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Bonding in Bangkok

Posted by daddy leon On October - 29 - 2008

It was approximately 3 weeks ago, my wife informed me that she will be going to Bangkok for a company retreat.  I toyed with the idea of going with her but surely I was not going to leave Nathaniel alone in Singapore!  So we came to one logical conclusion… all 3 of us will be going to the land of smiles!  As the day of departure drew nearer,  I started to imagine how it would be like for me to brave the fashion jungle(s) of Bangkok with Nathaniel in my arms, I knew it wasn’t going to be easy with the heat, the crowd and his approximately 10kg weight!  But I also knew this represented an excellent time for 3 of us to bond and to learn a little more about each other.  I was psyched up! It was going to be a wonderful trip for my family!

Packing wasn’t as straightforward as I thought it would be, it took me forever to decide if I should bring the stroller along as Nathaniel doesn’t really like siting in it and I wasn’t sure if the stroller would survive the terrain there.  But I thank God we decided to bring the stroller as it proved to be an arm saver in many occasions. :)  What I regretted bringing was my DSLR as I opted to use Yvonne’s compact most of the time.

In a nutshell, we shopped 4 hours on the first day upon arrival, 10 hours on the second day and 4 hours on the third!  We (she) raided Siam paragon, Siam Centre, Siam Discovery Centre, MBK, Platinum Plaza, Gaysorn, Central World and Chatuchak in the 4 days.  I ate about 4 dishes of pad thai, road side pork meatball noodles, mango sticky rice and a fabulous dish of Japanese, French fusion food. BUT the main event of this whole trip has got to be being with Nathaniel 24/7.

As working parents, such undisturbed time spent with our son was really what we needed to refresh us (plus we now also appreciated our helper a little more..).  I’m glad to say that at the end of 4 days, we have all learnt and grown to love one another a little more.  As the wife shopped, I thank God I had Nathaniel to keep me company as I talked to him, laughed with him, peek a booed with him, slept with him and watch him throw his little cute tantrums.  It was truly awesome, I honestly did not know so many facets of my son’s character even though we lived under the same roof all this while. 

Would I do this again? Yes, certainly, it was immense fun.  It doesn’t matter if Nathaniel will remember nothing of this trip in the future because I know the fun and family time we had in Bangkok will not return void. 

Thank you Lord for blessing us with these experiences.

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9 Responses to “Bonding in Bangkok”

  1. [...] Read daddy tehpeng’s post-trip account and view the pictures here. [...]

  2. Shutterbug says:

    ohh my goodness… you have outdone yourself dude!

    These photos just ooze heartwarming goodness allround!!

    Glad that the short (read: shopping for Lil Snooze, Babysitting for Tehpeng) trip made you guys closer for the Melbourne trip! heehee.. I love his ‘relak one corner’ look!

  3. muffin girl says:

    Woots. Lovely pictures! I wonder how you guys managed it, especially getting Nathaniel to sit in his stroller all the while. Well done!

  4. Xinying says:

    Wow ! The pictures spoke a thousand words, and i’ve always told Yvonne how good a photographer u are…
    Anyway, Liverpool beat Chelsea, ending its home run record. You muz be pleased ahahah !

  5. Silver_crv says:

    Yeah! good job! memorable first trip!! I love the one with him sitting on your bag!

  6. daddy leon Leon says:

    Shutterbug :: his ‘relak one corner’ look is his default look lor..

    muffin girl :: Nathaniel did not manage to sit in the stroller all the while, thus the aching arms and back at the close of each day..

    Xinying :: most of the shots are blur actually but photography is more than just producing sharp and well exposed shots I suppose.. and pleased is a gross understatement!

    Silver_crv :: Yeah, i was afraid he wont have enough oxygen sitting in the stroller with the crowd we had to elbow through. haha.

  7. Candice says:

    i’ve never thought of bangkok as a baby-friendly place but you guys made me think otherwise – it can be conquered with a baby in tow!

    good on you guys for appreciating their roadside food too! some are really good.

  8. lish© says:

    wah! I love the post!
    It’s great to see you really enjoyed yourselves, shopping, carrying nat, eating.

  9. I just like to see the smiling of child, he ‘s very lovely…

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