Monday, July 17, 2017

Letter No. 29 - Kiss My Chubby Foot


Dear Lance,

Your feet are sooo cute..

Baby Nemo Swimming Pool

They make us gigil..

Daddy and Mommy can't get enough of them!

Baby in Carter's Pajama Kissed by Mommy

"Can I kiss your foot?"

Mmmwwaahh! 

Modern Twist Baby Foot Kisses

"Can I kiss your foot?"

We just couldn't stop it!

Carter's Baby Foot Kisses

But then.. we forgot to tell you..

Godfather Baby Foot Kisses

And now you have been offering your foot..

To greet EVERYONE you meet!

(neighbours in the lift, taxi drivers, security guards, friends, family, strangers everywhere)

Gap Baby Asking for his foot to be kissed

And they often wonder why?

Kiss my foot friend baby

Baby, it's really funny!

But though we cherish all those moments..

Daddy kiss my chubby foot

We are now constantly whispering to you..

That your chubby feet are only for Daddy and Mommy to kiss :)

Loving you so much,
Daddy and Mommy


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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Letter No. 28 - Singapore ArtScience Museum


Dear Lance,

We brought you to the Singapore ArtScience Museum last Saturday..


To the exhibit called: Future World - Where Art Meets Science..

And you had an amazing time exploring!

Watch the video to see what you saw..

Love,
Mommy

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References:

Location: Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Letter No. 29 - Kiss My Chubby Foot

Monday, June 5, 2017

Iguazu Falls, Brazil


Devil's Throat, Iguazu Falls, Brazil

So beautiful.. and we missed the Iguazu Falls the first time we came to Brazil!

Devil's Throat, Iguazu Falls, Brazil / Argentina
From the Helicopter

If you get the chance.. make it a priority when you visit South America..

Be it in Brazil or Argentina!

Devil's Throat, Iguazu Falls, Brazil

It is one of the greatest natural wonders of the world for all the right reasons.

Iguassu Falls, Brazil

Spectacular, magnificent, and all their synonyms..

The Iguazu Falls is to me.. without exaggeration!

Iguacu Falls, Brazil / Argentina
From the Helicopter

The pictures you see.. mine or on Google.. could never do justice to its grandeur.

Iguassu Falls, Brasil

So write it down on your bucket list!

* If the weather is good, one day is enough (Brazil Side) *
* Iguazu, Iguassu, Iguacu.. They're all the same *

(We did not go to the Argentina Side of the Iguazu Falls because we needed a Visa to Argentina)

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Letter No. 27 - No Bad Weather Days For You


Dear Lance,

Whenever the weather is not good for you..
We cannot bring you to the park or zoo..


But then you need a place to run around..
So here is one of the places we have found..

(Watch the video to see your typical play time at the indoor playground)

Rainy.. but you are happy!

Love,
Mommy

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References:

Location: Polliwogs, Suntec City Mall, Singapore

Letter No. 26 - Friends Mommy Chose For You

Monday, May 22, 2017

Feeding Babies


On breastfeeding my 15-month-old toddler:

Baby Lance with his Polar Bear and Dinosaur from Ikea

Nursing a human baby on the right.. 
Nursing a polar bear and a dinosaur on the left..

Because they must feed together!

-MomMi Corner-

Sunday, May 21, 2017

MomMi Corner


I meet new people..
They ask me..
What do you do?

(I pinch myself)
Of that child in blue..

Am I really a mother?
I always question..
The things I do..

Is this how?
Is this right?
I have no clue..

I am a mother..

At Monterey Bay, California

I think and think.. These thoughts run through..
So I created a little space.. To park some or a few..
Just a little corner.. Just for me..
Of days when I step on a Lego Kitty..
Of days when I long to be just Mi..

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Letter No. 26 - Friends Mommy Chose For You


Dear Lance,

You will need good friends you can keep for life..

So here are two.. I have chosen for you..



They bring you joy and you bring them laughter..

Their beautiful names are Heather and Harper :)

Love,
Mommy


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References:

Friday, May 19, 2017

Perfume Pagoda in Hanoi, Vietnam


I love Vietnam for its food..

Ben Duc Boat Harbor, Hanoi, Vietnam
Ben Duc Boat Harbour

And I love Vietnam for Hanoi..

Pilgrims at Yen River, Hanoi, Vietnam
Yen River


Perfume Pagoda, Hanoi, Vietnam

I'd say the Perfume Pagoda tour is a must..

Pink Lotus, Hanoi, Vietnam
Lotus Flowers

Amidst these lotus flowers in bloom..

Rice Paddies, Hanoi, Vietnam
Rice Paddies

Amidst these rice paddies green..

Perfume Pagoda, Hanoi, Vietnam

Row, row the boats with no engines..

Huong Tich Cave, Perfume Pagoda, Hanoi
Huong Tich Cave

Down the caves of religious worship..

Gate of Thien Tru Pagoda, Hanoi
Gate of Thien Tru Pagoda

A young tourist by the gate..

Thien Tru Pagoda, Hanoi, Vietnam
Thien Tru Pagoda

No perfume, but a pagoda awaits..

Perfume Pagoda Tour, Hanoi, Vietnam

But let me get it straight..

It wasn't the pagodas.. but the journey..

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Letter No. 25 - Happiest Baby in the Music Class


Dear Lance,

We had no plans of bringing you to a music class regularly, but the first time I brought you to Kindermusik.. 
It felt like you found your heaven!


It surprised me that you seem to have no shy bone in you!

You'd always leave Mommy and walk around..
You'd always go to the middle of everyone and dance on your own..
You are one happy boy!

Stay that way, my baby! :)

Love you so much,
Mommy


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References:

Location: Kindermusik With Love Studios, Singapore

Letter No. 26 - Friends Mommy Chose For You

Monday, May 15, 2017

Impromptu Europe - Happy Birthday Bea!


It was a very very wonderful trip!!
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Met a lot of people..
Met new friends..
Missed the bus..
Missed the bus again..
Slept in a sailboat..
Slept in a hostel..
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Park Guell Barcelona
Park Guell, Barcelona

Screamed at Las Ramblas in Barcelona..
Got a tan from the Hop On Hop Off tour bus in Lisbon..
Ate cheap Tapas beside an old woman who drank 5 glasses of Beer for breakfast in Salamanca..
Salamanca? Salamanca. Salamanca?! Salamanca!

Stranded.. Knocked at a sleeping Hostel late at night in Santander..
Ate the best Tapas and Churros Con Chocolate in Bilbao!!
Lazed at a Chinese Restaurant for a whole day in Girona..
Swam in the nice and cold beaches in Cagliari..
Ate ice cream while sitting at the fortress in Alghero..

Belem Tower, Lisbon
Belem Tower, Lisbon
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Great friends.. Lots of food.. Funny adventures.. Funnier misadventures.. Cool weather..
Less our very heavy handcarried bags..
Perfect! :)
-
While sitting at the fortress in Alghero..
"I wish everyday life was like this.. Eating Ice Cream.."
"Hahahahaha.. just eating ice cream??"
"No!! I'm not finished with my sentence!!" :))

Happy Birthday, Bea!!
Next time, we will have babies in tow! :)

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Letter No. 24 - The Olivers


Dear Lance,

Last Saturday, we spent time with one of your Godfathers..

Your Ninong Oliver :)


He loves playing with you!

And also, we all met somebody new ;)

Watch the video and see how much fun you had.. and who?!

Love,
Mommy

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References:


Location: Mad for Garlic, Suntec City Mall, Singapore

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Letter No. 23 - Poofy the Neighbour's Dog


Dear Lance,

When you woke up from your afternoon nap today..
I brought you to our neighbour's balcony to see their dog, Poofy.


We were supposed to just say hi, but their grandmother was so kind..
She let us come in to pet and play.. and offered us bananas and candies.

You had a wonderful time.. and I really enjoyed watching you..
Watch the video Mommy made.. and I am sure you will enjoy watching yourself, too :)

Love,
Mommy


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Letter No. 22 - Found My Nemo


Dear Lance,

When I changed you into your Nemo swimsuit last Sunday..

You were so excited.. You ran to Daddy to show him what you were wearing!



You don't really know Nemo yet.. But I think you were thrilled to be a clownfish in the swimming pool :)

You know.. I got you this swimsuit in Disneyland when you were still a baby inside my tummy.

I waited a year and a half for you to finally be able to wear it..

And I am so happy to see you happy in it! :)

Love you my Nemo,
Mommy


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References:


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Letter No. 21 - The Toddler Tales


Dear Lance,

While you were sleeping today..

I made this video for you..


I hope you'll enjoy it, my baby! :)

Love,
Mommy


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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Summer in Lake Tahoe, California


Dear Family,

I am sharing these memories..

Romantic Holiday at Lake Tahoe, California

Of one beautiful summer day in Lake Tahoe, California..

Honeymoon at Lake Tahoe, California

To daydream.. and reminisce..

Family Vacation at Lake Tahoe, Nevada

The times we had together! :)

Hiking at Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Years have passed..

Road Trip to Lake Tahoe, California

Our babies have grown..

Family Vacation at Lake Tahoe, California

Don't you think these photographs need to be updated? :)

Lake Tahoe, California

Really hoping to see you all soon!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Bolivia - La Paz, Lake Titicaca, and Uyuni Salt Flats (Salar de Uyuni) Itinerary


I have to warn you that this itinerary is very hectic.

But this was also one of the most fulfilling trips we've had..

With only 7 full days to spare and lots to see..
We could not have explored Bolivia any other way..

Sunset at the Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Sunset at the Salar de Uyuni (Salt Flats)

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Flight - Singapore to Sao Paulo - Singapore Airlines
Flight - Sao Paulo to La Paz - Boliviana de AviaciĆ³n

Day 1 - La Paz

Land Transfer - Airport to Hotel - Taxi

Accommodation - Rendezvous Hotel - 1 Night

Public Transportation - Mi Teleferico Cable Car System in La Paz, Bolivia
Mi Teleferico Cable Car System (Public Transportation), La Paz

Day 2 - La Paz to Lake Titicaca - Isla del Sol

Tour - 2 Days / 1 Night - Late Bolivia Tours
Land Transfer - La Paz to Copacabana - 4 Hours
Boat Transfers - Copacabana to Isla del Sol to Copacabana 
Land Transfer - Copacabana to Puno, Peru - 2 Hours
Accommodation - Casona Plaza Hotel c/o Tour (Puno, Peru) - 1 Night

We engaged a travel agency for our Lake Titicaca tours just because it was our first time in South America, and we did not know what to expect yet. But do it on your own if you can because we realised it would have been really easy, and so much cheaper!

Baby Alpaca, Isla del Sol, Lago Titicaca, Bolivia
Baby Llama, Isla del Sol, Lake Titicaca

Tour - 2 Days / 1 Night - Late Bolivia Tours
Boat Transfers - Puno to Uros Islands to Puno
Land Transfer - Puno to La Paz - 5 Hours

Accommodation - Rendezvous Hotel - 1 Night

Totora Reed Boats, Uros Islands, Lake Titicaca, Peru
Totora Boat, Floating Islands of Uros, Lake Titicaca

Day 4 - La Paz to Uyuni Salt Flats

Land Transfer - Overnight Bus from La Paz to Uyuni - 8 hours - 9pm to 5am - Todo Turismo

No Accommodation - Slept in the Bus - 1 Night

The Witches' Market in La Paz, Bolivia
Witches' Market, La Paz


Tour - 3 Days / 2 Nights - Red Planet Expedition
Accommodation - Salt Hotel c/o Tour - 1 Night

Red Planet at Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Salar de Uyuni


Tour - 3 Days / 2 Nights - Red Planet Expedition
Accommodation - Economic Hotel c/o Tour - 1 Night

Pink and White Flamingos at Laguna Hedionda, Uyuni Tour, Bolivia
Pink Flamingos, Laguna Hedionda, Uyuni

Day 7 - Uyuni Salt Flats to La Paz

Tour - 3 Days / 2 Nights - Red Planet Expedition

Land Transfer - Overnight Bus from Uyuni to La Paz - 8 hours - 8pm to 4am - Todo Turismo

No Accommodation - Slept in the Bus - 1 Night

Laguna Colorada or Red Lagoon, Uyuni, Bolivia
Laguna Colorada, Uyuni

Day 8 - La Paz

Accommodation - Casa de Piedra Boutique Hotel - 1 Night

Casa de Piedra Hotel Boutique, La Paz, Bolivia
Casa de Piedra Boutique Hotel, La Paz

Day 9 - La Paz to Sao Paulo

Land Transfer - Hotel to Airport - Taxi

Flight - La Paz to Sao Paulo - Boliviana de AviaciĆ³n


I hope this is helpful! :)



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References:

Our Budget for 9 Days Per Person with shared rooms - November 2014
(EXCLUDING INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS to and from La Paz)

Accommodations - USD 85
Taxis and Cable Car Rides - USD 25
Food - USD 30
Todo Turismo Overnight Bus Round Trip - 74
Lake Titicaca Tour Inclusive of Food, Transport, and Accommodation - USD 220
Uyuni Salt Flats Tour Inclusive of Food, Transport, and Accommodation - USD 190

Total Per Person = USD 624
(Could be way cheaper if you go to Lake Titicaca on your own, without the tour)