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C.O.F.F.E.E date with my lovelies... N look who decided to join us, Mr. Hubby @karthik_naga (converting/convincing himself to be a โ˜• drinker) My hunt for PSL pumpkin spice latte has finally come to an end for this year (since Fall season is almost done)... ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿƒ
No school for Sienna today due to โ„... Special request by the kiddos #SiennaSkyler ... #WantanMee noodles ๐Ÿœ (This is Sienna's most favourite food when we were living in Singapore... Skyler was still a baby/toddler ๐Ÿผ) n also needed to clear fridge/freezer!
You know you are in the South when you have a "snow storm" of a few inches... โœ”Churches are closed on Sundays โœ”Schools out today n tomorrow โœ”Some offices n businesses are closed Back in my Indiana days, even a few feet of snow is business as usual. I don't remember having to skip work ever??? So this momma been in the house for a few days now ๐Ÿ˜•๐Ÿ˜•๐Ÿ˜• At least the kiddos #SiennaSkyler are having fun โ›„โ„
(Part 3 of 3) Visited the Gingerbread Lane at The Ballantyne Hotel @BallantyneHotel ... This is our 3rd year in a row visiting the wonderful creations by amateurs n professionals... (might be our Christmas holiday tradition perhaps?) There is no charge to visit and look at the gingerbread creations. You may vote for your favorite entries with $1 minimum donation per vote. All proceeds will benefit Levine Childrenโ€™s Hospital, dedicated to caring for the physical and emotional needs of children and their families. You still have time to stop by the hotel till December 26th and see them all for free.
(Part 2 of 3) Sienna's new classmate's birthday party... Sienna changed to a new school this year! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‚๐Ÿ•๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽ "Zhu Ni Shenri Kuaile" (Happy Birthday to You)
Since the snow storm is expected to start tonight/tomorrow, we had to jam all the kids activities today! Oh was this momma knocked out...by the kids literally!!! Pictures/videos will tell u some of the whole story. 1) started the day jumping non stop at @BigAirCharlotte 2) Sienna's friend's birthday party 3) Visited the gingerbread lane Here's pics from part 1 of 3...
My son and I could do this all day. He loves doing his best @tombrady impersonation while I do my best @dfunch impersonation #goblue #football #siennaskyler #fatherson moments are the best
Finally a Chinese restaurant that is somewhat "authentic"... my mapo tofu minced pork was yummy!!! ๐Ÿš๐Ÿ‘Œ I asked for extra spicy but still not spicy enough...๐Ÿ˜• but very flavorful! โœ” (When sans kiddos #SiennaSkyler , this momma can order SPICY ๐Ÿ”ฅ) N portion was humongous... We were "kicked out" for hogging the place too long... Proceeded to Starbucks next door! Thanks ladies for the nonstop laughter...๐Ÿ˜„
Perks of living near a movie theater...๐ŸŽฅ Sneaking out in my pajamas to catch a horror movie! First time watching a movie by myself? We haven't use any babysitters (yet), so Mr. Hubby @karthik_naga n I only go on movie dates when #SiennaSkyler grandparents are around... I got the whole theater almost to myself... not such a good idea when watching horror ๐Ÿ˜ฑ but the movie turned out not so scary after all...
Need a cool ride around uptown Charlotte??? #SiennaSkyler ๐Ÿ’‘๐Ÿ‘Œ
Continuing my hunt for Pumpkin Spice Latteโ˜• but @notjustcoffee didn't have it. Had to settle with "Fall latte" on their menu. It tasted more like Chai tea but thankfully I like Chai too ๐Ÿ‘Œ I miss my long hair but since the colder months are here, short hair dries faster n is easier to maintain since I don't blow dry my hair... #momProblems #womenProblems ๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿ˜’
My Kryptonite... ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ Not the kiddos #SiennaSkyler but KRISPY KREME @krispykreme ... these are my favorite most donuts ๐Ÿฉ๐Ÿฉ๐Ÿฉ especially the custard ones n originals!!! They are sweet not gonna lie, but oh sooo good especially when the HOT sign comes on... I used to live minutes away n drive past by it everyday back in uni/working days... True fact... I was heavier than when I was 9 months preggie ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™ˆ NEVER again!!! But how to resist??? ๐Ÿ˜ฉ
Thanksgiving crafts at school... Love how his teachers are always coming up with fun, creative craft ideas n most importantly being patient with them! Thankful for that coz this OCD momma can't deal with the mess... ๐Ÿ˜„ Fun fact: Skyler's native American name is "bowling horse" given by himself... This momma didn't know that back in the days they named people by combining ur favourite activity + animal n voila, you got ur name!!! Interesting ๐Ÿ˜
My 1st n last time tagging along Skyler's preschool field trip ... ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ Things that my 4 yr old say cracked me up...multiply it by 15 kids!!! ๐Ÿ˜‚
Kiddos #SiennaSkyler wishing it was still the LONG weekend... This momma secretly wishing it's over so I can have some mommy adulting time tomorrow โ˜•โ˜•โ˜•๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ™Œ
My Black Friday deal!!! Score...๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ Yeah my kiddos #SiennaSkyler n Mr. Hubby go through these like water... I need to make a grocery run every few days...Thankfully we have a grocery store on the way walking Skyler to preschool. ๐Ÿ‘ So prekids, I used to stand in line EVERY black Friday n even drag the bf to come along with me in the wee hours, freezing cold weather back during Indiana days!!! What did u guys get? Let me know so I can sulk in my pajamas n hopefully score some late online deals... cyber Monday perhaps?
Have u heard of @DrBronner 's before?ย  I'm sure you have or have at least seen it before especially since they have been in the family soap making business since 1858! Their Baby Unscented Pure-Castile Liquid Soap is loved for its effectiveness, versatility, and biodegradability. Don't be fooled by the word "baby" as this 1 soap has 18 different uses and can be diluted for just about any household or bodycare use. Shave-bath-shower-shampoo-degrease-mop-laundry-etc... Sounds too good to be true? What more it's made of natural ingredients!!! This momma approves ๐Ÿ‘ Their hand sanitizer is good too... I usually avoid using hand sanitizer especially on my kids as it can be drying due to most having alcohol ingredient in it. But this does not dry out and it smells amazing too! #sp
Wishing everyone a very happy T.H.A.N.K.S.G.I.V.I.NG!!! So much to be thankful for, for all the blessings in my life ๐Ÿ™ Not just today but everyday... Here's our little feast... Ended up with chicken ๐Ÿ” instead! We ditched the turkey ๐Ÿ— (not a fan of turkey, n can't handle such a big roast) We went around saying one thing we are grateful for, said our grace n started to eat...then first thing #SiennaSkyler said: "Where's the rice???" ๐Ÿš Sorry Asian kiddos, no rice today!!! โœ–
We managed to catch another tree lightning๐ŸŽ, this time right in uptown Charlotte at the Bank of America Stadium organised by the Carolina @Panthers ... The weather was perfect for a stroll there n back!!! ๐Ÿšธ๐Ÿšธ Kiddos #SiennaSkyler got their caricatures done... this is their 2nd time getting it coz we came 2 years ago too when we first moved to uptown! (We skipped last year coz we were living down in Waxhaw)
Perks of walking Skyler to his preschool... u bump into VIPs along the way ๐Ÿ‘Œ
Looks like Sienna "jumped" happily into her new environment!!! She started off this school year moving to a new school, making new friends and diving straight into a new environment... Sienna (n Skyler) had a great time celebrating with her good friend Violet (n classmates) at her birthday party ๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ‰ As parents, we couldn't be any happier knowing that kids are adjustable, adaptable n flexible when faced with new challenges!
Every year we try to make it to at least one Christmas tree lighting ceremony ๐ŸŽ„... This year is the first time we headed to Holiday Magic at @ReaFarms... don't be fooled by the name, it isn't a farm! That was what this momma n Sienna initially thought ...Lols! Lots of activities but we didn't stay too long as the lines were long, it was getting cold, dark n we were getting hungry! ๐Ÿ˜’ But this momma was the happiest kid there as I got a case of @LaColombeCoffee... let me tell u i tried the triple draft latte n it was yummy milk coffee... not the super sweet kind! Finally I found a can coffee that I can enjoy here in US! Reminds me of Japanese can coffee โ˜•โ˜•โ˜• now let me go try the other flavors ๐Ÿ˜
#KarMieBlog updated Holiday seasonย is just around the corner and I'm sure many of us will be spending more than usual to prepare for it, be itย decorating the houseย orย gifting giftsย to our loved ones. What better way to do it by doing yourself a.k.a D.I.Y.ย I'll be sharingย 2 simple projectsย that I've done all usingย $1 itemsย that can be easily foundย at @DollarTree. This money saving mom approves!!! Find out more ~> Link in profile๐Ÿ‘† http://karmie080808.blogspot.com/2018/10/christmas-decoration-project-and-gift.html?m=1 Don't forget to check out #SiennaSkyler fun video (at the end of the blog) of them goofing around at Dollar Tree "helping" mommy n daddy shop!!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ Happy Holidays everyone...๐Ÿ—๐Ÿท๐Ÿด ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽโ›„โ„ ๐ŸŽ‰ #KarMieDIY
#KarMieBlog updated Holiday seasonย is just around the corner and I'm sure many of us will be spending more than usual to prepare for it, be itย decorating the houseย orย gifting giftsย to our loved ones. What better way to do it by doing yourself a.k.a D.I.Y.ย I'll be sharingย 2 simple projectsย that I've done all usingย $1 itemsย that can be easily foundย at @DollarTree. This money saving mom approves!!! Find out more ~> Link in profile๐Ÿ‘† http://karmie080808.blogspot.com/2018/10/christmas-decoration-project-and-gift.html?m=1 Don't forget to check out #SiennaSkyler fun video (at the end of the blog) of them goofing around at Dollar Tree "helping" mommy n daddy shop!!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ Happy Holidays everyone...๐Ÿ—๐Ÿท๐Ÿด ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽโ›„โ„ ๐ŸŽ‰ #KarMieDIY
Happy Deepavali/Diwali from our family to yours!!! โœจ Although we don't personally celebrate it but being Malaysian, where Malaysia is a multicultural country (3 major races ~ Malays, Chinese n Indians) we get to celebrate all kinds of celebrations with our friends n family... I'm glad after moving here to the USA my kids get to continue this tradition and celebrate it too (Malaysian style!!!) Thank you Manosh, Kamala & Anushka for being lovely hosts... so thoughtful for keeping the youngest to oldest entertained all throughout the night... ๐Ÿ’• we had so much fun n the kiddos too!!! Beautiful home with beautiful ppl inside n out... (P/s : Check out the on- demand list of tosai a.k.a dosa... ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹) (Note to self: Need to get traditional clothes for the whole family when we go back to Malaysia/Singapore to visit... especially for the kiddos #SiennaSkyler since they keep outgrowing theirs super fast!)
Jamie and the kids were able to take a โ€œHamiltonโ€ style Master Class from Willie โ€œTreyโ€ Smith, a cast member in Hamilton, who just happens to be from Charlotte. Heโ€™s back home performing the show and lent his time to teach aspiring dancers about the dance moves in one of the scenes. Iโ€™m a huge fan of Lin Manuel, so I wanted to at least be the videographer, since Iโ€™m not a dancer... great job wife and kids!! Learning the art of performance at a young age helps with confidence and teaches countless life skills. https://www.charlotteobserver.com/entertainment/arts-culture/article219460700.html Full video: https://youtu.be/ACw2l8A_A1Y @jamiechaw #siennaskyler @hamiltonmusical #linmanuelmiranda
Today was parent-teacher conference day... that means no school for Skyler! Look who we bumped into at story time @ImaginOn... his classmate! ๐Ÿ‘ง (Indian+white American) + ๐Ÿ‘ฆ (Indian American + Malaysian Chinese) = ๐Ÿ’• Don't they look bangin' in their bangs? ๐Ÿ˜
Is this a sign I should buy this???Hhhmmmmm....๐Ÿ˜ #SiennaSkyler
#KarMieBlog updated Do you have a kid going to school in the USA? I have created a checklist for what every parent need to know before the start of every school year... Hope it's helpful to you! Find out more ~> Link in profile๐Ÿ‘† http://karmie080808.blogspot.com/2018/10/checklist-before-school-starts.html?m=1
Looking for a pop of color to brighten up your couch??? Or getting a gift for your loved ones during this holiday season... These pillow covers are made of 100% Natural Fabric with handmade stitching and are exclusive (not available in stores) !!! Do check out @chicBurlap (https://www.etsy.com/shop/ChicBurlapHome) for more unique designs that celebrate vibrant colors of cultures around the world! Best of all, it's now 50% off with free shipping... This money saving mom approves ๐Ÿ‘ Looks like the kiddos #SiennaSkyler approves too!!!
My kiddos #SiennaSkyler are non stop eating machines!!! I'm thankful that there are good eaters and foodies just like their mommy ๐Ÿ˜‹(Malaysians are well known to be "wai sek" a.k.a gluttons ๐Ÿด) In order to keep up with the kiddos demand, I need to think one step ahead n have food always ready for them. (They keep asking for food!!! ๐Ÿ˜’) Why not save money while doing ur regular grocery shopping? I've gotten back close to $1000 just in a span of 2 years! This is NOT a sponsored post, just a happy customer... good things must share right??? ๐Ÿ’• Here's a blog post if u need help on how to use the app ... it's easy peasy! (Use my referral code, utndeyx, and you can get a $10 welcome bonus. Sign up at https://ibotta.com/r/utndeyx) http://karmie080808.blogspot.com/2016/12/grocery-shopping-made-cheap.html?m=1
What started off to be just wanting to stay 1-2 hrs ended up being 5 hours straight!!! Today outing wasn't just fun for the kiddos #SiennaSkyler , but for the whole family ... EPIC fest at @imaginon was indeed a family festival... best library program EVER (even said by Mr. Hubby!!!)
Back to school means I need healthy snack options for my kiddos #SiennaSkyler ... This is my 3rd time posting about this product Little Nut (@littlenutworld ) coz they've come up with a new flavor every time ~> this time it's apple cinnamon!!! It is a nutritious on-the-go nut butter blend (peanuts, apples, coconut) pack with protein that comes in individual pouches (yay to not fighting over it). SiennaSkyler had it both ways, straight out of the pack and spread on their bread with nutella. What I like most about it is there's no added sugar, non-GMO, and nothing artificial. N best of all, 100% of proceeds help @EdesiaNutrition end malnutrition worldwide. (How awesome is that??? ๐Ÿ’•) Shop Little Nut via the link in my bio ๐Ÿ‘† and use code FALL4LN25 for $5 off their 16-count pack! Tip for mommies with newborn babies: the American Association of Pediatrics recommends introducing peanut-containing foods to babies around 6 months of age to help prevent a peanut allergy from developing. #hbtsp #hbtlittlenutapple #littlenutworld #healthykids #edesia #hbtlittlenutstory
#SiennaSkyler had a good time "trick or treating"... thanks @lanikoontz n Brian for having us over at ur neighbourhood n yummy pizza ๐Ÿ•! Our uptown area sadly have more dogs than little people (found that out the hard way 2 years ago when we first move to uptown during Halloween time!) We then stopped by at Krispy Kreme to get free donuts ๐Ÿฉ for kids in costumes...was too full for free scary face pancakes at IHOP. Ended the night off stopping by the Great Elizabeth Pumpkin Wall ~ 14th year tradition where residents of the Elizabeth community contribute their carved pumpkins ๐ŸŽƒ P/s: last picture is all the candies to be given away... forgot to take a pic of their actual loot ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ
One more sleep to Halloween!!! ๐ŸŽƒ๐ŸŽƒ๐ŸŽƒ #SiennaSkyler can't wait...๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ
Not sure who these ppl are but Mr. Hubby @karthik_naga says they are famous, so this momma had to be in the pics!!! I was there just for the free hugs with a blue Hornet ๐Ÿ’™ + free coffee โ˜• + massage... win win for all! P/s: (Unglam pic ahead)
The kids got to see what @doctorswithoutborders do. Amazing how many people dedicate their lives to the less fortunate and make their lives a bit better #siennaskyler @jamiechaw PC: @rileycreations_
#KarMieBlog updated Do you have a kid going to school in the USA? I have created a checklist for what every parent need to know before the start of every school year... Hope it's helpful to you! Find out more ~> Link in profile๐Ÿ‘† http://karmie080808.blogspot.com/2018/10/checklist-before-school-starts.html?m=1
My kiddos #SiennaSkyler love pizza!!! ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ’˜ What better way to sneak in some vegetables without them knowing ๐Ÿ˜‰ Introducing CAULIPOWER, the #1 fastest growing pizza brand and cauliflower-crust pizza!!! Veteransย Day is around the corner andย CAULIPOWER is partnering with Blue Star Families, to supportย military families in thriving as they serve (both active and atย home). Create your own recipe or snap a family pic enjoying your meal (tag @caulipowered #whatthebravecrave ) for a chance to win FREE pizza for a year!!! For every post, CAULIPOWERย will donate $1 to Blue Star Families. Click link in bio ๐Ÿ‘† for more info... #hbtsp #hbtcaulipoweredvets #hbtcaulipowerdvets
If you can't beat it, join it!!! ๐Ÿ˜’ Attempting the impatience dance moves...
I impatiently think this dance move is called "Impatience"...
This time Disney on Ice offered something different than their usual! Something exciting especially for the boys... Skyler couldn't be happier to see his favorite Cars!!! #KarMieBlog updated Find out more ~> Link in profile๐Ÿ‘† http://karmie080808.blogspot.com/2018/10/disney-on-ice-worlds-of-enchantment.html?m=1 #sponsored #DisneyOnIce
Orange justice? dance moves... (This momma had to Google it ๐Ÿ˜’) Sienna (6 yrs old) teaching Skyler n mommy daddy how to do it... Swipe to see how Skyler did!!! ๐Ÿ‘Œ #SiennaSkyler
#KarMieBlog updated Mr. Hubby aka daddy @karthik_naga taking over the blog and sharing our experience at Disney On Ice: Worlds of Enchantment Find out more ~> Link in profile๐Ÿ‘† http://karmie080808.blogspot.com/2018/10/disney-on-ice-worlds-of-enchantment.html?m=1 #sponsored #DisneyOnIce
The cold did not stop the kids (n adults) from having fun!!! Didn't take pics of the food coz fingers (n stomach) were too numb โ„ ๐Ÿ“ท credit: Mr. Instagram hubby @karthik_naga
Today's kids activities was cut short due to the on and off drizzle... โ˜” But it was also a blessing in disguise as we took a slight detour to check out this large giant metal head in the midst of a large reflecting pool! Been seeing beautiful pics of it on @clt_METALmorphosis (yes, this giant head has an Instagram profile!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ) Do check it out, it's especially nice when taken during sunset/sunrise ๐ŸŒ„๐ŸŒ‡ We were shocked when the head started rotating!!! (Been watching a little too much of Haunting of the Hill house lately ๐Ÿ˜จ)
L.O.V.E exploring uptown Charlotte by foot... or maybe one day I'll have the courage to try these pretty new scooters n bikes scattered around the city! ๐Ÿšฒ๐Ÿ‚ Found this hidden gem painting #exploreYour704 after walking Skyler to preschool ๐Ÿ’’ n doing my daily "exercise" n "running" errands around the city. I heard there's many more of these hidden gems around ๐Ÿ’•
Not sure how long we can have lunch with the kiddos #SiennaSkyler before it becomes uncool ๐Ÿ˜•๐Ÿ˜•๐Ÿ˜• That's why we gonna keep doing it as long as possible! ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž Did you know that today Oct 17th is National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day?
My kiddos #SiennaSkyler are ChinDians!!! (Chinese+Indian) Being born into a mixed heritage background can be very interesting. They get to learn about both sides of mine n Mr. Hubby's cultures and traditions! As for me, I've been mistaken as Thai, Indon, Malay, Mexican, etc... all throughout my life coz of my tanned skin (tks to years of playing netball and track n field)... but I'm Malaysian-Chinese n my great grandparents migrated from Southern China to Malaysia! Are you curious of where you came from? While you ponder, Iet's just settle with watching the new show on Prime Video that talks all about that: "The Romanoffs"! It's from the creator of Mad Men,ย and it's aboutย people who believe themselves to be descendants of the Russian royal family. It premiers on October 12th and I'm excited to watch it. Find out more by checking out the link in my bio ๐Ÿ‘†#hbtsp #hbtTheRomanoffs2 #ad #TheRomanoffs #PrimeVideo #AmazonPrimeVideo #MadMen @AmazonPrimeVideo @TheRomanoffs
My once a year haircut ๐Ÿ’‡ + color!!! My hubby said I'm a RED head, I said NO, I'm a light Auburn, And gave him the flip (swipe to see 3rd pic) ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
#SiennaSkyler started yesterday morning with "Kids helping Kids day" organised by Levine Children's hospital making cards n friendship bracelets to encourage n support their patients. SiennaSkyler enjoyed being a doctor for the day at the teddy bear clinic! Then we headed to the Spectrum community impact day event to learn about how Spectrum is continually working on rebuilding our community. Next, we are back to iMakeCLT Community Make Day (our 2nd year attending this fun event) where kids get to build, learn n create projects. Next, we headed to Charlotte school fair to learn about how expensive private schools are ๐Ÿ˜ต๐Ÿ˜ต๐Ÿ˜ต Nap (thank God for naps!) Finished off the day reuniting back with Skyler's ex preschool friend, Lara...kids had a good time playing while adults get to do adulting. Tks @thatswhatshesaidfaarrmer for having us over at ur lovely home! ๐Ÿ’•
2 weeks ago, Skyler n his preK class went on a field trip. They walked from school to the fire station. So today since "jie jie" Sienna didn't have to go to school (due to hurricane Michael), Skyler decided to take us on a detour to see the same fire station! I'm surprised he remembered how to walk there!!! ๐Ÿšถ On our walk from school to home (a little detour to the fire station), we ended up having an adventure walk...๐Ÿพ
Introducing my all time favorite Australian snack @TimTam to my kiddos! Found these in Harris Teeter ๐Ÿ˜Š Used to hunt these goodies down for me (and my mom) during my flying days โœˆโœˆโœˆ whenever I flew to OZ land...which was so very often ๐Ÿ˜‹ Best to be eaten with a cup of milk... #SiennaSkyler approves ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ #notSponsored #happyCustomer
Growing old is NO fun... But growing old with my kiddos #SiennaSkyler makes it worthwhile!!! (Of coz Mr. Hubby @karthik_naga too ๐Ÿ˜‰) It all starts with using the right skin care products. YEOUTH's Vitamin C Serum with Vitamin E & Hyaluronic Acid is formulated with medical grade ingredients which will reduce fine lines, enhance skin tone and texture, and nourish your skin with deepย penetratingย hydration. Love that this serum is made of clean natural ingredients and it is affordable too (not crazy expensive like most high end serums). I just need 1 pump and it's more than enough coz a little goes a long way. I figured this will last me a few months. There isn't a smell to it, which is refreshing in itself! My skin feels lighter(no icky feeling), tighter, firmer n my pores seems to have minimize. Have only tried this product for 3 weeks. Hoping that my skin tone will even out and fine lines reduced! @YeouthSkinCare
Today was a much needed eye opening, mind boggling, humbling experience for myself especially...which left me with a heavy heart ๐Ÿ’” but at the same time a grateful heart too! ๐Ÿ’ If you are in the uptown area from October 7th to 14th, 2018, do drop by to experience it for yourself. (right in front of NASCAR Hall of Fame) "Doctors Without Borders @DoctorsWithoutBorders presentsย Forced From Home, a free interactive tour that takes you behind the headlines about the global refugee crisis. Guided by experienced Doctors Without Borders aid workers, youโ€™ll travel through a 10,000-square-foot space designed to convey the challenges facing a person forced to flee. Youโ€™ll also learn about the humanitarian aid that Doctors Without Borders provides along the way. Visitors experience virtual reality and 360หš video, and interact with materials gathered from refugee camps, sea rescue missions, and emergency medical projects around the world. Visitors begin their experience inside a 30-foot dome watching a 360ยฐ video introducing contexts and issues causing people to flee their homes. Visitors will also be invited to experience virtual reality (VR) films that will transport them into refugee camps and communities around the world. Forced From Home tours are free, fully accessible, and take roughly one hour to complete. Families are welcome, however the content is best suited to children ages 12+." I was shocked to find out that our tour guide is a doctor without borders HIMSELF n he's telling his experience first hand... he's away at these refugee camps 6 months in a year!!! N he's right here doing the tour...so much respect for him! At the end of the tour, there's opportunities for you to give to this worthy cause! I'm sure you will WANT to after "walking in their shoes" in that 1 hour of condensed tour! #CountYourBlessings
Chillax-ing day today! ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ฆ #SiennaSkyler first time enjoying the water play area at First ward park (just a couple of blocks walking distance from our home)... It's new to us coz they were in the midst of building this waterplay+ playground area when we moved to Waxhaw last year. We are enjoying the last few days? left of the hot weather ๐ŸŒž Not sure how long more we can do this now that it's officially fall season!!! ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ๐Ÿƒ
Since my papa a.k.a #SiennaSkyler gong gong said I have forgotten how to cook (too many kiddos pictures n eating out pictures ๐Ÿ˜„), let this momma post some home cooked pictures... Fried wanton... First time trying it with with wanton skin wrappers (thanks @kategoey for leaving it behind in my freezer!) I have only used spring roll pastry before to make spring rolls a.k.a "popiah"... (my papa thought I store bought and just deep fried it when I told him over the phone ๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿ˜’) Thanks to my mama who loves eating dumplings, so I have been well trained in wrapping these "babies" since I was in my teens ๐Ÿ˜† These were taken to a potluck since I hardly deep dry stuff at home for the kiddos... #KarMieCooks
#KarMieBlog updated Mr. Hubby aka daddy @karthik_naga taking over the blog and sharing our experience at Corteo by Cirque du Soleil! Find out more ~> Link in profile๐Ÿ‘† http://karmie080808.blogspot.com/2018/08/corteo-by-cirque-du-soleil.html?m=1 #sponsored #CorteoCirqueduSoleil
Picture Day at school!!! (Note to self: need to look for kid friendly hair gel... or maybe not yet? This momma is in denial, trying to keep Skyler's baby-ism as long as I can) On our scenic route home, we saw a fallen tree on a house. ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿก Thankfully no one was hurt, only the rooftop! ๐Ÿ˜ฉ
Monday blues go away...๐Ÿ˜ž Wishing it was still the weekend! This is my kind of exercise ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’ƒ
Weekend fun is over...๐Ÿ˜” โ–ชchurch โ–ชClt 250 anniversary party. We came to celebrate our beloved city's past, present and future! Did you know that Charlotte used to be a cotton farmland? Learnt something new ๐Ÿ‘ And yes, #SiennaSkyler knew that was an old skool phone โ˜Ž ๐Ÿ˜ โ–ชlunch at Rock Bottom (Cajun pasta was yum ๐Ÿ˜‹) โ–ชOpen streets 704... We've been going every year (this is our 3rd time) and every time it has something different to offer. The whole street is closed off so you can BYOBike to cycle or there's free bikes courtesy of B-cycle (can't wait till the kids are big enough to cycle so we can cover more area!!!). The kiddos took turns to scoot on their shared scooter ๐Ÿ‘ We bumped into Skyler's preschool friend n SiennaSkyler church friends too and the rest was history!!! Played non stop for hours... ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™ˆ This momma needs a break n is enjoying my ME time now sipping coffee โ˜•
A swing and a miss But #siennaskyler still enjoyed seeing a public table tennis set up as we walked through South End in Charlotte. @jamiechaw
Happy National coffee day!!! Started off the day super early with FREE coffee of course โ˜• (pumpkin spice latte, not that great but free is always good ๐Ÿ‘)... โ–ชHeaded to Park Road park for a playdate organised by Sienna's school. โ–ชDance open house at upstage center of performing arts. โ–ชInternational festival at UNCC (too bad no Malaysian booth ๐Ÿ˜•)... had our bubble tea fix!!! โ–ชHot Glass alley ~ Charlotte's 1st hot glass art studio โ–ชlunch n nap at home โ–ชended the day with a Malaysian picnic gathering at Beatty Park eating my favourite dish ~> nasi lemak!!! โ–ชAsian groceries at Super G My heart n belly is full ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹ Thank you ladies ๐Ÿ˜˜
"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." ~>Dr. Seuss ๐Ÿ”ฐ Reading indeed has its perks!!! #SiennaSkyler participated in Charlotte Mecklenburg Library's summer break: Read, Learn, Explore program and Sienna was blessed with a Kindle fire 8 for all her reading, learning n exploring during this summer break... This program is great for parents too as it gave me ideas to keep active with the kiddos and explore Charlotte!!! I'm sure mommas out there can agree to NOT being stuck at home with the kiddos 24/7... ๐Ÿ˜ต๐Ÿ˜ต๐Ÿ˜ต Thanks Sienna for the Kindle... this momma is keeping it for now!!! ๐Ÿ˜† Trying to delay electronics from the kiddos as long as we possibly can ๐Ÿ™ @cmlibrary @imaginon
#SiennaSkyler is getting excited for tomorrow's show ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ Need to get them to nap right after they get back from school (after showering of coz!!!) ... ****************************************** #Repost @karthik_naga (@get_repost ) ใƒปใƒปใƒป We have a #siennaskylergiveaway winner! @storieswithteamcrimmins , congratulations on winning 4 free tickets to Thursdayโ€™s #disneyonice show at the @spectrumcenter !! Enjoy the show tomorrow with ur lovely family ๐Ÿ’• To all others, please stay tuned to @karthik_naga and @jamiechaw instagram for more giveaways coming up!
Happy Mid Autumn festival!!! Sienna got to try mooncake for the 1st time at school n when she came home, she immediately asked me where's all the durian, chocolate, ice cream, etc mooncakes??? Coz just a few days ago, #SiennaSkyler and I were watching a documentary about mooncakes from around the world... ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ Must have gotten her hopes up!!!
"Lunch on the Lawn" at Skyler's preschool today. This is just half of his school, tomorrow will be the other half! Skyler was super excited he gets to eat lunch with his parents (teachers + his friends). He was introducing all of his new (n old) friends to us... n he got extra play ground time today! P/s: Fall season has officially begun...but we are still in our summer clothes? This hot blooded momma is gonna enjoy the 80's F weather while I still can... love the heat ๐Ÿ”ฅ but not the sun ๐ŸŒž!!! Lol... #AsianProblem
After church, we headed to try @purepizzaclt for the 1st time and it was yummy!!! My kind of pizza... thin ๐Ÿ•! (If only can be magically thin after eating this ๐Ÿ™) Little did I know that there were gonna have turkey legs at the 54th Annual Festival in the Park at Freedom park... Every time I see turkey legs, it automatically brings back my childhood memories eating those legs with my family at Disneyland (it was our first time visiting USA, think I was 8 yrs old???). I guess we need to make a trip to Disney again??? ๐Ÿ—๐Ÿ—๐Ÿ—
Survived one whole week of solo parenting. Honestly felt like an uber driver๐Ÿš—/walker๐Ÿƒ ferrying between 2 different schools (while having to bring the little one along with me every time and skipping our naps! )... Am so happy that our uber ๐Ÿ’ช daddy @karthik_naga is back from his business trip and he got to ferry us all day long to 4 different events!!! (Phewww....) We took a break in between, came home to rest and ate dinner before continuing with the rest of the events (perks of living central). Here's the events we managed to cover today: โ–ช2nd annual Monarch butterflies festival โ–ชCharlotte Kids Fest โ–ชSerbian Festival โ–ชUNITE International Dance Concert (showcases dance from around the world)
#Repost @karthik_naga (@get_repost ) ใƒปใƒปใƒป *G I V E A W A Y* #SiennaSkyler are going to the Worlds of Enchantment show, the latest Disney on Ice production, at the #SpectrumCenter in #Charlotte , NC (on September 27, 2018 ~> 7 pm) and we are giving 1 lucky winner FOUR free tickets to the show as part of our Giveaway! Just follow the instructions below and you will be entered for a chance to enjoy this wonderful show! #SiennaSkylerGiveaway 1) Follow @jamiechaw on Instagram 2) Follow @karthik_naga on Instagram 3) Tag as many friends in the comments of this post as you can. The more tags the more entries you earn. 4) Include a short description in the comments as to why you would love to watch this show. By entering, contestants agree to the following: - Winner is chosen randomly, without explanation. - Contest ends 11 am EST on September 25 - Winner will be announced after 12 noon EST on September 25 - @karthik_naga and @jamiechaw are conducting 1 giveaway in total for this promotion. - Transportation to and from the venue is NOT included. Any expenses incurred by the winner is purely the winner's responsibility. - Winner must agree to pick up the winning tickets from the Spectrum Center Will-Call on September 27 at 6 pm to before the show starts. - Winner agrees to attend the September 27, 2018 show at 7 pm If you would like to purchase tickets to this show, please use the following link (click link in profile): https://www.ticketmaster.com/search?tm_link=tm_homeA_header_search&user_input=disney+on+ice+spectrum+center&q=disney+on+ice+spectrum+center&CAMEFROM=CFC_SPECTRUMCTR_PR_BLOGGER_DOIWEJCHAW Stay tuned to our blog for reviews and pictures of the show (after September 27th): http://karmie080808.blogspot.com/ #giveaway #sponsored
Today is FREE sushi day at PF Chang... And free bagels, free popcorn n half price Starbucks drinks!!! Score for this money saving momma... (P/s: tried the iced maple pecan latte with cold foam for the first time n it was good... not overly sweet either! Might be a close contender behind the ultimate favourite PSL pumpkin spiced latte โ˜•) Almost snuck into the movie theater for a 2nd round of Crazy Rich Asians but oh wait, where to hide the kiddos? ๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿ˜’ Another fun filled day with the kiddos ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿ‘ฆ Don't mind Skyler in his pajamas, grab him straight from his nap to the car ๐Ÿ˜† #SiennaSkyler said to keep the bagels for daddy... can guess who is the only bagel fan in the family? ๐Ÿ˜
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