christmas 2014

A bit overdue, but here goes. Changi Airport (best airport in the world) held a Disney Christmas this year. You didn’t need to fly, just show up and enjoy what they had to offer. We were heading over there to pick up a friend that was visiting, so we brought the girls and let them have some fun. They had Mickey & Minnie to take photos with, a giant bouncy castle (the girls weren’t big enough) and Christmas Workshop. The workshop had an hourly laser light show and “snow” – yes it apparently can snow in Singapore.

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gardens by the bay

This is the first time since the girls were born that I didn’t post here for an entire month. I contemplated cheating and back-dating a few posts, but that wouldn’t be right. I have hundreds of photos to go through from the end of 2014 till today, so there will be many coming in the next few weeks. Some will be out of order, but hopefully still make sense.

Grandma came to visit and she loves flowers and fauna, so we decided to head to Gardens by the Bay. The girls made it through the first section which is a giant waterfall and mountain, but started getting antsy towards the end. I took them over to the children’s section while Qumi and Grandma checked out the flowers. The children’s section has the normal slides and swings, but it also includes a giant water fountain that you can run through. A quick change into their new bathing suits and away they went.

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Of course, I had to get in on the fun. It was a hot day! Although I should have been more careful with the sun block as my shoulders are now as red as lobsters.

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All in all, they had a great day and we stopped for some sandwiches before heading home.

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Don’t worry, it won’t take another month for the next post. Just need to find a bit of time in between the Game of Thrones marathons.



pu’uhonua o hōnaunau

Good luck trying to pronounce that name. It is a national park about 45 minutes south of where we were staying in Hawaii. It was refuge for the Hawaiian royalty of old.  The large stone walls were built around 1550 and still standing (although they did say they re-enforced parts of them). What a beautiful background though and the sun was shining – what a nice day.

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You can’t tell from the picture below, but there was a sea turtle swimming around near the shore.

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Qumi likes to point out that when I take pictures, I don’t always pay attention to everything going on.  Case in point, below Lisa is still in the shot. Oh well, I guess this is why I still have a day job.

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My brother Scott and his family came along to “get some nature” as he put it.

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After only a short time there, we realised the girls were starting to get sunburn even though we put sunscreen on twice in 20 minutes.


This old junker was just on the side of the road, but I thought it looked pretty cool, so I had Qumi snap a quick picture.



Instead of always going out to eat, we hired a couple of chef’s to come in and cook us a big meal. It was nice as we could all take our time and relax without having to constantly entertain the kids with the iPad or something. The food was great, a nice mix of local hawaiian and things that we all recognise.  Of course it wouldn’t be Bill without some Starbucks and food.

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They even came with a bouncy castle for the kids.  I’m not lying, I tried it – not so much fun for adults – perhaps if there was more alcohol it would have been fun.


The girls got into their patriotic spirit with American Flag t-shirts.