Lira’s first artwork

I have been encouraging Lira’s nanny to bring her to the playground and by the pool everyday so she can breathe fresh air, hang out and get to mingle with our neighbors. She has already established her routine and will bring Lira downstairs after she has had her breakfast in the morning and around late afternoon where they have been hanging out with fellow nannies/mommies with babies and toddlers. I thought such interaction will be good for Lira since she is now in a period where she can be afraid of strangers.

I seldom check our condo bulletin board but one day I chanced upon a post calling for babies and toddlers in our condo for weekly playdates for 6-18 month old babies. Lira gets to play with her cousins but they are 3 and 5 year olds respectively so it will be a different experience for her to be playing with smaller babies more around her age. I texted the number and I was told that the playdate is every Tuesdays at 8am. This schedule is perfect, I can plan to work from home on Tuesdays and my work starts at 9am.

We went to our first playdate today and there were a couple of babies. My neighbor who organized the playdate prepared coloring materials and books. I went to take photos and watch but could not accompany Lira because I had an 8am conference call so I watched them while I was pre-occupied with my meeting.

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Shopping from a packaging free grocery

Shopping from a packaging free grocery

For a long while now I have been contemplating on using reusable bags for our grocery shopping. What is stopping me from doing so is wondering what we will be using as our trashbags if we no longer get them from the supermarket. I started researching about it and apparently a lot of people who are into this “green” lifestyle no longer need a trashbag mainly because their waste is so minimal due to how they manage their waste at home.

This led me to stumbling upon this packaging free store called Unpackt and I was excited when I find out that it is only four bus stops away from our house. Since  it is a packaging free shop, I needed to do some pre-planning on my end to make sure I bring the right amount and size of containers for the stuff that I need. I surveyed our pantry and planned our meals for the next two weeks so I basically know what ingredients I need. I then checked out their facebook page to see what stuff they have to match it against what I needed. I was not very sure of the price and was ready to back out if I find the price way over my budget. We ventured to the store one fine Sunday morning, armed with my reusable bag and several IKEA containers.

The initial process was overwhelming, confusing, intimidating and even a bit stressful since you have to piece together what you need, how much you need, which container to use, how to take the stuff and not to mention you need to get your containers weighed before you put stuff in them.  As you get the hang of it, it gets better and I can foresee once you are a regular customer with assigned containers for specific products, this process will be much simpler and easier.

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Victoria, Australia

Victoria, Australia

September 9 – 18, 2016

Melbourne
Hosier Lane Graffiti Alley, Flinders Street, Collingwood /Smith Street, Brighton Bathing Boxes

Yarra Valley
Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery, Yering Station, Domaine chandon, TarraWarra Estate, Tesselaar Tulip Festival

Phillip Island
Maru Koala and Animal Park, Cape Woolamai, Churchill Island, The Nobbies, Penguin Parade

Mornington Peninsula
Mainstreet Mornington, Enchanted Adventure Garden, Sorrento Pier

Great Ocean Road
Bells Beach, Split Point Lighthouse, Memorial’s Arch, Cape Otway Lighthouse, Gibson Steps, The Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge,

Japan Trip 2015

Japan Trip 2015

January 23 to January 31, 2015

Tokyo
Nakamise Shopping Street, Sensoji Temple, Akihabara, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Meiji Shrine, Takeshita Dori, Tokyo Disney Sea

Yuzawa
Gala Yuzawa Resort

Hakone
Owakudini, Hakone Shrine, Tsuki no Koigokoro Ryokan

Kyoto
Kinkakuji Temple, Ryoanji Temple, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, NINEN-ZAKA AND SANNEN-ZAKA, Kodaiji Temple,

Osaka
Osaka Castle, Shinsaibashi, Amerikamura, Dotonbori,