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

4D3N Montreal

It’s snowing & raining… K2 book transfer at Uber app & off we head to Ottawa Central station for Greyhound coach to Montreal. Upon arrival at Gare d’autocars de Montreal, we took cab to K2 bnb as we were travelling with luggages & cab is a convenient option (there are stairs from bus station – metro). K1 book the bnb nearby bus station but the host cancel reservation because host need the bnb to look after dad who is diagnosed with ‘Charlie’. Luckily, K2 friends are leaving their bnb earlier so we stay at K2 bnb.

The bnb that K2 stay in Montreal for 4-5 mths, is about 10 mins walk to metro Lionel-Groulx. The living room & kitchen at 1st level while 2 rooms (1 double bed in 1st room, 2 double beds & baby cot in 2nd room) and bathroom at 2nd level. K2 say everywhere we go is about 30 mins ride by metro.

Day 1, K2 recommend to buy 3 days metro pass as we will be going to many places by metro. After 素 lunch buffet @ Yuan Vege, we went to interactive see saw @ Place Des Festivals (musical see saw with lights). K2 ask if we’re interested to watch Comedy Nest (CN) as need to understand the jokes and enjoy the show. Laughter is heard throughout the show & the nearest metro to walk to CN is Atwater.

Day 2, woke up to snow and feel like eating a hot bowl of noodles soup. So we had Korean instant noodles soup with brussels sprouts, mushrooms and seaweed (bought the vege on day 1 at supermarket). It’s quite hard to find Orangina in home country so K2 bought a 1.75L bottle of Orangina when K2 saw it at supermarket – yummy Orangina 🙂

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B’fast – hot noodles soup. View from hall & kitchen. 

We went to Underground City and found out that it is connected to Montreal Central train station, hotels such as Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, shopping malls such as Le Centre Eaton. K1 bought a tote bag with seashells design in yellow & white colours at Bentley. K1 also bought another 2 Ty kitty ~ Mermaid & Cotton candy. In Nov 2014, K1 was delighted to see different designs of Ty kitty at Podgorica airport but did not buy as might exceed luggage allowance. K1 was happy to see Ty kitty at X’mas mkt, Vienna & bought 1 X’mas kitty (Ty beanie baby). There are Ty soft toys in home country but have not seen any Ty kitty.

After shopping, it’s time to head to Bell Centre to watch Toruk – The First Flight. The staff at Bell Centre very strict, K2 had to throw away the burger set meal that he bought during the security check. Felt bad that Rjjj & Moon jie didn’t watch the show as they cannot throw away the makan stuff such as maple syrup candies & cookies that they bought for family & friends. The soundtracks are nice to listen & one will enjoy watching the performance if one has watch before 1 of the performances by Cirque du Soleil.

Day 3 (the day we spent most of our time walking on snow), we did not climb Mont Royal as it’s very cold. We had snowball fight & saw a family building snowman on our way from bnb – metro station. K2 brought us to Chinatown & K1 saw someone familiar outside a bakery but did not ask if know each other as it’s cold & we’re hungry. We went into a cafe & order Tom yum noodles soup. The weather is bad with fog so the staff don’t allow us to walk further into Old Port. We detour to a cafe for a cup of hot chocolate & the cafe is having a promo for maple cream cookies (2 boxes for the price of 1 box). After our dinner of Poutine & Omelette, we head to watch Star Wars movie. K2 was telling K1 that he likes the cinemas in Montreal as the seats can recline, the seats are more comfortable etc.

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Lunch – Tom yum noodles soup. Poutine & Omelette for dinner. 

Dad, felt that there is a guardian angel & family (they’re curious to know the next city for our trip & the modes of transport from point A to point B). They might also be wondering if K2 is K1 bf or brother. The guardian angel & family might be the same group of people onboard KLM flight from AMS – SIN one 1/2 yrs ago. K1 would feel unwell whenever there is turbulence & take out a small bottle of medical oil (tend to sleep as might feel abit better & also try to eat and drink abit when the meals are served). To guardian angel & family, thank you for care & concern… No plans to travel overseas this yr except for impromptu trips…

 

奶奶

Dad,

K1 is thinking if should write about nai nai’s condition as it requires lots of courage to type. To make the story short, she is admitted to TTSH on the 4th day of CNY (Chinese calendar) and now it all depends on her willpower to survive. She is resilient as we thought might lose her a few times but she overcome the pneumonia battle.

Recently, K1 see this link (https://www.caring.com/articles/how-to-say-goodbye) at Carers SG facebook & adopt few of the lessons. Lesson #5: Keep talking even if you’re not sure if you’re being heard (K1 share with her last yr Dec overseas trip. Doc suggested as nai nai becomes weaker, we can still speak to her even if she closes her eyes as she may still be listening). Lesson #8: You don’t have to issue a formal farewell every time you leave the room (K1 tell her gd night & sweet dreams of the overseas stories that K1 tell her). Lesson #9: You can speak volumes without uttering a word (K1 sayang her forehead & her hands. Doc suggested to hold her hands whenever possible to let her know that someone is with her).

This morning, receive update that her condition has worsen over the weekend and the antibotics not working on her. Doc are now concentrating on letting nai nai as comfortable as possible and also get the palliative team involved. The word ‘palliative’ means her condition is very serious & tears keep rolling down K1 face. Luckily, mgr is understanding to allow K1 take 1/2 pm urgent leave to accompany nai nai. Doc from Palliative team advice us to be with nai nai whenever possible as they gave an estimate of 16 – 36 hours. They also warn that if the hospital makes a call, we may not make it on time to hospital. Doc is trying to see if the EOL single room is available and will transfer nai nai to that room at no additional cost once it is available. She is now in another ward & bed. Nai nai, jia you 🙂

3D2N Ottawa

Dad,

We do not have experience driving in the snow although it is cheaper to rent a car and drive to Ottawa. The cab ride from Mont Tremblant – Ottawa is the most expensive cab ride throughout our trip. Cab driver is not familiar with the route, luckily K2 has Montreal mobile no and able to access google map for driving directions to Airbnb in Ottawa. Most shops are closed on X’mas Day so we bought pizza & Canada Dry Ginger Ale for dinner.

1st time book Airbnb so read the reviews and to book Superhost bnb if possible. In addition, to book bnb that is near bus stop or metro so that can take bus or metro to Downtown of each city.

Ottawa’s bnb is located in Little Italy / Chinatown area & there is a bakery opposite bnb. We stayed at 1st & basement level of bnb. There are kitchen, living room, bedroom & 1 bathroom at 1st level while another bedroom, 0.5 bathroom, washing machine & dryer at basement level. K2 said we are lucky that the bnb has 1.5 bathrooms & Netflix as the bnb that he is staying in Montreal has 1 bathroom & without Netflix.

K2 ask why we visit Ottawa as he feels that there is nothing much to see & do. K1 feel that Ottawa is the capital of Canada & to visit Ottawa since it is nearby the other cities that we are going. The next day morning, we walk to Parliament Hill from bnb (K2 lead the way using google map). Parliament Hill is nearby Fairmont Chateau Laurier, CF Rideau Centre & Byward Market. There is Boxing Day sale and we did our shopping at CF Rideau Centre. It’s K1 2nd time buying Kate Spade (KS) & there is discount for colourful polka dot wristlet. 1st time buy KS is when K2 app the photos to ask K1 if interested to buy any bag as there is online promo (K1 ask K2 to help buy a striped bag that turns out to be a baby bag, family joke that K1 is preparing to use the bag in future. At the moment, K1 plan to use the bag for staycation.)

It’s evening so we walk to Parliament Hill to see X’mas sound & lights show that people of all ages enjoy watching. After that, we took bus back to bnb and ate the Choco Hazelnut & Apple Cinnamon Beavertails that we bought.

Sweet Dreams 🙂

 

4D3N Niagara Falls & Mont Tremblant

Dad,

K1 and K2 miss Canada as we had our once-in-a-lifetime cum 1st time experience such as walking on snow & play snowball, went to Niagara Falls, K2 learnt skiing at Mont Tremblant, see X’mas lights at Parliament Hill in Ottawa, sat interactive see saw @ Place Des Festivals in Montreal as well as Toboggan ride at Old Quebec, spent few hours explore ROM & had 3 course lunch at 360 Rest, CN Tower in Toronto.

冬至 (the day we eat 湯圓), RJjj, moon jie & K1 embark our journey onboard Eva Air flights to Toronto (transit at Taipei). Almost a day of travelling, we arrived at Htl Sheraton on the Falls by Niagara Airbus. There’s an electric fireplace in htl room & htl is within walking distance to Clifton Hill & Niagara Falls. In addition, we enquire the nearest bus stop for Wego bus to go to Canada One Factory Outlets & htl gave us a 48 hours Wego bus card per pax. We had Chinese lunch at New York Rest, big portions of food that taste salty. Waited for 9pm to see Niagara Falls fireworks from htl room, K1 like fireworks.

X’mas Eve, we took Niagara Airbus to Toronto airport for Air Canada flight to Mont Tremblant. Another option is Porter Airlines but we choose Air Canada due cheaper fares & earlier flight time so that can check-in, eat lunch and see Santa Claus. Upon arrival at Mont Tremblant airport, we took shuttle service to Htl Place St Bernard. K2 took Galland coach from Montreal & arrived Mont Tremblant in the morning. Htl allowed K2 to check-in early & K2 went to learn skiing. Due to changes in travel plans a mth before departure date, most Airbnbs fully booked & limited hotels available. Thus, K1 made booking at Htl Place St Bernard htl room that is small but htl is located along the Pedestrian village that has cafes, restaurants, shops and Activity Centre. K2 suggest that we sit on the bench to eat yogurt in the cold weather. Our meals consist of crepes, noodles, Pad Thai, pizzas, Western cuisine such as Fish & Chips and vege spaghetti.

Good night 🙂

 

 

A Father’s love

Dad,

Today, mama & I went to watch Cirque Du Soleil – Totem which is an acrobatic performance. There are applause and laughter from audience throughout performance. K2, K1 and friends are planning to watch another performance by Cirque Du Soleil (Toruk – The First Flight) if time permits.

During intermission of performance, I spot an adorable girl and her father (think so). She has a braided hairstyle, maybe a braided crown and she looks like a little princess in a red dress (or maybe other colours). Her father dote her by giving her kisses on forehead. Dad also dote me except that different fathers have different ways of expressing his love to daughters.

I know that I have not fulfill another Dad’s wish but I’ll try as recently mum ask the question again. Understand mum’s concern as last year she was diagnosed with stage 0 Breast cancer and now it’s under control. But we won’t know when she will have a relapse again. So I ask her a tough qn.

Mum, since you ask this topic again, what if I meet someone who has a child but his wife is not around due to illness or other reasons? Roughly know her answer as she is quite open to the topic. K1 feel that a family who has experienced the loss of loved ones, they are often the people who will treasure quality time spent with family, relatives and friends.

Good night 🙂

Fullerton Singapore

Dear Dad,

Last night was Co. D&D, K1 wore a colourful dress and won 1 night wkend stay at Fullerton hotel. 2nd time win Fullerton hotel stay at 2 different lucky draws in last yr and this yr. So long as it is not Raffles hotel again as K1 prefer Fullerton to Raffles.

K1 will book another room so that mum, papa, mama, K1, K2, N1 and N2 could tag along for wkend staycation. N1 and N2 are looking forward to hotel staycation especially after check-out, they ask when are they going for the next staycation? Thus, their parents said they are being pampered as they had the opportunity to stay at 5-star hotels (W Sentosa, Fullerton, Raffles and next year Fullerton again). Thank you good luck as K1 could only bring them along when K1 won a night hotel stay.

2 yrs in co. and 2 more wks before peak season is over, it’s not easy for the past few mths from no motivation to finding motivation and going to ofc cuz of responsibility. It’s challenging to handle 1 of the key agents which have many groups with complicated itineraries (in/out different city). It takes time to build rapport and good working relationship with them. Sometimes, K1 feel that K1 is working for agent and not co.

Last mth, K2 ask K1 for tentative itinerary. K1 overlook that day is short and night is long during winter, luckily K2 reminded K1. 1st time plan free and easy trip for winter so need to have backup plan in case of snow storm. Found out that most attractions closed on X’mas so change plan to go mountain to see Santa Claus and have an experience of winter activities.