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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