Sri Lanka 2014 – Day 3 (Pool Day)

Tue, Apr 8, 2014

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Today we woke up to yet another picture perfect morning.

Scotch and I had originally planned on heading out to Old Galle for a day trip and check out the fort which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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But Wee Scorch threw one tantrum after another practically from the moment he woke up so we decided to just chill at the hotel beach and the pool to preserve what was left of our patience and sanity.

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The hotel pool is outdoors but mostly covered which was ideal for the kids and me because I didn’t have to worry about us being slathered in sun cream.

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My son could spend all day in the pool if allowed. His swimming improved a great deal this week since we spent practically every day in the pool. He started to tread water, attempted underwater somersaults (forwards and backwards), and is much better now at lifting his head up for air.

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He insisted on using my snorkel and got the hang if using it really quickly.

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My snorkel mask was too big for him so we attached the snorkel to his little goggles.

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Wee Scotch made new friends (also from Dubai) and they each took turns taking photos with my underwater camera. Very talented budding photographers:

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We fell asleep that night to the soothing sounds (for me at least) of heavy rain and thunder.

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Sri Lanka – Day 2 (Turtle Hatchery and Spice Garden)

Mon, Apr 7, 2014

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Today we woke up to an idyllic, clear and blue Sri Lankan sky. The stuff of postcards. A total surprise because the weather forecast was supposed to be 60% chance of rain all week.

We started the day with breakfast at our hotel which was satisfying and delicious – it was an “English breakfast” (eggs, bacon, sausage, beans, grilled tomato) – but disappointing as I wanted the Sri Lankan breakfast of red string hoppers and curry but that option was not available.

Could it be because we are the only guests in the hotel? Very odd that there are no other guests since I had a hard time booking a hotel room because all of the nicer hotels on the South West coast were full.

After breakfast, we were picked up by our driver in a van to transport us to the Turtle Hatchery. We took Little Ginger’s stroller with us onto the van but never ended up using it because the gravelly paths at the turtle hatchery and spice garden weren’t conducive to a stroller so she ended up in her baby carrier.

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The hatchery pays 20 Sri Lankan rupees to fishermen for each turtle egg that is brought to them. They then bury them in the sand and when the eggs hatch, the male turtles are released into the sea after 3 days.

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Because only 2% of turtles that are born are female, they keep the females for 5 years before releasing them to increase their rate of survival in the wild.

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Wee Scotch had a fantastic time at the hatchery. He enjoyed being able to hold and pet the baby turtles. He wanted to do it over and over and over again.

And he couldn’t understand why we couldn’t help the albino turtle by “painting” it green:

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Little Ginger slept through the whole experience in her baby carrier:

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Next we went to a Spice Garden where it was interesting to see the plant origins of many common spices like vanilla, turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom, and black pepper. They weren’t too pushy about selling products made from their spice garden and Scotch ended up buying a small bottle of cinnamon oil.

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We had lunch at Aida – a jeweler, guesthouse, and restaurant overlooking a beautiful lake. We picked out 2 fresh fish and 2 large crabs that were obtained this morning – not sure if that meant they were caught this morning or that they were purchased from the market this morning.

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The fish were made into a grilled dish and a coconut fish curry which were both okay (too boney) but the chilli crab dish was just amazingly flavorful.

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Unfortunately, when I left the table to take Wee Scotch to the bathroom, the waiter cleared away my unfinished chilli crab platter probably thinking I had finished.

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Even though all that was left was the sauce, I was looking forward to spooning all that garlicky spicy red goodness onto my plate of white rice to further enjoy its flavors.

We had dinner back at our hotel. The food tonight was unfortunately underwhelming but the waiter did promise that red string hoppers would be available for breakfast the next morning. Yay!

Tonight’s beautiful sunset from our hotel room:

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Sri Lanka – Day 1

Sun, Apr 6, 2014

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We have just arrived in beautiful Sri Lanka today* for a week’s holiday during Wee Scotch’s school break.

In our 6+ years traveling from Dubai, I have never seen such long lines at the Dubai airport. The passport control lines were just heaving with people. Upon arrival at Colombo, we disembarked via stairs down to the tarmac then bus to the terminal. Challenging with carrying an infant, her car seat, and carryon bags plus a drowsy Wee Scotch who wouldn’t walk and wanted to be carried too. After battling more queues at Colombo immigration, we finally embarked on the two-hour drive to our resort in the town of Balapitiya, which we will call home-base for the next 5 days.

We are so looking forward to exploring the island and enjoying the local food.

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*I am going to try an experiment. I am going to blog on the fly while on vacation instead of waiting until I get home. Because by the time I get home, I never seem to find the time nor motivation (I still haven’t finished my China posts from last May/June nor written up my India trip from 2011 – shame).

And because I didn’t bring my laptop on this trip, photos will be published with minimal post-processing via my iPhone.

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Introducing Little Ginger

Sat, Nov 30, 2013

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“Little Ginger” – 9 hours old

This Thanksgiving, I had so much to be thankful for: family, friends, good health, and the safe delivery of “Little Ginger” who graced us with her presence at 6 lbs 6 oz.

She is the sweetest little baby and is absolutely adored by her big brother, Wee Scotch:

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The Proud Big Brother

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October Catchup

November 4, 2013
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October was a particularly busy month for the Ginger and Scotch family. Wee Scotch continued to adjust (very well so far) to his second month at Pre-Kindergarten, we moved apartments and continued to prepare for the upcoming arrival of “Little Ginger”. Yes, we moved house while I was nine months pregnant. Fun! Not. Although we […]

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Staycations: Weekend Pool Escapes

September 22, 2013
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What to do when it’s too hot in Dubai to do anything outdoors? Within minutes of walking outside, poor Wee Scotch drips with sweat which just saturates his little head. And being a toddler, he can’t sit still but runs around chasing other children, thus getting even hotter and sweatier. Bikes and scooters are out […]

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Fresh Corn Obsession and Rediscovering Time for Myself

September 13, 2013
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I did it! I posted a food photo on my blog since who-knows-when!? No, I still haven’t picked up a camera since June and still relying on my iPhone cam but better than nothing I think. I took this picture to blog about my obsession with fresh corn lately (as opposed to canned or frozen […]

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“Big School” and Getting Back in the Kitchen

September 6, 2013
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With the arrival of September this year, Scotch and I entered a new chapter of our lives – life as parents of a school kid! Wee Scotched embarked on the great adventure of “big school” (it’s the term he uses to distinguish his new school from his old nursery/day-care). He is adapting marvelously to his […]

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