Papa and Leon came over to London two weeks ago. Mummy could not come along with them because she had to take care of important stuff like Kimberly and her impending A Levels (-_-)” However, Mummy did managed to pack a vital care package for us: Dried ikan billis and scallops for the kids’ porridge, instant noodles (?), ginseng, contact lenses and many presents for Ryan and Baby Gillian. Thanks Mummy!
After not seeing them for about 5 months, I must say that we were quite nervous pending the days to their arrival. The weekend prior to their arrival, we went for a massive grocery shopping trip and filled up our refrigerator, kitchen and washrooms. E also made the effort to vacuum the house on the night before their arrival and took time off to pick them up from Heathrow Airport.
I must say that it is a very nice feeling to finally see them at our place, all safe and sound. It has been 5 long months of being without my extended family. Anyone who knows me knows that my family is very close to my extended family. We used to meet everyday- for meals, to watch television programmes and to just go out. It is just so fun to be in a huge family as there is just so much to talk about. So, it is quite a huge change from then to now. I miss them so much that sometimes it hurts when I think about it. Usually, I will try to occupy myself as much as possible with the kids- like going to school, planning playdates or bringing them to the park. If I were to focus too much on their absence, I should be rather depressed by now. Anyways, reunion was lovely, very lovely. My heart had not felt so good in ages. The kids were ecstatic to see their 公公 and 舅舅. Ryan was literally jumping up and down. Baby Gillian warmed up to them very quickly and she loves their company so much now.
My dad is fastidious about cleaning and I must say that our place have never been cleaner. And I have not been cleaning or even washing much ever since he arrived. And Leon is just awesome with the kids. So much so that he is Ryan’s new best friend. Move over, Kimberly. 😛
On the first evening of their arrival, we had KFC, Mister E’s all time favourite fast food and this time round we finished everything. Usually, when E and I order in any sort of fast food, there will be quite a bit of leftovers and it is actually quite wasteful. The thing about having more adults at home for meals is that food is usually finished and we get to try out more food variety.
We went to the Mudchute farm on one of the first few evenings. London was rainy once again. It might be Spring now but you can never predict the weather in London. Although it was slightly wet, I think Ryan enjoyed himself in the company of his 公公 and 舅舅.
SOUTHBANK ON SATURDAY
We went to Southbank to spend our first Saturday afternoon with 公公 and 舅舅. Initially, we wanted to go for the Malaysian food fair but we could not find it. Perhaps we did not search hard enough for it as subconsciously we probably preferred to have a sit down lunch instead of lunching with food from the fair.
Coincidentally, there was a Spanish food fair going on at Southbank as well.
The boys. Ryan doesn’t seem to like to take photos. At all. Unlike his father, E. Heehee.
LUNCH AT 5 GUYS, COVENT GARDENS
In the end, we decided to head off to 5 Guys at Covent Gardens for lunch. It is a relatively crowded fast food joint. Back in December, when we were staying in Farringdon, we would walk past 5 Guys pretty often and there would always be a queue. Strangely, we never went there for any meals.
Now, we have finally tried 5 Guys. The fries are great but the burgers were nothing spectacular. I don’t think we will be going for a second visit anytime soon.
Baby Gillian’s lunch was a food pouch from Ella’s again.
After lunch, we went for some shopping at TK MAX and Gap. Leon bought a number of nice Ben Sherman shirts as he will be starting work once he returns to Singapore. Mister E also bought me and Baby Gillian new shoes from SuperGa! Will update with photos of our cool sneakers soon! Mine is maroon while Baby Gillian’s red. Thank you Lao Gong!
TEA AT BEN’S COOKIES
We took a break from all the shopping at Covent Garden Ben’s Cookies, Kimberly’s favourite sweet hunt when she was in London.
After even more shopping, we decided to head back to Southbank. Along the way, there were many street performances- mainly of people singing and dancing. It was a delightful evening- lovely weather, good company and just awesome ambience.
We chilled out even more at Southbank before heading home around 6-ish. If you noticed from the picture above, Baby Gillian is holding her red SuperGa sneakers. Quite a cool pair of first sneakers for our sweetheart.
It has been great fun having them around in the apartment. Afternoons and evenings are much livelier as there are more to talk about and places to plan to go to. I really don’t want to think about the time when both of them will be returning back to Singapore 😦