My April 2014

I published my Siem Reap post a couple of hours before I post this one. My apologies for the lack of posts. 

Thankful for this monthly posts as my blog would be bare without them. 

April is a big month for Thailand. It's Songkran (Thai New Year) time. And elsewhere, it's Easter week. Oh, and it's the school Spring Break. My sister spent time with us. It's great seeing her with my two boys. 

April went like this...

1. Something purple (I change my toothbrush every three months. Every quarter. It's that time again.)
2. In my hand (MAC lipstick in Viva Glam Rihanna. I was convinced to give red lipstick a try again.)
3. Shapes (My sweetie pie was playing with his toy.) 
4. Good together (Went back to regular juicing. Recipe from Mia. Carrots + apples + red beet + celery.)
5. Not mine (Someone snatched the dessert I ordered. Happens most of the time.)
6. A taste of autumn/spring (We don't get spring or autumn where we live. But I saw this pretty card at the local Starbucks.)
7. Where I'd rather be (It's Sakura time and I'd rather be in Japan than anywhere else in the world. Visiting Japan during spring is right up there in my bucket list.)
8. Hobby (A hobby I picked up when we moved to Bangkok is collecting mugs of different color from different cities.)
9. Dark (The only kind of chocolate my four year old won't take from me.)
10. My fave part of day (When I get to this point, it means the two kids are asleep, house chores are done, etc. It's finally my downtime. Sleep is next.) 
11. 3 of a kind (Been wanting to make Smores Cups since last year. Graham cracker is a scarcity in the supermarkets in Bangkok. I found my stash from the Filipino store. So yesterday, I finally made them and they are good.)
12. On my left (I absolutely adore this little one. He brings so much joy to my family of four.)
13. More please! (Of long holidays - Spring break and Songkran.)
14. Dirty (We get a lot of dirty diapers in a day. This is the life with a baby.)
15. I'm reading this (The Five Love Languages. I finally reached the 3rd language. Two more to go. I am so behind in my reading.)
16. My vice (Shopping: To think I went to the store to exchange an item I purchased yesterday, I came home with all these, too. Oops...)
17. Something I learned (This I learned early on in life. Sweet tooth.)
18. Good (Spent time with my sister and the boys at my favorite brunch place. Now this brownie is gooood!)
19. Money (Surprisingly, I have this much cash in my wallet.)
20. Egg (Happy Easter! The tomb is empty. He is risen!) 
21. Close (My two loves. My favorite part of motherhood now is when I see them play together.)
22. Four things (Today's juice combination consists of: pineapple + celery + spinach + orange) 
23. Entrance (The entrance to my favorite Starbucks store because of its proximity to our building. This branch reopened last Monday and I have visited every day.)
24. A pop of color (The red buttonholes in plain shirts. Those were a really nice touch by Ines de la Fressange & Uniqlo.)
25. Remember (Three days from today it'll be my father's birthday. He would have been 82. He passed away 14 years ago but I will forever celebrate his birthday every year. It's nice to reminisce and thank God for giving me (and my siblings) a wonderful father.)
26. Enjoy the little things (When I run errands earlier, the train was not full. There were vacant seats which were unusual but I love. I was early for my second appointment so I had time for a DQ Blizzard with Nutella. Yum.)
27. Under my feet (A striped carpet. In a hotel lobby waiting for a friend we are having dinner with. It's never boring in Bangkok.)
28. Chaotic (My manic Monday began with our bed looking like this. Well, this is a daily occurence. I finished 9 tasks before noon. Today was a particularly busy one.)
29. Contrast (Found my favorite table at the Starbucks I go to and this was my view earlier.) 
30. Something silly (How my four year old learns to dress himself. First, it starts with putting clothes on the wrong way.)

Hope you had a restful month!

Angkor Wat: A Bucket List Trip

Our annual family trip this year has been to Siem Reap, Cambodia. It was Caleb's first trip outside Thailand and his first-ever plane ride. We were crazy enough to bring two small children to a not kid-friendly city. It's our own family adventure. 

The main reason why we picked Siem Reap is to see the world renowned Angkor Wat. We braved the heat, the challenge of traveling with two kids. The Angkor Wat was worth it. 

Highlights of our trip were:

(1) The sunrise tour of Angkor Wat 

The Angkor Wat

More temple ruins

Bayon Temple

Ta Phrom

(2) Finding the best cupcakes I've ever tasted

Siem Reap has a charm of its own. It is not as developed as the rest of the cities in Southeast Asia. There are no tall buildings and the only way to go around is via tuktuk. 

The people are generally nice and helpful. My heart goes out to them. Now I have a more understanding why Hollywood celebrities are keen on helping them. 

Most of the top rated restaurants in TripAdvisor are training centers. A tip I got from CNNGo is to dine in these restaurants to help out the local community. Glad we followed this tip as the food in these restaurants were delicious!

Haven Training Restaurant and New Leaf Book Cafe serve authentic Khmer dishes. The taste of the local cuisine grew on us that I craved for their noodle dish the last day of the trip. 

Haven Training Restaurant requires advance booking
as the restaurant is always full.

New Leaf Book Cafe

We found the best cupcakes at Blossom Cafe. The red velvet was not as special but the Salted Caramel is to-die-for. The chocolate cupcake is moist enough. The sugar icing is surprisingly good that we all ate it. I usually just toss them on the side of the plate. 

Blossom Cafe

Some more tips:
  • Bring your anti-heat paraphernalia - sunglasses, fan, umbrella, sunblock and water. 
  • Currency use is US dollars. 
  • The best time to check out Angkor Wat is during sunrise
  • Entrance fee for all the temples is 20USD. The ticket is personalized. Your photo is taken at the ticket booth. Ticket will serve as your pass so do not lose it and have it available. 
  • We flew via Bangkok Airways and it was excellent. 
  • We stayed at Lotus Blanc Resort (a TripAdvisor find). Value for money.
  • A baby carrier was a big help for us. Caleb was in one while we tour the temples and go around the city. 
  • I love that almost all of the restaurants we went had free WiFi.
I cannot wait for more trips with my three boys. I wonder where we'll end up next year. I have a country in mind. Believing for it.

What is your memorable trip so far this year?

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