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Tuesday, 1 June 2010

My First Trip Overseas, Part II

Sorry it took quite a while for me to write this sequel. I've been pretty busy...

Anyway, so we flew to Edinburgh on Saturday morning (24th April) from Bristol airport. Our flight was at 7am so we had to wake up early and be on the road by 4am! Uncle Keith drove to Bristol airport and left his car there. We arrived around 8-ish and Granny Glenda was already waiting for us!

We then went straight to Granny's house in Dalgety Bay where Pops Pete was waiting for us and there were a lot of toys, especially Thomas, for me to play with!
Of course I was so delighted to see them.



Later in the afternoon, after we had our lunch, Granny took us out for some grocery shopping at a nearby Tesco and then went straight to a park in Aberdour. We played for a while and then went back home to rest. When we arrived home, Aunty Jill was already there waiting for us with her sons, Torin and Arlo. We played, ate and watched Thomas and Friends together before getting ready to go to bed.




The next morning, we had breakfast and immediately got ready to go to Bathgate for Aunty Rachel and Uncle Steve's wedding. Aunty Rachel is Mommy's friend. They knew each other when Mommy went to school in James Gillespie's, Edinburgh, ages ago. So, this is the whole purpose of our trip to UK.
Needless to say, we really had fun at the wedding which lasted forever!

Uncle Keith drove us there at noon and came to pick us up later in the evening. The event lasted till the wee hours of the next morning but of course, we didn't stay that long.



Monday morning, Granny drove us (Dadda, Mommy, Uncle Keith and I) to a shopping mall in Edinburgh to have lunch with Aunty Jill and Nana Belle (my other Scottish granny). Everybody had a lot of catching up to do so I had to keep myself busy with whatever that was around me! Thankfully, that restaurant was real 'kids friendly' where it had toys and finger food to keep me entertained.



After lunch, we went to the Edinburgh castle with Uncle Keith (because Mommy had admitted shamefully to Dadda that in all the time she stayed in Edinburgh, she'd never been to the castle! What a shame, Mommy!) Dadda had been to the castle when he went to visit a friend years ago so he promised to take both of us there. It was so windy when were at the castle compound that I fell asleep most of the time.




I only woke up when we stopped to have tea at Queen Anne's cafe somewhere inside the caslte area. After that, we took a walk around town, went into a bookshop and several souvenir stores and then headed home by bus. Oppss, I forgot, we also had an early dinner at the famous Kebab Mahal!





The next day, we went back to Edinburgh town to meet up with the newly weds. We arrived at the bus station, took a tour bus and got off halfway through the tour and walked all the way to
Mommy's old school, James Gillespie's High School, where we met Mommy's headteacher, Mr. Wallace (he was the Assistant Headteacher then). We stayed for awhile and talked to him, took some photos and walked back. On the way, we stopped to take pictures at Pak Su's school, Sciennes Primary School and the apartment where Mommy and Pak Su used to stay with Tok Mama.








Our final stop was Aunty Anna's shop called The Covet. Aunty Anna's one of Mommy's school friends too. She owns a very 'posh' shop which sells leather goods such as bags, purse as well as jewelleries. We then had to bid farewell to Aunty Rachel and Uncle Steve Aunty Anna before taking the bus straight to the airport where Uncle Keith was waiting for us to fly back to Bristol.




Aunty Rachel and Uncle Steve will also be leaving for their honeymoon on Friday to Venice and board a cruise to go around Greece and later this year, they will probably migrate to New Zealand. Hopefully we will see them again, perhaps in New Zealand next time. Keeping my fingers crossed!

I really miss everyone in Edinburgh; Granny Glenda, Pops Pete, Nana Belle, Aunty Jill, Torin, Arlo, Aunty Rachel and Uncle Steve. I got a lot of presents from them, books from Granny, Pops and Aunty Jill and a lovely bracelet from Nana Belle. I didn't get to meet Aunty Jill's daughter, Rosa, though, because she was really busy preparing for her big exams.

Don't miss the next part!
I promise it'll be the last of the My First Trip Overseas Trilogy series.

It's going to be more interesting and more photos to look at too!

Saturday, 15 May 2010

My First Trip Overseas, Part I

I was looking forward to this trip since last year!
Finally, the day came when I had to wake up real early at 6am,
not to go to school but to get ready to go to the airport. Woohoo!


Days earlier, I heard Mommy and Dadda talking and worrying about our trip (they mentioned something about a volcano in Iceland?).
Mommy was really angry at the volcano and kept saying
"let us go there first and then you can erupt all you want and we can get stranded in UK but not here!"
I guess the volcano did somehow listened to Mommy and our flight were right on schedule.

Tok Abah, Tok Mama, Pak Su and Mama sent us off and at the airport, Umi Yoyoi walked with us right till the boarding room. She was able to do that because she's working there.

The flight to UK took about 13 hours. I had fun and really enjoyed myself on the flight. I played games, watch movies, ate and slept.



Finally, we landed. Mommy put me on the stroller we borrowed from Aunty Alma (because mine is too big) and walked out of the airport. Everything was normal till I felt the wind blew. It was really NICE and COOL! Wow! So, this is why we were looking forward to this trip...

Anyway, we then took the bus to Uncle Keith's house in Cheltenham. I think the journey took 2 hours. I slept all the way and when we finally got off the bus, it was already dark and it was freezing! We took a taxi to Uncle Keith's house but he wasn't home and had left the keys with his neighbour for us. We ate supper Uncle Keith cooked and left for us and slept.



Next morning, I woke up because I heard some noise outside our room. I thought I was dreaming but when I woke up and looked outside, there they were, lining outside the fence. I saw sheep in the field or meadow behind the house! I immediately serenaded Mommy and Dadda with my rendition of Baa Baa Black Sheep. I didn't realise that it was 6.30am because it was bright and sunny outside. I found out that the sun comes out early in UK, apparently. To my surprise, I woke Uncle Keith up too and he peeked into our room to wish us Good Morning, hehe... sorry about that, Uncle Keith.

So, when all of us were finally ready, we went down and Uncle Keith had fixed us some breakfast. He asked Mommy and Dadda of our plan. They said they didn't mind doing whatever Uncle Keith had planned for us. So, off we went to our first sightseeing tour with Uncle Keith.



We came to a place where there were lots of ducks and a river. It was beautiful. We walked around, had tea and scones and finally went to see a miniature village. Mommy said the name of that place is Bourton-On-The-Water.



After that, we went to a museum quite near to Uncle Keith's house. Mommy was the one who wanted so much to go there. She said the museum was the birthplace of a composer named Gustav Holst. I was asleep most of the time we were at the museum. By the time I got up, we were upstairs, somewhere, playing with old toys.



That night, Uncle Keith made Fish n Chips for tea and then after watching a bit of TV, we went to bed. Tomorrow's another big day. We have to wake up at 4am to drive to Bristol (which was about a couple of hours from Cheltenham) to take another flight to Edinburgh.

Why were we going to Edinburgh? That's the whole purpose of this UK trip. I'll tell you all about that in my next post... Stay in touch!

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Passport to Happiness & My First Contest!

Hi everyone, just a quick one. I promised in my last entry that I'd upload my passport photo soon.
So, here it is:



Unfortunately, it doesn't show my happiness and excitement in having my own passport, hehehe...

Also, since I'll be away, I want to launch a simple contest here, for you to win cool prizes & souvenirs from the UK!!
All you have to do is these;

1. Be my follower on the Google Friend Connect Follow Tab at the side of this blog.

2. Vote for me here:
Vote For Us @ TopBaby Blogs! The Best Baby Blog Directory

3. Post your comments here (with link to email/blog) on why you deserve prizes from the UK.

That's it. The most creative one will win! :)

Anyway, we'll be away for about 10 days trip to the UK.
I'll tell you about that when I get back!

Pray for our safe being and Cheerios!

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

My 2nd Birthday Bash and Welcome To Destinasi BibAni!

Finally, the day arrived... the day I turn 2...

On the morning of my birthday, Dadda and Mommy took me to a photo shop to take a photo for my passport. Yes, we're going on a plane to somewhere far, far away... but I'll tell you about that later. Anyway, my photo session turned out to be a not-so-exciting experience because I was in the beginning, shocked at the big lights they call 'flash' the first time we took my photo. It came to a point where I shudder at the sight of big square lights. Hence, the not-so-good-looking photo.
(will upload those soon!)

After that, went straight to pick up my special birthday cake. It's a Mickey Mouse cake Mommy ordered from Aunty Chloe, who also made my 1st birthday cake last year.


This year's theme: Mickey Mouse! Nice cake kan?

After we picked up the cake, we headed to the balloon shop to pick up some balloons for my party. Mommy had pre-ordered them 4 days before. From there, we went straight to Tok Abah's new house in Desa Subang Permai where we were to celebrate my birthday and Tok Abah/Tok Mama's housewarming party at the same time.


I love balloon, I love, I love balloons!!


That's ME!!

All our family members from all over came for the celebration.
We started off with Zohor prayers, lunch, doa selamat/tahlil and finally cake cutting at a gazebo outside the house Tok Abah built specially for moi!


Posing for cake cutting with Dadda & Mommy!


Blowing the candle time. Nice gazebo kan?


Foooohhh! Whyla it's still burning?

Later, Mommy distributed party packs to all my friends who came to celebrate my birthday.
My party pack was also a Mickey Mouse bag filled with all sorts of toys and Mickey Mouse stationery.


With my 2 grandma's, the Aries babies! Tok Mama & Mama.. :)

After most of our guests have gone back and the remaining family members have finished eating, we all adjourned to the hall to open my presents!
I received A LOT of birthday gifts!!


Thank you for all the presents!!

That night, we had to leave some guests like Nek Wan, Wan Jah and Wan Dak because we had to attend a wedding of Mommy's friend, Aunty Shaly. Tok Abah, Tok Mama, Tok Ngah Man and Wan Ngah came with us too because they are friends with Aunty Shaly's parents.
When we came back from the wedding, I was exhausted that I fell asleep till the next day!

I'd like to thank everyone who came and made my birthday a very exciting one!
Thank you soooo much for all the gifts too!

Hope all of you who came had a great time as all of us did.
I'll now let the pictures do the talking... All 545 of them from all the different cameras!!



Thursday, 1 April 2010

Countdown to 2

As of today, the 2nd of April, it's 1 week to my 2nd birthday! But yesterday, I got a surprise.
Dadda gave me an early birthday present! Look at my first 2nd birthday present...







Cool eh? I was sooo excited! Thank you, Dadda!!! Ababoo...!!! (that's 'I Love You' in my language...)
All the pictures are here;



p/s: Also Happy 61st Birthday to Mama!!

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

My Blog Is Carbon Neutral

"According to a study by Alexander Wissner-Gross, PhD, physicist at Harvard University and environmental activist, an average website causes about 0.02g (0,0008oz.) of carbon dioxide for each visit. Assuming an average blog gets 15,000 visits a month, it has yearly carbon dioxide emissions of 3,6kg (8lb.). This can mainly be tracked back to the immense energy usage from (mainframe) computers, servers, and their cooling systems."

Wow! Did you all know about this? Mommy says it's bad and when I grow up, the world as I see it now probably won't be the same anymore if this goes on plus another thousands little environmentally un-friendly activities we do everyday!


Tok Abah teaching me about tress! I love GREEN!

So, I'm taking this initiative to make my blog a carbon-neutral one. It's cool and it's free!
Here's an interesting story:

One day, Mommy and Dadda received an e-mail from Germany.
They stumbled upon my blog and told us about their project. Cool eh?
I'd never thought that people in Germany would be interested in my blog! Hahaha!


Anyway, a young team in Germany is apparently working for an initiative called "Make it green!". They are doing their part in reducing the carbon footprint by raising awareness of the severe environmental damage caused by carbon emissions. One of their activities is to raise awareness of the carbon emissions resulting from the use of the internet - specifically of blogs.

So, after going to their website and read about the whole thing, we feel that we could take part in this beneficial activity.

You could too! Just go to :
http://www.kaufda.de/umwelt/carbon-neutral/how-you-can-join

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So, how do they actually neutralise my blog's carbon footprint? Well, they will plant trees in cooperation with the Arbor Day Foundation in Plumas National Forest in Northern California for their project to neutralise the carbon footprint of blogs. Thousands of wildfires burned down many national forests over the past ten years and 88.000 acres of Plumas' were destroyed by two fires in 2007. (I'm so glad that we don't have major forest wildfires in Malaysia... imagine all those trees that got destroyed!). To help replanting they need the support of bloggers from all over the world!

For every participating blog, they plant a tree. One blog - one tree.
So this post will give them 1 more tree!

I hope anyone reading this will do the same.
Maybe someday, the same initiative can be done in other parts of the world too!


Let's conserve our environment so I can play with nature even more!

So, everyone, let's "Make It Green!".


Friday, 19 March 2010

The ABC Song

This is me singing the ABC song (well, at least it sounded like the ABC song...). Cool eh?

Take 1







Take 2







p/s: Dadda will be going to be a facilitator in Melaka for the next 6 days to help build leaders of tomorrow!
I'm going to miss you Dadda. Have fun & come back safely! Check out www.diodecamp.com!


Make sure you read this too!

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