Tuesday, 26 March 2019

A long overdue post: 2018 in passing

Top Moments of 2018 (in no order of merit)

1. Seeing my 2nd son James taking his first steps (Now a walking screaming toddler, save me)
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Nothing can stop me now!

2.Launching my first online website (and learning how hard it is to start an online business) but a lot of lessons learnt from that.
You can see the website here.

3. Organizing the first QCD-LKA masters Grandmaster invitational event, and seeing 2 of our top local players score master-level nominations. See tournament website here. Even better, the Strait Times Newspaper covered our humble event as well.

4. Driving up to Genting with my family. It was fun driving up and down the mountains.
Cable Car!

5. First ever holiday trip with my extended family (Taiwan)

Mountains and Hills. Ah.. Fresh air.

6. The 2018 Bangkok Chess Open. My first chess tournament where I actually went with friends and had a blast. Good memories of fighting chess and encouraging one another.

Special thanks to my wife who has supported all my endeavors. May we have more crazy adventures together.

Sunday, 24 March 2019

An unexpected holiday in Penang.

Just Father and Son. Yay. No girls allowed!

A few weekends ago, I had the wonderful opportunity to travel with my firstborn to Penang to spend some quality time together.  I was joined by my sister/brother-in-law and my nephew/niece.

Needless to say, I had a fantastic time. I'll let the photos do the talking.

Travelling from the van to the hotel

Sleepy head. Guess he's not used to travelling that much yet.
We stayed at the Rasa Sayang Shangri-la Hotel. It's an old hotel (over 30 years old!) but recently renovated. The exterior building looks a little dated but the rooms were comfortable and equipped with modern fittings. Most important, the environment was quiet and relaxing.

just exploring around 

These old trees covered much of the surroundings. They give you a strange feeling of peace when you stare upon them for a while. 

The hotel's main cafe, where most of our meals came from.

Being a single parent with a toddler was a new experience, and I'm glad to report that both of us soon adapted to a new schedule rather quickly.  With 3 toddlers in total in tow, our activities mainly centred around the beach, the swimming pool and the adventure playground in the adjacent hotel. 

Check out that awesome slide!

Probably the best highlight of the trip was the meal at David Brown on top of Penang hill. 

David Brown. One of Penang's Best Restaurants
That is a rather large dessert. 
Penang Hill

Check out that lamb. Yummy!
"I say boys, this is a rather large cannon."

The view from Penang Hill at night. 

Bottom line: I really enjoyed my time with John and hope to have another opportunity similar to this soon.