All Settled In

Baby is asleep. Threenager is on an outing with her dad. I have one hour of peace to myself … and so I have time to blog!

Phew! We finally made it here to Canada. The plane ride was exhausting, only because it was not easy holding a baby to sleep the entire night, and Emma couldn’t handle the loud noise on the plane so she could not sleep well too. So I had one clingy baby and one dramatic kid, their tiny bodies squished up against me for the second half of the journey from Tokyo to Vancouver. The first leg of the journey from KL to Tokyo was not bad considering we traveled in the morning, got to Tokyo to stretch our legs and have a light meal before our next flight. There was a nice play area for children at the Narita International Airport too. So, the kids were very happy to be able to roam free for a bit.

Unfortunately, our flight to Vancouver was delayed by an hour. So when we arrived in Vancouver, we were not able to catch our flight to Calgary on time. It didn’t help that the immigration queue up was long too, and we were missing a couple of bags. However, our porter was really helpful and advised us not to go through the transit lines to check in. Instead, it was way faster to get back out to the departure hall and check in through the air line counter again. After all, we had to take all our baggage with us again for customs check. The airline had put us on standby, but then we realized it was not possible for all four of us to get seats on the same flight if we are constantly on standby to  board the next flights. So we decided to just confirm seats for a later flight at 8 p.m.. It was a long and tiring wait in transit. When we finally arrived in Calgary, it almost 10 p.m., but then we had to sort out our missing bags and get the rental vehicle before they close. Worse, all our winter gear was in the bag that was missing! So we had to like dart across the parking lot to get to the truck as quickly as possible. Oh, my poor children must have been so tired and confused. By the time we got home, it was half past midnight, and we were hungry so we cooked Indomee to eat … . We finally settled and went to bed at 2 a.m..

So yes, that was our big move from KL to Canada. It is definitely challenging travelling with two young children on a long flight like this. We had thought of breaking up the journey by stopping over a night or two in Japan. But we had so many luggages with us, we were not going to drag it all around with us. And what if the children don’t sleep/rest when they’re suppose too?? Then it would have been worse on the plane ride.

And here we are, in the city of Calgary. We arrived to a deep freeze that had struck the city and surrounding areas. Not the warmest welcome of course, but a week later we were greeted with a white Christmas, and so that was amazing. My daughter loves the snow. I’m glad because coming from a tropical country, she knew nothing about winter. So at least, she was able to enjoy and have fun outside in the cold.

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