Sunday, November 27, 2016

Can't Wait for Holidays

Maliq's at his grandparents' house in JB so I can actually blog in peace now heh. He went for his school's orientation with Zai yesterday (I didn't because it was too early haha, and it was easier if I just stayed home with baby). Zai said Maliq immediately left him to start drawing at the tables prepared by the teachers and awhile later started talking (not exactly proper talking though) to the teachers, parents and friends there.

Okay, I know everyone who knows Maliq told me that I will have no problem sending Maliq to school because he won't cry. He is usually not scared of people, not shy and super friendly. That's the thing, he can misbehave because he is not scared. He can do whatever he likes because he is not shy. He can talk non stop because he is super friendly. Ahhhh he is only entering N1 and I am already freaking out over his behaviour in school because I know how 'naughty' he can be. Trying not to worry so much now though, not until January 2017.

Anyway, Zai and I decided to go on a last minute trip to KL next month and we're staying just 5 minutes walking distance away from my grandmother's house there, yay! I used to stay at her house every time I go KL but with two babies I think it's easier if we just book a hotel room. We're staying at Capri by Fraser and it's quite new. There's an infinity pool, a playground and even a kitchenette in the room so I'm pretty excited! I won't say it's a prime location la, but there are major restaurants in the next building and sooo near my grandmother's house I can just walk over any time.

We're also going to Vietnam after KL. Like, straight away the next day. I don't know if that's even possible but we'll find out. We wanted to go KL earlier so that we don't have to be tired doing back to back trips but my parents wanted to follow us to KL and can only go on the dates just before our Vietnam trip. I wanted a laid back trip actually. You know, breakfast in bed, private pool, served dinner. But Zai decided to plan the whole trip and I reluctantly trusted him, hahah.

It was supposed to be a surprise trip, but he couldn't wait to tell me. So now I know we're heading to Vietnam. If you ask me, it's not really a laid back trip la right... I mean where's my private pool sey?! But he got us a driver to drive us around Hanoi and Sapa and I really wanted to go Sapa but decided not to at first because the trip to Sapa takes like 5 hours from Hanoi by car or something. Since he got us a driver and the driver knows where the halal hotels and restaurants are, I guess it's something to look forward to. I heard there are hardly any halal food there. :/ And Sapa will be cold in December so can feeling feeling winter holiday hahaha. Plus he booked us a night stay on Halong Bay, yes we'll be sleeping on the cruise ship on Halong Bay itself, so I'll look forward to that too!

Some photos of Sapa and Halong Bay, not sure if they really look like that in real life though I really hope so!

Rice Terraces in Sapa

Misty Sapa, looking forward to the cool weather!

Halong Bay. Can't believe we'll be spending a night on the waters.

I know Vietnam is not a popular choice to bring babies and toddlers but we'll give it a try and I'll update on how it goes. We shortlisted Krabi, Koh Samui, Langkawi or somewhere in Malaysia but I guess Zai decided to go out of our comfort zone this time.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

My Second

Finally some free time cause Maliq is at my parents' place in JB for the weekend and Maqil's asleep, for now. As some of you already know, I gave birth last month and is now a mother of two. Heh.

I fell sick often during this pregnancy but the labour was way faster than my first one. 6am I felt contractions and Zai started timing them. Didn't have this experience with Maliq as I only felt contractions after the doctor broke my waterbag in the delivery suite. It was painful but bearable still. We decided to go NUH and once we arrived at the delivery suite, I was immediately admitted. I had checkup the day before and was already 3cm dilated. Waited in the delivery suite for 2 hours before I started begging for epidural hahaha by then I was already 6cm dilated and the nurses and my gynae, Dr. Citra were hoping I could just bear the pain without epidural since I survived 6cm of pain and only had 4cm to go, but no. Just give me the pain relief. By 12 plus pm I was already 10cm and ready to push. Pushed a few times before the nurses told me to stop and called for Dr. Citra. Amazingly, I only had to push for like 10 minutes before baby was out at 1.11pm. Amazing because it took me 2 long hours to push Maliq out. :/

And so Maqil Arrazi was born! One day before my EDD. I was hoping that Maliq and Maqil would end up having the same birthday (so I can save on birthday parties and celebrations hahah) but Maqil decided to appear 4 days before Maliq's second birthday. Dr. Citra said my baby was small during the last month of pregnancy and I was a little disappointed? Because Maliq was 3.395kg and I 'aimed' for my second baby to at least hit 3kg. I know as long as they're healthy the weight doesn't matter but it's just personal preference on my part. So the last few weeks of pregnancy I tried to eat salmon, nuts and a lot of food with healthy fats (non healthy fats too which is why I gained almost 20kg again). Between the day I gave birth and now, one month later, a lot happened but I let the pictures to the talking!

Maqil Arrazi 
28 September 2016
1.11 pm

This time we managed to get A class ward, unlike the first time, where all A class wards were occupied. But it was okay cause we got an isolation room in B class so it was still single bedder but we paid B class price heh. This time we almost couldn't get A class ward again but another room was vacant at the last minute. So yay, Zai could bunk in and help me with baby.

Feeling ala ala fine dining. Zai was laughing before this cause he finds it a little over the top haha.

My second boy!

One of the few times both fell asleep at the same time. Lasted 20 minutes probably. :/

Ordered balloons and cake way before I gave birth for Maliq's second birthday. Just a small affair with close families.

First family photo. :)
Maqil's passport photo. Heheh.

Ah well at 8 days old, I panicked cause Maqil got fever. It was midnight and I was alone with him cause Zai went JB. I waited for Zai to reach home, took his temperature and panicked even more when I realised his fever was quite high. Zai went to KKH Children's Emergency and, baby had to spend 5 days there. I didn't take it well, seeing needles and wires on him. Broke down a few times but the doctors were actually nice to make me feel better. Turns out he had a virus which lead to meningitis and affected his brain. Could affect his future developments so, I could only pray that won't happen. :'(

I am exclusively pumping again. I tried breastfeeding but failed, again. My nipples were so sore and they cracked and bled. I just couldn't latch without screaming and groaning in pain. Decided to keep pumping instead but I won't be pumping as much as before cause I think I need my sanity back haha. 

This was 2 days ago.

In other news, I just had my last two wisdom teeth plucked out yesterday because one was biting and cutting my cheek and I'm now on anti-biotics. Doctor advised me to pump and dump my milk so that made me upset a little. I pumped and dumped for longer during Maliq's time and I remember hating it. I mean, it's not that I can't give formula, I'm totally okay with supplementing with formula but it's just a waste of time to pump only to throw it down the sink. Just can't wait to finish off the anti-biotics.

I'm already looking at where to travel in December '16. It'll be our first trip with Maqil and honestly, I am more afraid this time round because of Maqil's medical history. But so far he's okay so, we'll probably go ahead. Thinking of Krabi for now.

Also I'm already thinking about December 17's trip hahhh. Don't be shocked but I'm looking at Norway plus another county (any suggestions???). Yeah the northern light's all the rage now but I won't be going all the way there just for the lights. I don't want to be disappointed in case I don't get to see. Also I checked with the locals on TripAdvisor and realised that the lights will be around no matter what year so going next year would give me a chance to see the lights too. That'll be bonus but I also want to see what the country has to offer. Still researching the feasibility of going with two toddlers and I must admit, the idea, scares me a little so who knows I chicken out haha.

Lastly, just something random I must state here. I'm not a TV kinda person but lately I started watching Suri Hati Mr. Pilot because I find the lead actor quite good looking hahah so superficial. Okay that's all.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Happy News

As some of you have already seen or heard or guessed, I am expecting baby number 2! Hehehe. Maliq will be a big brother soon ya'll, Insya'Allah. I'm more than halfway through and I have to admit, I made the second pregnancy seem like less important than the first. Although, I'm sure that's not the case.

- I don't really keep track how many weeks along I am.
- I don't download all those pregnancy apps.
- I skipped taking supplements more times than the first one.
- I don't avoid caffeine as much as I would like to, unlike the first one.
- I don't apply the stretch marks cream, I hope I won't regret this.
- I don't read/listen to 'pregnancy surahs' as much as I would like to.
- I don't eat as healthy as I should.

I'm feeling a little guilty for being complacent. :(

With the second one on the way, we had to pause our travel plans for now. Not sure until when though. Air tickets for us will be 4 times in 2 years. It's already going to be 3 times soon. The horror.

2016 plans:
March - KL trip
June - Fasting month and Zai couldn't get leave anyway.
September - Giving birth any time.
December - Not sure about bringing a baby (+ a toddler) anywhere far when he/she is only 2 months.
January '17 (during maternity leave) - Maliq will start school by then, but we'll see.

I may consider December or January for somewhere near, depending on how life will be with two kids. Haha. I am already thinking of which far country to go next and it'll probably be more than a year from now. Ho well. Give me some ideas on where to go with a 1 year old and a 3 year old. But then again maybe by then I'll be dead tired to even go anywhere eh? This thought of having two kids scares me quite a bit. Like I said we'll probably go somewhere near first, just to 'test' our endurance level haha. I still want to go Scandinavian and Nordic region but it probably won't be so soon because the kids need to be at least a few years old? And we need to save up? :/ That'll take a few more years. Maldives sound doable though pricey for just one week of stay and not sure if it's safe to bring a running toddler to a water villa.

With the news of the second pregnancy out, I must blog about this other thing because it's been a part of my life for over one year to actually pump 4 to 6 times a day until I stopped recently when I conceived the second one. The plan was to stop gradually over a few months but my pregnancy really decreased my supply significantly so it was quite a fast and painless (thankfully) process to stop pumping fully. Half of me was happy that I got my freedom back (yay!). It was kind of dreadful to lug my heavy pump and bottles whenever I had to be out of the house for more than 6 hours. I never get to carry my smaller bags just because I needed to fit my pumps and bottles in. Not to mention, some places don't even have any proper place for me to pump, I resorted to toilets a number of times. Zai would have to wait 20 minutes for me to be done. It was quite a hassle but I did it without complaints anyway because I rather go through the inconveniences than to battle with mastitis, engorgement and fever. Been through all that and really not pleasant. However, all these may start again soon if I choose to exclusive pump again for the second one. Which I have yet to decide.

Although I got my freedom back, we now have to spend quite a lot on milk powder (Zai is handling the buying part hehe). Maliq relies on milk still cause he doesn't really eat as much as I think he should.

Since I didn't go anywhere during the June break, I felt very productive spring cleaning the house! Like finally I can just spend hours clearing the wardrobe, store room, shelves, shoe racks. When else can I have the luxury of time to sleep late and do just that. The previous few holiday breaks were all spent on going on trips that by the time we were back, it was time to go back to work.

Also, I renovated both bathrooms during the June break and survived the noise and dust during the entire bathroom renovation process! The bathrooms are done now and I love them so much more than before because on top of being meh looking (ugly beige floor tiles what do you think?), the HDB tiles really do stain easily.

It wasn't an easy process looking for suitable tiles. We went to Hafary, Soon Bee Huat and White Horse Ceramics. I thought it would be easy cause I already knew what I wanted. But whatever I wanted turned out to be the smooth and a little slippery kind. I realised all those nice pictures of bathrooms I see on Pinterest are actually bathrooms with wet and dry area. Since I don't really have a dry area except for a very small area in the master bedroom bathroom as I have a glass partition there, it was quite a challenge to find a nice looking with rough surface tile.

 I really liked this but the hefty price tag made me not get this. This was like 5 times more expensive than the plain white one. Now I'm kinda regretting because this would stand out and look so much better next to the white tiles instead of the plain white one I chose in the end.

I liked this too. Best part was, this was not slippery so perfect! But it went out of stock. -.-

I managed to get two types of tiles for both bathroom floors at Soon Bee Huat after much thought of whether they'll end up nice. HOWEVER, one of them (pictured above) went out of stock a day before the reno was supposed to start. I didn't want to delay the reno because I really wanted everything to finish during the two weeks that I was not working. So I went online to search for anything that I could find, called a few tile shops then I remembered my sister worked in a construction and design company. I got her to check if the company has the kinda tiles I wanted and she came back with a sample! Okay, the tiles turned out to be the slippery kind but I was desperate so I just went ahead with it thinking that I'll just treat the floor with an anti slip treatment to make it less slippery. But when the tiles were done, the grouting made it less slippery so I decided not to do the anti-slip treatment in the end. Yay!

Subway tiles for master bedroom bathroom walls. Changed the mirror too. The basin, cabinet and hanging lamp were already there since last year's reno though.

Herringbone pattern for master bedroom bathroom floor. Despite warnings from the contractors that the water won't be able to flow to the drain properly with this grouting pattern, I went ahead and had no regrets! Been using for two weeks now and no problems with water pooling at all.

Also changed my shower head to the rain shower at a steal cause this was on sale. Only $100+ for one whole set when the rest averages about $300+.

Honeycomb tiles for common bathroom floor. This is the last minute one I got via my sister. Turned out okay in the end though it's grey just like the other bathroom. Wanted something very different for both but it's okay.

Honeycomb tiles for a small strip of wall in the common bathroom. Out of all the tiles we got, I like this the least cause it just didn't turn out as nice. I got this to replace a strip of green mosaic tiles from HDB. Like I said, the 5 times more pricey one would probably look better.

I think I got a good deal paying about $4k for the bathrooms. I asked around and most charged me $5k to $6k. I saved a bit too cause I didn't change my main wall tiles in the common toilet.

Raya's in a week and I am looking forward to the long weekend thanks to Youth Day, to actually run errands and clean the house. Not like there will be anyone coming except probably a few cousins and some friends in the second or third week maybe. But it'll be nice to 'dress up' the house once in a while. Got a few things from KMart Australia via a third party but they'll only reach after raya. And I am patiently waiting for Smeg small electricals like the kettle and toaster to reach Singapore cause they're oh so cute. Heh.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Hey So Black

So since we have no plans to travel far this year (you'll know why soon), I have decided to treat myself to a Chanel So Black Chevron in Medium (!!!). Okay well, I didn't really want to get it. I mean, I wanted to but I didn't think I should. Plus it's no longer selling at the boutiques and I don't usually buy things from a third party store because of the authenticity issues and the preference of wanting to get something brand new myself.

Then Zai found the So Black selling on Reebonz Closet, the buy-sell platform on Reebonz where I could purchase from other sellers instead of from Reebonz direct. Well this person was selling it brand new (the protective sticker still on the CC logo), so tempting yes? I thought for days before deciding that I should NOT get it but Zai said he'll sponsor me almost half. So tempting yes?! So it's like a push gift, birthday gift, anniversary gift and Mother's Day gift all in one. I don't mind one present for all the special days if the present is this big la. Hehehhaha. Anyway, I would have preferred the Jumbo that was also selling by another seller but the Jumbo was not brand new (I just have a thing for brand new things). So I settled for the medium.

I was super paranoid over the authenticity issue what with the "super fakes" around. I got Reebonz to authenticate the bag although it cost me a few hundred bucks. Still not entirely convinced (because I read and from my sister's experience Reebonz authentication services cannot be 100% trusted), I made several calls to Chanel boutiques to compare the style number on the receipt with the bag's actual style number, just to make sure. And well they matched. The seller even gave me the whole set of paper bag, camellia flower, dust bag, cleaning cloth, and even the sales assistant name card from Chanel MBS where she got the bag from last year. So I am finally convinced it is authentic, hah.

The chevron version is slightly different from the diamond quilted version. The chevron's black hardware is shiny whereas the diamond quilted is matte. I would prefer the matte but I prefer chevron to the diamond quilted anyway. I'm just worried I won't be able to maintain the leather well.

Also, we plan to do up our toilets' tiles before raya and I'm quite excited. When we renovated our BTO a year plus back, we didn't really do much to do the toilets. We wanted to save cost cause we didn't want to take up renovation loan. Now the floor tiles that HDB gave us is an eyesore because the stains are so hard to get rid of, so I decided to change the tiles!

Zai didn't agree at first but I managed to psycho him to agree. Haha! So now I'm looking at all the nice pictures of toilets online, going for the Scandinavian look to match the rest of my not so Scandinavian home. But you know la, it may not turn out as Scandinavian as it should be also. Design wise, I'm leaning towards the honeycomb or subway tiles in herringbone patterns. Practicality wise, still have no idea what kind of tiles are low maintenance, not slippery, won't stain easily and best for toilets. :/ I realised that the subway and honeycomb tiles mostly have a smooth finish which are slippery. The rough surfaces ones are all quite ugly. Some people don't mind the floor to be a little slippery but I don't want to risk it and I don't want to be responsible for anyone's injury in future. So, more window shopping for tiles soon!

Some inspirations:

Totally digging the black hardware look in the toilet too not just on my bag haha.

Lastly, Maliq had completed his first term with MyGym. We signed up two terms for him so we have one more term to go! Some days he cooperated and there were days he didn't. But I myself enjoy his MyGym sessions so I don't mind going another term. I just signed him up for PlayDate SG story telling sessions after his MyGym is over so, I hope he'll look forward to that!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Eat, Talk and Play

realised I have a few saved drafts which never got published. Here's an attempt to revive this space.

Between the last entry and now, a few significant things have happened but right now, we're surveying schools for Maliq and we have somewhat decided on our school of choice. Yay. We only considered a few schools and went to two schools before deciding on one. I'm not that worried about the separation anxiety (he doesn't seem to mind if I'm not around -.-), but I'm worried about his short attention span and the need for things to go his way. He won't start until next year January though and we've also not registered yet. Soon. By the time January 2017 comes, he'll be 2 years and 2 months. Too young for school I think but nowadays, kids go to school at an even younger age. :/ Plus, I need to give my mom a break for a few hours every day. Haha.

He's attending MyGym now though and I guess it's a good platform for him to learn to follow instructions although at times he still won't but he's not the only one. Thinking if I should continue with it after the two terms we signed up for is over. I'm also planning to register him for a reading class with PlayDate after MyGym is over. Just some story telling fun not that he'll learn how to read in case you think I'm such a tiger mom haha. I'm not. I think I have a lot to do before I can call myself one. Though hopefully he'll learn something from it.

Maliq's still not really talking at almost 19 months. He can say a few words but I'm not that worried yet because I know some of his peers are also still not talking. The thing that makes me worried every time is that he always refuses to eat. Haish, until when wanna drink milk and just eat biscuits Maliq? I'm hoping this phase will be over soon. 

Also, to those people who assured me that he would sleep through the night at 6 months onwards, I'm still waiting for that day now and he's almost 19 months already. Every night he'll still cry for milk at least twice. I'm still wondering when will we ever get uninterrupted sleep. 

Oh yeah, he's still afraid to walk barefoot on the sand the last time we went to the beach. :P Maybe we should bring him to the beach more? KL trip with our good friend was good! We enjoyed ourselves at this indoor playground at Mid Valley, Kids E World. Meant for toddlers but made us adults happy too haha. The playground caters to toddlers more than to big kids so our toddlers really had a great time. The fact that we could enter and exit as many times as we wish during the entire day, made it so worth it! But then, we got tired after a few hours anyway.

Okay some photos for memories sake!

He managed to walk on the sand in the end but can see he was cringing haha.

The indoor playground at Mid Valley I was saying.

We tried Makisan and I couldn't resist a fried sushi!

Overrun for Chendol ice cream was good on a hot day.

Yesterday during his usual playground session.

MyGym session!

This is random but I find Hermes Lindy casual and nice but for some reason, I probably won't get it. Hmm...

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Dubai with a Baby

Dubai felt just like Singapore so Dubai with a baby was quite easy although anywhere with baby will never be as easy as without. The shopping centres had nursing rooms and almost everywhere was stroller friendly. I didn't wanna go Dubai because the only thing that attracted me was the desert and variety of halal food. But Zai insisted on going to one more city after Greece. We had 5 more days to go somewhere not too cold for baby so we decided on Dubai. We could have chosen Turkey but 5 days wouldn't be enough. It was pretty much a laid back trip with lots of food!

We stayed at Ibis next to the Mall of the Emirates so we went there every day. It was so big they had almost all the brands I could think of there but of course Dubai Mall was even bigger.

Basically we went to:
- Dubai Mall
- Mall of the Emirates
- Jumeira Beach
- Gold and Spice Souks
- Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi
- Desert Safari

And some other places in Abu Dhabi when we followed the tour group. Didn't take many photos but here are some:

Our decent hotel room. They allowed us to check in early but no double bed was available.

First on the list, Shake Shack! Yum but expensive.

Public toilet all clean and nice.

Wish we could just keep walking to nowhere but our driver was waiting haha.

Not that interested in the performances and dinner but it was part of the package. Though the belly dancing was not bad heh.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi

Trying out saffron ice cream in hot winter.

Crossing the creek on the abra.

Won't say they're super cheap but you gotta know how to bargain.

Jumeira Beach on the last day.

Was initially afraid the dune bashing would be too dangerous with Maliq but the hotel guy told us it was quite safe so we gave it a go and got upgraded to the Hummer (I think because it's more stable with a baby on board). There were 6 of us in the Hummer including 4 other Hungarians who were nice. I was hoping Maliq wouldn't make a scene during the dune bashing, thankfully he didn't! He even fell asleep so yeah it was indeed safe for the baby. I guess it also depends on the driver? Part of me felt bad the Hungarians won't get to enjoy the dune bashing with a baby but it was not totally boring la I mean there were some parts we felt like the Hummer would tip over. I must admit it gave me headaches though.

We ate a lot there, something which we looked forward to after endless seafood and bread in Greece.

We tried:
- Shake Shack
- Din Tai Fung
- Outback Steakhouse
- P.F. Chang China Bistro
- Cheesecake Factory
- International House of Pancakes (IHOP)
- Some other random and food court food.

All was nice but the Outback Steakhouse was quite meh. Think we spent the bulk of our money on food alone hah. Some boutiques were on 40% off so I got myself the Bermuda jelly flats from Salvatore at a steal! Was tempted by the Ginny bag which was on 40% off too but it'll probably be under utilized. I need a Ju Ju Be more haha.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Athens with a Baby

After our romantic relaxing trip in Santorini, we moved to Athens. Think we spent quite a number of days there cause we had a lot of free time to window shop and just walk around the tourist area. I actually planned for us to go to more places in Athens but decided not to go to a few of them because with a baby, we wanted to take it slow. We didn't mind since we're not so much of a Greek history fan anyway.

We stayed in Plaka, a very popular and touristy area but hotel rate was not expensive still, maybe because there were a lot of hotels there. Our hotel was spacious and had a view of the Parthenon from the rooftop bar. It was a great choice cause it was a walking distance to almost every where we needed to go that we didn't even have to take the Metro. Every day we would walk pass shops like Zara, Bershka, Pull & Bear, Pandora, Adidas, Nike, Birkenstock, H&M, Mango, Tiger (a cute shop I first went in Amsterdam) and more so sometimes we ended up buying more than we should BUT it was still lesser than our honeymoon trip where we spent on really baseless things. Heh. Lucky the luxury brands were situated somewhere further so it was quite a walk away and we didn't have to walk past them every day (so the temptation was lesser). Our hotel was also near rows of street shops selling no-brand stuff like souvenirs, clothes and shoes so we walked a lot there and bought some stuff too. It was also near the Parthenon, but it was quite a walk so we covered that during our hop-on-hop-off bus tour.

This was our initial plan:

Day 1: Island Hop
Day 2: Day Trip
Day 3: Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour
Day 4: Walk and Shop
Day 5: Half a Day Trip + Walk and Shop
Day 6: Free and Easy

But we decided not to go to the day trips and ended up replacing both day trips with just walking and shopping. Nothing much to shop though, not like in London or Paris, or even Amsterdam. So we always ended up in the hotel early to rest, change Maliq's diaper, express milk and out again for dinner. It was really laid back. Hopefully I won't regret missing out on the day trips. :/ So far, no regrets yet haha.

We went to three islands, Hydra, Poros and Aegina during the island hop. They sold the cruise tickets every where with those exact same islands but we got our tickets from our hotel. Being in a ferry with a baby was bearable since there it was spacious and he could roam around. The staff also loved him so he was carried every where, even crying and throwing tantrums when they passed him back to us, his parents. My son sometimes forget that he's our son. -.- After the island hopping, we realised Maliq just wouldn't sit still so being in a bus for three hours plus would be too much for him and we didn't want to endure that. We did take the bus for an hour when we were in Aegina island but he fell asleep so that was easy for us to handle.

The islands were somewhere between nice and okay. I think because they were not as pretty as Santorini (of course). Hydra was the prettiest with no vehicles on the island at all (except for an ambulance). Poros was small and just okay. Aegina was nice because they had more shops and the Temple of Aphaia there (somehow related to the Parthenon).

Took train from airport to hotel which made us quite tired after lugging the heavy luggage.

Our decent hotel room, even comes with a bathtub. 

Shopping street we walked past every day. 

Island of Hydra.

Island of Poros.

Island of Aegina.

We decided to see the other attractions in Athens on the hop-on-hop-off bus. We didn't stop at every stop, only chose those we were interested in. We got another day for free so we did this over two days at our own sweet time.

On the bus! Cold so we moved down after this haha.

The Parthenon.

View from the Acropolis.

Arch of Hadrian.

Temple of Zeus.

 Panathenaic Stadium.

Look who's number 1!

We didn't go anywhere else much. As usual, every where we went we would always go to that country's Hard Rock Cafe. They didn't have one in Santorini but we went to one in Athens which happened to be so near our hotel, yay. Hmm what else? The luxury brands didn't carry an extensive variety of things and some don't even have their own store, but have authorised sellers instead. Food wise, no halal food in the touristy area. There are a few halal restaurants quite far away though. BUT! We ate at this Indian restaurant for a few times cause their food was oh so yummy, nicer than the ones in Singapore. I was told it is partial halal, such that only the lamb is halal so we had butter lamb, lamb masala, prawn briyani, lamb tikka. Sedap okay! 

Hard Rock Cafe Athens

They like to grill their fish whole with just salt and pepper and some other seasonings.

Flea market but I've been to better ones in other European cities though.

My baby bored waiting heh.

Scored a Celine Luggage in cobalt blue in Athens but not my first choice of colour to be honest. Was deciding between the micro and mini too, so hard to decide cause the price difference was not a lot. Ended up with micro against Zai's advice haha. Overall a laid back trip, probably because we skipped the day trips to the ancient ruins of some Greek history monuments and took our own sweet time to visit everything else. Next and last post for our winter holiday, will be of Dubai!