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winter wanderings 2

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A thousand apologies! I know I have abandoned my blog, big time! I have been busier than usual ever since the winter holidays began last mid-December. We also had some guests staying over recently, and then my children came down with chicken pox one by one. Anyway, it’s never too late as they say, so let’s resume blogging! If you have read my Winter Wanderings post, you will recall I stopped just as we were heading into the buffet restaurant called Za Za Bazaar in Bristol (prior to that we visited The Bristol Science Centre). The Christmas atmosphere was apparent inside the restaurant, they had Xmas crackers on their tables, my little ones got really excited by it. By this time, however, my middle daughter was feeling a bit under the weather, she went a bit quiet. She couldn’t eat much either, poor thing.

The rest of us enjoyed ourselves, I especially liked the Indian selection out of their fusion buffet. Afterwards we had a little stroll by the harbour before heading to Papa’s office. My hubby was on leave but we popped by to say farewell to his lovely receptionist, who was heading back to Ireland after working in Bristol for 7 years. My middle daughter had befriended her for the past few months or so, it all started when she gave my girls notebooks and writing papers. My daughter scribbled her a thank you note and from then on they wrote to each other regularly and exchanged little presents too. The girls were tired out by the time we headed home, but they had a memorable winter’s day altogether. Right, time to bid farewell, I shall try to be back as soon as I can. It’s cold here by the way, 3c during day, -1c at night!

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pulling cracker with papa

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reading the message inside, she found a spinning top in her cracker

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her sister checking her cracker out slowly, she wasn’t feeling too well

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hmm, not quite sure what she was thinking about

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happy with her desserts

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my first round, Indian of course!

quite a good selection at Za Za Bazaar

good selection at Za Za Bazaar, halal options available

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view by Bristol harbour

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that’s Za Za Bazaar in view

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with my hubby’s receptionist, my girls very fond of her

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Xmas tree at hubby’s office

they had a memorable day!

they had a memorable winter’s day!

 

season’s greetings

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May your holidays be happy days, filled with love and laughter,

And may each day bring joy your way, in the year that follows after!

Just a quick update to wish everyone Season’s Greetings! And Merry Christmas to all my readers who have just celebrated this festive occasion. Even though I don’t celebrate Christmas, I like this time of year as I see it as a source of light in the midst of darkness. The bright Christmas lights, the colourful scented candles, the lovely decorations all bring warmth and cheer to the dark dreary winter. Not to mention the cold, it’s down to -2c this evening!

Back in my homeland, Malaysia, Christmas is not as huge as the Muslim Eid festivals, nor it is as festive as the Chinese New Year celebration. But over here in England, it’s a different story altogether. The fact that it falls in mid-winter makes it extra special. In Malaysia, it’s summer all year round, so I felt indifferent towards Christmas. In my mind now, however, Christmas and winter are interrelated. That’s what makes it so beautiful.

Anyway, my hubby is busy re-painting our living room at the moment so I cannot access our main computer. Will blog properly once everything is back to normal. I hope everyone will have a wonderful end of year holidays till we welcome New Year 2015. Last but not least, let’s not forget to say a prayer for those who are suffering, with every happiness there are tears of sadness flowing. Such is the nature of this temporary life. Take care everyone!

Season’s Greetings to all!

This beautiful song captures the essence of this serene time of year in England!

winter wanderings

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It is always lovely when my hubby is at home with us, especially at year end when he has to finish off his annual leave. We took the younger two to the At Bristol Science Centre, it’s a great place for hands on activities, you can check out their website here. They also had their ice rink on at this time of the year, so my girls had a go at skating too. We parents had to accompany them of course, it was a bit daunting really. I could roller skate awfully fast when I was young, but now in my 40s!? I ended hanging on to my little one’s penguin for dear life, she was the one who was daring enough to let go! 🙂

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another snowman (do read my previous snowman post) at the science centre, a cute one this time!

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the ice rink when it was empty

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time to get ready!

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make sure your boots are tightly secured

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off we go, papa with little ones

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that’s me, clinging on to my little one’s penguin

Phew! Glad that was over and done with. Next time they could go with their older brother and sister, I think. Mama and Papa are just not cut out for this ice skating stuff. So off we went into the Science Centre to explore the exhibits. The girls loved it, especially when their papa went around explaining everything to them. Science and Maths are his expertise! The centre’s huge, with many sections to explore, ideally you should spend the whole day there. But we couldn’t stay that long this time around, perhaps another time. I’ve brought my older ones here a couple of times when they were younger, but it would be nice for them to visit again, it’s suitable for all ages really. Here’s some photos I managed to snap away, couldn’t cover everything though as we had to move fast between exhibits in order to experience them all. We had fun!

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watching water freeze at chemistry corner

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papa having a go at the biology corner

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my youngest milking the cow at the food corner

sampling different tastes at food corner

sampling different tastes at food corner

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a bit of physics for my little one!

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Bob the Builder has a lovely new assistant

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happy to complete this far with papa’s help

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outside the planetarium on the top floor

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my middle one with Wallace and Gromit

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my middle daughter having a go at making cartoon clips from scratch

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they really enjoyed making cartoon images

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Shaun the Sheep!

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exploring the magnetic field with papa

Right, time for some food now! All the skating and experimenting has made us truly hungry. Hubby took us to Za Za Bazaar, this buzzing buffet restaurant is just across the Science Centre. I shall return soon with the next episode of our winter wanderings. There’s just too many photos here already, I think it’s best to break it up. Stay tuned for more ok! 😉

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off for some food!

festive december

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“Frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul,
With a corncob pipe and a button nose
and two eyes made out of coal.
Frosty the snowman is a fairy tale, they say,
He was made of snow but the children
know how he came to life one day.”
– Christmas Carol

I can’t believe we’re in December already, right in the middle of winter too! The days are so short at the moment, sunset at 4pm and sunrise at about 8am. I feel lethargic during winter, I have to find ways to stay upbeat! Fortunately there’s a few festive events locally at this time of the year, you can read my previous posts about them. We try not to miss the Victorian Christmas Market and the Festive Fayre, it’s just nice to be able to get out for a bit. I didn’t get a chance to snap too many photos this time around, I’ve shared loads in the past. Anyway, this year they had Anna and Elsa from Frozen at the Festive Fayre, much to my girls’ delight. Brought back memories of my own fascination with Snow White when I was about their age, my beloved father took my younger sister and I to a Disney pantomime in Penang, Malaysia. I don’t remember the details but I can still recall my excitement. To see my own girls’ happy faces with their favourite princesses was truly priceless indeed. I remember dreaming away just like they do, princesses are just part of a typical girl’s little life!

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my little ones with Anna and Elsa

Another character that was there was the Snowman. My youngest one didn’t quite like this particular Snowman (Frosty), her ideal one is the round bubbly figure from the famous Xmas Cartoon, The Snowman. She refused to have her picture taken with him, my middle daughter however had no qualms whatsoever. My youngest was furious to discover later that the Snowman actually stood behind her whilst she was posing with her sister. Although we were at the Fayre only briefly, we still managed to have a fairly good time. Guess we just have to make the most of the 8 hours of daylight we now have!

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my middle daughter with Frosty the Snowman

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Snowman entered the frame too!

Christmas is certainly in the air now, my older children are looking forward to the winter holidays, they break from school at the end of this week. It’s not very nice going to school in the dark and returning home in the dark again, pretty gloomy really! My big daughter (12) is already planning to bake us all sorts during the holidays, she loves pottering about in the kitchen when she’s not busy with school work. She made us a delicious pudding at the weekend, I’ve included the picture below. We’ll have the fire-place roaring, with plenty of desserts and tea to warm us up this holidays. Looking forward to it! Do enjoy the song from The 1982 Snowman cartoon, I cry every time I watch it, it’s just a tad sad. Happy holidays to all!

my big daughter's hazelnut pudding, served with strawberries and choc sauce

my big daughter’s hazelnut pudding, served with strawberries and choc sauce

my lil one's ideal snowman!

my lil one’s ideal snowman!

Enjoy the song!

winter cheer

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Hello everyone! Just a quick post as I’ve truly missed blogging, just been so busy though with the whole family at home over the winter break. Weather’s been mainly dull, dreary and gloomy, lashings of rain and strong gales which had caused flooding, power cut and travel disruptions in many parts of the UK. We haven’t had snow yet however, temperature’s still around 6-9c, not cold enough! Anyway, we’ve been hibernating as we normally do at this time of the year. Our winter cheer comes from food that is plentiful, our warm fireplace and each other’s company, Alhamdulillah. This is also the time we catch up on our favourite movies, with daylight approximately 8 hours daily, our activities are all confined indoors! If you dwell on it can be rather depressing really. But after 17 years I’ve got used to these dark winter months and I tend to just get on with it the best I possibly can.

I can hear the strong winds howling away as I blog this post, probably about 30 miles per hour. Anyway, I shall leave you now with several images of my winter cheer and a song from my children’s favourite Christmas cartoon, The Snowman. There’s something magical and sad about it, I get melancholy each time I watch it. Anyway, I’ll probably catch up with you all in the New Year, can’t believe we’re at the end of 2013 already, where has the year gone? For those of you in the West, don’t forget to wrap up warm! And for those in the East, never take the sun for granted! Till next time, take good care folks! 🙂

our warm fireplace

cuppa tea!

chocs always cheer us up

cracking nuts by the fireplace

Shepherd’s Pie

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lil ones decorating their freshly baked cupcakes

they decorated their gingerbread biscuits

our choc chip muffins

our choc chip muffins

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