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A family dream trip to Vienna, Austria

Growing up looking at photos of my Papa’s business trip and watching movies made me want to travel and see the world. I was able to recognize Europe on the world map when my Dad left for a month long training to France. The postcards, souvenirs and stories during his trip made me dream and want to explore Europe.  My dream to be able to set foot at Europe came true when I was given a chance to volunteer for World Youth Day 2005. The movie Sound of Music played a big part on why I want to visit Austria, but sadly I did not get a chance during my trip. It is still on my list of places to visit and hopefully this time with my own family. Travelling with the family needs a lot of planning since we need to be able to cater to everyone’s interest. One thing I know for sure is that we all agree that to fully explore and immerse oneself during trips is to explore the food scene. …

Our palace visit at Al Hayl Fort & Square

Few weeks before our staycation at Fujairah, Kuya V’s Social Studies homework was to gather pictures of fort’s found in United Arab Emirates. Fort is a building designed to defend the country and sorrounded by troops. He was so excited to finally see the fort in real life. (A personal note for my husband) Travelling with kids is not just about visiting amusement parks, it is a perfect way to teach them about history too.

A relaxing family stay at Novotel Fujairah

Last weekend, we packed some stuff and drove to Fujairah. Novotel Hotel was our host for two nights, which is located at the heart of the city and just a few minutes away from the city mall. You can search for Hotel Novotel Fujairah on your google maps for easy navigation. Daddy C mentioned that Novotel/Ibis hotel’s caters mostly to business travelers. I didn’t do any research on what the hotel has to offer for our family of four, Daddy was sure though that if they have a swimming pool then him and the kids will be happy.

Road to Fujairah

Last weekend, we packed our bags for a short trip to explore Fujairah, one of the seven Emirate of the UAE. The UAE is composed of seven Emirates namely (as dictated by Kuya): Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quawain, Ras Al Khaimah, and Fujairah. We first visited the Emirate last 2009 along with our friends, Dad recalled that it took us almost 3 hours of drive. He decided to take the day off and wanted to leave as soon as Kuya get’s back from school. I told him of the new road and when we searched for our destination – Novotel Fujairah , google maps estimated our time travel to be 1 hr and 40 mins from Al Qusais. The Sheikh Khalifa Highway which was opened last 2011, took almost 4 years to complete. A relief to those who travel daily from Dubai to Fujairah. Here’s a few photos I took on our way. I was seated on the front and Daddy C was driving. Mountains, we can see them in the horizon along Sharjah-Kalba road.   …

Traveling with Tots: Activity Kits

  Many of you are probably travelling somewhere this month. We are leaving in a few days, just the kids and I in an 8 hour flight to Hong Kong then another 2 hours to Manila. LittleMan V is 6  and LittleMiss Chloe 2 years old. I don’t remember what state of mind I was when I agreed to travel alone with two kids. We are pretty lucky as far as travelling with LittleMan V, he’s happy with food and movie. It is a different case with the LittleMiss who is happiest when she’s playing with some toys/stuff: last year she gathered all the magazines and placed them on the bassinet then out then back again. Goodluck to me. I gathered some toys we already have around the house to help me keep kids busy for our trip.   Assorted Activity Cards consists of numbers & alphabets, maze, find the difference and color cards. Stickers and colored pens will keep them happy.  Item bought at Brands for Less.   Memory Game. LittleMiss still can’t understand the concept …

Food we ate along Nathan Road

One will never go hungry along Nathan Road, Hong Kong. Sharing with you some snaps of food we enjoyed during our 5 days stay. Gong Cha – We ordered Taro and Black Tea. C and I thinks that it needs a little more flavor and sweetness, but it might be just us asking the wrong mix? They speak very little English we had to give our order fast (long queue behind us).  Almost everyone walking with us had this particular bubble tea in hand. Food Corner – Located just a block away from our hotel this food stall was a busy one, they had siomai, fish balls, beef tripe, pork innards, octopus meat and a whole lot more.    V’s favorite food place along Nathan Road.  We had a long walk to reach Nathan Congee & Noddle place for breakfast.   I ordered Congee with Pork Liver  a complimentary sweet bread in every table  Hubby C ordered Beef Noodles Food on Stick – We passed by this place and it had a long queue which tempted us …