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I am Pea and I am blessed with two children, J (born in 2007) and An (born in 2013). I love reading, writing, teaching, mathematics and music and hope to impart the love for these things to the children. I hope to share how much God has blessed us. May you be blessed as you read about our experiences. :)

I can be contacted at pandapea@hotmail.com if need be. :)

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Minsu in Yilan

My family has just spent three days and two nights in Yilan county and I was grateful for the escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. I chose a minsu in a remote area in Dongshan and although we needed a driver to get to all our destinations, I loved my choice!


When we were in Yilan, the sun was scorching in the day and the temperature went up to 34 degrees. The children were most delighted when we arrived at our minsu in the evenings. They had reason to celebrate as the minsu owners had decorated the rooms to attract young clientele like them.

Our room on the first night had a swing with a teddy bear and lots of toys. The bath tub overlooked the paddy field and both children took turns to soak in it. There was also a mini kitchen for little chefs and Little An went on the slide with Lightning McQueen many many times.





We moved to another room on our second night. The minsu had about eight beautifully decorated rooms and we were spoiled for choice. Our second room, which was in…

Korea Trip Day 4 ~ Lotte World

On Day 4, we had a relaxing morning before proceeding to Lotte World.


We chose Lotte World over Everland as it had an indoor section, which would be able to withstand any weather. When we arrived at Lotte World, it was already 12.30p.m. My enthusiastic daughter opted to go on rides before lunch, and by lunch time, we had gone on five different rides, with a repeat on one of the rides. The rides were Drunken Basket, Jumping Fish (Little An's favourite), Dragons Wild Shooting, Lotty Train and Eureka, which required us to pump on a piston in order to fly.



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The final location included in our day tour was Gangchon Rail Park. I spent quite a lot of time researching on this place as I wanted to be sure it was safe for kids and that it was not too strenuous for me. I also read reviews that it might not be suitable in cold weather.


I finally decided to go to the rail park when my friend said she and her daughter could accompany us. On the day itself, however, her daughter fell asleep and my friend opted out. Little An and I were left to operate a four-person bike on our own! Little An tried to stretch her legs out as much as she could to help, but she told me in disappointment that her feet could not reach the pedals. I was appreciative that she was so sweet.

The first part of the 50-minute bike ride was smooth. There was probably some aid from engines as the pedalling was smooth and I could record videos easily. It was just before the fourth tunnel (out of 5) when I started to have to pedal very hard and wishing I was fitter. I told myself t…

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All my worries were unfounded. Our outer jackets (mine was a lightly padded one from Uniqlo while hers was a little more puffy one from Decathlon) managed to keep us warm throughout the trip. On most days, we wore three layers (extra warm Heat tech thermals, a shirt or jumper and our jackets) and we were comfortable.

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