Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Luckiest girl in the world (Update)

As we had forgotten the cable to charge the go pro, we didn't have photos of our full day diving, but someone was kind enough to send a few shots!

So you can discover the whale shark, estimated length 6m and me! (Please do not confuse the photos...;-)



Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Luckiest girl in the world

On the list of mandatory places to go while living in Asia was the Maldives. After more than 4 years in Singapore, we thought it was time and it just happened to be over my birthday!


There is not that much to say, the photos are worth a thousand words as they say but just for good measure:

- Seaplanes are so cool!! The view was amazing!

- There is not that much to do but surprisingly we did not get bored a single second: diving with whaleshark and mantas, canoeing, sun bathing on the beach, by the pool, by the other pool, eating and drinking seem to feel up a day very quickly!

- It's as beautiful as on the brochure photos!



Monday, April 21, 2014

Bali for Christmas

Again, I'm late...

Last year (...), we decided to celebrate Christmas in Bali. With all our visitors, it was the easiest place to rent a house and have all sorts of activities. Unfortunately it was also the rainy season...

We had a lovely house in Seminiak where we could reach restaurants, bars and the beach by foot (and by stroller as baby A goes everywhere with us!).

First part of the week was rather poor, weather wise, it rained a lot! Anyway, Parents managed to go to the usual highlights of Bali: Ubud, Tanah lot temple etc

Like a miracle, on Christmas Day when the full family was there (all 8 of us!), the sun turned up and after a lovely baby gulling we spent the afternoon surfing and jumping in the waves!

Here are a few shots of the week visits, including the monkey- earring theft, some beautiful temples and the coffee and tea tasting menu of the plantations with their local bat... (No particular reason for the bat. As far as I know!)





Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sunday afternoon on a boat

S had the great idea of renting a boat for a Sunday afternoon tour of Singapore waters.

We left from Sentosa cove, a place where I had never been and where life seems to be sooooo hard... We boarded our lovely boat for an afternoon of sun, food and rose!

This seems to be a popular way of spending Sunday afternoon as we met plenty of other people enjoying the sunshine around St John's island but it is still Singapore, so impossible to avoid the tankers view at some point...


An experience to repeat!


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Rawa, may be for the last time...

I have done a Rawa post before but another one can not hurt, so here are a few shots from the last WE on this paradise Island on the east coast of Malaysia. Baby A first trip to Malaysia!

Nothing else to add...

Photos are courtesy of O&S


Friday, April 4, 2014

Boloven plateau

Hmmm, we were in Lao roughly 10-11 months ago... Back in 2013...

So this is me trying to make a big memory effort!

On the way back from Champasak, we returned to Pakse to take a bus (again) to the Boloven plateau. As there is no main town on the plateau, we had picked one which looked big enough for a hotel and which was a bit central so we could tour the area on a motorbike.

The bus dropped us on the main road and we had obviously decided to go to the furthest hotel on top of a hill...

It was a bit like a ghost house, no one at the reception, dust everywhere long dark corridor but apparently the best hotel around ;-))))

Touring the area on our motorbike, we discovered gorgeous waterfalls (if you remember from previous Lao posts, waterfalls are the selling point of Lao), tea and coffee plantations where we indulged in numerous coffee breaks!

Coming back to town (hmm village), we thought we should stop for a drink at the first place where they were people. There was a nice outdoors setting, they only seemed to sell coffee but we asked for a beer (we had a caffeine running in our veins after that many coffee breaks!). As it is always around SE Asia, nothing is a problem, if we want beer and they don't have it, they send a kid to the shop to buy beer!

After one or two beers, we started feeling a bit like intruders, they were setting plenty of tables outside with soup, drinks and the excitation was building up. We thought that we better leave as there must be a wedding arriving or a big celebration. That's when we asked for the bill and were told it was free!

We could certainly not leave without paying, especially knowing that they had to go to the shop to get the beer! By that time people had started arriving for dinner. We had tried asking what was going on but English doesn't go very far in Lao... We noticed a table of tourists who were eating so we thought we would try our luck with them. They were staying at a guesthouse in town and were told to come here for dinner as this family was inviting the entire village and anyway anything else would be closed. It was half way between a family reunion, a religious event and a village party!

So we joined in! It was delicious, food had been cooked in massive pans, similar to the ones they use in the Indian temples in Singapore for celebration. They kept on serving us beer all night (by that I mean up to 8.30pm) and at the end, we made a donation at the temple set up in the living room to cover for dinner cost, drinks and a bit more!

It was such a great night, I would have liked to understand a bit more about the why and how, how often they do that, who organizes but anyway, it was nice to be part of the community.

The day after, we were back in a bus on our way to Pakse airport, flying to Vientiane (the flight which since the crash this summer doesn't have such a good reputation...)