September 26, 2016

Our trip to Hong Kong - Day 1

The day finally came for our long-awaited family trip to Hong Kong! We were going to be travelling in a group of 16, 8 adults and 8 kids altogether, so it promised to be a fun trip! This was Hubby's and the girls' 1st time to Hong Kong (I had been there twice earlier this year on work visits).

We took the Dragonair flight from Penang, which flew direct to Hong Kong, so there was no need for any transit. The flight was at 8am, but because I had checked in online, we could be there at 6.30 am to drop our baggage. It was a full flight, looking at the queues at the check-in counters so early in the morning. My parents dropped us at the airport and we took a family photo while waiting.

We boarded the plane on time and settled into our seats. This was the first time that Helene would have her own seat. Previously when we flew to KL, she was still a few days shy of her 2nd birthday so she could sit on my lap. She was not too happy that she had to be buckled in and sitting down but she did comply for a few minutes.

The plane seating arrangement was 2 at each side and 4 in the middle, so since there were 5 of us, Helen and I sat at the side and Hubby, Hannah and Heidi in the middle, but all on the same row.

See, here she is trying to climb out from her seat.

I had ordered a child's meal for each of the girls, and when it came, it did look pretty good! In fact, it looked yummier that the adult meal.

Enjoying her jelly fruit cup:

Enjoying their meals and movies:

After almost a 4-hour flight, we arrived at Hong Kong International Airport! The kids were pretty excited.

We took a bus to our hotel, Sunny Day Hotel in Mongkok. Hotels are not cheap in Hong Kong, so we chose this hotel which was recommended by more than one friend for its size, price, cleanliness and location. We booked a family room, which cost around RM400 per night. It had a double bed and a single bed.

The bathroom was clean and spacious:

And this was the shower!

After freshening up, we headed out for our first meal. So when in Hong Kong, must eat Dim Sum! Our good friend Tze Ming had kindly prepared the itinerary for our trip, so he did some research and this place was walking distance from Prince Edward MTR station which was just one station away from Mongkok MTR station - One Dim Sum.

We had to wait a bit as the restaurant was kind enough to get a large table for all of us to sit together. Note: This is generally not the case in Hong Kong! Usually we have to split up, eat quickly and leave, or risk being scolded!

So while waiting we took some pictures outside. Here are the four best friends, some since primary school!

Dim sum in Hong Kong doesn't disappoint. The siew mai and har kau were plump and juicy and the prawns in the har kau were so big!

The kids were basically grouped into 3 groups. Here are the BFFs, Tharissa, Hannah and Isabelle,

Then these were the 2 little ones - Samyra and Helene. They are only around 7 months different in age (however Samyra was born a year earlier).

There should have been another group consisting of Thateeya, Sean and Heidi but at these ages of 4 and 5, they don't really know how to interact with each other so much as the elder ones. However they did get along just fine :)

After our meal, we took a walk to the goldfish market at Tung Choi Street. The market got its name from literally thousands of goldfish! Every shop we walked past were selling these little bags of goldfish.

The busy streets of Hong Kong:

And then we also took a walk to Ladies Market which was further down the same street. It's a good place to buy souvenirs, so we got our souvenirs from there. It's a crowded place for sure, so our little group made the place just a little bit more crowded! :)

Then it was time to go back to the hotel and rest - because we were going to Disneyland the following day! Day 2 blog coming up.

August 30, 2016

Cafe-hunting in Penang: Ice Estate

The weekend before last, my sister-in-law took us to this place called Ice Estate. From the outside, it looks like a hole-in-the-wall place, but the interior was surprisingly cosy and it also has accommodation all the way from the Victoria Street entrance to the Beach Street entrance. I didn't take any pictures of the cafe itself because our hands were full with 2 adults looking after 4 kids!

Their specialty is their liquid nitrogen home-made ice cream, so that is what we had. We had the oreo, mango and strawberry flavours.

We also had one of their waffle creations. It was a savoury waffle, but tasted pretty good!

Girls were patiently waiting for the food to arrive. Helene was busy chatting as usual. Her mouth is always moving, either by talking or eating! Haha.

Smile for the camera!

These two were also happily entertaining themselves.

When the food came, it was time to dig in!

Selfie with mummy:

It was quite an interesting place, we will be back I'm sure!

Address: 107, Lebuh Victoria, George Town, 10300 George Town, Malaysia

August 18, 2016

Little posers

Check out our little posers:

Heidi at 4 months old and 4 years old. We asked her to do the same pose at the same place haha.

This one is a born poser. No need to ask lol.

And these 2 -  cousins and BFFs! They look pretty cool in their shades.

August 3, 2016

Saturday morning at the beach

We took the girls to the beach last Saturday. We were initially supposed to go with some friends to another beach at Balik Pulau, but they couldn't make it. So as not to disappoint the girls, we took them to the public beach behind Flamingo Hotel at Tanjung Bungah (formerly Crown Prince Hotel).

As expected, the girls really enjoyed the beach. We started out a little late, so the sun was coming up hence we didn't stay that long. Next time we will go earlier in the morning or later in the evening and make it a proper picnic :)

It was a beautiful day, and the sky and sea were so blue. It made me realise that sometimes we don't have to go far to enjoy the beauty of God's creation. Penang's beaches are just as nice as those in Thailand or Bali! :)

First order of business, into the sea (feet only)!

Clearly this little one was not too happy about being taken out of the water haha.

Then it was time to make "sandcastles". The girls had brought their beach toys so they set to work.

When the kids were busy, Mummy and Daddy had time to take selfies haha.

It was a fun morning, we will be back!

July 27, 2016

Children's Colouring Contest @ PSC

Over the weekend, Hannah entered a children's colouring contest at Penang Sports Club. The contest was open to member's children for 2 separate categories, 4 to 8 years old and 9 to 12 years old. We had lunch, and then it was time for the contest.

Hannah has always had an interest in art, so she was quite eager to join the competition. We did tell her however, that it did not matter if she did not win a prize, it was her effort that counted and that she tried her best.

The two little ones did not join, but the organisers were so kind as to let them have some colouring fun too!

I forgot to take a picture of Hannah's finished piece, but she did a good job and coloured everything nicely within the lines. So for her effort, she got a consolation prize (which every participant got haha).

Next year hopefully she can win one of those trophies! Good job Hannah!


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