Crybaby 2

Aly was down with fever since Friday. We were so helpless as this is our first time experience a fever. I think it might be due to teething. I also had bad flu on and off for the same period of time. It's so irritable because up to this day I'm still not fully healed yet even after 2 visits to the clinic. 😩
Noc Coffee, Causeway Bay
Noc Coffee, Causeway Bay

It's long weekend in HK because of Easter Holiday so Canny earned an extra day off to meet me, which I'm really grateful for, despite how jet-lagged and restless she might be as she just touched down from US only 6 hours ago.

Initially I wanted to go % Arabica @ Kennedy Town because it is the only branch that has the best view facing the sea(you can easily tell I have a thing for the ocean). When we arrived, we saw a long queue stretching down the road under the scorching sun. How crazy! So we told the driver to drop us off elsewhere.

Noc Coffee, Causeway Bay
Noc Coffee, Causeway Bay

I knew it from the beginning that I am never a city person, from the first Taiwan trip, countless Bangkok trips, then Korea, it only continues to convince me that I'm really more of a beach/island kinda person. So I really, really enjoy this short moment we had in Noc Coffee, getting away from the hustle and bustle of this busy city. It's a cosy little(literally, they have only 1 table) coffee shop situated just next to Lee Gardens 3 Causeway Bay.

Not to mention they have nice coffee and cakes too!
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I have to believe that it's your travel companions that matters. I love Bali, even Nyepi's Day falls on our vacation period—we only found out 2 weeks before the trip. So glad that we made it happen. It's one of the best trips in my life. It's so free and easy, just as my usual holiday style. Initially we wanted to be a part of Ann's pre-wedding shoot at a church but it was being called off due to unforeseen circumstances.

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Paddy field
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I was kinda surprised to find our villa smaller than what I have expected, but it's just nice to divide the rooms to 5 different groups and each room has king-sized bed and own bathroom. The view of paddy field was pretty breathtaking especially in the morning. Our first 3 days in Bali was very cloudy, definitely not the best kind of weather for a vacation but we had it all worked out somehow.

Nyepi's Day is Balinese New Year, it also means day of silence. It's really one of a kind experience to be in Bali during this time. What are the odds people will actually book your flight to Bali for this day? The Balinese takes this celebration very seriously because on this day, there'll be no phone data, no lights, shops will be closed, even airport too. No one is allowed on the street, everyone must stay in. We went to supermarket several times just to make sure we have enough foods and drinks for the following day.

In the evening on Nyepi's Eve, Pak Made(our driver) was kind enough to take us to his village where the Ogoh-ogoh parade took place in. What an opportunity to witness such unique local culture and ritual!

Nyepi's Eve
Nyepi's Eve
Nyepi's Eve
Nyepi's Eve
Nyepi's Eve

Pretty sure everyone were well rested on Nyepi's, since there isn't anything to do we can sleep as late as we want. Thank God for Netflix so the guys can watch movies. I don't even remember what the rest was doing. After breakfast I went back to my room and just lay down comfortably in bed and did nothing. This one quiet moment, even with the sound of pouring rain, really allowed me to reconnect with my inner side again. It's a great reminder that we should sometimes take a pause in life and be thankful.

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Next day we booked a van to Ubud for lunch and sightseeing before we split and moved to our booked hotel at Ubud, Seminyak and Kuta respectively. We invited Melvin to join us on the last day since he's staying nearby. We also hired a babysitter for our last day. It was the best decision we made! I took the time to go for 2 hours spa while the guys just hang out at the pool bar. After that we went to Potato Head Club and spent the evening there.

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She surely knows how to party.

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Chandra was our best investment during this trip. 🤓
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It's quarter to 4 as I'm writing this. Heck, it's just one month away to the end of Q1. 😱 My daily routine is the same everyday without fail—bath Alyssa, feed her, play with her, make her sleep & repeat. She is getting more attached to me, not even sure if it's a good thing. We left her to mum last night so both of us can have some time to ourselves for a steamboat gathering over Kuan's place. It felt great to finally have some short silence in the house while Joe was having his afternoon nap, but as soon as we're all set in the car, I felt like part of me was missing! I felt so uneasy inside out, it's really been centuries since we have long hours to ourselves. This also means how active she can be at all time.
Did a cake smash shoot at home for Alyssa's 1st Birthday! It was not like any other cake smash photos I have seen online cos she totally rejected the cake I specially ordered for her. 😩

Set A: Birthday Crown

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I was looking at life events column on Facebook one day and realised Joe & I are in the 4th year together now. Time flies so quickly after we're married and even more after Alyssa was born. 🤔

January
Leaving confinement centre is something I really looked forward to ever since I delivered. For the first week I can't stop thinking about being free from "jail" so I can go out with my baby. Coming to the end of 2nd week, oh man I really wish I could stay longer—I really love the fact I get delicious meals everyday, and few knocks on the door to signify it's dessert time. A phone call away to bring away a crying baby, to help manage and keep my EBM, sterilise my bottles, to bring me my herbal bath water... I felt like a queen!


In the first month of the year I had one of my teenage dreams fulfilled. Thank you mum & aunt for offering to take care of our little one so that we can take few hours off for Jay Chou's concert I've been dreaming about.

May
May's biggest event is none other than #GE14! For the first time in history the opposition aka PH claimed victory after winning majority parliamentary seats. And of course we went home to vote. 🤩


September
Another concert treat! Joe got free tix for Eric Chou's concert and he offered to babysit Alyssa so that I could catch the show. I dragged along ZX with me knowing he hasn't been to any concert before!


October
We finally moved in to our new apartment, phew! After going through massive nuisances with all our contractors, I'm glad everything has come to an end. I didn't get much time to really decorate yet with an active baby around so there isn't any particular space or corner I'm in love with YET but as usual, I love being at living hall the most! Neighbours here are friendlier as there are more families than working expats here compared to our old place, this being one of the reasons we really like it here the first time we came for a look.

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December
We celebrated Alyssa's 1st Birthday at home! 😭 Took so many pictures and we were really thankful for our guests who took their time to come all the way here just to share this special moment with us.

Untitled  Let's Cut the Cake!
Untitled  It's My Birthday!

In the past year, I made efforts to travel as frequent as I can so that I wouldn't feel being tied up as a SAHM. As much as I miss those days when there's just the two of us, I'm just as happy to be making memories as a family of 3 now.