Wednesday, February 22, 2012

In Two Months (Charis writes)

It's amazing what changes 2 months can bring...

Thanksgiving (Nov) 2011
January 2012
I do feel heavier...

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Our Jedi Baby (first sneak peek!)

Our little Jedi Baby. Hopefully we get to see your entire face at the doctor's tomorrow.

Our babymoon (Charis writes)

It's been a long while since our last post. It was not easy keeping it up after awhile. So much has happened since then, I am now at my 3rd trimester at 33 weeks, 1 week shy from being banned from getting on any flights. Last weekend, Samuel and I went on our babymoon in Hua Hin, Thailand. A new term for the both of us, it simply means a trip that "is intended to be a final romantic fling before venturing into parenthood" (thanks, Wikipedia!).

Once again, I'll let the pictures do the talking with some commentary along the way.

We decided to take the train to Hua Hin, took us almost 4 hours (even though the ticket stated only 3) but it was a pleasant journey with lots to see. Can't say the same for the way back though.

The railway station is a beautiful, quaint little building apparently dating back to the Victorian era or was it a Victorian-inspired architecture (something like that). The town itself reminded us of laidback Chiang Mai or Hanoi (with the small alleys).

We stayed in the beautiful Hua Hin Hilton (still using the points from our wedding!) and no, we didn't say we were on our honeymoon, but we got the full honeymoon treatment! Cake, towel swans, roses and all... This will be our 2nd "honeymoon" with the Hilton. The view from our room's balcony was a sight to behold. This was going to be a start of a wonderful holiday...

Down to the beach we went and to just have a walk together looking at the people and enjoying the sun and the surf. Our friend, Michelle, was right. There were so many old(er) people everywhere! I guess Hua Hin is a better choice for older folks and families compared to Phuket or Pattaya.

We played 2 rounds of pool in the family lounge... (Baby, mummy had to teach daddy how to play this. Remember that.)

...and also took the bubble elevators up and down again overlooking both sides of the hotel (one facing the town area and the other, the beach and the hotel's swimming pool) from the Lobby to the highest floor (the 17th floor) just so we could have the thrill of sitting on something like a Solero Shot (the theme park ride that shoots you up fast and drops you fast as well) and also take some beautiful pictures. Our hopes were dampened on the way down though, when we had to stop to pick up 3 families on the way. Oh, well!

Yes, baby. You are warned! Your parents can do some pretty silly things. And we hope to not forget this fun side of ours when you are here and probably will embarrass you only until you're about, say, 10. Okay, 7. Alright, 6 and that's our last offer!

And finally a night out for seafood and a stroll in the Night Market. We came back to our room and enjoyed the last bits of the moonlight and bright stars on our hotel balcony over some Hua Hin Roti and Malee fruit juice. 

The moonlight was just awesome. You could see the stars pretty clearly as well.

Before we left, we said goodbye to the sand and the beach and headed back to the railway station to catch our ride home. It was a really relaxing babymoon with just us (and the occasional kicks from the baby) getting to know each other again and enjoying each other's company. We don't know what the future is going to be like with the baby, but at least we know that we're going to be in this together.

Parenthood? Bring it on, baby!