Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Magical Hong Kong 2017

If there is a place Sarah yearns to visit, it will be the Disneyland; and guess what, her wish came true last December, as we’ve brought her to the nearest one in Hong Kong.




Day-1
We touched down and checked-in to our hotel at Sha Tin by noon. It was a wise choice – a clean hotel, professional staffs, punctual shuttle bus, spacious triple room and we have quality sleep during our 4D3N stay.



Hubby has come up with great itineraries, we done everything right for the trip except we’ve underestimated the cold weather conditions.

As we took a stroll to Snoopy World in the evening, the chilly breeze greeted us the moment we stepped out of hotel. Hubby and I were only in T-shirt with shorts so we sure got some strange stares from the locals.






Day-2
It is “Disneyland” day and it turned out to be exactly what Sarah would have wish for!



It is Christmas season and we filled the fun day with meeting the Disney characters and enjoying various rides. The live musical stage show was also something special.















And their two parades were just awesome and exhilarating; speaking about parades, Sarah was even invited by the Disney crews to join in for the ‘Limbo’ game during daytime parade. What a lucky girl.











Of course, we’ve stayed till the climax of the night – the fireworks show! It was a spectacular symphony of lights, music and fireworks at it best. Those familiar movie scenes were projected onto the giant castle with all the classic Disney tunes, it was mesmerizing for Sarah. I bet this will etched into her memory for a long time to come.






Day-3
We visited few other Hong Kong landmarks on third day. In the morning we walk through the Central area and riding on the iconic cliff railway, the Peak Tram, all the way to the Victoria Peak.

For those who grown up watching Hong Kong TV dramas, the view from here should be recognizable; and the restaurant we had lunch was kind enough to give us the window seat that boast unparallel view of Hong Kong skyline. The city looks so metropolitan from the top.







In another hand, Tsim Sha Tsui and Mong Kok feel so claustrophobia. We hunted for some souvenirs at the Ladies’ Street in the afternoon, before I tried out one of Hong Kong “notorious” street food - the Stinky Tofu.

I was hesitated at first but I summoned enough courage to had few bites; actually I just ate the crunchy skin then gave it a pass…I can’t handle the stench. At least I tried, right?





As night fall we are boarding the nostalgia Star Ferry for a night cruise. This is hubby’s personal favorite. The cruise was relaxing and we stepped out to the open decks to enjoy the sea breeze and a moment of tranquility; the view of illuminated city skyline at the Victoria Harbour was just magnificent.

We gave Avenue of Stars a miss as we already knew it’s under renovations.






Day-4
The forth day is the day we say goodbye. Unlike previously, Sarah was unable to take a dip into the hotel pool before check-out as it was closed due to winter time.

Throughout the trip, from our casual observations we reckon that Hong Kong is a very walk-able city, and their public transport is super efficient. As for Hongkonger, yes, they walk fast and don’t smile a lot, but to be fair we haven’t met a rude one. Maybe it just our luck, or maybe due to the fact that we speak Cantonese so it make them less hostile.

I was also glad that beside the Stinky Tofu, we’ve tried few others local delicacies; who can forget the scrumptious dim sum breakfast, springy fish balls, authentic wanton noodle with prawn dumplings and the famous Sha Tin roast pigeon with chicken congee.



All in all, it was another unforgettable family outing; and for Sarah, her wish to spend a day at the so called “Happiest Place on Earth” had finally come true.






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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

School Life Summary – 2017

As I summed up Sarah’s school life in 2017, looking back, it was quite a “rough” year for her in Standard Four, actually.

It all started with her exercise book torn off (secretly) by classmates, then spectacles went missing during PE lesson and she was pinched several times at the waist…with some other prankish episodes too, all in a year.

Despite all these setback and disappointing moments, Sarah endures it with great perseverance, and dealt with it courageously. To our surprise, she still thrived in her exams, competitions and performances.

What a bounce back. Well done, Sarah!

Competitions

Sarah has represented her school for an English story-telling competition and won a consolation prize; it was a huge surprise for her. Besides that, few other prizes were won too during the school competitions. All these were great platforms to boost her courage and confidence.






Sport Day

It was a forth-times-lucky for her! After years of trying, she finally got her first Sport Day medal; it was a 4 x100 meters relay bronze, but it feels like gold to her. Sarah and her team mates showed great team work.




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School Trip
Last year, Sarah has traveled up north to Ipoh for the school day-trip. The place she enjoyed and “sweats” the most was Gua Tempurung, as she learnt a lot from explore inside the cave; and it was certainly a fun day out for her and classmates.




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Dancing Class
It was the second year Sarah joined the dance class and she was so into it; she’s eager to learn difficult movements through the class, for example cartwheel and handstand.

Of course, the beautiful costumes and make up have made her even a happier dancer.






Librarian and “Computer Ranger”

Sarah felt appreciated that her teachers have gave her the opportunity in holding these positions, two years in a roll.

These have made her feel more responsibility and capable in handling the day-to-day tasks; and we can tell that she is not taking her “job” lightly.


Parents-Teachers Day
It was the shortest meeting with her class teacher ever, it was done and over within five minutes; and the smile on teacher’s face says it all.

Sarah’s exam results have gotten her streamed into a so-called “Elite Class”. It was bittersweet for us, especially Sarah; she prefers not to be switch to another class as she was well liked by classmate.

We write in to appeal for staying and were rejected subsequently; with much hesitation we have no choice but to obey the school’s decision.

Even her class-teacher expressed pities that Sarah has to leave the class. We were just praying that everything will goes well in the “new” class next year.



Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Tenth Birthday

After became a mommy time fly under my nose, literally, as Sarah just turned 10 in September 2017! As in the past, we held simple celebration at home with our families and loved one.

We knew exactly what to prepare to make her day memorable, from the foods to decoration and games; without fail, Sarah was eagerly waiting for the guests in the morning.







Glad that the kids loved the games so much, even adults were joining too. This year, we’ve swapped the piñata with “pop-the-balloon”; it was fun watching the exhilaration showed on their faces.



Sarah unwrapped her presents with a huge smile. She has been dreaming for all the items and she was shocked to get it all at once!



At the end of the day, she thanked us for the awesome 10th birthday celebration. We wanted her to have a good time, what a happy 10 indeed.




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Thursday, November 2, 2017

The Ninth Families Trip - Penang

Mom and dad have mentioned about not stepping foot on Penang for ages; therefore, the island was picked as our ninth families trip location for this year. As usual, we were travel in a big group - total 16 of us.

Unlike my last visit to Penang, we chose to stay at a beach-front hotel in Batu Ferringhi this time. We wish to let kids enjoy the seaside but alas, to our dismal the beach was less than satisfaction; fortunately there is still a nice play pool at hotel for kids to spend some splashing fun time.







Well, there was also a little mishap happened to Sarah that worth mentioning. While we were all happily playing in the pool, suddenly I heard cries from Sarah…it turned out the bottom of her right feet has pricked by a stone near the pool side. The cut was small but deep, and luckily the hotel staff was able to stop the bleed with some first aid kit. The wound is still visible until these days.

For places of interest, we’ve covered the usual hot spots that we think mom and dad will like. We went to Kek Lok Si Temple, Penang Hill and the clan jetty; Sarah did not join us for the jetty walk but she did enjoyed the buggy ride at the Penang Hill.













On the last day of the trip before heading home, we detour to Georgetown for some souvenirs. While the men are in charge to hunt for it at the streets, the ladies and kids were enjoying the cool air in a nearby mall.



Goodbye Penang, until we meet again!






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