Bali, Indonesia May 2016

Trying to catch up with some posts, in May we headed to Bali for a weekend with Bill. This time we stayed in Nusa Dua, on the south side in a private gated resort area. We choose the Westin as it was promised to have a great kids club and overall family friendly vibe.

The resort itself was great, very clean and big – we booked a family style room and the girls got their own bean bag chairs.
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The best part was of course the beach though. The sand is man-made and brought in constantly to keep it looking good, they sweep the beach several times a day to get rid of trash or seaweed that might have washed ashore. The girls loved building sand castles.beach Krisp Krisp2

We rented a day bed and gazebo so we can lounge all day and watch the kids playing in the sand. Great burgers and fries as well.P0710071 P0930093 P0860086 P0750075

A whole family of squirrels came over and you can feed them right out of your hand, although the staff told us its much safer with a cup. There was a guy selling ice cream nearby and he gave us a couple of cups with nuts in them to let the girls feed the squirrels.P1040104 P1150115 P1660166

The staff setup a little fishing adventure for the kids, you get to catch and release all the fish in their pond. Katie must have caught like 30.
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All in all, it was a great trip and looking forward to heading back someday.P1710171 P0520052

So it’s been a while

A lot has changed in the last 9 months, the girls turned 4 years old, I’ve got a new job, and Qumi is a volunteering master. Everyone is back in Japan for the school holidays already and I am still in Singapore. Qumi sent me a couple pictures of the girls playing with those scary looking beetles and I thought I would post them for you.


Right before they left for Japan, we threw a big birthday party at the BBQ pits in our apartment building. Here they are getting ready to cut the cakes.


I’ll try to keep posting more stuff as I get some time.

obon in fukushima

This was the first obon since jiji passed, and we all headed to Japan. I only had about 5 days this time, but all three ladies are staying another week. It was great being able to mostly relax without any where we needed to run to. We visited some friends and went to the Koriyama matsuri, also welcomed in one of Qumi’s friends with a new baby girl! Had some kaiten sushi, blew up a ton of fireworks, and generally had a great time. I will miss them while I head back to Singapore in an hour, but the business class upgrade certainly helped 🙂

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On the shinkansen to Fukushima, green car!
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False advertising, its a juice vending machine
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Katie is so excited to get ready for the matsuri
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Kristie initially fought getting dressed, but baba was able to convince her
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Free stuff!
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All 3 girls dressed for the summer festival in Koriyama
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Katie looks like an angel in this picture

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Kristie was ready for ice cream and had enough of the parade by this point
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Biggest taiko drum ever
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Gotta love Japan, fireworks sold everywhere
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Our haul for the girls first hanabi
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It’s nice to get a break and watch some baseball while the girls play with puzzles
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Special request for dinner one night from Kristie
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She absolutely loves them
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Somehow Katie wound up with all the shells though