22 July 2010, by Jaime Teo
We’re booked to leave……. THIS SUNDAY! YEAH!!!!
The initial plan was to take a long drive to either KL or Genting, to see if she would be good in a car seat for extended drives. We only managed to head to Johor Bahru for lunch. Not coincidentally, we decided that day that we won’t be taking that long drive. She bore the ride from home to the checkpoint stoically, then ‘told’ us in no uncertain terms that she would not be strapped down anymore when we were in the queue to get our passports stamped. I was more thrilled at seeing the first stamp in her passport than bothered about her loud fussing =p
Anyhow, a 5-day break in Dan’s schedule came up earlier than expected so we went to zuji.com over the weekend and decided to just book ourselves a package to Perth!
Crying baby? We can take turns to carry her.
Fussy baby in car? We decided that to make the trip possible, we’ll compromise on driving duration. Instead of doing long drives (Busselton and Margaret River are about 3hrs away), we’ll do nearby sights. Earmarked are Swan Valley, Fremantle Market and Cottlesloe Beach. These are all a half hour drive from Perth.
Cold weather? We’ll bundle her up and be sure to head back to the hotel if it gets too cold outside, even if it means heading back at 6pm. (The temperature in Perth is at a low of 3 — 4 degrees every night this week!)
Night feeds? That’s ok too — I’ll be sure to sleep earlier. It may mean less time to look at things, but hey it’s Perth. Place to chill and relax.
Recognising that we might spend quite a lot of time in the hotel justified our spending on a five star stay (it’s a great excuse hehe) so with all fronts covered, I am really looking forward to the trip!
Optimism and sufficient rest goes hand in hand for me I see =) Or it could be the bottle of chicken essence I take daily. I used to turn my nose down at products that boasts of more vitality but as you can guess — I am singing a different tune these days.
This entire planning episode has given me a new take on life in general. There are many ways to walk our walk. Sometimes it’s necessary that we walk slowly so we walk further; sometimes it’s good that we make a detour and bring someone with us; sometimes we need a walking aid and that’s nothing to be ashamed of.
The important thing is to embrace life’s changes (in my case, motherhood. It could be a new job or new relationship for you) because you can depend on it that life will serve up many changes. To quote an old maxim — The only constant in life is change.
So at a ripe ‘old’ age of 33, I’m learning to go with the flow. To make things better where I can and accept the things I can’t. It’s a lesson that when practiced daily, makes for a more pleasant walk for me.
Ps: I’ll be back the following week with pictures and stories!