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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Step One :-)

The team-09731Dear Matt and Mar,

We’ve been toying and discussing with the idea of boarding school for Matt… haa haa haa, surprisingly the person who got really upset was Mar (“I love my brother, and I’ll miss him so much”, tears flowing like monsoon (worthy of an Oscar)).

Unfortunately, my ideal boarding school, which happens to be my first boarding school in England was no longer a boarding school… But there are several others… but it would have been perfect if you could have gone to Skippers Hill too, I’d loved every seconds there.

So, as a first step, a few weeks ago we saw that some of Matt’s friends went to a ‘Self Discovery’ camp, 5 days, 4 nights boarding in Khao Yai, however after the first enquiry all placement was full… but by luck a single place was available. I was a bit apprehensive at first, because Matt will be there without any of his friends… perhaps that is a good thing after all.

Nonetheless, I shall be missing you like crazy, lol.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Little Dancer :-)

Ballet pageDear Matt and Mar,

Mar had so much looking forward to this, and so did your mother, lol. Of course, all the dancers were nothing short of spectacular!

Mercy Centre

Dear Matt and Mar,

For each term, we have to choose ‘you time’ (activities after school) for Matt, so to keep Matt busy we’ve enrolled him literally on every weekday except Wednesday where he has singing class (he has to keep busy whilst Mar has her ballet class, lol). I do try to balance the activities between brain and brawn, but as Matt is now getting older some interesting options had became available.

Mercy Centre PageFor the previous term I had chosen ‘Community Fun and Help’ (not exactly sure of the name lol) as one of Matt’s You Time, hoping to widen your horizon and a chance for you to help the community first hand. For the close of the term, your group was to spend an afternoon at the Mercy Centre, making donation (in your case, you wanted to make 60 bags of fun :-)), helping and playing with the children.

A long time ago, your mother was also a volunteer at the Mercy Centre, she was helping to take care of the AIDS sufferers, feeding and keeping them company, so your mother was over the moon to have heard that Matt was going to the Mercy Centre :-)

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

New Routine :-)

Dear Matt and Mar,

For the past few weekends we’ve been trying different routine, with a blunt-ish knife you are now helping to make breakfast and on Sunday instead of rushing out in the morning to find things to do, it has turned into swimming time for you and I whilst your mother goes off for a run :-)

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Summer holiday is now in full swing, for the 1st week you’d spent at Bangkok Dolphin camp, we are going to take it slower this week, Matt will be having extra golf and Thai lessons, whilst Mar will join her friend at Happy Chinese :-) Slotted in the week will be spent at British Club sport camp :-), after this week... I have no idea... haa haa haa.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Becoming a flower girl with Barney Bear

Dear Matt and Mar,

A few of weeks ago a close friend of your mother asked her permission for Mar to be a flower girl at her wedding, of course she said yes... lol. The first thing your mother did was to rush out to buy the prettiest white dress for Mar, haa haa haa, and she found one too :-)

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It was great fun, Matt was a little bored though, but overall was very enjoyable, it also gave your mother to catch up (briefly) with all of her friends, unfortunately we had to rushed off for you two music lessons, I wished we had asked for leave and let your mother have more time with her friends.

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Mar was all smile, virtually from ear to ear, and she did a brilliant job :-)

Timing couldn’t have been more perfect, this weekend was Mar’s turn to bring home Barney Bear, so there were plenty of photo opportunities to finally be glued into the ‘Bear’ book, haa haa haa.

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Fun Run 2016

Dear Matt and Mar,

This year’s fun run crept up rather quietly, well not really, there were huge booth selling the fun run t-shirts, haa haa haa, but I’d left it to the very minute before realising I need to buy a shirt for you and Mar, lol.

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Every year your mother would join the run, but with her new job she couldn’t run with you this year. So your aunt stepped in, running with Mar in the morning and cheered for Matt in the afternoon. Turned out to be a fantastic fun day :-)

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Another thing that surprised us quite a bit, was Matt coming in 4th in his aquathon time trial, to be very honest, I was over the moon to see the effort Matt had put in, to achieve this, and he had promised to improve on the next trial too :-)

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Kuala Lumpur, Day Five: Going Home :-)

001Dear Matt and Mar,

Finally time to go home, and both of you have already mentioned that you would like to come back, and soon, haa haa haa.

I didn’t expect this trip to be this great, but it had turned out to be super fun, the Sunway Lagoon was superb, but we were told by our Uber driver that we should try the seaside for our next trip.

Another thing about this trip was the taxi, it was super expensive, for a similar trip in Thailand it would have cost less than half. We’ve used all type of taxis, the Red & White ones were older than the ten commandments tablets, the Blue Taxis (so called executive taxis) were more than expensive than sending Space Shuttle to Pluto.

The best option by far was Uber, better, cheaper and more professional, but one has to be careful though, there has been some altercations between Taxi and Uber, in one case a taxi driver stopped an Uber and asked the customer to get out of the taxi. I think for the next trip we are going to go 100% Uber, lol.

I think we are definitely going to come back to KL, there are a few things that I would like to do, high up on the list would be to visit Petronas Twin Towers, Islamic Arts Museum, National Mosque of Malaysia and National Museum.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Kuala Lumpur, Day Four: At last :-)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADear Matt and Mar,

I had made the conscious decision to visit Sunway Lagoon on the Monday, hoping to avoid the weekend rush, but as this was already the school holiday, we were faced with a huge waiting crowd at the entrance, lol.

Actually it was not that bad, took less than five minutes to get the tickets, and another ten minutes to hire a pram (a fantastic idea from your mother). I did make the wrong decision though, decided to hire a locker from the very first set of lockers we’d come across, definitely the wrong decision, there were several set of lockers dotted around the waterpark, which were less crowded and more importantly, closer to the main attractions.

Matt was a bit miffed at first, as he wanted to jump into the first pool he saw, but I wanted to walk all the way to the back and start the day at the destination he had always wanted to visit, Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon park (part of the attraction is Spongebob).

Matt was sulking all the way, lol, I must admit, it was a rather long walk (it would have been shorter if I had taken another route, sorry). So after pushing and pulling (verbally, lol) we all arrived at the place where Matt and Mar had been pining for the past few months! And it was glorious, much better than on the television.

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After a few splashes in the Spongebob pool, Matt was back to himself, lol. Mar was having a great time as well, to tell you the truth I think I and the most fun of all. After Spongebob, we went to the other attractions in the Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon zone, and it was brilliant, unfortunately Mar was to small to go on these slides, and your mother was too chicken to try them, haa haa haa.

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So it was just Matt and I who went on all the slides, the various slides (with different snake’s names) was superb, but the walk up was a little trying, especially when I had to carry a huge (double-seater) inflatable thingy, but it was all worthwhile, seeing Matt’s smiling face. Mar on the other hand was having a great time eating ice-cream and listening to Matt and I scream down the slides, haa haa haa.

After a long while (well, after Mar had finished her ice-cream), we all set off to the main huge pool, don’t know if we can call it a pool, more like an artificial sea, haa haa haa. You two had a great time, even more than the slides.

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In a blink of an eye it was lunch time, so off to Burger King I went, much to your cheers and screams, haa haa haa. After lunch, Matt wanted to got back to the Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon’s slides. However on the way there, we came across this mega water slide where all of us could go down together!

After a while Mar was a little bored and wanted to get back to the ‘sea’, so we made a split, Mar and Mama went back to the sea, whilst Matt and I went back to Spongebob, and this is where I was kicking myself. At 16:00 there was a show at the Spongebob pool, and they had to choose one participant from a bunch of screaming kids, and guess what... Matt was picked, and I had left the camera with your mother!

Matt was superb, after a short dance, hitting the gong to release a huge, huge, huge bucket of slime from about 8 metres up, on absolutely everyone on the ground!

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Then it was time to go back to Mar and Mama, and after a time it was time to go home, not before we walked past another set of pool (with super loud music), of course we had to stop and take another dip, haa haa haa. Logistically organising the shower was a bit of a nightmare, haa haa haa haa, but we did manage it without much stress :-)

006In the end we left Sunway at closing time, haa haa haa, but instead of going home, we’d decided to take supper in the huge shopping mall next door, Sunway Pyramid. After you two took part in the ‘Finding Dory’ activities, your mother set out to find ‘Nandos’, we’ve always wanted to try it... as it turned out it was only a short walk away :-) and it was superb, I wonder why no one had bring it into Thailand yet, perfectly cooked chicken with an endless mix of hot sauces would be perfect for Thailand :-)

Instead of calling for Uber, I’d decided to jump into the the first taxi I saw, and it was yet another very old and manky white and red taxi (which is actually more expensive the Uber). You won’t be surprise to hear to that you two were in dreamland when we’d reached the hotel... what a perfect end to a perfect day. By the way I didn’t take too many photos because I’d decided only to take the TG3 with me :-)

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Kuala Lumpur, Day Three: To the Aviary

001Dear Matt and Mar,

Day three’s plan was to be much less trying than yesterday, after breakfast we headed to KL Bird Park, definitely a fun day out for families with young children, again I was a bit apprehensive in putting this on our agenda. Seeing some wonderful birds in small cages didn’t feel quite right to me, although the ones that were left out and could freely roam around the entire grounds looked so much happier.

It was pretty impressive, well for me anyway, simply could be because this was the first time I’ve ever been in this kind of aviary, it was huge. Walking the whole grounds, with a couple of ice cream break and a show, it was almost two by the time we’d thought about lunch, lol.

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To save time lunch was taken at the park’s restaurant (Hornbill Restaurant), and no Hornbill was not on the menu, lol. Having birds watching you two digging into fried chicken felt wrong to me, haa haa haa, anyway, apart from the dodgy tuna salad (which we’d sent back and got it cancelled) it was lovely.

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You two were as fresh as morning dew, so off we went to the second thing on our agenda. There was no way we could have come to KL without visiting the famous landmark, Petronas Twin Towers. Now, who was to know that there was a quota on tickets sold per day! We were there late so all the tickets had already been sold out!

Luckily my friend (Uncle John) suggested we walk across the road to Avenue Mall, our target was ‘Break out’ a kind of a puzzle maze that he thought Matt would enjoy, lol. Well, Matt took one look at the entrance and absolutely refused to even give it a try, haa haa haa haa, it does felt like a haunted house, lol.

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However, next door to that was an indoor playground, with time to kill before supper with uncle John and his wife aunt Tutti, we thought why not. As it turned out you two had a fantastic time, making new friends as soon as you walked into the playground, it was amazing to see you playing and laughing with new friends that quickly.

After saying goodbye to your new friends (and giving them my email, lol) we took a taxi back to the hotel where uncle John would pick us up for supper. I have not seen John for over 3 years, uncle John and I go back a very long way, since the boarding school days, all of us were (and still are) like brothers, all 9 of us.

During supper Mar felt asleep, haa haa haa, more carrying for me :-)

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Kuala Lumpur, Day Two: My Worst Enemy

KL Day 2 Moving outDear Matt and Mar,

Now that I’ve just finished ‘Borderlands 2’, time to get back to writing posts for the blog, haa haa haa. That is until ‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ comes out on the PS4 :-)

We were supposed to be up at the crack of dawn on our first full day in KL, lol, as it turned out it was almost ten by the time we left the hotel, lol. I wanted to leave early because today we were going to Batu Caves, Hindu shrines hidden in enormous caves to the north of KL, I was trying to avoid the midday sun thus the plan to leave early.

With hindsight we should have gone by taxi, but of course trying to be adventurous we took the trains instead, an hour later, lol, we arrived at Batu Caves. Despite the heat and the mass of people, it was definitely worth it.

From the train station’s exit, we arrived at the first cave (Ramayana Cave) which depicts some of the Hindu religious tales through the use of, quite well done figurines, at the top of the short but extremely steep stairs sits a huge stalagmite.

 

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At first I thought that this cave was it, until I saw a mass of people walking in unison to the far side of the footpath, so we followed... and came to the highlight of Batu Caves, lol, and just like Po, I have once again come face to face with my worst and most feared enemy... stairs, lol.

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Mar was complaining quite a bit about the smell, lol, but soon got over the it, on the other hand Matt was just pining for cold water and ice cream, it was boiling. Before making our move up the 272 steps, I’d turned and asked if you two wanted to go to the top... unfortunately you two didn’t say ‘no’, haa haa haa.

About halfway up, Mar was visibly tired, so there was nothing else to do but for me to carry Mar up the remaining steps, actually Mar provide a nice balance to the heavy rucksack on my back, but my legs were nothing but wobbly jelly once we’d reached the 272nd steps.

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We stood at the entrance to this huge cave, 40 metres in, there there more steps leading to a higher plain, of course we’d come too far not to go all the way (well I did) lol. We’d spent so much time and energy at Batu Caves we’d decided to cancel the afternoon trip to Chinatown, and instead headed back to the hotel, but instead of taking the two trains, we took a train then a taxi.

KL Day 2-08752There should be no surprise that you two had fallen asleep in the taxi, it had been quite a trying morning, by the time you two woke up it was time for supper, which was taken at The Pavilion Mall, by chance there was a huge Ninja Turtles event there… who were we to say no to you two :-)