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Triplets Fun in Catalina Island Restaurants

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Triplets Fun in Catalina Island Restaurants

Although we booked a mini suite with full service kitchenette, I was tired of cooking on the second day. Yet the internet and WIFI were in dinosaur age, so we gave up yelping reviews. We went out on the street aimlessly and came across Antonio's Pizzeria along the beach. OMG IT IS SUCH A HIDDEN TREASURE! The alfresco outdoor beach view dining is such a good experience. The kids love it too! At one point, the kids were so happily (and nosily) cheeping away while Daddy was trying to shoot the leftover bread crumb at the seagulls, everyone was at their all time high mood. But I just zone out, as I couldn't handle all of their excitement anymore, LOL!

Oh we pass by an ice cream shop in the evening and the kids got free (adult size) ice cream, because it's their birthday! It's such a huge ball of ice cream for their little mouths, LOL!

ANTONIO'S PIZZERIA

LLOYD'S OF AVALON CONFECTIONERY

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Giant Beach Chair and Sand Castle!

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Giant Beach Chair and Sand Castle!

We went to the beach everyday while we were on the island, as the kids just love love love digging and building sand castle. They won't get tired or bored of it, and simply enjoy running the sands through their fingers and toes. I was also enjoying my mini indulgence treats on the beach while the kids played. On the first day, I bought a huge white chocolate coated ice cream cone and drank a mini bottle of sweet moscato wine, followed by a cat nap on the beach. On the second day, I bought a fancy caramel apple, munching it with the sea breeze. On the third day... oh boy, I can't remember, we were catching the afternoon ferry back, so the morning beach trip was short, but the kids had fun with the sand again. And I found this giant beach chair/deck for photo shoot, the kids climbed excitedly on it as if they are the newly promoted ship captains, LOL!

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Triplets Golf Cart Escape?!

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Triplets Golf Cart Escape?!

You must be kidding, people don't drive normal cars here (Catalina Island). They drive golf carts. Seriously? Yupe, that was my cynical thoughts initially, but hey, it's a tiny island with steep curvy tiny roads. Normal cars won't work here, only golf carts work! We got used to the slow "golf course" lifestyle by the second day and on our last day, we rented a cart and roamed around the island on it. Oh boy, it's so exciting! You can't imagine how exciting a tiny golf cart can be right? But it's certainly a MUST-TRY on this island and definitely worth it!

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Triplets Best Submarine Ever!

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Triplets Best Submarine Ever!

On the Triplets' 5th birthday, we went for a semi submarine ride at Catalina Island! We come face-to-face with abundant marine life by cruising five feet under water in a spacious, climate-controlled cabin. All of us have our own seat and port hole and we’re free to roam about the cabin, and even out in the sun - up on the submarine!
We saw an incredible array of undersea dwellers: bright orange garibaldi, spotted calico bass, urchins, corals, just to name a few. This is more than a tour; it’s an undersea adventure!

SEMI SUBMARINE

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Triplets First Catalina Flyer Ferry Ride

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Triplets First Catalina Flyer Ferry Ride

We heard so much about the hidden secret vacation destination - Catalina Island, that only the local SOCAL (south California) people know, so without further adieu, here we go for this wonderful vacation (as well as to celebrate the triplets' 5th birthday)! The 1 hour ferry ride from Newport Beach - Balboa Pier was unexpectedly fun as we spotted dolphins along the way. There were 3 decks to choose from, and we slowly progressed from the top to bottom as it was just too chilly in the morning. The kids were super excited, They refused to leave the deck and wanna watched the waves splashing against the ferry. The view was magnificence, and the sea was unbelievably blue. It's just so unreal, yet it's REAL! 
Upon reaching, we saw big orange Garibaldi damsel fish swimming near the shore! Stay tuned for the rest of our Catalina Island adventure videos!

CATALINA FLYER FERRY

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Triplets Sailing in The Car?!

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Triplets Sailing in The Car?!

We were on our way to Catalina Island by ferry and our car experienced the ferry ride prior to us, haha! This special auto ferry let us drive on (in our car!) and get us across the sea to Balboa pier in a short cut route instead of going via bridges which increases the travelling distance to 6 miles! While the adults (and our car) enjoyed the scenic crossing and old fashion classic pier charm, the kids are busy discussing grammar and spotting seagulls, LOL!   
AUTO FERRY

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First Cruise Adventure!

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First Cruise Adventure!

Singaporeans love cruises, regardless of age or race, that's because, the island is too small and we need to GET OUT, by cars, planes or ships, ANYTHING, LOL. 5 meals/buffets per day, shows, playground, karaoke, pools, casinos, sun bathing, it's like a staycation on a luxury ship. The kids had their first cruise experience on board StarCruises Gemini with their grandparents and cousins, and we celebrated their granny's birthday and Christmas "on the sea", what an adventure!!!

STAR CRUISES

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First Beach Vacation in Asia

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First Beach Vacation in Asia

Triplets return to their hometown Singapore in South East Asia! It's their first trip back to tropical Singapore and we brought them to the neighboring Bintan Beach Resort for a fun-filled sunny weekend! Giant monitor lizards roam outside our villa, baby elephant lazing around the beach and we took a "dangerous" speed boat ride to a "kelong" in the middle of the sea for a sumptuous seafood lunch! Yummy! The trio had fun in a private pool with a giant slide all to ourselves and we swam everyday!

Roger and I had a relaxing Javanese couple massage in a local spa. We missed it sooooo much, the tropical spa decor, incense aromatherapy and after message ginger tea. What a relief from the bustling city life and hectic schedule, and of course, some precious quiet moment for us. We will definitely come back again, for another weekend getaway!

VENUE http://bintan-resorts.com/

HOTEL http://www.nirwanagardens.com/

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World's Best Rainforest Zoo

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World's Best Rainforest Zoo

The Singapore Zoo!!! Ranked world's best rainforest zoo, the best zoo in Asia and #5 best zoo in the world! Woohoo! The triplets finally visited their home country and of course, we went to the Singapore zoo! How can we miss it right?!

Singapore Zoo has been known for having among the most beautiful wildlife park settings in the world, where animals roam freely in open and naturalistic habitats. 

Highlights of the day is none other than the Fragile Forest! In fact, we wandered into this piece of haven unknowingly. The kids were studying the map earlier on and wanted to see the flying fox, but we were lost and walked aimlessly. Soon after we entered this enclosed forest, we saw flying foxes soaring freely, mousedeers treading gingerly across our path, and Madagascar's ring-tailed lemurs basking on the open sundeck!! I touched the lemur's tail and boy, it's so soft!

Oh, and the huge water play area is an added bonus. Little ones had so much fun at the Rainforest Kidzworld despite of light rain, as they enjoyed splashing fun time at the wet play area.

We took the tram rides and caught most of the animal-shows too! Polar bears, elephants, monkeys, birds, and even domestic animals (dogs!)

What a fun fun zoo day, will definitely be back whenever we visit Singapore!

CAST: Winnie Triplets (Asher, Brayden, Charlotte), their uncle Alex and his 2 adorable kids Owen and Megan.

SINGAPORE ZOO  http://www.zoo.com.sg

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街头粉笔画

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街头粉笔画

上周末,我们开了两小时的车到毗邻的聖圣塔芭芭拉市度假。这风景宜人的沿海小镇让我想起了多年前郑秀文与任贤齐合演的《夏日么么茶》,真是太有特设了。镇上有座历史悠久,成立于1786年的修道院,我们前去参观时,还有幸地碰到一年一度的街头粉彩节。来自世界各地的画家聚集在这古色古香的修道院前,忙着用最原始的粉笔在街道上作画。街头粉笔画在狮城并不普遍,所以我们对这门艺术既感到陌生又好奇。

其实街头粉彩是意大利的传统艺术,早在十六十七世纪便盛行,沉静了一段时间后,又于七八十年代复兴。我在脸书上就常看到朋友们分享的立体街头彩绘,现在可以亲眼看到画家们作画,真是太幸运了。主办单位还特设了儿童画画区,让小朋友们在柏油路上绘画。爸爸牵着三宝贝们,小心翼翼地边走边看画,他们也兴奋地指出画中的人物与物品如公主、马、星星等。不过,街头粉笔画虽然漂亮但不易保存,路人若不小心搭到或下雨了,辛辛苦苦画的作品便会被破坏。就算没有破坏或擦掉它,随着时间过去,彩绘也会淡化消失。所以作品完成后,大家都忙着拍照留念。有人就这么说过:“粉笔画就像人生,很多很美丽的东西都很短暂,更教人珍惜。”愿我们都懂得珍惜眼前的一切,享受这一刻这一秒的美好吧。

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赌场风云

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赌场风云

我俩是疯了吧,竟斗胆带着三个两岁调皮期的孩子,开五小时的车,穿过一望无尽的沙漠,到举世闻名的赌城 —拉斯维加斯!由于家婆刚回国,就只剩我与老公带孩子,所以这项旅程考验了我俩的实力与耐性。第一天早上八点,我们便动身启程,由于我这三宝贝即好动又好玩,所以我们沿路安排了有趣的休息站,好让他们能舒舒胫骨,下车游玩。而在车上,我们也准备了零食、卡通片、游戏机、玩具、牛奶等,所以连续驾驶一两个小时都没问题。

一到维城,我俩好像乡巴佬似的,哇哇哇个不停。这世界第一赌城的美誉还真的是名至实归!开往旅馆时,我们对着一路的世界顶尖度假酒店和一流的娱乐设施赞叹不已。什么狮城的金沙、澳门的赌场,都望尘莫及。单单酒店与赌场的建筑本身就已让人叹为观止,有童话城堡、埃及金字塔、巴黎铁塔、古罗马斗兽场、甚至还有自由女神!而我们住宿的旅馆更以马戏游乐场为主题,一到晚上,霓虹灯亮起,五光十色,漂亮极了。难怪维城每年能够吸引一千多万名游客慕名而来。

我们原以为在豪华赌城的开销一定很高,但这是我们有生以来,最便宜的旅程。五星级的旅馆一晚住宿34美元,还赠送餐饮娱乐折扣优惠券,每半小时有免费的马戏表演,三天两夜的旅馆费不到100美元!这真是太神奇了!

这世界顶级的赌城,不只是成人的欲望城市,也是小孩的游乐天堂。大街上,壮观的酒店与赌场相对斗气派,各个酒店为了吸引旅客,都推出举家游玩的节目与设施,如游乐园、水族馆、音乐喷泉、等。而我们住宿的酒店更提供精彩的家庭娱乐活动,所以还没踏出酒店,不一会儿功夫已让宝贝们累得倒在套房的舒适大床上呼呼大睡。

等到宝宝们午觉醒来,太阳已下山,霓虹灯随即亮起,比白天的景色更迷人。我们拖着宝宝推车,在繁华的拉斯维加斯大道上散步。走着走着,来到了巨大的M&M’s巧克力豆模型与广告牌脚下,才发现走到了著名的M&M’s旗舰店——“M&M’s世界 ”。五层楼的商店,足足象个展览馆,什么稀奇古怪的限量版口味都有,还有巧克力豆玩具与商品。三宝贝来到这如梦幻城的商店,比先前看到酒店大厅的绚丽老虎机更为兴奋,这里摸一摸,那里碰一碰,还哭着要买新奇的巧克力豆玩具。折腾了一番,我与老公买了玩具后连忙“逃”出商店,一致决定还是逛街看橱窗就好了,哈哈。维城真是个诱人的不夜城,夜深了还是一片繁华喧闹,而我们随处闲逛,竟没发现已将近凌晨。

度过了精彩的三天两夜,我们依依不舍地离开。老公说这么好玩的城市,我们一定要再来!

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可怕的旅程

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可怕的旅程

在我们举家搬迁来美国的旅途上,除了三个刚满一岁不会行走的宝宝,还有十一件行李、一只狗、和三台手推婴儿安全坐椅。所有最麻烦携带的都挤在同一个长途航班旅程。我的天啊,那时我们真的是豁出去了,现在回想起来还触目惊心。

凑巧的是,上个月与前同事在网上联系时,才得知他的友人刚巧也乘搭同一班飞往洛杉矶的班机,对我们印象极为深刻,更感叹道:"那对父母实在是太辛苦了!"

其实,除了我与老公还有随行帮忙的家婆辛苦外,可爱的韩国空中小姐们更是使劲了法宝来逗宝宝。她们一会儿拿出点心与玩具,一会儿唱歌,一会儿帮忙哄 抱,更破例让我们把哭得唏哩哗啦的宝宝带进她们的工作室以防吵到其他乘客。大韩航空无微不致的服务真是令人赞叹不已,而机上的韩国乘客们更是好得没话说。 他们不但没埋怨宝宝们吵闹,更主动伸出援手。还记得我在机上睡醒时,赫然发现二儿子趴在邻座韩国阿姨的身上呼呼大睡,原来是老公太累了,昏睡时差点把宝宝 掉在地上,所以好心的阿姨便帮忙抱宝宝,让老公能好好睡一觉。

抵达洛城机场后,热心的地勤人员便搬忙推行李,让我们通过特别关卡,不需排队,轻易的便完成了入境手续。一天一夜的可怕旅程终于结束了,真是哈利路亚!

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Triplets and Dog Tour Big Bear Lake

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Triplets and Dog Tour Big Bear Lake

We went for a stroll along Big Bear Lake and what a breathtaking view! Asher stood by the railing, enjoying the scenery while in deep thoughts (LOL), Brayden was more interested with the planks and Charlotte grabbed Cola's lease happily.

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