Dottieshop Brush Calligraphy Kits

This beautiful nifty little kit from Dottieshop arrived at my home. I have known Dotz since our teenage years, and I really admire her gentle spirit, compassionate heart, and true gift for creating gorgeous works of art. In the past year or two, she ventured into watercolour painting and brush calligraphy, and her works have been really inspiring!   So… Read more →

Amazonia at Great World City – fully-themed, engaging, premier indoor playground (with Giveaway!)

Although Amazonia has been around for six years, this was the first time the kids have been there, so they were really excited to explore this 10,500 square feet, fully-themed indoor playground at Great World City mall. We were there at 10am on a public holiday, so there were no school groups, but it did get progressively more crowded from… Read more →

Beyond the Tiger Mom by Maya Thiagarajan

I enjoyed reading this book a lot more than I thought I would! Maya Thiagarajan writes about both the overt and subtle differences between Asian and Western parenting today, and offers her rich perspectives on how best to educate and nurture our children for the coming age. What hit me first was her well-researched journey into the inner psyche of a… Read more →

The discipline of reflection

The hubs wrote answers to these reflection questions recently and sent them to me. I did the exercise too, and found it really beneficial, since they are also a spiritual checklist of sorts. Sharing the questions (and some excerpts of my thoughts) here. Take a morning off to ponder these things, or seek out a quiet spot over lunch (or your… Read more →

Umbretos, Cuckoo’s Nest and other eateries in Krabi

As part of our pre-trip planning, we did some research on dining options that were available at Ao Nang.  Principally, we prioritised food options near Holiday Inn Krabi, as distance was a key factor to consider when you are travelling with young kids.  We also consulted blogs, guide books, and Trip Advisor. Here are some reviews of the eateries we… Read more →

Holiday Inn Resort Krabi – relaxed, affordable, kid-approved

Apart from the Holiday Inn Express Krabi, we also spent part of our trip at the Holiday Inn Resort Krabi Ao Nang, a sprawling resort right across the long Ao Nang sea front. It’s location is superb, with eateries galore along the seafront promenade, and convenient transportation available nearby for both land and sea. We were warmly welcomed upon arrival, and the… Read more →

Scenic Railay Beach, Krabi

We had a fantastic time at Railay Beach during our trip to Krabi last week, and the weather was really balmy and pleasant. So we were shocked to hear that the weather has drastically changed, and thunderstorms resulted in severe floods this week in southern Thailand, that has led to loss of life. Our hearts go out to the Thai people. Tourism… Read more →

Enjoying Krabi from their brand new Holiday Inn Express

During our recent getaway from Singapore, we had a short stay at the brand new Holiday Inn Express Krabi, latest baby of the hotel chain’s, which officially opened only on 28 Nov 2016! Great Location Well-located just across the Ao Nang beachfront, it is a mere stone’s throw away from sister hotel Holiday Inn Resort Krabi. The three minute walk between… Read more →