Trip to the Zoo

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We went to the zoo today!

Callum really liked the penguins. They swam right up to the glass of the tank and flapped their little penguin wings. He also liked the monkeys. They were scampering here and there and making lots of noise.

However, I think what Callum most enjoyed was looking at the other little kids eating colourful ice creams and screaming “MUUUUM I WANNA SEE THE LEEEEEMURS NOW!!!”.

He wasn’t impressed with the HUGE snake.
Or the cute elephants.
The kangaroos were too fast to keep up with.
The tigers were too hard to see.
And the birds, well they were just boring.

(Nonetheless, I had a great time!)

Our Five Seconds of Fame

Yeah yeah, that was us in the newspaper the other week.

We must’ve been the only ones who didn’t see the pic.

It took me ages to finally source a clipping. We were at a Chinese New Year Ball. I figured everyone was going to wear something red or a cheong sum, so I mustered up the courage to go with a snakeskin print dress + feather earrings. I was terrified it was going to look really naff, because my dress was over 2 seasons old! Luckily no one called the fashion police.

Alternative Marinades

I went to a physio about my sore wrist. Initial consultation and ultrasound therapy set me back $55. Then I got a proper cast made up at the next session $95. And after paying $45 for “ice therapy” I decided not to go back.

I told my mother about it and she said, “Aiyah don’t spend so much money on those kind of things!”

She gave me an unlabelled bottle of Chinese Medicine and told me to rub some into my wrist every evening.

It looked like soy sauce.
And smelt like rotten plums.

It made my hand smell like marinated chicken wings after a few days. And it disturbed me that people I meet might get a whiff of it.

Sunday Afternoon

We spent a glorious afternoon at Sorrento Beach.
We walked up and down the bay. Looking at the flock of sun bathers and their jumble of colourful towels, and umbrellas. Kids were squealing down the water slides, screaming on the roller coasters and giggling on the merry-go-rounds.

Large British ladies were spilling out of their swim suits as they played bowls on the lawn. Skinny girls in bikinis were turning bronze in the sun.

Callum found it all very fascinating. He sat upright in his pram. Concentrating on the world around him.

We strolled over to the old dolphin pen at AQWA.
We checked out the boats with For Sale stickers.
We took pictures of a man with a white rat on his shoulder.
We ate fresh hot kebabs on the boardwalk.
And we watched the sun set behind the boats bobbing up and down in the bay.

Looking into the trees

I really enjoy my morning jogs.
So far I’m doing it 3 days a week.
Up to the shops, buy a newspaper and back again.
It’s not a long jog, but I’m starting small.

It’s 30 minutes of my time.
Plus I feel incredibly zippy after it.

But my real reason for all the exercise, is because I desperately want to be a mum who’s young, fit, healthy, and active. I want to keep an active social life, get out and about, paint my nails and go to concerts. I want to keep my feet on the ground and have a sense of humour about life and babies.

I think my greatest fear is turning into a frumpy Chinese Aunty while I’m only 25.

Huge congrats to Shy, Shai and Scott for the recent additions to their families.