Tuesday, 6 December 2016

TOURIST TUESDAY: HONG KONG DAY TWO

What do you do the day after travelling on a plane all day with a toddler and then get to sleep super late? Definitely not what we did on our second day in Hong Kong!!!



Justin's family had organised a HUGE day. Not even allowing any nap time for Jarvis. Add to that the culture shock and the extreme humidity. The whole day was a bit of an exhausting struggle. For me, and for Jarvis.

The only down time we had all day was first thing in the morning, so after waking way too early we grabbed some noodles for breakfast. Getting breakfast in Hong Kong is very hard, most places do not open until 11am, or even 12. So choices every day were very limited, or they were near our hotel. As you can see by our tired faces, Jarvis and I were both just thinking "just feed us!"



After breakfast we thought it would be good to let Jarvis have a play in a park. I gotta give Hong Kong this, they have beautiful parks. So we wandered up to Koowloon Park





But even that early in the morning, after about a half hour of play the heat got to all of us, so it was a quick dash back to the hotel for showers.

Then is was on to the trains. I have to admit, when I travel with Justin, I just leave it to him to figure out the trains. 


We met Justin's family, for a huge buffet lunch, where of course Jarvis's and my favourite part was the desert side of the buffet.  How many serves of icecream is too many?

After lunch one of Justin's cousins took us to the fabric market : Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong. This is also one of the oldest districts on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong. According to Wiki " Sham Shui Po District is one of 18 districts of Hong Kong. It is the poorest district in Hong Kong, with a predominantly working-class population of 365,540 and the lowest median household income of all districts".




Sham Shui Po is wholesale buying, but most vendors will sell to you for a 3-5 yard minimum. Clothes sewists need at least three yards (yes, they use inches and yards for measuring), not meters like I am use to.


At first I wandered around just looking at the difference in how they display, and show their fabrics. All hanging so neatly on fabric cards. I began to imagine how neat work 'could' be. But strangely, I bought no fabric. Nothing! The cards did not do it for me. I figured out I like to touch the bolts of fabric, and then imagine what the fabric could be.  

We then wandered up to the markets, were Jarvis had no problem spending some cash. And Justin found so interesting vendors to get an afternoon snack from.





Heat and headaches forced us back to the hotel for another shower. Because it was so late already we opted to have diner near our hotel at Victoria Habour. Dinner was crap. The view was great. I was jealous of Jarvis getting a piggyback from Justin, and could hardly keep my eyes open. After yet another shower, we all crashed out in bed so exhausted we barely noted that three bodies were sleeping in a small double bed. 

Thursday, 1 December 2016

HOME REMEDIES, HINTS AND HACKS? WHAT HAVE YOU GOT?

At the beginning of the year, the pain in my knees and joints, had gotten so bad that walking up the two stairs from the kitchen to the lounge room seemed like an epic feat. An my back was constantly aching. So I asked google.



One of the hints that kept coming up was magnesium. To bath in it, and to take it orally. I am not a fan of baths, so I opted to take two tablets a day. Logic was "give it a go".

Did not think much about it until the last few days. I ran out of tablets two weeks ago. And, because work stuffed up my pay and didn't pay me last fortnight, I was more than a little broke. So I didn't get any more tablets.

However, tonight the pain has returned in full force. Even the veins in my legs are hugely swollen. I am missing my magnesium!

Jarvis's favourite hack is when he get a mozzie bite, which he gets hundreds of. Which he then scratches and they get infected. His favourite thing is "hot spoon". I google this hack and I use it on myself all the time, as well as Jarvis.

You boil a kettle, pour some water into a cup, heat a metal spoon by dipping it in the water, then roll the spoon over a fresh mozzie bite. It has to be fresh. Do this several times. ALWAYS, ALWAYS check the heat of the spoon on the inside of your own wrist before applying it to a child. The hotter the spoon the better. But obviously don't burn your poor child.

The bite will come up red and swollen, but then after a little bit it disappears and best of all no itch!


The pain I am in tonight has got me thinking, what are the other home remedies and hacks that other people love, and cannot live without? Share them with me? Love to hear your simple hints.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

TOURIST TUESDAY: HONG KONG DAY ONE

After our false start on Friday, Sunday morning Tamika picked Jarvis and I up, and drove us to the airport.

I have made the flippant comment "my children are amazing travellers", but it has taken a lot of trial, and error, to figure out what works and what doesn't. But, I can honestly say Jarvis was an incredible travel buddy.



He is responsible for his bag, for what goes in it and what doesn't. For the flight to Hong Kong he packed, two books, one bunny, a few cars, a mobile phone (it is an old phone, that was gifted to Jarvis), his camera, a change of clothes, a jumper, and food. Lots of food. Even though planes serves kids meals, they never come when needed, and are often not familiar. Which is import if trying to settle a toddler/child. I always buy one or two small gifts for him to open on the plane. Great in moments of need. He got a matchbox car, and a book of stickers.

I always give plenty of warning about how there are four really, really boring bits before we get on the plane. 1. the line up at the ticket counter. 2. Going through security and baggage checks. 3. Customs. 4. Waiting and boarding the plane. I find Jarvis is okay with these boring steps as we count them through. If he gets over it, then, yes, I am the Mum who uses the phone. Jarvis has a couple of games downloaded, and I will sit him on top of my carry on bag and wheel him through the steps while he plays.

Interestingly though, travelling alone with Jarvis, I got super speeded through every step. Line up at ticket counter, directed over to first class. Security and Baggage, through a side gate. Waiting and boarding, told to get on first with first class. Umm, okay. That was so easy.

Once on the plane, Jarvis is always fine. Chewy lolly as a treat for take off and landing, which helps pops the ears also helps.

A couple other things I always do are, 1. Ask for the window seat. I feel it give Jarvis and I, our small space that we do not have to share with people if we are in the middle seats. 2. After boarding, change Jarvis and I into super comfy clothes. It gives us more comfort, makes it easy to sleep and saves the 'other' outfit getting dirty, so when you get off the plane you are wearing relatively clean clothes.


So after a very long day on the plane, Jarvis and I landed in Hong Kong and got through customs at super speed. I am not sure who was more excited to see who, but it was a very happy reunion of the three Js at the airport.




Then onto the bus, to travel the hour ride into Hong Kong. Jarvis talked Justin's ear off non-stop the whole time. Dropped the bags off at the hotel and grabbed my firs of many wanton noodles. Then Jarvis and I were asleep before we could even blink. 

Monday, 14 November 2016

TOURIST TUESDAY: HONG KONG...PRE-HONG KONG

Everything was ready, Justin and June flew out on Wednesday. I worked Thursday and then spent Friday running around like crazy, doing those one hundred and one things that you need to do before you travel overseas with a child. I invited Tamika, Guy, Chester and Lola over for dinner so we could eat through what was ever left in the house. What we didn't eat I gave to them. Finished last minute packing and put away all of the washing.



I went to bed thinking this time tomorrow night I get to see Justin....

But noooo!

In the morning, just as we are about to leave for the airport, I get a phone call from Qantas telling me that all flights to Hong Kong were cancelled due to the Typhoon Haima. At first I thought it was a prank call, but jumped online to find out it was real. Even worse the earliest flight they could get us on was on the Sunday at lunch.

Friday and Saturday were spent in limbo, other than feeling lucky I got to hang out with Tamika and the kids for an extra two days, I wandered around not doing much. Bar for wondering what Jarvis and I could eat.


Yes, as the photo shows I REALLY emptied out the fridge, we had water, film
 and one mintie. 

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

WHAT IS A DOULA?



So, what is this doula thing that so many pregnant women speak of? The word ‘doula’ — pronounced ‘doo-la’ — is a Greek word meaning ‘woman servant or caregiver’.

More recently, it refers to someone who offers emotional and physical support to a woman and her partner before, during and after childbirth.

A doula (also known as a birth attendant) believes in ‘mothering the mother’. She enables a woman and her partner to have the most satisfying birth experience possible, from pregnancy and into motherhood. This type of support allows the whole family to relax and enjoy the experience too.

A doula provides  supportive care during pregnancy, labor, and shortly after during the postpartum period.  The support comes in two forms: physical and emotional.  

The second important role of a doula is to provide childbirth education in order to empower the Mother into making the best choices for herself as well as her newborn. All of this is done in a non-judgemental, supportive way.


Basically, a doula is bring the 'village' back to childbirth and childrearing. Women, supporting women. 

Monday, 5 September 2016

TOURIST TUESDAY: THERESA CREEK DAY FOUR


It has taken me a long time to write this post, because I wanted to leave the last day/last post at Theresa Creek to talk about our hosts Margaret and Laurence. Yet, I find myself at a loss to adequately describe how amazing they are.

On arrival Laurence met us at the gate and Margaret was up at the farm. They showed us around, and taught us the little ins and outs, and generally made us feel extremely welcome. Not only with fresh produce of eggs and pumpkin from their farm, but homebaked lusciousness of fresh bread and a macadamia slice.

They gave us complete privacy, yet we found ourselves drawn to their farm each afternoon after our walks. Where we would stay and chat and Jarvis would play with their dog.

On our last day at the farm, we stopped by to tell them we were leaving and ended up being invited in for morning tea. Wow, Margaret can bake yummy treats!

I, we, cannot recommend this place more highly. It had everything we needed to disconnect and reconnect as a family. This is not a sponsored post in any way. I will include a link to their page, just so you are also tempted. You can find them and their farm here

After tearing ourselves away from the farm, we opted to take the slow scenic route home. Stopping to take photos of abandoned houses, meandering around op shops, and stopping where ever the desire took us.


This was the prefect long weekend away.









Monday, 22 August 2016

TOURIST TUESDAY: THERESA CREEK DAY THREE


Jarvis woke, and the first thing he did was run out side and stand next to the field where the horse was kept at night and yelled out "horsey, come here horsey". Funny thing is that bloody horse came running over to him every time he called him. For the fours days we stayed, when ever Jarvis would yell for the horse it would come to him and nuzzle up. Not sure who loved who more.

Jarvis's day was complete when the dog would come over each morning around eight. It is interesting watching him with animals. They just respond to him so well.

After a lazy breakfast, we walked up to the creek. I love how when technologies are taken away, life becomes simplified. Food, cooking, lifestyle. Our days were lazy filled with simple pleasures. For Jarvis on day three it was hours at the creek skimming rocks, and collecting some to keep.






It was a hot walk home, but lucky for Jarvis, he has a Dad willing to carry him for most of the hour walk.



After naps we walked off in the opposite direction towards the owners farm. And then went on another huge walk to collect bush lemons.


There was a lovely simplicity to our day, that relaxed my soul and had me wishing to move to either a farm or an ocean cabin.