Halloween

It’s not big in Malaysia, but we managed to walk a couple of streets, trick-or-treating.
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The pirate
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Jack-o-lanterns (carved with a Swiss army knife – so a little dodgy)
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The princess (Arlo’s friend) and the fairy (Arlo) at their first house.

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Arlo, Isabella and Galen.
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“Quit talking to me and give me chocolate. Please.”

While big sister was away…

I decided to do something a little bit special with Galen. A trip to the fish pond. Which is actually bigger than a typical pond, but I don’t want to call it a lake (as everyone else does) because it’s still more pond than lake. We visited here when we were still looking at houses, and the pond was one of the selling features of Sierramas for us. But we hadn’t been back since that first time.

Galen and I strolled around the pond, stopping every few metres to look at a leaf or an ant or a grain of sand, or another leaf. It took us about an hour to walk about 500 metres. It was fun for us both.
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Here Galen thinks it’s hilarious to eat the stale bread that was meant for the fish and turtles.
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Next time I might even clean breakfast off his face before we go out somewhere…

A new school year begins

We’re in a new house, in a new country, and all because of this new school.
Last Friday was orientation day. A day where Geoff wore a tie. It’s only the second time I’ve seen him wear a tie, so it must have been a special day!
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Arlo loved her classroom.
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So did Galen.
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Cake with the IGBIS logo on it!!
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Today was the first day of school. I was worried about the new morning routine, especially since Geoff leaves the house around the time the kids wake up. But it was great. Lots of cooperation, smiles, and even a few laughs.
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A bunch of Arlo’s friends, both old and new, were there to meet her as she arrived at school.
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It looks like it’s going to be a great school year.

KL Bird Park

The Hari Raya holiday comes at the end of Ramadan. Everyone told us not to go anywhere on those days as traffic would be bad, accommodation anywhere would be booked out and the crowds would be manic. I pictured something akin to a public holiday in China, so we decided, as was recommended, to enjoy KL while it was a ghost town.

We spent hours at KL Bird Park, the world’s largest walk-in free-flight aviary, with over 3000 birds. The day got off to a dramatic start when our newly walking boy face-planted on the brick footpath and his mouth quickly filled up with blood. Not knowing where the blood had come from, I immediately worried that it was his already chipped tooth (from a fall about two months earlier) about to fall out completely. He calmed down pretty quickly (after an iceblock treat to reduce the swelling) so we stayed and wandered around the 8.5ha of green in the city.
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You can probably see Galen’s lip fatten out over the course of the day. And by the next day it was even bigger. So much for the iceblock remedy.
The bird park is usually pretty expensive, but we managed to get a resident’s discount. We lunched at the Hornbill Cafe, which was pretty good, though service was crazy slow (but they were really busy). Even if we’d paid full price, the day would have been worth it, and we’ll definitely be going back again one day – after we visit the butterfly park, the deer park, the farm in the city, the elephant sanctuary, the turtle sanctuary – there’s so much on our list of things to do…!