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Photos From My Trip

Noah is obsessed with elephants. I have no idea where he gets this obsession from. A baby elephant will sometimes make a cameo on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse but that about sums up his exposure to them. When we arrived in Phuket on Thursday afternoon, we mentioned to Noah on the way to the resort that we might see an elephant and he was so excited. We didn’t get a chance to see the resort’s elephant that day, but Noah was so intent on seeing him that he actually cried out “Baby elephant…Baby Elephant!!” while he was sleeping that night. So naturally, when we did see the elephant the next morning, Noah went from being freaked out by it to completely indifferent:

But by our last morning there, he and Yum-Yum the elephant were old pals. Here he is giving Yum-Yum his last banana:

As for the rest of our trip, it was awesome. Mark cashed in the hotel points he built up over the past three years and booked us a nice villa at a resort hotel. And by “nice villa” I mean they took us to our villa by way of private boat

and it had three stories plus a rooftop deck:

So yeah, nice. However, I realized that somewhere along the line, Mark and I stopped being good globetrotters and turned into some lousy, spoiled tourists instead. We originally had a sightseeing packed itinerary planned out for Friday and Saturday but by the time Friday rolled around, all we felt like doing was hitting the beach and the pool.

Mark and I did manage to make it out to the Phi Phi Islands on Saturday for a little snorkeling. Clarita, our helper, came with us and she watched Noah at the resort while Mark and I did a little island hopping:

(Maya Bay on Ko Phi Phi Leh. Fun fact: this was the shooting location for the movie The Beach)

We skipped Muay Thai boxing that night and got back to the resort in time to celebrate the Loy Krathong festival with Noah instead.

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November 26, 2007 at 11:09 pm Leave a comment

Noah’s First Friend

My little guy has his first friend. For the past month and a half, we’ve been running repeatedly into the same little girl at our building’s playground. I didn’t think too much of it then, but for the past week, Noah will look out our dining room window which overlooks the playground and yell out, “I see Zoe! I see Zoe!”

Zoe is a sweet, 27-month-old girl who lives in our complex. Ever since he learned how to crawl and could chase after people, Noah’s been obsessed with blond curls, so it’s only natural that Zoe is a curly-haired blondie. I didn’t think too much of it at first, but then I realized that although he’s been going to the same playgroup class for the past five months, he still refers to his playmates there as “baby.” As in, “Uh oh! Baby crying!” Zoe is the first baby he has honored with a separate identity.

He’s extraordinarily chivalrous towards her — he shares his soccer ball with her and lets her ride his tricycle without trying to push her off. I don’t know about other people’s toddlers, but for Noah to share his trike is a huge deal. And apparently the feeling is mutual. We ran into Zoe’s mom today who said that at home Zoe will randomly call out Noah’s name or say “I wanna play Noah.” Ah, young love.

November 13, 2007 at 11:16 pm Leave a comment

The Happiest (and most tiring) Place on Earth

Mark and I took Noah to Disneyland today and we had a blast! I had heard that Hong Kong’s Disneyland was small and weak compared to the one in Anaheim, but it was the perfect size for Noah. He lasted six hours (which included 9 rides, a parade and shopping, with a 10-minute nap during one of the lines) and was so happy, excited and — perhaps most shocking of all — was perfectly behaved the entire day. No tantrums, no crying, he ate lunch without a fuss and he waited patiently in the lines for his turn. It was amazing.

Probably the best part for me was to see how excited he was to see and meet his favorite characters. I remember being little and being scared of Mickey and Company, but not my guy. He walked right up to them, blew them kisses, gave them hugs and spoke to them like they were old pals (“Hey Daisy! Where you going?”). It was great.

If I had any complaints about the park, it’s this. The Winnie-the-Pooh ride? Unexpectedly scary. Yeah I know! Winnie-the-Pooh of all things! We got into an automated car shaped like a hunny pot which took us on a ride through scenes taken from the book, but holy cow! They chose some weird scenes to bring to life. Thunderstorms, lightening, floods, Tigger popping up everywhere, Heffalumps and Woozles…at the end of the ride, I asked Noah how he liked it and his response was, “I scared.” Poor guy.

Overall though, a wonderful day. We’re looking forward to taking him back next year with his grandparents when they come to visit (both sets of them).


Mark, Noah and I at the entrance

Noah and Mark with Goofy and Pluto

Mickey and Minnie with their biggest fan

Noah makes a face at his old pal Mickey as he passes by during the parade.

November 8, 2007 at 11:19 pm Leave a comment


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