Holidays! Motherkao loves... The Kao Kids

The Kaos go travelling – Hong Kong!

September 14, 2013

Finally I have a tag and category that says Holidays! on the blog.

It comes with an exclamation mark though.

So, we just returned from Hong Kong after spending 4 days and 3 nights there, with me doubling up as maid. Yes, you heard that right. In my infinite wisdom, I had made the call to travel 1600 miles away without my domestic help. Fatherkao was away for a week in Sweden and I’d thought ah well, my parents and sister, who came along on our trip would make excellent babysitters. They were, don’t get me wrong about that; they perfected their skill of distracting my kids so I can get things done / eat / poop / catch a 3-minute shut eye to a master shifu level they deserve another holiday just to unwind from this holiday. My sister commented that she’s never worked harder and never felt more tired than all of her worst days at work put together. Isn’t that master shifu level already, for someone with no kids?

But I was the one who had to handle the never-ending packing + feeding at mealtimes + making milk + washing bottles + cleaning poopy backsides + bathing and drying + brushing teeth + tucking in SINGLEHANDEDLY. For all three of them, thanks to the absence of my tag team partner, also known as the maid. Not to mention the miscellaneous motherly duties like holding hands, beco-ing the not-so-baby-anymore baby, disciplining the kids when they misbehave, capturing holidaying moments with my Olympus Pen, and answering the questions that come fast and furious from being in a foreign land and experiencing new sights and sounds every single day.

Still, I’m appreciative of the fact that my dad had sponsored our vacation so that I could finally go somewhere after staying home for six months, and the kids would be on their first plane ride ever. I was also missing the husband so bad that heading out was a good distraction for me. Paradoxically, I stayed sane from missing Fatherkao in the midst of all the insanity tending to the three kids.

The kids had fun. The highlight of their trip was being in the hotel room where tv and bath tub water was free flow, and of course, Disneyland! I had fun seeing them having fun, and thoroughly enjoyed soaking in, breathing and eating Hong Kong. I’d spent my whole life devouring TVB serials and it was magical for me to be listening to Cantonese (and trying to speak in it, haha!) and savouring everything Hong Kong about Hong Kong – the dim sum, the cha chan teng, the MTR, the crowd, the wet market, the congested roads, the hilly slopes and cobbled streets, the night markets, the street performances, everything!

Cha chan teng


HK night scene

Street performances

So yes, there are plenty of reasons why the category Holidays on my blog gets an exclamation.

All three kids took turns to poop when I was about to have my in-flight meal on our way there! I walked carrying the 11kg not-so-baby-anymore baby for hours and the back didn’t break! The left ankle (which was injured some months ago) didn’t give way! The ko yo (medicated plaster) from HK was fantastic! I had roast goose! We got lost after taking the tram – yay! We explored with kids in tow from Kowloon to Central to Wan Chai! The kids kept asking when they could return to the hotel to hibernate – argh! Nat jumped around on the second day at a restaurant that had no baby chair and fell! He cut his lip and chin and bled for a good five minutes! I almost fainted at that from trying not to panic! I survived 10 hours in Disneyland in 31°C weather with three kids! Without my maid! Nat couldn’t keep still on the plane on the flight back, thanks to the big cup of bubble tea I had!

We had a holiday! Still !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Harbour view

Walking uphill

Wet market


Disney_Minnie Mouse

Disney_Dumbo ride

Disney_Chef Mickey

Hollywood Hotel_Car

Hollywood Hotel_Garden

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  • Reply Connie Huang September 15, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    power power!! I had to bring a troop of babysitters and helper along for my recent trip. I really look up to you alot. From FTWM to SAHM plus homelearning and all.. and now.. travelling alone! Kudos!

    • Reply MotherKao September 16, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      Awww, thanks, Connie!

  • Reply Adora @ Gingerbreadmum September 14, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Liz, reading this, my heart just went thump thump thump, filling me with adrenelin. 3! Kids! Alone! (kinda, but still).

    I love the black and white pics. They really show how busy HK is. And the one with Becks and the fish! I almost swooped to the screen to guide her little hand away, screaming “Argh! It’s raw fish!”. You know, my Poppy has a habit of asking “Can I rub my eyes?” after touching anything that she’s not supposed to touch before eye rubbing. Oh well. What was I saying again? Ya, YOU DID IT YAY!!!

    • Reply MotherKao September 14, 2013 at 11:38 PM

      Adora, that’s why I had to punctuate with lots of exclamation marks! It was a real big challenge! My kids pawed over everything they see from raw fish to grimy MTR poles, and I gave up yelling at them after a while. Argh. We survived and nobody returned sick, thank God! Only Little Nat had two huge ulcers and a cut on his chin cos’ of the fall at the restaurant – can you believe it, no baby chairs??? – but even he was a tough cookie.

      I just need lots of ko yo now to recover from this trip. But yay, I survived! 🙂

  • Reply Dominique Goh September 14, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Great on you to go on a holiday with the 3 kids.. It certainly isn’t easy but certainly fun.. I do that with the kids at least once a year 🙂

    • Reply MotherKao September 14, 2013 at 11:39 PM

      You’re amazing, to go without help and the husband? Three kids just always tilts the balance, and there are never enough pairs of eyes around to rein them in! Ok, at least for mine!

  • Reply May September 14, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    *Salute* What a brave mummy you are!! I wish I have half your guts (or insanity… Haha) to whisk my 3 on a holiday too! I’m so missing a holiday!!

    • Reply MotherKao September 14, 2013 at 11:40 PM

      Try somewhere nearer, May? Or go without them! Haha!

  • Reply Susan September 14, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Wow you did it! I sweat just thinking about how you managed to go on a holiday with 3 kids.

    • Reply MotherKao September 14, 2013 at 11:41 PM

      Thanks, Susan. It was nerve wrecking and adrenaline charged everyday!

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