Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Our Favorite Carry On for International Flight

We fly back to Indonesia almost every year. The flight is long and expensive but we believe it's important for the kids and us to meet their grandparents and the rest of their extended family so we make it a priority.

After four round trips with kids I found these carry on to be my favorite. Less is definitely more! 
Each person carries one bag except me. I have an extra totes filled with breads and snacks in case the kids get hungry. The rest of our stuff goes to checked baggage.
PS: A reader asked where I get my bag. I found it on sale at Container Store but it can also be found on Amazon.

The best part is everything fits under the seat in front of us. I no longer has to worry if the overhead space is full or think about getting stuff in or out the overhead space without disturbing other passengers. Everything we need is within arms reach. Super nice!

We bring empty water bottles {because water is not allowed due to security reason} once the flight attendant is available, we ask his/ her help to fill them up with water.

Inside Wesley's bag: change clothes, sweater with hoodie, one toy, lovey and one book:

Ready, Set, Go!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Two videos to kick-start your week

 I have been hearing people talk about how good Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford Commencement Address. I finally listened to the message and thought he indeed gave a great message. After seeing the video, I also listened Bill and Melinda Gates' 2014 Stanford Commencement Address, which I thought was even more important and inspiring:

"Optimism for me isn't a passive expectation that things will get better; it's a conviction that we can make things better – that whatever suffering we see, no matter how bad it is, we can help people if we don't lose hope and we don't look away. Let your heart break. It will change what you do with your optimism." Melinda Gates

Michael Hyatt recently changed his podcast format, which I like even more. His most recent podcast is such a good reminder. I think the title should be: "Three Questions Every Adult Must Answer to Avoid the Drift."

Friday, July 25, 2014

Hiking Trip: Muir Woods and cameras comparison

A friend of mine had been recommending us to go visit Muir Woods National Monument. Finally, we took the time to check out the place ourselves.

For this trip, we decided to bring two cameras to compare the result. If the Point & Shoot is up to par, we won't bring our DSLR on our next trip. So as you see the pictures, you can guess along whether we take it with Point & Shoot or DSLR. I put the answer at the bottom of each picture.


The towering Redwood Trees


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Thai Cucumber Relish

We call it  'acar timun' in Indonesia. I just learned that many people call this Thai Cucumber Relish. It serves as condiment to main dish or quick vegetable side dish that I often make whenever I ran out of time.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

What I buy at Farmer Market and some tips

I loveeee going to Farmer Market. I feel like a kid in a candy store whenever I go there. Fortunately, living in Bay Area gives me access to Farmer Market and wonderful non pesticide produce all year long.

I usually stop by there every other week but since my boys were at summer camp these past two weeks; I got to go there two weeks in the row.

First things first, get the preschooler to help with unloading and arranging the grocery, which is a great practical life skills to have. :)

Things that I usually get there:

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Little Boys Talk

Just a little while ago, this is how he talk:

 Now he talks like this {inside the airplane on the way back to the U.S}:

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

What to bring on jury duty

I was called for jury duty last week. Despite the inconvenience, It was very interesting and educational experience. I was very impressed and grateful for our justice system, staff and judge who patiently explained the procedure and the case with us.

I wasn't prepare with what to bring or not to bring on my first visit so I thought I post this for future reference.

What to bring on jury duty:   

Friday, July 11, 2014

Stir-Fried Broccoli with Egg White

Broccoli is one of few vegetables that my kids like to eat so I almost always have it on the fridge. I also almost always have left over egg white from ice cream making so I thought I should try to use them both.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

What I buy at Whole Foods

We got most of our grocery at Costco, Asian Market, or local Farmer Market. However, occasionally, I stop by at Whole Foods to get these things that I can only find there:

1. Savoiardi Lady finger for Tiramisu

2. Du Four Puff Pastry for Chicken Curry Puff

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Field Trip: Monterey Bay Aquarium

My kids LOVE Monterey Bay Aquarium. We used to be members before Max goes to school. I lost count how many times we've been there. Even so, the kids never get bored and always looking forward for the chance to go there again and again.

This gray whale will greet you when you enter the aquarium