11 Nov 2017


Long time no see, well so much as happened that I could film pages upon pages for a movie script, but that can wait because I'm here to just share something exciting.

As I write this I'm watching the Chinese tv drama Empresses in the Palace, the 5th episode. It's set in the majestic Forbidden City, it's a taste to what I'm going to enjoy come Wednesday. 

I'm excited for the adventure my family and I are going to embark on in one of the Asian countries I've always wished to visit. 

It's a blessing to be able to join my husband on some of his work trips. This one was on my list but we initially agree that maybe the children and I shouldn't go. But God being faithful to His promises made a way. So I'm over excited.

I have a list of places to explore, one on the top is the location of one of my favourite Chinese movies Laterne Rosse (Raise the Red Lanterns). The mansion is in Pingyao, some hours away from Beijing so I'm not going to make a fuss if we can't make it there. I will be more than happy to explore the Forbidden City and allow my imagination to play a character from a story.

The children are excited to explore the Great Wall and hubby would love to go see the Terracotta display but it's in a similar distance from the mansion I would love to visit so maybe it will be deemed to distance for an overnight visit. Also we are going to be there for only one weekend so we don't have to over stress ourselves to see and do everything in China. I trust this will become a regular destination one day.

In the meantime, there are suitcases to fill up with warm clothes, first aid kits to prepare and money to sort out. So, our weekend will look something similar to these photos below.

10 Jul 2017




Day 0 July 3rd

We packed the remaining things that I wanted to bring on this journey to make it an easy transition as possible. I managed to squeeze as much as my heart desired.

The children played by the garage for some time. I observed them from the window. Filled with nostalgia I went outside to capture the moment, knowing too well that  because the spot that will fill most of their summer childhood memories will be no more than a deserted play area. Filling buckets of sand, getting water from the house to water the wildness that is our raised vegetable garden. I took a deep breath and relaxed into the idea of new memories made by the sea at grandparents house on by the sea.

Yet, I thought about the tide of the sea coming and going for them to have a combination of water and sand to play in. But all that thought went away because just twenty minutes before the taxi arrived their got themselves wet from the water I told them not to play with. So I had to rush to change them again, but all was well. We got to the airport perfectly on time.

Day 1 July 4th
We arrived at Gatwick airport, the children didn't find it difficult to wake up. They were bright and ready to get out of the aircraft. Our luggages arrived on time. We found Granddad and auntie waiting for us. The children didn't play shy and promptly held onto Granddad's hand.

Day 2 July 5th
We rolled out from bed onto the dining table because the children woke up in the middle of the night. Little girl drank some water and went back straight to be but little boy wanted to go back to his beloved Canada. It was quiet funny because the night before he was saying he doesn't want to go back home.

Day 3 July 6th
The children woke up before me around 5:30am. It felt like they were getting back to their normal waking hours. We played in the water, went to the local park and play some more in the water. In the evening we took the dog for a walk and the children loved it because they just love having a dog. They are always cuddling it. Anyways the house was beautiful with some many new things. This town is striving.

Day 4 July 7th
This was the day I lost my water shoes in the mud (picture above), because I was trying to be adventurous to find a short cut to the house. We walked to a point and I just got stuck so either was me in the mud all over or give up the shoes. Little boy was sad that I lost my shoes but I told him it was important that I was safe. We to wash our feet straight as we walked into the house. The children baked some cookies with Grandma before lunch. After lunch when the sun was less hot I took the children out on the beach for a quick exploration. Once the girl next door came back from school (in UK schools don't close until the end of July), AOI went to put he swimsuit on to play in the high tide.


12 Jun 2017



We started the day by relaxing in the hotel. After husband went to work the children watched some shows on Treehouse (we don't have television so watching treehouse during our travels is their little treat), whilst I got ready for the day.

After lunch which I bought from Harvest, the little deli shop down the studios, we went to Queen Elizabeth Park. The idea was mainly to visit the Bloedel Conservatory. 

Once there my jaw dropped by the breathtaking views overlooking Vancouver. So the trek up there was worth it. I believe that's one of the reasons why I'm totally and helplessly in love with that city. 

Anyways, before taking it all in we went into the conservatory which was fairly cheap for the three of us, about $10. The children loved it. We took photos of the birds. We were enjoying the tour until I saw a mouse. I didn't freak out as I would if I saw one in my house, but it was time for us to go get some fresh air. 
We bought ice cream and went to
enjoy the view that is complete gratis (free). I took photos with my telephoto lens and I was glad because I could see some monuments from that distance. The children were into running and just playing with the gorgeous view as their backdrop.

To top off the amazing visit to Queen Elizabeth Park the children saw the Seasons in the Park restaurant and wanted to eat there. I would have never entered, I don't know why, maybe because it didn't see myself in such a beautiful location I just admired the amazing architecture afar. With its glass windows and chandeliers. The children kept running towards the building so after they said "Mum let's go to eat at the chalet." I went to see the menu to see if it was something we would enjoy or more likely I could afford (I've been to some posh restaurants that I ended up paying too much and eating too little). The price was reasonable so we got a table and I'm telling, you should stop by Seasons in the Park for a meal when you're are in Vancouver. 

The waiter was so kind and captured a moment for me to remember with the children. 

It was such a beautiful day. The children had fun and I enjoyed each minute of it.

How to get there

I walked to junction Blanca and 16th Ave. and took bus 33. I then changed at junction of Cambie Street and W 42th Ave. to take bus 15 towards Olympic Village Station. I got off at junction of Cambie Street and W 33rd Ave, in front of a church which I don't remember the name. I walked the remaining 10 minutes up to my destination. It would cost you $5.50 for a return. 

She sat there just for a fraction to take in the beauty of the place.

They face you make when you are photographed by your sister and mother!
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