Tourist-ing in Siem Reap

Weather is scorching hot in Siem Reap! Weather averages 33 degrees in the day time, so it’s either that we’re sweating it out in a temple or cooling it off in the hotel pool. I definitely will be at least two shades darker after the trip! After 5.30pm is when most tourist-y activities start. On […]

Bayon

And finally, the last temple we visited was Bayon Temple. It was a big site, and it sits in the middle of the huge Angkor Thom complex.  Bayon’s most distinctive features are the massive stone faces that grace its towers. I’m not sure if T meant it, but every time I hear him talk about the […]

Angkor Wat

Beautiful. Glad we visited Angkor Wat on the second day, instead of the first. Otherwise, we’ll be overwhelmed and not enjoy the smaller temples as much. Angkor Wat was amazingly well preserved. We hired an English speaking guide to bring us around. Fun facts we picked up from our guide – how to use the […]

Angkor Archaelogical Park

We went temple hopping today. Visited Preah Khan (large and flat), Neak Poan (small, surrounded by water), East Mebon (my favourite, intricate carvings), Pre Rep (had to climb), Ta Prohm (tree temple, tomb raider style). It was considered a tour because we booked a tuk tuk to bring us around the whole day. But we […]

Hello Siem Reap!

June school holidays have started! KL wanted to visit somewhere we’ve not been before, so he picked Siem Reap. Great, I’m definitely looking forward to what I’ll discover in the next seven days! Accommodation for the first half of the week was at Koulen Summit Condo. Our apartment was homely and nice. Food was good, […]

Jogging in Bangkok

We go to Bangkok at least once a year, without the boys. We go there so often that I rarely blog about the trips anymore. But this time round, we did something interesting. We went for a long jog along the Saphan Taksin River. Destination was Anantara Riverside Bangkok. This was the first hotel we stayed […]

Happy 11th Birthday!

K turned ELEVEN over the weekend! He chose presents instead of money/vouchers this year. My present for him was a skateboard and skateboard shoes. KL’s present for him were new Nerf guns. Because the school declared Monday a holiday (rest day for teachers after carnival), we managed to squeeze in a staycation in Johor Bahru […]

Kamala Beach

Our nearest beach was Kamala Beach. Although this stretch was much quieter than Patong Beach (10km away), Kamala Beach was still really commercialized. On our first night, we checked out the brick and mortar restaurants along the beach. Every single restaurant was so touristy and EVERY single restaurant served pasta. T was happy to eat […]

Glam Habitat Phuket

We visited Phuket over the March school holidays. T had a nosebleed that lasted about 5 minutes when we boarded the flight, but he managed to nap an hour after the plane took off. He took an airsick pill and didn’t puke, so that was considered a good flight to me. We arrived on 3.14 – which, the […]

Omaha Beach

We wanted to take a tour package to go around the D-Day landing sites. But as luck would have it, all packages had to be booked in advance since it was winter and we only had ONE sunny day out of our entire Bayeux trip to visit the beach. Because we had to go to […]

Battle of Normandy

Bayuex was the gateway for the Battle of Normandy in 1944. We visited the Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy today. This museum was different from other D-Day exhibits I’ve seen because it didn’t focus too much on D-Day but talked about everything else that happened from D-Day + 1, meaning 7 Jun till […]

Shops in Bayuex

No shopping malls in a small town like Bayuex, but plenty of nice little shops scattered along the main street. I found a shop that handmade all their chocolate and bought all of my souvenirs from there. I bought many different types of chocolate because seriously everything tasted so good! Many bakeries dotting the main […]

Au Ptit Bistrot

We generally enjoyed the food in Bayuex, but Au Ptit Bistrot was a standout for me. All the dishes were made from scratch and I especially loved the pumpkin puree with my fish. I finished every drop of that and even stole the ones from the boys’ lunch. They were won over by the meal […]

Tapestry and Art

Bayeux is home to the Bayeux Tapestry. In fact, this was the most famous thing about the town. I was initially skeptical about how special an embroidered piece of cloth could be, but after seeing it for myself today, I had to admit that it was really impressive! It dates back to the 11th century, […]

Bayeux

We’re back in France! It was a full day of train travel. We travelled from London to Paris, and Paris to Bayeux. Bayeux is a small town in Northern France. KL likes small towns. Whenever he plans our trips in Europe, he’ll always try to make sure there’s a short stay in a small town. […]

Ciao Bella

Met friends at Ciao Bella for dinner. T loves the spaghetti bolognese here. It’s the best in the world! And I love the generous seafood risotto! Yumz! On the day we met our friends, the restaurant was so crowded that we only managed to get an outdoor table with a one day reservation. It was a […]

Regent’s Park

Plenty of sunshine in the weather forecast, so we planned a trip to the park. Along the way, we made a random stop at Wellcome Museum. I always pass by this Museum on the way to Regent’s Park but never thought to check it out. It’s actually quite cool now that we did. The ground […]

Science Museum

Our favourite museum in London! We visited the usual exhibits that the boys liked. Superbugs was a new exhibit, and then everything else we’ve already seen before. We ate ice cream at the cafe as we usually do. Happy to have found a dairy free lolly for K! This was really a nostalgic trip more […]

Goodenough College

Goodenough College looked the same as it did two years ago. Too bad we couldn’t sublet a flat at the College for this trip. But we managed to visit the College still and was happy to find ourselves at the parents’ club collage hanging outside the laundry room. Mecklenburgh Square Garden was so pretty even […]

Feels like home!

London sure feels like home! Coming in from Paris, London feels so familiar. The dreary weather, the bustle on the streets, the accent we hear everywhere, and even the smell of the sidewalks. We stayed in the same neighbourhood as we used to. We shopped at the same supermarkets we always did. We visited the […]

Versailles

Versailles was humongous, and so was the crowd. We were literally packed like sardines along the whole stretch of the state apartments, king and queens bedrooms. I hardly had a good view of any of the rooms. The photos are deceiving, it was really crowded. And we were all clamoring to get out because getting […]

Louvre

The Louvre was fun! Once we arrived, we started jostling with the crowd to get to Mona Lisa. She was tiny and it almost felt like Asia with the number of black-haired people in the room trying to take a selfie with her. Mona Lisa was clustered together with the Wedding at Cana, Four Seasons, […]

Eiffel Tower

It was freezing the day we visited the Eiffel Tower. Zero degrees in fact, and the Tower was closed in the morning because it was too icey. The top of the tower was shrouded in mist. No choice, we walked around the area and returned in the afternoon to try our luck again. Although it […]

Army Museum

KL plans all our overseas trips and he loves learning about wars. So on our first day of sightseeing, he took us to the Army Museum in Paris (Musée de l’Armée). Lots of weapons and lots of arms. The medieval section was interesting; I’ve never seen child-sized armour before. Other than that, the rest of the […]