Disney Parents

One of the coolest things about becoming a parent is becoming a kid again!!! I had only been to Disneyland once before I became a mom, Disney just wasn’t a big deal for my parents. As a mom however, I got to go on Disney vacations 5 times already! 🥰🥰🥰

Hong Kong Disneyland

Guess what? There is no castle at Hong Kong Disneyland until 2020! 🤦🏻‍♀️ I totally didn’t expect that, and was kinda bummed not to have a family photo in front of each Disney Castle around the world now. Hubby joked we should get one in front of the sad wrapped up castle under construction anyways, since it would be recording Disney history in the making! 😆
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Our experience so far – Not only is Hong Kong Disneyland the smallest Disney theme park we’ve visited, it’s the least crowded one, which is awesome!!! Most of the rides have a 10-15 minute wait, the Cinderella Carousel was only a 5 minute wait, and my kids’ favorite Small World ride was 30 minutes due to it being hot in the afternoon and people wanting to go indoors. That was considered the longest wait! We didn’t even bother using our fast passes! 😱
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We got to watch the amazing Lion King show, did lots of fun rides with kids with minimal wait, and ended the night with delicious food and Disney parade. 20,000 steps easy, and another magical day with my littles in the books! 🥰
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The beautiful red polka dot dresses my girls are wearing are by the talented mama from @peyperkids!!!

Traveling

All kids settled down, waiting for our plane to take off, and thinking back to our very first trip as a family of 5. I attempted to copy @thebucketlistfamily because it was also their first public family of 5 photo! I remember one of the podcasts I listened to talked about how no kids are born good travelers, they get better the more they travel! It’s so true. Now after so many adventures with them, I definitely have better expectations – EXPECT NOTHING and appreciate everything!!! 😆 Traveling is definitely more joyful this way!

Milk tea

Milk tea has been on my mind all day, ok probably for the past 3 weeks now since we came to visit Asia 😆 Have you ever wondered what these drinks are? Why they are so popular? And why sometimes you could hear something negative about it too?
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As a self dubbed milk tea addict and expert, here are some stuff about milk tea that I know of –
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1. They originated from Taiwan, are very popular all over Taiwan and China, and slowly but surely spreading its popularity to other countries as well.
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2. The quality of the drink does matter, so as much as I love to drink them, I choose good brands, and always ask for fresh milk, or half and half. The good places naturally use fresh milk, but the average milk tea bars will use “nondairy creamer”, a powdered nondairy milk substitute, which makes a difference in the quality of drink.
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3. Some people think these drinks are high calorie thus unhealthy and will make you gain weight. But I can tell you that’s not true, especially if you are careful with what you ask to be in it. I almost always ask for half sugar and light ice, and if you’re really calorie conscious you can get tea instead of milk tea! But honestly walking around China soooooo many people have a cold and refreshing milk tea drink in their hand, and people here are much skinnier and more fit than in America! So I really don’t think enjoying these boba drinks makes a difference. I have been drinking these for a few years now, even when I was pregnant with my 2nd, and she came out perfectly healthy. And I haven’t gained (nor lost) any weight since high school, minus the pregnancies.
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4. There were these unconfirmed news about this girl and man who drank boba and had stomach ache because of undigested whole bobas. Ummmm they probably got them from really really shady places and didn’t know how to chew?! There are always extreme news out there, if they really made people sick then there wouldn’t be long lines and such popularity! They are made of – milk, tea, sugar, boba and ice! Simple ingredients!
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Since I’m just a little nobody, writing all these of course doesn’t not mean I’m advertising for any companies 😆 I just really like boba milk teas, the end.

Traveling with 3 kids

No they aren’t always this nice to each other! But when they are, I feel like the best mom in the world! We have really enjoyed traveling with our 3 littles this summer. When traveling gets difficult – long flights, jet lag, being out of routine, convincing them to try new food (that part has been ok thank God, everything here is so delicious 😋) etc, I think about how @thebucketlistfamily would handle it, and feel more encouraged. Tomorrow we fly to Hong Kong! Can’t wait to check off our 4th Disney park around the world, and enjoy the beautiful beach and more delicious food! ✈️🏖🎠

Bookstore

Best part of today was getting to visit a local
bookstore while my kids attended art classes nearby. I am always overwhelmed by how little I know and how much there is to learn when I’m inside a bookstore. It is harder to find time to read now that I’m a mom times 3, but I also know that’s an excuse, because I’m totally capable of putting my phone down and use that time to read, right?! 🤓

Traveling in Suzhou

Currently traveling in Suzhou, a city you might’ve heard of from the book #crazyrichasians!? It’s dubbed “Venice of the East” 🛶 Half of Suzhou is very modern and advanced, where no one even carries around credit card anymore. While the other half preserves the quiet splendor from ancient dynasties. Both buzzing with well dressed (it’s rare to see T-shirt and shorts on the street) people coming and going, working hard to build families and chase dreams. Having lived in the US for most of my life and learning about China through the American lens, I’m always pleasantly surprised when I visit, at just how beautiful and peaceful China actually is. That’s the fun in traveling isn’t it, fresh new perspectives and a much deeper understanding of others’ cultures.

About Me

Hi there, my name is Rachel, last name is pronounced “she”. I am a mom of 3, brand new to the microblogging world. I was encouraged by a few girlfriends to give blogging a try because I enjoy taking beautiful photos and writing, so here I am! I hope to write about family, travels, lifestyle and health through this platform. I thought about names like Xi is fierce, or brave, or loving, but I decided it’s best to just be me, which encompasses more than what any single adjective could describe.