Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Hurricane Ridge, WA

I still have tons of pictures from our Malaysia trip that need to be updated. But for the time being, here are some pictures from our recent visit to the mountain. 

Aug 31, 2013

I woke up to a beautiful morning today. The weather was perfect and it would be such as a waste to just stay inside and do the packing. We're moving in 18 days and there are so many things that haven't been packed up yet. I told Daniel that I wanted to go to Hurricane Ridge just because it was on my mind for quite some time since I saw some pictures of it on my friend's Facebook. We did go there in 2011 during winter and it was so pretty. But it was too cold for us back then. We didn't properly dressed for the weather and thus didn't explore the place at all. Unfortunately, Daniel already had some other plans so he didn't want to go. So it was just me, Sarah and my dad. 

It took us approximately 2.5 hours to get there. But with nice views along the way it didn't feel that long to me. I think my dad enjoyed it too. As for Sarah, she slept for the most part on the way there so that was such a relief. Being stuck in the car seat for a long time is not something she looks forward to. 

My dad has a thing for old stuff so when I asked him if he wanted to stop and look at this flea market, he right way agreed to it. The sign said the flea market is held every Saturday from 8 am - 4 pm from May to September. We got there around 2.30 pm so there weren't many vendors left. But still it was a fun thing to do. 

Breathtaking view of the Olympic Mountains from the parking lot. We got here probably between 3.30pm - 4.30 pm. There was quite a crowd but we didn't have any problem finding a parking space. 

Tok Wan and Sarah, on the way to the visitor center.

Enjoying her cracker amidst the great view

The visitor center from afar

We had a quick snack at the Snack Bar inside the visitor center. The fish and chips was pretty descent albeit on the expensive side.

Love the different shades of blue.

She got a teddy marmot from Tok Wan from the souvenir shop. 

My Abah aka Tok Wan

I decided to just do a short hike and thought that the Big Meadow Loop was the perfect one. We headed to the Overlook and then continued to Cirque Rim trail, passing the start of Sunrise Point trail and back to the parking lot. These trails are paved and easy, perfect for children. I really wanted to go to Sunrise Point but it is a dirt trail and it would be quite challenging with the stroller. 

The view on our way to the Overlook.

We met some of the meadow's residents. 

She loves her marmot.

View of of the Overlook. From here you can see part of Port Angeles, the Straits of Juan de Fuca and Vancouver Island, B.C

We can see ski lift from the Cirque Rim trail.

The Cirque Rim trail

Abah is reading some information about the trail

The Big Meadow

Going back

Saw a couple more  these guys

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Malaysia Trip Part 1

After almost 4 years, we finally made it! We FINALLY went back to Malaysia. The bonus part was Daniel's mom was able to go back with us and that made it so much better. 

It was a quick trip. Two weeks was a really short period of time. But we did manage to see most of our relatives, thanks to my parents. They held a family gathering a day after we went back to my hometown, Alor Setar. And that was awesome, just to be able to meet (almost) everybody. Plus having everybody together at one place was really a time saver as we had quite a busy itinerary. 

July 30th 2013

We had a 4 hour layover in Taipei. I was so glad when we landed. I'm not a fan of flying, especially a super long one. It took us 12 hours to get Taipei from Seattle. The boys did really well. Sarah cried quite a bit on the plane and just wanted to nurse all the time. She did however sleep for a few hours.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Beautiful March Morning!

Woke up to this view. Apparently the seasons get a little bit confused around here. It snowed for 2 days in a row last week too. I love how crisp  and cool the air was this morning and it was absolutely pretty.

Water droplet with reflection of one of the houses on the street

Grammy's Visit - Day 3: Dec 23 , 2011

I had this post on hold for a long time since I was concentrating on other projects I ambitiously wanted to get done before the baby arrived. Procrastinating is never ever a good idea. I ended up losing all the pictures I took when Grammy was here since (if you've read my previous post, you might know this already) - our hard drive crashed two weeks ago. Fortunately I did upload a few pictures beforehand so even if it's outdated, for my memory's sake, I'm just going to put it up here.

We took a trip to Seattle on the third day Grammy was here. This picture was taken on our way to ferry terminal in Bainbridge Island.  

Views from the ferry

View of Bainbridge Island from the ferry with Olympic range in sight.

Nearing Seattle ferry terminal. The last picture shows container cranes at the Port of Seattle marine facilities, where several container ships are loading or unloading. 

Various view around the ferry terminal

Passing Ivar's, a seafood restaurant. Would like to go there one day since it got some good reviews.

Mother and son sharing some moments together

It was a beautiful day in Seattle considering it was in the middle of winter.

Farhan is in awe of the ceiling 

 Grammy is picking up some smoked salmon from Pike Place Market to bring back home

I am a happy person in the midst of these colorful fruit and vegies

 The Pike Place Fish Co. They got famous for their fish- tossing antics.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Unfinished Hike...Dungeness Spit, Sequim WA

Jul 2 2011

 Aerial view of Dungeness Spit


We decided to go to Dungeness Spit in Sequim right after Poppy left for Montana. The weather was great that day and it would be such a shame if we were to just stay at home. It was about an hour plus to drive there so it wasn't that far considering it was an impromptu decision. 

The spit is a 5.5 miles very narrow long sand pit (eleven miles round trip). It is the longest natural sand pit in the world.

At the end of the spit is a lighthouse. But since it's quite a hike to walk the 11 miles round trip to the lighthouse, there's certainly a need for some kind of planning especially if children were to be involved. There are no restroom facilities or drinking water. Plus everybody needs to be off the spit by dusk. We didn't finish our hike. The kids were tired after the 2nd mile. I personally would like to go back to finish the hike and to visit the lighthouse.

Taking turns to use binoculars to see the view of the spit

 Oh look a squirrel!

On the way back, we stopped at one of the few scenic view stops and saw this breathtaking sight.

These are views taken from the car somewhere in Sequim


Hopefully we will be back for this!