Dad,

Few mths later, there is Home Improvement Programme (HIP) – reno of toilets in selected blocks by HDB. Mum is thinking of reno kitchen as well & off we head to the fair @ Expo. At first, we are just going there to see the types of designs for kitchen until we walk into Image Creative Design (ICD) booth. His name is Z & he’s chatting with mum to find out more details of mum’s ideal kitchen design. K1 is looking at the newspaper cutting & awards that ICD put at the booth. Z is now mum’s interior designer & he tries his best to accommodate to mum’s request.

The Chinese word tattoo ‘禅’ caught K1 eye so K1 ask Z what’s the meaning. His reply is his name in Chinese. There are 3 occasions that Z don’t like – CNY, his bday & X’mas. Hopefully, Z will slowly start to enjoy CNY & X’mas as it’s a yearly festive season that family, relatives & friends catch up with each other.

K1 found another person who has few similarities (such as the drawings) with Dad & he is Z. Z tend to be a happy go lucky guy & he enjoys what he is doing (happy for him that his hard work being recognized by owners). We’re of same age but Z put his career first as he is a family man who is helping his mum to take care of family. Perhaps K1 grew up in an environment filled with warmth & happiness that lead K1 prefer to have work-life balance.

One cannot choose the environment that one grew up. However, one can choose to have the mindset to be happy everyday regardless of any bad or sad events that happen. Thank you for letting K1 to meet Z as K1 see Dad in Z 🙂

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3D2N Toronto

It’s New Year Day… We woke up early morning to catch Air Canada flights from Quebec city – Toronto (transit @ Ottawa). The taxis from Quebec city – airport run on fixed rates & not by taxi meter. It’s too early in the morning, K1 is not hungry yet so share a cup of hot choco with K2. Rjjj, moon jie & K2 had their b’fast at Tim Hortons, Quebec city airport while K1 had b’fast at Tim Hortons, Ottawa airport.

Toronto’s bnb is located about 5 minutes walk from the Bloor subway line (Dufferin Station). We stayed at 1st & basement level of bnb while the host & family stayed at 2nd level of bnb. There are kitchen, sofa bed in living room, backyard at 1st level while a bedroom, a bathroom, washing machine & dryer at basement level. Bnb host makes us feel at home especially with K1 name besides door bell as well as she bought a choco cake for us to eat (Thank you…). K2 likes this bnb very much as there is a wide variety of shows such as Apple TV, Netflix, sports channels etc.

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View from hall & kitchen @ Toronto bnb

The next day, Rjjj & moon jie went shopping while K1 & K2 went to Casa Loma & Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). The staff at Dufferin station recommended us to buy a family day pass as it’s cheaper than 1 way metro fare.

It’s free at leisure till midnight flight departure so we had 3 course lunch at 360 Rest, CN Tower as well as a view of Toronto from CN Tower. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience & we are full after our lunch except for K2 who did not find his lunch filling. After that, K1 & K2 went window shopping & K2 asked K1 if there is anything K1 want to buy. K1 concern that baggage allowance might exceed if K1 buy more stuff cuz K2 already bought many stuff such as help his friends & K1 to buy Abercrombie clothes.

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3 course lunch @ 360 Rest, CN Tower

Baby Yujia

Dad,

K1 is reading Sunday Times… Baby Yujia & her mum appear on newspaper as part of ‘Raising hopes via crowdfunding’. Google baby Yujia facebook & found this link (https://give.asia/movement/help_for_baby_yujia), pls click the link for more info & help baby Yujia if possible. No matter how much the amount you donated, it’s the thought that counts…

Parents hope that their child will be born healthy but one can’t choose & need time to slowly accept that their child is born with rare illness. In the beginning, they might be thinking what they have done wrong & why is their child born with rare illness. However, this could be a challenge or an obstacle that they need to encounter & overcome. Encouragement & emotional support from family & friends are important so that they know they are not fighting alone. In addition, they become strong & resilient so as to look after their child as well as in search of treatment hoping that their child could recover.

Jia you baby Yujia & her family 🙂

3D2N Old Quebec

K2 book transfer at Uber app and off we head to Gare d’autocars de Montreal for Orleans Express coach to Quebec city. Upon arrival at Québec (Centre-ville) also known as Terminus d’autobus de La Gare Du Palais, K2 look for a taxi that could fetch 4 of us & our 8 luggages to Chateau Bellevue.

Chateau Bellevue is located in Old Quebec and walking distance to Fairmont Le Château Frontenac. The rooms are not ready so we had brunch at L’omelette Rest. K1 & K2 had about 2 hrs sleep the night before as we were busy packing the items that K2 brought & bought the past few mths back to home country. Hotel rooms are small but enough space for us to put 3 luggages & 5 luggages. K1 & K2 slept in afternoon & woke up at night for dinner cum supper.

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Decor in room & outside view from room @ Chateau Bellevue

We spent NYE exploring Old Quebec, K1 felt like K1 is back in Europe. After brunch at Le Petit Chateau, K1 & K2 had fun at Toboggan ride. Rjjj & moon jie explore Lower Town by walking down the stairs and taking Funicular to Upper Town. K1 & K2 went shopping at Upper Town & a stroll to outside the Old City. After shopping, K1 & K2 went to Tim Hortons for hot Choco / Mocha & muffin before walking to Fortifications of Quebec National Historic Site for a view of Quebec city. K2 ask if want to take bus to see Montmorency Falls but his mobile low battery (K1 & K2 did not go as might lost our way if battery is flat). On our way back to hotel, we walk past an outdoor ice skating rink & a shop that sells many designs of Ty kitty (Reindeer kitty caught my eye but did not buy).

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Brunch @ L’omelette Rest & Le Petit Chateau