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We were in the middle of Legoland last Friday when my kids started pulling at a plant in one of the planter boxes and presented some flowers to me with much fanfare.

Peanut said, Mummy, I give you these flowers because I want you to be happy!

Lion said, Mummy, I love you!

My mother said, See! They keep plucking these flowers home on their way back from school every day for you but by the time you get home, they are all wilted so I just throw them away!

My father said, Tsk! It’s just a common road side flower. They can pluck them all they like as long as it makes them happy!

I took the flowers, said thank you and gave each of the kiddies a hug.

While we were walking away to another section of the park, I took a picture for the memory of the flowers:

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I haven’t had a lot of time to think or post in the past weeks after returning from my holiday in Taiwan. This is due to the fact that I have returned to 2 weeks worth of unsigned letters and unanswered mail [I so want to murder The Buddha for not signing any of my letters while I was away], and the whirlwind of hearing dates in July.

This evening, after I rushed out an advice asking for an obscene sum of money before next Friday, I sat back in my chair and realised that hey, I have my camera with me!

So here are some of my favourite pictures from my 12-days in Taiwan (Kaohsiung-Cingjing-Taipei).

Arriving at The Splendour in Kaohsiung

Arriving at The Splendour in Kaohsiung

Walking along Cengqing Hu (澄清湖 )

Walking along Cengqing Hu (澄清湖 )

Lanterns outside the ginormous temple on Cijin

Lanterns outside the ginormous temple on Cijin

Black sand beach at Cijin

Black sand beach at Cijin

清境 - Is this place even for real?

清境 – Is this place even for real?

Path outside our chalet at Mingqing Farm (眀琴)

Path outside our chalet at Mingqing Farm (眀琴)

Sheep!

Sheep!

Walking downhill in the summer rain

Walking downhill in the summer rain

Sun Moon Lake

Sun Moon Lake

Our view at dinner

Our view at dinner

Hungry Cat

Hungry Cat

Breakfast!

Breakfast!

Hippos at LeoFoo Safari Theme Park

Hippos at LeoFoo Safari Theme Park

Field of flowers at Daxi

Field of flowers at Daxi

Sunflowers

Sunflowers

Daxi Lao Jie

Daxi Lao Jie

Petition area

Petition area

Rainy day at Taipei Zoo

Rainy day at Taipei Zoo

Ximending

Ximending

All tired out

All tired out

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Oh I feel so much better about life looking at these pictures!

On the whole, I was unimpressed in Kaohsiung, fell in love with Cingjing, and had a really great time in Taipei.

Taiwan is definitely a place that I want to see more of in the future.

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lazy hazy crazy

When the outside of your office looks like this:

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And you have just returned from a holiday not too long ago from a place that looks like this:

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It well and truly sucks. Like my Dyson vacuum cleaner.

😦

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ETA at 5:20pm

After I wrote the above entry, I ordered 150 kiddie face masks online for my kids because they don’t sell kiddie face masks at pharmacies and the hospitals are out.

Right after that, the PSI fell from 400 to 148.

The world hates me. I feel disowned by the Cosmos.

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First, we start by telling them that we are going to a Palace to find a Princess.

Then, we make up stories for the exhibits. For example:

Look at all this jade and jewellery boxes! These are the Princess’s things! She left them behind while fleeing the Witch!

You see that big metal pot (300BC) over there with the legs and the weird carvings on the side? The witch uses the pot to cook babies for dinner. Omnomnomnom!!

You see that large tower carved out of ivory? The witch trapped the Princess at the very top floor of the tower. Look into the tower! Is the Princess there? No? Oh well, she must have run away! Quick! Let’s go see if she is in the other room!

You see the cabbage carved out of jade and the piece of stone that looks like meat? The Witch wanted to turn the Princess to stone but she missed because the Princess runs very fast. So she accidentally turned the dinner into stone. If you are noisy, the Witch will turn you into stone too!

Then at the end of the journey, the Princess had inevitably escaped from the palace with the Prince (who carries an ancient jade-adorned sword which is also on display in one of the rooms). So we buy a cabbage-shaped umbrella because it is so hot out there, and leave in a taxi for Taipei 101 for lunch and a walkabout.

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What a great adventure 😀

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going away

The week leading up to long leave is the longest ever.

I stayed at work on Friday till 9pm to file some submissions which are actually due next week but The Buddha wanted to file them before I went on leave.

The last time I was away for this long (2 whole weeks!) was to St Petersburg. Before any of the kids ever came along. Maybe that explains The Buddha’s insecurities.

So we start by first celebrating my father’s birthday:

May 18 2013

Then tomorrow! We will be traipsing all over Taiwan. First time on the plane for the kids. *crosses fingers*

Hope we make it through in one piece and no frayed tempers.

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chek jawa

We took the kids to Pulau Ubin together with my parents on Hari Raya Haji for a looksee. Both my mother and I had never been to Ubin while The Other Half and my father haven’t set foot on Ubin for more than 10 years.

We took a ferry to the island and then a minibus taxi service to Chek Jawa. We then walked through the boardwalk and then took the taxi back to the jetty to have lunch at one of the seafood restaurants, before boarding the ferry back to the mainland.

We had a really nice time. The kids were really tired out though and took a really long nap when they reached home. This is something I would do with the kids again although the next time we should check out the tide times as there wasn’t much to see by the coast while we were strolling because of the high tide.

Arriving on a ferry

Welcome to Pulau Ubin

Boardwalk along the Coast

Hello, Mr. Crab!

A wild boar that I had to stop Lion from running towards

Grandpa and the stick insect

Muslim Cemetery

Love, Pulau Ubin

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Close to Hari Raya Puasa, we took the Parents and the kiddies to Desaru for a short holiday. To avoid all the hassle of planning, we signed up for an organised tour with the Desaru Fruit Farm and stayed at the Lotus Desaru Beach Resort for three days and two nights.

It turned out to be fantastically fun! We took the ferry to Desaru from Changi Ferry Terminal on a Wednesday morning and returned on a Friday evening. Because we went on the weekday, we basically got a personalised tour. The food provided by the Desaru Fruit Farm was fantastic and the kids had lots of fun visiting the ostriches, the crocodiles, the fireflies and just hanging out at the resort with their grandparents.

On a remote Bermudas ride…well, not quite

My father and the ostriches

me and mini-me

Sand play (with my mother blocking her face with her bag)

Going home

The best part I supposed was the fact that my phone had a SIM card failure and could not hook onto a Malaysian network. So no one could call me at all. They could only get to me via email on my work Blackberry and there is only so much angst one can convey through email. Heh.

But then I came home and my work collapsed around my ears. I still haven’t dug myself out from underneath it all yet [hence explaining the absence].

Oh well.

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