long suffering parents. 😔.

Goodbye Singapore Hello Kuching

Last full day in Singapore. View of Orchard Road from the Orchard Central gallery.

Even though I already had my daily dose of kopi, I couldn’t resist a second shot for the last day. It was a hot day though so I had kopi ais, good but not as satisfying as a hot mug of kopi.

The kids had fun at the outdoor playground at the Food Republic at 313 Somerset. It’s mostly quite empty which is probably not good for business but great for us. I hate waiting to chope tables during peak hours which in Orchard Road sometimes feels like forever.

Ah ma knows me best. She got me a takeaway cup of kopi from Yakun before we set off to the airport. It was legit good kopi.

I really love these strollers at Changi, I also like the kid friendly corners at various spots of Changi. I am always impressed and appreciate the effort that goes into the planning of Changi’s terminals design. It really is a top notch airport.

Silly cousins. They’ve bickered,fought, made up and mostly played well together this holiday.

Whereas this little ball of terror showed her age 😅.

Love the heritage zone celebrating Peranakan culture, so beautiful.

Seafood dinner at Top spot with the must order local midin. I am sure every family has their go-to seafood restaurant in Kuching, for our family, it’s always Top Spot and we’ve been going there for many many years. Back in those days my grandparents were still well and healthy, they could indulge in great plates of crab and steamed fish. Sigh. Those were the good days.

The crabs were really for my sister who is a huge crab lover. We always think of her when we are eating crabs or see crab on the menu. But we never eat crabs in Perth because they are so expensive and not even that good!

This is one satisfied customer. She enjoyed dinner so much we are going back for more crab tonight!

The size of the prawns put our so called king prawns in Perth to shame. So delicious lightly grilled.

This foodie enjoyed her food a lot and we pretty much had to pry the bowl of rice away from her. She’s a 饭桶!

Our parents got up early and went to Jin Fu Ling to pick up our pre order of popiah. We are spoilt kids lah.

I haven’t had these yet but the chai kueh look good! My sister can probably demolish ten at a go, or 20?

Jeje getting a trim at the neighbourhood salon while mei mei watches on. The trim cost RM2! I had to ask ‘huh? 多少?’ when she mentioned the price. It costs her $10 to trim her fringe in Perth and that’s already the cheapest option.

Can do for RM2?

Mei mei so hot and bothered. She’s wiltering in the heat.

Posers at Kenyalang who were happy to score their loot of old school snacks.

Singapore family trip

Who is my favourite person?

Gung Gung of course!

This Saitaomei is fearless in the water and seems to be a natural swimmer, kicking strong and no qualms dunking her entire head in the water. Saitaoha required coaxing and was nervous without us accompanying her which tells me they both need swimming lessons.

Swimming every morning has been the highlight of this vacation especially for the kids. Saitaoha told me this was her favourite part of the holiday and that she wanted to tell me a story about swimming tonight (she makes up her own bedtime stories which usually revolve around her daytime activities).

Only a small part of our Don Don Donki dinner during our first night. It was fun sharing sashimi bowls with my mum and sister. Even though we’ve had a few stressful moments (usually to do with my naughty two) I feel we’ve managed to get through with mostly good grace and humour.

Eagerly awaiting my Toastbox kopi this morning.

Sooo good. I love Toastbox kopis.

My crusty polo bao was good too.

Her smile of pain, I think this will be the last pain she puts on clip on earrings! I’m thinking I should get her ears pierced next year? Or is that too early?

Much needed roadside icecream cart bread icecream. We were a bit cranky and hot from walking along Orchard Road but this delicious jagung icecream cooled us down.

Tried the hyped up Tiger brown sugar milk which was pretty good I thought. No lines at all!

Normally I’m not a fan of DTF but the kids ate so well there, food was light and tasty.

My parents are the reason why this Singapore break could happen. I was being my usual penny pinching self and reluctant to spend extra money.Ah ma pretty much booked the tickets and hotel and convinced me that I needed to have this stopover. No regrets at all! It has been so fun hanging out with my parents, sister and nephew. My parents have been sacrificing their shopping time and looking after the kids in the hotel to allow me to have my moments of freedom too. I’ve made the most of it by splurging and shopping happily.

The kids are having a lovely trip and I’ve enjoyed myself so much too. We fly back to Kuching tomorrow but the warm memories of this Singapore trip will be sketched in my heart (and hopefully the kids’ hearts) forever.

Sisters

The sisters. At first Saitaoha was delighted to share the big bed with her yee yee and Tristan Koko. But then she suddenly decided that she would rather squeeze in the single bed with Saitaomei and I ! I had to cajole her back in the big bed by lying down with her until she fell asleep.

Earlier in the night Saitaoha and Tristan were having the best time squealing in bed and playing some loud crazy game about robot monsters. It reminded me of the days when my sister and I used to be so excited to share a hotel room together during vacations.

It’s been a long time since Jo and I shared a room, we slept side by side in the same bedroom till my late teens until I moved to Perth for studies. I have fond memories of us chatting the night away and listening in on our neighbour’s drama watching and guessing which drama they were watching.

Before our lobster buffet tonight, we made up together in the bathroom and I helped her do her hair. We used to do that a lot before big events and nights out when we lived together.

It’s only the first day of our vacation but I’m already really enjoying our family time together.

Kuching Day 2

Breakfast of the champions, silky kueh chap with sweet and salty char kueh and a cup of thick kopi. Only problem was Saitaomei still isn’t adjusting to the strange surroundings and climate so she’s been rather tired and cranky. Pretty much had to scoff down the food and poor ah pa was eating with one hand and clutching on to the struggling Saitaomei. My ah pa is truly amazing.

Mei mei perked up after a bath and a nap so off we went to Spring where the girls enjoyed a little playground time.

I wish this photo wasn’t blurry.

So pleased with their ice creams.

Mei mei looks like she’s eyeing her jeje’s icecream!

We didn’t dare to brave the hawker centre so opted to takeaway from Hui Sen instead. The char kway teow was good, lots of wok hei.

Mei mei approved, but she hasn’t been eating much.

Back to Spring again! The kids are having a really great time, lots of outings, car rides.

And oodles of icecream 🍦 !

We are having a great holiday so far, hope it continues all the way to the end 😀.

Kuching Day 1

First of the FIL meals, many more to come I’m sure. I used to get a bit annoyed at these massive meals because I felt like we were being force fed. But it could be age or maturity, I now appreciate these meals and understand the effort that goes into making them (and my MIL who washes up afterwards). It’s nice to have someone else cook for a change and all I have to do is feed the kids.

First kopi in Kuching, a good one too.

Foochow noodles for breakfast, it was very tasty.

Hello from Kenyalang, the place of my childhood. Everyone commented that the floors were so dirty but I didn’t mind lah, I was pleased to get a photo of Saitaomei at my favourite place of my childhood.

R and his parents are flying off early tomorrow morning for the China leg of the wedding. For the umpteenth time I’m so glad that I decided not to join them for this leg. The long travel along would drive the kids (and myself) bonkers, let alone Saitaomei not adjusting to the new environment and new faces. She’s been acting up and being generally very mischievous and whiny which is quite unlike her!

We managed to finish all the errands on our to do list today. Then we had dinner at Verinice, the first time for R and his family. I told them that it has been our family go to for quite some time and when the dishes came, they could see (and taste) why.

When they dropped us off my family home and my parents stood at the front porch welcoming us, Saitaoha shouted ‘Mah Mah!’ so loudly in the car and launched herself at her favourite grandmother. I felt the same way too! Safe at last, back at home. It’s unfair towards R and my in laws who have been very welcoming, but my family home and my parents are really my sanctuary, nothing else comes even close.

When we turned off the lights, Saitaoha, Saitaomei and I slept on my childhood bed which I shared with my sister. Saitaomei was half asleep but still made hand gestures to the lullabies that Saitaoha and I sang together. It was surreal that Saitaoha and I were serenading her little sister to sleep! I breathed in the sweet scent of my babies, and felt contentment, peace and overwhelming love steal into my heart. What a good way to end the first day of our holiday.


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