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Taiwan Holidays


We have just returned from holidaying:)



Statue of Liberty. Hmm..USA? Nope. We did not go to USA. We thought we had our western experience to Australia last year and this year we want to have a taste of the East. So we went on a free and easy trip to Taiwan:)  

What I love about free and easy tour is that we can customise our itinerary to satisfy all young and old in the family:) Though it means spending some time researching, planning and even covering the minute details of which driver to engage beforehand or alternatively finding which transport line to take to our destinations in Taiwan. At the end, it actually costs a little more than package tour (cause we got ourselves a personal tour guide cum driver) but we maximise our time there and appreciate the destinations better especially when I have read about them before we arrive.

It was a really relaxing time, being the first time that I could leave home without having to worry about office. Would have been there longer if not because Brendan needs to attend a ceremony.

We have gone on quite a number of local tours and invitations after we returned from Taiwan and have not been free to share our heaps of latest fun in this blog space. Will be  sharing our exciting Taiwan tours and (also our local tours) as soon as I could spare the time. Stay tune! Yuki is sick and so it is pup caring time….

Meanwhile, see below for our Taiwan trip itinerary (free and easy) which I will post our travel stories soon:) Stay tune!




Day 1

1) Flight to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport 2) Tamshui/Danshui old street and waterfront (Taipei) 3) Fisherman’s Wharf /Lover’s Bridge (Taipei) 4) Ximending (Taipei)

Day 2

1) Pingxi 2) Shifen 3) Ruifang 4) Jiufen 5) Gold Ecological Park 6) Golden Waterfall 7) Nanya 8) Yangmingshan National Park 9)Xin Beitou

Day 3

1) Presidential Palace (Taipei) 2) Daxi flower bed (Taoyuan) 3) Daxi Bridge (Taoyuan), 4) Futian Garden Farm (Daxi, Taoyuan) 5) Mount Jiaoban Villa park (Jiaobanshan) 6) Mount Jiaoban mystery tunnel (Jiaobanshan) 7) Fuxing Youth Activity Center (Jiaobanshan) 8) Playground at Daxi 9) Cihu Mausoleum (Taoyuan) 10) Daxi Old Street 11) Sanxia Old Street 12) Restaurant Five Dime (Taipei) 13) Miramar Ferris Wheel (Taipei)

Day 4

1) Window On China (Taoyuan) 2) Leofoo Hotel (Taoyuan) 3) Longtan weird house 4) Long Tan Da Chi (Taoyuan) 5) Shimen Dam (Taoyuan) 6) Shimen coffee house 7) Yangmingshan Geothermal Valley or Hell Valley (Taipei) 8) Xin Beitou MRT ride 9) Shilin Night Market (Taipei)

Day 5

1) Maokong Gondola (Taipei) 2) Taipei Zoo 3) Taipei 101 4) Din Tai Fung (Taipei) 5) Bo Pi Liao Old Street In Manka (Taipei) 6) Huaxi Street Night Market (Taipei) 7) Vigor Kobo (Taipei) 8) Miniature Museum of Taiwan (Taipei) 9) Wu Fen Pu Garment Wholesale Market (Taipei) 10) Raohe Night Market 11) Red House, Ximending (Taipei)

Day 6

1) Tamshui/Danshui (Taipei) Little White House 2) Tamshui/ Danshui (Taipei) Fort San Domingo 3) Tamsui/Danshui (Taipei) Itteki Memorial House 4) National Palace Museum (Taipei) 5) Martyrs’ Shrine (Taipei) 6) Modern Toilet Restaurant (Taipei) 7)  Chiang Kai-Shek memorial hall (Taipei) 8) 228 Peace Memorial Park (Taipei) 9) Coastal drive to Taiwan International Taoyuan Airport 10) Flight Home


We are posting our day to day adventure. Do click on links to view more:) Updating of links is in progress.

Bringing Kids On A Long Car Ride


Bringing children on a long distance ride is not that easy as parents would know.

First, we need to work out a long ”to bring” list.

Next, we have to worry if the baggages would exceed the permitted baggage weight if we travel by plane.

Then, we have to keep our fingers crossed that our children would get used to the mode of transport or bear with the long travelling distance by thinking how we could keep them entertained or comfortable on the trip.

Haiz…then there is this ruling by certain airports on food ban. So, what happen if we cannot bring along the food that our kids depend on most?

In a way, travelling by car is easier for us as we pack our large luggages into our car (without having to worry about the weight) and can bring along the kids’ pillows, toys and favourite food too *haha*.

When our kids need a little stretching, it is more convenient to stop our car too.


Usually, when go on holidays by car, we make sure we have these factors well taken care of.




1. Comfort

It is important to keep  the kids comfortable on a long distance trip.

- Shawl/cloth/blanket - keep the kids warm and block out the sun.

- Cushions/pillows - allow the kids to have a good sleep or rest along the way.

- Sunglasses/caps - protect our kids from those scorching sun that can be unbearable in the afternoon.

- Socks - when the weather gets cold.




2. Navigation

We have our friendly GPS that help us get to our destination smoothly without much hiccups and delay




3. Food and Water

Bread, biscuits, titbits or even candies can help fill our kids’ stomach if there are no eateries along the way or to save time in order to cut down the time of travelling for the kids.  We usually bring along water bottles of water and also packets of milk/milo for our kids. Sometimes, however, it is not about hunger. Titbits and candies can calm down our irritable kids especially on a long distance ride.


4. Entertainment

There are several ways to keep our kids entertained along the way. We either allow them to bring along the electronic games or we have a little sing together session or we tell some of our younger days stories to our kids. When we stop for a little break, our kids entertained themselves by watching DVDs or step out to have a stretching exercise.


5. Personal Hygiene

Along the way, it could be difficult to source for a washroom. We usually encourage our kids to drink more water 2 hours before we take off and less on the way. It can be disturbing for daddy and mommy if our kids pester to convenience themselves when there is no washroom in the vicinity. We have with us water, small bottles of handsoap and hand sanitiser too. It is common for young kids to soil themselves along the way and so we have wet tissues to clean or freshen them up.


I am thankful that our two boys love travelling by plane as they get fully occupied with the on flight games and video programmes.  They are also used to travelling long distance by car as long as they have their comfortable cushions and food:)

Nothing Can Beat That Sleep



Our little one dozing off in the middle of a KTV session in Batam, Indonesia:)

 Nothing can beat that precious sleep.

The loud noise and music in the karaoke room, the fun, the food and the company could not prevent our little one from dozing off into his slumberland.

Hee…I am amused by this photo.

One moment, our little one was fighting with us over the microphone enthusiastically and singing “Old MacDonald had farm, E-I-E-I-O ….with a moo moo here and a moo moo there…….”.  Then, suddenly, it became oink oink here and oink oink there because soon within minutes, he was sleeping like a pig. Completely quiet……

Haha! He must have been terrified by the other 3 croaking creatures in a confined room that he chose to Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz….. *oink oink*.

Good night baby *grin*.

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