Vacation at home

 

 

Sorry for the lack of posts. We travelled. To my old home in Canada. I have yet to upload photos from my big camera. For now, if you’ve been following me on Instagram, you sort of know what I’ve been up to.

We booked our tickets with PAL specifically because of the new direct flights to Toronto. But unfortunately by March 15th they announced that it wasn’t so direct anymore – that they’d stop in Vancouver and let some passengers off. No big deal. It was just an extra hour of waiting in the Vancouver gate. We still had to clear customs and immigration in Toronto. The big hassle was in NAIA. PAL was ready and on time but we couldn’t take off because of the long line at the runway. Even the pilot sounded frustrated. That was a 90-minute delay.

 

Airport adventures.
After 10 years of experience as a mom, traveling with small kids isn’t so daunting anymore. The hardest was when they were 6yrs, 3yrs and 10 months old. No, the hardest was when Soph was 11 months and I traveled alone with her. Long haul. This time the kids were calm and focused on their personal video screens. I was the one who had a mishap – spilled two full glasses of white wine and water on myself. Good thing I always travel with extra leggings.

 

No more 34 degree heat. This is not Manila. #snow
The entire time of planning, the kids wished for snow. We landed on the first day of Spring. And this is what we got.

 

Everyone's sick of winter but our kids are still chasing snow.
While most Canadians have sworn off winter at this point, my tropical babies played in the backyard wearing borrowed winter jackets.

 

Brrrrrrrr....
We took a stroll down by the lake in Oakville. I’d forgotten how biting cold my old life used to be.

 

Lolo and Lola with the big baby.
The best part of this vacation is being with family. Happiest with Lolo and Lola.

 

I love going to toy stores. Here's a froufrou one in Oakville. A huge #dinosaur stuffed toy for a kid who has everything.
Toy stores (and all shops) are starting to look the same in any city you visit. This was different. A giant stuffed dinosaur.
Jetlag
Dealing with jetlag everyday.

 

Randomly saw 3 deer by the side of this road near a residential area.
This is a place where deer and other “wildlife” roam freely. Here are not-so-wild deer getting used to snackies at the side of the road.

 

Canada goose (geese). Not the brand. Just the real things. In the suburbs.
Canada geese, chilling by the side of another road.

 

At West Queen West with my sister @joholmes
My sister Johanna took us to West Queen West, a formerly-seedy neighbourhood that has undergone rapid transformation and is known as the art and design district – lots of art galleries, bars, cafes and a couple of boutique hotels.

 

The Drake Hotel. #gentrification #parkdale #westqueenwest #toronto @thedrakehotel
The Drake Hotel is a building from 1890’s when this Parkdale neighbourhood was still posh and surrounded with a few mansions. Sometime in the latter half of the 20th century, Parkdale fell into hard times and deteriorated. It was scary here. In the recent past, the area attracted artists and designers. And now it has been gentrified. The Drake has been reborn as a boutique hotel. It is adorable. I will post photos from my big camera soon.

 

DJ's booth at @thedrakehotel
The Drake’s DJ booth with old school sound equipment.

 

#Photobooth at the lobby of @thedrakehotel. #irony #hipster
The lobby was awesome. Original granolithic pebble wash flooring. A fat tufted couch. Randomly placed photobooth in this corner. It felt very Pulp Fiction. More on The Drake later.

 

It's melting. #snow #spring
The snow was starting to melt yesterday. It’s 1°C this morning.

 

The two kids can't kick their jetlag and my suffering has tripled....
Still jetlagged. Stella skipped dinner last night. Lily ate with her eyes half-closed. Today we were up at 4am again. Sophia is the only one who’s well-adjusted.

 

 

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  • http://twitter.com/thessasandoval Thessa Sandoval

    I wish you’d put up a shop in Oakville so I can finally buy a Daphne Chair. 😉

    • Anonymous

      that would be awesome!!!

      • http://twitter.com/thessasandoval Thessa Sandoval

        *keeping my fingers crossed* I hope you and your kids enjoyed your stay in Canada! :)