Thursday, March 25, 2010
One of the best things about Sizzlers is the dessert bar, and I think my 4 year old daughter would have to agree, right down to the last drop.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Well kind of, I still need to throw in my toothbrush, but I'm calling it, it's packed.
Good thing too, as we leave at sparrow farts hour Friday morning, I don't get home from work until just before 6pm tomorrow and I need to grab some last minute things from the shops. So much to do and so little time to do it.
A big relief to have the suitcases done and out of the way.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
This morning I finally bit the bullet, ended my procrastination and paid a deposit on our quoted holiday package. I can't wait!!!
So what do we have planned:
Return airfares with Malaysia Airlines, via Kuala Lumpur to Hong Kong
8 nights accomodation with Metropark Hotel Kowloon
2 nights accomodation Disneyland Hollywood Hotel
2 nights accomodation Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel
2 day Disneyland pass
and of course the boring bits transfers, breakfasts and travel insurance
I no longer have to dream about my holiday, I can now dream about the places we can go whilst we are there and what we are going to see. The exciting bits, considering the logistics (the boring bits) are finally out of the way.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Are you a person that tends to packed weeks before you go or are you a last minute throw what ever you can reach into a bag just before you walk out the door for the airport packer?
For me I find that I am neither but somewhere in between. I do like to be organised and will have the suitcases out quite early (this time round I didn't bother putting them away, mega slack, but in my defence we did get back from Bali mid February, so what if I didn't need them again until the last weekend of March) and will start to throw things in almost immediately as I come across them. Only problem is sometimes there is no clear direction which leads me right up to the night before, were I have usually upturned the entire suitcase. This is the moment I think packing truly begins as I cull the stuff I have accumulated over the weeks and do the final pack ready to go the next day.
So not entirely the last minute for me and I do have good intentions to be much more organised. So how would you describe your packing timing?
Just copy and paste these 99 things onto your blog and bold the things you HAVE done... here are mine:
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to DisneyWorld
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning (bloody Chicken Treat)
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill (hey I have kids, I have an excuse, now)
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied (note the past-tense)
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud (mud pie, anyone?)
54. Gone to a drive-in theatre
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a cheque
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy (Beverley, I still have her, stitches and all)
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been a passenger on a motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year’s Eve
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Got a tattoo
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit (as a prosecutor and witness)
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
The start of our grand road trip and I think master of all things glitz and glam, Las Vegas, all that neon, the casinos and Circus de Solei. It seems to be one of those places I need to see to believe. I couldn't think of a better way to start a road trip and little bit of gambling, well actually a little bit of watching other people gambling. I'm not a fan of gambling but I'm sure my husband would be in the midst of it all for sure.
Now call me crazy, I do have two young kids and all, but seeing a show on Broadway would be a dream come true for me. It has been on my "one day list" for as long as I can possibly remember. My girls are young but I truly believe if we were fortunate to see a matinee like "The Lion King" or even "Mamma Mia" my girls would have an absolute ball, as would I. I'm even quite sure the hubby would enjoy it, not that he would be prepared to admit it.
As far as I am concerned, no trip to New York would be complete without a side excursion to Niagara Falls, you are so close, it would be crazy not to. I would love to cruise on the ship that goes right up to the falls and feel the drenching of the spray. To hear the noise these falls make would be amazing. It is and will always be a must see for whenever life takes us to the USA.
Florida and in particular Miami Beach
Walt Disney World, maybe not both in the same trip but we will eventually see both, I know it.
Don't think I could go past a Hawaii stop over, somewhere to relax and unwind after a whirlwind USA experience.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
So very very very proud of my little girl. I know she will do well in her new class and hope she has a teacher just as awesome as her previous one. Thank you Tara, Taleisha is going to miss having you as her swimming teacher.
Friday, March 19, 2010
We're heading for this lovely patch of red dirt in the Pilbara, WA.
Port/South Hedland probably isn't your normal choice of destination and in all honesty if we didn't have a very good reason for going I would be turning the airplane around and be heading off to more appealing destinations.
We are however heading up to see my family and celebrate my little sister's 18th birthday, should be a very good escape and the girls will be very excited to see their Aunty and Nanna (and we better not forget Poppa or Uncle as well). I'm looking forward to catching up with some old school friends in Karratha and generally enjoying moving on Pilbara time.
For those not in the know the Pilbara is an absolutely beautiful part of the world, amazing gorges and beautiful water holes and beaches, some stunning landscape but other than that it really is mining world and not a lot else to do. I still call the Pilbara home but it is now my home from afar :)
Looking forward to simply just doing nothing for 10 days, hanging out with the girls at the pool and slipping into my lovely little red number for the big 18th Hollywood Glam bash.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
So my tentative (still technically at dreaming stage) plans are to head off some time between September 2011 and April 2012. The tour that I'm thinking is going to best suit my travel plans is the European Highlights it takes me to all those places that have been on my must visit list and more all within a nice tight compact two week period. London is also calling and given my tour (yes, my!!! I'm taking ownership of this dream) I think it would be silly not to do a couple days sight seeing in England too, don't you think???
It's makes me all excited with anticipation just thinking about it.
Contiki me happy!!!
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
I am bursting to tell someone but we never know who's eyes read this blog, so I am keeping it close to my chest.
But oh my gawd, it is so good, there are going to be some very surprised and happy people some time in the future, like I said I'm not giving anything away.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Last weekend whilst getting ready for the day, we made a spur of the moment decision to take the girls to the zoo, so we packed a picnic lunch (always a winner with our girls and on the purse strings) and off to the zoo we went. Much to our surprise it was a hive of activity, there were strollers everywhere, obviously we weren't the only ones that thought this Sunday was a perfect day for a trip to the zoo.
Highlights of our visit were the tortoises and sun bears, miss 4 was very impressed with both of these, the sun bears were so cute I'm sure they wouldn' have noticed if we brought them home,other good sights were the lions escaping the sun lying right down next to the viewing window, the snakes, who were unusually all on the move and a family favourite the elephants.
This retirement led me on the long arbious task of finding a suitable replacement to our Quicksmart. After using the Quicksmart, we were aware of it's shortcomings, and I was not prepared to get another one, with a four year old who still desires to pushed around on occasion on her throne we needed something sturdy and easy to manouveur whilst she was in it just as easily as when miss almost 2 is in it. I quizzed anyone I could on what they would recommend as their perfect travel companion stroller and came up with a few suggestions, I googled until I could google no more and I baby shopped (something that has been out of my system for quite some time, oh all that gorgeous manchester, no I do not need anymore cot sheet sets!!!)
So after all my research, one stroller had me sold...and the winner was the Quinny Zapp. We took it for a test drive today with miss four and it was like I was pushing a new born in this stroller (not that you would, it is after all for 6 months+). It was so easy, no tugging to turn or to get it to go in the direction you actually want to go, didn't feel like it was going to collapse on you (I did say we had used and abused our quicksmart LOL not quite built for shopping and bags to go on the handlebars). Like the quicksmart it has no storage but I'm going to get a net bag to clip onto the back of it to give us a little storage and anything else we need to carry will have to go into a backpack.
Now for the all important decision and one I spent sometime pondering over, colour. Now I did pick a different colour than the one we did eventually decide on going on but managed to convince myself that spending more money on a stroller purely because of colour choice was kudicrous, so we've gone with cobalt blue and it's actually quite nice. Can't wait to pick our new baby up, need to rehome some of our current wheels first, our house is turning into a pram/stroller museum :) Looking forward to christening our new baby in Hong Kong in November, can't wait!!!
Friday, March 12, 2010
30. To visit a place that is world's apart from home but only about an 8 hour plane trip away.
29. experiencing new cultures
28. Mall hopping
27. Noah's ark
26. The skyline and amazing skyscrappers in it
25. The star ferry
24. Nature parks and the greenery immersion, beautiful.
23. Can experience the amazement of Macau in a day
22. A stones throw from mainland China
21. Playgrounds aplenty for the kids
20. Stanley Market
19. Temple Street Night market
18. The chocolate fountain at Cafe Kool, I am so there, wonder if I can bring my own Keg :)
17. catch a glimpse at colourful Chinese dancing
16. Repulse Bay, the name may not sound inviting but the beautiful seaside area is just gorgeous
15. Jumbo Kingdom, a massive floating Chinese Restaurant
14. Dim Sum, yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuum
12. Ngong Ping 360, if we leave our scaredy cat selves at home.
11. The Giant Buddha
10. The Symphony of lights splendor
9. Ocean Park
8. See the giant pandas
7. Peak Tram ride
6. Victoria Peak, the cherry on top after the tram ride up
5. Shopping, Shopping and oh shopping
4. I know I've mentioned this one a little bit earlier but the food, OMG the food, drooling about it now, just thinking about it.
3. Experiencing a new culture and soaking it all up.
2. Disneyland, after all I am a big kid at heart and with small kids, a pocket sized Disneyland is a perfect park for our first experiene of the Disney brand.
and the number one reason for visiting Hong Kong???
1. TO CELEBRATE ME TURNING 30!!!! WOOOHOOO!!!
I have been planning my 30th birthday holiday for a little while now and although it has taken on a few different transformations, I am extremely happy with our final plans and can not wait until November so we can go, is my 30th seriously that far away!!! I want to go today :)
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Given the very fitting name and my numerous plans in my head, I've decided to turn this blog into somewhat of a travel journal. Somewhere to jot down my plans, talk about my travel and sightseeing dreams, share stories of my adventures.
So please buckle your seatbelt, watch this safety video and enjoy the ride :)