Day 43/365 {packing}

Angela Chang Photography Day 43 of 365

 

I used to pity parents at the airport with a gazillion bags, strollers, car seats, and kids running wild on excitement and messed up sleep schedule.  I would turn to Cliff and whisper, this is why we should never have kids.

I hereby apologize to all those parents I pitied. I took a little glimpse of a crazy moment in theirs lives and used that against them.  I had no idea that beyond those crazy moments, there’s so much more joy, love and pride to be experienced by becoming a parent.

So who cares that our kids will be running wild around the airport today, miss their naps, and Cliff and I will be buried under our bags, strollers and car seats?  We’re creating memories with our kids that I will treasure forever.

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Settling back in

We now return to our regular programming of being back home in Vancouver.

We’ve been back for 6 days now, and I feel like I’ve lost the battle with the kids’ jet lag.  Savanna is up playing usually from 2 to 6 am.  Joshua randomly cries and screams during this time as well.  If they both happen to dose off, one of them will cry, waking up the other.  I can’t remember how many f bombs I’ve dropped in the last 6 nights.  I’ve yelled at both kids and ended up in tears myself a few times with exhaustion.

If you could all please send sleep vibes to my kids, I’d really appreciate it!

It’s always interesting to go away for a period of time.  When we come home, I can see clearly how much the kids have grown.  Savanna’s cloth diaper now must be buttoned with a space apart because she has gotten bigger.  She sprouted a tooth with a second one following closely behind.  Joshua has put on 2 pounds while we were away.  Both kids seem longer in their beds.

It was so nice to get Sammy back.  I’ve really missed him.  He always fits easily and quietly back into our lives after we’ve been away.  Sam is a constant and a calming spirit when the rest of the household is going crazy with sleep deprivation.

Getting right back to digging in his favorite sandpit.

Getting right back to digging in his favorite sandpit.

See the tooth?

See the tooth?

My old boy.

My old boy.

Pictures from Asia: Part 2, Family

The whole point of this trip was to spend time with my family.  I have so many pictures of my kids and my parents together!  Since my parents don’t live in Vancouver, my kids rarely get to see them other than on Skype.

Joshua now knows that Gong-gong (grandpa) will give him pretty much anything he asks for.  On this trip, he has gotten into the habit that whenever mommy says “no”, he can turn to Gong-gong and probably get that toy car to add to his collection.

My parents playing with Savanna.

My parents playing with Savanna.

Very jet lagged Joshua.

Very jet lagged Joshua.

My dad preparing a feast for us.

My dad preparing a feast for us.

My mom hanging out with Savanna.

My mom hanging out with Savanna.

Joshua likes to put his shoes next to my dad's slippers.

Joshua likes to put his shoes next to my dad’s slippers.

 

Joshua likes to put his shoes next to my dad's slippers, even when the slippers are apart.

Joshua likes to put his shoes next to my dad’s slippers, even when the slippers are apart.

Joshua enjoying Gong-gong's company.

Joshua enjoying Gong-gong’s company.

Gong-gong and grandson.

Gong-gong and grandson.

Joshua.

Joshua.

Handsome little Tiger.

Handsome little Tiger.

My godmother came to visit.

My godmother came to visit.

Tiger and Joshua playing on the iPad.

Tiger and Joshua playing on the iPad.

Gong-gong goofing around with Joshua.

Gong-gong goofing around with Joshua.

Tiger giving Joshua a hug.

Tiger giving Joshua a hug.

Still very jet lagged Joshua.

Still very jet lagged Joshua.

My dad preparing another feast in the kitchen.

My dad preparing another feast in the kitchen.

Savanna killing me with her sweet smile.

Savanna killing me with her sweet smile.

Joshua gesturing that I love him "this much".

Joshua gesturing that I love him “this much”.

Gong-gong playing Lego with Joshua.

Gong-gong playing Lego with Joshua.

My grandmother, who no longer recognize us due to Alzheimers, still enjoys our company.

My grandmother, who no longer recognize us due to Alzheimers, still enjoys our company.

Cooling off in the air conditioned hotel room.

Cooling off in the air conditioned hotel room.

My grandpa's ashes.  He passed away almost 2 years ago.

My grandpa’s ashes. He passed away almost 2 years ago.

Even though my grandma doesn't recognize us, she was keen to hold Savanna.

Even though my grandma doesn’t recognize us, she was keen to hold Savanna.

Pretending to be cool on my uncle's brand spanking new Harley.

Pretending to be cool on my uncle’s brand spanking new Harley.

My aunt trying to put Savanna down for a nap.

My aunt trying to put Savanna down for a nap.

Going for a trike ride at my aunt's farm.

Going for a trike ride at my aunt’s farm.

Feeding chickens at my aunt's farm.

Feeding chickens at my aunt’s farm.

This is Joshua's first time meeting my aunt, and he really took to her.

This is Joshua’s first time meeting my aunt, and he really took to her.

The same carousel I was addicted to at Joshua's age.

The same carousel I was addicted to at Joshua’s age.

Hanging out with gong-gong.

Hanging out with gong-gong.

Hanging out with po-po.

Hanging out with po-po.

Waiting for our ice dessert at Ice Monster.

Waiting for our ice dessert at Ice Monster.

Hanging out with po-po.

Hanging out with po-po.

Joshua watering my dad.

Joshua watering my dad.

Chilling out.

Chilling out.

Joshua insisted on sleeping in the crib in the Hong Kong hotel.

Joshua insisted on sleeping in the crib in the Hong Kong hotel.

Disneyland HK.

Disneyland HK.

Disneyland HK.

Disneyland HK.

This is the smile that makes me do whatever he wants.

This is the smile that makes me do whatever he wants.

Winnie, my very cool BFF from our SFU days.

Winnie, my very cool BFF from our SFU days.

Winnie's gorgeous son, Seth.

Winnie’s gorgeous son, Seth.

My parents at the Beer Fest in HK.

My parents at the Beer Fest in HK.

Joshua at the Science Museum in HK.

Joshua at the Science Museum in HK.

My girl.  She grew so much while we were on our trip.

My girl. She grew so much while we were on our trip.

My goofballs.

My goofballs.

Getting ready for the trip home.

Getting ready for the trip home.

Last meal in HK.

Last meal in HK.

Last meal in HK.

Last meal in HK.

Flying home.

Flying home.

Savanna grew a whole tooth on this trip.

Savanna grew a whole tooth on this trip.

Pictures from Asia: Part 1, Food

I have decided to post some pictures from our trip to Taiwan and Hong Kong in 3 parts: Food, family, and street.  I had to split up the posts to 3 parts because there are just too many photos to put in 1 post.

Food is all the things we ate that I managed to take a picture of.  This shows about 1/3 of the food we had, because the rest of the time I was either holding Savanna or didn’t have my camera with me and didn’t manage a picture.

Family is mostly the kids and my family in Taiwan.  This may not be interesting to everyone following the blog, but it’s more for my family to see the pictures.

Street is street photography of random things I saw in Taiwan and HK.

Today’s theme is food.  You can see how I quickly put on 3 pounds on this short trip.

Our first meal in Taiwan.  My dad went all out.

Our first meal in Taiwan. My dad went all out.

Various mango desserts.

Various mango desserts.

Pigs' ear, intestine, and lobster balls.

Pigs’ ear, intestine, and lobster balls.

Sausage, BBQ pork, and lobster balls.

Sausage, BBQ pork, and lobster balls.

Getting street food in HK.

Getting street food in HK.

Grass jelly, mango, and tapioca dessert.

Grass jelly, mango, and tapioca dessert.

Black sticky rice, coconut milk and mango dessert.

Black sticky rice, coconut milk and mango dessert.

Mango pancake with whipped cream.

Mango pancake with whipped cream.

Beef and rice noodles.

Beef and rice noodles.

Ma po tofu and rice.

Ma po tofu and rice.

Veggie rice and lok bok.

Veggie rice and lok bok.

Braised beef on noodles and soup.  Sooo good.

Braised beef on noodles and soup. Sooo good.

Shop owner in HK who wasn't too impressed with me taking his picture.

Shop owner in HK who wasn’t too impressed with me taking his picture.

Chinese meat sauce and noodles.

Chinese meat sauce and noodles.

Wontons.

Wontons.

Korean rice dish.

Korean rice dish.

Chinese pastry with braised beef slices.

Chinese pastry with braised beef slices.

My dad's homemade Chinese pastry.

My dad’s homemade Chinese pastry.

Peanut ice dessert.

Peanut ice dessert.

Fresh squeezed sugar cane juice.

Fresh squeezed sugar cane juice.

Fried squid.

Fried squid.

Grilled corn.

Grilled corn.

My favorite street food--oyster pancakes (oysters, veggie, yam paste, and sauce).

My favorite street food–oyster pancakes (oysters, veggie, yam paste, and sauce).

Oyster pancake shop.

Oyster pancake shop.

Lining up to get oyster pancakes.

Lining up to get oyster pancakes.

Pumpkin and salted duck eggs.

Pumpkin and salted duck eggs.

Scallops and crab legs.

Scallops and crab legs.

Red bean cart wheels.

Red bean cart wheels.

Sweet potato and grass jelly ice dessert.

Sweet potato and grass jelly ice dessert.

Taro and grass jelly ice dessert.

Taro and grass jelly ice dessert.

Giant wonton.

Giant wonton.

Steamed fried buns.

Steamed fried buns.

Rice noodle.

Rice noodle.

Ice Monster: Original mango ice

Ice Monster: Original mango ice

Ice Monster: Bubble tea ice

Ice Monster: Bubble tea ice

Ice Monster: Mango Ice

Ice Monster: Mango Ice

My all time favorite breakfast food: Chinese donut and egg in Chinese pastry.  I can eat this everyday!

My all time favorite breakfast food: Chinese donut and egg in Chinese pastry. I can eat this everyday!

Dumplings and green onion pancake.

Dumplings and green onion pancake.

BBQ pork and rice. C$2.

BBQ pork and rice. C$2.

Road side bento box of BBQ duck and rice. C$2.

Road side bento box of BBQ duck and rice. C$2.

Indian curry.

Indian curry.

Japanese noodles.

Japanese noodles.

Chinese meat sauce and noodles.

Chinese meat sauce and noodles.

Taro cream cake.

Taro cream cake.

Prime rib. Yum!

Prime rib. Yum!

My uncle is an accomplished baker.  He made the French bread in the picture.

My uncle is an accomplished baker. He made the French bread in the picture.

Big meal at my uncle's house.

Big meal at my uncle’s house.

Rice vermicelli soup.

Rice vermicelli soup.

Did you miss me?

We got home last night, after some brutally long and unnecessary delays for various reasons.  We are doing loads of laundry and settling back in.  We’re all still on the Asia clock, with Joshua winning the jet lag award for being up since 4:30 am.

We had a fantastic time with my family in Taiwan and Hong Kong.  I took almost 1,500 pictures.  Now I am going to sink into the deep hole of going through so many photos!

It’s nice to be home to sleep in my own bed, and have Sammy back.  At the same time, I sorely miss my family and the delicious food in Taiwan.

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Useful washroom accessory

The lack of posts lately is because we are visiting family in Asia right now. I brought my old laptop with the plan to sort through photos and blogging, but the laptop is so old that it won’t install my photo catalogue software. So all my photos in RAW format are stuck on the memory cards. Sigh.

Anyway, we are having a fantastic time being spoiled rotten and stuffed like little piggies by everyone. I will have to post photos after we go back home.

Here’s one of my favorite things about the public bathrooms here–the baby holder.

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Cravings

Since I’ve been pregnant, people often ask me what my cravings are.  I actually haven’t had ANY food cravings during this pregnancy.

My “cravings”, aside from food, however, have been quite intense.  You know what I really crave?  I’m craving riding a motorcycle, or trekking in Tibet, or rolling down the sand dune in the dessert of Egypt.  I’m craving something crazy, something exotic, or something my mom is going to have a heart attack over.

We knew before we had Joshua that life is going to change in a totally different direction once the little monkey (or in our case soon, two monkeys) arrives.  The type of traveling I loved will not be available for a few years.  I sold my motorcycle, knowing that I won’t have time to ride for a while.  I certainly do not regret the decision to put these things on hold, and focus on raising my kids.  All I’m saying, is that I have to admit, my heart has not stopped craving for the next adventure.

A few years ago, I read a book called A Camera, Two Kids, and a Camel written by Annie Griffiths Belt.  This woman is my hero.  She’s a photographer working for the National Geographic, had two kids, and took her kids on photo assignments with her all over the world.  Her book wasn’t very long, but it influenced me in a serious way.  She totally dispelled the myths that people don’t travel to exotic places with young kids.  She found ways to make it work to take her kids on assignments.  She’s the type of women who never follows tradition, and blazes her own path in life.  It made me decide that if I ever had kids, I’m not going to use them as an excuse not to travel.

I know, for now at least, I can only savour the memories of past travels or experience of exotic places.  I do really look forward to one day going somewhere really cool with the kids, and show them just how amazing it is to see the world outside of our little corner in North America.

Solo ride from Vancouver to Halifax:

 

In the Okavango Delta in Botswana:

 

Rock climbing in Joshua Tree:

 

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro with Cliff:

 

Vienna:

 

Sand dune in Namibia:

 

A beach at Zanzibar:

 

Muncho Lake in Alaska:

 

Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu:

 

On a safari in Tanzania: