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Most of you will know I’ve lived in a London for years and South Kensington was one of my favourite places to reside. When planning our trip to England I was determined to find somewhere in the area so we could finally experience it with our children. I’m so happy we came across The Montana Hotel, a cozy and welcoming hotel located right at the heart of South Kensington. The Victorian building gives a true British feeling throughout and their spacious rooms are ideal for families. We were in easy walking distance to The Natural History Museum, Kensington Gardens, and plenty of local pubs and restaurants. If you crave Indian food as much as we do while visiting London, make sure to check out their in house restaurant, Light of India. The staff was welcoming and helpful and we could not have had a more comfortable stay. A perfect option for families looking for affordable, spacious rooms and amazing location.

May 13, 2019 0 comment
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Thoughts and ramblings from the heart. #notmypresident #nobannowall
My parents were young immigrants who travelled to California where I was born. My mother was pregnant with me at the age of 20, and determined to have her daughter in this foreign land where everything seemed possible. My father worked as a waiter at a 24 hour Chinese restaurant to buy the one bedroom house they were barely able to afford, but he looks back fondly at this time with anecdotes of torn shoes and late shifts. They were dreamers in love and America offered them a sanctuary. Although their marriage did not work, their adventurous spirit led both my brother and I to be born and raised in the United States. Both of us consider ourselves American having called it home for most of our lives. My mother wanted us to have as much opportunity as possible and believed America would offer us better education, more freedom during our childhood, and prosperous career possibilities in our later life. She moved away from the only home she knew in Taiwan, away from the security of family to become a single mother in a land of opportunity. She worked, ran her own business, and studied for her bachelors and masters degrees all while bringing up two children.

We were taught that because we were born in that country we would be welcomed. I have experienced both sides of divisive behavior, and inclusive behavior throughout my childhood. Growing up predominately in small suburbs, with few Chinese Americans, meant I confused my worth with being different. I often hoped I could assimilate, erase my heritage and all that made me stand out. Later in my adult life I realized that teaching society differences are to be feared or inferior is one of the most dangerous weapons that can be unleashed.

I grew up, moved to England and met an English boy. He was so curious about the world and his curiosity eased my insecurities. To him differences were interesting and to be celebrated. At this point my Dad resided in China and I made the trip to see him often. Shortly after we met, Dan jumped at the chance to accompany me on one of these trips and although it was his first time in Asia he embraced every aspect of the culture, and ate every single bite of obscure food with genuine enthusiasm. These qualities are what made me fall in love. His welcoming attitude towards everyone, whether their religion, sexual orientation, or race and his ability to put the women in his life on a pedestal.  My worth and confidence soared under his eyes and encouragement, and I was able to learn to love all the eccentricities that stunted my confidence in my youth. Not only is he accepting, he prefers diversity and soon began to crave travel so he could soak up more.

Fast forward several years, a big wedding, and a move across the world and we now have two babies, born with American citizenship. Their grandparents are a mixture of French, British, and Taiwanese. We currently live in Hong Kong, but travel the world constantly to show them everything each culture and country has to offer. Our goal is to teach them that the world is a wonderful place and it’s for all of us to protect, enjoy, and discover. We hope they will be able to forge relationships that will celebrate unique differences.

Trump’s Muslim Ban and Wall teaches it is ok to push others out. To judge them merely on the place which they are from or where they parents were born. To close doors rather than help. To be selfish rather than kind, and to fear what is not like yourself.  These values don’t make a great country or a valuable person, and will not make America great again.

 

 

January 31, 2017 0 comment
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Throwback to that trip to Phuket a few months back.  Just before we set off on our next destination, I wanted to give you a little beach inspiration to get everyone excited.
Boathouse by Montara was located at the heart of Kata Beach and far busier than the other resorts we stayed at during our time in Phuket.  If you want a variety of restaurants, shops, bars, long tail boats for island hopping, and general people watching this is the must visit spot.  The beach was vast, with calm blue water, and was warm enough just to stand there and chill out.  I’m not joking, our baby fell asleep to the light lull of the waves when we took her for a dip.  I was pretty obsessed with their luxe dining venues that gave a distinct European feel and was an unbeatable spot to catch that ridiculous sunset.  We spent our days lounging at the trendy pool club, ordering fresh gigantic coconuts, grilled seafood, and dozing off in the pool that was practically sitting on the beach.  I even spent my birthday here, and was lucky enough to have it fall on their Lobster Sunday Brunch day.  Safe to say I indulged until it was time to go home.
More wanderlusting coming your way soon.
xx
April 7, 2015 0 comment
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I’ve been missing in action from this blog (has it really been three months?). Partly because I’m not sure why I signed up to have another hobby when I don’t have many hours in a day for my existing life. I really respect mummy bloggers who prioritize updating as I can barely find the time in between chasing around Ever to actually do my real life, money making work. I feel like I should get back into blogging, as it was something I really enjoyed. With this being said, now that a friend of mine recommended I should check keyword rank software which could help with the SEO side of my blog, I should have more time to focus on the content.

I hear many mummy bloggers tend to make use of social media to get more eyes on their blog. I’ve heard instagram is a good place for it so if you have an instagram you should grow your instagram for free with great support services online. Either way, it’s nice to share and hope there are others feeling like me. While Blogging can be time-consuming, it can be enriching part of life; there are a lot of free blog platforms that can be found online if you are interested in starting a blog of your own.

Ever is 10 months now and it amazes me each and every day how smart and beautiful she has become. Do all parents feel this way? Her mind is working like a fast absorbing sponge and she’s learned so many words in the past few weeks. She loves to point and can locate her milk, bananas, fish, stars, and shoes by name. She’s also loving clapping her hands, singing songs, and food. Her sense of smell is far better than our dog’s and can spot my stew slow cooking while she’s napping in the other room. She’s pretty close to walking, can stand unassisted, and loves to hold our hands and walk through the park. This stage has been the best for us as a family. We are constantly laughing and playing as a little threesome and can’t imagine it any other way. Her smile somehow wipes our worries away and we find ourselves scurrying home to see her. The obvious stresses have been she is far more mobile now and baby proofing is more important than ever. I’m always in fear of her safety and as much as I want to encourage her, I do wish she would slow down a bit.
Here is a little list of things we currently cannot live without:
1. i-angel hip seat carriet. Ever is way too heavy for me now and the hip seat has taken all the pressure off my back. I love love love it, and as much as the Ergobaby with newborn insert was essential in our first few months I’m very glad we’ve switched.
2. Sippy and straw cups: We gave Ever water from a sippy cup at 6 months when she started solids and started using the straw cup at 8 months. I actually sometimes just give her a bottle of water with a straw in it now. She uses the straw really well and even takes her formula from it during the day.
3. Pull-ups: Ever cannot sit still and pull-ups are essential to changing her. She can stand instead of lie on her back which she hates. Makes life so much easier, especially when we are on the go.
4. Walker: We picked one up from Toys’ R Us and also really like Walking Wings as well. She’s so eager to walk and these options are easier on our back than constantly holding her hands.

5. Books: We have so many books and they’ve helped Ever learn so many words. She now recognizes fish, stars, pandas, apples, and so much more just through a picture. We can tell it really intrigues her and is amazing for her language skills.
March 8, 2015 0 comment
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Flying from one task to the next unsure of how my days are passing.  I’m trying to relax and snap out of autopilot mode in hopes of a more regimented way of dealing with just about everything.  We have big hopes and dreams this year which means more work and serious faces than I usually allow.  Brainstorming in the early hours, forgoing meals for marathon google sessions, and welcoming a free Sunday with the most open of hearts.  I’m sleepy just thinking about it… so goodnight for now 😉
xx 
January 25, 2015 0 comment
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There’s something about floating above the ocean, underneath a blanket of blue skies that makes you believably closer to heaven.  Set at the tip top of Phuket, Sri Panwa is the ultimate escape bringing you 100% relaxation and luxury throughout your stay. You begin to take in every moment and realize it’s impossible to fully capture the image with anything but your memory. Gazing out on a serene morning with my family, letting our troubles slip away was probably the recharge we needed.  The air is so fresh it’s sweet, the beds are a haven you never want to leave, and that view will haunt you until you return.  A must try spot on everyone’s bucket list. 
January 5, 2015 1 comment
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After bouncing around from one resort to the next with only goals of soaking in Phuket’s love inducing sunshine and delicious fare, we were excited to stop for a few days at Royal Phuket Marina and feel a little more at home.  I’m pretty sure one of the definitions of luxury living is residing in a gigantic villa, complete with swimming pool and a yacht docked on your front step.  I couldn’t believe it was as easy as taking a few steps away from our room to climb aboard a Sunseeker and island hop with locals.  We had been so busy we forgot all the calm beauty Phuket has to offer.  The boy and I lounged on perfect blue sky filled days, explored the yummy offerings and shopping destinations on the boardwalk, and slept a contented dreamfilled slumber each evening.  The serene setting and beautiful marina view was almost enough for us to enquire about a long term rental and relocate to the far more leisurely lifestyle of Phuket.  Maybe one day.

Daily yacht charters are available at Royal Phuket Marina.  

xx




December 29, 2014 0 comment
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Wearing C. by Christing C. slip dress, Monki blouse, and Birkenstocks



December has crashed in unexpectedly and I’m still pondering how to manage a million tasks, I almost blanked my own birthday. Last year, with a pregnant belly and wanting no more than chocolate cake and sleep, I was in no mood to celebrate, so I’m contemplating something a bit more exciting this year. Thanks to my extreme need to be noncommittal about plans, we aren’t even positive what country we’ll be celebrating in, so that only leaves last minute options. As long as my two favourite human beings and champagne is involved, I’ll be more than content. 


xx




December 14, 2014 0 comment
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Bikinis by Vamastyle
Also wearing C. by Christing C., Laguna Moon and H&M kimonos, Celine and Karen Walker sunnies, and Birkenstocks.
This November has been dominated by beach holidays.  I have to say, nothing beats Winter sun, so we are finding it impossible to not return back to Phuket as much as possible.  The Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa provided the perfect little getaway for the boy, baby Ever, and I.  We lounged in our incredibly luxe pool villa most of the day, unless we were out enjoying their sand adjacent infinity pool or the nearly deserted private beach.  The entire resort feels like a little slice of heaven with delicious fare, friendly staff, and seriously comfortable beds.  Highlights definitely included swimming in our private pool with Ever, feasting on Pad Thai and other indulgent treats while enjoying the sunshine, afternoon cocktails at their cool beach eatery Sand Box, an picturesque romantic private sunset dinner, and the decadent aromatherapy massage at Quan Spa.  For any mommies out there, they are probably one of the most baby friendly resorts we’ve ever visited.  From being accommodating with food and high chairs, to providing baby sitting service and a secluded kids pool, Ever had the time of her life.  We hope we can return again for another perfect family holiday.
xx
December 4, 2014 0 comment
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I’ve been travelling non-stop the last month, hoping from one beach destination to the next, and subjecting my skin to copious amounts of sun, sea, and sand.  I always have my favourite products I bring along each trip and these Ahava skin products have gotten me through my travels without lugging around hefty bottles or messy containers.  Ahava are a natural brand, utilizing minerals from the dead sea.  The natural element of the brand means no nasty stuff.  My skin is extremely sensitive and I found that although effective, nothing was overly abrasive on my skin. The Mineral Body Exfoliator was the perfect pre beach treat to create silky smooth skin and I couldn’t get enough of the Caressing Body Sorbet and Essential Day Moisturiser after a long day in the sun.  I’m definitely addicted to this pure skincare brand and can’t wait to try more of their sensitive skin friendly products. 

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December 4, 2014 1 comment
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