Mill Pond, Milton, ON

This place is a gem! We have been visiting this place for all seasons and all of them are beautiful on its own. Thanks to MCRC, Milton who introduce us to this place through their program.

Here YouTube video of our recent visit (Spring but there was snow obviously, what a combo) :

And here some photos from Fall Season

Mirror Mirror

The Bridge

Wild Lives

The River

If you live in Milton and never visit this place, you’ve to check this place out. It’s so blissful just to walk,  in hale some fresh air and to see stunning scenery (you may cannot help but want to snap some pictures). It’s located between Main Rd & Bronte St.

They have plenty of free parking lot. Outdoor playground and pool (Rotary Park – 100 Garden Lane, Milton ).

Enjoy and see you there, sometimes! 😀

18 Tips & Tricks to go to Seoul, Korea as a Family with Toddler

We have visited Seoul, Korea last month with our daughter (4 years old) for 3 night and 4 days. Temperature about 15 celsius, mostly sunny and a little breeze. Here the 18 tips and tricks I can share according to our recent experience.

1. Kids under 6 years old are free to ride the public transportation such as Bus, Airport Bus and Subway train. You can buy the T-Money card and top up at most convenience stores.

2. The subway station not really stroller friendly. We carried our daughter’s umbrella stroller up and down the stairs. Bring umbrella stroller instead of huge heavy bulky stroller.

3. Taxi fare is pretty reasonable compare to another big city such as Toronto or NYC. So, instead of walking to the subway station for short distance, the fare maybe almost the same if you take taxi. Majority taxi drivers speak fluent English.

4. If you plan to bring your kids to Wonderland, plan to spend the whole day over there. Even though our daughter cannot ride or enter some games due to her height, we still ran out of time to try everything inside. Pororo Land, inside Wonderland suits children 6 years under. But we had to pay about 10.000 won for 1 1/2 hours, it’s worth it because my daughter had a blast and got a change to take picture with Pororo & Eddie. In the same area there is a Lotte Aquarium (require different admission fee), compare to Toronto Ripley’s Aquarium, we found this aquarium a bit underwhelming.

5. Avoid Insadong if you are not really keen to see that place. It’s not child and stroller friendly at all.

6. Beside adult Hanbok rental, they also have children Hanbok. Try to rent at least 3 hours or the whole day so you don’t have to rust to return the Hanbok. You just don’t want to ruin your mood and have to walk back when the time is up and you are still pretty far inside the palace. And don’t book in advance because we never know what happen during the day. Travelling with kids it’s mean unpredictable. You can enter All palaces free when you wear Hanbok. You wear Hanbok on top of your clothes, so wear something tight like legging. If you have a long hair, they also provide hairstyle and make up for additional price. Locker is included.

7. At Myeondong there are some clothing street sellers during night market. For adult or children clothing you can or have to bargain. So, I will assume most of clothing merchant especially the one on the street or subway stations underground are not base on fix price. Time to use your bargaining skill.

8. From Airport to certain places in Seoul by Airport Bus (click link to learn more about Airport Bus – Fare, route, etc) it’s pretty convenience with kids. The seats are huge and comfortable. They also provide drinking water dispenser. The driver helps you in and out your luggage, so you can focus on your child(ren). I recommend book a hotel that has this bus route. You will take the same bus to get back to the airport. 3 of us had 4 huge luggage, 2 backpacks and 1 small luggage. It won’t fit the regular taxi. So transporting with Airport Bus to downtown Seoul is the best option. Price and time wise.

9. Use KLOOK apps to find some good deals for some tourist places, restaurants and activities. For Seoul itself they have pretty good deals such as wifi device rental that you can pick up and return it at the airport. We also bought our Wonderland passes through this apps. Why have to pay full price?  Use my KLOOK referral code 8JD97 to earn some rewards. The app is easy to use, you just have to read carefully their term & condition for each offer.

10. Book your hotel in advance. Check the rate on TripAdvisor or directly to hotel website. We got a good deal when we booked directly to Ibis Ambassador Myeongdong. We recommended this hotel due to its location that just few steps from Myeongdong Night Market and cosmetic store heaven. They also can keep your unused luggage so we only take the one that we need during our stay at the hotel room.(Seoul was our stay over trip after a month trip to Indonesia and on our way back to Toronto).

11. Buy your souvenir at local market such as Namdaemun Market. Even most of the souvenir have fix price, the seller will give you some bonus items when you buy couple of souvenirs with them. Just ask then they will give it to you happily. Don’t buy souvenir at the airport unless you left with no choice. Because the souvenir price at the Incheon Airport is expensive.

12. If you are a foodie but also want to save couple of bucks. Don’t spend all your food adventure on night market. Through out the day on the street, local market or subway station they also sell some snacks that usually we see on night market, the only difference is their price. On subway station the price much much cheaper. 2000-3000 won snacks price on night market, only 1000 won max at Subway stations.

13. Money changers in Myeongdong have a better rate compare to the airport. But just remember that they don’t accept all foreigners money. Eg. Indonesian Rupiah.

14. If you plan to eat your food that you buy at night market in your hotel, let them know you want to take out. They will give a plastic bag or different packaging that easy to carry. Otherwise they will assume you will eat it directly and you only have 2 hands, haha.

15. Korean seniors love kids. Don’t get surprise if they try to talk or over a candy to your kids. Their gestures are cute as our kids.

16. Don’t try google map. It’s just not working. Use Korea Tour Offline Map Apps instead. It works pretty accurate and easy to read. Especially if you want to take public transportation.

17. Spend at least 4 days and ideally 1 week to get to know and explore Seoul more. We gladly that we spent 4 days over there even though we still had some places we want to explore. Surely with kid tag along, we cannot move faster and have to follow their pace.

18. If you want to get your tax return, spend minimum of 30.000 won. For that amount and above, you will get a special receipt that you can bring to airport to get a tax return. It’s not apply on street stalls. Most cosmetic stores will give you free sample if you buy their product. Don’t fall to their marketing if you don’t really need them, they are very good at persuading you to buy more items.

That’s 18 tips and tricks that I can think of. Enjoy your trip! Share in the comment if you have some tips to share. I’m more than happy to know your tips and tricks.

Ps. This post is not sponsored.

When She Felt Asleep In My Arms

When She Fall Asleep In My Arms

When She Felt Asleep In My Arms – Olivia (13 months)

Since she was a little tiny baby, I rocked her in my arms every time she needs to take her nap or sleep at night. Most people who knew this fact will immediately told me that this is not a good habit, for her or for me or for whoever look after her. The reason they told me quite reasonable, like baby who falls asleep by themselves will sleep more deep and long rather then they full asleep in our arm and wake up find out they are in another place. Not mention the time consuming when they refuse to sleep and the older they are, the heavier they will be. And so on and so on. I get it. I GOT IT. And I respect their opinions and advise.

But I also believe every baby is different. What works for them maybe doesn’t work for another family. I don’t mind rocking Olivia every time she goes to sleep. Okay just once in a while when I was so tired, body and emotionally and she refused to sleep even it’s the time already. I’ll impatience and all, but what I want to say is I don’t mind at all since she is just the only child I had and the moment we had during this rocking time also see her fall asleep without need to cry her eyes out, makes me happy and accomplished.

Since one or two weeks after her first birthday, most of the time she doesn’t want me to carries her anymore, especially during the night. After her milk she will “ask” to be putting down to her crib, she didn’t fall asleep immediately but she will fall asleep by herself after a while. I am happy but a bit broken heart actually. This scenario doesn’t work when she feels it’s not a time to sleep but when the time is right, all going so smooth.

In a blink of an eye, she probably doesn’t want me to kiss or hug her anymore (what I mean with kiss and hugs here is like kiss her 1million times while hug her so tight so she cannot run away). Baby is growing too fast. People said it all the time but I think all mothers never realized how FAST are.

I would like to encourage all mothers out there to not be afraid to not listen and agree with people opinion or whatever they read on parenting books & magazines. Just do what is work for your children, we know better than other people about our children because we watch them 24 hours. And also what so called “mother’s instinct”.

It’s an up and down journey to raising a little human but I’ll always cherish and store as much memories as possible into my brain & heart, so in the future I still have a lot of “pictures” in  my mind to laugh and smile at.