October 11, 2016

Helene's haircut

Just a little detour from our Hong Kong trip posts, as I am still taking time to sort out the photos and remember the events in sequence!

I took Helene for her first proper haircut over the weekend. She never had a proper haircut, just the occasional trim, so her hair was really getting long and uneven.

It was just after lunch and before her naptime, so I prepped her and she was quite enthusiastic at first. So we reached the hair salon (just 2 minutes drive outside our place) and went in. I told the lady that we wanted to get her hair cut, so she got the high stool out. She sat Helene on the high stool and went to get the cloth to drape around her.

At this point, she was still looking around, with no warning signs of crying. However, as soon as the cloth was draped around her, she just burst into tears! Nobody saw that coming so we tried to pacify her the best we could. Surprisingly, the outburst lasted only about a minute and she remained seated. Normally, it is not easy to convince her to co-operate.

The bottom left picture - you can see her eyes were still red and teary, but she willingly sat until the whole process was over, which took quite long - almost half an hour! The final result is in the biggest frame. Her sisters told her she looks like Dora the Explorer haha.

October 6, 2016

Our trip to Hong Kong Day 2 - Hong Kong Disneyland!

Day 2 was the day that all the kids (and I think the adults too!) were waiting for. We were up bright and early to have breakfast at the char chan teng Tsui Wah, which was near our hotel.

We had the famous condensed milk buns as well as a local favourite, macaroni in soup. Hannah liked it very much!

While waiting for everyone to gather, we took photos outside Langham Mall, which was nearby the eatery. Look these two little posers :)

 And here is one of the five of us:

We had to take two MTRs to get to Disneyland. The first was the normal one:

And then we hopped on the Disneyland Resort line which would take us straight to Disneyland! The kids were excited to see the train pull in to the station. The windows and handles were shaped like Mickey ears :)

It was raining when we got there, and it didn't stop raining until almost 4 pm that day (the rain was a light drizzle most of the day), but that didn't dampen our spirits! It was a good thing actually, to keep the weather cool, and there were hardly any queues! There are too many photos to post, so will just post a summary of what we did.

We took photos at famous Disneyland landmarks such as the entrance and Sleeping Beauty's Castle.

And also in front of Toy Story Land and Tomorrowland. The kids looked like they themselves were out of Tomorrowland, dressed in their raincoats :p

We took a ride on the Disneyland Railroad:

It's a Small World ride - the graphics for this was actually really fantastic. Pity we couldn't take nicer photos indoors.

Mad Hatter Teacups!

Slinky Dog Spin - this was pretty fast, but Helene really enjoyed it to the max! When the ride ended, she asked for "one more time!"

Toy Soldier Parachute Drop:

Winnie the Pooh ride:

Cinderella's Carousel:

Hannah and I  went for the Hyperspace Mountain - this proved to be the most thrilling ride as it was an indoor rollercoaster (Star Wars style) at Tomorrowland. 

We also watched a few shows - "Mickey and the Wondrous Book" as well as "Mickey's PhilharMagic". The latter was a 3D show so we had to wear 3D glasses. Heidi really enjoyed this one.

We had lunch in the park, and not surprisingly, Helene was the one who enjoyed her food the most :)

We also watched the Rainy Day parade, which they had in replacement of the normal parade, since it was raining. Heidi was thrilled to see all her favourite Disney princesses :)

We took a walk through Fairy Tale Forest:

The day ended with a spectacular fireworks show, unfortunately again we could not really capture it on camera. So we have to remember it with the camera in our minds :)

And this was my favourite photo of the day. We were fortunate enough to be at the back of the queue, so there was plenty of time for each of our families to take a photo with Mickey and Pluto, as well as a whole group photo, and there was also time for extra hugs for the kids and from the kids! Thank you for the memories Disneyland, it was certainly a day to remember :)

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.


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