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Amazing Sunset

Amazing Sunset

In April, I have written that we were planning for a short trip to Malaysia. However the destination was changed to Bintan instead. Yup we went to Bintan during the 1st week of June and had a hell of the time. We all came back very tan and was our skin was peeling just like a snake shedding its skin 🙂 But whatever it is, the most important thing to me is that the boys had enjoyed themselves and of course had their fill of fun playing with the sand on the beach and the water from the pool. As usual, the nervous mummy (I) had my fill of time being skeptical that something might happen to the boys be it, falling into the sea from the kelong or a sting from the jellyfish. My stomach had been constantly in knots and on the contradictory the smiles were all over my face.

Anyway, looking through the photos, I have picked up a few of my favourite shots 🙂

The Beach Boys

The Beach Boys

The Boys Enjoying the Sea Water

The Boys Enjoying the Sea Water

The Kelong Boys

The Kelong Boys

The Pool Boys

The Pool Boys

My Very Favourite

My Very Favourite

Yup the last shot I have posted is one of my very most favourite as I thought that it is hilarious. Posting all these, I hope that in future, my boys will have a good memory of the things and places they have done and been to since they are kids.

PS: Boys, mummy will always love you all no matter what happens and thanks for giving me all the good memories.

My Boys, Sister & Colleague-Devi

My Boys, Sister & Colleague-Devi

Over the weekend, my department had one of the functions at the Night Safari which allowed us to bring our kids. Well, not only I was excited but the boys too. They were chirping on it for the whole week till the ‘BIG’ day finally arrives for them. The buffet dinner at Ulu Ulu Court was sumptuous and each condiments & sauces were beautifully paired with the grills by bringing out more flavour in the grilled food. The desserts were refreshing and the boys’ favourite is of course the Black Forest Roulade. Let me share the menu:

Cold Appetizer

Tomato & Olive

Cucumber with Yogurt & Dill

Baby Carrot in Orange Dressing

Mixed Seasonal Salad with Watercress


Thousand Island, French & Italian Dressing

Grill on The Spot

Marinated Sirloin Steak (BBQ Sauce & Black Pepper Sauce)

Marinated snapper with Spices & Herb (Lemon Wedge)

Chicken & Pineapple Kebab (Thai Chilli Chutney Compote)

Chipolata Sausage Bratwurst (Cafe de Paris Butter)

Hot Dish

Stir Fried Seafood Rice

Boiled Broccoli with Chinese Mushroom

Sweet & Sour Fish with Capsicum

Mashed Potato with Parmesan Cheese


Seasonal Fresh Fruit Platter

Black Forest Roulade Slice

Chilled Sago Honeydew

After all the above goodies, it was a ride on the private tram around the safari. Being a Singaporean, I am ashamed to say that I have never been to the night safari but yet on my 1st trip that, I was truly impressed with all closed up encounter with the roaming animals and it was indeed really educational for the boys.

Ever since the trip, everything was all about the elephants and giraffe from the boys. They have also since been harping on me to bring them there again.

PS: I will like to thank Devi (my colleague) and Denni (my boss) for keeping Clemens entertained despite his never-ending questions. J


I had to say that after going to Sydney and Melbourne, I am still a city girl at heart. Though I truly like the peace and quiet of the suburb, I do miss the city life too. I miss the tall buildings, lights and activities of the city at night.

Overall, my trip to Sydney is not quite enough. I haven’t really quite finished walking the Queen Victoria Building, Market City and some other prominent buildings. I also haven’t really quite finished exploring the streets where they have shops that caught my eyes as I was either in the car or on the bus. I also have not had enough of the seafood from the Sydney Fish market. Most of all, I wish to catch a performance at the Sydney Opera House at least once in my life time.

It can be really frustrating to have such a tight schedule with 2 boys on tow. I remember not being able to contain my own anger and I had lashed it out at my hubby. It is really not his fault but I was just angry with myself that why we can’t finished touring the city.

We also had arguments over the boys because, to me, I wasn’t sure if the city is safe enough for my boys. I had kept them on a tight rein making sure that they were never out of my sight hence perhaps because I did not explain it properly to them; my hubby and my boys find that I am being very restrictive on my boys compared to when we are back in Toowoomba.

However, I really cannot imagine losing any of my boys due to my negligence or what so ever. Throughout, I know I was constantly fearing. I always fear that they might be lost in the city where there will be no kind souls to return them to me. I fear that if I just leave them alone for awhile without us holding their hands, a van with some bad guys might just pull up and grab them before I can react. At the beach, I am constantly afraid that I might lose them to the waves despite knowing that I want them to enjoy themselves and be themselves. Ya… that is me, in me, I am a worrywart.

Despite, of some unhappiness in the trip, I really had my fair share of fun and I am grateful for the opportunity to be able to at least have a look at what is Sydney like. I am also grateful to my hubby who at least put in the effort to bring us for the tour. Most of all, I am always thankful of him for being able to tolerate my outburst. I also have to say that throughout the trip my boys have been amazing except for some crankiness due to the long journey.

I really cannot believe what a great and amazing family I have.

We woke up early while the other 2 friends were still asleep. We went on to explore a little of Coff Harbour by ourselves before going back to the motel to pick them up.

Again it was drive through at McDonald’s for breakfast, and after 4 hours of drive, we had a stopover at Byron Bay. This time round instead of hiking down to the most Easternly Point of Mainland Australia, my hubby and I headed straight to the Tallow Beach with our boys. We changed them to their wet suit and we begin our water fun. Clemens was so funny because as I held his little hand while walking down the coast, he started to collect pebbles instead of sea shell. As for Damir he was blowing bubbles with my hubby and because the sea water was salty unlike the pool water, he gagged a little on the water.

After an hour of fun, we headed back to Queensland and there was the end of our short Sydney holiday.


Brothers @ Coff Harbour


On the way to Byron Bay


Tallow Beach Overview


Clemens @ Tallow Beach


Clemens’ collection of pebbles

We went to the Sydney Fish Market for the last time and we continued our journey to the ever so famous Bondi Beach. Overall, like all the other beaches I have seen in my stay in Australia, Bondi beach also has clean, clear water with soft white sand. My boys and I had our fun walking along the beach kicking in coming waves at each other but it is such a pity that I did not bring down my camera.

It is also over here, we bought Damir his 1st pair of Ray Ban and a pair of flip flops.

Now it is time to embark our 6 hour jounry to Coff Harbour to stay for the night.


Yummy seafood


Damir’s Ray Ben


Damir’s 1st pair of flip flops

After brunch, my hubby and I continued our tour around the city taking the sightseeing bus. The boys simply love the bus because of its open roof top. We caught sight of all the famous icons from the bus and learnt a bit of the Sydney’s history.

The best was we got to tour the Sydney Opera House and I was so so amazed by the construction and structure of the opera house. The view of the Harbour Bridge from the opera house was absolutely spectacular. We even get to listen to an orchestra rehearse and the sound of it was simply beautiful without any amplifier. I was so tempted to catch the performance for that night but we had other activities for the night.

After the tour, we took a ferry to Darling Harbour and the next best thing was taking a walk along Darling Harbour with my darlings. Along the way, the harbour was bursting with activities, the breeze was really comforting to the skin and there was ample of space for the boys to run about.

That night, we too visited the red light district at Kings Cross and other than a lot of partying people, I really don’t see much. However, I am always chided by my hubby for my simple and naive brain that nothing is going on.

However, it is really one of the days I enjoyed myself most at Sydney.


Mother & Son


Stall in Market City


Sightseeing Bus



Anzac Bridge


Harbour Bridge


Sydney Opera House (SOH)


View of Harbour Bridge from SOH


Darling Harbour

At 6am we proceeded with our journey to Sydney and we arrived at about 11am. After checking in, we went prowling for lunch and we went to the Sydney Fish Market where that is the 1st time I see really fresh seafood.

Afterward, it was our own time, own target exploring the city and we were awed and fascinated by the structure of the old and new buildings together.

However the building that caught my eyes was the impressive Queen Victorian Building. Not only the exterior was magnificent, the interior was just what I like; very Victorian.

We met our friends for a nice Chinese dinner and after which we went for a walk around the city for a while. That was all for the day and we were all dead beat.


View from our apartment


Sydney Fish Market


Trays of Oysters


Queen Victoria Building (QVB)


My boys running on the carpet of QVB




Father & Son


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Hi I am Angelia Giam! This site is basically dedicated to my 2 very precious boys who have filled my life with the all the colours of the world. It is also about me striving to lead a balance and fulfilling life with the family I have created. I have also added some basic food recipes which I have tried and tasted; and recommended some parenting books which I have read and found it to be useful as well for all to share.

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