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Travelling with toddler

First of all sorry for disappearing for so long, I think I have never not blogged for this long since I started blogging.

We went on a holiday to Malaysia and Nepal and somehow I was so busy that even though I drafted a few posts, didn’t have time to publish them. But now that I am back, I will write all about our trip and Chhori’s special birthday celebration in Nepal.

But let me first share my experience in general about our travel with Chhori. As I have mentioned in my posts before, I was bit nervous about such a long flight with Chhori. Even though Chhori has been on a plane before, the longest she has travelled is around 4 hours and she was great on that but it is a different story when it came to travelling to Nepal. First of all, we had to be on two different planes with a total time of 14+ hours and on top of that as she was under 2 years old and we didn’t have a separate seat for her.

We flew from Sydney to Malaysia during the day and that 9 hour flight was the worst of the entire trip. As it was day time, Chhori slept for only an hour and the rest of the time we had to entertain her. We had a tablet full of movies and rhymes for her and also a lot of snacks but it was a very hard job. She was OK for the first few hours and then she started getting bored. She would move from my seat to AS’s and we had to try our best to make sure she was busy so she wouldn’t cry.

At one stage, she wanted the whole seat to herself so she evicted me from my seat and I ended up on the floor in from of the seat.

AS couldn’t stop laughing and luckily as we were allocated seats with good leg room I had room to sit on the floor.

Chhori also played peekaboo with a couple behind our seat. She would stand up and say “boo” and sit down again. I hope they were amused and not annoyed.

In Malaysia, she was great as we went to different tourist spots every day and she enjoyed the new environment. She loved the fact that she didn’t have to sit on a baby seat in the car anymore and she enjoyed the freedom. Above all she enjoyed the fact that mummy and daddy were with her 24/7.

The flight from KL to Kathmandu was better as it was only 4 hours and she was OK most of the way. The worst part was when we landed and we had to wait for immigration and customs and the airport was bit chaotic.

Chhori is only 2 years old but I know for sure that she loved Nepal. In Kathmandu, we spent most of our time in AS’s home and she loved it there as she had her grandparents, uncles and aunt and cousin to play with her.

Every morning when she woke up, she wanted to go to the living area straight away because she knew there will be someone to play with her. She really enjoyed the company of her relatives and was really happy to play with her cousin.

We took Chhori to visit many of our relatives and she did really well. She was social and affectionate and very well behaved most of the time. She really made us very proud.

I am sure she would have been very happy to stay longer in Kathmandu but our holiday ended shortly after we celebrated her birthday and it was time for us to come back.

I was a bit worried about our flight back but luckily for us, it was better than the journey to Nepal.

On our flight from Kathmandu to Malaysia, we had an empty seat next to us so Chhori was happy to have her own seat. It did make our journey less stressful. From Malaysia to Sydney, we got a bassinet for her and she slept most of the flight even though she was a bit big for it. I was happy to have a peacefully sleeping baby which allowed me to rest and eat my meal without worrying too much.

I was so happy when we landed in Sydney because even though I loved our trip, the flight there and back was bit tough. I think if a child is over a year old and it is a long flight, it is a good idea to buy an extra seat for the child as it will be really helpful and gives you a bit more flexibility.

Take care everyone.

from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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Christmas road trip : Katoomba – Oberon – Jenolan Caves

As mentioned before in my post, we went for a road trip during Christmas with my parents and my brother’s family. It has been a hot summer this year, so it was a perfect escape from the heat to the mountains where the temperature is cooler than Sydney.

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Our first stop was Blue Mountains in Katoomba. I have written about our previous trip here.

As it was a public holiday, there were lots of people there and families enjoying the long weekend. We were there for a while, took a few photos and decided to have lunch.

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Being Christmas Day most of the restaurants were closed. We had researched and found out that there would be an Indian restaurant open nearby so we stopped there before heading on ahead.

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Lunch was quick and OK. Then we headed back to road for another 100 km toward our next stop.

Oberon

Oberon is a small town around 180km from Sydney. The drive was pleasant with a lot of greenery and open spaces. The drive remained us our New Zealand trip as the landscape was so similar with small hillocks and lots of farms.

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It was our first time in Oberon and we liked the tiny town.

Our hotel was clean and quiet and had a big garden at the front where the kids could run around.

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After we reached the hotel, we rested for a while and went for a drive around the town. We went to a nearby park and to the Oberon damn. As it was summer, there were lots of flies at the damn but the park was fun with lots of flowers, a pond with ducks in it and a kid’s play area.

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After a while we headed back to the hotel so we could have some rest for our trip the next day.

Jenolan Caves

Our destination for this trip was Jenolan Caves, “the most spectacular and most famous cave in Australia”.

Jenolan Caves is considered the world’s oldest known open cave system (aprox. 340 million years) the cave system counts more than 40 km of passages, and is still being explored. For now, 11 caves are open to visitors to enjoy the magnificent limestone formations of astonishing beauty.

The road from Oberon is very challenging with many unsighted tight, steep chicanes.

We booked the Imperial Cave tour (the easiest one as we had kids and elderly) for 11 am.

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We wandered around until it was time for the tour. Our guide met us at the entrance of the cave and gave us some rules to follow while inside the cave. We were all excited including the kids.

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The group contained many kids and very elderly people as well so we knew we would be alright.

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The cave was cool but was perfect for summer. The entire path inside the caved was properly done so, we felt safe walking inside the cave. There were many stairs but they had a railing on the side for support.

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It was a fun experience as the knowledgeable guide gave us the history and geography about the cave. It was so much interesting to see the entire natural formed limestone and their very interesting patterns.

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The cave features include ‘The Sinkhole’, ‘Ridleys Shortcut’ (with a story on how it got its name), ‘Lot’s Wife’, the ‘Alabaster Column’ and the dramatic’ Crystal Cities’ which looks like an ancient fortress. And as its name suggests, the ‘Shawl Cave’ is filled with delightful cave shawls.

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Halfway through the trip, Chhhori fell asleep. Not her fault as it was her nap time but I had to carry her for rest of the tour.

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When the floor of the Imperial Cave was excavated in 1975, bones were discovered. The bones of a Tasmanian Devil (long extinct on the mainland) and a Wallaby are on display. As you walk through the cave, you can also see marine fossils embedded in the limestone roof and walls.

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We felt that an hour was not so long when you were enjoying every minute and it was the end of our tour.

We had lunch at the cave café after the tour and we headed back home.

Take care everyone.

from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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Our family trip to New Zealand

As I wrote in my post, I was excited and anxious about our trip to New Zealand. I was excited for Chhori as it was her first overseas trip but scared for myself as I didn’t know how I would handle her if she started to cry or threw tantrums in the plane.

Our flight was at 9 am so we took a cab to the airport very early. Luckily, Chhori woke up on her own around 6 am so things worked out perfectly. We had a bit of drama for the cab but we reached the airport on time and checked in and were in front of boarding gate by 7 am.

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Like last time, Chhori was walking around and saying “Hi” to everyone around us in the waiting lounge. She made friends with a few of the air hostess from Emirates. They were really nice and sweet with her and Chhori loved all the attention.

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Then it was time for the actual test: 3 hours flight with a toddler. The good news was that she was well behaved and happy the whole flight. She just ate and interacted with people most of the time. We also had a tablet ready for her just in case she got cranky but she was not interested in her rhymes for a long period.

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She would rather walk up and down the aisle. Everyone on-board were very sweet to her when she went in front of them randomly and said “Hi”.

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On our way back she even made friends with a family who had two kids around 6 and 8 years. They were happy to take her for almost an hour, so she sat on the mum’s lap playing with crayons and toys. The kids were playing with her and she was delighted to play with new people and toys. I really appreciated having such lovely people on-board our flight. So overall, Chhori was well behaved on the plane and our next big test will now be during our big trip to Malaysia and Nepal next year. Hope it will be as easy as this one.

As I and AS had been to New Zealand multiple times, this time we made sure we knew what we were doing every day in advance. We flew to Auckland and spent a few days in Hamilton and the rest of our trip in Auckland.

When we left Sydney, it was warm and sunny for winter but New Zealand was really cold and chilly. Once we landed, we hired a car and went straight to Hamilton.

Hamilton is a small beautiful city 2.5 hours from Auckland airport. By the time we reached our hotel, it was dark and was drizzling a little. We checked in and were glad to find our rooms were warm and cosy. We ordered our dinner and just rested for the evening as we planned to go to the Hamilton Zoo the next morning.

The next day, we were greeted by a beautiful sunny day and were glad there would be no rain for the rest of our time in Hamilton. Our hotel was next to a golf course so we could see greenery when we opened the window. I felt very relaxed and happy and so did AS and my parents.

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On the other hand, Chhori was too excited discovering new rooms, opening every drawer and cupboard :). It definitely made us realise how much we have done at our own place to childproof the rooms. We don’t have to worry at all to leave her on her own in our apartment but at the hotel, it was hard to be constantly making sure she didn’t hurt herself or break something.

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After breakfast, we drove towards the zoo . I was driving that morning and, it was a breeze to drive there in comparison to Sydney, no road madness and no crazy drives. It made me realise it may be a great idea to live in a small city where getting from one place to another is not a big headache.

I will write about our trip to Hamilton Zoo in my next post.

Till then take care and have a great day.

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

Sea World Gold coast

The main reason for our trip to Gold Coast was to visit the theme parks. When we planned our holiday we were not sure if it was the right time for it as it is was the start of winter but we were glad to discover that sunny Queensland lived up to is name and even in May, the weather was nice and sunny.

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We spent a day going to Sea World and we had a great time.

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We started the day early as we wanted to see everything in one day.

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As soon as we got there we went to watch the Fish Detective Sea Lion show. The show started at 10.15am and it was quite an entertaining show with all the tricks from the Sea Lion.

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After that we went straight to the Affinity Dolphin show where we got to learn a bit more about Dolphins and watch the amazing acrobatic performance. We really liked it and my in-laws and Chhori were happy too.

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From there it was time for some rides. Chhori enjoyed the Nickelodeon Land where there were rides for small kids so we took her on a few rides. Some she really enjoyed and others she was not very keen on.

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My in laws also enjoyed many rides including mini roller-coaster and Vikings Revenge Flume.

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The Vikings Revenge Flume was the best one for adult as it ends with a 13 meters drop with a speed of around 58 km/hr with splashes of water everywhere.

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On the Nickelodeon Land, they also had a Dora show which is called Dora’s Best Friends Adventure Show and was Chhori’s favourite show of the day. She dance and had fun with the characters on the stage.

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Throughout the day we also checked out the Polar Bears, animated Sharks and dolphins, Penguins, tropical fish, and sting rays and sharks. The interactive touch pools were good as well as we could feel the starfish and other rock pool creatures.

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The last show for the day was Jet Stunt Extreme where some of the world’s best Jet Ski competitors perform plenty of stunts and flips.

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It was a very long day and we were all tired once we finished for the day. We drove back to the hotel and rested for a while.

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Then we were off to the swimming pool and spa to wind down. I loved the holiday for various reasons – no cooking, no cleaning, no worrying, just relaxation and heaps of fun.

If you ever visit Gold Coast, make sure to visit Seat World. It is one of the best places to take kids as well.

Take care ,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

Movie World Gold Coast

We went to Warner Bros. Movie World again the next day after the Carnivale. It had a different vibe in the morning than the night before. The theme park had attractions and rides that catered to all age groups, there is something to do for everyone.

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I had tried some extreme rides here before like Superman Escape which goes from 0-100km/h in less than two seconds, Arkham Asylum which has speeds of up to 85km, batwing Spaceshot, a rapid 4.5G vertical launch up a 60 meter tower, followed by a drop into a breathtaking negative descent – beyond freefall (you feel like there is no seat under you) the last time I was here but I had never been on the Green Lantern Coaster.

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This time we didn’t bother with extreme rides but stuck to rides at WB Kids Zone which is great to go on with kids.

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We took Chhori to Looney Tunes Carousel, Sylvester & Tweety Cages with my MIL while AS and MIL went and enjoyed Road Runner Coaster.

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By that time it was time for the street parade so we went back to Main Street to enjoy the All Star Parade featuring Movie World characters including Batman, Scooby Doo & Shaggy, Bugs Bunny & friends as well as DC Superheroes and Villains.

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We also enjoyed the action-packed Hollywood Stunt Driver show which was particularly great if you love cars and stunts. It was fun with the story line and the big bang at the end.

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Overall great day for all of us.

Take care everyone,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

Movie World’s Carnivale Night

The first night we were in Gold Coast, we went to the Movie World to enjoy Carnivale. It only happens every Saturday evenings and it was the only Saturday we were going to be in Gold Coast.

At first we were not sure if we wanted to go but we decided we should and I’m glad we did it as it is a phenomenal event.

We landed at Gold Coast airport, picked up the hire car and drove over an hour to Movie World. By the time we parked there, it was dark but the weather was not too cold. Going from cold Sydney, Goal coast was the perfect temperature for us.

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When we walked through the gates it really was like stepping into Vegas with beautifully dressed performers, the music, the actual carnivale, and varieties of food.

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There were many rides operating as well and we could hear the screams of people full of excitements.

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Chhori was mesmerised by the amazing lights and the crowd. My in-laws also enjoyed the performance and the ambiance of the place.

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We took heaps of photos with the performers and enjoyed our time.

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But the highlight of the evening is definitely the spectacular parade featuring themed floats, hypnotic dancers, light displays and over 100 specialty performers who roll through Main Street with stilt walkers, acrobats, fire twirlers and more.

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As it was already late, we decided to have dinner there. My in laws had vegetarian nachos which were great but our pulled pork nachos were not very nice, though the chicken wings were amazing. As there are so many people, it was a bit of hassle and wait for the food but overall we had an amazing start to our trip and I highly recommend it for anyone visiting Gold Coast.

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Have you been to Movie World’s Carnivale Night or something similar? Please share your experience.

Take care everyone,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

 

First flying experience of Chhori

I told wrote a while ago that Chhori was flying for the first time. So here is how her first flying experience went.

We went to the Gold Coast for a holiday which is about an hour’s flight from Sydney. We were at the airport 2 hours before the flight and checked in our luggage and went straight to the gate. At this stage, we had an hour to kill before would we board the plane.

Chhori was OK until we were at the waiting area. As soon as we chose to sit down, she decided that she wanted to walk around and make new friends.

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Either I or AS was always behind her when she started her adventure. She would just walk around and find a group of people and start interacting.

Once, as I was walking behind her, she decided to stop next to 3 ladies who were standing and talking. She just stood next to them and just looked at them and smiled. She behaved as if she knew them. They were super sweet when I apologised and even talked to her for a while. Then suddenly without any reason Chhori decided to move on to another place.

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This time she found a family with 3 kids siting in the lounge area. The youngest boy was almost the age of Chhori and very shy. The girl who was around 5 years was so into Chhori that she would constantly hug her and touch her despite her mum telling her not to. It was amazing to see how kids make friends so easily. She had fun with this family for a while then she decided that she was done and moved on.

Next stop was a woman who was on her own but was eating something. Chhori was too curious and went next to her and just stared at her. I apologised to the woman and tried to move Chhori away but she didn’t want to. So I had to give her biscuits to distract so she didn’t bother the poor lady.

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Apart from these interactions, she was smiling at everyone and was very curious about everything. She made both AS and me tried by the time it was time to board the flight. 10 minutes before the boarding time she decided she want to breastfeed and I thought that was a better idea than running behind her. So I started to breastfeed and 5 minutes into it she went to sleep. She was still asleep when we boarded the flight and even throughout the whole flight. Yes, she was sleeping until we landed in Gold Coast. I had to wake her up when we landed as it was getting difficult for me to get out of the seat.

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She was fresh and happy and when we were outside the plane and started walking everywhere again. So on the flight there, AS and I were able to enjoy our meal and talk while she slept on my lap. I have to say it was not expected but definitely a welcome outcome.

But on the flight back to Sydney the story was completely different.

Chhori decided to go to sleep just after we checked in and was fast asleep for around one hour. Then, around 10 minutes before boarding she woke up.

To start with, once we were boarded and seated, she refused to put on her seat belt. All she wanted to do was stand and run around. She finally settled down when we took off.

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For the next 50 minutes I had to constantly talk with her or get AS involved and I was praying that she wouldn’t cry. I didn’t want everyone to stare at us the whole flight.

Luckily there were other babies on the flight and a few of them were crying from time to time.

Chhori did cry once when I refused to let her hold the hot tea but she was OK once we turned her tablet on. For the last 30 minutes of the flight she was watching her rhymes.

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I had to constantly change the rhymes when she decided that she had enough of one but most of the time still she was OK. I was so happy when the pilot announced that we were going to land.

Chhori behaved normally on the flight and luckily for us we didn’t have any drama as it was a short flight.

We are going to New Zealand in August and the flight will be around 3 hours. I really hope she will be OK on that flight as well because that will be the test flight for our next travel which we are planning, to Nepal.

Please share your own adventures of flying with kids or your experience of having other’s kids on board. We are not going to judge you but hope to learn from your experience.

Take care,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO