Jan 11, 2016

"You What?!!"

After an overnight train ride from Edinburgh back to London, we reached Euston. From Euston, we lugged with two huge luggage, took train to Victoria Station and then back to Hackbridge, where we could walked back to our friend’s house, cum our temporary lodge in London.

When we boarded the train in Victoria Station, we were at the cart #9 or #10 (or #11) of the train- the very tail end of the train, literally. However, most of the platforms in the suburbs are shorter, that included the platform in Hackbridge. It was shorter (as in only 7 or 8 train-cart length), getting ready and walk forward before the train stops (at least 1 minute prior the train stopping) was required. But we were slow, too slow. The train doors shut-off while SC and I were still walking, lugging two huge luggage through the narrow aisle inside the train. The girls were already out and waiting for us at the platform. Once the train moved on slowly, I saw both shocked faces through the glass door of the train. This made my blood run cold!

Jan 2, 2016

Sept 2015: Beautiful Moment with You

Capturing the smiles of my first-born during the trip to UK.

Credits: Template from Sahlin Studio, Designs by AnitaP & Co.
Time flies, she is ten years old. I used to worry on her a lot and did scrapbook about her to console myself, so to speak. I am, still worry on her, but I have not done a page for a long time. No wonder it has been frustration and conflicting and distancing...

Ten years of motherhood, doesn't mean I get better.

Dec 16, 2015

2015 in (very brief) Review

As the year is approaching to its end, I am looking back at my grand-list that I wrote in February. Thankfully, most are stroke off from the list:-
  • My family and I had a remarkable trip to UK. But I only manage to complete blogging on Scotland.
  • I learn and relearn about my first born. I mellow my approach on her, I try to focus on life skill than academic. I need to learn to embrace her. 
  • I have been attending Yoga/Pilates classes regularly since the very beginning of the year. I no longer breathless when I climb more than 2 flights of stairs. 
  • I cook more, bake even more!
  • I maybe scrapbook lesser but hey, I blog more too, thanks to the inspiration from our visit to Scotland. 
I think I have an optimum year!
Credits: Design by Anita, etc.

Dec 10, 2015

Scotland Scenic Drive

According to my husband, road trip is the best way to see a country. In this case, gloomy Scotland.
“The gladdest moment in human life, me thinks, is a departure into unknown lands.” – Sir Richard Burton 
We knew nothing of Scotland. Now we do.

And we are glad that we have discovered more of Scotland from a road trip. Let me walk you through some of the amazing views we captured, albeit sombre but like my friend was saying, we had a taste of the true Scottish weather- rain and rain and prevailing wind. The Road was typically forlorn. I think we were lucky. In a way.

I'll let the pictures speak...

Pulled over at the roadside of A84, towards Tydrum.
I imagined Harry's Hogwart Express soon to pass by the bridge.
This was taken in between Tyndrum and Onich.

Whilst this was from between Onich and Dornie.

Isle of Skye was a tab more beautiful, dull-coloured still and cold. Very cold, as if the Isle was unwelcoming us, rejecting us.

Nov 25, 2015

Baking is Addictive!

Of late, I have been hooked with baking. I don't know why but the mixing brings calming effect to a tired brain and the aroma coming from the oven are incredibly irresistible! And of course, the eating part, scrumptiously joy. It is very different between homemade and those selling in the bakery/pastries shops- more and better ingredients and lesser sweetness. Some of the cake I made, I can finished them all and left little for the girls. I should not, but I am totally lost control!

That explains how I did not realised November zips by so quickly and I only completed one post for the month. I bake a lot since October! Mostly at night, or mid-night. When Little Bomber caught a glimpse of me taking out the mixer and the needed ingredients and what not, she would exclaims, "Not again?!"

Anyway, for the record, I have been very busy!

Nov 22, 2015

Broadford Youth Hostel, Isle of Skye

Accordingly, we came to the forth 'pit stop' of our adventure in Scotland- Isle of Skye, after Edinburgh, Callander and Onich/For William.

My search for accommodation led me to one of the YHA(Youth Hostels Association)'s hostel in Isle of Skye.

This was the first youth hostel we had been to, after becoming parents of ourselves. Well, we had been to backpackers' hostel with the girls, not YHA's kind of hostel. (There is slight difference between both)

Oct 29, 2015

A Taste of Living in a Cold Chalet

Fort William/ Onich was our next stop after we left Callander or to be precise, the region of Stirling.

Together with Lochaber, Fort William are well known as 'Outdoor Capital of the UK'! and this was the day we arrived the Highlands of Scotland- which is very different from Lowlands, culturally and historically. When we were approaching the place, we gathered some information from Tourist Information Centre and learnt about Ben Nevis. Regrettably, it was more damp, gloomy and cold than when we just left Bracklinn Falls in the morning that day, we had to scrap the idea of having any outdoor fun.

Inevitably, I have equally fogging impression of Fort William, the Great Glen and the Lochs. All I can remember is the gloomy skyline and cold atmosphere.

Oct 14, 2015

Repair and Repurpose

1.  Repair

Remember the backpack that I almost lost in Edinburgh? I have not reveal its identity yet- a sturdy grey Deuter backpack. Well, the hanging loop was not sturdy apparently. After 5 years as travel companion, the bag gave up on me, the hanging loop particularly. I must have overloaded the bag too much and too often. Bad habit.

Without the hanging loop, the use of the backpack became very inconvenient. I had no help when i needed to lift up my bag, the bulky shoulder strap was the substitute instead. Cumbersome at times; panicking when the preschooler whining for immediate extra clothes from the bag. I had to adapt the old bag in a new way throughout the trip, as if it was another new bag that was without a hanging loop.

After our return, I was contemplating to replace the bag or find a way to repair the loop. It dawned at me that the small little hanging loop of a backpack was very important and I relied on it very much! I needed a backpack with hanging loop desperately. So it was timely when Agatha hosted a workshop on fixing haversack on her regular Fit it Friday Series. Gladly, I signed up and attended the workshop with my backpack.

Oct 6, 2015

Scotland: Eilean Donan Castle

Come to think about it, Eilean Donan Castle probably was the only castle we got to get so close in Scotland.

We were on A87 road, on our way to Isle of Skye, from Fort William. All of us needed a loo break after stuck in the car for almost 2 hours.

Sep 27, 2015

Bracklinn Falls, Callander

After a nice sleep and a full Scottish breakfast at the Waverley Hotel, we had a impromptu visit to the Bracklinn Falls. Simply because, the daddy took the leaflet "Callander Geodiversity Trail" from the one of the Information centres we popped by. He wanted the family to have some bear-hunt woodland adventure.

Apparently, it is a very popular beauty spot in Highlands.

"让生命稳稳流动(也)是我的功课之一。" by Bubu Tsai