Thursday, March 15, 2018

SE's sports day 2018

SE's sports day again!  My main concern was to avoid what happened last year... tried to make sure she had enough food/drink.

All ready for sports

I always have a gripe about the number of students at her kindy.  JE's 'neighbourhood' kindy had fewer than 50, look at this pic... the bigger group in the foreground is SE's kindy (the small group at the back is from a sister branch).

We were there early and got front row seats.  But it was still too far to take decent pictures.

All together now

JE was there to eat seaweed... err play iPad... err eat other snacks.... I mean to support her sister.


After a long time (well had to wait until the whole horde of kids finished!), it was finally SE's turn.  She had to row herself on this wheeled thing, step through some hoops, throw some hoops...

Row row row my boat

Throw these 2 rings

SE said, so boring have to wait wait wait then only do.  Medal time and shortly after, the event was over.


No untoward events this round.  Phew!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

RDJ - Part 2

Let's finish this off.  :)  Continuing the walkabout, next point of interest was the Cathedral.  This didn't come up during my brief online research (luckily other people did a better job) and I was wondering about this pyramid-like structure when we got there.  Weather was hot and the cooling interior was so welcome that we spent quite some time hanging around inside.



Next up, Copacabana beach!  I was impressed even coming from a land with nice beaches.  This beach was extremely long and extremely wide. The sand was fine and white.  It was like taking a very good Malaysian beach and multiplying it many times for the size.  Then there was a broad curving pavement all the way along beach, and many stalls lining the way.   Or you could just sit on the beach and vendors will come with drinks, souvenirs etc.  Many stalls had live music (my teammates had a meal at one and they all had a BRL5 charge added to each one's receipt!).  Brazilians know how to enjoy life!

Sand stretches far, far from the sea to the other end

Clean water, waves a bit high but ok

The iconic black-white curving pavement

Corn stall
(reminded me of hubby who would buy corn everywhere!)

These are alcoholic drinks called caipirinhas

I had to skip Ipanema beach for my 5pm appointment at  Christ the Redeemer (the others had gone there the previous week).  Tickets were BRL75 (about RM94) which included the train ride up.  Turned out to be an anti-climax.  The mist was so thick that visibility was near zero!  I hung around and finally the mist cleared for oh, 10 seconds.

My best shot

Hahaha.  What to do.  At least I saw SOMETHING.  Tickets for earlier sessions in the day were sold out by the time I went online.

I had a tummy-ache and came out of the toilet to find that the last train was there.  Phew... can't imagine what'd have happened if I had missed that!!

It was time to go.  Back to the hotel, later to the airport and back HOME.

I didn't have time for souvenir-hunting (stalls were just setting up at Copacabana beach), Ipanema beach or Sugarloaf Mountain.  But I am fine with that... maybe will visit again one day, maybe not. 

Friday, March 9, 2018

RDJ - Part 1

Looks like this is the first blog post about me and not the kids... might as well put the photos I took to some use!

As it happened, I did rather enjoy my trip.  It helped very much that my team mates (from the client) included me in things - in my line of work, this is an exception rather than the norm.

Lunch in a food-cum-bookshop

Was generally too salty.  And there was cheese everywhere! Inside pastries, on top of meat, under other things, by itself.... One interesting concept common there was food charged by weight.  Dishes is laid out buffet-style - salads, meats, carbs, desserts, soups.  You grab a plate and take what you like, then go to the cashier where your plate will be weighed.  Of course I was calculating away...  meat, seafood or cheese would be better value than say, rice?  Some places have a different rate for dessert and sushi, some have everything at the same.

Breakfast at hotel, Asian food-by-weight, 
Arab food, pizza/chicken chop with tons of cheese

Hot and humid.  Only slightly less than Malaysia.

Hardly anyone spoke English.  It was Portuguese all the way.

On weekdays it was mostly work. Evenings we would wander nearby for dinner and minor shopping.  I had one Saturday to sight-see. The others flew to Rio earlier and already had a weekend there.  Rather than walk around by myself, I elected to stick with them part of the time.  First stop, the Selaron steps. I didn't have high expectations, thinking it was just a short photo opportunity.  But it turned out way better!  First there were many, many steps all covered with colourful tiles.  The sides were tiled as well.

Me at the Escadaria Selaron

Selection of tiles, and a mailbox

Next, we climbed the stairs and it led us to a wonderful route through 'real' neighbourhoods where people live.  A little rough, but beautiful.  I loved this and snapped away.

This place is hilly

Pink guava, anyone?

Tiles seem to be common

A little rough, huh? 

To be continued...

Wednesday, March 7, 2018


And I'm back!  Which is exactly what I'd been looking forward to, haha.

I happened to have completely 'skipped' my birthday, which is on 4 March.  I left Rio de Janeiro on 3 March and arrived in KL 5 March.  Oh well.

It's good to be home.

Yay for Mummy!

I returned to an empty house as JE/SE were at school and my parents' place respectively.  I unpacked, showered, had some instant noodles, unpacked some more... then I noticed this doodle board lying in the room.  Looks like I wasn't forgotten on my birthday after all.  Love my little girls (JE did this one).

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Greetings from Rio!

Christ the Redeemer, from my hotel window

It has been a work trip I was dreading.  I'd tear up every time I thought about it.  It would be my very first time being apart from JE and SE since they were born.   It was a very long journey to Brazil. The last time I'd traveled for work was over a decade ago.  From being a frequent flier with work trips every month... to not even having a valid passport for the last 4 years.

If I'd known upfront that a trip was involved, I'd have run away quick.  As it was, by the time an onsite visit was deemed necessary, it was already a bad time to to ditch the project.

So here I am in Rio de Janeiro.  First drama was, I confused the date/time (what a rookie mistake!) and went to the airport a day late.  Managed to sort that out (with a RM1900 penalty which luckily my boss didn't bat an eyelid in approving) and took the flight I'd thought I was on.  It took 30 hours from home to hotel.  So tired and I missed the kiddos terribly.  Day1 was tough.

It's now Day2, finished a day at the office and my mood has improved. 

Now to finish off what I need to, and get home.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

More CNY pics

What the kids were looking forward to for CNY wasn't the food.  It was.... fireworks!  JE asked many times when she could play with fireworks.  From way before CNY to the eve itself!  Finally she got them...

See my stars

I have fire too!

Lighting up my next...

Burning money it might be, but they did have tons of fun.

The next CNY event was dinner with my side of the family.  Well, except for sis who wasn't around.  We decided on a "no-rice" pot-luck.  Ended up with potato, pie, pasta, beehoon, glutinous rice... who needs rice haha.

The food

The kids, with food

Before I knew it, it was time to leave.  Which meant it was a good night indeed!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

CNY 2018

Happy Doggy Year to everyone!

This is already Day 5... been lazing around and eating too much!  I've just started work - it's only in the office, in front of the laptop, that I find it easiest to actually do things. 

First up, a pic of our Reunion Dinner table.  Not a bad spread!  Didn't order 'poon choy' this year as hubby said there was already enough food.  I totally didn't bother about alcohol although it looked like hubby had quite a few premium bottles going.  (I didn't take a single picture either)

Food food food and then people

The next day, went to take photos at the Secret Garden.  I'd bought a cheongsam online for JE at the last minute but it turned out too big.  Luckily found a pretty new dress for her so she was happy.
Happy new year from all of us!