Tokyo – Animal Cafes

We didn’t expect to see so many animal cafes when we were in Tokyo. And we went to 2 on the same day! We actually wanted to go to the Cat Cafe in Ikebukuro but the one we found had a private event until 1pm. So we walked around the area and found another cat cafe. We didn’t stay for long because the cats were…… I wouldn’t say unfriendly but the place was big and there were quite a lot of people. So I think they got fondled a lot and didn’t like it?


Cats avoiding humans. lol.


An image to show how to read cats so that you won’t agitate them and end up hurting yourself and vice versa.


The nua-est cat around. Didn’t like human beings though. HAHA.


This cat on the other hand, was very friendly ๐Ÿ™‚

Next, while checking out the area, we stumbled upon Mimi Cafe – a rabbit petting place!


We were given treats to feed the rabbits.


Trying to distract the rabbit to look at the camera. LOL. This place was nice and cosy. They gave us plastic skirts and aprons to wear as rabbits just went wherever they are.


After finishing all the treats we had, they decided they didn’t love us anymore. LOL!


They put us in another place with more rabbits and the rabbits enjoyed nua-ing by themselves. super cute and fluffy!!!!

On another day, we headed to Akihabara and went to an owl cafe called Akiba Fukurou. You had to make reservations to play with the owls for an hour and they give you a picture to commemorate your visit to the place.


This was our timing that was fully booked!


Perched owls. Those with pink circles on top of the green ones, which were the descriptions, meant that these owls are not to be touched as they were sleeping.


HUGE owls that we didn’t pat at all.


Found sweet potato and carried him ๐Ÿ™‚


He’s really a small owl!!!


Up close..


This is another owl that was medium sized.. I didn’t try carrying the larger owls cos you had to wear a special glove. and most of the owls didn’t really like being handled.. especially the barn owls..



Japan Trip 2016 – Day 1 -5

We took a trip to Japan for our “honeymoon” but now known as “babymoon” for 16 days. Well, we booked the trip before planning to get pregnant so….. but I’m glad I survived all the walking and what nots in Japan. HAHAHA.


We saw this Star Wars themed plane at Narita airport during our transit to Hokkaido, Sapporo.


See the cloud horizon, it’s really damn pretty.


Finally landed in New Chitose Airport in Sapporo and had MosBurger because it was lunch time! And we had time to kill before our train ride to Shintoku. One thing about Japan is how timely their trains are. Especially those long rides.

Our first stay was at Yorkshire Farm. The kind farm owner drove out to Tomamu Station to pick us up because the typhoon caused some damage to the roads and the train service was stopped.


They had a fire place at the dining area.


We stayed at a sheep farm and the air was super fresh and clean. The sheep were also very close to us proximity wise..


We could bottle-feed the lambs. However the owner told us that the bottle-feeding is only for the guests because the lambs can sustain on their own with grass by 6 months. The sheep also get their water from eating the grass. So basically, there’s not much overheads for keeping sheep on a farm.


The sheep are damn cute, but damn dirty..


Stampede of sheep!

After the sheep feeding, we went horse-back riding ๐Ÿ™‚ however, it was at another farm called Village432 and it was 2km away from the sheep farm we were at. There was no taxi available to bring us there so we had toย walk from our farm stay to the other place. We walked on the side of the road because of the lack of proper footpaths. Once we got there, we had to go up a hill before reaching the farm. o.m.g. it was a treacherous walk. lol.


My horse and I after the hour trot.. It was quite fun!!!

After which, we had lunch at the farm because we were starving but then forgot about the Soba shop at the bottom of the hill. So after resting for a bit, we walked back down and went to the Soba shop.


Soba ice cream with soba star biscuits and the kind lady gave us soba tea as well. It was really yummy!

We also had their cold noodles to eat. We shared cos we were super full by then.. haha.. and then we walked back to our farm stay..

The next morning, we left the farm stay and the kind owner once again drove us to the train station, stopping to let us buy some bentos at 7-11 as it was about lunch time.


In the train. Thank God that the seats were not fully occupied as our luggage were too big to go inbetween the seats. So we sat at the back where we could put then unobstructed near the door.

We went to Otaru and stayed one night after having visited the music box museum and trying out their LeTao cheesecake (which wasn’t as fantastic as we thought). The following day, we headed back to Sapporo and checked into Toyoko Inn near the Sapporo station.

After dropping off our luggage at the hotel because it wasn’t time to check in yet, we went to the Sapporo Ramen Alley near Susukino Station and shared a ramen before walking to Odori Park for the Sapporo Autumn Festival where we ate and tried some food from the vendors.

Apparently, Odori station is connected to Sapporo station (one stop away) underground and we walked back to Sapporo station. However, we got lost like a lot of times and only managed to figure our way out when we were about to check out. Lol.

The next day, we went to see the Shiroi Koibito (white lovers) Chocolate Factory.


Inside the factory. This is their process. Baking the cookies….


Making sure the cookies and chocolate are placed rightly before moving on….


To packing and sealing the individually-wrapped biscuits. It was a very interesting experience. We got to try to bake their cookie and place the white chocolate into the cookies and we got to decorate them, seal them and put it in the box..

If you want to do that, should reserve your places first as there are many people who sign up for it. We hung around Shiroi Koibito for a while before heading back to eat dinner and chill.

Outing with Snowie

On Hari Raya Haji, mum, nick and I took snowie to the Botanic Gardens on a whim. Mum says she misses me and since she didn’t see us on Saturday (which was not our fault btw), she came to pick us up before heading to the gardens.

We had lunch at Cafe Verde because that’s the only place in Botanic Gardens that allows dogs when sitting outside. Lunch took a while because the kitchen was overwhelmed. Since like everyone went there for lunch with their pets.

Lucky it started raining while we were still sitting at the cafe. Mum had to shift for a while but at least we had shelter ๐Ÿ™‚

After the rain stopped, we started our walk!


had to wear the patch because a garden definitely has lots of mozzies.

We came across some insects and here’s a dragonfly!


Then, we saw someone feeding a squirrel. I feel like their tail is the wire brush. hahahaha!


After walking for about an hour, our little furry friend’s underside was super wet and dirty because she actually likes walking through puddles and grass and kept sniffing at the lamp posts.

She always tries to avoid other dogs. So when a couple of poodles wanted to approach her, someone else with 2 poms went to make friends with the poodles, and she just walked a larger circle to avoid contact. My funny dog. hahahaha.

Here is the not so little pooch fluffed out after the walk. Her face is just one of tiredness. HAHAHA!

it was a nice day and the weather was good. so all was good! ๐Ÿ™‚


Wedding Vendors

So, I’ve decided to compile a list of all the vendors and things we did for the wedding.

Location: Church of the Risen Christ

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Wedding Dress: ย Vivian Gown

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Make-up & Hair: Jenny Goh from Autelier

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Shoes: Anna Nucci

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Flowers: Floral Magic

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Wedding Favours: Chocolate Graphics

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Manicure & Pedicure: Amelie Beaute

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Canvas Print: Print on Canvas

Photography: Ryan & Wenjun

Choir: Church Mates ๐Ÿ™‚

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The Proposal

One year ago, I said “yes” to my best friend, my confidante, the one I choose to love. A year later, I said “I do”. Well, since I didn’t blog about the proposal. Here it goes:

On our one year anniversary, we booked a staycation at Village Hotel Changi. It was a pretty nice place but getting a carpark lot there was difficult as there was a wedding going on at the same time.


We were greeted with this elaborate towel decoration which was very nice.


Take picture with the swans! ๐Ÿ˜€ We went to explore the hotel before heading to dinner at La Cantina. The scenary was very pretty. I actually knew he was going to propose during this staycation, just that I didn’t know how and when. HAHA. So during dinner, he asked me to stretch out my hand. And I asked, “which hand?” and he said any one. Dang, so it wasn’t going to be at the restaurant.


Instead, he passed me a rock. The rock above in fact. It was so cute and sweet of him! What are the odds of seeing a heart shaped rock with I โค YOU inscribed on it? LOL!


Me and the pretty rock ๐Ÿ™‚

Little did I know, the proposal was executed after our dinner, when we were returning back to our room. He had engaged a friend and his wife to help set up. I walked into this:


It was darker then. But he wanted to document everything about the proposal so we could revisit it in pictures whenever we wanted to.


There were balloons everywhere! And he presented a very lovely bouquet of gerberas (after learning that it was my favourite flower)


This was tastefully decorated on the bed. But the note was under a pillow, which had another present on top of it which was our anniversary present from him to me.


A carousel! It was pretty heavy though. Made in Italy if I’m not wrong and had some crystals in it. I was really touched by the effort put in by him and our friends (my relatives) LOL.


With the HUGE-ASS bouquet of flowers. It was VERY HEAVY for 40 stalks. Such pretty flowers ๐Ÿ™‚ The florist dyed the tips of the white ones blue! haha. such a heavily themed proposal ๐Ÿ˜› hmmm. maybe that’s why his mum thinks I love the colour blue.


After everything was said and done, we hung out with the couple that helped him. They did ask if I was surprised. I certainly was. I thought it was going to be a quiet affair – just the both of us. Little did I know he had some help. LOL. The room was very well decorated and I was very happy with the way it was executed ๐Ÿ™‚

Wedding DIY: Ang Pao Box

While preparing for our wedding day, I have been searching online about DIY projects. Because they are more cost efficient. And we can have fun and bond while doing the projects ๐Ÿ™‚

After deciding on our theme (royal blue and white), I decided that we shall make our own ang pao box since many store-bought ones are usually red or gold or a colour that’s not our theme.

I didn’t really have a designย in mind, but when we went looking for things to paste on the box, these came to mind ๐Ÿ˜› Praise God for the inspiration for our box ๐Ÿ™‚

I used 2 shoe boxes that I found at home. The bigger one was a nike box and the smaller one were my wedding shoes box >.<

Cost of materials (shoe boxes were FOC):

Blue shiny wrapping paper 3x wrapping paper from Popular $3.31 1 $3.31
Pearl beads 2x packets from Art Friend $7.90 2 $15.80
Small white letters (N+N+swans) Art Friend $2.80 1 $2.80
Small white butterflies Spotlight $5.99 1 $5.99
UHU all plastics glue Spotlight $6.99 1 $6.99

Total damage: SGD$ 34.89

Well, the beads were pretty expensive and we did buy 2 packs, but in the end, we only used 1 pack. lol.

I had trouble wrapping the boxes, because the bigger box has a hole on top and the smaller box has a hole at the bottom. So more ang paos can fit ๐Ÿ˜› It’s best to get a top box with a lid so that it’s easy to open the box (functional) and yet looks elegant.

The results of the box:

Front view



Top view


We decided not to put anything at the back of the box since no one will really look at it. Just some things to note: when using UHU glue, be VERY careful, because it tends to pull like mozzarella cheese and when it got stuck on the paper, the colour of the paper will come out >.< Also, handling beads are not easy, they roll around! Other than that, just have fun doing this project together ๐Ÿ™‚

Mum’s Birthday

This year, we celebrate mum’s bday the day after since we had night practice on the actual day itself. Thankfully, I finished work SUPER early. Like 2 pm. Then went to tangs to meet N and headed with Derek & Gladys to Alexandra Road to buy washing machine and dryer. Afterwhich, we headed to Bedok Mall to pick up the cake and some flowers for the party later.

It was a simple affair – STEAMBOAT!!!! who doesn’t love steamboat? hahahaha..



mama bought birthday paus so we could have it before we start dinner proper.


then comes the cake. I bought the wrong cake actually. HAHA.


this is a vanilla sponge. But I should’ve bought the vanilla buttercream cake.


put her exact age to remind her how old she is ๐Ÿ˜›


got these flowers and balloon from xpressflowers. It was really pretty ๐Ÿ™‚

glad that mum got the birthday celebration she wanted ๐Ÿ™‚

Snowie & a Ball

Jie brought back this exercise ball because her friend didn’t want it anymore. It’s a bit deflated. But we decided to have some fun with it.. with SNOWIE!


Her balancing is quite good right? Haha.


Actually, if you look closer, I’m holding her >.<


I think she looks happier lying on the ball instead ๐Ÿ˜› HAHAHAHA

Anyway, after being put on the ball, she was scared of it and avoided it for th e rest of the time. HA!

Travelogue: Krabi, Thailand

N’s colleague asked if we would be interested in going to Krabi early 2016 with his wife and her friends. Since we have not been there before, SIGN US UP PLEASE! ๐Ÿ™‚ we’ve heard many nice things about Krabi. Especially from my ex-colleague who went there twice. He did mention that going there once was just about right. Anyway, Jenny did most of the planning and we just agreed and went along with the agenda.

We flew on a Sunday afternoon and reached there in the evening. While waiting for Jenny’s friends to arrive, we checked into our accommodation at Mini House at Aonang Beach. It was a very quaint place. We wanted to stay in a villa since there would be 7 people altogether, but it seems that it’s more expensive than staying in a hotel. There was a welcome drink, and the reception guy was pretty cute to boot!


Greeted with water and a pack of cookies each. We brought the cookies along with us for our kayaking trip the next day ๐Ÿ˜› Mini House is on a hill which, at the bottom of it, has 7 eleven! It’s not a very steep hill, unlike the time at Phuket. This one was a short walk. And it was good too, nestled away from the bustle of the streets. It was really quiet and N had trouble sleeping because he could hear the mating call of a lizard just outside our room and water dripping. I thought I would have trouble sleeping, but no, not me! ๐Ÿ˜€


We didn’t get a king sized bed so it was just 2 twin beds pushed together. The room was very spacious and clean cut.


There’s the door, and to the left, is the toilet with vinyl flooring! It was pretty interesting. So vinylย ISย water resistant. The wardrobe was an open concept to the right of the door. And there was a cement ledge below the TV (where the luggage is) that stretches to the dressing table. There are no mirrors in the room, only in the toilet.

Before Jenny’s friends arrived, we were feeling a bit hungry so we bought some road side pancake.


Banana pancake with condensed milk on top. It was really yummy!



Smaller long-tail boats for tours.ย We also walked along Aonang Beach and caught the sunset. It was really beautiful!!

After Jenny’s friends arrived, we went for dinner at Massaman Restaurant, which was good and super affordable. We then headed for a massage down the road. Went back after that and got ready for the next day’s agenda.

DAY 2: Kayaking Trip

The day before, we paid THB 500 each to go for a half day kayaking trip in Bor Thor. It’s on the outskirts of Phuket so the bus ride there was about an hour long. We went through a cave, but since the mangrove was low tide, we couldn’t travel further out in case we got stuck. So we turned around and went to visit another cave with drawings in it.




The first cave provided shelter from the heat. It was really cooling inside ๐Ÿ™‚

We didn’t take pictures of the second cave though. lol. But we had to disembark our kayaks and climb into the cave. It was pretty scary because it was limestone and a bit slippery. Really had to be careful. We wore shorts, slippers, dri fit tops and a cap and lots of sun block and mosquito repellent because we didn’t want to get burnt or bitten.

After the kayaking trip and freshening up, we wereย picked up from the hotel to have dinner at Lae Lay Grill which overlooks Aonang Beach.


The long arduous way up to the restaurant itself. It was a workout in itself. And we were anticipating a good meal.


The scenery from the restaurant. We were given a high table and we ordered individual dishes. N and I shared their platter with lobster. Well, they did debone the fish and it looked like one piece on the plate.



The platter N and I shared. It’s really A LOT of seafood. Too much for 2 people to handle >.< We didn’t even eat the crab. We celebrated Jenny, JJ and N’s bday that night with 3 plates of chocolate lava cake dessert. The cake was super rich and yummy, but it was a bit jelat after a while. I would say dessert trumped!


N and I survived on 6L water bottles from 7 eleven. They were pretty cheap. We bought 3 which lasted us the entire trip! Best to keep yourself hydrated in Krabi. It’s quite dry and hot. And I have been getting headaches after our day trips.

Day 3: 4 Island-hopping Tour.

All of us signed up for an island-hop tour. We decided to take the long tail boat because it’s less choppy on water. And less prone to getting sea-sick. The only way up and down this boat is by a ladder that is hung on the sides of the front of the boat and you have to step into the sea. There were about 40 people on the tour? It was a REALLY HUGE GROUP.


This is Chicken Island – because the peak looks like a chicken head. We went open sea snorkelling for a while near chicken island before heading to another island to have lunch. It was pretty interesting, but I would not go for it again. Because N and I do not like the beach that much. Unless the beach is in our backyard and we can go back and bathe straight away.

After heading back from the islands, we showered, changed and went for aย massage ๐Ÿ™‚ weย tried to find one that was near our hotel, so we can meet our friends back at the hotel before heading off for activities. We found one nice place at Lanna Beach Guesthouse. We met a masseuse – Meow, who was super chatty and loved talking to us about her family. I also got my hair braided before we left for dinner.


Being a bit nom-y after the massage, we went to have some snacks!


We had the spiral potato, which is akin to the Korean street snack. This one, is DA BOMB. he makes it from SCRATCH. Like. One potato. Then he cuts it using a device. Then he soaks it in some water then makes the tempura coating. After that, he takes the potato out, skewers it and drags it along the stick to space it out. Then covers it with the tempura and then DEEP FRIES IT.


Yes, it’s being deep-fried at the moment. When it’s done, he puts it in wax paper and asks what kind of sauce you want. For me, I wanted cheese, and he puts cheese POWDER and sprinkles it everywhere. O.M.G. PARTY IN THE MOUTH! N and I were totally addicted to this snack. LOL!


This pancake place was recommended by Meow to us. She says it’s a MUST-HAVE. So we tried some different flavours, but it felt like it was roti prata w honey. So actually, the banana and nutella one is the one to try ๐Ÿ™‚


As it was close to dinner time, lots of other small stalls like these were being set up by the roadside. Being the gluttons we are, we ordered Pad Thai with shrimp. On hindsight, we shld’ve gone with chicken, but it’s too late for that now. HAHA. We brought our goodies back to the hotel and had them before going out w Alex and Jenny for dinner at Tanta Restaurant where we had PIZZA! The pizza was really good in my opinion ๐Ÿ™‚

After dinner, Jenny and I wanted to get henna done on our hands before we left. The place near our hotel – Dao Art Gallery provided henna services. However, she was with a customer so she asked us to come back later. Alex and Jenny went for a massage while N and I went back to the hotel to slack before heading back.

We were asked to scroll through Pinterest for Henna ideas and she can copy it almost perfectly! While scrolling through, we saw a picture of a penguin and N said he wanted it done!


The aftermath of our henna ๐Ÿ™‚ we were told to leave the paste on for 2 hours until it dries fully. But N (being an engineer), tried hairdrying it and it worked! haha. The picture above was after we peeled off the scabs. Cute right!

On the last day, we wanted to do another massage before we head back. So the 4 of us went to Lanna Beach to get a thai massage. Unfortunately, Meow wasn’t there, she went back to Chiang Mai to see her son. We were sad we didn’t get a chance to say goodbye. Service everywhere is the same. If there are no customers, there is no money. And in Krabi, there are not as many tourists as there are in Phuket.

I would go back to Krabi actually, to do other things, like try out the shooting range and visit Phi Phi Island. Interestingly though, they do not have jet skis or paragliding in Krabi. But it was a really interesting trip. We accomplished so much in 3 days and were aching like mad after the kayaking trip. LOL.

Travelogue: Phuket, Thailand

Went on a short holiday to Phuket, Thailand in May ๐Ÿ™‚

When we reached the airport, we had an airport transfer to the resort. We booked with Amari Phuketย because they had a promotion when staying for 3 nights. They have many special offers because the resort has just finished renovation. A driver picked us up and we were on our way to Phuket, which is one hour away from the airport.

I thought it was pretty thoughtful of them to provide us water and a wet towel to refresh ourselves after our flight..

on the way to the resort, the streets of Thailand..

when we arrived, we got upgraded to the seaview.. the rooms were situated along the coast.. we were super near the waters!

What better way to spend time in Thailand than to have a massage? According to tripadvisor, people have mentioned that it’s only a 20min walk toย Jungceylon, the biggestย mall in Phuket. So after walking for a while, we stopped to buy some slippers because n’s were breaking.. lol.. so when it finally broke, he managed to change. we asked the shopkeeper how far were we from the mall, she mentioned that we’re about 20mins away.. and we were like :O “I THOUGHT WE JUST WALKED ABT 20MINS JUST NOW!!” hahaha.. so yeah.. it was tough because it was warm too.. so we continued walking and FINALLY reached the mall..

We welcomed the aircon willingly. first up, we got a massage, and i got myself a mani/pedi before heading for dinner..

I got tiffany blue fingernails and toe nails ๐Ÿ™‚ we went to the food court to have our dinner.. the tables were brightly coloured and i thought the pic was apt.. haha..

we had Phad Thai and Oyster Omelette. O.M.G. the oyster omelette was SUPER DUPER GOOD!! but it was a bit too much for both of us to share.. lol.. the food court was like kopitiam where there had to be a card with value in it that is bought from a counter and then given to the food stall to deduct the money..

panoramic view of the foodcourt.. we were there pretty late, so most of the stalls had closed.. but lucky for us, the food stall we ate at was open and SUPER YUMMY! ๐Ÿ™‚

not sure what i was asking n when he took this picture.. but funny! hahaha.. yes! i braided my hair too!!

we took a taxi back to the hotel.. it’s quite cheap and even cheaper if you take a tuk tuk.. this trip was the first time i took a tuk tuk. Thank God that it wasn’t as scary as many people described. I was in club med phuket when i was 10-ish and mama and mummy kept going on about how dangerous tuk tuks are.. but i guess 15 years later, it didn’t really matter.. HAHA..

we decided to use the pool on the second day. thats my brekkie. ๐Ÿ™‚

lounged by the pool until lunch time, then we washed up and went in search of Sabai Sabai. To which, we failed. and decided to eat at a seafood joint parallel to the beach. we have confirmed that any restaurant or food joint in phuket tastes good! so it didn’t matter where we went.. haha..

am always intrigued with the cute bottles!!!

fried calamari with salt and pepper.. it was really tasty..

rice came in this cute clay bowl which was hot actually.. lol..

grilled prawns

crayfish with CHEESE.. we couldnt order much because there was just 2 of us.. sometimes it’s so hard to eat a lot of variety.. haha.. but the food was just yummy!!! although we had to fight with flies that were hovering very closely.. lol..

the view from our room.. there was someone picking clams i think..

looks postcard worthy right? the next picture is even better!

the SUNSET. i love the hues..

a panoramic view from our room balcony!

we got one free dinner for our stay.. there are different themes at the hotel’s main restaurant.. so we chose the one we thought was the most worth it (expensive) hahaha! it was seafood bbq night.. we didn’t take any pics cos it was quite dark.. the food wasn’t as tasty though, unfortunately.. but hey, it’s a free meal ๐Ÿ˜›

can’t remember what we were doing that night, but we walked back to the hotel.. it’s actually uphill.. and then downhill to our room because we were situated along the beach.. on the first level. to put things into perspective, the lobby/reception was level 3? hahahaha.. and there were only STAIRS.. albeit one small lift at the corner of the resort, so we just stuck to walking..

we kept going back to junceylon because it was airconditioned and we could have massages.. we went back to the same shop we have been patronising since day one.. we had the thai massage.. unfortunately, i laughed while she was cracking my back and i pulled something near the wing.. hahaha.. sian.. so we got lunch and then headed back cos i was feeling uncomfortable..

i think it’s funny that whenever we visit any country, n makes it a point to try out the burgers.. mainly because singapore doesn’t sell pork burgers..

what we ate.. actually, we were more entertained by the wifi password at the bottom of the receipt.. lol..

and thai sweet chilli sauce.. oh how i have missed you.. can’t believe that sgp macs doesnt give sweet chilli sauce anymore.. oh wells..

after that, we took a tuk tuk back and lepaked the rest of the day in the room.. hahaha..

the next day we checked out and were heading back to singapore.. in the airport, we spent some of our baht on souvenirs and found these 2 cloth fans and bought one for each of us.. only i have been using mine thus far.. lol!

the colours are so pretty right!!! anw, obvious that the green is mine ๐Ÿ˜›

oh, and another funny picture because we bought a lot of souvenirs (t-shirts) from a random shop, the owner gave us a headband.. i thought it was pretty cool.. hahaha..

well, till we meet again, Thailand! can’t wait forย ourย trip to Krabi in Jan! ๐Ÿ˜€