Time flies in 6d5n – actually the ‘longest’ family home away WE had so far
– nothing to shout about; I know many that go for holiday for weeks but for us, it is a luxury already 😁😁
Here are some of the things we did in Phuket island
– sunshine, sand, wave play and picking crabs
– room games: uno, checkers and bingo
– read book
– watch tv
– shopping mall: lego
Instead of staying in the hotel room and glued to the tv, we went to build lego at the toy department (Central Mall Patong)! 🤭😆
– islands hopping
~Nikki’s and Norrah’s first island hopping; Noelle’s second (her first was 2+yo)
Destination: Khai islands 🌴
~Dipping into the deep sea water 😁😁
Me: We are going to stop here and take a dip!
Noelle: 😨😨 what that means?
Me: We are going into the sea water straight from the boat. There’s no beach/sand.
Me: So, you want to do it? 🙄🙄
Me: 🙄🙄🙄🙄 We took so long a journey here by car and then boat. You don’t want to try? 🙄🙄🙄
Noelle: 🙄🙄🙄 🤷🏻♀️
Me: 😒😒Never mind la, I go myself. You all stay with papa on the boat! 🙄🙄🙄
Noelle: 🙄🙄🙄🙄ok la, I wanna try!
And there she went with me into the deep sea with the safety jacket. The first round was a short one – because Nikki followed and wanted to get out right after. After getting on the boat, Noelle asked for a second try, after which she declared ‘this is the MOST FUN ever!’
– dolphin show
– eat and sleep
– swimming in the hotel swimming pool
– exploring the little Patong town
We stayed at Viridian Resort this time. It is smacked between the Jungceylon mall and also the Patong beach. Both are of walking distance to us.
》Our Phuket trip this year is also meant to celebrate Norrah’s second birthday! Hope she really had fun.
Our little traveller’s second time on a plane and doing a great job; this round she has a seat by herself on the plane 😆
>> Even if she doesn’t remember this trip, her sisters will remember it very well, I bet! 😁😁
》The bigger toddler – Nikki actually behaves better than expected 🤭🤣 for our Phuket trip; maybe because we predicted how she will behave.
While stickers may not have initially entice her to behave well, eventually after seeing Noelle getting more stickers (and have it arranged nicely) Nikki was motivated to do so. She did walk more than our expectation (we actually did not bring our stroller around Patong but left it in our hotel room). She’s a chatter box who talk non stop when she is in her good mood. Sometimes she wants her papa while sometimes she wants me – but in the five nights, she slept with papa because it was the easiest way for her to get stickers without having to fight with Noelle! 🤣
Nikki actually wants to be ‘better than’ Noelle in some sense (being competitive) – she can’t see her own flaws but like to pick on Noelle’s mini flaws; provoking/ poking Noelle and hence Noelle gets pretty annoyed with Nikki too. One of the things that Nikki may have regretted for mimicking Noelle was jumping into the sea with life jacket from the speed boat! That instantly shocked Nikki and she asked to go back up the boat immediately! 😂 She has the least patience with the dolphin show.
Nikki and Norrah – When Norrah wanted something which Nikki has, Nikki will not give in until Norrah gave up on what she wanted. It happened usually during meal times (fighting for the fruit juice) and it did make meal times unsatisfactory because of their nuisance.
I constantly remind myself to stay cool/calm with Nikki and let hubby ‘manage’ her if she throws a tantrum! Her annoying thing is she wants to be ‘different’ – for example when we uniformly wanted to go to the sea, she wants to play with sand! 🙄Sometimes we just have to give up doing things together as a family because of Nikki! 😒
Overall, Nikki enjoys this holiday (according to her – I asked her at the point of writing this) and hopefully the memory will stay with her.
》Noelle is at a pretty good age to travel with. She is great at posing for photos. She loves exploring and adventures. She is flexible and great at entertaining herself. She does whine, but just a little – mostly caused by Nikki. 🙄 But, she has been good in giving in to her little sisters.
At certain points, I know I failed at giving her the attention she deserved, I failed at keeping my temper when all she wanted was to ask me a question, I failed at holding her when she needed me most and I failed at laughing with her while she found something ticklish. (Sometimes I do think friends with single child does better mothering than me😢)
Overall, she is the one who appreciates this Phuket trip the most! It is an oversea trip that she has waited for more than a year. She says she enjoys the dolphin show the most!
At the end of the trip, we told her that we (actually papa) need to save money all over again so that we can go for an oversea holiday next year (if any🙄). She then asked ‘where are we going next year?’ Seems like she is helping papa set a (destination) goal before even starting to save up! 😆
》There’s a lot been talk about how tough it is to be a mum! Often, we do neglect the role of a dad, especially one who is the sole breadwinner of the family.
Despite taking the total share of economic responsibility, hubby does take part in kids ‘ activities (though sometimes I doubt his whole presence 🤭🙄) and shares a small part of household responsibilities (though I need to kick his butt for some😒🙄). In addition, he has always been my punching box whenever I am stressed with the kids (or for whatever reason). 😂
Setting aside the daily ‘challenges’ (I.e tantrums and misbehaviours from the kids), I do think that I am living in a ‘comfortable’ zone. While I might ‘complain’ about how I feel stuck with the kids 24/7, hubby has not resented the fact that he has to make ends meet with just one income. I know he has sacrificed a lot of his ‘wants’ in order to make a better life for the family. And one of his goals is to bring us on a overseas trip (besides a domestic trip) on an annual basis. I am glad that he has us in mind – not a trip for himself but for me and the kids.
I wanted to take this moment to thank you for everything you’ve done on my behalf and on behalf of our children. Don’t think I don’t notice the sacrifices you’ve made and continue to make. Our culture may not care, but I do.
》Final post for #phuket holiday
This time I didn’t prepare much food for the trip. I just brought along the food jars and the usual utensils, just in case. The food jars were filled with fried rice for the first night before we explore the place. Other than that, I didn’t use the food jars at all.
I was prepared that they will taste Thai street food (ok la, for the first time – as long as not fast food). I knew that there is a supermarket that has A to Z if I really need to prepare any food with the jars. (Moreover, we only brought two big luggage bags for the five of us – clothings for 6d5n, and it was already filled up)
Breakfast was provided by the hotel. For lunches, we had their local noodles soup in one of the shops that we went before in 2016 (we love the taste a lot) and food court in Jungceylon (which was air conditioned and seems like cleaner and better quality compared to Banzaan market) – the girls enjoyed the wantan noodles there. We bought a lot of fruits and buns from C supermarket for snacks. For dinner, we had it at OTOP market – let them try on braised pork rice, pork satay, grilled fish, Thailand pork burger, bbq pork ribs, pad Thai, fried chicken and fries.
Overall, Noelle tried and tasted most of the food we ordered. She doesn’t really like Thai food, I guess – because she told me her favourite food there was wantan noodle and fried chicken! 🙄 On the other hand, Nikki didn’t eat much – even breakfast. She ate more of the buns and fruits we bought. Norrah was almost same as Nikki. 🙄🙄 Three of them drank a lot of fresh fruit juices during our stay.